When STAGES St. Louis opened its 2013 season with a production of Always…Patsy Cline, executive producer Jack Lane knew something special was happening. The tuneful tribute to the late country music artist had the largest advance sales of any show in STAGES’ 27-year history, and sold out most of the performances in its month-long run.
Lauren Hope Marglous and H. Peter Rawson Steffen
At the tender age of 16, Antonio Douthit-Boyd experienced the epic performance mastery that is Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The physicality, emotion and human connection he felt from the professional dancers was unmatched. In that moment, the St. Louis native knew what he wanted to do with his life. He followed his dream and achieved the rare feat of being chosen for the world-famous dance company. Douthit-Boyd took a breather from his hectic Alvin Ailey tour schedule to talk with LN about his first dance steps in St. Louis, bringing the company’s new tour back to his hometown through Dance St. Louis, and carrying real-life experiences onto some of the most acclaimed international stages.
The start of the football season is still months away, but Rams head coach Jeff Fisher doesn’t have much time to spare: Right now, it’s free-agency season, followed by college-draft season and then mini-camp, etc. There always is something.
Expert trainers. A heated indoor swimming pool. State-of-the-art equipment. These are the makings of a professional-level gym, and they can all be found on-campus at the luxury retirement community, The Gatesworth.
People who have Alzheimer’s disease lose their memory, as well as their ability to communicate clearly and to care for themselves. The degenerative process is painful to watch. But one thing that stays with these individuals is the ability to enjoy music—especially music from meaningful periods in their life. And Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis is capitalizing on that knowledge by helping Alzheimer’s patients and their loved ones experience meaningful moments.
The folks at The Libertine are branching out into the world of Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). The popular Clayton eatery is now offering subscriptions to its new CSA, which will include a bag of locally produced food each week for pick-up, as well as house-made delights from their kitchen, courtesy of chef JOSH GALLIANO. There are several levels and types of subscriptions to choose from, including omnivorous, paleo, vegetarian and vegan options. For more info, check out the restaurant's website at libertinestl.com, or send them an e-mail at email@example.com.
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.
A packed house at the Fox Theatre was entertained by the area’s most talented high school students during the 4th annual Teen Talent Competition. First-place honors went to Donesha Buhr for her dazzling hula hoop routine.
Story: A dark, brooding Irish musician is at an unpleasant crossroads in his life. His girlfriend left Dublin six months ago for New York City, and he’s been carrying the torch for her ever since.
Patsy Cline musical presented by STAGES St. Louis at Robert G Reim Theater in Kirkwood, MO on May 30, 2013.
Story: To paraphrase protagonist Clifford Bradshaw, “there was a place called The Kit Kat Klub in a city called Berlin in a country called Germany…and we were all fast asleep.” Bradshaw, an American novelist wannabe, has traveled to Europe in 1929 in search of his muse, first in London, then in Paris and now in Berlin.
For the first time ever, the intimate story of a struggling street musician and the woman who gave him new hope will take centerstage at the Fox Theatre with the original Broadway show, Once. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Once is a unique theatrical experience featuring live onstage musicians playing what becomes the soundtrack to the characters’ romance and dreams. LN spoke with British lead actor and musician Stuart Ward about the musical, performing it live, as well as the power music has to captivate us all.
Story: The Prince of Verona has had it up to here with the long-standing feud between the Capulets and Montagues, two distinguished local families. He demands a cessation of the hatred under penalty of death. Emotions still hold sway, though, and when young Romeo Montague falls in love with the young teen Juliet Capulet at a masked ball, her kinsman Tybalt is enraged and vows to seek revenge.
Another stellar lineup is in store for the 2014-2015 season of the St. Louis Speakers Series presented by Maryville University. The season begins Oct. 7 with award-winning actor/social activist Martin Sheen.
Story: Banker Sam Wheat and his girlfriend Molly Jenson, a potter, have moved into an old brownstone in Brooklyn to renovate it and make it their home. Meanwhile, at work Sam notices some major and troubling discrepancies in some accounts he’s managing, and confides the problem to his friend and colleague Carl.
Description: If two recent performances by Ken Page and Tim Schall serve as appropriate litmus tests, it would seem that Jim Dolan’s Gaslight Cabaret Festival is a big hit with local audiences.
Story: On an iPlanet 300 years in the future that formerly was known as Earth, people live regimented lives. They dress alike, they act alike and they even listen to the same music that is cranked out by the omnipresent GlobalSoft Corporation under the instructions of the oppressive police overseer, Commander Khashoggi.
It sure seems like the wait for our area’s farmers markets to reopen has been so much longer this year. At any rate, we’re getting closer, and that makes this columnist and market enthusiast all the happier! So as we count down these final weeks and days, mark your calendar with the opening dates and check out the latest at a market near you.
It’s been a long time coming, and in a few days, Cardinal Nation will finally get to christen Ballpark Village, the 10-acre master-planned development designed around Busch Stadium.