Life-size sculptures. Historic paintings. Artwork in bloom. Get a taste of the eclectic array of exhibits hitting St. Louis’ art scene this fall.
Read the stories of civic duty and dedication behind this year's Women of Achievement honorees: Virginia Braxs, Ida Early, Dr. Eva Frazer, Teri Griege, Phyllis Langsdorf, Diane Levine, DiAnne Mueller, JoAnn Shaw, Linda Sher and Pat Whitaker.
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
Laumeier Sculpture Park
A ground-breaking exhibition on Thomas Jefferson currently is on display at the Missouri History Museum. Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty, which attracted more than a million visitors while on display at the Smithsonian, explores one of the most difficult topics in American history and how it played out in Jefferson’s world at Monticello. The exhibit features more than 280 museum objects, works of art, documents and artifacts found through archeological excavations at Monticello, including Jefferson’s personal chess set and books. Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello runs through March 2014, and is free and open to the public.
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!
The self-proclaimed ‘living laboratory’ that is Laumeier Sculpture Park is focused on uniting contemporary artwork with the Missouri landscape. Throughout its 105 acres, the park welcomes some 300,000 visitors annually.
This month’s Nonprofit Spotlight shines on one of my favorite places to be in St. Louis: Laumeier Sculpture Park.
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
You voted, we listened! Ladue News readers know what they like; and with this year's Platinum List, you've made your voices heard. This list compiles the best of St. Louis.
DAVID SCHLAFLY was announced as chairman of Laumeier Sculpture Park’s board. MATTHEW COBLE, JAMEY EDGERTON, SAM FOXMAN, GARY HOEMANN, RAMSEY MAUNE, SHELBY SHIRE and MIKE WALSH are the nonprofit organization’s newest board members.
He’s making a list, so make sure your lil’ ones are on it! NEIMAN MARCUS’ annual holiday tradition, Breakfast with Santa, is just around the corner. Dine with Santa and Mrs. Claus and enjoy pictures with Santa, face-painting, a petting zoo and other activities. Breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, and Saturday, Dec. 15, at The Zodiac. Admission for adults is $50; children, $30. Reservations are required, 994-5000.
Chef STEVE GONTRAM'S long-awaited burger restaurant, 5 Star Burgers, is now open for business at 8125 Maryland Ave. in Clayton. In addition to beefy burgers, the menu includes some veg-centric sandwiches like the Veggie Burger and The Portabella Stack, plus a bevy of shakes and floats. We've received some reports from the field that the Sweet Potato Fries with Salted Maple Cream are not to be missed.
Indoors or out, there’s something about being surrounded by beauty that is truly inspiring. Here’s a sampling of what’s on view at area museums this fall:
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Local philanthropists Ken and Nancy Kranzberg get a reward every time they contribute to a nonprofit: They say seeing the look on the recipients’ faces is worth a million dollars.
Losing a pet is stressful, and when it happens, most people don’t know where to turn for help. “For a lot of our clients, their pets are their children. When people call us, they’re crying and distraught, saying Please help us,” says Sarah Rouse of Kennelwood Pet Resorts. The company has operated its Mimi Alert program since 2009, to help owners find lost pets. “You start with a crying person, desperate for help and when there’s success, you end up with a happy person who has been reunited with their pet. It’s a really rewarding program.”
You might be getting old if…Former Missouri First Lady and U.S. Senator JEAN CARNAHAN has penned a new book, A Little Help from My Friends…and Other Hilarious Tales of Graying Graciously. The book is a collection of 30-some essays that discuss everything from malls, manners and makeup to birthdays, bras and beauty secrets. One of the highlights is a list called ‘You Might Be Getting Old If…’ in which the 77-year-old author suggests that waiters automatically serving you decaf coffee and grocery clerks offering to help you carry one tiny sack are definite signs.
From an elegant wedding in the woods to a gathering filled with humorous contradictions and eccentricities, St. Louis knows how to party. We asked local caterers and florists to dish about the most outrageous or unique celebration they have helped orchestrate.
Want to spend an iconic St. Louis summer night strolling through the grounds of the Busch family mansion at Grant’s Farm? The landmark home will be the site of a private party hosted by Fox 2’s MANDY MURPHEY and LN columnist PAUL BROWN to benefit Share Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support. Guests to the June 25 event will be treated to a tour of the property’s many living areas, including a glimpse of ‘Gussie’s’ trophy room, as well as get an opportunity to spend time with a Clydesdale or two. Limited tickets are available. Call 636-947-6164 for information.