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58 COVER

 Straight Shooter Blues Team Captain David Backes stands firm—on and off the ice.

62 fEATURES

 MEN OF STYLE Catch five of St. Louis’ best dressed males in action.

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 enaissance man r Master the five aspects of a well-rounded STL guy.

RAW:St. Louis RAWards Semi-Finals Show

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THE HOTTEST LOCAL ARTISTS IN 9 CATEGORIES A PANEL OF INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS ENTHUSIASTIC ART LOVERS VOTING TO SEND ST. LOUIS’ FINEST TO HOLLYWOOD FOR

HOMEWARD BOUND It’s back to the basics— as layers of rich textures, luxurious knits and strong accessories take the reins.

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40 TRE  NDS Statement pieces and dramatic details bring back the Old Hollywood glamour of yesteryear.

22 r  adar Head to the CWE to cool your spokes at the new Mike’s Bikes, or take a donation-based yoga class at PuraVegan. Plus, find out how SceneTap is about to revolutionize bar-hopping. 24 dining See what’s brewing on the coffeehouse scene, and take a shot at some new liquors from home and abroad. 26 Hot eats Circle 7 Ranch taps into what STL diners truly desire—beer on demand. 28 p  eople Meet the movers and shakers of STL’s independent music scene. 32 Arts Twelve STL theater critics band together to present The Louie Awards. Plus, The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts welcomes a new curator, and two local authors prepare to release their first book. 34 Column Lessen the environmental impact of your wardrobe without spending more time shopping. 36 J  ob Envy Matt Sebek spends his days following sports and cracking jokes as editor and host of The JoeSportsFan Show.

42 men’s A beginner’s guide to building the perfect vintage-inspired home bar. 48 hoLIDAY Vegan-friendly holiday fare goes way beyond Tofurkey. 50 Engagements Two newly engaged St. Louis couples share their love stories. 52 W  eddings Honoring lost loved ones throughout their journey, an STL couple builds a strong foundation for their future.

eat + drink 89 Spirits Where to go for an unpretentious drink: no fuss, no muss­—just a bar and your choice libation. 90 dining Guide The best places in town to eat and drink.

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stave off the winter blues with the Blue Man Group, and sway to Regina Spektor’s soulful sound at The Pageant. 105 Get Involved Cyndi Willenbrock and Marshall, the three-legged miracle dog, teach children about bullying and compassion. 107 FILM Don’t miss these noteworthy picks at the 2012 St. Louis International Film Festival. 109 BY THE NUMBERS Get a kick out of some fun facts about the Rockettes’ Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

scene 117 Scene in St. Louis Party pics from Top Chefs, Artopia, the Fabulous Fox Theatre’s 30th Anniversary celebration and more. 128 Archetypes An interview with Sarah Spear, global activist, entrepreneur and executive director of Arch Grants.

agenda 101 Calendar Get into the holiday spirit at the St. Louis Thanksgiving Day Parade, Update: The October issue of ALIVE referenced a second location for Nick’s Pub in St. Charles. Nick’s Pub will no longer be opening a second location; the original location is located at 6001 Manchester Ave., South City. ALIVE, November 2012, Volume 9, Issue 11 (Periodical #025092) is published monthly by ALIVE Media Group, L.L.C., 2200 Gravois Ave., #201 St. Louis, MO 63104-2848. Periodicals Postage paid at St. Louis, MO, and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to ALIVE, 2200 Gravois Ave. #201 St. Louis, MO 63104-2848. One-year subscription rate $12.00; two-year subscription rate $18.00. To order a subscription call, 314-446-4059 x222 or log on to alivemag.com.

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“I’m currently feeling Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s almost rugged nerdiness. I also like how Ryan Gosling suits up; he’s not afraid to rock a maroon velvet tux. And, most importantly, his clothes always fit him perfectly.”

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T. LOUIS SPORTS have been in the public eye for more reasons than one as of late. From the Cardinals’ postseason to the Blues’ involvement in the NHL lockout, it’s been a newsworthy fall—which is why we just had to recruit men from both sides to be part of our much-coveted Men of Style list. The Cardinals’ fearless outfielder Jon Jay and our cover man, Blues Team Captain David Backes, both graced this year’s list and made St. Louis sports that much more buzzy…Backes with his unwavering leadership of the Blues during a tumultuous lockout, and Jay with those unforgettable catches. (Seriously, how does he do it?) We snagged both guys for a private photo shoot, and gained lots of insights into their worlds along the way. We were happy to find out that Backes was far from afraid of heights—he had no problem posing atop the Fashion Square Building’s towering rooftop overlooking the city. Backes played the part of fearless leader without hesitation, but he also revealed his softer side, as he talked about his wife, Kelly, whom he’s known since kindergarten, and the animal rescue cause he so passionately supports (read the full Q&A on p.58). Jay joined our four other worthy Men of Style (full story on p.62) over two days of shooting at the Macy’s Downtown parking garage, which proved the perfect location for our heist-themed shoot styled by Saks Fifth Avenue. With a Porsche 911 in tow, Jay pulled off our James Bond-style “chase scene” to perfection, while also revealing his true fashion weakness—Jordan sneakers (he has an entire closet dedicated to the brand). Sports players aren’t the only standouts on this year’s list. I’d be remiss not to recognize our other fabulous Men of Style for 2012, including: Patrick Brown, Special Assistant to the Mayor; David Blakely, General Manager of Niche Home Furnishings; Jassen Johnson, Architect/Developer for Renaissance Development Associates; and Jeffrey Whitford, Global Citizenship Manager for Sigma-Aldrich. Our November Men’s Issue wouldn’t be complete without our annual guys’ guide to STL. This year, it comes in the form of the St. Louis Renaissance Man (p.68). Writer Matt Sorrell brushes up on the five elements of the modern Renaissance man and shares how you can tap into them locally—from must-have gear to expert advice and everything in between. You don’t have to be a guy to appreciate the custom beer taps right at your table (the first of their kind in the state) at the newly opened Circle 7 Ranch. Food writer Amy De La Hunt previews the latest hotspot by nightlife pros Pete Ferretti and Buddy Coy in this month’s Hot Eats (p.26). The upscale burger joint is a great place to hang with family and friends. Here’s hoping we’ll be watching a big game…

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Lights, Camera, Action!

“It takes a lot to be truly well-rounded in the new millennium, and this became extremely apparent to me as I researched this feature,” says Matt Sorrell, writer of The Renaissance Man’s guide to STL (p.68). “Those guys in the 15th century had it easy. Today, a man has to be adept at everything from taming technology to navigating the waters of proper etiquette to staying abreast of the latest cultural happenings in order to ascend to the realm of the true STL Renaissance Man. I raise my perfectly stirred Manhattan to them!” 

Gimmie Indie

In an exclusive online series that kicks off this month in print, writer Katlyn Moncada and Associate Editor Gwen Ragno go behind the scenes with the movers and shakers of the indie music revolution here in St. Louis (p.28). From the famed Pokey LaFarge (pictured left) to Sleep Kitty and lesser-known bands and music organizers, they learned it truly takes a village to elevate the local music scene. “Interviewing bands in St. Louis was such a surreal experience,” Katlyn says. “As a lover of all things music, being able to hang out with bands like Sleepy Kitty was incredible and a dream come true for me. Each of the bands is totally unique and featuring them is just a taste of the rapidly growing music scene in this city. I cannot wait to see these artists continue to flourish.”

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Men of Style photos by Emma Birge-Osborne; cocktail photo by Matt Ström; Pokey LaFarge photo by Abby Heissler.

Associate Art Director Matt Ström and photographer Wesley Law spent hours concepting, storyboarding and prepping for the 2012 Men of Style shoot—and the action-packed, motion picture-like result was well worth it (p.62). “We really wanted to tell a story of action, drama and suspense—all the qualities of the most memorable movies,” Matt says. “It proved challenging to achieve the effect in five still photographs, so we used all the tools of Hollywood—giant mirror boards, careful makeup and deliberate framing to convey the look and feel of a heist movie. By combining the visual elements with story boards, narrative writing and great acting by our Men of Style, we managed to make a whole film in just five frames.”


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This year’s Men of Style feature (p.62) has a decidedly James Bond feel—so it’s only natural that we made a cinematic trailer for it. The video was leaked online a few weeks ago on our blog and unlocked with a code word we shared with our social media followers. Now, you can watch and share the video—and see our five impeccably dressed Men of Style in action. See also behind-the-scenes photos from the shoot atop Downtown parking garages, complete with a Plaza Motors Porsche, sexy female accomplice (Mother Model Katherine Howe) and plenty of suspicious glances.

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Last month, we asked you to submit photos showing your own takes on STL street style. Out of many fantastic entries, we chose five finalists—you voted on your favorites, and the winner got a week-long pass to Saint Louis Fashion Week. We asked winner Lauren Reise and the other four finalists to sound off on their personal styles, favorite local shops and what STL style looks like to them.

Fashion Designer Interview ALIVE chats with fashion designer Michelle Smith, creator of Milly, about her smart, sexy aesthetic and lifelong love of art and fashion. Smith is visiting St. Louis on Nov. 15 for a runway show at Saks Fifth Avenue, launching the newly renovated Women’s Contemporary department and raising donations for Friends of Wings.

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On p.28, we introduce you to some key players in St. Louis’ independent music scene, including local bands Pokey LaFarge and Sleepy Kitty (pictured above). Watch video interviews and read extended Q&As with these bands and other emerging St. Louis groups, So Many Dynamos and Middle Class Fashion.

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Country sweetheart Carrie Underwood is sure to dazzle with her powerhouse vocals at Scottrade Center Nov. 20 while on tour for her album “Blown Away.” The “American Idol” alumna and five-time Grammy winner will delight country and pop fans alike, with songs that tell tales of sweet revenge, small town life and wondrous love.

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With “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” The Academy Awards and a “Radiolab Live” tour under its belt, there’s no doubt that the modern dance troupe Pilobolus knows how to put on a good show. On Nov. 9-10, Dance St. Louis brings the avant-garde troupe to Touhill Performing Arts Center for an evening of virtually unimaginable physical feats and awe-inspiring contemporary dance numbers.

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Let your body move to the music of seven-time Grammy winner Madonna at the Scottrade Center on Nov. 1. The Queen of Pop takes the stage for her first-ever major St. Louis performance, just a day after her inaugural Kansas City show. Get ready to sing along to new tracks from her latest album, “MDNA,” but rest assured that the Material Girl will play some crowd-pleasing classics, as well.

After a $70 million renovation, the Central Library is nearly ready to reopen its doors to St. Louis bookworms. Celebrate the centennial of this St. Louis landmark at the Central to Your World: Central Library Rededication Gala, Nov. 17 at the Central Library. This black tie event will feature dinner and entertainment—and, of course, spectacular views of the renovated space.

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Grab Your Passport

The Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF), Nov. 8-18, highlights filmmakers from around the globe, as well as some of the city’s best and most intimate theaters, including the Tivoli and Plaza Frontenac Cinema. More than 400 feature and short films will be screened, with plenty of special appearances by filmmakers and stars. Don’t miss our must-see films list, courtesy of the organizers, on p.107. For tickets and more info, visit cinemastlouis.org. 20

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Meet and Mingle

Celebrate St. Louis’ hottest singles at ALIVE Magazine’s Most Wanted party, presented by Chevy. Join the city’s 20 most successful, stylish and sophisticated singles at Horizon at Harry’s Nov. 9. If you’re feeling flirty, order a MillerCoors beer or Pinnacle Vodka cocktail for that special someone, and take them for a spin on the dance floor with beats courtesy of DJ Steve Smooth. The top four singles will be crowned at the end of the night.

