Let's talk about Brad Pitt for a moment. There's no debating the fact that he's a beautiful, beautiful man. Yet, he's not a pretty boy. He's an Oscar-nominated actor. He does, however, have a few tells—a couple of fallback moves that remind us no matter the character, we are watching Brad Pitt. If I had a nickel for every scene where he's eating a sandwich...
To date, the Ebola virus has infected approximately 9,000 people and killed at least 4,500 in several West African countries. The numbers continue to rise exponentially. The Centers for Disease Control says in a worst-case scenario, the infected numbers could balloon to 1.4 million by mid-January.
Story: Otto Frank, a German-Jewish businessman, moves his family to Amsterdam, The Netherlands in 1933 following Adolf Hitler’s ascendance to power in Germany. Otto, his wife Edith and daughters Margot and Anne remain there after the Nazis take control of most of Europe.
After 33 years as a veterinary practitioner, I've come to realize just how difficult it is for pet owners to determine whether they have a true pet emergency.
Story: Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker were two kids chafing to escape the cross-hairs of the Great Depression. Clyde’s father was an itinerant farmer, always beholden to someone else for the meager wages that fed his wife and two sons, while Bonnie was raised by her God-fearing widowed mother to work hard and respect the system.
Imagine 100 people who start working at age 25. “By age 65, 1 percent will be considered wealthy; 4 percent will have enough money saved for retirement; 3 percent will still be working; 63 percent will be dependent on Social Security, friends, relatives or charity; and 29 percent will be dead,” says Alan Skrainka, chief investment officer at Cornerstone Wealth Management and author of the book Principle Based Investing: A Sensible Guide to Investment Success. “That’s frightening stuff. So I’m on a mission, trying to save the world—one investor at a time.”
It's officially fall: School is in full swing, sweaters are coming out and thoughts turn to pumpkin-carving and apple-picking. I know it's fall for another reason: At the cineplex, the film previews have turned to all things sinister. You know what I mean. The trailer starts off with a girl entering a long, abandoned attic, and pulling drop cloths off Victorian furniture. Then she comes across an old charm/mirror/clock/masque and the violent montage begins. After a few lines of dialogue explaining the premise--the man murdered a dozen girls then disappeared/they thought she was a witch and burned her home with her in it/he walked into the old mine one day and never emerged—the credits pop up. Brace yourself. Then, there's one final scary shot of a face with yellow eyes (or a dead body sitting up). Yeah, yeah.
Story: An article buried in the back pages of the New York Times on July 3, 1981 tells about an unknown disease that has taken the lives of several men in the New York City area who share the common trait of homosexuality. A physician named Dr. Emma Brookner has treated a number of them and believes that they may represent the tip of the iceberg of a horrible epidemic.
Story: Francis “Confidential” Henshall is hungry for work, literally. The erstwhile skiffle musician can’t think of anything but food as he wanders the streets of Brighton, England in 1963. As fate would have it, he finds employment working for a two-bit gangster named Roscoe Crabbe, who was thought to be dead but apparently is not. Soon, Roscoe and Francis are strong-arming Charlie “The Duck” Clench, another small-time hood.
With so much online information at the consumer’s fingertips, the challenge for today’s influential, high-end interior designers is to ferret out truly unique and hard-to-find furnishings for the most discerning and fashion-forward clients.
Story: Life is fine and dandy for the residents of Armadillo Acres, a tiny trailer park in Stark, Florida, a fur piece from any main drag in the Sunshine State. Of course, they have their problems, which Betty and her pals Lin and Pickles describe with a flair for a receptive audience.
Much of Old Webster is rich in history. Today, shoppers can dine on gourmet burgers or sip fine wines, breathe new life into their closet, try their hand at an art project or transform the look of their home, all within a few square blocks.
Story: In part three of Richard Wagner’s mythical tetralogy, The Ring Cycle, the hero Siegfried spends his days cajoling Mime, the Nibelung dwarf and brother of Alberich who raised Siegfried after the deaths of his parents, Siegmund and his sister Sieglinde. For his part, Mime hopes to manipulate Siegfried so that he can possess the fabled Ring.
How many times have you heard the master of ceremonies of an event read an introduction for a guest speaker that had absolutely nothing to do with the presenter’s topic? More times than not, that is the way it is done.
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When St. Louisan Julie Longyear founded Blissoma, her holistic skincare and apothecary company, 10 years ago, she was met with some resistance for her all-natural approach. “People asked, Why would I want to do that?” she recalls. But these days, natural skincare is more than just a fringe movement, and the job of educating the public on its benefits has gotten a lot easier. We recently caught up with Longyear to discuss the evolution in the industry.
Story: A young man named Alfredo Germont is introduced to a popular, partying courtesan, Violetta Valery, and falls in love with her. Improbably, when Alfredo proposes that Violetta move from Paris to live with him in the countryside, she accepts. Fearful that she is dying from her fast living, she thinks that this might offer her a saving option.
There’s nothing more exciting than live theatre. And in the summer months, our local theatre scene is bustling. This week, for instance, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, the much-anticipated Tony Award-winning revival of this American masterpiece, took to the Muny stage.
Story: With the rise to power of Robespierre and the French Revolution of 1789 began the Reign of Terror, a purging of the aristocracy and its sympathizers, real or imagined. Blanche de la Force, daughter of the wealthy Marquis de la Force, joins the Carmelite order of nuns to take refuge from the political turmoil.
The Saint Louis Art Museum is extending its run of the groundbreaking exhibit, Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet. The exhibition is now running through Bastille Day, the French national holiday on July 14.
The Webster Groves Recreation Complex Yogalates course is an incredibly quiet class—until you forget that you're balanced on a squeaky foam roller.
Story: Eight gay men gather at the idyllic country home of Gregory, a famous choreographer who feels the feared touch of encroaching middle age and declining creativity, for a trio of weekends on the three major summer holidays: Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day.
So, school’s out. Cranky, Whiny and Punch are loose for the summer. It’s great—truly. No more grueling classes from eight in the morning until three in the afternoon. No more sports teams. No more homework. No more 'school-night' curfew. The problem is, those were the only things that simultaneously kept the kids accounted for and out of my hair.
In our never-ending quest to give you the latest in skin care tips and treatments, LN recently caught up with Kathleen Fuller, spa director at the Four Seasons, St. Louis. Fuller took a circuitous route to her current profession, starting out as a store manager for Walmart before founding her own cosmetics studio, which she operated for 14 years. She then moved to the field of hotel spas, and joined the Four Seasons two years ago. Fuller says her highest goal is to provide a calm experience that promotes the wellness of their spa guests. It must be working: Four Seasons' spa was voted the Best Spa in this year’s LN Platinum List!