As we head into the heat of July—and yet another summer of sequels, prequels and remakes—I was forced to remind myself that sometimes, it's not all that bad. OK, it’s usually pretty bad. I only need to take a quick peek at Caddyshack 2 on TBS to be reminded of that. So, either I truly am the eternal optimist or I have developed some bizarre, cinematic form of Stockholm syndrome because I keep going back, hoping that maybe this time, the sequel (or the prequel or the re-imagining) will be worth the price of a ticket.
All of a sudden it’s nearing the end of December and thoughts of New Year’s resolutions dance in our heads. Before we enter 2014, however, let’s reflect on what the past year has given us on local stages.
St. Louis native Justin Willman, host of Food Network shows Cupcake Wars and Last Cake Standing, made a stop at Fontbonne University’s Siblings Weekend to help judge a cupcake-decorating contest. He also performed his show, Justin Willman: Like a Magician But Cooler.
With the early horses out of the gate and a smattering of expected disappointments out of the way, it’s time to get serious--awards-show serious. Here’s what to look forward to in October.
Story: Three queens approach Theseus, king of Athens, demanding justice for the murder of their husbands by Creon, the treacherous king of Thebes. Theseus agrees and wages a victorious war against Thebes. Theban cousins, nobles Arcite and Palamon, fight against Athens in the army of their corrupt uncle Creon, even though they are appalled by his actions.
Story: Ted Narracott, the town drunk in Devon, England, puts up his rent money in order to outbid his well-to-do brother Arthur at a local auction for a foal whom he brings home to his wife Rose and son Albert. Rose is distraught over her husband’s reckless spending spree, but Albert is delighted. He quickly names the foal Joey and goes about caring for him daily.
Broadway’s Best New Play Tony Award winner War Horse is coming to the Fox Theatre stage as part of the storied venue’s 30th anniversary ‘rebirth’ season. Ladue News recently spoke with Fox Theatricals president Kristin Caskey to get the scoop on the season.
Grammy Award-winning musicians, Tony Award-winning theater and never-before-seen art will highlight St. Louis’ fall season. Here’s a first look:
Just hours after the last float ventures down Market Street and the last booth closes on the Arch grounds, preparations for the next year’s Veiled Prophet Parade and Fair Saint Louis begin anew. The timeline is no exaggeration says Fair spokesperson Bob Schenk. “Planning starts all over again, from budgets to themes, etc. It really doesn’t stop.”
There are some great rental options out right now if you’re not in the mood to fight the crowds at the Cineplex. Here’s what I recommend:
Looking for a meaningful way to honor your mom this Mother’s Day? DIANE KATZMAN’s Mom-a-gram initiative, in partnership with Missouri Baptist Healthcare Foundation, helps uninsured or underinsured women in rural Missouri with the gift of a mammogram, ultrasound or biopsy. Donations levels range from about $136.50 (for a screening mammography) to $1,300 (for a breast biopsy); and for each donation gift of a Mom-a-gram, the donor’s mother will receive a corresponding piece of Diane Katzman Design jewelry, as well as a tribute card for Mother’s Day. Katzman, a breast cancer survivor, started Mom-agram in 2010. To find out more, call 996-5347 or visit missouribaptist.org.
It’s an exciting year for Oscar: Lots of firsttime nominees and incredible performances and as always, lots of snubs. Here are the nominees in the six big categories:
Opening a business is never easy. Then, the money, sweat equity and the stress of trying to establish a profitable endeavor is enough to discourage anyone from keeping their doors open. That’s why we are celebrating the history and secrets to success of several local companies who have reached milestone anniversaries in 2011.
On April 29, the world witnessed Prince William of Great Britain marry Catherine Middleton, whom he met while at St. Andrew’s University in Scotland. Not since Prince Charles married Princess Diana has there been such anticipation about a royal event.
The year was 1878, and the country was going through a recession in the wake of Civil War reconstruction. St. Louis, an agriculture and transportation center, was hit hard, and attendance at the Agriculture and Mechanical Fair, an important local event during harvest time, had been waning. So a group of enterprising local businessmen formed the Veiled Prophet Organization. “The idea was to promote St. Louis, enrich the quality of life for its citizens and attract visitors,” says Veiled Prophet Organization spokesperson Thomas Cooke.
Financial forecasters say that the Great Recession is winding down, with encouraging signs of an improving economy outweighing lingering negative effects such as high unemployment.
If your vision of a polo match is a stiff linen suit and an upper lip to match, the Epworth Annual Benefit Polo Match will change your mind and have you cheering in the grandstands.
12/5 16TH ANNUAL LADUE CHAPEL NURSERY SCHOOL HOLIDAY MART Find children’s artwork, room decor, jewelry, children’s clothing, seasonal merchandise and more at Ladue Chapel Presbyterian Church, with 20 percent of proceeds benefiting the nursery school.
Play: Mary’s Wedding