Make plans with your family to attend the second annual ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL this summer. Two former St. Louisans and current top animators are the featured guests this year: BRAD SCHIFF (Coraline, The Boxtrolls) and SHAWN KRAUSE (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Up). Both men will give behind-the-scenes discussions on their work. The festival, held on two weekends in August (Aug. 1 to 3 and Aug. 8 to 10), will have 19 film programs on its schedule at venues throughout St. Louis, including St. Louis Public Library, COCA, Saint Louis Art Museum, and Webster and Lindenwood universities. The festival is put on by CINEMA ST. LOUIS, thanks to a grant from PNC Arts Alive.
Longtime newsman and author KEVIN KILLEEN is having a release party for his latest book, Try to Kiss a Girl, next month. The book-signing and discussion will be held at Left Bank Books on Wednesday, July 9, at 7 p.m. This is a second novel from Killeen, a reporter at KMOX Radio since 1995. His debut, Never Hug a Nun, won the Silver Benjamin Franklin Award from the Independent Book Publishers Association.
Feeling the effects of Mad Men withdrawal? With the hit AMC series taking a break before the conclusion of its seventh and final season (to premiere in spring 2015), this might tide you over: The ST. LOUIS CARDINALS are hosting JON HAMM Night at Busch Stadium. Hamm, a St. Louis native who stars as Don Draper on Mad Men and was recently seen in the movie, Million Dollar Arm, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the Cards game against Cincinnati on Aug. 18. Fans who purchase a special game ticket will receive an exclusive Jon Hamm bobblehead. VIP ticket packages also are available, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Visit cardinals.com/theme for more information.
Here’s to the birthday boy: Baseball Hall-of-Famer LOU BROCK is still celebrating following a whirlwind week to mark his 75th birthday. A surprise party for the birthday boy was held last weekend at Norwood Hills Country Club, where he and his wife, JACKIE, were feted by family and friends, including Cardinals pals MIKE SHANNON and RED SCHOENDIENST. Stay tuned for more photos from the celebration in an upcoming edition of Ladue News.
For the first time ever, CLAYTON RESTAURANT WEEK will have a summer edition: From Monday, July 14, to Sunday, July 20, enjoy summer menus and patio-dining to benefit a good cause. Thirteen of Clayton’s fine-dining establishments will offer a special three-course dinner promotion for a fixed price of $25, plus tax and tip. There also is an option of adding a $5 ‘Extra Helping’ donation to benefit OPERATION FOOD SEARCH. Participating restaurants include Bar Napoli, Bocci Wine Bar, Cardwell’s, Crushed Red, Jimmy’s on the Park, Oceano Bistro, Pomme Restaurant, Remy’s Kitchen & Wine Bar and Ruth’s Chris Steak House. The most recent Clayton Restaurant Week in January attracted some 19,000 diners, who raised more than $10,000 for the food bank. For a complete list of restaurants, visit claytonrestaurantweek.com.
One of the largest annual gatherings across the country in honor of 9/11 will be held on Sunday, Sept. 7, at The Sheldon. ARTS & FAITH ST. LOUIS, a collaboration of local arts and faith leaders, created the memorial concert on the 10th anniversary of the tragedy in 2011. Since then, the concert has consistently drawn standing-room-only crowds. This year’s concert is from 5:50 to 7 p.m. and will include performers such as world-renowned soprano CHRISTINE BREWER and acclaimed jazz pianist PETER MARTIN, along with members of the ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY. The keynote speaker will be Eden Theological Seminary president DAVID GREENHAW.