These movers and shakers were putting their weight behind a number of deserving causes this year. We caught them at events all around town...
For St. Louis, this was a year with both ups and downs, and sprinkled among them were a few high points, including: the 250th anniversary of the city’s founding, the opening of a new center for jazz, the dawning of a sixth decade for Women of Achievement, a high-profile collaboration between Opera Theatre and top designer Isaac Mizrahi, and the joyous birthday celebrations of local sports greats. We present LN’s Most Memorable Moments of 2014, through the recollections of some of the key players.
I've compiled my annual look back on my favorites from Fall 2014. The best part? See how easily these looks can carry you into Spring of 2015!
Cutline: Gene Dobbs Bradford and David Steward at the grand opening of the Harold & Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz
All right, let's cut to the chase, because clearly I'm missing something: This film has won prize after prize. It has a 97 percent critic-approval rating from the Rotten Tomatoes website. The advertising boasts words like 'riveting' and 'astounding.' Sadly, I was neither riveted nor astounded.
Nail polish is all about the color, right? Well, it turns out there’s a little more to it than that. For some insight on getting great manicures, we turned to industry veteran Deborah Lippmann. As luck would have it, her company is now celebrating its 15-year anniversary. Congratulations!
With the arrival of fall, so come all the cravings of the season: squash of all varieties—including and especially pumpkin—apples, caramel (or apples dipped in caramel), and bacon and chocolate. (OK, those last two can apply to any season.)
When Jeremy Davenport returns home to St. Louis next month to play at the newly reopened Jazz at the Bistro he’ll have at least three unanswered questions on his mind: (1) How does one indisputably define jazz music? (2) Why there isn’t more jazz being played in his old hometown? and (3) Why is St. Louis—a city he thought was as diverse as they come—now so embroiled by racial division?
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.
From a birthplace of the blues to the country’s second-oldest symphony, St. Louis’ historic arts scene keeps on thriving. American Arts Experience (AAE) will celebrate the city’s past and present music, art, theater, dance and literature from Oct. 3 to 19 at a variety of local theaters, galleries and universities.
The National Children’s Cancer Society (NCCS) in St. Louis believes every child with cancer deserves every chance to live. Founded in 1987 by president and CEO Mark Stolze to help children in need of bone marrow transplants, the nonprofit has expanded its services through the years to provide financial, emotional and educational resources for families facing cancer. Since its inception, the organization has provided almost $60 million in direct financial assistance to more than 35,000 kids nationwide.
It's official: Garden Glow will once again light up the Missouri Botanical Garden this winter. The winter light exhibit will take place Nov. 22 through Jan. 3, with more than half a million lights adorning the Garden's most iconic locations.
Need a lift to the North Pole this holiday season? For the first time ever, The Polar Express Train Ride is coming to town, departing from St. Louis Union Station beginning in late November.
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.
Colorful leaves, a cool breeze and the city’s signature fall festivals soon will signal the start of autumn in St. Louis.
St. Louis' arts community is gearing up for a big season of live shows this fall! We went straight to the top and asked local arts and entertainment leaders what they're most excited about in the upcoming season:
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.
I am no stranger to the impact of a carefully worded, succinct message. In my previous life as a news reporter, I honed the craft of telling a story in 45 seconds or less. And currently, I am given this weekly platform to communicate directly with you, our readers, in approximately 180 words. But how does one capture the range of feelings and emotions and opinions throughout St. Louis these past few days?
A large-scale Chinese lantern exhibition is making its return to the Missouri Botanical Garden next year. Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined will feature 22 lighted works of art crafted from silk and steel from Zigong, China.
Most fans of musical theater doubtless are familiar with Cabaret, the jaunty musical written by composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb that focuses on the decadent lifestyle favored by the bohemians and artists who lived in Berlin in the post-World War I years shortly before Adolf Hitler and his Third Reich came to power.
Stage stars, music legends and acclaimed artists—oh my! Local arts institutions unveil this fall’s slate of creative new exhibitions and show-stopping live performances you won’t want to miss.
Just call Richard and Kathie Winter an all-star team. Through the years, the pair has utilized their complementary talents for organizing signature events to bring in big dollars for a multitude of nonprofits.
Gerald Early was born and raised in South Philadelphia's Southwark neighborhood. It was the setting for the story of Rocky Balboa. The movie was fiction but the area was a very real place, and Early is one of its real-life over-comers.