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Exercise your democratic rights and vote in the presidential election on Nov. 6! If you need a little inspiration in the meantime, be sure to visit Your Land, My Land: Election ’12, the Jonathan Horowitz exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum. Running through Nov. 11, this exhibition features video, sculpture and photographs divided into red and blue partisan halves—it will undoubtedly be the hip spot to be as election results roll in, as well.

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fitness

An “Om”azing Concept

new to town

Ride ThisWay A cool destination for bike-lovers,

Tap Into the Scene

app to hit the St. Louis nightlife scene allows users to make educated decisions about where to spend a night out, by viewing real-time crowd data at local bars and restaurants. First launched in Chicago in 2011 by St. Louis native Cole Harper, SceneTap makes its St. Louis debut later this year. The app takes a snapshot of information like the number of people at a venue, the male-to-female ratio and even the average age of the crowd. The idea is for users to be able to get a feel for the demographics at a particular place before they walk through the door. Users can “scene tag” photos, rank venues and opt to receive text message notifications about food and drink specials and special happenings at their favorite haunts. The Technology The app, which is now in eight US cities and is set to roll out in Boston, Philadelphia and Phoenix this fall, gets its real-time data on the scene through sensors and cameras that are placed at the entrance of each participating venue. It uses “people counting and facial detection technology” to capture information that is automatically sent to the app’s database. Users can preview

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the scene at a particular spot, or check a color-coded map to see which areas are “lively,” “hoppin” or “hot spots” (based on how many people are there). They can also browse bars through the app’s advanced filters, including average age, percentage of male or female patrons and user ratings. Venue owners have to opt-in to have the technology installed at their business and be included in the SceneTap scene. In exchange, it allows them to better analyze their foot traffic and customer demographics. the debate With this kind of technology, the release of the app doesn’t come

without a little controversy. In other cities, privacy issues have been called into question and some call it a “creepy” app for men to pick up women. But, Harper maintains that the app utilizes facial detection software, not facial recognition software and that no video or images are stored at any time. Whether it’s another incarnation of Big Brother or a useful new tool, we’ll let you be the judge—leave us a comment on ALIVEMag.com and let us know what you think. Learn more about SceneTap and download the free app at scenetap.com.

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Mike’s Bikes is quickly gaining traction in the Central West End—just a short ride away from the biker’s paradise of Forest Park. Located on Euclid Avenue in the basement of the building that houses Lemon Spalon, Mike’s Bikes features custom-built bicycles, rentals, repair services, restorations and cycling must-haves—for the casual and expert rider alike. Rental options include cruisers, mountain bikes or retro bikes, and are available by the hour, day, week or weekend. Racers can even stop in for professional precision fitting. Opening a full-service bike shop was a no-brainer for owners Matthew McRedmond and Eric Schilling; they’ve been custombuilding bikes for St. Louisans for over five years. With a clear passion for cycling, McRedmond and Schilling’s new venture is more than just a bike shop—it’s a community for bike enthusiasts and a celebration of all things cycling. And, with a grand opening that included free beer, barbecue and a ride around Forest Park, there’s sure to be more creative get-togethers in the works—including a pub “pedal” Nov. 10 visiting several local microbreweries. Mike’s Bikes, 324 N. Euclid Ave., 314.875.0080, mikesbikesstl.com.

Yogis, take notice; there’s a new way to achieve mind-body balance without investing in a pricey yoga studio membership. St. Louis’ one-and-only raw café now offers donationbased yoga classes to complement its wholesome food options. PuraVegan in the Central West End holds yoga sessions six days a week and allows participants to sign up and donate online or before their class. You pay as much or as little as you can afford—it’s that simple. Already an established destination for delicious and fresh vegan and raw eats (think marinated kale salad, sunflower “burgers” and yellow squash noodle pasta), PuraVegan introduced the donation-based model earlier this year on the belief that true optimum health is achieved through a combination of diet and exercise. Veggies and yoga are a great place to start so no one should be turned away for lack of funds—good news for yogis on a budget or those looking to dabble in the ancient art. Classes are approximately one hour and are held next door to the café, Monday through Saturday. PuraVegan, 307 Belt Ave., 314.932.5144, puravegan.com.


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Brew News

Spirits

Sinful Spirits

A fresh batch of coffee spots open around town. Plus, news from an old favorite.

It was a dark and stormy night when friends and neighbors Greg Deters, Bill Schroer and Steve Herberholt received divine inspiration to create their own liquor—while drinking, naturally. Thus, Cardinal Sin Vodka was born. “We figured the worst that could happen is we’d end up with a basement full of vodka,” Deters says. Lucky for the rest of us, it worked out better than that. Adopting the name St. Louis Distillery, the three vodka-teers set to work producing a spirit that took gold medals in both the 2012 MicroLiquor Awards and California’s Sip Awards. Now, retailers are calling them instead of the other way around. Cardinal Sin’s singularity comes partly from using the most expensive two-row malted barley available. Its stills, imported from New Zealand, utilize structured packing, allowing them to achieve in a single distillation what others can’t obtain even with multiple distillations. Most impressively, St. Louis Distillery pushes the distillate up through the carbon filter, assuring that the liquor touches every bit of carbon for more complete polishing. While Russian vodkas seek to produce an odorless and tasteless vodka, St. Louis Distillery carries some of the characteristics of the malted barley into the final product, giving it a hint of sweetness on the back end with notes of cocoa and butterscotch. Cardinal Sin can be purchased at The Block (146 W. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.918.7900), The Wine and Cheese Place (7435 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton, 314.727.8788) and Lukas Liquor (15921 Manchester Road, Ellisville, 636.227.4543). If you’re thirsty for more info, visit cardinalsinvodka.com.

by Christopher Reilly If you’re looking for a new

place to sip a cup of joe, look no further than these cozy hangouts—each with its own unique approach to the brewing biz. Mark Atwood, owner of the new Comet Coffee, measures each ingredient to the gram in his coffees, cappuccinos, macchiatos and custom Intelligentsia teas for a perfect custom brew every time. (Don’t miss his heavenly French Tahitian vanilla latte.) Meanwhile, pastry chef Stephanie Fischer cranks out fresh, handmade treats like biscotti, cheese scones, blueberry muffins and French eclairs. Comet Coffee, 5708 Oakland Ave., 314.932.7770. Scott Carey of Sump Coffee takes a Zen master’s approach to serving the perfect cup of joe. Lately, he’s been experimenting with oak barrel aging and roasting his own beans, with the mission to develop one coffee to

Sump Coffee

absolute perfection. Carey says by roasting the beans in-house, he takes control of the craft and makes it truly his creation. Look for Sump’s original roast to be ready for tasting in December. Sump Coffee, 3700 S. Jefferson Ave., 917.412.5670, sumpcoffee.com. A new coffee bar and Italian doughnut shop, Bomboloni, has opened on the eighth floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, serving im-

ported Lavazza coffee, espresso, cappuccino and an assortment of fruit juices, sodas and other drinks. Bomboloni also features a magnificent spread of treats from the Four Seasons kitchen: freshly made pastries, muffins, Danishes, croissants and bomboloni (Italian doughnuts) flavored with cinnamon, bacon and raspberry, to name just a few. Bomboloni, 999 N. 2nd St., 314.881.5800.

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Home Sweet Home The décor of the shop envelops visitors in warm earth tones and coffee aromas. The walls are lined with enlarged sepia photographs chronicling Blumeyer through the years, giving the space the feel of a mini museum and emphasizing its ties to the neighborhood. A large round community table in the middle of the room accommodates six to eight people, and will also be host to regular coffee cuppings. Love seats and couches sprinkled throughout the rest of the space evoke a feeling of home. Urban Eats While Chronicle serves a variety of drinks, from iced coffee to fruit smoothies, the focus is on freshly brewed fair-trade coffee—served up by Kaldi’strained baristas. Food options include urban-focused sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries, like sweet potato pie— all made under the direction of Chef Michael Belton and prepared by students at Beaumont High School through a unique internship program. As the company expands into other redeveloping neighborhoods, the students will be graduating and ready to fill the new Chronicle jobs that become available.

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Chronicle Coffee opens Nov. 5 at 135 Blumeyer St., 314.324.9752, chroniclecoffee.com.

Located just north of Grand Center where the old Blumeyer housing project once stood, a revitalized neighborhood of mixed-income housing has attracted new residents, breathing new life into the area. But, until now, businesses have been slow to follow. Enter Chronicle Coffee and its owner Jason Wilson, whose goal is to not only serve a great cup of coffee, but contribute to the neighborhood’s renaissance by providing a space for community engagement and civil discourse. Talking Shop “Controlling the narrative” is the company’s tagline and its mission. Wilson says he hopes to teach the young black community about coffee and connect them with its African roots, taking them back to a time when people sat around drinking coffee and talking about social change and community affairs—exactly the role he envisions Chronicle serving. By staffing the coffee shop with neighbors, Wilson hopes to control the narrative of the neighborhood as it continues to develop, setting an example for other local businesses moving in.

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stl now / hot eats

Head Out West to Circle 7 Ranch

Inside Dish Tips for a top-notch experience at Circle 7 Ranch Top Dish: #25 burger with secret sauce and a side of corn fritters. Best Place to Perch: A table with taps.

The city’s top lounge team steers in a new direction. by Amy De La Hunt

Popular Pour: Depends on what’s in those taps.

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anything else the duo has dreamed up so far. For one thing, it’s an all-ages venue, drawing everyone from seniors to families. Not in a crayons-and-toys way, but in a quick food, good service way. Ferretti himself chats up the younger patrons as he makes his rounds, continuing a personable management style that has served his team well for 10-plus years Downtown.

er and a beer on the frontier between Ballwin and Chesterfield involved a good bit of riding. Not any longer, thanks to a couple of guys who made a name for themselves in the big city. Circle 7 Ranch is a taphouse and sports bar with a western theme-a contrast of wall-to-wall flat-screen TVs and reclaimed wood furnishings, tableside beer taps and grain-sack upholstery. The victuals The interplay works, both for neighborhood Burgers are the signature dish at Circle 7, thanks residents and for a nightlife crowd that’s familiar to the brand on top of every bun and a wellwith owners Pete Ferretti and seasoned pair of Angus beef patties inside. Buddy Coy’s Lounge Concepts Coy and Ferretti are particularly proud destinations. of the Longhorn, with smoked brisket, Where To Go American cheese, house-made slaw, pickles Circle 7 Ranch and barbecue sauce. The logo is burned into The scene 14412 Clayton Road Circle 7 Ranch has almost nothing sandwiches and wraps as well—but there’s 636.220.9707 in common with its closest relatives, Entrees: $10-20 just something about that burger. Kitchen hours: Daily, the nightclubs Mandarin and The Chef BJ Baker pulls off the balance 11am-1:30am Pepper Lounge. Its airiness somebetween bar grub and home-style restaurant what resembles The Outfield at Mike Shannon’s, but food with appetizers like chicken wings, smoked Lumen Private Event Space? Not so much. brisket nachos and poppers made with pepper What they all have in common is a soundtrack— jack cheese, in addition to a nice selection of thumping dance music—and Coy and Ferretti. Circle salads and tasty soups. 7 is a sports bar, but it’s less focused on nightlife than Many of the house-made desserts—berry

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cobbler, the chocolate chip cookie and chocolate brownie—come in mini cast-iron skillets that are paraded proudly to their tables past walls made from rustic reclaimed Louisiana barn wood. The potables

If having a personal tap at your table is important to you—and it should be—try to arrive early to get one of the nine tables equipped with the newfangled systems. The first of their kind in the state, the custom taps dispense three draft beers (selection varies by table) with up to 32 ounces per drinking-age customer. Drink less than that, and you’re only charged for what you pulled. If you’re thirsty for more, a server will come by to restart the counter. But, enough about the cool taps. Let’s talk about the cold, hand-spun milkshakes (that is, milkshakes made the old-fashioned way, using a metal wand as opposed to a blender). They’re perfect for washing down the burgers or soothing the burn from the fiery wings.

