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The 35th annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival opened with Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein. Mike Isaacson, executive producer of The Muny, interviewed the Broadway legend about his career and volunteer efforts. Fierstein also gave away personalized t-shirts from his shows Newsies and Kinky Boots, and signed copies of his books and CDs. More than 900 fans attended the event.
St. Louis native Justin Willman, host of Food Network shows Cupcake Wars and Last Cake Standing, made a stop at Fontbonne University’s Siblings Weekend to help judge a cupcake-decorating contest. He also performed his show, Justin Willman: Like a Magician But Cooler.
What’s being billed as a ‘play-and-stay creative café' is coming to St. Louis: The Nest aims to be the area’s first modern-day community center, restaurant and membership club for children and their families. Conceived by local event planner Christina McHugh, The Nest in Frontenac will offer daily breakfast, lunch, high-tea service and play areas, as well as drop-in childcare, family-friendly activities, membership programs and private events. A special preview will be held Sunday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Frontenac location at 10440 German Blvd. in the old Calico’s building.
The Saint Louis Zoo has plenty to be excited about, including the $15-million polar bear habitat, which is set to open in 2015. Construction on the 40,000-square-foot McDonnell Polar Bear Point began last month. When completed, it will more than double the space of the zoo’s old polar bear habitat, and house an adult male and female bear, as well as a couple of cubs. Among the features of the new space is a seamless transition from sea to coastline to land, allowing the bears to swim, dive, rock-climb and dig in the sand. There also will be a 22-foot visitor viewing window and an Arctic cave room for viewing the bears as they swim in a 13-foot-deep pool. The habitat also includes a state-of-the-art life support system that recirculates and treats exhibit water, saving the zoo some 2.3 million gallons of water each year.
Local nonprofits Circle of Hope Bracelets, Every Child’s Hope, National Council of Jewish Women and SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center all work to give hope and healing to families throughout the community. And as beneficiaries of the 2013 Ladue News Show House at #23 Lenox Place, that message of hope and healing will be carried even further.
Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author SHIRLEY MACLAINE will headline the NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CANCER SOCIETY Alvin K. Stolze International Humanitarian Award dinner in St. Louis. MacLaine will be performing her one-woman show at the Nov. 23 event at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. The dinner also will include an award presentation to MICHAEL NEIDORFF and Centene Corporation (Humanitarian Award), TOM VOSS and Ameren (Corporate Philanthropy Award), and DR. ROBERT HAYASHI (Medical Legacy Award). For more information, visit theNCCS.org.
Nationwide, fashionable eyes are fixated on St. Louis, thanks to the upcoming fashion exhibition, A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess. The show, which includes extremely rare pieces from a private collection of British designer Alexander McQueen, opens next month at the World Chess Hall of Fame.
Bob Uecker, the man Johnny Carson called ‘Mr. Baseball’ will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis during its annual Media Person of the Year Gala.
Named Islamorada (Purple Islands) by the Spanish in the late 1800s, this tropical Florida island has been a favorite destination for legendary storytellers like Zane Grey and Ernest Hemingway. In the mid-1940s, a small inn called Olney Inn opened right smack on the Atlantic. Its first guest was President Harry Truman, followed shortly thereafter by Edward R. Murrow and other political Washington elite. Frequent transformations of the lodge brought avid fishermen from around the world, including perhaps the most famous angler, George H. W. Bush, who came so often he established an annual Bonefish Tournament raising thousands of dollars for various charities.
You are invited to one of the year’s most glamorous events: a sneak peek behind Glamour: Costumes and Images from the Collection of Mary Strauss, an exhibition to benefit the Sheldon Art Galleries.
From Tony Award-winning musicals and Grammy Award-winning performers to classic and contemporary art, take a first glimpse into St. Louis’ fall entertainment season.
This fall, Contemporary Art Museum will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its critically acclaimed building, designed by renowned architect Brad Cloepfil. The commemorative occasion will begin with new works by local and international artists in an exhibit entitled Place is the Space, as well as feature a talk by Cloepfil during its opening night, Sept. 6. LN recently spoke more about the anniversary festivities and special exhibitions with CAM chief curator Dominic Molon.
Chesterfield Arts has appointed three new members to its staff: JENNY DONALDSON, exhibition coordinator; KIM FURLOW, director of marketing; and BRUCE PRESTON, director of development.
A ground-breaking exhibition on Thomas Jefferson currently is on display at the Missouri History Museum. Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty, which attracted more than a million visitors while on display at the Smithsonian, explores one of the most difficult topics in American history and how it played out in Jefferson’s world at Monticello. The exhibit features more than 280 museum objects, works of art, documents and artifacts found through archeological excavations at Monticello, including Jefferson’s personal chess set and books. Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello runs through March 2014, and is free and open to the public.
You’ll find history, local lore and sweeping views of the Missouri landscape at the Old Courthouse Rotunda as it features the works of area artist Bryan Haynes on exhibit. TREES/WATER/SKY—A Walk through Missouri showcases sketches and original works by Haynes, who is based in St. Albans. The exhibition runs through Oct. 20, and is free and open to the public. On a related note, look for Haynes’ new book, New Regionalism: The Art of Bryan Haynes to be released in October.
Petting a stingray. Watching a Broadway show. Taking a simulated flight. These are just a few of the unique experiences retirees take part in as they volunteer at local institutions.
Classical concerts. Poignant plays. Children’s opera. Hip-hop dance. Fashion exhibits. These eclectic forms of art and more will come together for a 17-day event this fall at various area venues.
Many of us think we know what we like when it comes to the arts in St. Louis, but sometimes the most thrilling performance or the most moving canvas can be found in an unexpected place. We asked some of the area’s most plugged-in artistic leaders and supporters about their favorite arts experiences—perhaps you’ll find a new place to love!
BAFC Consulting, which offers organizational management services to educational institutions and nonprofits, welcomes JUDY SCLAIR as its new VP of administration. Sclair most recently served as superintendent of the Ladue School District.
You’ll be seeing plenty of cats and dogs around town now that the Animal Protective Association of Missouri's Harry & Hanley sculptures have been unveiled. The creations are part of a fundraising project to mark the APA’s 90th anniversary.
The self-proclaimed ‘living laboratory’ that is Laumeier Sculpture Park is focused on uniting contemporary artwork with the Missouri landscape. Throughout its 105 acres, the park welcomes some 300,000 visitors annually.
The Saint Louis Art Museum will unveil its much-anticipated new expansion this weekend during a grand opening celebration featuring inspiring art, hands-on projects and festive performances.
If you were among the record 7.24 million viewers who tuned in to last weekend’s Tony Awards, you know that Kinky Boots was one of the evening’s biggest winners, giving Webster University alum JERRY MITCHELL his second Tony (the first was for his choreography work in La Cage Aux Folles in 2005). Bravo!