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Story: Encouraged by his Uncle Mike, Mitch grew up wanting to be a jazz pianist. After college and briefly dabbling in his desired profession, however, he ends up in journalism. He does pretty well at it, too, as an ambitious sports reporter who eventually nabs a regular column for a daily newspaper as well as radio and TV opportunities that fuel the self-centered writer.
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Head of school Matthew Gould says the real magic of Community School is right in its name. “We provide a nurturing community for kids, where their personal development, confidence and poise, and ability to interact positively in a social environment, are supported.” The Ladue elementary school is celebrating a century of serving thousands of students with a rigorous academic approach, an emphasis on the arts, and a supportive social environment. Highlighting the year-long festivities will be visiting alumni, a black-tie gala and the construction of a new Centennial Arts Center.
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.
Chicago will bring ‘all that jazz’ to the Fox Theatre Sept. 20 to 22. And with it comes John O’Hurley, of Seinfeld fame, starring as Billy Flynn; and Paige Davis, best-known for her hosting prowess on Trading Spaces and Home Made Simple, playing Roxie Hart. The Fox’s Broadway season also boasts even more Tony Award-winning dramas, comedies and adventures: Evita, Oct. 8-20; Sister Act, Nov. 19-Dec. 1; Beauty and the Beast, Nov. 1-3; RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, Nov. 15-16; A Christmas Carol, Dec. 5-8; Elf, Dec. 17-29; West Side Story, Jan. 3-5; Mamma Mia!, Feb. 7-9; Jersey Boys, Feb. 19-March 2; We Will Rock You, March 18-30; Once, April 8-20; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, April 29-May 11; and The Wizard of Oz, May 13-18. LN recently caught up with Chicago choreographer David Bushman to hear more about the much-anticipated showstopper.
Story: Kath is smitten with her prospective new tenant, Mr. Sloane. He’s tall, dark and handsome, just the type of lad that middle-aged Kath says she could ‘mother.’ He reminds her of what her own son might be like had she known him. Her son was born out of wedlock, though, and Kath’s brother Ed sent him off to an adoption agency many years ago.
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.
Aubrey Allicock will lift his voice for those touched by cancer at the annual Sing for Siteman concert. Through Stevie Wonder’s If It’s Magic, the Opera Theatre performer will honor his father, a colon cancer survivor, as well as event founder Carol Wong’s father, who lost his battle with cancer. “I don’t know one person who hasn’t been affected by cancer, and it’s such a wonderful gift to be able to help,” Allicock says.
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.
As vibrant as Seattle days are, after-dark activities are equally as spirited with untold clubs and bars ranging from the Old World elegance of Oliver’s Lounge to great jazz at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley.