WEBSTER UNIVERSITY’s Chess Team, ranked No. 1 in the nation, will be competing as the top seed in the Final Four of Collegiate Chess this weekend. The team, coached by renowned chess grandmaster SUSAN POLGAR, will do battle against students from University of Maryland-Baltimore County, University of Texas-Dallas and University of Illinois. The six grandmasters who make up the Webster team include: WESLEY SO (also ranked No. 1 in the Philippines), RAY ROBSON (also ranked No. 8 in the U.S.), FIDEL JIMENEZ (also ranked No. 3 in Cuba), GEORG MEIER (also ranked No. 4 in Germany), MANUEL HOYOS (also ranked No. 1 in Mexico and is the reigning U.S. Open Champion), and ANATOLY BYHKOVSKY (also ranked No. 21 in Israel). Bring home a winner, Webster!
Next week, the Fox Theatre will host the 3rd annual TEEN TALENT COMPETITION, which will feature 12 local high school acts competing for scholarships and prizes. Finalists include an opera singer, ballet dancers and musicians. The competition, created by MARY STRAUSS, aims to spotlight the region’s most talented teens in the performing arts. The finals, held April 12 at 8 p.m., is free and open to the public. Tickets are required and can be obtained at no charge through the Fox box office or Metrotix.
A new St. Louis author will definitely get her share of the spotlight at area libraries. LAURA ROSENER, a part-time circulation assistant at St. Louis Country Library, will debut her first published novel next month. The teen love story, If He Had Been With Me, is written under Rosener’s pen name, Laura Rowlin. We’re told a few dozen ‘holds’ have already been made for the book.
Noted Washington University professor GERALD EARLY will be honored with the latest star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Early, a renowned essayist and American culture critic and the university’s Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters, is the author and editor of more than a dozen books, including A Level Playing Field: African American Athletes and the Republic of Sports. He also served as a consultant on filmmaker Ken Burns’ documentaries on baseball, jazz, Jack Johnson and World War II.
St. Louis’ own ROBBIE MONTGOMERY recently picked up the Outstanding Reality Series award at the 44th NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles. Montgomery, along with her son and business partner, TIM NORMAN, accepted the award for their hit show, Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, which beat out other popular shows like Dancing with the Stars and The X Factor. Montgomery was decked out in a stylish, off-the-shoulder red gown for her big night, courtesy of NANCY and BRUCE LEHTMAN of Distinctions. Earlier this year, the Creve Coeur boutique welcomed the cast and crew of the reality show, which filmed Montgomery shopping for her gown at the store.
It’s official: DOMINIC MICHAEL SALON will be moving to Ladue on Tuesday, April 16. The move to the newly renovated Colonial Marketplace on Ladue Road will unveil a new modern salon space with a “studio-workshop vibe.” To commemorate the milestone, the salon is donating a portion of retail purchases during the week of April 22 to Bridgeway Behavioral Health, an organization that provides treatment and support for addictive disorders, as well as help for victims of domestic and sexual abuse.