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.
Story: Annie, a contestant on the reality TV series Looking for Love, is ecstatic when she outlasts the competition and receives a wedding proposal from the focal eligible bachelor Matt, taped of course for a later broadcast. Meanwhile, producer Josh informs Annie and Matt that they are legally obligated to keep quiet about the results until the show airs or they will forfeit their winnings.
Story: The heart is a lonely hunter, said novelist Carson McCullers. So it is with Nance, a 30s-something divorcee who juggles her responsibilities as a social worker with the trials and tribulations of raising a teenage daughter. Through a dating service she comes in contact with Tom, a divorced salesman who cautiously picks an art museum for their first meeting.
Although it’s been 20 years since David Halen was named concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, he still savors that moment. “The announcement was made the night Isaac Stern was featured soloist for our orchestra," he recalls.
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!
Story: Benjamin Murphy is a square peg in a round hole. He is not compelled to conform to the daily routine at the “Continental branch of Consolidated Shirt Makers,” where his colleagues dress alike and act alike in unison. This confounds the manager, Mr. Gum, who is further perplexed when Murphy refers to some unknown “stairs to the roof” that Murphy climbs to alleviate the boredom.
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.
For the final event (of eight) to celebrate their marriage, Afnan Tariq planned an evening of family, music, elegance and cultural traditions for his new wife, Ayesha Ahmed.
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.
From a birthplace of the blues to the country’s second-oldest symphony, St. Louis’ historic arts scene keeps on thriving. American Arts Experience (AAE) will celebrate the city’s past and present music, art, theater, dance and literature from Oct. 3 to 19 at a variety of local theaters, galleries and universities.
Congratulations to Tom Voss, recipient of the 2014 Missourian Award, an honor that recognizes the state's most accomplished citizens. Voss recently retired as chairman, president and CEO of Ameren following a 45-year career.
The head of the class...For the second year in a row, Ladue Horton Watkins High School is the top-rated high school in Missouri, according to a nationwide annual ranking.
Colorful leaves, a cool breeze and the city’s signature fall festivals soon will signal the start of autumn in St. Louis.
A large-scale Chinese lantern exhibition is making its return to the Missouri Botanical Garden next year. Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined will feature 22 lighted works of art crafted from silk and steel from Zigong, China.
Congratulations to the Arts and Education Council's 2015 St. Louis Arts Awards honorees. Each year since 1992, recipients have been singled out for their legacy of artistic excellence, and for enriching St. Louis’ arts and cultural community.
Story: Last year, St. Louis Actors’ Studio introduced its LaBute New Theater Festival, a four-week offering of new, one-act plays receiving their world premieres at the Gaslight Theater. STLAS founding director William Roth and others at STLAS collaborated with noted playwright Neil LaBute, who agreed to lend his name to the festival and also to contribute an original work to the inaugural event.
Most fans of musical theater doubtless are familiar with Cabaret, the jaunty musical written by composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb that focuses on the decadent lifestyle favored by the bohemians and artists who lived in Berlin in the post-World War I years shortly before Adolf Hitler and his Third Reich came to power.
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.
Story: Last year, St. Louis Actors’ Studio introduced its LaBute New Theater Festival, a four-week offering of new, one-act plays receiving their world premiere at the Gaslight Theater. STLAS founding director William Roth and others collaborated with noted playwright Neil LaBute, who agreed to lend his name to the festival and also to write an original work, The Possible, which premiered at the inaugural event in July 2013.
If I’m being incredibly optimistic, I would say studios are opting for quality, not quantity, this summer. We shall see. Here’s what’s coming to theaters in July and August...
There are virtually endless ways for youngsters to have a memorable summer break in St. Louis. Mark your calendar for these family-friendly festivities, and get ready for some fun in the sun!
Story: King Henry IV, formerly Henry (of) Bolingbroke of the House of Plantagenet, has become king of England following the deposition of his cousin, Richard II, circa 1399. All is not well, however, as Henry Percy, son of the Earl of Northumberland and a leader in Henry IV’s army, becomes increasingly disenchanted with the king’s treatment of his family. Hotspur, his father and his uncle, the Earl of Worcester, decide to rebel against the ruler.
Almost everyone is impacted at some point in their life by cancer—either personally, or through a friend or family member. “There’s a tie that people have when they have survived something like that,” says Cheri Fromm, co-chair of this year’s Sing for Siteman event. “They see everyone as a part of their sisterhood or brotherhood.”
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?
Story: Maymay is dropped off by her daughter, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, so that she can tend to some “unfinished business.” With her new cell phone as her mode of communication, she makes her way to an old cattle station in western Australia where she toiled half a century earlier.