A young baseball player with a broken thumb. A college soccer player with a spinal stress fracture. An 89-year-old swimmer with a strained leg muscle.
If you happen to be driving along the 8-mile stretch of Martin Luther King Boulevard that begins in Wellston and ends in downtown St. Louis, it wouldn’t take too long to realize that there aren’t a lot of options for purchasing fresh, healthy foods in and around the neighborhood. But this urban food desert is on the verge of change—thanks to the efforts of the Beloved Streets of America and its vision of community stabilization, according to Derek Lauer, who is the architect coordinating the master-planning for the nonprofit.
Jennifer Ashley Albus and Andrew Arthur Fehlman
It seems most of what comes out of Hollywood these days are sequels and prequels…and remakes and re-imaginings and reinterpretations. It’s green, actually: Reuse, reduce, recycle. If there’s an additional dollar to be made…like I said, green. So it may surprise you to know that at some point, industry executives dropped the ball. Either that or they exercised some discretion and halted work on an ill-conceived sequel. Perhaps someone learned a valuable lesson from Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo and Weekend at Bernie’s 2. Believe it or not, according to screenanswers.com, these sequels were actually in the works until the plug—for whatever reason—was pulled.
At the tender age of 16, Antonio Douthit-Boyd experienced the epic performance mastery that is Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The physicality, emotion and human connection he felt from the professional dancers was unmatched. In that moment, the St. Louis native knew what he wanted to do with his life. He followed his dream and achieved the rare feat of being chosen for the world-famous dance company. Douthit-Boyd took a breather from his hectic Alvin Ailey tour schedule to talk with LN about his first dance steps in St. Louis, bringing the company’s new tour back to his hometown through Dance St. Louis, and carrying real-life experiences onto some of the most acclaimed international stages.
It’s a milestone year for SING FOR SITEMAN, the annual event that brings together a group of world-renowned artists from OPERA THEATRE OF SAINT LOUIS to perform for one night only to benefit SITEMAN CANCER CENTER’s Discovery Fund for cancer research. The fifth annual benefit concert on Monday, June 9, will be held at a new venue this year: the 730-seat Performing Arts Center at John Burroughs School. Opera stars STEPHANIE BLYTHE, RENÉ BARBARA, SUSANNAH BILLER, PATRICK CARFIZZI, LEVI HERNANDEZ, SEAN PANIKKAR and ELIZABETH ZHAROFF will be accompanied by internationally acclaimed pianist CAROL WONG, who also serves as the concert’s artistic director. Co-chairs for the evening are KIM EBERLEIN and CHERI FROMM. For tickets, call 961-0644 or visit opera-stl.org/SingForSiteman. Ladue News is a proud media sponsor of Sing for Siteman.
St. Louis interior designer Jay Eiler’s sleek navy study makes us want to clean up our act. All of this perfection begs the question: Does good design really encourage us to live and work more beautifully? We went to Eiler for answers.
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.
De Smet Jesuit High School Coach Vitello
During the third annual kickoff of their home run pledge program, Homers for Health, St. Louis Cardinals Matt Holliday and Allen Craig were interrupted by two teammates making an announcement of their own: Jason Motte and Adam Wainwright announced the launch of K’s for Kids, a new twist on the charitable program. This season, fans will have the chance to pledge for every home run hit by a Cardinal hitter, or every strikeout thrown by a Cardinal pitcher. Homers for Health has raised more than $1 million. Pictured: Allen Craig, Adam Wainwright, Matt Holliday and Jason Motte
Think back to the last time one of your family members was expecting a baby. Remember all of the beautiful gifts they got at their baby shower? It’s hard to imagine, but there are many moms-to-be in St. Louis who don’t have a support system to help them provide all of the clothing, toys and odds-and-ends that a baby needs in its first months of life.
From visual pieces such as paintings to utilitarian items like ink wells, the American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog is focused on collecting, preserving and showing dog-themed works of art.
The Missouri State Administrative Hearing Commission unanimously elected SREENIVASA RAO ‘SREENU’ DANDAMUDI to serve as president and managing commissioner of the panel.
Frank Viverito is trying to bring back another Final Four to St. Louis. But the stakes have changed: The event transcends sports. The city of Dallas estimates that they will have an economic impact of $276 million at its Final Four this year.
Marci Bluestone, Natalie Calhoon, Praida Daengsurisri, Courtney Birkel
Jim and Kristen Shanahan
Sarah Underwood, Karen Wetmore
Beth and Steve Nordlund
Courtney Birkel, Colleen Geller, Lucie Dempsey, Caroline Duecker, Courtney Engler, Tracey Donnelly
Bonnie and Steve Johnston, Crane and Katharine Durham
Senthil and Anu Krishnasamy, Billie and Salah Orsan, Mayank and Punita Patel
Colleen and Mike Geller
Bob and Jill Morris, Erica Fishel