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Story: In 19th century England, Lord Aster agrees to undergo a perilous journey in the service of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria: He will transport a cargo box filled with valuables to the exotic land of Rundoon aboard the Wasp, which is commanded by Aster’s boyhood chum, Robert Falcon Scott.
It’s warming up. Yes, I’ve lived in this town long enough to know not to declare with any certainty the rough part is over, but still, it is March. Even if this little heatwave is just a temporary reprieve from what no one can argue has been a brutal winter, it gives a temperate moment of reflection to thoughtfully ponder what the hell went on for the last three months. I mean, if one more person posted a screen shot of a -18 degree day…We heard the explanation dozens of times: The polar vortex.
How did Peter Pan become the boy who never grew up? The story behind the beloved character’s magical journey to Neverland will be unveiled during the Broadway play Peter and the Starcatcher, running today through March 9 at Peabody Opera House. The five-time Tony Award-winning production, which also garnered a record-setting nine nominations in 2012, is the Broadway adaptation of the internationally popular book series, Peter and the Starcatchers, a prequel to J. M. Barrie's classic tale of Peter Pan. Author Ridley Pearson, who has called St. Louis home for the past 14 years and penned the series with author Dave Barry, recently told LN more about the book’s transformation from the page to the stage.
Story: Tommy DeVito is a small-time musician with big-time dreams, taking along his guitar and combo partners, brother Nick DeVito and friend Nick Massi, wherever he can line up a gig. Problem is, the lads from the tough streets of New Jersey have a penchant for trouble, causing all three of them to spend time in the state penitentiary in the 1950s.
Description: Impresario Jim Dolan and his company, The Presenters Dolan, have delivered hundreds of cabaret shows since 2006 in venues around town. Dolan, Tim Schall and others have helped propel cabaret’s increasing popularity here in the last several years with both nationally renowned performers and home-grown talent.
Everybody has a cell phone, and almost everybody texts. Texting is easy, cheap, fun, mildly illicit, and it makes you feel cool—it’s kind of like the 21st-century’s version of smoking. And not unlike smoking, it can be offensive at certain times. The good news is, after a solid decade of text capability, certain rules of order have been established; an E-tiquette, if you will. Now before you decide to forward this to the closest teenager you can find, know that I have seen as many—if not more—offenses committed by an older demographic. Texting, like chewing gum, done anywhere but in the privacy of your own room, runs the risk of offense, so here are some basic parameters.
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.
It’s official: I am completely submerged in the teenage years. Due to a family-planning strategy that revolved around white wine and Cardinal home games, Cranky, Whiny, and Punch are now 16, 15 and 13, respectively. And there's lots of fun stuff happening: We have a licensed driver, a permit driver and a 13-year-old who likes to back my car out of our driveway ‘for practice.’ I have to say it’s strange imagining the little girl who once dove—yes, dove—off the top of a slide ("because it was faster") behind the wheel of a car.
Story: Seven women, identified only by the singular color of their clothing, appear on stage in a ‘choreopoem’ that combines dance with poetry in 20 vignettes describing various experiences of African-American women.
So, with all the Oscar hopefuls out, as well as some pretty decent mainstream movies, a big box-office opening went largely unnoticed: Well, largely unnoticed by the public, not the critics. The Legend of Hercules had high hopes the young male demographic would turn out in droves to see the mythological hero on the big screen—and even a few female fans of Twilight’s Kellan Lutz, who plays the title role. Hopes were dashed last weekend as the only thing legendary about the movie was its flop.
Skincare entrepreneur and Ladue High School alum Lauren Padawer is ready to take her company to the next level. She’ll be appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank to bat for Alaska Glacial Mud Co., which she owns and operates from Cordova, Alaska.
Everything about modern living is efficiency- and comfort-focused. We went from starched collars and powdered wigs to three-piece suits and jeans and tees. As far as etiquette goes, there are certain formalities that seem to be standing the test of time. Please and Thank you seem to have marched into the information age unscathed. That being said, the rules applying to form of conveyance have relaxed considerably. Texting is de rigueur…for everything.
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…
With the end of the year drawing near, it’s time again to review the cookbooks that made their way to store shelves in 2013. This year’s crop includes life-long compilations and memoirs and collections from famed restaurants, as well as recipes from all areas of the U.S. and beyond. So, sit back with a cuppa, and decide which titles deserve a place on your kitchen shelf.
Has wine become a natural beverage of choice for American consumers? Let’s take a look at what’s on the pulse and the likely future trends for wine.
Those wanting a more traditional Christmas this year—complete with turtle doves, lords a leaping and gold rings—will need exactly $27,393.17 to foot the bill.
Story: The Black Rep looks at the holiday season from two different perspectives in this musical montage conceived and directed by producing director Ron Himes.
It’s a Christmas tradition as old as Saint Nick
Story: Two one-act plays comprise the evening of Oh, Hell! The first, Bobby Gould in Hell, is David Mamet’s updating of his character from Speed-the-Plow, fast-talking, slick-dealing huckster Bobby Gould. Here, Gould finds himself in a waiting room outside the flames of hell, trying to negotiate his sentence of eternal damnation within Satan’s tedious bureaucratic system.
Story: Playwright William Gibson re-imagines the Nativity story from a variety of unusual perspectives. Joseph, e.g., is in love with the much younger Mary, but is logically confused and annoyed when he learns that she is pregnant and even more puzzled by her explanation. And who is this dapperly dressed individual who claims to be an angel sent by God to herald the arrival of the Messiah?
Story: When Ben and Franklyn met in college, they knew they’d be best friends, as in “Ben Franklin,” you know? Several years later, Ben is a successful Los Angeles businessman operating a string of ‘Big and Tall’ men’s shops, while Franklyn pays the bills as an employee of a prominent law firm run by his father-in-law. What he really wants, though, is a career as a writer, so he’s taking a night-school course to help in that endeavor.
Well, I’m not delighted. I’m not disappointed. I’m not teary (not too teary). I’m not charmed. What I am is incensed. This movie pulls what I refer to as a 'trailer dupe.' That’s where the trailer leads you to believe a movie is one thing—in this case a heartwarming comic adventure to reunite a mother with her long-lost son--but the film is something else entirely.
Google is a great thing. It’s a noun. It’s a verb. It is the ultimate reference resource. Google it is the 21st-century version of the parental command, Look it up. Google has put an end to trivial bar arguments, like Robert De Niro was not in the original Godfather, as well as dinner-table debates such as the phrase is To the manner born, not manor. It’s originally from Hamlet. Google is helpful. Google is smart.