Students sewing costumes, building sets and even filling the director’s chair are common occurrences at Visitation Academy. Its middle and upper schools’ theater program, led by drama and speech teacher Marty Strohmeyer, allows young women to take the reins in four annual productions. “We believe in entrusting them as leaders—if you trust them, they are going to trust it and go with it,” Strohmeyer says.
To kick off the Saint Louis Art Museum’s new exhibit, Atua: Sacred Gods from Polynesia, George Nuku led a ceremony in the museum’s East Wing to prepare the space for the sacred objects that will be on display. Atua are a concept embedded in ancient Polynesian culture, and these sacred artworks are believed to be deities and the spirits of ancestors.
Story: Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, arrives in Messina following success in battle, accompanied by several of his men, including Benedick, Claudio and Don Pedro’s illegitimate brother, Don John. Don Pedro is invited to spend a month at the home of Leonato, whose daughter Hero is in love with Claudio.
Story: Otto Frank, a German-Jewish businessman, moves his family to Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1933 following Adolf Hitler’s ascendance to power in Germany. Otto, his wife Edith and daughters Margot and Anne remain there after the Nazis take control of most of Europe.
Laumeier Sculpture Park is one of St. Louis’ most spectacular gems. The Loli family of St. Louis picked a perfect fall day to explore and enjoy the sights, all while showing off some very stylish and playful looks.
Story: Eteocles and Polyneices, sons of the late King Oedipus of Thebes, each dies in battle on opposite sides of the civil war fought in Thebes. Their uncle Creon, now ruler of Thebes, declares that Eteocles shall be honored as a patriot and given a proper burial, but that Polyneices’ body will be left in the streets to be preyed upon by carrion birds and animals.
Bravo to longtime master of the arts and the dean of Webster University's Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, Peter Sargent, the recipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Webster Groves Arts Commission.
You don’t have to own your home to make a personal statement with its interior spaces. Peek inside this Central West End rental; with commanding views of the Forest Park and the city beyond, the apartment evokes a sense of sophisticated urban living.
What is your dream for the perfect place to spend your retirement? Maybe it’s a newly remodeled home on 20-plus acres, including a lake and plenty of rustic walking trails. Perhaps it’s close to family, and offers convenient access to a slew of artistic, culinary and intellectual activities, as well as provides a full continuum of medical care.
Supporters, and state and local officials recently attended the grand opening of SouthSide Early Childhood Center. The new building is twice the size of the previous facility, and includes 10 classrooms, a multipurpose room, resource library, kids’ ‘kitchen’ and preschool garden, state-of-the-art meeting and conference rooms, and a natural playground.
A couple months ago, my editor approached me about one of those new painting-while-drinking-wine classes that have recently dominated everyone’s social media newsfeeds. My mission was to visit the new Pinot’s Palette in Webster Groves. The thought of doing something artistic while drinking wine, and then writing about it sounded like something just this side of nirvana, so, of course, I signed on.
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This week we introduce the remaining designer teams for the 2014 Ladue News Show House. See their work on display at 34 Briarcliff in Ladue Oct. 11 – 19.
From a birthplace of the blues to the country’s second-oldest symphony, St. Louis’ historic arts scene keeps on thriving. American Arts Experience (AAE) will celebrate the city’s past and present music, art, theater, dance and literature from Oct. 3 to 19 at a variety of local theaters, galleries and universities.
Parents of today’s school kids may fondly remember their '80s-era lunchbox filled with bologna on white bread, cookies and chips. While that may have been the standard school lunch of a few decades ago, today’s parents are packing more nutritious lunches that contain all the important food groups needed to keep a youngster going through the day. And that’s half the battle.
Story: Six comic vignettes comprise two acts of humor. In Sure Thing, a man meets a woman in a coffee shop, where their dialogue is altered continually until they finally ‘click’ into a mutual attraction. Words, Words, Words focuses on a trio of chimpanzees placed before typewriters by a research scientist who is monitoring whether, given enough time, they can write Hamlet.
Story: Life in Czarist Russia is harsh for the Jewish residents of Anatevka, but it is the life they know. Their story is seen through the lens of Tevye the dairyman, who with his wife Golda struggles to raise their five daughters according to the precepts of the “Good Book.” The world, however, is evolving rapidly, and those changes are reaching even into their small, inconspicuous community.
Colorful leaves, a cool breeze and the city’s signature fall festivals soon will signal the start of autumn in St. Louis.
Story: Four musical vignettes peek at the private lives behind the public personae of several wives of American presidents, including Eleanor Roosevelt, Bess Truman, Mamie Eisenhower and Jackie Kennedy.
Fall is in the air—or it is at Neiman Marcus, at least! The Saint Louis Fashion Fund was celebrated at the recent Neiman Marcus Trend Event, during which the organization's board members acted as stylists and created fall looks on mannequins on display.
In support of the expansive, publicly funded St. Louis County Library (SLCL)—which includes its headquarters and 19 branches—there is the SLCL Foundation, which works to fill in gaps in funding and other resources.
Story: Mabry Hoffman has a Ph.D. in anthropology but no job to pay the bills to support her son and herself. Thus, she’s interested when she hears about a project operated by the United States Army called The Human Terrain, a proof-of-concept initiative established in 2006 to “improve the military’s ability to understand the highly complex local, socio-cultural environment in the areas where (it is) deployed.”