2015 is upon us. As we compile a list of the resolutions we plan to stick to rigidly for one week, waffle over for a month, and abandon in a complete 180-swing by March, let's reflect...
Make plans to join the folks at Truffles in Ladue this Thursday, Oct. 16, as they officially open the Butchery, its new meat market expansion adjacent to the restaurant. There'll be plenty of Champagne, food samples and live music. Festivities will begin on the restaurant's parking lot on Clayton Road at 5 p.m., and move indoors to continue the celebration.
A St. Louis first will be unveiled next month in the GRAND CENTER ARTS DISTRICT: The Public Media Commons is being described as a 'playground for the mind and the senses.' The 9,000-square-foot open-air media environment is designed to bring people together for experiences that encourage creative thinking and serve the community as an incubator of arts and ideas. The Commons, bordered by the Nine Network, St. Louis Public Radio and the Sheldon Concert Hall, will feature large-screen video walls--two stories high--on two sides and the latest audio/visual technology. The site is a collaboration between the NINE NETWORK, UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI-ST. LOUIS and ST. LOUIS PUBLIC RADIO. An opening-night celebration will be held Sept. 13 at 7 p.m., and will include interactive experiences, entertainment, food trucks and more.
Last month, an impressive gathering of business, civic and community leaders, as well as family and friends, came together to celebrate Tom Voss and his contributions to St. Louis. The longtime CEO of Ameren officially retired this month, following a remarkable 45-year career with the company.
Story: Four vignettes all are set in the suite of a London hotel overlooking Hyde Park. In Settling Accounts, successful Welsh novelist Brian is shocked to learn that he is suddenly bankrupt. As he pieces together what happened, he realizes that his financial advisor Billy has drained Brian's bank accounts. Before Billy can skip town, however, he finds himself at the business end of Brian’s revolver, attempting to ‘explain’ what has happened to the money.
LN’s Trish Muyco-Tobin is among the 2014 Salute to Women in Leadership honorees, presented by the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. The gala was created more than 10 years ago by Urban League's Michael McMillan.
It’s been a long time coming, and in a few days, Cardinal Nation will finally get to christen Ballpark Village, the 10-acre master-planned development designed around Busch Stadium.
Passion drives Tony Thompson. Whether he’s leading a board meeting, mentoring students or creating music, Thompson—the Kwame Building Group, Inc. board chairman—adds his intense enthusiasm to each undertaking.
Celebrate St. Louis’ 250th birthday in style with The Biggest Birthday Ball, sure to be one of the biggest social events of the year! The ball, to be held at the Missouri History Museum on Feb. 16, will treat guests with a feast for the senses.
By providing funding to various arts-based nonprofits, the Arts and Education Council (A&E) works to create a more dynamic and lively arts scene within the greater St. Louis area.
Story: Four candidates for the 332nd Fighter Group, better known as the Tuskegee Airmen, meet at the military school in Tuskegee, Alabama where they train to become fighter pilots during World War II. These candidates, though, are black, and the challenge to earn their stripes in flight school is exacerbated with racism, both blatant and subtle, throughout their training.
This summer, think of your backyard as the next decorating frontier. Use designer-quality furniture, rugs, lighting and charming decorative accents for stunning results.
Imagine this life if you will: You are a senior in high school. You can throw a fastball 90-plus miles per hour. You are a starter on a very good basketball team. And you also happen to be one of the better quarterbacks in the Midwest.
Story: Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis has a lone occupant on April 3, 1968. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has returned to what the desk clerk jokingly refers to as the “King-Abernathy Suite” on the eve of a big speech he’s preparing for the Memphis sanitation workers.
The year 2012 was tumultuous in many respects, so perhaps fittingly Wicked is the title of the production that brings down the curtain on the last 12 months. A record drought plagued the St. Louis area, temperatures sweltered in an elongated summer and the area’s economy staggered toward a slow but steady recovery. All of this took place in the face of impending doom predicted centuries ago by the Mayan calendar.
Yours truly was honored to be a judge at a chili cook-off, part of the annual Fall Festival at Reed Elementary School in Ladue, on Oct. 14. This was the first year for the cook-off, which took the place of the long-running pie-baking contest, and 14 chili masters stepped up to compete. Custom-carved pumpkins from CJ Sanders were given out as prizes for categories such as Best Pork Chili, Best Beef Chili and Best Vegetarian Chili. At the end of the day, JALAIN FELLMAN took the overall top honors with her creation, dubbed Blazing Saddles.
Let it be…SIR PAUL MCCARTNEY is coming to St. Louis. As of press time, his Nov. 11 concert at the Scottrade Center is one of only two U.S. stops for his On the Run tour. This is McCartney’s first St. Louis show in a decade (his Back in the U.S. tour stopped here in 2002).
St. Louis’ own EMILY PULITZER has been awarded one of the 2011 National Medals of Arts and Humanities by PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA. Pulitzer’s “contributions as a curator, art collector and philanthropist (who) has dedicated herself to connecting art and viewers through her generosity…” were cited as some of the reasons why she is deserving of the honor. Other National Medal of Arts recipients honored at the White House this week included actor AL PACINO and poet RITA DOVE.
THROUGH 3/4 SPIRIT & HISTORY Visit Saint Louis University-Museum of Art and view a wonderful collection of work expressing the plight of African-Americans in American history. The paintings, by Fr. James Hasse and Judge Nathan Young, explore biblical themes and the strife of African- American women. Wednesdays through Sundays. Free. 977-3399 or slu.edu/sluma.xml.
A packed house of family, friends and fans celebrated new Cardinals manager MIKE MATHENY at a lively party last week at Mike Shannon’s downtown. Matheny addressed the crowd, saying that he’s fortunate to have the “best job on the planet,” but that it all “hasn’t sunk in yet.” As Matheny wrapped up his speech, host MIKE SHANNON whispered into his ear, reminding him to thank the most important person in the room: Mrs. Matheny. The new manager immediately acknowledged his oversight, sheepishly telling the crowd. “Mike Shannon just taught me lesson No. 1.”
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.
Anyone who has ever sprinkled a dash of salt on a slice of watermelon knows the savory enhances the sweet. The combination reaches new heights at Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier at Maryland Plaza, which now has an expanded menu to go with its recently expanded space.
Author’s Nouriel Roubini and Stephen Mihm aren’t psychics, and their book is not a crystal ball into when our world will be rocked by another financial crisis. But once you’ve read their Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance, you might question why more people didn’t see the signs that the world was embarking on its greatest financial challenge since the Great Depression.