Next weekend’s Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) gala will honor the legacy of former director PAUL HA, whose leadership oversaw the construction and opening of CAM’s new facility in Grand Center. Ha also is credited for positioning the museum as a national and international leader in the field of contemporary art. Ha resigned late last year to become the new director of Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) List Center for the Visual Arts. Proceeds from the Feb. 4 gala benefit CAM’s exhibition and education programs.
The annual CELEBRATE FITNESS event to benefit the Young Women’s Breast Cancer Program and the Discovery Fund at SITEMAN CANCER CENTER has added a new event to its popular lineup: A 10k (6.2 mile) race will be held, in addition to the 5k. Both routes will wind through Forest Park and will feature awards for the top male, female and stroller-pushing finishers. For more information or to sign up for the Saturday, March 10, event, visit celebrate-fitness.org.
Arty Parties, a series of events that aims to showcase the work of local artists, launches next week at Four Seasons Hotel downtown. The Feb. 2 debut event will feature the work of artist JEFF KAPFER, best known for his colorful paintings of birds. A selection of Kapfer’s most recent work will be displayed for a private showing in the hotel’s presidential suite, followed by a reception at Cielo Bar. For more information, call 881-5759 or visit cielostlouis.com.
St. Louis native KELLY STANDING has a new book out: I’m Still Standing: How One Woman’s Brushes with Death Taught Her How to Live is a fast-paced autobiography from the award-winning motivational speaker and executive coach. Getting struck by lightning, getting hit by a car, and standing on the outskirts of a mass murder are among the author’s ‘memorable mishaps.’ Standing, who now lives in Chicago, is the founder of Standing Media.
The third annual CLAYTON RESTAURANTWEEK continues through this Sunday, Jan. 29. Twenty of Clayton’s fine dining establishments are offering a special three-course dinner for $25, plus tax and tip. All diners have the option of adding ‘extra credit’ donations to their bill, with all extra credit proceeds going directly to KIDSMART, which has distributed more than $12 million in free school supplies to local kids in need since its founding in 2002. For a list of participating restaurants, visit claytonrestaurantweek.net.
Award-winning suspense author ROBERT CRAIS will be in town for a discussion and signing of his latest book, Taken. Crais, known for his Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novels, has had seven previous New York Times bestsellers, and his 2005 stand-alone novel, Hostage, was made into a film starring BRUCEWILLIS. His Jan. 31 appearance at St. Louis County Library headquarters begins at 7 p.m.
Meanwhile, a $1 million grant from Emerson to the St. Louis County Library Foundation will help fund the building of the new Center for Family History in Chesterfield. The center will house the library’s genealogy collection, as well as a 350-seat auditorium.