While its most known attribute may be the Kentucky Derby, our recent visit to Louisville proved that this Ohio River town is a whole lot more than just a one-trick pony.
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: In conjunction with Vital VOICE Magazine and Pearl Vodka, That Uppity Theatre Company recently presented eight vignettes by as many playwrights, 10-minute pieces that explore comic and dramatic issues with a focus on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered people.
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.
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
Story: Kim and Kat both grew up in the small town of Monroe, Wisconsin and were high school sweethearts. Kat went off to college, but an early pregnancy and subsequent, unplanned marriage to Kim put an end to that. Kim was set to inherit his dad’s dairy farm until his older brother came back from Vietnam and decided that he’d like to be a farmer after all, changing his mind after earlier rejecting his father’s offer and leaving Kim odd man out.
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.
Description: Impresario Jim Dolan and his company, The Presenters Dolan, have delivered hundreds of cabaret shows since 2006 in venues around town. Dolan, Tim Schall and others have helped propel cabaret’s increasing popularity here in the last several years with both nationally renowned performers and home-grown talent.
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.
By next fall, look for plenty of activity in the Upper Muny Lot in Forest Park. Forest Park Forever has revealed preliminary design plans to transform the area into a sustainable festival and parking plaza to better meet the needs of its users.
Story: Buddy the elf believes he has lived his entire life at the North Pole, working with other elves making the toys that Santa Claus delivers to children around the world very early on Christmas Day. Even though he’s normal height, he’s surprised to learn from Santa that he is human and was an orphaned child who crawled into one of Santa’s empty bags one Christmas. He ended up living at the North Pole after Santa learned that Buddy’s mother had died and that her son had been put up for adoption.
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.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, a state-of-the-art LED system has been installed that displays the building’s iconic shell in stunning colors on a nightly basis.
Story: The Black Rep looks at the holiday season from two different perspectives in this musical montage conceived and directed by producing director Ron Himes.
Some 100 guests attended the Jewish Family and Children’s Service 12th annual Tree of Life Society event celebrating the organization’s high-level donors. Attendees at the event, held at Edgewild Restaurant and Winery, enjoyed wine-tasting, a learning session about wine selections and a buffet of food pairings.
Story: When Ben and Franklyn met in college, they knew they’d be best friends, as in “Ben Franklin,” you know? Several years later, Ben is a successful Los Angeles businessman operating a string of ‘Big and Tall’ men’s shops, while Franklyn pays the bills as an employee of a prominent law firm run by his father-in-law. What he really wants, though, is a career as a writer, so he’s taking a night-school course to help in that endeavor.
Starring up-and-coming Canadian triple-threat Jake Stern, Godspell is coming soon to the Peabody Opera House.LN recently spoke with director David Hogan about the new spin on this classic musical.
Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author SHIRLEY MACLAINE will headline the NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CANCER SOCIETY Alvin K. Stolze International Humanitarian Award dinner in St. Louis. MacLaine will be performing her one-woman show at the Nov. 23 event at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch. The dinner also will include an award presentation to MICHAEL NEIDORFF and Centene Corporation (Humanitarian Award), TOM VOSS and Ameren (Corporate Philanthropy Award), and DR. ROBERT HAYASHI (Medical Legacy Award). For more information, visit theNCCS.org.
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.
Beyond the gates of one of the most coveted streets in the historic Central West End neighborhood sits the third annual Ladue News Show House: a grand World’s Fair-era manse created to rival the greatest of English estates.
Story: Elizabeth, a professional actress, is struggling to understand and accept a personal tragedy that has left her life tattered and torn. During a long flight layover, she renews her friendship with a photographer who shows her pictures of his recent travels. Among the photos is one of Thao, a 25-year-old Vietnamese woman who was born severely deformed as a result of Agent Orange.
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.
As a teenager, Peter Martin would get up an hour-and-half before school to practice jazz, then go right back to his piano after the last bell rang. All that dedication certainly paid off, as he went on to attend Juilliard School of Music, earn multiple Grammy Awards and perform with his music idols throughout the world—even in the White House. Soon, the St. Louis native will return to his favorite place to play: The Sheldon. His Peter Martin Music Series has become a crowd favorite on the famed concert hall’s schedule, which also will include performances by Americana musicians Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn (Sept. 20), Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriters Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin (Oct. 4), and folk artist Rickie Lee Jones (Nov. 8) this year. LN recently caught up with Martin to talk about the series, his CD set for release in February and some highlights of his prolific career.