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Famed guests, historical scandals, prominent owners—if these walls could talk, the stories would surely be varied and eyebrow-raising. Real estate professionals and home owners share details about these historical, on-the-market properties.
Story: On the eve of World War II, famed psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud invites little known Oxford professor C.S. Lewis to his London flat. Lewis suspects that Dr. Freud intends to chastise him for some flippant remarks made by Lewis about the noted atheist in a new book the Christian author has written. He is surprised to hear that Freud hasn’t read the book at all, and also stunned to learn that the 83-year-old physician is dying of cancer.
Whether you lived through it, or it was before your time, everyone has their own ideas about the 1960s. The Missouri History Museum currently is hosting The 1968 Exhibit, which brings visitors through a tumultuous year that saw protests against the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., but also a revolution in pop culture with the likes of Laugh-In, and the emergence of denim and tie-dyed T-shirts. The exhibit originated at the Minnesota History Center, and is on display locally through Jan. 5. We spoke with Gwen Moore, Missouri History Museum’s in-house curator for the exhibit, about what makes The 1968 Exhibit so groovy.
With the early horses out of the gate and a smattering of expected disappointments out of the way, it’s time to get serious--awards-show serious. Here’s what to look forward to in October.
Story: A century ago, 13-year-old factory worker Mary Phagan was murdered at the National Pencil Company in Atlanta during the annual parade honoring Confederate veterans of the Civil War. After initial suspicion was directed toward Newt Lee, the company’s black night watchman who found the body and reported it to police, prosecutors instead set their sights on Leo Frank, the New York-bred Jewish superintendent of the factory.
Story: Spanning a period from 1815 to 1832, Les Miserables tells the story of Jean Valjean against the backdrop of revolution in 19th century France. Imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving son, Valjean is freed from a slave labor camp only to be branded as an outcast because of his criminal record.
Story: Based on James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Tales of the South Pacific, this musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, with the aid of Joshua Logan, is set on two islands in the South Pacific during World War II.
A star is born… Making his final bow this weekend on the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis stage is 10-year-old Jordan Jones, who plays Little Emile in Champion. He tells LN how he found out about getting the role.
Thirty shows. Five venues. Five days. Em Piro, founder of the St. Lou Fringe Festival, has upped the ante for the second annual extravaganza in midtown St. Louis, which will occur from Thursday, June 20 through Monday, June 24.
This Georgian-style brick home is now operated as a decorative arts and history museum. No other home in the region boasts this type of fine craftsmanship.
To visit the Campbell House in the Lucas Place neighborhood downtown is to step back in time. The seven-level, 10,500-square-foot house offers a rare glimpse into the privileged lifestyle of the Campbells and families like them who lived in Lucas Place, which for a brief 40-year period, was St. Louis’ premier neighborhood before urban noise and pollution drove residents farther west.
Story: Caleb has returned home, or rather what’s left of his home, following the conclusion of the Civil War. The Confederate soldier has been shot in the leg and is badly in need of surgery, but he resists the efforts of Simon, his former slave, to take him to the hospital in Richmond.
I think I’m finally starting to get Quentin Tarantino. I think somewhere, way back when, Tarantino was profoundly impacted by an injustice. Maybe it was a bully stealing his lunch money, or maybe something worse. Whatever the reason, the 10-year-old boy inside of him clearly feels the need to right a wrong. And like any 10-year-old boy, he wants to right that wrong with as much violence and bloodshed as possible. Whether it’s a fighter who wants one last score, a bride attacked at her wedding, or Nazi hunters, Quentin Tarantino wants justice. This time, it’s for slaves.
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.
