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Show your love for St. Louis this Valentine’s weekend by attending the 250TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION festivities at Forest Park. On Friday, Feb. 14, the Burnin’ Love Festival on Art Hill kicks off at 4:30 p.m. with family-friendly activities, food trucks, fire-dancers, live performances by the likes of ERIN BODE and DENISE THIMES, and fireworks to cap off the night. On Sunday, Feb. 16, THE BIGGEST BIRTHDAY BALL at the Missouri History Museum promises to be one of the year’s most memorable affairs, featuring cocktails, a variety of food stations sampling local fare and live entertainment. Ladue News is a proud Silver Sponsor of the Ball. For tickets and more information about all other events, visit stl250.org.
Erin Bode performs
A truly great song can break and warm your heart simultaneously. Despite her age—or perhaps enhanced by it—7-year-old cancer patient Arianna has created just that while in the hospital. The opportunity wasn’t a musical miracle: It was Maryville University’s Kids Rock Cancer.
Front row (from left): Event honorary committee chair Frank Jacobs, Peter Martin, Arianna, honorary committe chair Randy Costas and Tom Eschen. Back row: Brian Owens, Erin Bode, Sterling Bank's Ken Poteet, Maryville president Mark Lombardi and honorary committee chair Marylen Mann.
Singer Song Writer Erin Bode
Friday 3 through Saturday 4
ERIN BODE, DAVID HALEN AND MUSICIANS OF THE INNSBROOK INSTITUTE
Erin Bode has been finding her way into people’s hearts through music in St. Louis for almost a decade. She tells me Cyrano’s is the place she finds most at home singing in.
On March 1, Sterling Bank will celebrate the grand opening of its Clayton branch and its third location overall. It’s an exciting time for the bank, according to CEO and chairman Ken Poteet. “We’re not a virtual bank,” Poteet says. “I like to say we’re a real one. I do believe in the structural impact of having a bricks-and-mortar commitment.” During the grand opening, an art piece from Sotheby’s auction house will be unveiled, he says. “A little hint: There’s only four in the world, and Warren Buffett owns the first one. I couldn’t believe that I ran across it, and it fits perfectly with the Sterling name and culture.” Poteet also notes that, as a part of their Sofa Series Soiree, Erin Bode and Brian Owens will give an intimate performance at the event.
St. Louis’ history in music ranges from one of the oldest symphonies in the nation to strong roots in ragtime. Names like Joplin, Slatkin and Berry are synonymous with celebrated music and St. Louis. And then there’s Barbara Rose, whose gift to the city was organizing and presenting great jazz performances.
Through Saturday 24 HOLIDAY ZOOTIQUE at the Saint Louis Zoo to benefit the Zoo, 781-0900.
A frequent soloist with orchestras and at festivals around the world, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra concertmaster David Halen has achieved much success over the course of his career. But it’s at Innsbrook Institute Music Festival & Academy, of which he is founding artistic director, where Halen notes a special connection to not only the extraordinary 10-day event (June 10 through 18), but also the landscape.
You can bet local dentist RAY NIKODEM will be watching the track this weekend: He’s part-owner of MUCHO MACHO MAN, the 3-year-old colt who finished third in this month’s Kentucky Derby. The horse is a favorite for The Preakness this weekend, as well as The Belmont on June 11. Nikodem, who has been in thoroughbred racing for seven years, also owned a Derby horse in 2006 (Flashy Bull, who placed 14th). Nikodem and his wife LISA live in Chesterfield.
Music is the soundtrack to our lives, underscoring emotions, expressing in notes what we sometimes cannot say in words. Here, three music lovers explain how different genres enrich our lives in all kinds of ways.
STAGES ST. LOUIS is preparing for Promises, Promises, the NEIL SIMON and BURT BACHARACH musical adapted from the Oscar-winning film, The Apartment. The Stages offering, which runs July 16 through Aug. 15, is the only licensed professional production outside of New York, and will be presented from the original script and score that premiered on Broadway in 1968. St. Louisan BEN NORDSTROM leads the cast as Chuck Baxter, the bachelor who lets his Madison Avenue bosses borrow his apartment for romantic trysts. Be on the lookout for costume designer JOHN INCHIOSTRO’s ‘60s-inspired creations.
The 10th anniversary season for INNSBROOK INSTITUTE MUSIC FESTIVAL kicks off with two simultaneous concerts June 11. A performance at Innsbrook Resort will feature Andrés DIaz, Natasha Paremski and others; at The Sheldon, violinists Gilles Apap and Chee-Yun and pianist Grace Fong perform for a ‘virtual’ Innsbrook encounter. The event, modeled after the Aspen Music Festival, is the brainchild of Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra’s DAVID HALEN and Innsbrook’s ED BOYCE in an effort to offer artists and audience members a top-notch musical experience in a less formal, intimate setting.
The phone starts ringing early, and it rings often. One of the top real estate companies in town wants to hold a corporate event in the auditorium, followed by a cocktail reception in the spectacular, glass-walled lobby. A major pharmaceutical corporation wants to reserve the venue for a holiday party. Several arts organizations want to book performances in the auditorium. And a bride-to-be wants to know if she can hold her wedding ceremony next to the fountain.
• Congratulations to Gerard Craft, chef/owner of Niche restaurant! On Monday he was chosen to be one of five finalists in the Best Chef Midwest category for a James Beard Foundation Award. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony May 4 at Lincoln Center in New York, followed by an incredible reception with food prepared by 22 of America’s greatest female chefs. Tickets for the event and the complete list of finalists are available at jbfawards.com.
A good deed…12-year-old SOPHIA RACETTE recently decided that she’d like to make a difference on her birthday. Rather than receive gifts, she asked friends and family to donate to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to help find a cure to Type 1 diabetes. Racette’s first cousins, NICHOLAS LOHMANN and ZACHARY SCHAEFER, both suffer from the disease.
The Young Friends of the Saint Louis Art Museum, in partnership with the Flora Conservancy of Forest Park, held their third annual Bacchus at the Basin at the Grand Basin in Forest Park. As the official preview party for the St. Louis Wine Festival, the tikki-lit event included a spread of regional wines, as well as a variety of hors d’oeuvres from some of St. Louis’s finest caterers. Live music by Erin Bode set a warm tone for this special dusky evening.