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Story: In 19th century England, Lord Aster agrees to undergo a perilous journey in the service of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria: He will transport a cargo box filled with valuables to the exotic land of Rundoon aboard the Wasp, which is commanded by Aster’s boyhood chum, Robert Falcon Scott.
Play: Shirley Valentine
Story: Most days, Shirley Bradshaw puts on a face that she keeps in a jar by the door. She’s only 42 years old, but she feels more like 142. It’s the mid-1980s, and Shirley lives a humdrum existence in a working-class neighborhood in Liverpool, England, where John, Paul, George and Ringo got their start.
As I write this column, it is a wintery St. Louis day. When it’s this cold, it is difficult to think about summer travel. June is still a few months away, but a sunny weather vacation free of responsibility sounds relaxing and warm.
To get you in the mood for this Sunday's 86th Annual Academy Awards, we have LN's longtime movie critic, Debbie Baldwin, comparing notes with Brandon LaMew, who's been ranked No. 15 among Netflix's top film reviewers worldwide.
Spring has sprung in the land of fashion, and one of my favorite trends for the new season are watercolor prints. Brush strokes of color in vibrant hues, these prints give an artsy look to your spring wardrobe. Pair them with white or classic denim, a lime neon clutch or bring a pop to your feet when wearing a solid dress...there’s nothing abstract about it!
Description: Impresario Jim Dolan and his company, The Presenters Dolan, have delivered hundreds of cabaret shows since 2006 in venues around town. Dolan, Tim Schall and others have helped propel cabaret’s increasing popularity here in the last several years with both nationally renowned performers and home-grown talent.
Magaret Elaine Daniels and Steven Julius Kofkoff
Not surprisingly, there are lots of options; however, there isn’t that perfect pithy rom-com most of us are looking for in a date night. Nevertheless, if your romantic evening includes a movie, here are some hand-holding--and some fist-clenching--options.
Story: What does a talent agent do when her prime client, a suave and popular leading man, has a “recurring case of homosexuality”? Well, if the agent is Diane and the matinee idol is Mitchell, she does her mighty best to submerge his true identity. In fact, lesbian Diane even poses as Mitchell’s ‘beard’ to allay any fears or concerns by the general public about his manliness.
The Wild family was immediately sold on Creve Coeur for its great schools, beautiful parks and walkability to restaurants and shopping. Kristen Wild, executive director of the Ladue Education Foundation; her husband, Steve, an attorney at Thompson Coburn; and their kids, Zach, who attends Ladue Middle School; and Jessica, who goes to Ladue Fifth Grade Center; have loved living in their neighborhood for 11 years. Kristen told us more about why they enjoy Creve Coeur.
After growing up surrounded by family in Ballwin, Julie and Ryan Lally knew they wanted that kind of upbringing for their kids. Since 2001, the Lally family has loved living in their Ballwin home, amid natural beauty, as well as stores and restaurants they enjoy. Julie is a public relations manager for Insight PR, while Ryan works in IT sales. Their sons, Cameron and Evan, attend Sorrento Springs and Hanna Woods elementary schools, respectively. And schnoodle, Lily, rounds out the family. Julie told us more about what they like to do in Ballwin.
Story: The time is April 13, 1865, and Confederate soldier Caleb DeLeon has returned to his family’s home in Richmond just four days after the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Confederacy at Appomattox, Virginia. Caleb is the scion of a Southern Jewish family that has abandoned their home in the wake of the South’s surrender to the North.
Story: Constance Ledbelly is a quiet, unobtrusive assistant English professor at a Canadian university. She spends her time making Claude Night, a full-fledged professor at the school and the object of her unrequited love, look good by doing much of his work for him, while she toils in obscurity.
Story: Spending the summer of 1929 in the Lake District of England, the eldest four Walker children befriend the two Blackett sisters. The Walkers steer their dinghy, the Swallow, onto an island where the Blackett sisters moor their own boat, the Amazon.
Just because we’re in the thick of winter doesn't mean a romantic adventure—and fashion—is out of the question. And with so many fantastic options throughout St. Louis, there is something for everyone that will set the mood.
Story: The Lazara Quartet is a classical music group of considerable talent and acclaim, so much so that in the past year they have been the subject of a documentary. Now, their noted achievements in recordings and in performances around the world have caught the attention of The White House, where they have been asked to perform for the President in a televised concert.
One month to the day after Elaine Beck’s father passed away, she went out to a bar with her friends. Across the room, Mike Reinberg, who had heard of Elaine through mutual friends, made eye contact.
Story: The Black Rep looks at the holiday season from two different perspectives in this musical montage conceived and directed by producing director Ron Himes.
Story: Two one-act plays comprise the evening of Oh, Hell! The first, Bobby Gould in Hell, is David Mamet’s updating of his character from Speed-the-Plow, fast-talking, slick-dealing huckster Bobby Gould. Here, Gould finds himself in a waiting room outside the flames of hell, trying to negotiate his sentence of eternal damnation within Satan’s tedious bureaucratic system.
Story: Playwright William Gibson re-imagines the Nativity story from a variety of unusual perspectives. Joseph, e.g., is in love with the much younger Mary, but is logically confused and annoyed when he learns that she is pregnant and even more puzzled by her explanation. And who is this dapperly dressed individual who claims to be an angel sent by God to herald the arrival of the Messiah?
Story: When Ben and Franklyn met in college, they knew they’d be best friends, as in “Ben Franklin,” you know? Several years later, Ben is a successful Los Angeles businessman operating a string of ‘Big and Tall’ men’s shops, while Franklyn pays the bills as an employee of a prominent law firm run by his father-in-law. What he really wants, though, is a career as a writer, so he’s taking a night-school course to help in that endeavor.
‘Tis the season for an abundance of sparkle and shine and my favorite way to do this is with a subtle embellishment. Jewels, beading, bows—a little touch makes a big statement. And I love that I’m finding so many non-black items. While black is always chic, try mixing it up this season with navy, grays and whites.