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stl now / people

It Takes a Village

St. Louis is building an independent music scene that’s anything but independent. by Gwen Ragno and Katlyn Moncada It’s been said again and again that St.

Louis has all of the pieces necessary for a thriving music scene—the talent, the recording studios, the venues, the fans—but it’s missing a certain synergy to pull it all together. These people, some of them musicians themselves, are working hard to change that.

The Musicians Sleepy Kitty Pokey LaFarge photo by Abby Heissler. Sleepy Kitty photo by Ted Barron. Tower Groove Records photo by Dana Smith.

Evan Sult and Paige Brubeck of Sleepy Kitty are more engrained in the local music and art scenes than most natives. The indie-rock duo met in Chicago and decided to make a home for their music and screen-printing businesses on Cherokee Street. When they’re not performing­—dressed in their signature vintage style—they’re likely to be found covered in paint, screen-printing posters and album covers for other bands and local venues. Meanwhile, Sult also works as editor-in-chief of Eleven Magazine, covering the local music and art scenes from the inside out. The band’s biggest moment this year was being one of the few local groups asked to perform at LouFest in Forest Park for an audience of thousands. Now, they’re working on the release of their sophomore album, “The Projection Room,” including several songs inspired by film.

Tower Groove Records

Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three bring a decidedly old-timey feel to the St. Louis music scene, and are well on their way to becoming a national name. The band recently recorded a track with Jack White on his album “Blunderbuss,” and went on tour with him, performing on renowned stages like Radio City Music Hall in New York and the Ryman in Nashville. As if that weren’t enough excitement for the year, LaFarge also appears in an episode of the current season of the hit HBO series “Boardwalk Empire,” alongside jazz greats Vince Giardano and his Nighthawks. In a show set in Prohibition-era Atlantic City, it’s easy to imagine Pokey’s stand-up bass, harmonica and suspenders fitting right in. Who knows where he’s headed next, but we can be sure he’s doing the ‘Lou proud.

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Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three

The Organizers No matter how talented a band is, it’s tough to get noticed in a big way without some help. Collectives like these bring people together and work to give the St. Louis music scene a much-needed sense of identity. Strength in Numbers Everything Tower Groove Records does is in the service of putting out records, but the group really operates more like an artists’ collective than a record label. After holding its first official meeting last May, the group has grown quickly, releasing its first compilation record this past April and growing its membership to include 30 bands—with plenty of concerts and parties along the way. Right now, about 15-20 people are actively involved in the group by pooling their resources to support each other’s efforts. “Everyone does what they’re good at to help everyone else be successful,” says Jason Hutto, one of the group’s ringleaders. Strength in numbers helps provide the support that emerging groups need in order to stay together through the hurdles that defeat so many, like sufficient self-promotion and the need to constantly be putting out new work. It’s also about networking and building the community—knowing who to call when you’re putting a show together or need a new bass player, for instance. Tower Groove’s next big project is the Singles Club: sign up for a year-long subscription, and each month you receive a 7-inch vinyl record (and digital download) featuring two local bands. The first

band on each record is one featured in the original TGR compilation, and the second is someone from outside the collective; it’s a way of growing the family while also introducing TGR fans to new music. See the full lineup and join the club at towergrooverecords.com. Out of This World While Tower Groove is

all about building up the relationships that make a healthy music scene, FarFetched focuses on fostering experimentation—especially the fusion of music and art. Headed by hip-hop and visual artist Damon Davis and a few of his closest collaborators, the label launched in January. Since then, it has released a new project every month and hosted its first music festival, Brave New World. There are 15 acts currently on the label, some from as far away as Soviet Georgia and England, and others from right here in St. Louis. Being part of a collective, Davis says, is all about staying inspired and exposing yourself to new things—gaining the courage to jump outside of what you like and are good at. “We’re trying to shake it up and take people out of their comfort zones, but first and foremost we want to make good music,” he says. In the next year, he’s working on putting together some projects using video and interactive experiences (apps and online games) that aim to “put fans in the driver’s seat,” so they’re able to do more than just passively listen to a track or go to a show. Keep tabs on what FarFetched has going on next, and check out the monthly podcast, “Bad Taste,” at wearefarfetched.net.

Sounds Like Team Spirit FarFetched and Tower Groove are made up of musicians banding together to take their success into their own hands, but Liz Deichmann is the cheerleader egging them on. She’s not a musician herself, but her background in promotions and booking puts her in the perfect position to teach emerging artists a thing or two. Through projects like the Secret Sound Society and the St. Louis Art Project, Deichmann helps artists put together unique musical experiences that showcase what makes St. Louis music special. The annual SLAP conference, for instance, hosts Current, a concert in which electronic musicians of various genres perform in a round-robin format—the bands set up in a circle with the audience in the middle, each performing for 10 minutes at a time. Secret Sound Society puts on “secret” shows promoted without any band names attached—perfect for groups who don’t yet have the name recognition needed to draw a crowd. Last spring, Secret Sound Society teamed up with the Luminary Center for the Arts and The Firebird to offer a series of music education workshops to teach musicians about things like booking shows and navigating the digital age. “Other cities have built-in music industries— we don’t, which is fine, but it means that local musicians need these opportunities to learn and become more educated and self-sufficient,” Deichmann says. Don’t miss the web-extra video interviews with Sleepy Kitty and other local bands on ALIVEMag.com.

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The Circle Unbroken

Twelve STL theater critics band together to present The Louie Awards, recognizing excellence in local theater. by Christopher Reilly When the Professional Theatre Council of St.

Louis announced the decision to suspend its annual Kevin Kline Awards, the St. Louis thespian community lamented the loss of the only real recognition of achievement in local theater. It wasn’t long before the St. Louis Theater Circle stepped forward to fill the void. Consisting of 12 of St. Louis’ top theater critics, the newly formed circle will present annual Louie Awards, based on categories similar to the Tonys—like best director, best actor and other recognitions of the people whose skills and talent are essential to a successful production.  

 The idea of forming such a group was first raised by Ladue News critic Mark Bretz several years ago, but the cancellation of the Kline Awards added a sense of urgency. Bretz says it’s important to recognize the artistic achievements of actors and technicians. Andrea Torrence, who reviews shows on her popular blog, St. Louis Theatre Snob, adds that “people need to know there is a lot of great theater in this town,” and awards create awareness of the 30+ smaller theaters in St. Louis besides “the big guns.” The nominees for the inaugural 2012 Louie Awards will be announced mid-January, with the awards presented at a party in the spring.

new face

Culture Shift The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts has tapped Gretchen Wagner to head its curatorial program. Wagner, who holds a masters in art history from Williams College, comes to the organization after eight years at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, where she was assistant curator in the department of prints and illustrated books. Her work there involved organizing exhibits and writing the text for several of the museum’s exhibition catalogs.  Taking the curator position at the Pulitzer involves more than just changing jobs for Wagner. The cultural shift between the frenetic pace of New York City and the relatively laid-back atmosphere of St. Louis

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is dramatic. “I’m preparing myself for culture shock,” Wagner says, but she adds that she always knew she’d be returning to a slower-paced lifestyle like Wisconsin, where she grew up and received her BS from the University of WisconsinMadison.  As curator, Wagner’s primary responsibility will be conceiving and organizing exhibits; she’ll also develop the museum’s programming and form mutually beneficial partnerships with other institutions. But, Wagner also has goals that stretch beyond the usual duties of a curator. Her intention to develop the museum’s social media and online presence, she says, is the first step in her initiative to expand the Pulitzer’s reach beyond St. Louis. – CR

There was a time when becoming a published author could mean years of rejection letters before getting your first book deal. Two St. Louis writers have taken matters into their own hands and teamed up to take self-publishing to the next level by forming their own publishing company, dubbed St. Louis Book Publishers.  The two founding members are Michelle PG Richardson, editor-inchief of the online literary magazine Eye On Life, and Christopher Reilly, a regular ALIVE contributor. They met online through writing groups and the self-publishing site HubPages.com, and are well accustomed to workshopping each other’s pieces—which came in handy when putting together their first anthology, “A Slice of Tequila, a Shot of Bread.” Due to be released in late November, it is a collection of short stories and poems by Reilly and Richardson, available for purchase through Amazon and the company website, stlbookpub.org. – gwen ragno

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figured out that every shirt matches khaki pants, I have to go back and see whether the cotton in those khakis is organic? I really, really just want to wear what’s comfortable! I get it, guys: It’s not like you want to do more shopping because you’ve grown an environmental conscience. In fact, the whole notion of “buying to save the planet” is a little counterintuitive—isn’t it all of our stuff that’s creating the many problems? So, you can start this journey knowing you’re already on the right track. You know how you don’t want to throw away that favorite shirt or 9-year-old pair of jeans that just got comfortable? Tell your wife, girlfriend or partner that you’re keeping them for the polar bears. Seriously, though, there’s a lot you can do to lighten the impact of your wardrobe that doesn’t involve a trip to the mall. And, when you do have to buy (because, yes, we do have to replace that holey underwear eventually), knowing what to look for when you get to the store will ensure the trip is a short one. Keep these tips in mind the next time your significant other marches you to the department store.

time to wear out, and you wear them that long, you’re also doing good for the planet. Just be prepared for the unavoidable, “You’re wearing that?” (Or, at least an occasional trip out to donate old clothes.) Launder with care Although textiles have

a sizable footprint from farm to factory, your choices for how to care for your clothes might have an even bigger environmental impact. Hand washing may not earn you a lot of man points, but it uses much less energy than the washing machine. If you don’t want to go that far, consider replacing the dryer with a clothesline—creating that hot air really eats up the electricity or gas. Look for natural detergents and fabric softeners: brands like Ecover, Seventh Generation and Sun & Earth are good choices, and avoid chlorine-based bleaches.

