A deep love of art, animals and teaching make Mariann Menges a sought-after art teacher. Where else can students of all ages arrive for art lessons and have the rare opportunity to be taught in a zoo-like setting? Where else can students pet, feed and draw seven live animals that include two box turtles, a rabbit, hamster, toad, dog and ‘Little Guy,’ a 47-year-old talking parrot who speaks two languages and sings opera?
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.
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!
As a lifelong garden-lover and fan of imaginative landscape design, I have a particular fondness of water gardens. I’ve been studying the roots of regional garden design concepts, and I’ve been fortunate to have seen many of the world’s finest examples, including the gardens of Ryoan-ji, the serene dry sea of neatly raked gravel in Japan; the damp Zen moss gardens in Kyoto; the formal and ornate fountains of the French gardens of the Palais du Versailles; the relaxed lakeside English landscapes designed by Capability Brown; Villa d’Este, the fabulous fountain garden near Rome; and Generalife in Granada, Spain. My professional interest in the ancient four-part garden style has only increased after seeing the beautifully restored courtyard gardens in Granada last spring. You will find pictures of these famous and elegant gardens, with their linear canals and flowing fountains, in every book on the history of landscape design.
After the weekend I’ve had at the cineplex, I can say with confidence that unless you’ve got any of the Oscar winners you need to check off your list, stay home and download a movie. Here are some suggestions:
Anationally renowned scientist, a superior court judge and a professional WNBA player are among past graduates of Ladue Horton Watkins High School. These accomplished professionals and others will be honored at the school’s 60th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni Recognition Ceremony on Sept. 21.
Grammy Award-winning musicians, Tony Award-winning theater and never-before-seen art will highlight St. Louis’ fall season. Here’s a first look:
Story: Deep in the Rhine River, three maidens guard the immeasurably valuable Rhinegold. The gold can be taken and forged into a ring that will give its owner immense power, but only at the expense of forsaking love, which the maidens say is one emotion no one can truly renounce with any happiness. Nonetheless, a Nibelung dwarf named Alberich, spurned by the maidens, steals the gold.
I can’t tell you how much I was looking forward to this film. After Woody Allen’s brilliant rise from the ashes with Midnight in Paris, I was expecting big things. Sadly here, Allen seems to have given the green light to a rough draft of a script. There are some great laughs, but unfortunately, almost everything about this movie seems under-thought.
Story: Riccardo, Count of Warwick and Governor of Boston in the late 17th century, is secretly in love with Amelia, wife of his secretary, best friend and confidant Renato. So, the governor is delighted when he learns that Amelia’s name is on the guest list for an upcoming masked ball. When Renato tells him about a conspiracy to have him murdered, Riccardo dismisses the danger. Instead, he decides to follow up on information obtained by his page Oscar and pay a visit incognito to a fortune teller named Ulrica, who has been condemned to death.
Back in 1994, Scott Schoonover launched a daring initiative: His Union Avenue Opera (UAO) was founded to bring affordable, professional, original-language opera to St. Louis. UAO has thrived in the last 18 years, and continues to build its loyal following. This season’s schedule of three works begins with George Frideric Handel’s Acis and Galatea, which will be performed on April 27, 28 and 29 at UAO’s performance space in the sanctuary of Union Avenue Christian Church, 733 N. Union Blvd in the Central West End.
There are positives and negatives to setting Shakespeare’s plays in different eras. On the plus side, the stories can be more relatable. On the down side, changing the time period can come with an agenda and the director has to force the play awkwardly into a new framework. Nevertheless, the good often outweighs the bad, as is the case here.
Tuscany is where wine, food, history and culture all come together. Tiny villages, rolling hills and the aromatic Eucalyptus trees bordering roads and walkways are what come to mind when I think of Tuscany. Then, of course, there is the wine.
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I love a garden! Whether it is a visit to our amazing Botanical Garden or enjoying cocktails and dinner in a friend’s garden, there is something soothing and
Karla and Tony Kramer moved with their eight children to Des Peres one and a half years ago from Town & Country, where they had lived since 1999.
I have often said I love a good romantic comedy. Yes, they are formulaic. Yes, the boy always gets the girl in the end. Yes, they’re a little schmaltzy. I can’t help it. I enjoy a good romantic comedy, the operative word being ‘good.’ This romantic comedy starring Hollywood’s latest ‘it’ girl, Kristin Bell, and Transformers hunk Josh Duhamel is so bad one wonders how the project was ever greenlighted, much less how they got the talent to sign on. This stinker is a career killer.
'Tis the season…of red carpets and weighty statues. It’s always ‘somebody’s year’ come awards season. I’ve heard people say, It’s Clooney’s year. I’ve also heard people say, It’s Robert Downey Jr.’s year. It certainly is Sandra Bullock’s year. I would give the year to Meryl Streep, but she’s had enough years. With the quality of movies we’ve been enjoying of late, I’d say it’s our year. Here’s what’s coming in January:
A good education for their children is the No. 1 priority for most parents. It‘s what drives their choice of learning environment, even as early as preschool. But distinct differences between a few well-know educational approaches can make this a difficult decision. We asked some local educators to explain the learning theories upon which their schools are based.