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Q: Chef, with playoff season almost here, I am looking for a great tailgate item that will top all the other tailgaters around me. Burger and brats, ribs and BBQ are fine, but I am looking for something a little uncommon. I heard about your Gator Ribs for the Florida and Mizzou game last year and just had to come up and try them. Touchdown! What’s in your bag for this season?
America’s most beloved brother-sister singing duo, Donny & Marie, will bring their festive holiday show to St. Louis. LN spoke with Marie Osmond about the pair’s Christmas tour, her favorite show business memories and more.
The work of legendary Hollywood costume designer Edith Head can be seen in classic movies such as Roman Holiday, To Catch A Thief and Funny Face, work by the likes of Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and others. With more than eight Academy Awards and 35 nominations under her belt, it’s no wonder Head inspired actress, writer and artistic director Susan Claassen to pen a one-woman play in her honor. In December, Claassen will bring A Conversation With Edith Head to St. Louis. Claassen spoke with Ladue News about creating the show and what it’s like to portray the great Ms. Head.
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Susan Claassen as Edith Head
Closing my eyes, I see my dad carving the turkey with his first electric knife and sweet potatoes cooking on the stove. Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year that gives us all the opportunity to travel through time. So here, I share with you my favorite pie.
It sits on a hilltop in Kansas City between downtown and Crown Center: The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts seems to preside over the next generation of a city that re-creates itself again and again.
As a a holistic physician practicing in Orlando, Fla., Dr. Eudene Harry noticed a common thread running through many of her patients’ lives: They were stressed out. And that stress seemed to be affecting their physical health in a variety of negative ways. So, Harry decided to make stress and anxiety management a focus of her work, helping educate patients and others about how anxiety affects health and what to do about it.
Just in time for the 50th anniversary of The Beatles crossing the pond, Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles will again make its way to St. Louis. LN spoke with Joey Curatolo, a.k.a. ‘Paul McCartney,’ about playing the famous left-hander.
What could be more relaxing, indulgent and beneficial than a day at the spa? We talked with Kim Palmier of The Face Company about ways to detoxify, refresh and renew.
Whether you lived through it, or it was before your time, everyone has their own ideas about the 1960s. The Missouri History Museum currently is hosting The 1968 Exhibit, which brings visitors through a tumultuous year that saw protests against the Vietnam War and the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., but also a revolution in pop culture with the likes of Laugh-In, and the emergence of denim and tie-dyed T-shirts. The exhibit originated at the Minnesota History Center, and is on display locally through Jan. 5. We spoke with Gwen Moore, Missouri History Museum’s in-house curator for the exhibit, about what makes The 1968 Exhibit so groovy.
Stephanie Kantis is a bona fide St. Louis success story. LN recently spoke with Kantis about her Ladue roots, advice for fellow entrepreneurs and her most sought-after venture to-date.
Q: Chef, I love breakfast! I’m wondering if you have a great pancake recipe that I could use for a family event coming up. I really want to wow them and show them something special.
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.
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.
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Longtime restaurateur Kim Tucci, founder of The Pasta House Co., is among those being honored by Paraquad at its upcoming AccessibleSTL Shine the Light Awards for his work to promote a fully accessible community for people with disabilities.
Prisoners is a suspense thriller—completely my cup of tea. However, it is a child-abduction suspense thriller, and that’s where I cringe. Nevertheless, this is a gripping, if forced and slightly ham-handed, exploration of the extremes a parent might go to in order to find a missing child.
If you recall last weekend was delightful, weather-wise. Saturday was a crisp fall day—well technically it’s still summer, but you get my meaning—a sweatshirt and shorts kind of day. So it was in an almost spontaneous, certainly unpremeditated, moment that I said it. I’m not sure I had ever actually uttered the words before. I mean, I’m sure I had, but I may have blocked it out. I don’t know why but the weather must have caused a sudden surge of sentimentality. So I said it: we should go to the pumpkin patch.
LN loves it when hometown natives make it big, and we love it even more when they come back to share their talents. Ron Charles, deputy editor of The Washington Post Book World, was an English teacher at John Burroughs School before he took his first job as a book reviewer. He will visit St. Louis on Oct. 4 for ‘An Evening with Elizabeth Strout’ at The Saint Louis Woman’s Club, where he will interview the Pulitzer Prize-winner about her newest release, The Burgess Boys. The event benefits The Heritage Account, Inc., which promotes the restoration and preservation of The Saint Louis Woman’s Club building in the Central West End. For ticket information, call 367-6923 or email carolynGFarrell@gmail.com. We checked in with Charles on everything from where he went to high school to his criteria for rating books.
Chicago will bring ‘all that jazz’ to the Fox Theatre Sept. 20 to 22. And with it comes John O’Hurley, of Seinfeld fame, starring as Billy Flynn; and Paige Davis, best-known for her hosting prowess on Trading Spaces and Home Made Simple, playing Roxie Hart. The Fox’s Broadway season also boasts even more Tony Award-winning dramas, comedies and adventures: Evita, Oct. 8-20; Sister Act, Nov. 19-Dec. 1; Beauty and the Beast, Nov. 1-3; RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, Nov. 15-16; A Christmas Carol, Dec. 5-8; Elf, Dec. 17-29; West Side Story, Jan. 3-5; Mamma Mia!, Feb. 7-9; Jersey Boys, Feb. 19-March 2; We Will Rock You, March 18-30; Once, April 8-20; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, April 29-May 11; and The Wizard of Oz, May 13-18. LN recently caught up with Chicago choreographer David Bushman to hear more about the much-anticipated showstopper.
The days might not be getting cooler just yet, but fall is on its way. And as you dig your comfy sweaters and killer boots out of the back of your closet, don’t forget that your makeup routine might need a little tweaking, too. We asked Amy Koheler, director for Dior’s St. Louis region with Dillards, about her fall makeup outlook.
When it’s live, anything can happen, says The Repertory Theatre’s veteran artistic director Steven Woolf. This season, The Rep will showcase that exciting element of live theater during two productions that take audiences backstage. The new lineup also will feature a range of dramatic, comical and mysterious plays. LN recently spoke with Woolf for an inside look at the mainstage season and Studio Theatre series.