Four MUNY premieres are in the lineup for the 2014 season—The Muny’s 96th summer at Forest Park! The seven upcoming shows are: The Addams Family; Billy Elliot the Musical; Grease; Hello, Dolly!; The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess; Seussical the Musical; and Tarzan. Show order and performance dates will be announced later. New season tickets will be available beginning March 8; single tickets go on sale May 31.

Oscar-winning writer/director OLIVER STONE is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 22nd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival, to be held Nov. 14 to 24. Stone will appear during a ticketed event at The Tivoli to discuss his director’s cut of JFK on Friday, Nov. 22, the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination. For tickets and information about this year’s festival offerings, visit

The heirs of self-made billionaire and philanthropist WARREN BUFFETT will be in St. Louis to discuss their new book, 40 Chances: Finding Hope in a Hungry World. In 2006, when the elder Buffett announced that he was leaving the bulk of his fortune to philanthropy, he posed this question to his son: If you had the resources to do something great in the world, what would you do? HOWARD G. BUFFETT, chairman and CEO of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, gave himself a deadline: 40 years to put more than $3 billion to help the most vulnerable people on earth. The book chronicles his efforts, which he undertook with his son, HOWARD W. BUFFETT, a lecturer in international and public affairs at Columbia University and a foundation trustee. The two will discuss their book on Monday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. at St. Louis County Library Headquarters.

Autumn in New York…Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis topper MICHAEL McMILLAN spent some time in New York City this week as an honoree of Ebony magazine’s 2013 Power 100 list. Under the list’s ‘Dream Keepers’ category, McMillan was recognized for his ability to inspire others in their pursuit of civil rights and economic empowerment. McMillan, the former St. Louis City license collector, took over as president/CEO of the fourth-largest affiliate of the National Urban League this summer. The Power List appears in Ebony's December/January edition, on newsstands this week. 

Congratulations to DIANE KATZMAN of Diane Katzman Design, this year’s honoree at the 22nd annual Express Scripts Reach for a Star Gala. Katzman will be feted this Friday at an event at The Ritz-Carlton, with proceeds to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Calling all dessert divas and cake bosses! It’s time for LN’s HOLIDAY DESSERT RECIPE CONTEST! Do you have a sweet treat that’s become a holiday favorite? Be it festive rum balls, grandma’s time-honored pie or even traditional figgy pudding, we are looking for the best holiday-themed dessert. The person who submits the winning recipe receives an exclusive wine dinner for two at BALABAN’S WINE CELLAR & TAPAS BAR.

Drop off your dessert, along with the recipe, on Monday, Nov. 18, from 8:30 a.m. until noon at our office in the Colonial Marketplace (8811 Ladue Road, Suite D). Come prepared to be photographed with your treats. Winning recipes will be published in our Nov. 29 edition.