Congratulations to the nine worthy charities chosen as finalists in the annual LADUE NEWS CHARITY CONTEST: Let’s Start, Inc., The Little Bit Foundation, Girls on the Run, Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis, Senior Home Security, Safe Connections, USO of Missouri Inc., Teach for America and The Wellness Community. Three final winners will be announced in our June 12 issue!

    CITY ACADEMY had a high-profile visitor recently. VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN stopped by the school on an impromptu visit during his appearance in St. Louis to discuss education reform. Biden was visiting MATHEWS-DICKEY BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB and stopped at the nearby school to say hello to students. In other City Academy news, the school recently earned its accreditation with the Independent Schools Association of the Central States.

    Regulars at Truffles often have enjoyed the smooth sounds of St. Louis musician BRIAN CLARKE, but the rest of the world will get its chance now that Clark has released his debut CD, As You Believe.

    A good cause…On May 9, Webster Groves High School will again host the JIM SCHOEMEHL 5K RUN/ WALK at 8 a.m. Proceeds from the run will benefit the ALS ASSOCIATION, which has chosen this year to honor BARRETT KURRE, who suffers from the neurological disorder. Barrett’s son Jack is part of the LN family, where he has worked as a graphic artist since 2007, and Ladue News is among the event’s sponsors. Since the race began nine years ago, it has raised more than $60,000 for local families affected by ALS. Registration is from 7 to 7:45 a.m. on the day of the race and is $25. For more information, email

    Under the big top…CIR CUS FLORA, the beloved one-ring, European-style circus, will take this summer’s audience on an exciting adventure to 19th century Paris in its brand-new production, ‘Medrano.’ The 26-show engagement in Midtown opens June 4 and runs through June 21. For ticket information and more, visit

    Break a leg! More than 400 students from local high schools will take the stage in a two-hour, non-stop ‘St. Louis Performing Arts Night’ sponsored by the FOX PERFORMING ARTS CHARITABLE FOUNDATION May 7 at 7 p.m. at the Fox Theatre. The event will showcase a variety of musical genres, including symphonic orchestras, choirs, jazz ensembles, concert bands and soloists. The event (and parking on Grand Center lots) is free to the public.

    Like a rolling stone…Happy anniversary to one of St. Louis’ most recognizable radio voices, JC CORCORAN, who marks 25 years in radio this year. JC has a flair for both celebrity interviews, he’s chatted with everyone from Tom Hanks to Eric Clapton, and local news, with one of his Cardinals’ ‘home opener’ specials being added to the archives at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Throughout his career, Corcoran has worked for multiple local television and radio stations, and is currently on K-HITS 96 ‘Morning Showgram’ with longtime on-air partner JOHN ULETT, LAURIE MAC and CARL MIDDLEMAN. Corcoran lives in Ladue with his wife, Clarissa, and is father to two daughters, Addison and Whitney. He and Clarissa are expecting a child in September.

    Congratulations to AMERICAN VISIONS CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS, named one of 24 finalists for ‘Retailer of the Year’ award by NICHE magazine. The program recognizes the best craft retailers, arts nonprofits, museums and guilds in the American craft community.

    A prestigious partnership…THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTION and WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY will begin offering joint programs, including internships, lectures and other educational activities. The two have been linked for a century, St. Louis businessman Robert Brookings both founded the D.C.-based think tank and led W.U’s governing board for more than 33 years.

    In other W.U. news, WENDY KOPP, founder and CEO of TEACH FOR AMERICA (a finalist for the 2009 LN Charity Award), will give this year’s commencement address May 15.

    Congrats to BRIANA ISOM-BRUMMER, a senior at VILLA DUCHESNE, who recently accepted a full track scholarship to Drake University.

    Kudos to the CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM ST. LOUIS, whose chief curator, ANTHONY HUBERMAN, recently received a ‘Curatorial Fellowship Grant’ from the ANDY WARHOL FOUNDATION FOR VISUAL ARTS. The grant will support research toward an upcoming exhibition.