Story: Mabry Hoffman has a Ph.D. in anthropology but no job to pay the bills to support her son and herself. Thus, she’s interested when she hears about a project operated by the United States Army called The Human Terrain, a proof-of-concept initiative established in 2006 to “improve the military’s ability to understand the highly complex local, socio-cultural environment in the areas where (it is) deployed.”
St. Louis' arts community is gearing up for a big season of live shows this fall! We went straight to the top and asked local arts and entertainment leaders what they're most excited about in the upcoming season:
Story: It’s 1816, and a group of young poets, philosophers and artists has gathered at Lake Geneva in Switzerland for a summer of sailing, writing and late-night conversations. With steady rain forcing them to stay inside on many days, they entertain themselves by telling old German ghost stories. This inspires one of them, George Gordon (aka Lord Byron), to propose a contest in which each of them will write a ghost story.
Story: Blanche DuBois travels from her native Mississippi to the Elysian Fields area of New Orleans and the home of her married sister, Stella Kowalski. Stella is surprised at Blanche’s arrival but makes her feel at home. Quickly, though, Stella learns that Blanche has lost the beloved family estate, Belle Reve, and has packed all of her worldly possessions into her suitcases.
Story: Last year, St. Louis Actors’ Studio introduced its LaBute New Theater Festival, a four-week offering of new, one-act plays receiving their world premieres at the Gaslight Theater. STLAS founding director William Roth and others at STLAS collaborated with noted playwright Neil LaBute, who agreed to lend his name to the festival and also to contribute an original work to the inaugural event.
Most fans of musical theater doubtless are familiar with Cabaret, the jaunty musical written by composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb that focuses on the decadent lifestyle favored by the bohemians and artists who lived in Berlin in the post-World War I years shortly before Adolf Hitler and his Third Reich came to power.
As the summer winds down, many of St. Louis’ top arts organizations are ramping up a new season. We asked in-the-know arts professionals what they’re most looking forward to in the world of visual and performing arts.
Story: A young girl finds herself drawn into a magical world guided by the most imaginative and individual Cat in the Hat. Soon she becomes a character herself as Jojo, the daughter of the mayor of Whoville and his wife, Mrs. Mayor.
Story: Last year, St. Louis Actors’ Studio introduced its LaBute New Theater Festival, a four-week offering of new, one-act plays receiving their world premiere at the Gaslight Theater. STLAS founding director William Roth and others collaborated with noted playwright Neil LaBute, who agreed to lend his name to the festival and also to write an original work, The Possible, which premiered at the inaugural event in July 2013.
Make plans to attend the St. Louis International Children's Film Festival this summer. Two former St. Louisans are the featured guests: Brad Schiff (Coraline, The Boxtrolls) and Shawn Krause (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and Up).
Chardonnay is known as a classic grape. Grown in most parts of the world, it’s a grape that is praised, revered, bashed and misunderstood. It’s the white-wine darling of the American appetite, and a golden star in Burgundy. It’s a staple in the winemaker’s dream palette.
Story: With the rise to power of Robespierre and the French Revolution of 1789 began the Reign of Terror, a purging of the aristocracy and its sympathizers, real or imagined. Blanche de la Force, daughter of the wealthy Marquis de la Force, joins the Carmelite order of nuns to take refuge from the political turmoil.
Story: American writer Gertrude Stein left her homeland with her brother Leo for London in 1902 and moved to Paris the following year. Eventually she and Leo settled at 27 rue de Fleurus, near the Luxembourg Gardens. When another American ex-patriate, Alice B. Toklas, met Gertrude in 1907 the two immediately were drawn to each other and began a nearly 40-year relationship that ended when Gertrude Stein died in 1946.
When we embarked on our journey to Bentonville, Arkansas, we were prepared for the unexpected—and that’s certainly what we got. We now understand why the art world is abuzz.
The latest cover of Opera News features four of five performers slated for next month’s Sing for Siteman benefit concert. Stephanie Blythe, Theo Lebow, Daniel Brevik and Tobias Greenhalgh grace the cover of the magazine’s June 2014 edition, along with fellow artist Elizabeth Futral.
A Pacific Parade cruise is the perfect getaway for someone not wanting to travel too far, but still enjoy exciting cities and wonderful adventures they may never have otherwise. After a plane ride to Vancouver, we boarded the Celebrity Century to embark on an 11-day journey down the west coast of Canada and the United States.
Nothing says summer like a festive outdoor fete. Lucky for us, St. Louis has a full slate of art and entertainment under the summer sun and stars—many with the welcoming perk of free admission. So, as the season starts to heat up, be sure to save the date for these festival favorites.
Story: Three short plays by Carter Lewis take an amusing look at modern-day foibles against the flavorful backdrop of Meskerem Ethiopian Restaurant. In the first vignette, No Preying, bellicose Heddie is busy browbeating Christian Agatha with her aggressive brand of atheism, ranting that God is no more likely to exist than giant insects.
Story: Ten years after graduating from high school, a group of women gather in a hotel bridal luxury suite on the night before the wedding of one of their former classmates.
Almost everyone is impacted at some point in their life by cancer—either personally, or through a friend or family member. “There’s a tie that people have when they have survived something like that,” says Cheri Fromm, co-chair of this year’s Sing for Siteman event. “They see everyone as a part of their sisterhood or brotherhood.”
Check out the newest design trends, fresh from designer markets across the country, including High Point Market, the world’s largest to-the-trade home furnishings event. Some of the looks making news are firmly positioned at the top of the trend curve, while others are just starting their ascent.
Celebrate National Train Day at the ultimate destination: St. Louis Union Station. This Saturday, May 10, Amtrak, stl250 and the Terminal Railroad Association are hosting a family-friendly day of train exploration and more.
Story: Maymay is dropped off by her daughter, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, so that she can tend to some “unfinished business.” With her new cell phone as her mode of communication, she makes her way to an old cattle station in western Australia where she toiled half a century earlier.
Story: Meena is feeling unfulfilled in her job as managing editor for piggeries at American Cattle & Swine magazine, oddly enough. After all, she once wrote a book of “prose poetry” that was even published and reviewed. The lone critique was unflattering, and the book didn’t sell many copies, but still she did it.
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.