Before the annual stroll around The Galleria in search of holiday gifts both selective and silly, it’s time to contemplate what occurred on local stages in the past 12 months.
Carol Max, Candy Lee, Donna Haerr
Story: In 1938, 8-year-old Berry Gordy Jr. witnessed the thrill his parents experienced when American boxer Joe Louis defeated German fighter Max Schmeling in a heavyweight bout. Gordy Jr. was determined to bring happiness to others in a way much like he saw in his parents’ faces at news of that epic boxing event.
Looking for the perfect something for all the special people in your life? From gifts for grandma to surprises for your sweetheart, we scouted out beautiful items for everyone on your list!
On Max (left): Thomas Dean shirt, $65, Crescent Coast. Ragazzo Uomo pants, $64, Robert’s Fine Apparel for Boys to Men.
On Danielle (center): Lilly Pulitzer dress, $188; necklace, $258, Pink Magnolia.
On Alec (right): Polo Boys sweater ($58) and shirt ($45), Robert’s Fine Apparel for Boys to Men. Southern Tide pants, $120, Crescent Coast.
Did you know that diet and exercise contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system? Of course, you did! We’ve been told over and over again that these lifestyle lynchpins are critical to heart health. But do you understand why?
Story: The times are tough in County Kildare, Ireland, and business hasn’t been good at the convenience store run by married couple Aiden and Dee. In fact, they’ve been forced to rent out their house and move their family of four into the back of their small store to make ends meet.
Story: Polly and Walter’s living room sofa doubles as a bed in their tiny and cramped New York City loft apartment. Space is at a premium because Walter, a seldom-employed actor whose glory days are behind him, has filled their dwelling with costumes from his many performances through the years as well as outfits he’s purchased along the way.
Story: Frances “Baby” Houseman is spending three weeks following her high school graduation in 1963 with her sister and parents at a resort in the Catskill Mountains. It’s her physician father’s first vacation in quite a while, and it’s Baby’s time to relax as well before heading off to college at Mount Holyoke, where she plans to get an education in economics before joining the Peace Corps and helping change the world.
Max and Owen Padratzik of St. Louis
In the coming weeks, as leaves and temperatures begin to drop, something amazing happens: Masks and bulk bags of candy begin to magically appear on store shelves. It’s an enchanting time of year for little ones, who begin dreaming of what otherworldly costumes they can don to collect the most sweets. Though it’s still a few weeks away, LN spoke with a handful of first- and second-graders at Rossman about their plans for Halloween.
Shayla and Max Pott
Story: Life is fine and dandy for the residents of Armadillo Acres, a tiny trailer park in Stark, Florida, a fur piece from any main drag in the Sunshine State. Of course, they have their problems, which Betty and her pals Lin and Pickles describe with a flair for a receptive audience.
If anyone can outwit Father Time, it just might be Ellen Port, who recently won her ninth Missouri Women’s Golf Association Amateur Championship at The Golf Club of Creekmoor in Raymore.
Dustin Upchurch, Clayton Trolard, Chad Wherley, Alex Schroll, Chris Yost, Max Holter
Story: At the Charenton asylum in France in 1807, the most notorious inmate is Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade, an aristocrat better known as the Marquis de Sade. He was born in 1740 and spent 32 years in various prisons before dying in 1814 at Charenton, where he was sent in 1801.
Story: Return with us now to 1959 for the senior year of the fun-loving kids at fictional Rydell High School (anyone else remember Bobby Rydell?). It seems that over the summer, Danny Zuko, leader of a group of school greasers known as the T-Birds, had a romance with a chick named Sandy Dumbrowski.
Julie Eschbacher, Ann and Bill Corrigan, Max and Tina Wood
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In celebration of the 10th anniversary of its musical theatre program, COCA this weekend is presenting Ragtime The Musical. The production features a cast of 50 and includes COCA alumni and students from 17 area high schools like Max Fiorello.
Max Fiorello during a dress rehearsal for Ragtime
As we head into the heat of July—and yet another summer of sequels, prequels and remakes—I was forced to remind myself that sometimes, it's not all that bad. OK, it’s usually pretty bad. I only need to take a quick peek at Caddyshack 2 on TBS to be reminded of that. So, either I truly am the eternal optimist or I have developed some bizarre, cinematic form of Stockholm syndrome because I keep going back, hoping that maybe this time, the sequel (or the prequel or the re-imagining) will be worth the price of a ticket.
Story: Henry Saunders has big plans for the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. Although the company is struggling with everyone else in the Great Depression, its general manager Saunders has come up with a dazzling idea for a fund-raiser: Get renowned opera star Tito Morelli, aka Il Stupendo, to perform the title role in Verdi’s Otello with the Cleveland Grand Opera. When Morelli accepts the assignment, Henry’s hopes are raised even higher.