As highlighted in a recent issue of Missouri Medicine, researchers in the Saint Louis University Center for Vaccine Development are working on a variety of vaccines to treat everything from influenza to ebola.
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.
Forget Me Not presented by Upstream Theatre at Kranzberg Arts Center in St. Louis, MO on Jan 30, 2014.
Story: Dr. Ruth Westheimer is known as a sex therapist who, at age 86, is still dispensing advice to an ever-present audience interested in matters of human bondage. That is the familiar scholar-turned-celebrity Dr. Ruth.
Story: A performing troupe under the direction of a Leading Player presents the tale of a young man named Pippin for its audience. We are told that the story will unfold in a series of segments under such titles as “Home,” “Glory,” “The Flesh,” “Revolution,” “Encouragement” and “Ordinary Life,” followed by an all-stops-out grand finale in which Pippin will perform an act of derring-do.
From lighting menorahs and enjoying latkes to singing traditional songs and blessings, local families share with us how they celebrate Hanukkah.
Breathe in. And out. Focus on the breath entering and leaving your body...again… This is all it takes to begin a basic meditation practice. When your mind wanders, gently bring it back to your breath.
Local artist Theresa Disney recently opened The Funhouse Gallery, which will display her work. The first exhibit, The Art of the Circus, features Disney’s circus-themed work, including painted furniture, paintings and 3-D sculptures. Guests at the recent grand opening enjoyed circus-themed drinks and food, as well as a performance by Clownvis Presley.
Story: War is raging in Europe, but novelist Charles Condomine enjoys the good life at his English country estate. Wishing to include an element of the occult in his next book, he invites Madame Arcati, a local eccentric who claims she is a medium to the spirit world, to his home.
Story: Singer/musician J.R. “Johnny” Cash was born in Arkansas in 1932 and died in Nashville in 2003. His impoverished childhood was grounded by a hard-working, God-fearing family, values that shaped his own philosophy. He was married twice, divorced once and briefly widowed after the death of his second wife, June Carter Cash, his spouse and oft-times performing partner for 35 years.
It must have been something I ate. Yes, that’s true, if you experience abdominal cramps, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting within one to six hours of eating food contaminated with toxins produced by Staphylococcus aureus.
Almost every parent is convinced at some point in time that their child must be 'hyperactive.' And, since hyperactivity is one symptom of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, that child must have ADHD. The American Psychiatric Association states the incidence of ADD to be about 5 percent, though some reports suggest that it is higher.
A St. Louis holiday tradition is making its 'entrée' onto The Touhill stage this month: Saint Louis Ballet's production of The Nutcracker is set for 10 performances, from Dec. 18 to 23.
Local author and former Famous-Barr employee Edna Campos Gravenhorst recently released Famous-Barr: St. Louis Shopping at Its Finest, a book that covers the ins and outs—and impact—of the store, whose history spanned almost an entire century.
Story: Walter Lee Younger lives with his wife Ruth, son Travis, sister Beneatha and mother Lena in a rundown, cramped apartment on Chicago’s South Side. It’s 1959, and Walter spends much of his time dreaming about a better life. He had an opportunity to go into business with a friend years earlier, but Ruth talked him out of it. That business subsequently flourished, leaving Walter frustrated with his job as a chauffeur but determined to move forward with plans for a liquor store.
Story: In 1883 Alferd Packer is put on trial for the murder and cannibalism of five other miners he had led in 1873 from Provo, Utah in search of gold in the Colorado Territory. Packer returned alone from that expedition, claiming that one of the men, a minister named Shannon Wilson Bell, had murdered all of the others in a deranged state and then himself was killed by Packer in self-defense.
COCA presents at the National Council on the Arts
Home Builders Association present a check to Rainbow Village
The holiday season brings images of family—and shiny, sparkling gifts—to mind, making local jeweler The Diamond Family sound as if it were made specifically for the occasion. But the name isn’t for show—this business has been family-operated since 1978. Co-owners Michael Haddad and his brother, Alex, are in the third generation of running the business.
A couple of weeks ago, LN editor Trish Muyco-Tobin emailed me a thought-provoking question: In today’s society, what does it mean to be tough? And, in particular, what does this mean for our children? As the father of two boys, these questions hit home. I want my children to be resilient, but I also don’t want them to be arrogant.
Sandy Koller, Dawn Van Houten, Mimi Twardowsky