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The third annual Ladue News Show House opens to the public next month. This year’s Show House, 23 Lenox Place in the Central West End, is filled with details of Old World craftsmanship and touches of Gilded Age elegance.
From Circus Flora, Claire Wedemeyer
Neighborhood farmers markets are re-opening and welcoming back local producers—a very exciting time for those of us who enjoy the bounty of our bi-state area!
Circus Flora's Flora Dora Gala, 2012.
For those facing illnesses or disabilities, ‘alternative’ therapies—such as laughter, music or animal therapy—can offer a range of benefits. These local programs are doing their parts to make a difference.
Circus Flora's Clowns on Call coordinator Claire Wedemeyer
DAVID SCHLAFLY was announced as chairman of Laumeier Sculpture Park’s board. MATTHEW COBLE, JAMEY EDGERTON, SAM FOXMAN, GARY HOEMANN, RAMSEY MAUNE, SHELBY SHIRE and MIKE WALSH are the nonprofit organization’s newest board members.
Story: Program notes describe Tir na n’Og as “a place beyond the edges of the map, located on island far to the west of Ireland. It can only be reached by either an arduous voyage or an invitation from one of its fairy residents.” On the island, love is the constant theme, specifically romantic love, with eternal youth and beauty in abundance and sickness and death restricted to places offshore. Visitors to the enchanted isle witness a number of meetings, trysts, dalliances and commitments amidst magic and dazzling adventures.
Circus Flora 6/24/2012
Holocaust survivors LEO and SARA WOLF will be the guests of honor at a special dinner to benefit the Holocaust Museum and Learning Center. ‘Sustain Their Dream: Preserve the History and Lessons’ will be held Sunday, Aug. 5, Marriot St. Louis West to pay tribute to the Wolfs for their vision and years of commitment to the museum. Proceeds will benefit the Leo and Sara Wolf Museum Fund. For tickets and more info, call museum director Jean Cavender at 442-3715 or email email@example.com.
We now know that names of the 2012 Most Enhanced award winners from the LANDMARKS ASSOCIATION OF SAINT LOUIS. The awards, now in their 20th year, recognize outstanding rehabilitation projects in the St. Louis region. This year’s recipients include Peabody Opera House, Grand Center Arts Academy, The Laurel on Washington Avenue and the World Chess Hall of Fame in the Central West End. The awardees were honored during a recent ceremony.
Masquerade Mayor’s Ball By Colleen Doherty St. Louis City Hall was delightfully decorated in purple, green and gold for the 10th annual Mayor’s Ball, a Mardi Gras Masquerade. The evening began with a VIP Reception, which led to the Grand Parade March, where Mayor Francis Slay led a group of lords and ladies down to the main floor for drinks, dancing and entertainment. The mistress and master of ceremonies were Melanie Moon and John Pertzborn, and entertainment was provided by Circus Flora, as well as Marge Evans with Coalition. Also in attendance were event CEO Stacy Hastie and chairman Ted Powers.
Keith and Lori Scheiler with a hula-hoop perfomer from Circus Flora
A group of local women is being recognized for their efforts in keeping the arts thriving in St. Louis. The recipients of this year’s Grand Center Visionary Awards include philanthropist KIM EBERLEIN (Major Contribution to the Arts), CON CHRISTESON of the Community CollabARTive program at Peter & Paul Community Services (Successful Working Artist), The City Studio Dancer Center’s SARA BURKE (Outstanding Arts Professional), Saint Louis Art Museum photography instructor LOIS INGRAM (Outstanding Arts Educator), artist GINA ALVAREZ (Emerging Artist) and Washington University English professor and author MARY JO BANG (Lifetime Achievement). In addition, SUSAN UCHITELLE, director of the Confluence Academy, will receive the President’s Award for her role in establishing Grand Center Arts Academy. The 10th annual Visionary Awards takes place May 16 at The Sheldon. For tickets, call 289-1583 or visit grandcenter.org.
