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The 35th annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival opened with Tony Award-winner Harvey Fierstein. Mike Isaacson, executive producer of The Muny, interviewed the Broadway legend about his career and volunteer efforts. Fierstein also gave away personalized t-shirts from his shows Newsies and Kinky Boots, and signed copies of his books and CDs. More than 900 fans attended the event.
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.
The third annual Ladue News Show House opens to the public next month. This year’s Show House, 23 Lenox Place in the Central West End, is filled with details of Old World craftsmanship and touches of Gilded Age elegance.
The Gatesworth is getting ready to break out the silver, as it celebrates its 25th anniversary this fall. That kind of longevity doesn’t come easily, and it has been earned with a commitment to providing the highest possible level of service, says director of operations Bob Leonard. “We do quality, not quantity,” he says. “We’re not trying to run 30 senior living facilities—we have one at each level of care. We decided to do one thing, and do it right.”
Just when it seems like the ethnic design trend has run its course, these out-of-the-ordinary patterns demonstrate their staying power. In fact, designers say ikat, susani, and batik-inspired patterns are so enduring, they’ve become staples in American design, just like traditional and modern.
This week, on the Maryville St. Louis Speakers Series stage, former Mexican President Vicente Fox expressed his desire for better relations between his country and the U.S. But perhaps what got the audience talking was his comment about having to cut the Q&A session short so that he can “make love” to his wife.
What do Mikhail Gorbachev, Madeleine Albright, Frank McCourt and Walter Cronkite all have in common? They’re among the many famed past speakers at the St. Louis Speakers Series, presented by Maryville University. We spoke with Bill Conrow, the originator of the series, about how it emerged, some memorable moments, and a sneak peek at the 2013-2014 season.
We now have the names for the upcoming Maryville University St. Louis Speakers Series. The 2013-2014 season at Powell Hall begins Oct. 8 with former Greek Prime Minister GEORGE PAPANDREOU. The rest of the lineup includes: A Walk in the Woods author BILL BRYSON, Former U.S. Defense Secretary ROBERT GATES, Apple co-founder STEVE WOZNIAK, historian/author DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN and journalist DAN RATHER, whose March 25, 2014, appearance will be sponsored by LN. For subscription information, visit stlouisspeakersseries.org.
Dan Rather, shown here at Glacier National Park, is coming to St. Louis as part of the Maryville University Speakers Series.
Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate recently celebrated the opening of its new chocolate factory by hosting a party for friends, family and residents of The Hill, where the facility is located. A portion of the retail proceeds and all proceeds from a chocolate basket raffle went to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Pictured: Shriners' director of public and community relations Tammy Robbins, owners of Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Dan Abel, Sr., Rosalie Abel, Dan Abel, Jr., Christina Abel and Chris Abel, and Shriner David Dieckhaus
Jeannette Walls lived a nomadic childhood, setting up precariously with her family in small towns throughout the country, until each time her father decided it was time to ‘skedaddle.’ As an adult, she examined her childhood in the memoir, The Glass Castle. Walls will visit St. Louis on Tuesday, Oct. 23, as part of Maryville University’s St. Louis Speakers Series. LN sat down with her in advance of her speaking engagement.
Jon Huntsman Jr. is most widely known for his bid to become the Republican presidential candidate in this year’s primary season. However, he has spent more than a decade in public service, and during his tenure as governor of Utah, the state was named the Best Managed State in America by the Pew Center. He also has served as the U.S. ambassador to China and to Singapore. LN caught up with Huntsman just after he arrived in St. Louis this week, for his Maryville University St. Louis Speakers Series appearance.
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…and Julie Andrews! The NATIONAL CHILDREN’S CANCER SOCIETY is celebrating its 25th anniversary in a big way: Academy Awardwinning actress and entertainer JULIE ANDREWS will headline the organization’s Chase Park Plaza gala on Sept. 29. The evening’s proceeds will provide direct financial assistance to young cancer patients and their families. For more information, visit children-cancer.org.
For many broadcasters and other journalists of my generation, Tom Brokaw represented what we aspired to be: He was level-headed and cool, but had the intensity and intellect to go one-on-one with the world’s top news-makers.
Can you believe that it’s already been a year since we first introduced you to BROOKE FLEMING, Ladue News’ first-ever Lil’ One? The search is now on for our official 2012 cutie-patootie to star in an LN photo shoot with fashion editor Katie Yeadon.
Condoleezza Rice comes to Maryville University's St. Louis Speakers Series Nov. 13.
A retired four-star general and former commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal provided leadership that was credited for the capture of Saddam Hussein and the death of al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. McChrystal is known for his counterinsurgency doctrine, which advises limiting the use of lethal force in areas where an insurgency is mingled among the civilian population; and it was on his recommendation that President Obama ordered an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. He retired shortly after a July 2010 article in Rolling Stone attributed unflattering remarks about the Obama administration to his staff. He will visit St. Louis for an April 3 presentation at Maryville University’s St. Louis Speakers Series.
Once a week for two years, Azar Nafisi clandestinely met with seven of her most dedicated female students in her home in Tehran, Iran, to study Western titles by authors like Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jane Austen, Muriel Spark and Vladimir Nabokov.
Hello again…Look for Imagination Toys in Ladue to reopen early next month with new owner POLLY LETT. The Creve Coeur resident recently acquired the Ladue Market Place fixture from retiring owners MARGE and DAVID VERSPRILLE, who ran the toy shop for more than 26 years. Lett is in the process of updating the store and plans a grand reopening in early March.
Michael Pollan St. Louis Speaker Series: Maryville University Guests arrived at the St. Louis Club for a cocktail hour honoring Michael Pollan. The St. Louis Speaker Series, presented by Maryville University, welcomed the professor of journalism and food activist. The writer spoke on the areas of food, sustainability and healthy eating. Guests at the cocktail hour included Maryville University president Dr. Mark Lombardi and Candace Chambers, assistant dean and program director, sciences professor of chemistry.
Recoil at the diabolical pie maker, laugh at the mischief of suitors-indisguise, be dazzled by the chaotic adventures of a young English girl, and follow a fiery gypsy to her tragic end. Beginning in May, characters of every age and motivation will captivate audiences at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis (OTSL), with the production of Sweeney Todd, Così fan tutte, Alice in Wonderland and Carmen. “The upcoming season should be dynamite!” promises general director Timothy O’Leary.
Next weekend’s Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) gala will honor the legacy of former director PAUL HA, whose leadership oversaw the construction and opening of CAM’s new facility in Grand Center. Ha also is credited for positioning the museum as a national and international leader in the field of contemporary art. Ha resigned late last year to become the new director of Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) List Center for the Visual Arts. Proceeds from the Feb. 4 gala benefit CAM’s exhibition and education programs.
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There’s still time left to help brighten the lives of others this holiday season. Ladue News is collecting children’s toys and books, as well as non-perishable food items, from now until Tuesday, Dec. 20. All will be donated to CATHOLIC CHARITIES, and will be distributed to needy families in the area. Items may be dropped off at LN during normal business hours, 8811 Ladue Road, Ste. D, 63124 (near 170 and Ladue Road).