Buy classic and durable You know how

Buy used Imagine a jacket or pair of pants that has already been broken in—sounds heavenly, huh? Clothes that you purchase from thrift or resale shops not only make the most of the material in them, but are also much cheaper than their new counterparts. The downside: buying used will probably require more shopping time (ugh!).

you want to wear the same kinds of clothes you’ve always worn? That’s green! If you’re not putting items aside because they’ve gone out of style, you’re also not replacing them with this year’s latest thing. If you choose pieces that take a long

Yeah, this one probably breaks your heart, too. Don’t buy any more “dry-clean-onlys” than you absolutely need, and break out the ironing board

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Keep “dry clean only” to a minimum

every once in a while rather than using the dry cleaner for pressing. Traditional dry cleaning is a very toxic and energy-intensive process. Waterbased cleaning is better, but since many newer synthetics look as good as wool, silk and cotton (no double knit here) you might be able to skip the cleaners completely. Buy green Every now and then, you’ll want something new and a bit stylish. When that’s the case, look for the greenest fabric options: organic cotton (the traditionally-grown stuff is really toxic and water intensive), recycled fabrics (mostly for outerwear) and hemp (which we can’t grow in this country, but we can buy finished products made from it). Bamboo is a great choice for flooring, but not so much for underwear: it takes lots of toxic processing to soften it up.

The best news here? There’s no need to give up t-shirts and jeans to reflect your environmental values. You can be both comfortable and green. The Greenery

A former English professor and author of “The Greenery” blog at ALIVEMag.com, Jeff McIntire-Strasburg started blogging in 2003 as a hobby, and now makes his living writing about businesses and ordinary folks figuring out how to work and live in a greener manner.

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with sports for as long as I can remember. I always appreciated joesportsfan.com’s comedic sensibility and the bizarre array of people it featured in and around the St. Louis sports scene. I was originally brought in to redesign the website in 2006. After taking care of their technical needs, I quickly weaseled my way into a weekly writing gig. With founder Josh Bacott, we’ve taken joesportsfan.com from a small two-man operation to a website that averages 1.5 million page views per year.

Education/Training I played college soccer at the University of Evansville while majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. Needless to say, the intersection of technology and sports in today’s media is right up my alley. Typical Day During normal business hours, I manage the development of iPad and iPhone applications for the local software company Asynchrony. My responsibilities at JoeSportsFan typically involve an hour in the morning, an hour at lunch and an hour at night, in addition to engaging with readers/listeners on social platforms throughout the day. Best Work Day Ever The first episode of the show was extremely satisfying. We funded the production through a Kickstarter campaign that raised over $6,000. Outside of the monetary support, it proved that there’s an audience for alternative sports content in St. Louis. Our first guest was also David Freese, a St. Louis native who shares our comedic sensibility and wanted to be a part of our maiden voyage. 

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The Art of Drinking

There comes Sita Murt a time in every man’s life when he’s finally served his guests enough PBR. With such a

versatile, long-reaching list of booze, tools and toys to choose from, making the transition from house party to sophisticated gathering carries its own intimidation factor. Fortunately for those just getting into the game, St. Louis’ penchant for Prohibition-era bars and top-notch craft breweries rivals cities like Chicago. With a cue from the city’s elite crew of master brewers and mixologists, take the art of drinking into your own hands and get things rolling with a trip to your local vintage store (we recommend T.F.A. as a first destination to begin the curation process). Step one is a set of standard bar tools—a strainer, Boston shaker, bar spoon, ice pick, etc. From there, an endless list of gadgets is available. To make sense of it all, we’ve outlined a few home bar musthaves.

A beginner’s guide to the vintage home bar. by Lindsay Pattan

Celebrate Good Times Cigars and champagne have the ability to turn an average night with friends into a celebration. Stock at least a few of each, along with all the proper tools. Cigar Box bottom (1) and matches (2) available at T.F.A. The Future Antiques, South City, 314.865.1552. Cigar Box top (3) and ash tray (4) available at The Green Shag Market, The Hill, 314.646.8687. Lighters (5) available at Re-Designz, The Loop, 314.330.1974.

Shake What Your Mama Gave You A Boston shaker is ideal, but a kitschy, printed traditional shaker will help guests create their own Manhattan or classic martini with ease. Tiki mug (6), Printed shaker (7) and glassware (8) available at T.F.A. The Future Antiques, 6514 Chippewa, South City, 314.865.1552. Another Round Infusing liquor is a fun and simple way to add a personal twist to your spirit selection. A sealed vintage jar or bottle will be both visually appealing and practical. Vintage bottle (9) available at The Green Shag Market, The Hill, 314.646.8687.

Ante Up There’s something about a game of cards that gets a party going. Break the ice with a few rounds of poker and watch a friend’s new coworker become one of the gang. Poker chips (10) available at T.F.A. The Future Antiques, South City, 314.865.1552.

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Hit the Road Often, being a good guest is as important as being a great host. A traveling bar kit is practical, effortlessly cool and a great conversationstarter. A flask can also go a long way. Bar kit (11) available at The Green Shag Market, The Hill, 314.646.8687. Flask (12) available at T.F.A. The Future Antiques, South City, 314.865.1552.

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Suspend Disbelief The portable SKLZ Power Strapz suspension training system enables you to work your chest, back, abdominals, arms and legs through a wide range of exercises and movements. The two-strap system anchors into any doorway, so you can work out anytime, anywhere—no excuses. Available at Sports Authority, Brentwood, 314.824.9816. Rock Out Keep your head in the game— and your earbuds

in your ears—through all conditions. The sweat- and water-resistant Yurbuds Inspire Pro not only enhance your tunes, but the dry mic and track controls also keep you in control while your device is safely tucked away from the elements. Available at Missouri Running Company, University City, 314.727.4786. Need for Speed In a workout or game, adidas® miCoach Speed Cell makes it effortless to track your time, distance and speed. Just strap it

onto your shoe and do your thing—the results sync wirelessly to the tracking app on your iPhone, iPod or computer. Available at Dick’s Sporting Goods, Des Peres, 314.649.1400. Rock and Roll Don’t let the weather keep you from your cycling training. The Kinetic Rock-NRoll Fluid Bike Trainer fits any road bike and rocks with you as you pedal—mimicking the natural balance and movement of outdoor cycling. Available at REI, Brentwood, 314.918.1004.

Meet Draftmark There’s nothing better than a draught beer poured straight from the tap in your fridge. Draftmark is a great way to try draught beers in the comfort of your home. Uncomplicated and easy going, Draftmark compliments your taste for life. Just place the home draught system in your fridge, insert a refill bottle of brewery-fresh beer and you have a relaxing evening on tap. Draftmark. Your beer, your tap, you’re home.

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If you love chocolate, there’s no better place to experience it than at Kakao Chocolate. Each of our artisan chocolates and confections is all natural—no artificial ingredients. And it’s all handmade in our shops, right in front of your eyes. We’re passionate about what we do, and we think you’ll notice the difference.

Stop by Bella Capelli to get the perfect cut and style to look great for all of your holiday festivities! Bella’s professional stylists and colorists create exceptional, personal styles with attention to the form, function and health of hair—delivering clients the latest looks, from simple and functional to inspiring and edgy. Holiday gift certificates are available now! 608 E. Lockwood Ave. Webster Groves, MO 63119 314.918.8300

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Anything Irish is the name of the game at The Kerry Cottage Ltd. We bring the finest products that Ireland has to offer. From apparel and jewelry to porcelain and tea, we bring it right here to St. Louis. If you can’t visit us in person, check us out online!

Schedule your next event at The Old Orchard Gallery. Whether you’re hosting a rehearsal dinner or holiday party, The Old Orchard Gallery has everything to make any event a unique and memorable experience this holiday season. For reservations and inquiries call 314.961.4433.

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Local is the flavor of this holiday season and you will find it in historic downtown Maplewood. Our shops offer artisan crafted items from chocolates to soaps, so you can find gifts for everyone on your list and then treat yourself to a meal at one of our awardwinning restaurants.

Verde Kids specializes in products made with the everyday needs of kids and the future of our lovely planet in mind. We offer organic cotton clothing, toys made of renewable resources and great gifts for new moms and babies. Located in the Old Orchard Shopping Center with Starbucks Coffee.

Pink Magnolia is a Lilly Pulitzer Signature Store carrying ladies’, kids’ and men’s Lilly Pulitzer clothing and accessories as well as Lilly Pulitzer stationery and gifts.

9810 Clayton Road Ladue, MO 63124 314.997.6161 facebook.com/PinkMagnoliaStLouis

Vie Vie is the premier shopping destination for St. Louis’ best dressed! Vie offers the best in casual sweaters and T-shirts to black-tie cocktail dresses, and finishes it off with an exceptional collection of accessories. 9660 Clayton Road St. Louis, MO 63124 314.997.0124

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Vegan-friendly holiday fare goes way beyond Tofurkey.

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the family that dishes without meat, dairy or other animal products can be just as rich as turkey and gravy this Thanksgiving, a visual aid will come in handy. One glimpse of these two vegan charcuterie platters from Whole Foods Market–Galleria in Brentwood, and Grandma might just elevate you from bringing the raw veggies and dip (the holiday culinary equivalent of the kids’ table). The only thing missing is turkey’s napinducing tryptophan.

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Mediterranean 1 / Tabbouleh, a Middle Eastern salad of bulgur, tomatoes, cucumber, mint and parsley, is so tasty that nobody will mind breaking out the silverware. 2 / Handrolled dolmas are simple to make— just roll grape leaves around a filling of rice, onions, dill and mint, and tuck in the ends. Bonus: their glossy texture ups the “wow” factor. 3 / The chickpeas in falafel add protein. Frying adds the crave-satisfying richness. 4 / Eggplant’s neutral flavors get a boost from

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4 / Roasting peppers adds smokiness and intensifies their sweetness. As a bonus, they make an encore appearance here as a flavorful ingredient in the hummus. 5 / People who think they don’t like onions will be surprised by what a bit of caramelization does for sliced red onions and whole green onions, especially when served with crusty bread and a bit of Dijon mustard. 6 / Zucchini and summer squash, sliced, lightly roasted and rolled, add a flower-like visual appeal.


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Two newly engaged St. Louis couples share their love stories.

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Brent Salsbury, 31 & Prity Oza, 31

Occupations: Sarah works at Directory Publishing Systems as a Sales Representative, and I work at No Leash Needed as a doggie day camp attendant. First Sight: The first time I saw Sarah, she was picking me up for our first date. When I opened the door, she was looking down at the ground—then, as if in slow motion, she raised her head with a huge beautiful smile and such lit-up eyes. It was truly love at first sight. First Date: Sarah didn’t have a plan when she came to pick me up, so I decided we should see the movie “Iron Lady.” We arrived almost an hour early and just sat there, which could have been super awkward, but we just hit it off. We talked for hours afterwards, too. The Proposal: On Feb. 3, after only three weeks of dating, we were visiting Sarah’s family and she asked me to step outside to talk. It started to rain and she selflessly handed me her jacket and hat. In return, I told her I loved

her. We kissed, and she spontaneously asked me to marry her in the middle of the pouring rain! Of course I answered “yes”! Our Song: Even though our relationship has been relatively short, we feel like we have known each other for a long time, so our song is “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. Our Relationship in three words: Spontaneous, quirky and genuine. Together we like to: We enjoy going to town, eating outside and attending street festivals with Riley, our rescue dog. For date night, we love attending a Cards game or trying new sushi at Drunken Fish in the Central West End. The Big Day: May 26, 2013 on the sandy beaches of San Diego, with a reception in St. Louis at Tower Grove Park.