Save the date…It’s that time of the year, and we invite you to officially welcome summer with us. Elegant Entertaining Made Easy, LN design editor ALAN E. BRAINERD’s annual daytime soirée at NEIMAN MARCUS, takes place Thursday, June 9, at 10:30 a.m. Learn the art of preparing sophisticated and creative table settings, whether you’re entertaining formally or poolside, and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres from BUTLER’S PANTRY. The event will be held at Neiman Marcus Gift Galleries, Level One. There is no admission fee, but reservations are required. Call Jamie Thurston at 994-5022 to reserve your space.
Coming soon..CIRCUS FLORA’s 25th season jubilee, Vagabond Adventures, will reunite some of its beloved performers over the years, including the Flying Wallendas, the St. Louis Arches, the Flying Pages, UNA MIMNAGH on the corde lisse (vertical rope), Circus Flora co-founder and performer ALEXANDRE PAVLATA and GIOVANNI ZOPPE as Nino the Clown.
Here’s a ‘happy’ thought…The 28th season of PARTIES IN THE PARK, one of the area’s original outdoor happy hour events, is coming soon! But there’s a big change this year: The event is moving out of Shaw Park onto the streets of downtown Clayton. The new setting on Meramec Avenue between Forsyth Boulevard and Maryland Avenue will include a live music stage, lounge furniture, drinks and food offerings from area restaurants. Parties in the Park begins May 11, and will be held every second Wednesday of the month through September.
> WES JOHNSON, chef de cuisine at Eclipse Restaurant in the Moonrise Hotel, will be opening a place of his own this spring. Called Salt, the new venture will be at 4356 Lindell Blvd. in the former home of Savor. Look for in-house charcuterie (hence the Salt title) as well as other unique takes on contemporary American cuisine. Eclipse fans, don’t despair: Johnson tells us he’ll be splitting his time between the two restaurants. And apparently not sleeping much!
Go green! Our town’s GATEWAY GREENING is the winner of a $50,000 grant from the TODAY Show’s ‘What Do You Care About TODAY?’ contest. The organization was chosen as one of four finalists for its City Seeds Urban Farm, a downtown St. Louis project that produces affordable, locally grown food on land provided by the Missouri Department of Transportation. Its farmers are clients receiving services from St. Patrick Center. The prize was announced live on the TODAY Show last week.
It’ll be an extra special Father’s Day at CIRCUS FLORA this weekend, since three of the performers are new fathers this year! Proud dads include GIOVANNI ZOPPE, who plays Nino the Clown and Sancho Panza in this season’s Ingenioso, equestrian aerialist SASHA NEVIDONSKI and aerial performer ANDREW ADAMS. Their babies range in age from 4 to 11 months and have small roles in the production. Incidentally, we’re told Circus Flora is partnering with the SAINT LOUIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA to celebrate its 25th anniversary next year. Expect circus performances at Powell Hall in January!
St. Louis native MAURA KIDWELL (Clayton HS ’00) is drawing raves for her turn as Miep Gies in The Rep’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank, which runs through March 7. Kidwell plays the Dutch woman who served as Anne Frank’s protector from the Nazis during World War II. “While she did play a big role in helping the Franks, she didn’t see herself as anything extraordinary,” Kidwell says. “Knowing that about her takes the pressure off me as it relates to my role in the show.” The real Gies passed away in early January, one week before Kidwell began rehearsals for Anne Frank. “She was the one who actually preserved the diary—and she never even looked at it for all those years!” The Chicago-based Kidwell is a member of Redtwist Theatre and also counts commercials and industrial and feature films among her credits. Her parents are MARY and TIM KIDWELL of Clayton.
Congratulations to the nine worthy charities chosen as finalists in the annual LADUE NEWS CHARITY CONTEST: Let’s Start, Inc., The Little Bit Foundation, Girls on the Run, Variety the Children’s Charity of St. Louis, Senior Home Security, Safe Connections, USO of Missouri Inc., Teach for America and The Wellness Community. Three final winners will be announced in our June 12 issue!
Excitement is in the air at Grand Center as it celebrates a dynamic fall line-up, as well as new cultural additions to the midtown arts and entertainment district. Among them, the former Woolworth Building adjacent to the Fox Theatre has reopened as the new Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri headquarters. The Kranzberg Arts Center, on the building’s ground floor, is now home to Craft Alliance’s second location and two performance venues.