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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.
Jeanne Hosler and Timothy Kaufmann
Four Muny premieres are in the lineup for the 2014 season—The Muny’s 96th summer at Forest Park! New season tickets will be available beginning March 8; single tickets go on sale May 31. The upcoming shows are...
For the third consecutive year, U.S. Bank has shown continued support as Platinum Sponsor of the Ladue News Show House. Through this, along with its many other charitable endeavors, the company commits to investing in the future of the communities it serves. “We believe that strong communities are built on strong foundations,” says Nicole Garrison-Sprenger, the company’s VP of corporate public relations. “In addition to providing financial support, we encourage all of our employees to get out in the community and strengthen it by giving of their time and talents.”
Daring color is in the air this fall. F. Schumacher is calling fuchsia this season’s ‘it’ color and the perfect upbeat alternative or complement to neutrals.
On the day of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light the Night walk last year, the Giunta family was having a particularly difficult time. Luke, who had recently turned 10, was less than two months into treatment for lymphoma. It was a treatment day at the hospital, so he was feeling sick from the chemotherapy and didn’t feel up to the walk. “We had people coming in from all over the Midwest, so I told him, Just go and say hello, and I’ll take you home whenever you want to go,” says mom Becky Giunta. “But adrenaline is a marvelous thing! They had a break at the first mile, where everyone was thinking that might be enough—but he was saying, Let’s keep going! What it did that day was amazing—the transformation was pretty cool.”
A ground-breaking exhibition on Thomas Jefferson currently is on display at the Missouri History Museum. Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty, which attracted more than a million visitors while on display at the Smithsonian, explores one of the most difficult topics in American history and how it played out in Jefferson’s world at Monticello. The exhibit features more than 280 museum objects, works of art, documents and artifacts found through archeological excavations at Monticello, including Jefferson’s personal chess set and books. Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello runs through March 2014, and is free and open to the public.
Story: Two rival teen gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, have an ongoing feud in a turf war fought in New York City’s blue-collar, West Side neighborhood, circa 1957. Tony, former co-leader of the Jets, has dropped out of the European-American gang and is concentrating on his job at Doc’s drug store.
Story: Based on a series of children’s books by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Walt Disney film of the same name, Mary Poppins is the story of a mysterious nanny who magically appears at the Banks household in Edwardian London to care for Jane and Michael Banks, the children of stuffy banker George Banks and his long-suffering wife Winifred, a former actress.
Many of us think we know what we like when it comes to the arts in St. Louis, but sometimes the most thrilling performance or the most moving canvas can be found in an unexpected place. We asked some of the area’s most plugged-in artistic leaders and supporters about their favorite arts experiences—perhaps you’ll find a new place to love!
Story: Spanning a period from 1815 to 1832, Les Miserables tells the story of Jean Valjean against the backdrop of revolution in 19th century France. Imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving son, Valjean is freed from a slave labor camp only to be branded as an outcast because of his criminal record.
You’ll be seeing plenty of cats and dogs around town now that the Animal Protective Association of Missouri's Harry & Hanley sculptures have been unveiled. The creations are part of a fundraising project to mark the APA’s 90th anniversary.
Story: Based on James A. Michener’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Tales of the South Pacific, this musical by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, with the aid of Joshua Logan, is set on two islands in the South Pacific during World War II.
Women’s Philanthropy of Jewish Federation of St. Louis will be hosting a Farm-to-Table Shabbat Dinner on Friday, July 12, at 7 p.m. at Claverach Farm in Eureka. The charge for the dinner is $20 per person. Register by July 11 at jewishinstlouis.org/WomensPhilanthropy. For more information, contact Jessica Litwack at 442-3806 or email@example.com. Women's Philanthropy provides an opportunity for every woman to affirm her Jewish identity, connect with and inspire others to establish themselves as full partners in the local Jewish community.
Time spent with grandparents is a treasure that many kids carry with them for the rest of their lives. And the feeling is mutual, as some local grandmas tell us. Here, we ask them about their favorite ways to spend a day with their grandkids—in St. Louis and beyond.
Fran Zamler and her grandchildren at The Muny
Story: Sent out into the world by his parents at the tender age of 7, Shrek is an ogre who lives alone in the swamp. He knows that he’s big and ugly and doesn’t need anyone to remind him of that. His life is upended, though, when Lord Farquaad, ruler of the surrounding kingdom of Duloc, orders all of the fairy tale creatures to be exiled as freaks to the swamp where Shrek happens to live.
Story: Lampooning the hallowed Arthurian legend, Monty Python’s Spamalot details in irreverent fashion the story of England’s King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and how they might have come to be.
ALTON BROWN, popular Iron Chef host and all-around food TV personality, will be coming to the Fox Theatre on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, with a new show entitled Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable. That date might seem like a ways off, but tickets have gone on sale already and are going quickly. Prices are $60.50, $50.50, $45.50 and $35.50, with a limited number of Gold Circle seats also available. Tickets are available at the Fox box office, online at metrotix.com or by phone at 534-1111.
Marsha Mason’s horizons have expanded significantly from her childhood in St. Louis. The one-time Catholic schoolgirl attended Holy Rosary grade school in North St. Louis and later Mary Queen of Peace when her family moved to Crestwood. She became interested in theater while attending Nerinx Hall High School and the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University before embarking on her illustrious stage and film career.
THROUGH 6/16 TWELFTH NIGHT Shakespeare Festival St. Louis presents its 13th annual play, Twelfth Night—an intimate, romantic performance set to live music—at Forest Park. Free. 8 p.m. nightly, except Tuesdays. 531-9800 or sfstl.com.
Actor, comedian and star banjo player Steve Martin wowed a sold-out crowd during a performance at last weekend’s Illumination Gala.