The country’s oldest outdoor musical theater already is gearing up for an exciting 100th anniversary season in 2018, and while The Muny’s artistic director/executive producer, Mike Isaacson, deeply appreciates this St. Louis institution’s history, he is focused squarely on its future. “We’re not creating ‘museum theater,’ ” he says. “Yes, it’s a historic experience—you’ll always have the stage, the trees, the stars and the ritual. But the work on stage has to feel like it’s about the present. The future is what’s interesting to me; and the way we tell stories, and the technology we use need to be present-tense and future-tense. I want the audience members to look at the creativity on stage and say Look at this...and this is us.” To Isaacson, The Muny is a proxy for the city, and when it’s exciting and cutting-edge, it’s akin to the Cardinals winning the World Series—when everyone feels good about St. Louis.
Holiday carols, Broadway show tunes and classical music can be heard these days at The Gatesworth. And it’s not emanating from a radio or television—it’s The Gatesworth Singers.
If you think having chickenpox as a child is the end of the line for the varicella zoster virus in your body, think again. The virus that causes chickenpox settles in and bides its time, hid-ing in nerve cells, until something—its not clear what—causes it to rage back decades after the initial infection. Only this time, you’ve got shingles.
The world of kids is loud: TVs and computer games are bad enough, not to mention the music blasting millimeters from the eardrums of many tweens and teens through their ever-present earbuds. So just how loud is too loud?
Story: Director Lloyd Dallas is frantically putting his ensemble of six performers through their much-needed dress rehearsal for the Otstar Productions Ltd. presentation of Nothing On, a comedy by noted playwright Robin Housemonger. “Doors and sardines,” Dallas advises his troupe. “It’s all about doors and sardines.”
It’s a grim prognosis. Wolfram syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that strikes the young, presents as severe juvenile diabetes, and gradually causes loss of sight and hearing, often leading to death before the patient’s 30th birthday. Today, there is no cure.
“A 2013 review study tells us that nine out of 12 studies showed an association between a Mediterranean diet and having lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease,” says Kathy Mankofsky of Mercy Hospital Dietitian Services.
There’s no doubt that this has been one of the worst summers for Hollywood in recent memory. Correction: Hollywood actually did pretty well. We were the ones who had to suffer. And every time a big-budget movie faltered this summer, it didn't simply disappoint, it went down in flames. You can almost hear Will Smith and Johnny Depp laughing over single malts at Teddy’s:
The Colonial Marketplace in Ladue is almost complete. With only a small handful of vacancies left and stores opening left and right, this shopping strip is becoming a destination—in fact, so much so we thought you might like a guide book.
Hearing loss is one of the most common health complaints of older adults. But today’s technologies are making hearing loss easier to live with, and research is holding promise for new treatments in the future.
Communication is one of the very first skills we learn in order to navigate the world. As infants, we are quick to begin communicating our needs and respond to those around us. However, babies who are born with hearing disorders and children who lose their sense of hearing face a very different communication landscape—one that now involves technology and strategies to help them to communicate with the wider world.
In our noisy society, about 36 million adults have some degree of hearing loss. A third of Americans (ages 65 to 74) and almost half of those 75 and older develop hearing loss, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Parents have plenty to worry about when their kids go to school or away at camp, and illness is a major concern. Colds, flu, ear infections and strep throat are among the many potential illnesses shared by youngsters in close proximity. However, these infections are rarely life-threatening. Meningitis, on the other hand, is a potentially dangerous communicable disease that can spread through classrooms or dormitories.
LN also gathered a group of professional counselors who shared their advice for families undergoing trauma and tragedy in their lives.
