In the we-knew-we-were-on-to-something department: The latest cover of Opera News features four of five performers slated for next month’s SING FOR SITEMAN benefit concert. STEPHANIE BLYTHE, THEO LEBOW, DANIEL BREVIK and TOBIAS GREENHALGH grace the cover of the magazine’s June 2014 edition, along with fellow artist Elizabeth Futral. The four are among the headliners for Sing for Siteman, which takes place Monday, June 9, at the Performing Arts Center at John Burroughs School. The concert gathers some of this season’s renowned OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS artists for one night only to benefit SITEMAN CANCER CENTER’s Discovery Fund for cancer research. Co-chairs for the evening are KIM EBERLEIN and CHERI FROMM. Tickets are still available, call 961-0644 or visit opera-stl.org/SingForSiteman for more information. Ladue News is a proud media sponsor of Sing for Siteman.
Speaking of OPERA THEATRE, the upcoming lineup for the 2015 season has been announced. Next year marks Opera Theatre’s 40th anniversary and will feature Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, Puccini’s La rondine, Tobias Picker’s Emmeline, and the American premiere of Handel’s Richard the Lionheart.
After more than 40 years, the curtain will close on the EDISON OVATIONS SERIES at the conclusion of its 2014-2015 season. To celebrate its legacy of bringing world-renowned performers and trend-setting theatre, music and dance to Washington University’s Edison Theatre, the final season’s highlights include the U.S. premiere of Arabesque (Oct. 24-25); Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host featuring NPR’s This American Life host IRA GLASS (Nov. 1-2); and the Reduced Shakespeare Company in The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) (Nov. 14). For more information, call 935-6543 or visit edison.wustl.edu.
Author watch: Popular novelist EMILY GIFFIN is in town to promote her latest book, The One & Only. Giffin will hold a discussion and book-signing Friday, May 30, at St. Louis County Library headquarters beginning at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Giffin is the author of six New York Times best-selling novels, including Where We Belong, which features St. Louis as one of its settings.
Another New York Times best-seller, JEANNETTE WALLS makes her return to St. Louis next month. The acclaimed author of The Glass Castle will appear at the Ethical Society on Thursday, June 12, for a book-signing and discussion of The Silver Star. The new book, based in a small California town in 1970, centers on two sisters on the run after being abandoned by their mother. Walls’ previous St. Louis appearance sponsored by Ladue News, was in the fall of 2012, as part of the Maryville University’s St. Louis Speakers Series.
BILL COSBY is coming to St. Louis this summer. The star comedian is bringing his Bill Cosby: Far From Finished special to the stage at the Four Seasons St. Louis Hotel ballroom. He’ll perform two shows on Saturday, Aug. 9, at 6 and 8:30 p.m. For tickets, call 800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com.
Beginning next week, look for special features on ALMOST HOME, DOORWAYS, EASTER SEALS MIDWEST, LIFELONG VISION FOUNDATION, READY READERS, RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES, RX OUTREACH, THE MISSION CONTINUES and UNLIMITED PLAY in the pages of Ladue News. Our nine CHARITY AWARDS finalists will be honored at a special ceremony on Thursday, June 19, at Palladium Saint Louis. LN’s 2014 CHARITY AWARDS is presented by MONETA GROUP.
There’s still time to win one for Dad: We’re currently accepting submissions for this year’s FATHER’S DAY LOOK-ALIKE CONTEST. The grand prize winner receives two seats to a BALABAN’S WINE DINNER featuring the new classic cuisine of executive chef D. Scott Phillips paired with selections from a favorite winemaker.
Send us a photo of father and child(ren), complete with names and contact information, by Wednesday, June 4. Email your photo (at least 1MB in size) to Julia Christensen at firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner and runners-up will be announced and featured in the June 13 edition of Ladue News.