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.
The latest cover of Opera News features four of five performers slated for next month’s Sing for Siteman benefit concert. Stephanie Blythe, Theo Lebow, Daniel Brevik and Tobias Greenhalgh grace the cover of the magazine’s June 2014 edition, along with fellow artist Elizabeth Futral.
From matching peepers to spitting-image smiles, readers sent in all kinds of doppelganger photos for our annual Mother's Day Look-Alike Contest. Our first-place winner won a full-service package from Dominic Michael Salon—including a manicure, pedicure, haircut, blow dry and makeup application—and second and third places took home a Dominic Michael blow-out or finish. Wish congratulations to our winners, and take a peek at our runners-up on the following pages. Happy Mother's Day, ladies!
Hey, hey…Fifty years after they burst onto the pop culture spotlight, The Monkees are back on tour, and will be making their way to St. Louis this summer. The surviving group members will perform live at The Fox on Thursday, June 5.
And the Oscar goes to…Webster University alum Leah Latham! Latham, who graduated from Webster’s animation program in 2010, served as editorial production coordinator for Disney’s latest worldwide box-office smash, Frozen.
Duck, duck…A red carpet welcomed the legendary Peabody Ducks to St. Louis and the University City Children's Center (UCCC). Escorted by Duckmaster Anthony Petrina, the world-famous flock of fowl from The Peabody hotel in Memphis visited the Center last week. Just as they do twice a day in the lobby of The Peabody, the ducks paraded up a red carpet to accompanying music. During their appearance, the Duckmaster also talked with UCCC preschoolers about the ducks’ history and their care, as well as how the children can help protect the environment and all living things.
We asked for submissions of moms with doppelganger daughters and spitting-image sons, and LN readers did not disappoint. After careful consideration--and a little help from your Facebook votes--we've selected St. Louis' best Mother's Day Look-Alikes. Coming in at first place is Kirk Day School fourth-grade teacher and mother of three, Lisa Engel, and her 8-year-old daughter, Reagan Engel, of Webster Groves. For winning, Lisa will receive a full-service package at Dominic Michael Salon, including a haircut, blow dry, manicure, pedicure and makeup application. Below, we have included some of our other favorite look-alikes, with many so similar it will leave you wondering 'Which is which?'
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Did the apple fall right next to the tree? Is your child your doppelganger? Are you the mother of mirror-image children? Celebrate your look-alike loved ones with LN’s Mother’s Day Look-Alike Contest!
Seeing stars…St. Louis will welcome a couple of big names beginning next month. On Tuesday, April 23, BOB DYLAN and his band will perform on the Peabody Opera House stage. Tickets went on sale March 15, and may still be available at the box office, by calling 800-745-3000 or through ticketmaster.com. Dylan, who will turn 73 in May, became the first rock musician to be voted into the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters earlier this month.
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To celebrate the special bond between mothers and their children, we’ve gathered photos of look-alikes who will make you do a double-take!
Can you believe that it’s already been a year since we first introduced you to BROOKE FLEMING, Ladue News’ first-ever Lil’ One? The search is now on for our official 2012 cutie-patootie to star in an LN photo shoot with fashion editor Katie Yeadon.
St. Louis magician MICHAEL BARRON has some exciting things up his sleeve: He’s cleared the preliminary round of America’s Got Talent, and will perform live in front of celebrity judges HOWIE MANDEL, SHARON OSBOURNE and PIERS MORGAN. Taping began in Minne apolis last week, and if Barron makes it, he’ll advance to Las Vegas and then Hollywood. Barron, who started performing at 5 years old, is the International Brother hood of Magicians’ World Championship Winner, and has appeared on national and international television. Proud parents are BILL and DEBRA WILLIAMS, founders and co-owners of Lindstrom & McKenney.
Here she is…Wife and mother-of-four DR. CARRIE HRUZA of Ladue can add another title to her name: MRS. MISSOURI 2010! Hruza was crowned winner after earning the highest marks in the interview, swimsuit and evening gown categories during the March 27 pageant in Branson. She is an optometrist at Southwest Eye Center. As Mrs. Missouri, she plans to promote the importance of annual eye exams for diabetic patients, who risk losing their vision if eye disease is detected too late. Hruza now goes on to compete in the Mrs. America pageant, held in Arizona in September.
Emmy-, Golden Globe-, and Tony-award winning actress GLENN CLOSE will be in St. Louis for several appearances this month to raise awareness about mental illness. She created her campaign, BringChange2Mind.org, after her sister Jessie was diagnosed with mental illness. Close, who is working with organizations across the country to address the stigma of mental illness, has recently partnered with the KARLA SMITH FOUNDATION, a Metro East nonprofit that provides support to those who have a loved one suffering from mental illness and those who’ve lost a family member to suicide. During her visit here April 16 to 17, the actress will attend the ‘Change a Mind, Change a Life’ fundraising dinner at the Four Seasons. Close also will sing ‘America the Beautiful’ at a Cardinals game and throw out the first pitch.
'Never underestimate the power of a woman,’ goes the old saying, and several St. Louis service organizations illustrate just how true that is.
I recently taught a weekend retreat for middle school girls and was dismayed by the amount of pressure they were under. Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, in his new book The Triple Bind, describes three challenges facing teen girls today: Be good at all the traditional girl stuff; be good at most of the traditional guy stuff; and conform to a narrow, unrealistic set of standards that allows for no alternative. My middle school girls shared a lot about how these challenges play out for them in everyday life.
On a January morning with a nasty wind and temperatures in the single digits, Randy Grim was looking for dogs in the vacant buildings and old warehouses of East St. Louis, worried it was so cold that the stray and feral dogs living on the city streets wouldn’t be able to survive. Channel 5 was there to capture the local animal rights legend as he rescued a puppy in an abandoned house. “It was stuck in the furnace, so I had to pry the vent open and reach in there,” Grim explains. “Sure enough, I pulled out a little baby, about 4 weeks old. And then I rescued the mom.”
If you’ve ever heard St. Louis chanteuse Kim Massie perform, you know her talent is as big as her personality. An entertainment fixture at local clubs, casinos and community festivals, Massie is a tour de force.
Nothing else can replace the joys of a life well lived: the years of working, volunteering, and relaxing with friends and family. But it isn’t always easy to strike that balance, or to master fate and ill health, which can conspire against us. This is what makes it especially noteworthy when someone well into their senior years fulfills what we consider ‘living a full life.’ We spoke with seven seniors who are living life to the hilt, and asked what keeps them young at heart.
The phrase ‘Like mother, like daughter (or son)’ has taken on new meaning in our Mother’s Day look-alike contest. From age 4 to 40, many offspring bear uncanny resemblances to their moms. Thanks to all our readers who submitted photos of their mini-mes, we regret that we could not publish them all.