She was 9 years old when she sang her first solo, God Gave Me a Song. “And today, I relish in that, because He truly did give me a song.”
When you pick up a book, it can take you to another world: You could become a county sheriff charged with protecting the life of a controversial politician, or a teenage theme park guide who is suddenly tasked with stopping Disney’s most evil villains—or maybe even Peter Pan meeting Captain Hook for the very first time. And author Ridley Pearson, whose works include the adult suspense series Risk Agent, Walt Fleming and the children’s Kingdom Keepers and Starcatchers series, among others, has built almost 50 worlds where adults and kids alike can escape.
The country’s oldest outdoor musical theater already is gearing up for an exciting 100th anniversary season in 2018, and while The Muny’s artistic director/executive producer, Mike Isaacson, deeply appreciates this St. Louis institution’s history, he is focused squarely on its future. “We’re not creating ‘museum theater,’ ” he says. “Yes, it’s a historic experience—you’ll always have the stage, the trees, the stars and the ritual. But the work on stage has to feel like it’s about the present. The future is what’s interesting to me; and the way we tell stories, and the technology we use need to be present-tense and future-tense. I want the audience members to look at the creativity on stage and say Look at this...and this is us.” To Isaacson, The Muny is a proxy for the city, and when it’s exciting and cutting-edge, it’s akin to the Cardinals winning the World Series—when everyone feels good about St. Louis.
Story: Theo Freeman struggles to make ends meet. He’s a small businessman who owns a TV and stereo repair shop, which you might guess isn’t doing a bang-up business in the age of flat-screen televisions and iPads. Still, he perseveres with the help of his wife Georgette and their son Sunny.
What’s better than a big, luxurious sedan? How about a big, luxurious sedan with all-wheel-drive so you can get wherever you need to go in any kind of weather.
Story: Matt Drayton is a newspaper publisher in San Francisco, where his wife Christina owns an art gallery. Their domestic servant, Matilda “Tillie” Binks, keeps everything humming in their well-to-do home, which is a bit quieter since their daughter Joanna (“Joey”) has gone away to college, circa 1967.
At this year’s 56th annual Fleur de Lis Ball, held on Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Hyatt Regency Saint Louis at The Arch, 43 debutantes were presented to society and the Most Reverend Robert Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis. The young women join approximately 1,500 honorees since the event began in 1956.
It’s hard to top the romance of Johnny and June Carter Cash. So, for our little date-night adventure, we gathered the next best thing: two of the stars of Ring of Fire, which recently ended an extremely successful run at The Rep.
If you've ever stood on the steps under the Arch, admired the flowers at City Hall, or driven by the remodeled homes in North County neighborhoods, you have witnessed the work of the Veiled Prophet Foundation.
Now that awards season is underway, many quality under-the-radar movies are getting their due. Below are a few gems that got little mainstream attention, but are garnering plenty of critical acclaim. The following films are rated based on the four-star system:
The Krewe is among the Veiled Prophet Organization’s longest-running committees, says Ken Howard. One of its annual highlights is at the Veiled Prophet Ball, where the Krewe welcomes guests and performs prior to the presentation of the Maids.
As the old year comes to an end and we are on the cusps of ringing in the new, many of us may pause to reflect and perhaps consider our friends and family members. Of course, breaking bread often plays an important role at gatherings, and this year’s compilation of cookbooks offers pleasing propositions for entertaining, as well a quiet meal at home. Enjoy!
For St. Louis, this was a year with both ups and downs, and sprinkled among them were a few high points. We present LN’s Most Memorable Moments of 2014, through the recollections of some of the key players.
From unrest in Ferguson and the acquisition of a St. Louis-based company, to the economic impact of the Cardinals’ post-season run and the launch of two major business incubators, 2014 was a big news year for the St. Louis region.
Matthew Kent enjoys a mother-son dance during his reception at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis.
Ana Hernandez shares a special moment with her mom right before she walks down the aisle.
Ana Hernandez and Matthew Kent pause for a moment to reflect on their wedding, held August 2 at the Cathedral Basilica. The couple held their reception at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis.
Flowers cascaded down from tall centerpieces created by Festive Couture at Ana Hernandez and Matthew Kent’s reception at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis.
Ana Hernandez, wearing a Paula Varsalona gown, shares a laugh with her bridesmaids.
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: 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.
Although it’s been 20 years since David Halen was named concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, he still savors that moment. “The announcement was made the night Isaac Stern was featured soloist for our orchestra," he recalls.