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.
Story: B.F. Pinkerton, a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy stationed in Japan in the early 20th century, leases a house in Nagasaki from a marriage broker named Goro. Through Goro he also enters into a marital agreement, which can be renewed monthly, with a 15-year-old geisha girl, Cio-Cio-San (“Butterfly”). Sharpless, the American counsul, advises Pinkerton that Cio-Cio-San may take the arrangement more seriously than Pinkerton, who considers Cio-Cio-San merely a dalliance until he marries a “real” American wife.
Union Avenue Opera (UAO) is heating up the summer with two emotive classics: Puccini’s heart-wrenching Madama Butterfly and Wagner’s embattled Die Walküre. Artistic director and conductor Scott Schoonover recently spoke with LN about the productions and also gave us a glimpse into next year’s 20th anniversary season.
Stories: In Il Tabarro, barge owner Michele works his small crew hard but also shows compassion. He could get by with one fewer stevedore, but doesn’t want to put Luigi out of work. Michele deeply loves his wife Giorgetta, but feels that a distance has grown between them since the death of their child a year earlier. He suspects that Giorgetta is taking comfort in the arms of another man, and vows revenge when he finds out who that alleged lover is.
November is upon us and it's never too early to be thinking about what you will be donning to holiday parties. And who better to showcase some gorgeous party wear than the beautiful (and absolutely talented) Miran Halen, soprano for the St. Louis Symphony? With the stunning Powell Hall as our backdrop, these gowns will inspire you to get 'all decked out' for the holidays.
Invitations are in the mail for one of St. Louis’ biggest events of the year: the Sneak Peak @ Saks to benefit SITEMAN CANCER CENTER takes place Oct. 25 at SAKS FIFTH AVENUE. The event will offer attendees an exclusive peek inside the store’s new main floor featuring 10022 Shoe, Saks’ signature ladies shoe salon, as well as a redesigned accessories and handbags department. For more information, call 935-5511. Event co-chairs are MILLIE CAIN and ALAN E. BRAINERD.
Mary Pillsbury Wainwright, President, Mary Pillsbury Company: Winter Opera Saint Louis� performance of La Boh�me by composer Giacomo Puccini was my favorite performance. The voices were excellent, and it was done in Italian�like it should be done. It was beautiful.
Local residents don’t have to leave the city to take in top-notch art, music and theatrical entertainment. Find out which of the past year’s productions wowed some of our town’s most prominent names.
Hollywood A-listers JIMMY FALLON and JENNIFER HUDSON are coming to St. Louis for the 22nd annual BOB COSTAS Benefit for SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center. Fallon, host of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and a Saturday Night Live alum, is headlining the event. The musical entertainment will be provided by Hudson, the former American Idol finalist who went on to win an Academy Award for her performance in Dreamgirls and starred in the box office hit Sex and the City. Tickets to the April 17 event at the Fox Theatre are available by phone, 577-5605, or online at glennon.org.
Play: La boheme
With friends like these…The Fabulous Fox Theatre was aglow with double the star power during the recent opening-night party for Rent. The cast of La bohème, performed by Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the cast of Rent, performed this month at The Fox, got together to meet their ‘counterparts,’ despite the nearly two centuries that separate their settings. Rent composer Jonathan Larson based his rock musical on the Puccini masterpiece, La bohème (set in 1830).
Remember when theater in St. Louis took a sleepy hiatus before The Rep kicked off its new season in September? Apart from The Muny, culture from May through August was derived mainly from a good book or a trip to the museum.
1/9 WINTER BLUES The Soulard Art Market, 2028 S. 12th St., hosts an opening reception from 7 to 10 p.m. for a juried exhibition of artwork reflecting ‘the blues’ whether it’s Blues music, the color blue, or feeling ‘blue.’ The exhibit runs until Feb. 7.
1/5 DOGTOWN ALLSTARS The R&B, funk and soul band plays at 7 p.m. at the St. Louis Public Library, 1301 Olive St. Free.
10/31 THE LAST BROADCAST John Borroughs School hosts a reception for ‘The Last Broadcast,’ a series of drawings inspired by the Northwestern landscape, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Bonsack Gallery.
Play: “Miss Saigon”
Play: Madame Butterfly
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