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Occupations: Brent is an attorney with Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs, LLC, and I am a pharmaceutical representative with Forest Pharmaceuticals. First Sight: We first met at Cielo in the lobby. I was not expecting to meet my future husband that night—I even told him that I wanted to set him up with a friend at the time. In the end, though, I found him too handsome and charming to pass up. First Date: We had dinner at Modesto and then saw Michael Jackson’s “This Is It” at the Moolah. The Proposal: On the night of the engagement, we went to the Four Seasons, took the elevator up to Cielo and headed to a nearby table. Then, out of the blue, Brent knelt down and reminded me that I was standing in the exact spot where he first laid eyes on me. He popped the question, and after a few tears, I said “yes”. When we finished dinner, he surprised me with my friends and family, who came from all over the country to celebrate our exciting news. Our Song: “Love of a Lifetime” by Firehouse. Home Sweet Home: It is amazing that a boy from a small town in northern Illinois and a girl born in Mozambique, Africa found their way into each other’s hearts here in STL! Perfect Date: Packing a picnic basket with our favorite foods and drinks and spending the afternoon enjoying Forest Park. The Big Day: A Hindu ceremony and reception, Dec. 8, 2012 at the Downtown Hilton in Springfield, IL.

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tors visit them in their dreams and during special milestones throughout their lives. As Jamila rose to pray, Geoffrey got down on one knee and popped the question. Although she was surprised, Jamila, too, felt the presence of their loved ones as she said “yes” through happy tears. Through the Grapevine The ceremony and reception were held at Chandler Hill Vineyard, where guests mingled between the charming reception hall and spacious balcony overlooking the vineyard in Defiance, MO. While Jamila primped and her bridesmaids changed into their champagne colored dresses at the ceremony site, Geoffrey and his groomsmen readied themselves at his childhood home in Ballwin. When Geoffrey arrived, the couple had a special reveal before the ceremony between the grapevines in the vineyard. The ground had just been tilled, and Jamila almost fell into the vines. She laughed the whole way, but was but careful not to tear her ivory-pleated organza mermaid gown. Seeing one another before the ceremony helped the couple calm their wedding day jitters and enjoy a moment of serenity before walking down the aisle.

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Jamila Harris

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Honoring lost loved ones throughout their journey, a couple builds a strong foundation for their future. by amanda henry Their Story When Jamila Harris and Geoffrey Reid met at a First Friday event in Clayton, they exchanged small talk and went their separate ways. They didn’t know that in March 2006, they would meet again—and this time, fall in love. One evening, Jamila went out with her sorority sisters for a movie at the Chase Park Plaza. Afterward, the ladies headed to Café Eau, where Geoffrey was having a drink with some friends. As Jamila’s friend went over to say hello, Geoffrey noticed Jamila and immediately had tunnel vision—he could only

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see her face, and everything else went blurry. He struck up a conversation, and that was the start of their fateful relationship. When Geoffrey accepted a job at Colgate University in New York, flying back and forth to visit one another became routine. Still, Jamila didn’t expect to return from her spring break visit in 2011 with a ring on her finger! Spiritual Presence Geoffrey’s late mother and

Jamila’s late grandmother played a special role in the proposal. One afternoon while Geoffrey was

in the shower, he had a flash of brilliance. He felt the spirits of his mother and Jamila’s grandmother guiding him, and headed to the library to pick out a meaningful African passage to recite when he proposed. When Jamila arrived, he led her to the small chapel on campus. As they removed their shoes to enter, Jamila noticed the photos of Geoffrey’s mother and her grandmother placed throughout the chapel, along with orange candles—his mother’s favorite color. He read aloud to Jamila from the passage he had chosen about how their ances-

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New Beginnings The floral arrangements by Belli Fiori paid homage to

Ever Ours Although ancestral traditions were an important part of the big day, Jamila and Geoffrey made some slight changes to some typical wedding customs to make the celebration their own. Instead of a traditional cake, the bride and groom cut into a giant cupcake, and guests chose from smaller cupcakes with a variety of toppings and flavors. In lieu of favors, the couple made a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association on behalf of their guests.

Geoffrey’s mother with vivid spray roses, mini calla lillies, coxcomb, gomphrena and hypericum berries in red and orange. Despite the 92-degree temperature, a cool breeze on the balcony and paper fans provided by the couple helped ease the heat. After exchanging their own vows, Geoffrey and Jamila “jumped the broom” as a traditional symbol of new beginnings. Meanwhile, guests wrote wishes and words of wisdom for the couple’s memory box as the beautiful blaze of the setting sun set the stage for their first dance. The bride and groom slowed down and reflected on the day as they danced cheek to cheek to Luther Vandross and Cheryl Lynn’s “If This World Were Mine.”


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The best of St. Louis is right in Kirkwood! While Culpeppers is famous for its award winning chicken wings, it’s loved for its large, diverse menu and festive happy hours. Dine in or carry out. Culpeppers has something for everyone including great appetizers, sandwiches, salads and delicious pizzas. Culpeppers also offers many delicious main entrees. Check out our website for more information and to order online. Located all over St. Louis including downtown Kirkwood.

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Fun in the Sun opened its doors in spring of 2012 with the goal of offering fresh active lifestyle brands from the coasts, including 5 exclusive to Saint Louis. Located right in the heart of downtown Kirkwood and boasting extended hours, there is no reason not to shop local and feel like you’re visiting your favorite beach shop! We have apparel for fitness, tennis, golf, running, yoga, and relaxing for both men and women.

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Make your party stand out from the rest this holiday season! Head to Vellum, a Kirkwood boutique specializing in everything paper. Vellum has photo cards and invitations that are as unique as you. Got engaged? Vellum can help you design the perfect invitation for your big day! From Save the Dates to programs and every party in between, Vellum has everything for your paper needs. Call to set up an appointment, or just stop by. 120 W. Monroe Ave. Kirkwood, MO 63122 314.909.1640 velluminc.com

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Each May through October, for more than 26 years, STAGES ST. LOUIS has produced professional musical theatre at The Robert G. Reim Theatre in the Kirkwood Community Center. Featuring Broadway stars, performers from around the country and local St. Louis favorites, STAGES entertains 45,000+ patrons each season. Coming in 2013: Always…Patsy Cline (May 31 – June 30), Legally Blonde, The Musical (July 19 – Aug. 18), and My Fair Lady (Sep. 6 – Oct. 6).

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You might not think a hockey player with more than 200 hits a season would be anyone’s first choice to lock horns with National Hockey League owners across a negotiating table. Meet David Backes, the calm, cool Blues team captain who knows the strategic value of a perfectly timed ping—and the foolhardiness of brawling. (Case in point: The first-line center had only one fight all last season.) Backes’ cover shoot and interview with ALIVE fell just two days after the news broke in September that the NHL was, in fact, facing another lockout. The turn of events could not have come at a worse time for Backes’ Blues, who were finally getting back in their groove, having made the second round of the playoffs last spring. Their sweep by the Los Angeles Kings, the eventual Stanley Cup winners, left “a sour taste in our mouths all summer,” Backes says. The team has something to prove; it doesn’t matter that they were Central Division champions, finishing ahead of nemeses Chicago, Detroit and Nashville. A repeat of the 2004-2005 season-killing lockout would be crushing. (As of press time, a new proposal from the owners was on the table, bringing a glimpse of hope to fans.) Backes spent his summer fanning the flames of desire among his teammates, while also flying to New York, Toronto and Chicago as part of the players’ union negotiating team to talk revenue splits, salary caps and floors, guaranteed contracts and other divisive topics with the owners. And he still managed to take a road trip from his Clayton home for some downtime in Minnesota to fish and hang out with his wife, Kelly, and their beloved rescue pets.

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Blues fans voted No. 42 their favorite player for a second year, and after spending the day with him for the photo shoot, we can certainly understand why. Despite news of the lockout, Backes kept his cool, often joking with the staff and effortlessly playing the handsome, heroic type while posing high on a rooftop overlooking the city. It’s no secret the guy is seriously tough—he didn’t miss any of the 82 games last season, and his goal-scoring prowess tied him for most points on the team with T.J. Oshie, his wingman on the first line. If there’s any doubt that Backes isn’t the exact right person to represent the Blues at the negotiating table—well, just put us in the penalty box.

ALIVE: Why did you decide to volunteer for the negotiating team? David Backes: It’s my profession and my career. I’d like to be informed. And it’s an amazing learning experience. You’re in the room with some of the most brilliant people in the world, the billionaire owners; they’re obviously really successful. ALIVE: What’s the atmosphere like? DB: They’re pretty casual until you start talking about the core economic stuff—how you’re going to split up the $3.3 billion industry. ALIVE: Some of your fellow negotiators are also from the Blues, like Jamie Langenbrunner and Kevin Shattenkirk. Is the Blues owner, Tom Stillman, on the opposite side of the table? DB: He is not on their negotiating team. I actually think [having him there] could lead to more of an understanding. The guys from [other teams] probably have a tough

fore joining the Blues. Was it kind of the same up-and-coming team experience? DB: They were on the bottom when I came after the lockout in ’05. I think they’d lost 11 in a row when I got called up and came to the rink with 12,000 fans in the stands. It was pretty bleak. I could have worn my jersey down the street and no one would have known. Having the success last year and the excitement around town was really an encouraging sign. Now, I get a lot of kids asking for my autograph. I was in Disney World, and a couple of little kids came up and asked if I was David. ALIVE: Who were your mentors during the early years with the Blues? DB: Well, Keith Tkachuk let me live in his basement for the first half of the year. He was always a favorite—someone you idolize, and now you’re having dinner with him. It was pretty awesome. I learned a lot from

him, Dallas Drake and Doug Weight. They went out of their way to be kind and give advice. Keith Tkachuk lived every minute to set himself up for the next practice or game… those kinds of things stuck with me.

DB: I like to keep my mind going. I got my pilot’s license last year. I did it all during the season. With the chaos of the rink, it’s kind of nice to go up where no one can get in touch with you. It’s good to decompress.

ALIVE: You also have a softer side with your support of rescue animals. How many pets do you have? DB: We have four dogs (Rodney, Marty, Rosey and BB) and two cats (Sunny and Polly, short for Polydactyl). We’re one big, happy family.

ALIVE: How many broken bones have you had? DB: I broke my right big toe four years ago, and my left big toe two years ago.

ALIVE: Is your wife from Minnesota, too? DB: Yes, we went to kindergarten together. It’s one of those sappy stories. We started dating in high school…got engaged in 2006 at Christmas, and I got called up for my first NHL game the next day—so she tries to take credit for that, too! ALIVE: What do you do to get away from hockey?

