The Office star and JBS alum (’98) ELLIE KEMPER has been announced as the host of the 34th annual Mid-America Emmy Gala, to be held in St. Louis Oct. 9. The ceremony will honor a few local luminaries, including Silver Circle inductees MARTIN DUGGAN and SUZI SCHRAPPEN. Incidentally, we’re told Kemper and her sister, CARRIE KEMPER, are working on a book. The New York Times reports the tentatively titled Monday Sessions chronicles a fictitious Manhattan psychiatrist through her diary entries and patient files.

Rocker (and Kemper classmate) ANDREW VOLPE (JBS ’98), lead singer/songwriter for the band LUDO, is a busy man these days. In addition to rehearsing for an upcoming five-week U.S. tour to promote the band’s latest CD, Prepare the Preparations, Volpe is a new husband. He and fiancée Phoebe Scott were married in a lavish ceremony at her family’s Chicago home over Labor Day weekend.

St. Louis’ bike ride to support local cancer research takes place next month: PEDAL THE CAUSE, founded by businessman BILL KOMAN, will benefit Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The two-day event kicks off Oct. 8 with an evening celebration for riders, sponsors and volunteers at Soldiers Memorial. The bike ride takes place Oct. 9 and features two moderate routes (25 or 60 miles) that take cyclists through attractions such as Busch Stadium and Forest Park. For more information, call 787-1990 or visit

Interior designer, community volunteer and LN design editor ALAN E. BRAINERD was recently honored with the 2010 Community Service Award for his work on behalf of charitable organizations over the years. A $10,000 contribution in Brainerd’s name was given to St. Andrew’s Resources for Seniors by the William T. Kemper and Commerce Bancshares foundations. Well done, Alan!

Fashion forward St. Louisan JERRY TALAMANTES is the recipient of this year’s Plaza Frontenac Fashion Achievement Award. Talamantes, currently the director of special events and public relations for Dillard’s Midwest, has been a familiar face to fashionistas over the years, previously holding positions at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.

Got pie? What better time than autumn to celebrate the goodness of pie! LN is holding its annual Fall Reader Recipe Contest and we’re searching for the perfect dessert pie—apple, pecan, meringue and more. Drop off your best creation, along with the recipe, to our offices Monday, Sept. 20, from 8 a.m. until noon. One lucky winner, determined by our panel of judges, will be awarded a L’Ecole Culinaire Restaurant gift certificate. Results and the winning recipes will be published in our Oct. 8 issue and on Make sure your recipe is clearly marked with your name and contact information, and come prepared to be photographed with your masterpiece!

Attention, film fanatics! The fourth annual Film Racing Tour comes to town Sept. 24, and local filmmakers of all levels are invited to test their skills by creating an original short film in 24 hours. St. Louis Film Race producer KATIE BORMASTER tells us filmmaking teams are emailed a theme, such as revenge or greed, and a ‘surprise’ prop or action that must be included in the film. Winning contestants will get the chance to have their work screened in theaters across the country. Final entry deadline is Sept. 22.

Visit to register.