Story: Fresh out of prison, Percy Talbott arrives in the middle of winter in the town of Gilead, Wisconsin in the 1990s, a place she selected based on a photo she saved from a travel book. Sheriff Joe Sutter meets her and, though puzzled why anyone would want to settle in the depressed hamlet, arranges for her to work at the Spitfire Grill, the only restaurant in town.
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.
A St. Louis first will be unveiled next month in the Grand Center Arts District: The Public Media Commons is being described as a 'playground for the mind and the senses.'
On a cold January night in 1997, Ellie Zografakis did not watch her favorite TV show—and that’s when the story of the Nutriformance began. That night away from the tube would lead Ellie to Dale Huff, her future husband and business partner. "I decided to not watch Melrose Place on a Thursday night because I needed to get my career going, “ Ellie recalls. “(Dale) was the head of a sports nutrition networking group, and I knew I needed to become part of this group. We started meeting, and I found out Dale and I had some of the same goals.”
Young or old, rich or poor, technophobe or technophile, living in the U.S. or in the Middle East, they all use Twitter. Conservatively speaking, there are more than 630 million Twitter users today, and that number grows by another 130,000 users daily.
If you lie awake at night, unable to drift off to sleep or frustratingly waking periodically, know you are not alone—especially if you’re a woman.
Story: Dorante is an elegant, upper-class cad. He’s journeyed to Paris in 1644 in search of a wife, unaware that his father already has decided his marital fate. While there, Dorante stumbles upon an amiable chap named Cliton, an impoverished but decent fellow who needs a steady job. Cliton convinces Dorante that he should be Dorante’s servant, which appeals to the gentleman’s vanity.
So, The Hundred-Foot Journey came out last week to much critical acclaim. The movie is vibrant and sumptuous; and the director, Lasse Hallström, films food like it is the sexiest, most beautiful thing on the planet. Movies about food range from the exotic and sensual to the dark—and even disturbing. I have to admit, it was fun coming up with a list of the best films about food. To clarify, these films are actually about food. Diner is one of the funniest movies ever. Its title implies it is about food; however, it is not, and thus doesn't make the cut. So, here is my top 10 list of the best food films I've seen:
Story: New York City is bustling in 1895, and in the middle of the action is Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi. The widow of Ephram Levi makes her living by selling her services to teach dancing, play musical instruments and a dozen other occupations, most notably arranging marriages.
The residents at Garden View Care Centers favor Elvis. Each morning at 9:45, you’ll find residents and staff leaving their other activities to enjoy a burst of dancing. Just a few minutes of music and motion sets the tone for a good day, says Rhonda Uhlenbrock, director of dementia programs.
Amsterdam has much to offer the early spring visitor. For tulips, head to the fabulous Keukenhof Gardens with 32-plus hectares dotted by more than 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.
Story: At the Charenton asylum in France in 1807, the most notorious inmate is Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade, an aristocrat better known as the Marquis de Sade. He was born in 1740 and spent 32 years in various prisons before dying in 1814 at Charenton, where he was sent in 1801.
Story: Return with us now to 1959 for the senior year of the fun-loving kids at fictional Rydell High School (anyone else remember Bobby Rydell?). It seems that over the summer, Danny Zuko, leader of a group of school greasers known as the T-Birds, had a romance with a chick named Sandy Dumbrowski.
Richard Miles; Lou Brock, co-chair of The Whitney M. Young Society; and Michael McMillan
Most parents of toddlers are familiar with the tiny face of disgust peering back at them above a plate of peas—or bananas, green beans, the list goes on—shaking from side to side: No way. Wanting to teach children about nutrition in a fun and inviting way, a group of local parents have teamed up to create Kitchen Club Kids, a series of three award-winning ‘recipe adventure story books,’ for ages 2 to 6. Each book, End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad, Garden Safari Vegetable Soup, and Feed Your Senses Homemade Bread (due out later this year), includes a recipe told in traditional storybook format, as well as the real recipe the story is based on at the end of the book, so that parents and children can work together in the kitchen to prepare nutritious meals. Eluka Moore, Kitchen Club Kids co-creator and author, and soon-to-be mom of two, shared the genesis story of the books, as well as tips for parents on teaching their kids about nutrition and trying new foods—even, perhaps, peas.
There’s more to health than just the physical, a reality that the staff at Friendship Village sees every day. “We have a widow here who was very sick and lonely, and her daughter was thinking, I’m going to lose Mom,” recalls Friendship Village spokeswoman Joanna Jones-Raymond. “She moved her mom here from the Northeast; and now you’ll see her sitting on the couch talking with eight friends, and walking around the lake every day—she’s a different person. It’s not just physical. It’s the intellectual and spiritual fulfillment, all of it. You can see the difference.”
At a black-tie reception and dinner at the Racquet Club of St. Louis, members of the German American Heritage Society of Saint Louis (GAHS) honored board members Wilma Prifti and Shirley Aschinger. Prifti received the 2014 GAHS Friedrich Hecker Freedom Award. She served as the project director of the German-American Student Exchange Program at St. Louis’ Higher Education Center for 30 years. Aschinger, who has been on the organization’s board of directors for the past eight years, received the 2014 GAHS Stemmler-Hecker Founder Award.
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As the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis approaches its centennial anniversary in 2018, it is making strong strides toward a host of educational, economic and advocacy goals throughout the community.
SCOTT SCHNUCK of Schnuck Markets, Inc., and MIKE DeCOLA of HBM Holdings have been named chair and co-chair, respectively, of United Way of Greater St. Louis’ 2014 fundraising campaign.
Story: It’s 1961, and window washer J. Pierrepont Finch seems more absorbed in the book he’s reading than in cleaning the exterior of the World Wide Wicket building. He carries a self-help tome that describes in meticulous detail how an ambitious, enterprising young man (it is 1961) can rise to the top of the business world with nary an iota of talent.
Story: Fanny Brice, a homely young Jewish woman from the Lower East Side of New York City in the early 20th century, is determined to succeed in show business despite her lack of head-turning looks. With considerable faith in her voice and comic skills, she auditions for a role with impresario Florenz Ziegfeld and His Follies on Broadway.
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.
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