ALIVE: Not even your nose? DB: Well, that’s cartilage. I got to play against Mike Modano (one of my favorite players), and he knocked out half of my front teeth-but better him than someone else. ALIVE: Have you thought about what you’ll do on your day with the Stanley Cup when the Blues win their first championship? DB: Many times. I’d probably go fishing with it. Maybe put a fish in it!

time relating to the way things have been in St. Louis for the past five-plus years. ALIVE: As captain, you have team responsibilities during the lockout, too, like lining up ice time for practices. DB: You don’t know how good it is with the support staff—you just show up and do your thing. Now, the small things and the bigger things are all on us. ALIVE: What’s the team like right now? DB: There’s probably about half the team in town, maybe another quarter that stay in their own towns and stay in shape there, and then maybe a quarter more that have found another team in the meantime, in Europe or Russia. They’re ready, so they can play and have a paycheck. They’re technically no longer under contract at the moment. ALIVE: What’s it like playing for the Blues? DB: I love it! They’re the team that drafted me [in 2003]. I don’t know anything else, and I hope not to find out. I’m from Minneapolis, so the Midwest pace of life is really not an adjustment at all. [But now,] when we go home to that cold climate, it’s like, “Get me out of here and back to St. Louis!” ALIVE: Did you play pond hockey growing up? DB: Yeah, I started skating when I was 5. We’d have an outdoor rink set up where they’d just go out with a fire hose and fill it. Me and my friends would go out there and play on it until our feet got numb, then sit down and let them thaw out and burn for a while, and then go back out there and do it again, because it’s so much fun. ALIVE: You played for the University of Minnesota-Mankato, a young program, be-

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Patrick Brown Special Assistant to Mayor Francis Slay

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Sure, everybody’s wearing bow ties now, but Patrick Brown has been sporting the look for years. In fact, it’s our 100-percent unconfirmed suspicion that “The Rachel Zoe Project’s” Brad Goreski may have drawn inspiration from Brown himself. As assistant to the mayor, Brown dabbles in eclectic ensembles— slim suits, sweaters and the like—but he also knows when it’s time to dress the part of the conservative politico. It’s what he’s most proud of, after all—representing the community’s interests at City Hall, where he’s empowered to make a difference in St. Louis. As Brown’s career has evolved, so has his style—he’s recently been known to ditch his signature bow tie in favor of classic neck ties. So, how does he still manage to stand out? Much to the delight of his co-workers, Brown (at 5’ 11”) makes the daily trek from his home in The Grove to work on a scooter—oh, and did we mention he never wears socks? If his trendsetting history is any indication, St. Louis will be sock-free by summer.

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Architect and Developer, Renaissance Development Associates

Outfielder, St. Louis Cardinals Collecting amazing stats might be what World Series Champ Jon Jay is best known for (that, and taking it to the wall for jaw-dropping catches). But his love of athletic attire has also led to another impressive collection. The sportswear aficionado readily admits to being mildly obsessed with all things Jordan since he was a child. As an adult, the famed Cardinals outfielder has made his childhood sneaker dreams a reality—even installing a separate

Armani suit and shirt, Hugo Boss tie, David Donahue cufflinks and Saks Fifth Avenue watch available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Shoes, Jon Jay’s own. Model Katherine Howe (with Jay) featured in an Alice + Olivia dress, Gucci briefcase and Saks Fifth Avenue belt available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Earrings, stylist’s own; shoes, model’s own.

closet entirely devoted to the brand. With just over 150 pairs (including exotics like The 11 Concord and The Lebron 8 South Beach), Jay just might have the best dressed feet in the game. Other favorite accessories include a collection of hats and a set of watches (the most stunning by Cartier), but Jay’s (and St. Louis’) definitive pride and joy is undoubtedly the much-coveted World Series Ring. Here’s hoping he makes a practice of collecting those as well.

With two small children and a career that has him revitalizing much of the Midtown Alley neighborhood (he’s renovated a number of buildings along Locust and Olive Streets, including those that now house Pappy’s, Hamburger Mary’s and the many creative agencies in the area), you’d think Jassen Johnson would have little time for an opinion on fashion—not so! The architect/developer has a very distinct look—an urban uniform of sorts that takes him from museum hopping with the family to evening charity functions with ease. Denim, a great watch, nice shoes and a sports coat are Johnson’s must-haves for his busy lifestyle, but what’s most important to him is the fit. Johnson favors a tailored, slim fit and has much appreciation for Italian-inspired silhouettes. In fact, Italy is where Johnson discovered many of his favorite pieces. In keeping with his self-described “quirky Italian” vibe, Johnson and family have recently moved from their loft in Midtown to a World’s Fair Italianate in the Central West End.

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Jeffrey Whitford Global Citizenship Manager, Sigma-Aldrich It’s no mistake that Jeffrey Whitford ended up working for a Newsweekranked Green company—he doesn’t do much without careful planning and execution, and that includes choosing his clothing. The cerebral world traveler once took two years to choose a briefcase. Mulling over a purchase undoubtedly is half the fun, but Whitford goes to extremes because he’s buying clothes for longevity—he’s even been known to throw a patch or two on a favorite pair of denim. At work, it’s Whitford’s job to make philanthropic investments around the world and execute strategies to protect the environment, but it’s obvious he has also incorporated these themes into his own lifestyle. Whitford doesn’t take himself too seriously though, even admitting to a childhood fashion fail involving a pair of M.C. Hammerinspired harem pants. Since then, Whitford’s style has decidedly taken a turn for great as he continues to fuel scientific discovery through social responsibility—all while simultaneously sporting his signature mixed prints and bold pops of color. We rest our case. Burberry coat, shirt and tie, Armani slacks, Saks Fifth Avenue belt and watch available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.

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David Blakely General Manager, Niche Home Furnishings Having grown up in Orange County, CA, David Blakely has a keen understanding of image and how it affects those around him. Although Blakely is a natural when it comes to dressing well, his main fashion focus is to be relatable—particularly in the workplace, where his sense for business is never overshadowed by his love of style. When he’s not planning Niche’s marketing and business strategies, Blakely enjoys entertaining at home where his gracious demeanor and effortless “California casual” sense of style immediately puts

guests at ease. When he does go out, Blakely’s state of dress is still most affected by his company—an evening al fresco with friends at Bar Italia might call for straight-leg denim and a crisp dress shirt, while weekend sports (he has a half-marathon currently on the books) demands decidedly more casual attire. While Blakely is genuinely humble about his own sense of style, observers would agree that it’s his outgoing personality that adds the finishing touch to whatever he wears.

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Cultivating a fine physique and an appreciation of the physical is imperative for the true man of the world.

“Legs and lungs win fights.” - STL Boxing Champ Ryan Coyne

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MOTOACTV GPS Tracker lets you keep tabs on just about everything about your workout-and then some. This cutting-edge gadget is a heart rate monitor, calorie counter, MP3 player and GPS that tracks metrics like speed, elevation and distance. You can even use it to keep tabs on social media between sets (rei.com).

Required Reading

The Art of Manliness This blog, which has spawned a website as well as a book, is dedicated to “the lost art of being a man,” with tips on everything from what to wear to how to fix an errant windshield wiper (artofmanliness.com).

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Cyclocross is the latest two-wheeled fitness trend to hit St. Louis. The bikes are part road bike, part mountain bike, and the courses feature short laps over a variety of terrains. Riders frequently have to dismount and carry their bikes over obstacles. Think you have what it takes to compete? Big Shark Bicycle Co. (bigshark. com) hosts the Bubba Cyclocross Racing Series each fall. Here’s the race schedule for November: Nov. 4 Lake St. Louis, MO / Nov. 10 Concordia Seminary / Nov. 11 Fort Bellefontaine / Nov. 18 Mt. Pleasant Winery / Nov. 25 Spanish Lakes Park.

story by Matt Sorrell · photos by Attilio D’agostino · Illustrations by Soo Kim and SaMantha Winkler

The term Renaissance Man refers to someone with a broad array of interests-a man accom-

plished in many areas. It has its genesis in the Renaissance period, when the arts and sciences flourished, and engaging in multiple fields of study was considered the most honorable of pur-

suits. To truly be worthy of the term in the new millennium, though, men have to be a lot more

rounded than their 15th-century counterparts, possessing knowledge of things undreamt of by

their ancestors—which is why we compiled this compendium of advice, recommendations and guidance for those ready to embark on the quest to become the modern Renaissance Man. November 2012

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hone your skills

Fencing Be honest, we’ve all wanted to parry and thrust at one time or another. Get in touch with your inner Erroll Flynn and give fencing a go. The St. Louis Fencers Club (stlouisfencersclub.com) can get you started with tips on what gear to buy and where, plus places around town to practice.

For those who want to elevate their game, here are some options for bumping that workout up a notch or two: For The Outdoorsman There’s an abundance of free clinics around town to keep your woodsy skills sharp. The Alpine Shop (alpineshop.com) features everything from a class on Basic Map & Compass Skills to a tutorial on Hiking The Appalachian Trail.

For the Die-Hard The TRX workout at Rock Workout (rockworkout.com) gets you to use your own body weight and good ol’ gravity to build up strength, endurance and balance. Hey, it’s good enough for the Navy Seals.

Basic Thrust Step 1: Point front foot toward opponent with rear foot perpendicular, crouch and bend weapon arm at elbow with hand at chest level. Curl other hand up behind back. Step 2: Step forward with front foot and bend knee, extending back leg and thrusting weapon toward opponent’s chest. Extend non-weapon arm behind back to channel momentum. Step 3: Draw back, returning to basic stance.

On The Calendar Fall is football season, and that means tailgating. Here are some upcoming home games that offer prime opportunities for breaking out the grill and the throwback jerseys: St. Louis Rams vs. New York Jets, Nov. 18, Edward Jones Dome / Missouri Tigers vs. Syracuse Orangemen, Nov. 17, Faurot Field / University of Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers, Nov. 10, Memorial Stadium / University of Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Purdue Boilermakers, Nov. 17, Memorial Stadium.

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How to Train Like a Boxer STL’s undefeated light heavyweight boxing champ Ryan Coyne, “The Irish Outlaw,” knows a thing or two about fitness. (Watch him fight for the WBO light heavyweight championship Nov. 10.) But you don’t have to be a pro fighter to train like one—just incorporate the below elements of his workout into your own routine. Running From sprints to intermediate and long distances, it’s the most important weapon in the boxer’s workout arsenal. Legs and lungs win fights. Strength training Coyne recommends moving around light weights, just a pound or two, to increase endurance and strength. Try lateral raises, or holding the weight in front of your body in an iron cross position for five to 10 minutes. It’ll give you an idea of what it’s like to hold up a pair of boxing gloves round after round. Jumping rope Not only good for working on rhythm, timing and focus, it’s also a crazy cardio bump. Hitting the bag Be it the speed bag or body bag, throwing punches is a great way to develop strength and speed. Sparring Actually stepping into the ring and slapping some leather with an opponent, as long as you’re supervised by a professional, is sure to get your blood pumping.


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You can be the most erudite and sophisticated gent on the boulevard, but it’s all for naught if you can’t back it up with a little panache.

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Gear The plugged-in man needs the best device to navigate the net. Here are a trio of top tablets to check out, according to ChicGeek blogger Jen Rieger:

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HOW TO USE CHESS IN EVERYDAY LIFE There’s no better description of a chess player than “Renaissance Man,” says Tony Rich, executive director of Chess Club & Scholastic Center of St. Louis. The game, he says, develops skills that touch on every aspect of a man’s life—things like intuition, the ability to make good choices based on incomplete info, problem solving and prioritizing. Chess is all about breaking complex problems down into manageable bits and maintaining focus in the midst of chaos, which are skills that can be utilized in a man’s professional and personal lives in equal measure. It also teaches the value of analyzing victories and failures in order to grow, another valuable lesson every man can take to heart.

Required Reading

These timeless classics should be on every man’s reading list.

From Alex Weir, Subterranean Books: •Lincoln’s Speeches - Penguin Civic Classic series. Revel in the inspiring words of one of America’s greatest orators. • Deliverance by James Dickey. If all you know is the movie, you’re missing the whole story, as well as some finely crafted prose.

iPad 5 The big daddy of tablet tech features a five megapixel camera and 4G LTE speed. Google Nexus 7 More than 600,000 apps and games are available for this gadget, and the namesake 7-inch display is easy on the eyes. Amazon Kindle Fire offers free unlimited cloud storage for all Amazon content. A new 1.2 GHz processor and 1GB of RAM make this Kindle 40 percent faster than the previous version.

