Another stellar lineup is in store for the 2014-2015 season of the ST. LOUIS SPEAKERS SERIES presented by MARYVILLE UNIVERSITY. The season begins Oct. 7 with award-winning actor/social activist MARTIN SHEEN. Others slated to appear on stage at Powell Hall include former Australian Prime Minister JULIA GILLARD, political analysts MARK HALPERIN and JOHN HEILEMANN, Somali-born activist and author AYAAN HIRSI ALI, former FBI chief ROBERT MUELLER III, Pulitzer Prize-winning author DAVID MCCULLOUGH and American physicist MICHIO KAKU. For more information or to subscribe, call 534-1700 or visit StLouisSpeakersSeries.org.
A fall inauguration is planned for the new president of Saint Louis University. FRED PESTELLO was named the university’s 33rd president in an announcement last week. He’s the first permanent lay president in SLU’s 196-year history. Pestello currently serves as president of LeMoyne College, a comprehensive Jesuit liberal arts institution in Syracuse, N.Y. He also served as faculty member and provost at the University of Dayton. Pestello assumes his new post July 1.
One of LN’s 2014 Most Dynamic People, HALBERT SULLIVAN, has been honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award by Washington University’s Brown School of Social Work. Sullivan, founder and CEO of Fathers’ Support Center, was among six award recipients during a ceremony this week at Palladium Saint Louis. Congratulations!
An Easter debut is planned for a new handcrafted pipe organ at HISTORIC TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH. Installation of the organ’s 3,100 pipes continues through this weekend at the downtown church. When completed, it will be one of the largest church organs in St. Louis. Trinity celebrates its 175th year this year. Founded in 1839, Trinity is the oldest Lutheran church west of the Mississippi.
THE REPERTOIRE THEATRE OF ST. LOUIS (THE REP) has announced its 2014-2015 season, opening with the award-winning comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors, on Sept. 10. Other productions in the Mainstage series include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, The Winslow Boy, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play). For more information, visit repstl.org.
A special event is planned next weekend at St. Louis County Library headquarters featuring the country’s top adventure writers for young adults: EOIN COLFER, JONATHAN STROUD and RIDLEY PEARSON will lead a discussion about writing fantastical, adventure-seeking fiction for young readers. Colfer, author of the popular Artemis Fowl series, will discuss his new W.A.R.P. science-fiction series. Stroud, of the best-selling Bartimaeus mythology trilogy, will present his new paranormal series, Lockwood & Co. And St. Louis-based Pearson will present the seventh installment of his beloved Kingdom Keepers series. The event is on Saturday, April 5, at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Next month is Music For Lifelong Achievement Month (MFLA) at THE SHELDON to benefit disadvantaged students through the St. Louis area. During the month of April, bring a used or new musical instrument to any Sheldon concert, or during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). In the past 10 years, MFLA has distributed more than 800 instruments to St. Louis City and County school districts, as well as a variety of community music programs. MFLA is part of the nonprofit Sheldon Arts Foundation.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Arts Awards, presented by the ARTS AND EDUCATION COUNCIL. The honor recognizes individuals who have achieved a legacy of artistic excellence, and organizations and businesses that enrich the local arts and cultural community. To submit a nomination, visit KeepArtHappening.org, by April 18. The St. Louis Arts Awards will be held Jan. 19 at The Chase Park Plaza.