She was 9 years old when she sang her first solo, God Gave Me a Song. “And today, I relish in that, because He truly did give me a song.”
The country’s oldest outdoor musical theater already is gearing up for an exciting 100th anniversary season in 2018, and while The Muny’s artistic director/executive producer, Mike Isaacson, deeply appreciates this St. Louis institution’s history, he is focused squarely on its future. “We’re not creating ‘museum theater,’ ” he says. “Yes, it’s a historic experience—you’ll always have the stage, the trees, the stars and the ritual. But the work on stage has to feel like it’s about the present. The future is what’s interesting to me; and the way we tell stories, and the technology we use need to be present-tense and future-tense. I want the audience members to look at the creativity on stage and say Look at this...and this is us.” To Isaacson, The Muny is a proxy for the city, and when it’s exciting and cutting-edge, it’s akin to the Cardinals winning the World Series—when everyone feels good about St. Louis.
On March 9, 1960, Mari de Villa welcomed its first guest. But the night before the grand opening, a snowstorm blanketed the drive leading to the senior living community’s front door. In what has become a Mari de Villa tradition—putting guests first—founder Joe Linneman walked out to Clayton Road, and carried the inaugural guest through the snow and into his new home.
So much beer news! In honor of their 23rd anniversary, the folks at Schlafly have unveiled a new brew, Imperial Topaz IPA. The beer was introduced at a pair of recent anniversary parties at The Schlafly Tap Room and The Schlafly Bottleworks.
If you've ever stood on the steps under the Arch, admired the flowers at City Hall, or driven by the remodeled homes in North County neighborhoods, you have witnessed the work of the Veiled Prophet Foundation.
These movers and shakers were putting their weight behind a number of deserving causes this year. We caught them at events all around town...
For St. Louis, this was a year with both ups and downs, and sprinkled among them were a few high points. We present LN’s Most Memorable Moments of 2014, through the recollections of some of the key players.
From unrest in Ferguson and the acquisition of a St. Louis-based company, to the economic impact of the Cardinals’ post-season run and the launch of two major business incubators, 2014 was a big news year for the St. Louis region.
Clients find dazzling diamonds, enormous gems and unexpectedly affordable pieces at Ylang Ylang’s new stand-alone location in Ladue’s Colonial Marketplace.
Although it’s been 20 years since David Halen was named concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, he still savors that moment. “The announcement was made the night Isaac Stern was featured soloist for our orchestra," he recalls.
Nonprofits across St. Louis are celebrating a milestone in years of service to the community. Here, we highlight their past contributions and future philanthropic plans. Join LN in wishing them a happy anniversary—and many more! Cheers!
The tones of the first and second halves of 2014 are polarized. Jubilees at the start of the year that celebrated the city’s 250th anniversary sharply contrasted against the confrontations resulting from what happened in Ferguson in late summer.
The Chamber Music Society of St. Louis has announced its star-studded 2015 benefit, Salut D’Amour—Celebrating with David and Miran Halen. The Tuesday, March 10, concert will be held in the acoustically perfect Sheldon Concert Hall.
Since the fear of public speaking is one of the main fears people have, facing it is the first step in lessening it. But we really don’t want to eliminate it completely! Toastmasters tells us to take the “butterflies in our stomach and teach them to fly in formation.” A Toastmasters club is the perfect setting for this. It is a nurturing environment where many have been in your shoes and can easily relate to the courage you’re demonstrating.
Story: In 1938, 8-year-old Berry Gordy Jr. witnessed the thrill his parents experienced when American boxer Joe Louis defeated German fighter Max Schmeling in a heavyweight bout. Gordy Jr. was determined to bring happiness to others in a way much like he saw in his parents’ faces at news of that epic boxing event.
They say things get better with age. That most certainly is the case with Webster University, which has launched a yearlong celebration to commemorate 100 years. Between now and a planned Centennial Grand Finale in November 2015, expect plenty of activity surrounding this remarkable anniversary milestone.
From its beginnings as a Catholic women’s college in 1915 to today’s global coed campuses, Webster University is celebrating a century of local and worldwide impact.
There are new historical markers throughout downtown St. Louis to highlight seven streets with their original French names. The new signage is a gift from Les Amis for the city's 250th anniversary.
Looking for an easy way to entertain stress-free this Thanksgiving? The Libertine is offering The Libertine Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go Bag. The bag contains a free-range Buttonwood Farms Turkey and a ton of sides from Chef JOSH GALLIANO and crew, including Greenbean Casserole, Rosemary Sweet Potatoes, Spinach Madelein, Biscuits, Cranberry-Orange Relish, Chicken & Andouille Gumbo and more. Reserve yours via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the restaurant at 314-862-2998. They'll be available for pickup the Tuesday before Turkey Day.
Nail polish is all about the color, right? Well, it turns out there’s a little more to it than that. For some insight on getting great manicures, we turned to industry veteran Deborah Lippmann. As luck would have it, her company is now celebrating its 15-year anniversary. Congratulations!