From Nikki Furrer, Puddnhead Books: • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This Jazz Age saga of love, greed and ambition still remains relevant in the 21st century. • On The Road by Jack Kerouac. Tune in, drop out and hit the bricks with this Beat lit classic. • Anything by Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse 5, Breakfast of Champions, etc). Vonnegut’s biting, insightful social commentary will always be in style.

Expand Your Expertise

Broaden both your skill set and your horizons. For The Orator Toastmasters offers the opportunity to hone your communications skills on a regular basis in a nopressure atmosphere (toastmasters.org). For The Bookworm The Gay Men’s Reading Club at Left Bank Books (leftbank.com/gay-mens-reading-group) meets on the fourth Thursday of the month and is open to all. For The Writer Check out the St. Louis Writers Workshop (stlouiswritersworkshop.com) or pursue a certificate in writing from UMSL (umslce.org/index.php/ certificate-programs/the-write-stuff).

Join The Club

Get together and compare notes with some like-minded individuals. For entrepreneurs: Tiny Business, Mighty Profits (meetup.com/Tiny-Business-Mighty-Profits) For history buffs: Meetup at the History Museum (meetup.com/museum-85) For creative types: Arnold Creative Thinking Project (meetup.com/ArnoldCreative-Thinking-Project)

ART AND POLITICS Make CAM (camstl.org) your go-to place for following everything 2012 electionincluding the Nov. 6 election night watch party (free, with a food truck onsite). Stay engaged by visiting Beyond November, a collaboration of trusted public media, including Nine Network of Public Media, the St. Louis Beacon and St. Louis Public Radio.

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For The Entrepreneur The Great Game of Business is offering a seminar Nov. 14 on High Involvement Financial Planning, part of its ongoing monthly seminar series.

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-Tony Rich, Chess Club & Scholastic Center of St. Louis

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Neck tie dos and don’ts Brian Smith and Michael Pagel of Moris Fashions say steer clear of the wide ties that were prevalent in the ‘90s. Stick with a width of 2 to 3.5 inches. Monochromatic shirt-tie combos are a definite no-go. Patterned ties and shirts can match up just fine, so long as the patterns don’t compete, and the tie is the bolder of the two.

Head gear

what’s your eyewear personality? According to Tony Erker of Erkers Fine Eyewear (erkers.com), the basic rule of thumb for choosing eyewear is to ensure that the shape of the frame is the opposite of the shape of your face. A round frame softens up a square face, while an angular frame helps shore up a round visage. Style-wise, look for big, bold plastic frames with a retro bent; the rimless look is definitely over. Erkers offers Bevel frames in several angular options, like the Oleg and Doombo, and some rounder variants such as Pastis, UTube and Giorgio.

Mark Scissors of Woody’s Mens Shop in Frontenac (woodyseclub.com) gives some tips on what to wear to some of the hottest soirees this month: Central Library Rededication Gala, Nov. 17 Black tie-this still means tuxedo, though some men might be able to get away with a high-quality black suit in a pinch. Night For The Town Gala and AfterParty, Nov. 3 Snappy casual-nice jeans or khakis would be appropriate, paired with a dress shirt and a blazer or sport coat. A tie isn’t required, but a bow tie would be a fun add. St. Louis International Film Festival, Nov. 8-18 Casual-often this is interpreted as “anything goes,” but the Renaissance Man knows that style should take precedence even when dressing down. Scissors says colored jeans and khakis are popular right now and would be most acceptable.

Hot Tip Not all custom suits are created equal. When shopping for a one-of-a-kind creation, Sheridan Fox of Astor & Black says to look for a fully canvased garment that is hand stitched and sports quality details like working buttonholes on the sleeves and custom linings. It’s the little things that count.

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The Right Ride It’s important to roll in style, but also be practical. Some hi-tech toys don’t hurt, either. The Infiniti EX35 has all that in spades. This small SUV has sleek lines, plenty of room for gear and a dash full of gadgets—like the Around View Monitor system, which provides the driver a 360-degree view of the exterior of the vehicle, and gives onscreen and audible warnings when you stray too close to obstacles (plazainfiniti.com).

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Brought to life by some of the minds behind the iPhone, the Nest thermostat programs itself after a week and adjusts itself to when you’re home and away. It can even be accessed via smartphone or tablet (nest.com).

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A quality navy blue blazer is the male version of the little black dress, Smith and Pagel say. It can be worn with jeans and a t-shirt, khakis or a shirt and tie, and is appropriate at the office or the club. They recommend the Theory XYLO NP blazer, with a slim fit, narrow lapels and navy buttons for a clean, sleek look (morisfashions.com).


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“Clear out the clutter, open up the mind.”

“A fun app or cocktail ...provides a great segue for introductions.”

Galas See and be seen at these upcoming social events and soirees of the season.

Night For The Town Gala And AfterParty, Saturday, Nov. 3. This annual event supports the education, empowerment and economic development efforts that Mission: St. Louis conducts in underresourced neighborhoods in St. Louis. Held at The Moto Museum beginning at 6pm (missionstl.org).

- Amit Dhawan, Synergy Productions LLC

Wines of The World Familiarize yourself with these major wine regions and their most popular varietals, courtesy of Marc Lazar at Cellar Advisors (cellaradvisors.net), and you’ll be on your way to becoming a full-fledged oenophile.

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Central Library Rededication Gala, Saturday, Nov. 17. A black-tie affair celebrating the $70 million restoration of this historic Downtown landmark, the party starts at 7pm (slplfoundation.org).

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The Manhattan, Three Ways The Manhattan is one of the quintessential classic cocktails. Containing just the bare necessities-whiskey, vermouth and bitters-it’s deceptively simple and the foundation for endless variations. Here are three of the most popular ways to enjoy this venerable libation: Traditional Manhattan Rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters. Perfect Manhattan Rye or Bourbon whiskey, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters. Black Manhattan Rye whiskey, Averna, Angostura bitters, orange bitters.

Festival of Trees, Wednesday, Nov. 18. The festival gathering benefits TouchPoint Autism Services, which serves children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Held at the Westport Sheraton Lakeside Chalet (lifeskills-mo.org).

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Make Proper Introductions There’s definitely a right way to go about getting people together, according to Amit Dhawan of Synergy Productions LLC.

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Apps You Need Now Get these apps and sites on your phone or tablet ASAP: For the art-lover: Save art-stl. com/artszipper to your homescreen to have the latest local art news and a top-notch exhibition calendar at your fingertips.

For the well-informed man: The free St. Louis Public Radio app lets you listen to any of its streams via your mobile device. For the man on the go: Never get caught in a traffic jam again when armed with the TrafficStL app.

For the beer-lover: Keep up on the latest craft brewery news and find the perfect brew near you with the Hip Hops beer app from St. Louis Post-Dispatch blogger Evan Benn. Get it at stltoday.com/beerapp.

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5 Tips For An In-Home Soiree Some say entertaining is a lost art, but if you follow these tips from Dhawan, your party will be the talk of the town. 1. Have a good soundtrack. The proper music equals the proper mood. 2. Offer a signature food or drink item. A fun app or cocktail gives guests something to focus on, and provides a great segue for introductions. 3. Always overestimate quantities of food and drink. If your party sounds like a good time, guests may bring friends. 4. Invite the neighbors. Including them in the action helps eliminate the possibility of complaints. 5. Have background noise. It used to be considered distracting to have the TV going during a get-together, but anymore, people are more visually stimulated. Keep their interest by tuning in to something buzzy, be it the big game or a talked-about reality show. Cigar enthusiasts should check out Table 36, a local company that offers its own line of Fellowship smokes, developed in conjunction with the Alec Bradley Cigar Company of Miami, FL (table36.com).

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Broaden Your Horizons Architect, musician, traveler and culinarian Joseph Fletcher Davidson embodies the true spirit of the modern Renaissance Man. He says cultivating new passions and indulging in quality intellectual endeavors is fairly easy, as long as you keep things simple. The modern man is constantly deluged with images of what others say are hip and trendy. Instead of plugging in and trolling the web or TV for the latest and greatest, Davidson advises limiting your exposure to all of the extraneous stimuli out there. Instead, cut out some of the virtual experiences and get out and about to see what the real world has to offer. St. Louis has a plethora of live music venues, so there’s always an opportunity to catch a band you’re unfamiliar with, and the city’s vibrant culinary scene is filled with new restaurants to experience. Glean some ideas and take them home to play with in the kitchen or on the turntable. The key is to clear out the clutter, open up the mind and make room for the important stuff.

Required Reading

“The World of Curiosities” by John Oldale. This tome contains factoids from every country on earth-like a world tour right at your fingertips (worldofcuriosities.com).

1. USA Washington State: Syrah and Cabernet blends. Oregon: Pinot Noir.  Napa: Cabernet and Chardonnay.

2. France Bordeaux: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc. Burgundy: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Rhone Valley (and Languedoc-Rouissilon): Grenache and Syrah.   Marsanne: Rousanne and Viognier.

Current Affairs Keep abreast of what’s new and newsworthy by logging on to these local media sites. For the news junkie: Tap into reporter Adam Allington’s feed at news.stlpublicradio.org/people/adam-allington. For the politico: Keep up with the latest political machinations at pubdef.net. For the local boy: All the Lou-centric happenings fit to print can be had at brickcitystl.com.

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3. Spain  Rioja and Ribera del Duero: Tempranillo and Cabernet. Galicia: Albarino. Castilla y Leon: Mencia, Garnacha and Godello. 4. Germany Riesling and Pinot Noir.

5. Italy Tuscany: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Trebbiano, Chardonnay and Malvasia. Piedmont: Nebbiolo and Barbera. Friuli: Pinot Grigio, Tocai

Friulano and Merlot.

6. Australia Syrah (Shiraz), Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

7. New Zealand Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. 8. South Africa Syrah (Shiraz), Cabernet, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. 9. Chile and Argentia Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

Take A Global Tour of St. Louis No time or dough to travel the world? Get a little culture from a local source instead. Dance COCA offers several cultural dance classes on its calendar, like Argentine Tango and Salsa Basics (cocastl.org). Art Check out the exhibition “Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master” currently at SLAM, featuring more than 150 seldomseen works from the Italian artist (slam. org/Exhibitions/barocci.php). Language Get bilingual at UMSL’s Foreign Language Connection (umslce. org/index.php/centers-a-programs/ foreign-language-connection).

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Great Date Nights The St. Louis Symphony has a full slate of concerts that are perfect for a romantic night out (stlsymphony.org). Nov. 9-11, Mozart’s Requiem Nov. 16-18, All Tchaikosky Nov. 23-25, Gil Shaham plays Beethoven

Or, spend a night cooking with that someone special at a Kitchen Conservatory class (kitchenconservatory.com). Nov. 9, Date Night: The Thrill of Brazil Nov. 23, Date Night: Tuscany For Two

Music MUSTS Ipod playlists looking a little lean? Here are some essential 2012 releases to load up, courtesy of Roy Kasten, web director and DJ at KDHX: 1. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls 2. Dr. Dog - Be the Void 3. Dr. John - Locked Down 4. Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur 5. Lee Fields - Faithful Man 6. Heartless Bastards - Arrow 7. Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again 8. Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy 9. Chuck Prophet - Temple Beautiful 10. Rough Shop - Beneath The South Side Bridge

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Textural Intuition

Vince leather trim jacket available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Ralph Lauren leather dress and Alexis Bittar studded cuff available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. Necklace, stylist’s own.

