Well, it has been a strange year in cinema. We’ve had movies without plots, without dialogue and without acting—although I guess as long as Vin Diesel is in the business, that’s always a possibility. We’ve had Oscar winners churn out stinkers and first-time actors deliver award-worthy performances. Without further ado…
The more things change, the more they stay the same. With the birth (and upcoming christening) of Prince George Alexander Louis, the line of succession for the British monarchy extends to a fourth generation. The Prince of Cambridge is now third in line to the throne after his grandfather, Prince Charles, and his father, Prince William. He booted his Uncle Harry to fourth. What could have been groundbreaking—but wasn’t—was a change in the law of succession passed by Parliament in 2011 that guaranteed that the first child of Prince William would become the ruling (regent) king or queen: This child was going to be third in line to the throne regardless of sex. The difference is, under the old law, had this baby been a girl, she could have been surpassed in the line of succession by a later-born brother. Since George is a boy, he’s third under either law—and will stay so—thus, things stay the same this time. Interestingly, primogeniture, or the practice of the oldest male inheriting a nobleman’s entire estate, continues for dukes and earls and other landed gentry.
Diana Exhibit Reception StlCares By Bryan Schraier A lively reception was held at the home of Mary Strauss to benefit StlCares, a foundation of alumni from Southeast Missouri State University. The featured guest was Maureen Dunkel, founder and owner of Diana, the People’s Princess exhibit, which appeared at the St. Louis 35th Annual Builders Home and Garden Show. Proceeds benefit an endowment to assist St. Louis teens in attending SEMO. Dunkel spoke about how she acquired Diana’s dresses and putting the exhibit together. Maureen also signed copies of her book: My Decade with Diana: The Perpetual Power of the People’s Princess.
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.
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.
Beginning next week, St. Louisans will have the unique opportunity to take an in-depth look at the life of Diana, Princess of Wales, as well as view five of her signature gowns. Diana, The People’s Princess exhibit owner/curator Maureen Dunkel, who purchased 13 of Diana’s dresses months before her death in August 1997, will be in town for a reception and book signing (hosted by Mary Strauss), as well as a private pre-opening tour and presentation to VIP Plus ticket holders. The exhibit, held in conjunction with the St. Louis 35th Annual Home & Garden Show at America’s Center, takes place Feb. 23 to 26. For tickets, call 573-450-6340 or visit stlcares.com. For the Strauss reception, click on the ‘Strauss Event’ tab on the website. Proceeds from the reception and VIP events benefit Angels’ Arms in St. Louis through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.
A royal affair: Ladue News readers will get an added opportunity to celebrate the arrival of Diana, The People’s Princess exhibition, which comes to St. Louis Feb. 23 to 26 at America’s Center. A book signing and cocktail reception hosted by MARY STRAUSS will be held at Strauss’ Westmoreland Place home on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The event will feature exhibit curator and owner MAUREEN DUNKEL as the guest of honor, with each guest receiving an autographed copy of Dunkel’s book, My Decade with Princess Diana. LN’s exclusive interview with Dunkel will appear in the Feb. 17 issue. For tickets to the Feb. 22 reception, as well as VIP tickets to the exhibit, call 573-450-6340 or visit stlcares.com.
Diana, The People�s Princess comes to St. Louis this month.
Ladue News is proud to sponsor Diana, The People’s Princess, a museum-quality retrospective on the life of Diana, Princess of Wales. The exhibit begins Feb. 23 and runs through Feb. 26.
On April 29, the world witnessed Prince William of Great Britain marry Catherine Middleton, whom he met while at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland. Not since Prince Charles married Princess Diana has there been such anticipation about a royal event.
Carey Johnson is not the typical house painter. With her talent for faux finishing, she adds subtle texture and design to spaces. Her past projects run the gamut from delicately painting air vents to faux finishing the walls in the new miniatures wing of the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center in Maysville.
International Finds…English Living and the London Tea Room English Living carries unique furniture from England and other parts of Europe, and includes the Althorpe Living History collection, reproductions of furniture in Princess Diana’s family estate. Its London Tea Room features authentic English teas served in Burleigh china; traditional high tea service (by reservation); and delicious lunch fare. 520 Washington Ave. 241-6226. www.englishliving.com