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!
When a groom-to-be wanted a photo-ready smile for his big day but didn’t want to break the bank, he turned to Creve Coeur Dental for an affordable alternative. Dr. Humaira Rosinksi fitted him with a template of teeth that fit over his existing smile. And at his wedding, the smile makeover shined. “When you give someone their smile back, you’re also giving them their confidence back,” Rosinski notes. “They’re not afraid to smile anymore.”
Story: Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre, those intrepid simians who revel in lampooning all that is sacred, profound or hopelessly inept, this time offer their take on iconic host Rod Serling and what is perhaps TV’s greatest science-fiction series of all time (well, second to The X Files, anyway), The Twilight Zone.
San Sebastían, a beach resort located along the Bay of Biscay and bordering the south of France, is an area of north Spain that has become an acclaimed international destination with major events, including the International Film Festival.
Kids and their families from St. Louis—and around the world—turn to St. Louis Children’s Hospital when they’re sick. And the reasons why are plentiful, says Dr. Brad Warner, the hospital’s surgeon-in-chief and a professor of surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. “We’re the largest pediatric surgery group in the region, and all of our surgeons are board-certified in pediatric surgery,” he says. “We provide some of the world’s most advanced medical technologies here, in a very caring and compassionate environment that puts the patient and their family first. We do a lot of things that are innovative, and I think we also do a great job in the more routine types of things, like hernias or appendicitis, or lumps and bumps.”
It seems most of what comes out of Hollywood these days are sequels and prequels…and remakes and re-imaginings and reinterpretations. It’s green, actually: Reuse, reduce, recycle. If there’s an additional dollar to be made…like I said, green. So it may surprise you to know that at some point, industry executives dropped the ball. Either that or they exercised some discretion and halted work on an ill-conceived sequel. Perhaps someone learned a valuable lesson from Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo and Weekend at Bernie’s 2. Believe it or not, according to screenanswers.com, these sequels were actually in the works until the plug—for whatever reason—was pulled.
Story: Banker Sam Wheat and his girlfriend Molly Jenson, a potter, have moved into an old brownstone in Brooklyn to renovate it and make it their home. Meanwhile, at work Sam notices some major and troubling discrepancies in some accounts he’s managing, and confides the problem to his friend and colleague Carl.
After this brutally frigid winter, with sub-zero temperatures for days on end and weeks filled with ice and snow, our treasured, tender gardens have taken a really hard beating.
Not too long ago, we all can remember ourselves groaning, Darn it! I have to miss (fill in the blank here), I have plans tonight. Well, unless you’re subletting the Unibomber’s cabin, those days are long gone—but our protestations weren’t. Soon, the viewer war cry was, Dammit, (fill in the blank here) didn’t record! Now, with the rise of Apple TV, Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, Amazon and countless other streaming sites, television suddenly is without schedule.
I have coulrophobia—and I’m willing to bet I’m not the only one. Coulrophobia is the abnormal fear of clowns. When I think of clowns, I experience a feeling of dread and my heartbeat picks up. I liken it to the way some babies react when they first meet Santa or the Easter Bunny, pulling away in terror or screaming in rage. Only for me, I never seem to have outgrown this irrational fear.
It’s time. The Summer Olympics' less-popular younger sibling, the Winter Olympics, has arrived. As you know, 2014 takes us to Sochi, Russia, for the games. If I’m being completely honest, I’m not all that invested. I do, however, like to be what I refer to as ‘cocktail-party competent’ when it comes to current events. Before the media blitz, if you would have asked me what Sochi was, I would have narrowed it down to Icelandic pop star or Pacific Rim hot sauce. As it is, the only thing I really hear about Sochi is that it’s a snowless, mob-controlled wasteland where a terrorist attack not only is suspected, but apparently imminent. So let’s set the yellow journalism aside and find out some actual facts about these 2014 Winter Games.
Story: Boykin, Alabama, also known as Gee’s Bend, sits in a horseshoe-shaped turn of the Alabama River in western Alabama. It was founded in 1816 by Joseph Gee, a wealthy landowner from North Carolina who used slaves to work his cotton plantation. Eventually Gee’s descendants sold the property to a relative named Mark Pettway.
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.
From divorce to family law and courtroom litigation, local attorneys say there are a multitude of hot topics on the horizon, largely the result of an increasingly digital world, shifts in societal norms and an ever-changing economy.
Fifteen minutes of your time can save a life. January is National Blood Donor Month, and local hospitals are urging residents to help fill the need for blood and blood products.
I’m going to break a personal writing rule here and use an expression I loathe. But, honestly, this is the first time I think it actually makes sense: It is what it is.
In my 20-plus years as a journalist, I have established a love/hate relationship with deadlines. They make me anxious, fidgety and sometimes neurotic; and yet, being on a timer has allowed me to thrive creatively and produce some of my best work.
As we continue our discussion about crafting your elevator speech, remember that your speech might have great content on each ‘floor,’ but if not delivered properly, the results will not meet the intended goals. Last month, we discussed the first element of nonverbal communication, eye contact. Let’s look at some more:
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…