The youth served by Epworth Children and Family Services were tired of sitting in educational limbo each time they had to transfer high schools. For those in foster care, moves from one home and school district to another are not uncommon, but they meant waiting several weeks—and falling farther behind in classwork—while records were transferred. Those students decided to fight for a change, and with the help of Missouri State Representatives (and Epworth board members) Rick Stream and Jeanne Kirkton, Gov. Jay Nixon signed House Bill 1577 into law, expediting the transfer of high school records for foster care children. The moment, several years in the making, took place at Epworth, and its importance did not go unnoticed by CEO Kevin Drollinger. “One of the things we can do is empower youth and show them that they do have control of their environment and can have brighter futures. If they work within the system the right way and follow the path, they can move mountains.”
Washington University has awarded filmmaker KEN BURNS with its 2012 International Humanities Medal. Burns was presented with the award for having a significant impact on American society with his contribution to the arts.
Story: Anne Frank, the 14-year-old girl whose life was one of millions of European Jews extinguished in concentration camps by Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party in World War II, meets another 14-year-old, Emmett Till, a black boy from Chicago who was brutally murdered in 1955 while visiting relatives in Mississippi, an act that galvanized America’s black community and started the Civil Rights movement.
Story: David Selznick, boy wonder movie producer in Hollywood, is hyperventilating about his latest project: The screen adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s blockbuster novel, Gone with the Wind. He’s had a string of hits, but he still feels the pressure of being MGM bossman Louis Mayer’s son-in-law. So, here in 1939 he pulls acclaimed director Victor Fleming off the set of a movie project titled The Wizard of Oz, calls up his go-to writer, Ben Hecht, and informs them that he wants to rewrite the screenplay for Mitchell’s opus in a mere five days and needs their help to do so.
Story: Chicago’s Clybourne Park neighborhood in 1959 is a fine place to live. But there’s a caveat: You can live there if you look like its white residents. When Russ and Bev put their modest, three-bedroom bungalow up for sale, they’re visited soon after by Russ’ former Rotary pal Karl. As president of the neighborhood association, Karl at first nervously asks the couple to reconsider their sale.
Songwriters and musicians flock to Nashville, creating music as diverse and exciting as bluegrass, Americana, Gospel, rock, pop, Grammy-winning classical and of course, country.
Story: The residents of sparsely populated Osbourne County, Kansas are preparing for an Independence Day celebration in 1871. At Maw Wheeler’s household, though, there are more immediate concerns. On a homestead where the primary crops are boredom and loneliness, Maw’s homespun wisdom and practical talents have a major influence on her hard-working daughter-in-law Sarah, who is pregnant with her fourth child and already has witnessed the death of a daughter.
Lift for Life founder (and 2011 LN Most Dynamic Person honoree) MARSHALL COHEN is retiring from the nonprofit gym he established in 1988. During his 24 years as executive director, Cohen impacted the lives of more than 350 youngsters each year through fitness and recreational programs offered free-of-charge. Nonprofit veteran Joseph Miller replaces Cohen; but we’re told that Cohen will remain involved in the gym, and will continue his duties as executive director of Lift for Life Academy, the charter school he founded in 2000. Cohen will be honored at an Oct. 12 event at SqWires restaurant in Lafayette Square. For ticket information, call 231-2337 x. 226 or visit liftforlifegym.org.
Let me just start by saying that I had seen the trailer for this film multiple times and greeted it each time with an eye-rolling sneer. Then, I started to notice that there were some pretty respectable names attached. So, in spite of the fact that the premise seemed patently absurd, I started to foster hope—maybe this was going to be some sort of a weird Twilight-meets-The Conspirator breath of fresh air. And I have to say, for a number of reasons, I was pleasantly surprised.
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Dushanbe, Tajikistan, isn’t exactly a garden spot: It’s downtrodden, crumbling and struggling to recover from a brutal civil war. Probably not the kind of place John Carleton expected to be working someday when he left John Burroughs School and St. Louis in 1994. After graduating from the University of Richmond, Carleton became a diplomat as the financial management officer of the U.S. Embassy in Dushanbe. He still has a few months left on his assignment in Tajikistan, but his next stop will be at the American Embassy in Fiji.