Story: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is distraught over his father’s death. When his uncle Claudius quickly marries Hamlet’s mother Gertrude and assumes the throne, the prince suspects that his uncle orchestrated the death of Hamlet’s father in order to become king himself. With that murder as motivation, the ‘melancholy Dane’ sets about an elaborate scheme to avenge his father’s death.
Story: The third annual St. Lou Fringe Festival brought 35 different acts to mid-town St. Louis from throughout the metropolitan area and around the country. The festival began with a kick-off party on Wednesday, June 18 and a modest schedule of events on Thursday, June 19 before a full schedule of shows each day from Friday, June 20 through Sunday, June 22.
When we embarked on our journey to Bentonville, Arkansas, we were prepared for the unexpected—and that’s certainly what we got. We now understand why the art world is abuzz.
Story: Ten down-on-their-luck contestants vie for the ownership of a new ‘hardbody’ pick-up truck being given away at a Nissan dealership in Longview, Texas. The trick is for a contestant to keep at least one hand on the vehicle at all times (apart from brief, infrequent breaks) until the other nine contestants drop out. It’s every man for himself, every woman for herself and everybody for the keys to a fresh start to their troubled lives.
Amid the gently winding tree-lined lanes of Brentmoor Park, a charming Colonial century home sits on 1.5 acres, near all the conveniences of downtown Clayton.
Welcome to Elegant Living's exclusive preview of the 2014 Central West End Association House & Garden Tour, now celebrating its 44th year. Slated for May 31 and June 1, this year’s event features the mansions of Portland Place, which, along with neighboring Westmoreland Place, is one of the few remaining World’s Fair-era private streets in the city. Portland Place was designed in 1888 by noted St. Louis private place surveyor Julius Pitzman for wealthy St. Louisans who wished to escape the densely populated city core. The wide boulevard, lush green median and stone mansions made Portland Place a popular draw for the titans of St. Louis banking, commerce and industry, whose magnificent homes have hosted local, national and international dignitaries throughout the past century. It is not an overstatement to say that Portland Place boasts a social, cultural and architectural heritage unparalleled in St. Louis and beyond.
San Sebastían, a beach resort located along the Bay of Biscay and bordering the south of France, is an area of north Spain that has become an acclaimed international destination with major events, including the International Film Festival.
Check out the newest design trends, fresh from designer markets across the country, including High Point Market, the world’s largest to-the-trade home furnishings event. Some of the looks making news are firmly positioned at the top of the trend curve, while others are just starting their ascent.
A deep love of art, animals and teaching make Mariann Menges a sought-after art teacher. Where else can students of all ages arrive for art lessons and have the rare opportunity to be taught in a zoo-like setting? Where else can students pet, feed and draw seven live animals that include two box turtles, a rabbit, hamster, toad, dog and ‘Little Guy,’ a 47-year-old talking parrot who speaks two languages and sings opera?
From the ice cream cone to hot dogs, hamburgers and even iced tea, the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis has long been lauded for many firsts of the food industry. While those claims mostly are myths, as local author Pam Vaccaro explains in her book, Beyond the Ice Cream Cone: The Whole Scoop on Food at the 1904 World's Fair, St. Louis certainly served as an international stage for the jumping-off point of these food items' popularity during that memorable early 20th century spring and summer.
Is there a better American city for walking than New Orleans? And is there a better place to escape buzzy French Quarter activity than the Garden District?
St. Louis interior designer Jay Eiler’s sleek navy study makes us want to clean up our act. All of this perfection begs the question: Does good design really encourage us to live and work more beautifully? We went to Eiler for answers.
In the late 19th century, France was amid an epic transformation: Its lush, natural landscapes were rapidly altered by the impact of industrialization and tourism. All the while, artists and photographers of the time were capturing this significant shift in its national identity. As St. Louisans celebrate the 250th anniversary of their own French heritage, they can explore this period of historic art and change in the expansive new exhibit, Impressionist France, on view through July 6 at Saint Louis Art Museum's new East Building.
Soft sounds of tinkling cow bells on placid brown cows; billowing sailboats dotting Lake Lucerne; cobblestone streets along fairytale architecture; and winsome chalets tucked into lush green mountainsides. This—and so much more—is Lucerne in the summer.
They say you can only make a good first impression once, and the same is true for houses. A study by BMO Financial Group found that “80 percent of perspective buyers know if a home is right for them as soon as they step inside.” A home’s entryway plays a huge role in this decision, and can be the deciding factor in how the property performs on the market. Three local real estate agents offer a glimpse inside the eye-catching entryways of current listings, as well as tips on how to make your foyer more appealing to guests and perspective homebuyers alike.
Story: Two one-act plays bridged by a common theme and title, Lovers takes place in small-town Ireland in the mid-1960s. The first vignette, Winners, pertains to a pair of 17-year-olds, Joseph Michael Brennan and Margaret Mary Enright. Joe has gotten Maggie into the family way, which necessitates a hasty marriage at the end of the school year three weeks hence.
The first glimpse of the Tunnel View—one of the most photographed vistas in the world—renders one speechless. Famed naturalist John Muir once exclaimed, “…by far, the grandest special temple of nature I was ever permitted to enter.”
Story: An ornate chair at stage left and a stately desk at stage right rather starkly adorn the stage for an appearance by one William-Henry Ireland in London in 1826. He’s there to publicly explain how, some 30 year earlier, he fooled the experts and conned the public into believing that he had unearthed a treasure trove of original letters, poems and even a hitherto unknown full-length play by none other than The Bard himself, William Shakespeare.
All of a sudden it’s nearing the end of December and thoughts of New Year’s resolutions dance in our heads. Before we enter 2014, however, let’s reflect on what the past year has given us on local stages.
Grace Your Table with South African Splendor
If you need a break from your Oscar checklist, or simply prefer to watch some of the early contenders from the comfort of your couch, here are the latest releases on DVD (and most popular downloads). It’s a good week for action fans. For your convenience, I’ve divided them into two categories: Worth a Watch and Must Miss.
C.J. Knapp / Kimberly Kowalski
Kim Taylor / Leah Jarrell
Tamsin Mascetti / Jacquelyn Morrison