Ladue News becomes a work of art…One of the current exhibits at BRUNO DAVID GALLERY features the work of artist KATHARINE KUHARIC, who uses ‘unsolicited images’ from newspapers, magazines and junk mail and presents them in a way that questions celebrity, pop and suburban culture. One such painting especially caught our attention. Title? Ladue News. We’ll leave the interpretation up to you.

Ladue H.S. will be the site of a bone marrow donor drive to help a Ladue family. TIM and MAGGIE MURRY’s four sons are all in need of a bone marrow transplant. The boys, SEAN (21), PATRICK (17), DANNY (10) and TIMMY (8), were diagnosed with Diamond Blackfan anemia at birth, a rare but fatal blood disease that affects less than 500 people in the U.S. The donor drive is on Saturday, April 28. Everyone ages 18 to 55 is encouraged to get ‘swabbed’ and join the National Bone Marrow Registry to see if they can be a match for someone waiting for a donor.

Next month’s St. Louis Jewish Book Festival will feature some familiar names. First up is award-winning author and screenwriter DELIA EPHRON (You’ve Got Mail), who will appear as part of Girls Night Out with Quirk Out! on Wednesday, May 2. Makeovers, modeling and gift bags will be part of the festivities at Macy’s West County Mall. On Wednesday, May 16, musical legend NEIL SEDAKA is the featured headliner for ‘Evening of Conversation, Books & Song’ at the JCC’s Staenberg Family Complex. He’ll be singing, talking and signing copies of his children’s books and CDs. For more information, call 442-3299 or visit

Six LADUE ESTATES homes will be open for a special open house and tour next Sunday, May 6, from noon to 3 p.m. Ladue Estates is the first Missouri mid-century neighborhood to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more information, visit

The 100th anniversary season of THE SHELDON promises to be star-studded, with a list that includes musical heavy-hitters like ROSANNE CASH, ARTURO SANDOVAL and DIANNE REEVES. The 2012-2013 season kicks off with a special Oct. 11 concert that features a commissioned work by composer PETER MARTIN and performed by CHRISTINE BREWER, BRANFORD MARSALIS, CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE, DAVID HALEN and members of the ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY. Other performers making their way to The Sheldon this season include MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER, RICKY SKAGGS and PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND.

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis has a new director, following a five-month international search to replace PAUL HA. LISA MELANDRI is currently deputy director for exhibitions and programs at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. She’s expected to start her new post in August.