When STAGES St. Louis opened its 2013 season with a production of Always…Patsy Cline, executive producer Jack Lane knew something special was happening. The tuneful tribute to the late country music artist had the largest advance sales of any show in STAGES’ 27-year history, and sold out most of the performances in its month-long run.
Having great style isn’t just about trends and a shopping obsession—it’s about creativity, individualism and confidence. These five men and women embody all of those qualities—and then some—to make up LN’s first-ever Best-Dressed List.
As we near the end of Hollywood’s self-proclaimed dead time (why on earth one exists is a question for another day) movie goers approach the Cineplex with the caution of a squirrel. And much like that squirrel, you may discover that the treat is not where you left it. So if you aren’t interested in seeing Arnold Schwarzenegger trying to convince everyone that he’s 45, or witnessing a lot of teen drama—both on screen and in the audience—you may want to wait a few more weeks before venturing back to the big screen. Here’s what’s new and interesting:
St. Louis interior designer Jay Eiler’s sleek navy study makes us want to clean up our act. All of this perfection begs the question: Does good design really encourage us to live and work more beautifully? We went to Eiler for answers.
News is a 24-hour-a-day business. Correction: It’s a 60-minute-an-hour, 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week…you get the idea. Furthermore, the news simply is not a nicely groomed anchor reading today’s top stories before handing the ball off to 'Storm,' the weather guy, or 'Champ' for sports. A news channel has an anchor reciting the news. It also has a crawl along the bottom explaining, in brief, top stories. There also is a picture-in-picture of some breaking event. And, in case you were curious, there is a list of bullet points of what’s up next. It’s like staring at a strobe light. Breaking news: The cable news channel is giving me a seizure.
Think back to the last time one of your family members was expecting a baby. Remember all of the beautiful gifts they got at their baby shower? It’s hard to imagine, but there are many moms-to-be in St. Louis who don’t have a support system to help them provide all of the clothing, toys and odds-and-ends that a baby needs in its first months of life.
For the first time ever, the intimate story of a struggling street musician and the woman who gave him new hope will take centerstage at the Fox Theatre with the original Broadway show, Once. Winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Once is a unique theatrical experience featuring live onstage musicians playing what becomes the soundtrack to the characters’ romance and dreams. LN spoke with British lead actor and musician Stuart Ward about the musical, performing it live, as well as the power music has to captivate us all.
I drive a lemon. Let me clarify: According to Webster’s Dictionary, a lemon, in the vehicular sense, is a car that 'does not work the way it should.' So, in that sense, my car is a lemon. According to the state of Missouri, however, it is not. Not that I disagree with that. The 'lemon law' exists, and is effective because it deals with cars that have more immediate and obvious defects. In other words, the lemon law deals more with car heart attacks—my car has cancer.
Though What Not to Wear concluded last fall, women still have the opportunity to be ‘Carmindized’ through Carmindy’s new line. We caught up with her before her recent trip to St. Louis, celebrating the line's launch at Soft Surroundings.
Virginia Braxs (Cultural Enrichment)
Just weeks before his third birthday, Braydon Nugent was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. “I had no idea what leukemia was,” says Braydon’s mother, Emily. But through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society—which focuses on finding a cure for blood cancers, including leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and Hodgkin’s disease—the Nugent family was able to acquire all the information they needed for Braydon’s battle with leukemia.
Story: On an iPlanet 300 years in the future that formerly was known as Earth, people live regimented lives. They dress alike, they act alike and they even listen to the same music that is cranked out by the omnipresent GlobalSoft Corporation under the instructions of the oppressive police overseer, Commander Khashoggi.
Story: Matt and Davis are Americans in Amsterdam for a good time. Trouble is, the former college roommates and 30-somethings are somewhat polar opposites. Davis is a rakish ne’er-do-well, an editor who is on the fast track after plucking a novel from obscurity and seeing it shoot to the top of the charts, courtesy of Matt’s recognition of its artistic merit.
After this brutally frigid winter, with sub-zero temperatures for days on end and weeks filled with ice and snow, our treasured, tender gardens have taken a really hard beating.
Fran Levine wants to learn a whole lot more about St. Louis History, and she is counting on all of us to be her teachers. In April, Levine takes over as the new president of the Missouri History Museum, leaving a similar post at the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors. She was born a ‘Connecticut Yankee,’ to borrow from Twain, who spent a short time studying at what she calls “a little hippie college” in Maine. But after her dad gave her some sage advice, she knew it was time to move on. “My father came to tell me ‘how the cow ate the cabbage.’ He told me if I was going to do what I wanted to do with my life, then I needed to move West.”
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
Story: Edna Pontellier would seem to have it all: She’s a belle of the social set in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century, the wife of a successful businessman and mother of two children.
The Woman’s Exchange
Keeping a definite style throughout will make your wedding memorable—and you’ll never have any regrets.
Story: Life isn’t easy for Mark and his friends on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. It’s the early 1990s, and the long, grim shadow of HIV and AIDS looms ominously over them, since most of Mark’s friends are afflicted with one or the other. Beyond that, this group of starving artists ekes out the most meager of existences, making do with dilapidated conditions in their apartment buildings while they struggle to hone their crafts.
Grammy Award-winning jazz and pop crooner Harry Connick Jr. will headline Variety the Children’s Charity’s Dinner with the Stars on May 3 at Peabody Opera House.
When it comes to cancer, many cases are mysteries. It’s very difficult—even impossible—to pinpoint what leads to a malignancy. Yet there are a few cancers that clearly are linked to specific causes. Smoking contributes to lung cancer, sun damage contributes to skin cancer, and—in a stunning 99 percent of cases—human papillomavirus (HPV) is present in cervical cancer cases.
Play: Shirley Valentine
The weather may be warming, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s anything in theaters worth seeing. If you remain firmly planted to your couch, rightfully suspicious of the thaw, you have options. Here’s what’s new on DVD:
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.