Many spectacular parties have been immortalized in books. From The Great Gatsby to Pride and Prejudice to Little Women, get-togethers live on inside their bindings. Now, take your nose out of the novel and experience a real-life celebration surrounded by books: The St. Louis Public Library’s (SLPL) 150th anniversary celebration will kick-off at the upcoming A Novel Affair Gala.
When Annie Seal’s oldest daughter was in high school, she was diagnosed with an eating disorder. Although the teen wasn’t showing signs of extreme weight loss that are typically associated with such disorders, Seal had noticed unexplainable extreme mood swings. “For a long time, I thought my daughter was just a teenager,” Seal says. “She was just not herself. My sweet girl was gone, and in her place was someone I didn’t recognize who was emotional, moody and always unhappy. It was beyond the normal adolescent; but she was my oldest, so I thought maybe this is really how adolescents behave.”
Nothing grabbing you at the theater? Here are the options for home:
If I were to ask any St. Louisan about what they consider to be the biggest news story of the year thus far, there wouldn't be any doubt as to the answer: Ferguson. The story surrounding the police shooting and ensuing protests continues to command the attention of the 24-hour news cycle, as well as social media chatter here and beyond.
Thanks to the efforts of students participating in the Read to the Finish program, several Kirk Day School faculty and staff revved their engines in a race against teachers from other schools. The reading-incentive program rewards young readers with a free ticket to Gateway Motorsports Park, and the opportunity to watch their teachers rev their engines.
It's officially fall: School is in full swing, sweaters are coming out and thoughts turn to pumpkin-carving and apple-picking. I know it's fall for another reason: At the cineplex, the film previews have turned to all things sinister. You know what I mean. The trailer starts off with a girl entering a long, abandoned attic, and pulling drop cloths off Victorian furniture. Then she comes across an old charm/mirror/clock/masque and the violent montage begins. After a few lines of dialogue explaining the premise--the man murdered a dozen girls then disappeared/they thought she was a witch and burned her home with her in it/he walked into the old mine one day and never emerged—the credits pop up. Brace yourself. Then, there's one final scary shot of a face with yellow eyes (or a dead body sitting up). Yeah, yeah.
From shuttling kids to school and sports activities to parents’ busy work schedules, families often have difficulty making quality time to be together. As the mother of two kids, Tammy Wildman knew this scenario all too well. So, she decided to create a unique solution—one she dubbed, Kid City.
Summer is over—maybe not according to the calendar; but according to the cineplex, it is.
In support of the expansive, publicly funded St. Louis County Library (SLCL)—which includes its headquarters and 19 branches—there is the SLCL Foundation, which works to fill in gaps in funding and other resources.
We've all been doing a lot of texting. Lately, I have noticed an increase in the use of something that seems to take the sting out of an unfavorable text—something that conveys so much in the small amount of space provided: The emoji.
Sending a child away to college is one of the most exciting—and nerve-racking—times in families’ lives. Will they succeed academically? Will they get along with their roommate? Will they be able to live on their own? These are just some of the questions each parent faces as their child enters adulthood. Dr. Sherrie Campbell, a veteran psychologist based in southern California and author of Loving Yourself : The Mastery of Being Your Own Person, says the best way to transition your teen into the next chapter is to instill them with confidence and discipline. LN recently spoke with Campbell, whose specialties include psychotherapy with adults and teenagers, more about how parents can prepare their kids for the privileges and challenges of college life.
Story: Return with us now to 1959 for the senior year of the fun-loving kids at fictional Rydell High School (anyone else remember Bobby Rydell?). It seems that over the summer, Danny Zuko, leader of a group of school greasers known as the T-Birds, had a romance with a chick named Sandy Dumbrowski.
Anyone with children older than 10 has slowly come to terms with the fact that there is no summer. OK, that was an exaggeration. Of course, there’s a summer. According to the calendar, summer lasts about three months. Mentally, it lasts six weeks. Emotionally, summer is 16 reasonably pleasant days sandwiched in-between the end of school wrap-up and the back-to-school check-up.
Books for tweens:
Congratulations to the Arts and Education Council's 2015 St. Louis Arts Awards honorees. Each year since 1992, recipients have been singled out for their legacy of artistic excellence, and for enriching St. Louis’ arts and cultural community.
Story: Last year, St. Louis Actors’ Studio introduced its LaBute New Theater Festival, a four-week offering of new, one-act plays receiving their world premieres at the Gaslight Theater. STLAS founding director William Roth and others at STLAS collaborated with noted playwright Neil LaBute, who agreed to lend his name to the festival and also to contribute an original work to the inaugural event.
A recent wedding that I had the honor to provide service for was a lovely affair... But why in the world would a parent allow their pre-teen boys to attend this beautiful event in cargo shorts, T-shirts and athletic shoes?
It seems that every year, the window that defines summer vacation closes ever so slightly: Cranky has a summer school class, Whiny needs to be back for sports, Punch has camp. Summer used to mean June, July and August—Memorial Day to Labor Day. Now, summer is a two-week span in mid-July. Nevertheless, I’m determined to make the most of it, so I pack the car, load the family and head north. No matter how demanding the family schedule, nothing can replace a northern Michigan getaway. And, of course, whether we go for two weeks or two months, one thing always remains consistent: the drive.
If I’m being incredibly optimistic, I would say studios are opting for quality, not quantity, this summer. We shall see. Here’s what’s coming to theaters in July and August...
Whether you have an infant, toddler or teen, most mothers—at some time—consider a return to the working world. This decision, however, often is accompanied by contradictory feelings. Guilt that you will be away from your children, relief that you will be away from your kids—or guilt that you might actually feel relieved.
The world of kids is loud: TVs and computer games are bad enough, not to mention the music blasting millimeters from the eardrums of many tweens and teens through their ever-present earbuds. So just how loud is too loud?
After more than a decade, the internationally renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem is making its return to St. Louis as part of Dance St. Louis’ 2014-2015 season.
Parents dream of the day when their child will walk across the stage to receive a college diploma. But in the case of divorced couples, the mounting costs of higher education—books, room and board, and tuition—can create conflict.
Some big names will be headed to St. Louis later this year by way of the J. Scheidegger Center at Lindenwood University. The venue's 2014-2015 season opens with former Tonight Show host Jay Leno on Sept. 12.