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Story: Life isn’t easy for Mark and his friends on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It’s the early 1990s, and the long, grim shadow of HIV and AIDS looms ominously over them, since most of Mark’s friends are afflicted with one or the other. Beyond that, this group of starving artists ekes out the most meager of existences, making do with dilapidated conditions in their apartment buildings while they struggle to hone their crafts.
LN’s own design editor ALAN E. BRAINERD and his business partner, MARIA CLIFFORD, were among a privileged few who recently attended the highly anticipated auction of socialite LILLY PULITZER’s estate in West Palm Beach. Brainerd and Clifford, co-owners of Great Estates, were able to secure seats in the second row of the packed auction house for the sale of items from the fashion icon’s Palm Beach compound. Among Brainerd’s acquisitions for the day: three LILIAN MACKENDRICK watercolors and a charming, lidded cabbage box to add to his majolica collection. For her part, Clifford secured Chinese Chippendale cocktail and side tables for her living room.
Play: Shirley Valentine
Recognition of stellar productions by nearly two dozen local theater companies will take center stage when the St. Louis Theater Circle presents its second annual awards ceremony honoring the best in local professional theater, on stage and behind the scenes, on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), 524 Trinity Avenue in University City.
Story: Most days, Shirley Bradshaw puts on a face that she keeps in a jar by the door. She’s only 42 years old, but she feels more like 142. It’s the mid-1980s, and Shirley lives a humdrum existence in a working-class neighborhood in Liverpool, England, where John, Paul, George and Ringo got their start.
Story: Tommy DeVito is a small-time musician with big-time dreams, taking along his guitar and combo partners, brother Nick DeVito and friend Nick Massi, wherever he can line up a gig. Problem is, the lads from the tough streets of New Jersey have a penchant for trouble, causing all three of them to spend time in the state penitentiary in the 1950s.
Story: The time is April 13, 1865, and Confederate soldier Caleb DeLeon has returned to his family’s home in Richmond just four days after the surrender of Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Confederacy at Appomattox, Virginia. Caleb is the scion of a Southern Jewish family that has abandoned their home in the wake of the South’s surrender to the North.
Since moving to St. Louis, the Eberleins have equally divided their time when it comes to supporting their passions. From co-chairing events for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis to Siteman Cancer Center, the couple stays busy giving back to the city.
“Bass is a demanding mistress," says Jazz St. Louis executive director Gene Dobbs Bradford. "You don’t just leave her alone and expect to come back and everything is fine.”
Story: Sherlock Holmes is impatient as he paces back and forth in his dwelling at 221B Baker Street in Victorian London. He is in search of a case that will tax his superior powers of deductive reasoning, a man whose intellect is matched only by his ego.
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.
Holiday traditions in St. Louis are so established that it might not even surprise you that we have a ‘head elf,’ if you will, in our midst. We all have our cherished things to do this time of the year: taking in the Symphony at Powell Hall, a carriage ride through Tilles Park, or maybe ice-skating at Steinberg Rink in Forest Park.
Story: Hannah Senesh was born in 1921, the only daughter of a Hungarian journalist/playwright and his wife. After her father died when she was six years old, Hannah lived with her mother Catherine and brother Giora in Budapest. An experience with anti-Semitism in her early teens awakened her interest in Zionism. She graduated from high school on the eve of World War II and was thrilled to be accepted into the Agricultural School for Young Women in Nahalal in the British Mandate of Palestine.
Every year, LN salutes local nonprofits commemorating milestone anniversaries. Whether distributing and planting trees, providing a safe home for children in need or supporting those touched by cancer, these organizations continue to make a difference in St. Louis. To celebrate, we’ve shared a few of their histories and goals for the future.
Story: Ben enters a farm house that appears to be abandoned. Inside, though, he finds a barefoot young woman named Barbra who seems to be in shock. Eventually, Ben learns that Barbra and her brother Johnny had been attacked by “the living dead,” and that Johnny is dead. Barbra ran to the house before slipping into shock. Ben abandoned his truck, which needs fuel, and is seeking shelter in the same house.
Story: It’s springtime, and S Mart employee Ash has the perfect place selected for some off-campus hijinks. It’s a desolate cabin in the woods, hard to access and far removed from any bothersome neighbors. So, what could go wrong, right? He rounds up his girlfriend and S Mart colleague Linda, lovelorn sister Cheryl, wise-cracking best friend Scott and Scott’s new-found, trampy squeeze Shelly for a raucous romp in the hinterlands.
Story: Professor Henry Higgins roams the streets of Edwardian London to chronicle the dialects of people in various parts of the city. The ardent phoneticist is convinced of the importance of good speech in conveying upper-class society. So much so that he makes a wager with his new-found friend Colonel Pickering that he can transform a thickly-accented Cockney flower girl named Eliza Doolittle and then present her as a lady of means by teaching her proper diction.
Way back in the days when I was a lad, Labor Day marked the beginning of the school year. Now, of course, school districts and universities get their fall semesters underway a couple of weeks earlier.
Inspired by tropical resort wear and using 70-year-old bark cloth, the Scarlett Collection is the newest project by a duo of local designers under the guidance of Mary Strauss.
Story: Two men, both identified by their skin color, sit in a dreary little room by a railroad station. The character referred to as White is nattily if somewhat frumpily attired, while the character called Black wears paint-splattered work clothes. The latter has brought the former to his room after rescuing White from a suicide attempt at a railroad station in New York City for The Sunset Limited, a train that travels regularly between Gotham and Los Angeles.
Story: Leon Tolchinksky arrives in Kulyenchikov with his luggage and a heart full of optimism. He is the new teacher in the tiny hamlet located somewhere in Ukraine, circa late 19th century. His fervor begins to erode, though, when he meets the people of Kulyenchikov. They seem pleasant enough, but unfortunately they make no sense at all. In fact, they sound uniformly foolish and stupid.
Marsha Mason’s horizons have expanded significantly from her childhood in St. Louis. The one-time Catholic schoolgirl attended Holy Rosary grade school in North St. Louis and later Mary Queen of Peace when her family moved to Crestwood. She became interested in theater while attending Nerinx Hall High School and the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University before embarking on her illustrious stage and film career.
THROUGH 6/16 TWELFTH NIGHT Shakespeare Festival St. Louis presents its 13th annual play, Twelfth Night—an intimate, romantic performance set to live music—at Forest Park. Free. 8 p.m. nightly, except Tuesdays. 531-9800 or sfstl.com.
Story: Writer Charles Bukowski (1920-94) lived most of his life in Los Angeles, and derived inspiration for many of his works from the City of Angels. He wrote during the same period as many of the Beat Generation writers, including poet Allen Ginsberg and novelists Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs.
Story: Fledgling Wall Street stockbroker Billy Crocker is entrusted by his boss, Yale man Elisha Whitney, to sell Whitney’s vast number of shares in a company he’s been tipped is going to tank. When Whitney boards the S.S. American for a luxury cruise to London, Billy decides to stow away aboard the vessel in order to be near the woman he loves, Hope Harcourt, even though Hope is engaged to be married to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.