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ALL THAT JAZZ at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch on Nov. 9 to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis, bgcstl.org.
Do you know an exceptional female volunteer? Perhaps she runs a food pantry in her garage, or has worked tirelessly to promote awareness for the arts. If this sounds like your favorite volunteer, it’s time to nominate her for the 2014 class of Women of Achievement.
Sarah Murphey grew up in-and-out of foster care, without a stable home, always facing an uncertain future. But when she was 13, Megan Murphey and Michael Lettau came into her life. “They adopted Sarah a year later, and she is now a confident, young teenager attending a Ladue high school and looking at opportunities for college,” says Lisa Schaffer, Missouri director of development at The Adoption Exchange.
While spring usually signifies new beginnings, there is something about the coming of fall that makes us feel just as energized. It could be in the autumn breeze or the kaleidoscopic display of trees—or even just the mere wardrobe switch from sundresses to sweaters and scarves.
From Tony Award-winning musicals and Grammy Award-winning performers to classic and contemporary art, take a first glimpse into St. Louis’ fall entertainment season.
As a teenager, Peter Martin would get up an hour-and-half before school to practice jazz, then go right back to his piano after the last bell rang. All that dedication certainly paid off, as he went on to attend Juilliard School of Music, earn multiple Grammy Awards and perform with his music idols throughout the world—even in the White House. Soon, the St. Louis native will return to his favorite place to play: The Sheldon. His Peter Martin Music Series has become a crowd favorite on the famed concert hall’s schedule, which also will include performances by Americana musicians Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn (Sept. 20), Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin (Oct. 4), and folk artist Rickie Lee Jones (Nov. 8) this year. LN recently caught up with Martin to talk about the series, his CD set for release in February and some highlights of his prolific career.
Many of us think we know what we like when it comes to the arts in St. Louis, but sometimes the most thrilling performance or the most moving canvas can be found in an unexpected place. We asked some of the area’s most plugged-in artistic leaders and supporters about their favorite arts experiences—perhaps you’ll find a new place to love!
St. Louis became the center of the opera universe this month, when jazz composer Terence Blanchard’s Champion marked its world premiere at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. The reviews are nothing short of exuberant: The Denver Post calls it “a new kind of American masterpiece” and the Chicago Tribune hails its “flawless cast and production.” I couldn’t agree more. I was fortunate enough to be in the audience when Mr. Blanchard himself took to the stage for what seemed to be the longest standing ovation I’ve ever experienced.
Story: Emile Alphonse Griffith, a young man from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, arrives in New York City in the mid-1950s with a dream of being a singer and a baseball player and a hat designer. He loves doing all three and has faith in his abilities to excel.
Story: Ruby has decided to live her life by experimenting with polyphasic sleep, a term coined by early 20th century psychologist J.S. Szymanski. Instead of sleeping eight hours straight, otherwise known as monophasic sleep, she is determined to sleep just 20 minutes at a time, six times per day.
Thirty shows. Five venues. Five days. Em Piro, founder of the St. Lou Fringe Festival, has upped the ante for the second annual extravaganza in midtown St. Louis, which will occur from Thursday, June 20 through Monday, June 24.
St. Louis restaurants were well represented on the Opinionated About Dining's Top 25 Midwest Restaurants list that was recently released. Niche took the No. 2 slot; Sidney Street Cafe was No. 8; Stone Soup Cottage was No. 11; Brasserie by Niche came in at No. 12; Farmhaus garnered No. 13; and Tony's landed at No. 20; and Harvest rounded out the list at 22. Well done!
THROUGH 6/16 TWELFTH NIGHT Shakespeare Festival St. Louis presents its 13th annual play, Twelfth Night—an intimate, romantic performance set to live music—at Forest Park. Free. 8 p.m. nightly, except Tuesdays. 531-9800 or sfstl.com.
By day, they may be all business behind an office desk. But by night, they know how to let loose. LN recently caught up with some local working dads who use their garage bands as an after-hours outlet.
With a loyal local following and rave reviews from The Wall Street Journal to The New York Times, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis continues to draw adoring audiences from throughout the world. And its new season is set to be no exception. General director Tim O’Leary recently filled us in on the company’s worldwide impact and its four new shows, to feature classic and modern opera, jazz, romance and comedy.
This summer, think of your backyard as the next decorating frontier. Use designer-quality furniture, rugs, lighting and charming decorative accents for stunning results.
World-class artists are once again coming together for Sing for Siteman, a one-night-only performance to support cancer research for Siteman Cancer Center.
Beach season is almost here, and the look for summer is definitely Bohemian. Ethnic prints mixed with muted colors, fringe details and loose-fitting shapes work on everyone.
TAYLOR ROBINSON, a senior at Ladue Horton-Watkins High School, is one of 814 high school athletes nationwide who have been nominated to play in the 2013 McDonald’s All American Games. The 2013 nominees include high school basketball players from across the country who have been selected by coaches, athletic directors, principals and members of the McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee. Pictured: Taylor Robinson with Colleen Schoendienst, local McDonald's owner/operator
We have more national recognition for our local culinary scene to report:
From every specially selected brick, cupola and stone fountain to each knowledgeable employee, Sterling Bank is “built to last,” says chairman and CEO Ken Poteet. And the company is building onto that rich culture with a new Chesterfield location, set to be open by the end of April and run by Poteet's son, Mclane Poteet.
WEBSTER UNIVERSITY’s Chess Team, ranked No. 1 in the nation, will be competing as the top seed in the Final Four of Collegiate Chess this weekend. The team, coached by renowned chess grandmaster SUSAN POLGAR, will do battle against students from University of Maryland-Baltimore County, University of Texas-Dallas and University of Illinois. The six grandmasters who make up the Webster team include: WESLEY SO (also ranked No. 1 in the Philippines), RAY ROBSON (also ranked No. 8 in the U.S.), FIDEL JIMENEZ (also ranked No. 3 in Cuba), GEORG MEIER (also ranked No. 4 in Germany), MANUEL HOYOS (also ranked No. 1 in Mexico and is the reigning U.S. Open Champion), and ANATOLY BYHKOVSKY (also ranked No. 21 in Israel). Bring home a winner, Webster!
A telegraph key and $150 links St. Louisan Derek Cohn to Steven Spielberg’s Oscar front-runner, Lincoln. The movie has received widespread critical acclaim and has been nominated for 12 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.