At least 65 percent of Americans own a smartphone—that's almost 200 million people. Someone once referred to smartphones as “the cigarettes of our decade," if you consider how some people think it's rude or impolite to whip it out when company is around. Using a smartphone regularly also could lead to chronic health problems (text neck, anyone?), and could potentially kill (see below). But, we digress.
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.
The Webster University George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology hosted Bob and Dottie King, the founders of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Development Economics (SEED), as well as Tralance Addy, its executive director. More than 75 guests attended the event, where the presenters spoke about using entrepreneurship to address poverty in West Africa. Pictured: George Herbert Walker, Dorothy King, Robert King, Tralance Addy, Carol Walker and dean Benjamin Akande
After the last of the plum pudding and eggnog have been consumed, you may resolve to start fresh with a dietary detox. But your body knows what to do and already is prepared to flush away the remnants of your holiday excess, without the need for special fasts or cleanses.
JERRY CRYLEN has joined Wexford Science + Technology, a BioMed Realty company, as senior director of development.
Cor Jesu Academy students raised more than $3,000 to benefit El Palenque, a Ferguson restaurant that has struggled financially in the aftermath of unrest in the community. El Palenque recently catered a special lunch at the school; and hundreds of students, faculty and staff took part in support of the restaurant. Pictured: School president Sr. Barbara Thomas presents a check to restaurant owner Maria Flores.
It’s no secret that oral health has a direct link to overall well-being. And with mounting evidence, dentists are doing all they can to take their patient care a step further. “People usually see their dentist more than their physician, and physicians are already overworked and overloaded,” notes Dr. Srdjan Ilic, owner of Prestige Dental Care. “If we can help them by catching these things that manifest in the mouth early by doing simple screenings to lessen the burden on them, we can help the patients and doctors—everybody wins.”
STACEY ABELES has been hired as director of special events for the March of Dimes Missouri Chapter. She previously worked at Gateway to Hope and The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management.
Depression is known to affect about one in 10 American adults; and for many, depression takes hold well before adulthood. The National Institute of Mental Health reports that approximately 11 percent of adolescents have a depressive disorder by age 18. In fact, very young children can show signs of depression, notes one area expert.
Trust me when I say no one is quicker to roll their eyes at pseudo-intellectual film-making than I am. Movies that try to be meaningful with some sort of affected gravitas make me violent, as my radar is up when it comes to pretense. That being said, when a film does happen to be both entertaining and deep, it's a pleasant surprise. This film is one of the few.
*Spoiler Alert* It's not really a spoiler—I should say: premise alert. Either way, I feel obligated to tell you that the catalyst for most of the action in this movie is the killing of a puppy. I don't know what it is about puppies...We can watch dozens of humans get gunned down, blown up or tortured, but one sweet animal is a deal-breaker. It's definitely worth getting past it, though; because trust me, no one is more upset about it than our hero, John Wick.
Students sewing costumes, building sets and even filling the director’s chair are common occurrences at Visitation Academy. Its middle and upper schools’ theater program, led by drama and speech teacher Marty Strohmeyer, allows young women to take the reins in four annual productions. “We believe in entrusting them as leaders—if you trust them, they are going to trust it and go with it,” Strohmeyer says.
Since it opened earlier this year, Three Flags Tavern has been one of the tougher reservations to get around town. After finally getting a table, it became immediately obvious why folks have been crowding this establishment.
Caring for an aging loved one can be a daunting task. And when that task becomes too difficult for family members, they often turn to a health-care provider. But how can a family determine the best type of long-term care for their relative?
This week we introduce the remaining designer teams for the 2014 Ladue News Show House. See their work on display at 34 Briarcliff in Ladue Oct. 11 – 19.
It’s safe to assume that when you visit a high-end department store, the staff will go the extra mile to make the shopping experience a memorable one. But if you’re looking for a bit of extra attention—whether it’s help finding a gown for an upcoming gala, seeking out versatile styles to complete your suitcase for a trip to the coast, or a complete seasonal wardrobe overhaul—a number of local stores offer designated personal shoppers who can lend their undivided attention to your search.
Each year, the Ladue News Show House highlights work from some of the area’s top designers. Starting this week, get to know the professionals behind the designs of the 2014 Show House, located at 34 Briarcliff in Ladue. Be sure to see their creative spaces when the home is open for tours (Oct. 11 – 19), and stay tuned next week to meet the other participating designers.
Despite an economic recession, the nation's net worth has increased by $23 trillion during the past 15 years, according to the Federal Reserve. And as Americans' financial assets grow, many may be asking themselves, Where should I invest my wealth?
No matter the size of a donation, when someone gives money to charity, they have some level of confidence that it will be used for a specific purpose. And that expectation only grows with the size of the gift, particularly if there’s a donor agreement in place. The book, Abusing Donor Intent: The Robertson Family’s Epic Lawsuit Against Princeton University, was written by Doug White, director for the Master of Science in Fundraising Management program at Columbia University. In it, he digs into a high-profile case where the donors accused the university of misusing their charitable gift. We asked the author about the case, its implications, and steps donors should take before giving their hard-earned funds—no matter how noble the cause.
They motivate, they educate, they inspire… A great mentor does many things to guide a mentee’s future. We asked three St. Louis attorneys about their invaluable mentors.
Throughout her 35 years of practicing law—most of it in the field of family law—Susan Hais has received quite a collection of cards and letters. “I have gotten lots of feedback from people throughout the years,” she says. “I have a special drawer in my desk where I place that letter or thank-you card, so I can always remember why I keep doing it.”
Good taste means knowing what truly is elegant; also, what has genuine value. Good taste can be expensive, but it’s never extravagant. Knowing these things and trying to impart them to a client who truly trusts you can be a daunting task. What is tasteful may have little to do with what is popular.
Driving to Sequoia National Park from the south on California Highway 198, you traverse the flat, fertile San Joaquin Valley, often called the 'food basket of the world.' You begin your mountain ascent on The Generals Highway over continuous hairpin curves to a hiking and camping paradise almost 7,000 feet above sea level. Word to the wise: Don’t trust your GPS. You’ll still have 23 winding miles left to go from the park entrance to Wuksachi Lodge, the only lodging in the park--a beautiful mountain lodge with guest rooms located in groves of trees blending into the forest. With every modern convenience and mouth-watering high-country cuisine, you will be encountering the splendor of Mother Nature in pristine and peaceful perfection.
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