She already had the stove, so Shelley Donaho jokes, “I bought the house to go with the stove.” Before becoming the keeper of one of St. Louis’ architectural gems, Donaho had visited the house before—she had even met the previous owner. Designed by Ernst Janssen, the 12,000-square foot historical marvel was originally built in one year’s time for $49,500; these days, if using the same quality of materials, that isn’t even enough money to repair the exterior railing.
Sometimes, dreams do come true. And sometimes, it's not wildly difficult to make that happen. Gardeners, once they learn of it, dream about the Chelsea Flower Show. So do some of us who just love the beauty of botany. This year, I was able to go.
Water Features in the Home Garden (Part 1 of 2)
Story: An infant boy, shipwrecked in the early 20th century with his parents off the west coast of Africa, is left alone after the boy’s parents are killed by a leopard. A nurturing gorilla named Kala, whose own infant is carried off by the same leopard, finds the boy and takes care of him as her own child.
I will be brief. People interested in seeing this movie want to know one of two things: 1) Is it tame enough for little kids? and 2) Is it interesting enough for adults? The answer to both is yes. Regarding the first point: This is Disney, after all. Regarding the second: This is Angelina Jolie.
Welcome to Elegant Living's exclusive preview of the 2014 Central West End Association House & Garden Tour, now celebrating its 44th year. Slated for May 31 and June 1, this year’s event features the mansions of Portland Place, which, along with neighboring Westmoreland Place, is one of the few remaining World’s Fair-era private streets in the city. Portland Place was designed in 1888 by noted St. Louis private place surveyor Julius Pitzman for wealthy St. Louisans who wished to escape the densely populated city core. The wide boulevard, lush green median and stone mansions made Portland Place a popular draw for the titans of St. Louis banking, commerce and industry, whose magnificent homes have hosted local, national and international dignitaries throughout the past century. It is not an overstatement to say that Portland Place boasts a social, cultural and architectural heritage unparalleled in St. Louis and beyond.
Story: To paraphrase protagonist Clifford Bradshaw, “there was a place called The Kit Kat Klub in a city called Berlin in a country called Germany…and we were all fast asleep.” Bradshaw, an American novelist wannabe, has traveled to Europe in 1929 in search of his muse, first in London, then in Paris and now in Berlin.
Interior designers simply cannot stop looking at beautiful things. It always is interesting to see how other creative people perceive a space, as well as how they reinvent uses for different pieces of furniture and decorative items.
Home Buy Design Now Casting in St. Louis
Story: In 19th century England, Lord Aster agrees to undergo a perilous journey in the service of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria: He will transport a cargo box filled with valuables to the exotic land of Rundoon aboard the Wasp, which is commanded by Aster’s boyhood chum, Robert Falcon Scott.
Recognition of stellar productions by nearly two dozen local theater companies will take center stage when the St. Louis Theater Circle presents its second annual awards ceremony honoring the best in local professional theater, on stage and behind the scenes, on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Center of Creative Arts (COCA), 524 Trinity Avenue in University City.
Story: The Lazara Quartet is a classical music group of considerable talent and acclaim, so much so that in the past year they have been the subject of a documentary. Now, their noted achievements in recordings and in performances around the world have caught the attention of The White House, where they have been asked to perform for the President in a televised concert.
With the end of the year drawing near, it’s time again to review the cookbooks that made their way to store shelves in 2013. This year’s crop includes life-long compilations and memoirs and collections from famed restaurants, as well as recipes from all areas of the U.S. and beyond. So, sit back with a cuppa, and decide which titles deserve a place on your kitchen shelf.
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.
A capacity crowd at New York’s Carnegie Hall greeted the St. Louis Symphony’s performance of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes last month, on what would have been the composer’s 100th birthday. The Nov. 22 program featured music director David Robertson; the Symphony chorus, under the director of Amy Kaiser; and tenor Anthony Dean as Peter Grimes, and soprano Susanna Phillips as Ellen Orford. The performance received an extended standing ovation, as well as praise from critics, including The New York Times. The Carnegie program was previewed at Powell Hall Nov. 16.
Ricardo Rique-Sanchez as Pepe (right) in West Side Story
It was a bit like coming home again to find a beloved wisteria in full bloom and a soft, favorite bathrobe waiting in the closet—this return to Palm Beach after an almost 20-year absence. Best of all, the 16-mile barrier island was pretty much as we remembered it: newly minted, pristine and still boasting its extraordinary beauty and small-town character.
Chicago will bring ‘all that jazz’ to the Fox Theatre Sept. 20 to 22. And with it comes John O’Hurley, of Seinfeld fame, starring as Billy Flynn; and Paige Davis, best-known for her hosting prowess on Trading Spaces and Home Made Simple, playing Roxie Hart. The Fox’s Broadway season also boasts even more Tony Award-winning dramas, comedies and adventures: Evita, Oct. 8-20; Sister Act, Nov. 19-Dec. 1; Beauty and the Beast, Nov. 1-3; RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles, Nov. 15-16; A Christmas Carol, Dec. 5-8; Elf, Dec. 17-29; West Side Story, Jan. 3-5; Mamma Mia!, Feb. 7-9; Jersey Boys, Feb. 19-March 2; We Will Rock You, March 18-30; Once, April 8-20; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, April 29-May 11; and The Wizard of Oz, May 13-18. LN recently caught up with Chicago choreographer David Bushman to hear more about the much-anticipated showstopper.
From Tony Award-winning musicals and Grammy Award-winning performers to classic and contemporary art, take a first glimpse into St. Louis’ fall entertainment season.
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.
Grassi's Ristorante and Deli is one of those little hidden gems that are fun to discover. A true neighborhood place, though not exactly located in a proper neighborhood, it's got plenty of charm and tasty Italian delights to spare.
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.
West Side Story
A cool breeze will now flow through the hot summer nights at The Muny in Forest Park. Audiences can sit back and take in the comforting effect of high-tech fans as they experience the open air theater’s new season of shows. The 95th year will open June 17 with Monty Python’s Spamalot, starring John O’Hurley of Seinfeld fame. LN recently spoke with executive director Mike Isaacson for the scoop on the season, its stars and many more surprises.
Story: Sam and Dinah are a young married couple living the good life in suburbia. Sam is a businessman who commutes by day to his job in the city, while homemaker Dinah tends to chores around the house and caring for their son, Junior.