The Tibetans celebrate the elements of the earth in colors: white for clouds, blue for sky or space, yellow for soil, red for fire, and green for water. Balancing these elements leads to harmony both in the external environment and the internal sense of well-being. I was puzzled by the choice of green for water before I visited Tibet. In our Western thinking, we use green for plants and blue for water. It wasn’t until I saw the glacial melt streams flowing briskly into rapid rivers in the high elevations of the Himalayas that it became clear. Glacial milk and rock flour are two names for the finely powdered stone churned out by a moving glacier. It gives the melt water a unique opacity and lovely celadon green hue.
Women hear the message that breastfeeding their newborns is the best way to ensure proper nutrition for the baby. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that new mothers breastfeed for at least a year and that breast milk be the baby’s only food during the first six months of life. However, in a study published in the July 2012 issue of the AAP journal, Pediatrics, researchers report that, although 85 percent of mothers planned to exclusively breastfeed for three months or longer, only 32 percent managed to fulfill their intention.
Jade Klump knew it was coming but couldn’t help herself. She laughed and smiled. It was quite the sight. Sitting across the field, at practice, Visitation soccer coach Dick Westbrook sat on a bench quiet as a church mouse, dressed as the Easter Rabbit.
In a crowded child welfare system, abused and neglected children often get lost in the shuffle. According to Jan Huneke, CEO at Voices for Children, the average child remains in foster care for three years and attends nine schools by age 18. With a mission to advocate and represent these children’s best interests in court and in the community, Voices for Children provides them with a court-appointed special advocate (CASA advocate), which in turn, decreases their time in the system and increases their chances of reuniting with their family or being adopted. And these CASA advocates, who serve children from birth to age 21, are volunteers specially trained to stand up for and to speak for these kids in need.
Age-related hearing loss may seem inevitable, but scientists are learning more about how habits earlier in life may affect hearing as we age.
FRIDAY, DEC. 16
Renowned social justice crusader Sr. Helen Prejean is spending the weekend in St. Louis to attend the premiere of Dead Man Walking, an opera based on her book of the same name. Her Aug. 19 appearance at Union Avenue Opera begins with a dinner where guests will have an opportunity to speak with the nun, and concludes with a post-performance book signing. For more information, call 361-2881 or visit unionavenueopera.org.
In older pets, the most common heart problem encountered in veterinary medicine is an acquired disease of the aging heart valves called Chronic Valvular Disease (CVD). It usually involves the mitral valve, which, in essence, is a poorly functioning valve that comes with age and deterioration of the tautness of that valve. When that valve doesn’t close properly, that allows a quantity of blood to be improperly ejected and go into a different heart chamber. When the heart works to put blood where it should go and it doesn’t go there, it’s inefficient. It means that the heart has to work harder to get the correct quantity to the proper places. Therein lies the problem: The further this lack of proper pumping progresses, more problems can occur.
Organizations, like living organisms, are born to die. There are a few, however, that are able to prolong their life and are successful in defying death. They outlive their peers by using a highly evolved system of vital business organs, possessed of fierce survival instincts and a stem cell-like ability to regenerate critical body parts over and over again. But the reality is that eventually, death comes knocking. Organizations may succumb to a natural death once they have fulfilled their role in a mature marketplace. Others eventually kick the proverbial bucket because they underestimated the ability of an unknown competitor who emerges and takes them out. This is how we must now eulogize Anheuser-Busch.
Depression recognizes no age limits. Studies show even infants who are denied human contact become depressed. Sarah Hanly, a clinical psychologist with Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, says “There are risk factors for depression that parents and teachers should be aware of, including family history, a history of stressful events for the child such as abuse or loss of a loved one, constant family discord and problems in school.”
Think back to 1988: It was a leap year that gave us the Winter Olympics in Calgary and the Summer Olympics in Seoul. Rain Man won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Microsoft launched Windows 2.1. Closer to home, the St. Louis Cardinals finished fifth in the NL East and shortstop Ozzie Smith received his ninth Gold Glove. In October of that same year, a group of enterprising 30-somethings—Charlie Deutsch, Bob Leonard and David Smith—opened The Gatesworth and added a fourth person, executive director Martha Kessel, to its management team.