STAGES ST. LOUIS is preparing for Promises, Promises, the NEIL SIMON and BURT BACHARACH musical adapted from the Oscar-winning film, The Apartment. The Stages offering, which runs July 16 through Aug. 15, is the only licensed professional production outside of New York, and will be presented from the original script and score that premiered on Broadway in 1968. St. Louisan BEN NORDSTROM leads the cast as Chuck Baxter, the bachelor who lets his Madison Avenue bosses borrow his apartment for romantic trysts. Be on the lookout for costume designer JOHN INCHIOSTRO’s ‘60s-inspired creations.

We salute Clayton High School students RICHARD MILLETT and REBECCA STEINBERG for earning the highest possible composite score on the ACT college placement exam. Richard and Rebecca, both incoming seniors, each scored 36, a feat achieved by less than one-tenth of one percent of all ACT test takers nationally!

Local songstress ERIN BODE is celebrating the release of her latest CD with a three-night gala this weekend at Jazz at the Bistro. Bode’s first new album in two years, Photograph, draws inspiration from her band’s recent two-week seclusion near the isolated boundary waters region of northern Minnesota, and features 11 original songs by Bode and pianist ADAM MANESS. The Erin Bode Band also includes DERREK PHILLIPS and MARK COLENBERG on drums and SYD RODWAY (Bode’s husband) on bass.

Two St. Louis born and bred musicians who are making waves in Nashville are coming home to release their debut album. Brothers TOM and RICK PERNIKOFF will headline a July 17 performance at Blueberry Hill’s Duck Room to perform selections from On My Way. After graduating from John Burroughs—Tom in ’01 and Rick in ’03—the Pernikoffs moved to Boston for college, co-founded a tech start-up company in San Francisco, and went into music full-time. They’ve been writing and performing coast-to-coast with some of the industry’s heavy hitters. Guest performers for the duo’s CD release party include Nashville’s MICHAEL LOGEN, a songwriter for Mat Kearney, and opener for John Legend.

There’s a call from the HUMANE SOCIETY OF MISSOURI for donated supplies to help more than 100 dogs recently rescued in central Missouri. The small-breed dogs were found in unsafe and unsanitary conditions last month, and are being nursed to health at HSMO headquarters. Blankets, towels, soft (non-squeaky) toys and money can be donated to the Animal Cruelty Fund by calling 951-1542 or visiting

Happy Birthday to HOTEL INDIGO in the Central West End. The Roberts Hotels property on Lindell Boulevard opened for business one year ago.

Award-winning musician, author and philanthropist PETER BUFFETT is hosting a July 13 ‘concert & conversation’ event to benefit COCA. The son of famed investor WARREN BUFFETT is expected to perform original compositions as well as discuss his work and philanthropic efforts.

Actress HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE is returning to St. Louis to lend a hand to an annual fashion show benefit for AUTISM SPEAKS. For the second year in a row, she’s chairing the FEVER Fall Fashion Show Sept. 24. Peete’s eldest son, RJ, was diagnosed with autism at age 3.

Some entertaining summer reads: Holly Hills by longtime St. Louis historian NINI HARRIS chronicles the history of the Hollywood-inspired neighborhood that borders Carondolet Park…Ever wonder where in Missouri the Ham and Turkey Festival is celebrated? Well, ANN HAZELWOOD’s 100 Festive Finds in Missouri takes readers on a journey throughout the state for fun festivals, fairs and other events…Also on shelves, Age of Broken Lives: An Epic of Tragedy and Triumph, the latest from St. Louis author JEAN KEATHLEY.