St. Louis-based Psycho Films has released its fourth feature film, Welcome to Shirley, which made its world premiere in St. Louis at The Tivoli this week. The film is under the direction of 2010 Ladue H.S. grad JOE WEIL, currently a film student at the University of Southern California. Weil shares the credits with other Ladue alums, including executive producer BLAKE LAWRENCE (class of ’06), producer SAM KOENIG (class of ’11), editor JAKE TORCHIN (class of ’10), makeup artist CARLY JACOBS (class of ’10), costumer ALLISON BECKER (class of ’09), propman ROBERT TUNG (class of ’09) and audio technician RYAN HAYNES (class of ’09). Welcome to Shirley, described as a “comedic drama and dramatic comedy,” follows two estranged brothers reunited following the death of their father.
The ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY is hosting a system-wide celebration tomorrow to commemorate the 100th anniversary dedication of the Central Library downtown. All festivities begin at 2 p.m. on Jan. 7, and include a 1904 World’s Fair storytelling session at the Barr Branch, a spinning top demonstration for children at the Schlafly Branch, and an interactive LEGObuilding of a replica of the Central Library at the Carpenter Branch.
Are you one of the many who received an eReader for the holidays? If so, have you figured it out yet? The ST. LOUIS COUNTY LIBRARY is conducting free classes this month at several of its locations to help new eReader users navigate their devices. Classes include a Jan. 17 session at Mid-County Branch (10 a.m.), Jan. 18 at Thornhill Branch (9:30 a.m.) and Jan. 20 at Library Headquarters (10 a.m.). The Library also has doubled the number of eBook titles in its collection, with more than 6,000 currently available for download.
An art and community service project involving 500 students from area elementary schools brought joy and warmth to St. Louisans in-need this holiday season. The Red Thread Project, spearheaded by SPRINGBOARD, is a semesterlong effort based on a Chinese proverb that describes how an invisible red thread connects us all. Students from several underserved schools, including Brown Elementary School in Hazelwood, learned to knit hats, which they later donated to a local charity of their choice.
Cardinals president BILL DEWITT III has been announced as the chair of the 2012 March for Babies event to benefit March of Dimes. This year’s march takes place April 28 in Forest Park. Last year’s event raised more than $1 million, making it one of the 10 biggest March for Babies events in the U.S. Funds raised in St. Louis support community education, research and advocacy to help all moms stay healthy during pregnancy and deliver healthy babies.
The search is on for a few good dogs to represent St. Louis shelter pets at this year’s HUMANE SOCIETY OF MISSOURI Bark in the Park. Submit a photo of you and your dog, along with a 300- word testimonial about why your dog is special. Entries will be accepted through Jan. 15 at hsmo.org/bark. A public online vote will determine the official 2012 Bark in the Park mascot, who will lead the canine entourage during the May 19 event at Forest Park.