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.
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.
St. Louis' arts community is gearing up for a big season of live shows this fall! We went straight to the top and asked local arts and entertainment leaders what they're most excited about in the upcoming season:
As the summer winds down, many of St. Louis’ top arts organizations are ramping up a new season. We asked in-the-know arts professionals what they’re most looking forward to in the world of visual and performing arts.
Sophomores, juniors and seniors majoring in fashion design at the Washington University Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts presented their work at the 85th Annual Fashion and Design Show. Models, who walked the runway wearing the students’ creations, had their hair style by Dominic Bertani and his staff from Dominic Michael Salons. Bertani, who has styled hair at the event for 22 years, sponsors the Silver Scissors Designer of the Year, which was presented to senior Claudia Frolova this year.
Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Step right up to The Pawn, this year’s production by the renowned Circus Flora. Grab your peanuts and popcorn, and prepare to be amazed by the chess-themed affair. Laugh with goofy clowns, watch, bewildered, as acrobats soar through the air, and see the impossible turn possible before your eyes!
You see their names and faces everywhere—on ‘SOLD’ signs in front yards, in the pages of Ladue News and maybe even around your neighborhood. But how much do you really know them? Here, some of the area’s top realtors share how they got into the business, advice for home buyers and sellers, and a tidbit or two about their favorite way to spend a weekend.
There’s sure to be plenty of oohs and aahs at next week’s Landmark Association's Most Enhanced Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation. This year’s ceremony takes place at the newly renovated Sun Theater in Grand Center.
Taking a break from the pool to help others, members and coaches of the Westminster Christian Academy girls swim team volunteered at Sunshine Ministries. The crew assisted the organization’s directors in relocating to a new building two blocks away.
What’s being billed as the gala event of the summer takes place under the big top later this month: Circus Flora's signature Flora Dora annual fundraiser will be held Saturday, May 31, under the big top adjacent to Powell Hall.
Hundreds of you were at Powell Hall earlier this week to hear legendary newsman Dan Rather’s lecture as part of the Maryville University St. Louis Speakers Series. From my perch, I saw many in the audience lean forward when Mr. Rather began discussing the distinct traits that every great leader—from Dwight Eisenhower to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Mother Teresa and so on—has. A top trait he mentioned was courage. Another was character. Also on the list: the ability to forgive, to delegate and to find common ground.
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.
Next week, legendary newsman Dan Rather will appear at Powell Hall as part of Maryville University’s St. Louis Speakers Series. The former CBS anchor and current host of Dan Rather Reports once said, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a reporter. Indeed, from the Kennedy assassination, the 1968 Democratic National Convention and Watergate to the Challenger disaster and the invasion of Iraq, Rather has been bringing us the news for more than 60 years. We can’t imagine a time when he wasn’t a reporter.
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.
“Most radio stations just play music and sell advertising; we support the local community and the arts in all disciplines," says Radio Arts Foundation – St. Louis GM Jim Connett.
His music has brought him around the world and back. This acclaimed jazz pianist has performed at St. Louis staples like the Sheldon Concert Hall and Powell Hall, as well as international venues such as Nanjing University in China and the University of Dubrovnik in Croatia. He is classically trained in both piano and pipe organ, and even used his talents to raise money for music scholarships by organizing and performing on a philanthropic CD.
St. Louis is a hotbed of musical talent. These local organizations nurture and educate young performers, giving them the skills and resources every musician--amateurs and professionals alike--needs.
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.
A capacity crowd at New York’s Carnegie Hall greeted the St. Louis Symphony’s performance of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes last month, on what would have been the composer’s 100th birthday. The Nov. 22 program featured music director David Robertson; the Symphony chorus, under the director of Amy Kaiser; and tenor Anthony Dean as Peter Grimes, and soprano Susanna Phillips as Ellen Orford. The performance received an extended standing ovation, as well as praise from critics, including The New York Times. The Carnegie program was previewed at Powell Hall Nov. 16.
As a boy growing up among the farmlands of Iowa, travel always tugged at Bill Bryson’s heartstrings. Lucky for us, when the Midwesterner left his roots to see the world, he took us with him. From A Walk in the Woods along the Appalachian Trail to the wild and wonderful Australian outback In a Sunburned Country, and even through A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bryson has given audiences a passenger-seat view into the funny and factual accounts of his journeys around the globe and his pseudo-trips back in time. Now, the acclaimed travel author aims to make us fall in love with One Summer: America 1927—the ‘coming-of-age season’ of our nation.
Sweetie Pie's The Upper Crust, the newest restaurant from local soul food maven and reality TV star Robbie Montgomery, opened in Grand Center last year, providing another venue for ‘Miss Robbie’s’ down-home specialties.
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.