Sneak peek, times two…Filmmakers KEN BURNS and LYNN NOVICK will be in town Sept. 19 to offer a preview of their latest documentary, Prohibition, at the new Peabody Opera House—a rare opportunity to see the venue prior to its gala opening on Oct. 1. Burns and Novick will lead the screening and discussion of the film, which documents the rise and fall of the Constitution’s 18th Amendment prohibiting the sale and manufacture of alcohol. We’re told St. Louis, with its rich brewing history, has a prominent role in the film. For tickets, call 800- 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster. com. The six-hour documentary will premiere on Nine PBS Oct. 2 to 4.
The country’s leading suspense authors will gather at a free event this month at St. Louis County Library headquarters. Among those expected to attend are Missouri native and Winter’s Bone author DANIEL WOODRELL, Edgar Award-winner MEGAN ABBOTT (Die A Little, This Song Is You), New York Times bestseller LISA LUTZ (Spellman Files series) and Shamus Award-winner PETER SPIELGELMAN (Black Maps). The sixth annual Suspense Night at the library takes place Sept. 14, and will feature a panel discussion and book signing. The event is being held in conjunction with the 2011 Bouchercon Convention, the annual gathering of mystery writers and readers from Sept. 15 to 18, at the Renaissance Grand Hotel downtown.
Who’s minding the media? It’s a question that a distinguished panel of familiar names is expected to address during a gala event celebrating the 40th anniversary of the ST. LOUIS JOURNALISM REVIEW (SJR), which is now known as GATEWAY JOURNALISM REVIEW. St. Louis native and CBS news anchor RUSS MITCHELL will host the event, and will be joined by veteran journalist BOB WOODWARD (via satellite) and Illinois Lt. Governor SHEILA SIMON (daughter of the late Sen. Paul Simon, who served on the SJR board), among others. The Sept. 15 event takes place at Edward Jones headquarters in Des Peres. For ticket information, call David Garino at 982-0551.
The TODAY Show spotlight will be shining on St. Louisan MARIANNE MOORE, director of catering with Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. Moore was invited to tape a segment with KATHIE LEE GIFFORD and HODA KOTB in New York City this week featuring backto- school party ideas. The episode airs Sept. 2.
Two local organizations are joining forces in hopes of providing a stronger voice on behalf of abused and neglected children. CASA of St. Louis County and Voices for Children have announced a merger, to become official Oct. 1. The new agency will operate under the name VOICES FOR CHILDREN, with JAN HUNEKE as CEO and ALLIE RAY as COO. Members from the two boards will be combined, with BRIAN ASHWORTH serving as board chair. Joint operations mean that the new Voices will serve 1,200 children (birth to age 21) each year.