The magic of lights…A large-scale Chinese lantern exhibition is making its return to the MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN next year. Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined will feature 22 lighted works of art crafted from silk and steel from Zigong, China. Among the highlights: a Porcelain Stupas Pagoda, which will be constructed with more than 300,000 porcelain pieces, including plates, bowls, spoons and teacups. It will serve as a replica of the Stupas Pagoda built in the Qing Dynasty in the Manfeilong Village of the Yunnan Province. The outdoor evening display, which is rarely staged outside of Asia, will run from May 23 to Aug. 22, 2015. Tickets will go on sale Nov. 1.

A three-night classical music festival featuring some of St. Louis’ top musicians and artists takes place in mid-Missouri later this month. The 39th annual MISSOURI RIVER FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS will be held in Boonville’s historic Thespian Hall Aug. 21 to 23. The entertainment kicks off Thursday, Aug. 21, with Broadway…and All That Jazz with jazz pianist PETER MARTIN, along with other members of the Festival Orchestra; On Friday, Aug. 22, Celebrate 10 Years of Music with David & Friends will star St. Louis Symphony concertmaster DAVID HALEN, soprano MIRAN HALEN, and CELESTE BOYER and HELEN KIM (violin), among others; and the Saturday, Aug. 23, performance, The Season Finale, will feature the orchestra with Beethoven’s Romances for Violin and Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. For tickets and more information, visit

There’s a new star on the ST. LOUIS WALK OF FAME: Award-winning broadcaster and former Cardinals All-Star TIM McCARVER was inducted earlier this week during a ceremony in the Delmar Loop. McCarver made his debut with the Cardinals in 1959 at the age of 17, and played for four decades before retiring in 1980. He went on to the broadcast booth, working for all four major television networks, and calling 24 World Series from 1985 to 2013.

A newly released book captures St. Louis at its best as the city commemorates the 250th anniversary of its founding. The City at 250: A Celebration of St. Louis in Photographs serves as a companion piece to the ongoing exhibition of the same name at the SHELDON ART GALLERIES. The 120-page book contains a collection of award-winning photographs, from Citygarden and Tower Grove Park to the Delmar Loop and beyond. The Sheldon exhibit runs through Aug. 23; the book is available in The Sheldon’s gift shop and at local bookstores.

The WHITE HOUSE recently honored a Saint Louis University hepatologist for his exemplary leadership in furthering prevention and treatment of viral hepatitis. DR. ADRIAN DI BISCEGLIE is chair and professor of internal medicine at SLU, and also serves as the president of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. His research has focused on hepatitis B and hepatitis C, which both can become chronic and lead to complications that may cause liver cancer and death. Bisceglie’s contributions were recognized by the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Office of National AIDS Policy in commemoration of World Hepatitis Day.

To top of its already impressive list of recognitions and awards, the renovation of the ST. LOUIS PUBLIC LIBRARY’s Central Library recently received the highest national award in the field of architecture. The coveted AIA Institute Honor Award was presented to St. Louis-based architectural firm CANNON DESIGN for its work on the 100-year-old landmark. The award was handed out during the American Institute of Architects Awards Convention in Chicago.