In an average week, I attend one to three events—galas, luncheons, performances, etc.—so it’s not unusual for me to run into the same people who carry on with a similar schedule as I do. And with every event, there are those who consistently stand out. Call it a combination of confidence, charisma and style, these are people who command your attention as soon they walk into the room.
When STAGES St. Louis opened its 2013 season with a production of Always…Patsy Cline, executive producer Jack Lane knew something special was happening. The tuneful tribute to the late country music artist had the largest advance sales of any show in STAGES’ 27-year history, and sold out most of the performances in its month-long run.
It’s a milestone year for SING FOR SITEMAN, the annual event that brings together a group of world-renowned artists from OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS to perform for one night only to benefit SITEMAN CANCER CENTER’s Discovery Fund for cancer research. The fifth annual benefit concert on Monday, June 9, will be held at a new venue this year: the 730-seat Performing Arts Center at John Burroughs School. Opera stars STEPHANIE BLYTHE, RENÉ BARBARA, SUSANNAH BILLER, PATRICK CARFIZZI, LEVI HERNANDEZ, SEAN PANIKKAR and ELIZABETH ZHAROFF will be accompanied by internationally acclaimed pianist CAROL WONG, who also serves as the concert’s artistic director. Co-chairs for the evening are KIM EBERLEIN and CHERI FROMM. For tickets, call 961-0644 or visit opera-stl.org/SingForSiteman. Ladue News is a proud media sponsor of Sing for Siteman.
I have to admit I've been curious about this film. As an Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature, I thought to myself that it must drive these animators nuts to create something so precious, only to be trampled by the Goliath that is Disney. Nothing against Frozen, it’s a delightful film, but this is art.
The start of the football season is still months away, but Rams head coach Jeff Fisher doesn’t have much time to spare: Right now, it’s free-agency season, followed by college-draft season and then mini-camp, etc. There always is something.
Story: Brother Jeroboam, like many preachers near Lagos, Nigeria, prefers to minister to his faithful in a local fishing village down at the beach. In reality a con artist, he has a makeshift ministry there, where ostensibly he lives outdoors. Actually, he sleeps nightly in a nearby shack, trying mightily to ward off his major temptation, attractive women.
Story: Tami Martin’s plate of responsibilities is full. She’s a whirlwind of activity as she cooks, cleans and caters to the whims of her family, including teenage daughter Lisa, son Josh and husband Bill. She may well have a full-time job outside the home, too, as could Bill. We don’t know that, though, because we’re focused on the maelstrom of movement in their home.
News is a 24-hour-a-day business. Correction: It’s a 60-minute-an-hour, 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week…you get the idea. Furthermore, the news simply is not a nicely groomed anchor reading today’s top stories before handing the ball off to 'Storm,' the weather guy, or 'Champ' for sports. A news channel has an anchor reciting the news. It also has a crawl along the bottom explaining, in brief, top stories. There also is a picture-in-picture of some breaking event. And, in case you were curious, there is a list of bullet points of what’s up next. It’s like staring at a strobe light. Breaking news: The cable news channel is giving me a seizure.
An artist's rendering of the planned Market Cafe
Story: To paraphrase protagonist Clifford Bradshaw, “there was a place called The Kit Kat Klub in a city called Berlin in a country called Germany…and we were all fast asleep.” Bradshaw, an American novelist wannabe, has traveled to Europe in 1929 in search of his muse, first in London, then in Paris and now in Berlin.
In the late 19th century, France was amid an epic transformation: Its lush, natural landscapes were rapidly altered by the impact of industrialization and tourism. All the while, artists and photographers of the time were capturing this significant shift in its national identity. As St. Louisans celebrate the 250th anniversary of their own French heritage, they can explore this period of historic art and change in the expansive new exhibit, Impressionist France, on view through July 6 at Saint Louis Art Museum's new East Building.
From visual pieces such as paintings to utilitarian items like ink wells, the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog is focused on collecting, preserving and showing dog-themed works of art.
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As St. Louisans, we often are made aware of locally based corporate players who are recognized nationally and internationally for their level of expertise in their respective markets. Somehow knowing that these institutions are taking our homegrown talents to places far and wide connects us with people outside of our comfort zone and most definitely puts St. Louis on the map.
Another stellar lineup is in store for the 2014-2015 season of the St. Louis Speakers Series presented by Maryville University. The season begins Oct. 7 with award-winning actor/social activist Martin Sheen.
Though What Not to Wear concluded last fall, women still have the opportunity to be ‘Carmindized’ through Carmindy’s new line. We caught up with her before her recent trip to St. Louis, celebrating the line's launch at Soft Surroundings.
Story: In conjunction with Vital VOICE Magazine and Pearl Vodka, That Uppity Theatre Company recently presented eight vignettes by as many playwrights, 10-minute pieces that explore comic and dramatic issues with a focus on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered people.
Story: Matt and Davis are Americans in Amsterdam for a good time. Trouble is, the former college roommates and 30-somethings are somewhat polar opposites. Davis is a rakish ne’er-do-well, an editor who is on the fast track after plucking a novel from obscurity and seeing it shoot to the top of the charts, courtesy of Matt’s recognition of its artistic merit.
RONALD NORWOOD and BRIDGET HOY have been appointed as chairman and vice chair, respectively, of Lewis Rice Fingersh’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Story: Edna Pontellier would seem to have it all: She’s a belle of the social set in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century, the wife of a successful businessman and mother of two children.
Story: Kim and Kat both grew up in the small town of Monroe, Wisconsin and were high school sweethearts. Kat went off to college, but an early pregnancy and subsequent, unplanned marriage to Kim put an end to that. Kim was set to inherit his dad’s dairy farm until his older brother came back from Vietnam and decided that he’d like to be a farmer after all, changing his mind after earlier rejecting his father’s offer and leaving Kim odd man out.
From lectures to exercise sessions and art classes, local senior communities are focused on supporting the mind, body and spirit of their residents. “We want to help our residents live longer, healthier, happier lives,” notes Heather Finkelston, director of The Willows in Chesterfield.
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Soft sounds of tinkling cow bells on placid brown cows; billowing sailboats dotting Lake Lucerne; cobblestone streets along fairytale architecture; and winsome chalets tucked into lush green mountainsides. This—and so much more—is Lucerne in the summer.
Story: Life isn’t easy for Mark and his friends on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It’s the early 1990s, and the long, grim shadow of HIV and AIDS looms ominously over them, since most of Mark’s friends are afflicted with one or the other. Beyond that, this group of starving artists ekes out the most meager of existences, making do with dilapidated conditions in their apartment buildings while they struggle to hone their crafts.