It’s back to basics this season—as layers of rich textures, luxurious knits and strong accessories take the reins.

Photography: Attilio D’Agostino | Styling: Samantha Chadwick Model: Molly Constable for Mother Model Management Hair: Sharday Johnson | Makeup: Valerie Brown

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Winter Whites Milly shirtdress, Neiman Marcus belt, Lola Hats fedora and snakeskin cuff available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.

Soft To Touch

Rachel Zoe leather vest and M for Missoni pencil skirt available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. Parker printed blouse available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200.

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Riding Strong Ralph Lauren riding coat and Eugena Kim hat available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. Equipment blouse available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Hunter Dixon skirt available at Ivy Hill, Central West End, 314.367.7004. Angel Court necklace available at 10denza, Central West End, 314.361.1010.

Fur Elise Joie fur vest available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Laundry dress and Alexis Bittar necklace available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.

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Casual Friday Rebecca Taylor eyelet blouse, Vince sweater and Suzi Roher belt available at Saks Fifth Avenue, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9200. Adriano Goldschmied patchwork denim available at AG Adriano Goldschmied, Central West End, 314.361.6161. Bracelets available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. Hat found on location. Stylist Assistants: Morgan Gillespie, Abigail Newell, Jordan Dunahue. Thanks to Vicky Adams Nemec and Ed Nemec for their generous hospitality.

Biker Babe

Ralph Lauren knit poncho, Ralph Lauren silk blouse, Theory leather pants and Alexis Bittar necklace available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811.

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top picks CHA BOUTIQUE SARAH GARLICH, OWNER The Parker sequin jacket can dress up any outfit. Pair it with a LBD or denim! $360.

9666 Clayton Road Ladue, MO 63124 314.993.8080 · shop-cha.com

CLR-MNSTR TRICIA THURMAN, OWNER Add a sleek look to any ensemble this fall with these must-have faux leather stretch leggings. Pair this with a button up and blazer for a chic look, or get edgy with a studded top and high rise heels. $44 1300 Washington Ave. St Louis, MO 63103 314.241.1930 · clrmnstr.com

6301 Delmar Blvd. University City, MO 63130 314.863.8080 · devilcity.com

kLUTCH BOUTIQUE ELIzABETH IRWIN, OWNER Spanx leggings are a must-have item this fall/ winter. The first-ever shaping leggings, they are perfect with any tunic, dress or sweater! Every lady needs a pair, and you can find them at Klutch Boutique. 1126 Town & Country Crossing Drive Town & Country, MO 63017 636.220.6110 · klutchstyle.com

MEkA BOUTIQUE MEG MEyER, OWNER This new Old Gringo boot is a must-have this season! The new style is flying off our shelves. We love the back zipper and the chocolate embroidery. Old Gringo boots make the perfect gift for any lucky lady! 1634 Clarkson Road Chesterfield, MO 63017 636.536.6300 · mekaboutique.com

Cha and Devil City portrait photos by Tim Schinsky. Cha product photo by Stephanie Terry.

DEvIL CITy DEBORAH FINk, OWNER Steal the scene in this sexy dress from Stop Staring! This is the ultimate bombshell dress and perfect for your upcoming holiday party. Don’t miss out on this retro chic, beautiful and classy dress! USA Made. $175.

Men’s lifestyle store bringing you quality, unique brands from the coasts.

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The Spa & Salon at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

Sit back, relax and treat yourself to these luxe STL salons and the many beauty services they offer.

OVERVIEW Perched on the seventh floor of the Four Seasons Hotel, The Spa and Salon offers a full range of customized services for both women and men in a peaceful environment that’s rich with natural light and soft touches. The Spa’s 12 treatment rooms serve as an oasis of tranquility, enhanced by clean, modern lines and calming mood lighting. Allow the talented staff to soothe and revive your mind with an exclusive menu of signature treatments, like the caviar serum facial, di-vine wine body wrap and Balinese massage.

Blown Away Blow Dry Bar PROMOTIONS Blown Away has great daily specials including Makeover Mondays, Mom and Me Specials and Happy Hour Fridays. For $30 dollars and 35 minutes, prepare to be blown away!

and champagne, daily specials, big screen chick flicks, top-of-the-line hair products and lots of other must-see surprises. Book a private party, whether it’s a bachelorette party, birthday for any age or a fun girls’ night out. Or, schedule your wedding hair and makeup and let the Blown Away mobile team take care of your entire wedding party.

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Location: 8815 Ladue Road, Ladue/Clayton Reservations: 314.932.1116 For more information: blownawaystl.com

SIGNATURE SERVICE Polish your look with our Four Seasons Signature manicure and pedicure, featuring a soothing regimen of aromatherapy, masque, massage and paraffin treatments. PROMOTIONS Mention this ad and receive a $20 credit with any treatment of $100 or more taking place Monday through Thursday. Please mention this offer at time of reservation. Location: 999 N. 2nd Street, Downtown Reservations: 314.881.5758 For more information: Fourseasons.com/stlouis

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At Premier Dental Partners, our goal for every patient is to have a healthy mouth and beautiful smile. Whether you need a filling, Invisalign clear braces, or a complete smile makeover, you will receive quality, individualized care in a relaxed, comfortable setting. New patients are always welcome! Early morning and evening appointments are available. Call today to schedule an appointment or to discuss any questions that you may have. Dr. Bartels and Dr. Ward will be hosting an Open House and would like you to join them on Wednesday, November 28th from 12pm-6pm. Come visit us for appetizers and beverages. We look forward to giving you a tour of the office. Feel free to bring your families, friends and co-workers. Perry Bartels, D.D.S. | Rachel Ward, D.M.D. 312 N. 10th Street | St. Louis, MO 63101 314. 231.6151 Tel | 314. 231.0438 Fax premierdentalpartners.com Eight other Premier Dental Partners locations throughout the St. Louis area.

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with passion and excitement, offering over 100 different services, and a small student to teacher ratio which allows students and their clients to get plenty of one-on-one attention. DÉCOR There is an earthy, modern feel to the campus. The salon is open and bright, featuring contemporary art work, a photo shoot area, makeup bar and men’s corner. SIGNATURE SERVICE Rejuvenate your skin with the two-part micro-controlled peel and LumiLift facial! The micro-controlled peel gently removes surface layers of the skin, allowing smoother, fresher skin to emerge. Then, the LumiLift uses micronized currents and light therapy to help produce more collagen which will smooth and soften the

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appearance of wrinkles, reduce the size of pores and improve skin texture. WINTER TIP If your hair is dry, brittle, weak, over-processed or frizzy, don’t wait until winter is here! Take advantage of Xenon Academy’s Total Results Rejuvenating Treatment. PROMOTIONS Mention ALIVE Magazine when you book your appointment and get our Signature Service for $65 (A $135 value), or a haircut for half-price. Expires 12/31/2012. All services performed by students under the supervision of a licensed instructor. For Xenon International Academy median loan rates, on time graduation rates and consumer disclosure information please visit xenonintl.com.

Location: 15435 Clayton Road, Ballwin Reservations: 636.394.7335 For more information: xenonintl.com

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OVERVIEW Xenon International Academy was established in 1986, and has been the leader in Cosmetology and Esthetic schools for 26 years. Xenon International Academy, a Pivot Point Member school, continues to excel and grow in the beauty industry by offering an education unlike any other. The academy is also accredited by the International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC), making it the only school in Missouri to offer international diplomas, as well as certification with American Crew for men’s haircutting.

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The Unpretentious Drink

The re-emergence of a serious culture

No fuss, no muss— just a bar and your choice drink. Sherry Cobbler at The Royale’s Cocktail Museum

by Matt Sorrell

of drink in recent years has been a blessing and a curse for those of us who enjoy a good tipple. On the plus side, many forgotten cocktail recipes have been rediscovered and introduced to a new generation of drinkers, and breweries and distilleries both old and new are putting out more high-quality beers and spirits than ever before. But this liquid revolution has also given rise to a bit of pomposity and faux grandeur on the part of some establishments, where indulging in your libation of choice can be as stuffy and formal as Sunday dinner with the in-laws. Luckily, there are still plenty of places around town where you can have a quality drink and kick back on your own terms. Here are a handful of places where a patron can belly up to the bar and enjoy a fine drink, sans attitude.

The Royale This South City favorite hearkens back to another era, from its Art Deco-inspired glass block windows and tin ceiling to the photos of the Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King above the back bar. There’s a lengthy list of classic and custom cocktails available—they make a mighty good rye Manhattan—and every Sunday, the bar hosts the Cocktail Museum, where forgotten drinks and ingredients are dusted off and offered up. Although the drink selection is uptown, the vibe is that of the classic corner bar. Truly a tavern for the 21st century.

Thanksgiving Feast!

It’s the season for celebrations. Whether you’re the chef or guest, we’ve got everything you need. You’ll find all the ingredients to make your own Thanksgiving feast. Or, pick up delicious prepared foods from our complete turkey dinner to savory sides! If you’re the guest, we have thoughtful hostess gifts including festive flowers, fine wines and delectable desserts. So when it means the most, come home to Schnucks for the holidays!

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The Scottish Arms All too often,

good single-malt Scotches are the purview of the white-tablecloth world, a rarified indulgence reserved for the affluent. Not at the Arms, though. Recognized by Whisky Magazine as one of the “Great Whisky Bars of the World,” the bar features a host of the best whiskies Scotland has to offer, as well as a robust selection of beers and a creative cocktail list. It’s a right fine place to have a dram or a pint and watch the football match on the telly.

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BURGER BAR Celeb chef Hubert Keller offers build-your-own gourmet burgers with a large list of breads, meats and condiments. Lunch and dinner daily. 999 N. 2nd St., 314.881.7580. $$

Joe’s Chili Bowl House-made chili in every form possible, from slingers and chili dogs to tamales and macaroni. Open daily. 808 Chestnut St., 314.241.7070. $

Café Ventana An extensive lunch selection, including sandwiches, beignets and pastries with your coffee. Open daily. 3919 W. Pine Blvd., 314.531.7500. $ CIELO Quality Italian cuisine, dynamic beverages and stunning views. Open daily. 999 N. 2nd St., 314.881.5759. $$$ B

landmark just celebrated its 40th anniversary, and though the rest of The Loop has become somewhat less funky than in years past, Blueberry Hill is still as rough around the edges as ever. Order one of 62 bottled or 18 draft beers, fire up some REO Speedwagon on the jukebox and check out the displays of vintage toys and photos of owner Joe Edwards with just about every celebrity imaginable. Gotta love a place where you request the Scotch list and the server gives it to you scribbled on a Post-It.

Copia Modern interpretations of classic American cuisine with a legendary wine garden. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 1122 Washington Ave., 314.241.9463. $$$ DIABLITOS CANTINA Fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine with more than 100 types of houseinfused tequila. Lunch and dinner daily. 3761 Laclede Ave., 314.644.4430. $

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FLANNERY’S PUB Traditional Irish pub known for an impressive beer list and game-day coverage. Lunch and dinner daily. 1324 Washington Ave., 314.241.8885. $ The Fountain on Locust Freshly made appetizers, entrées, fine ice creams and retro cocktails in a hand-painted Art Deco interior. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 3037 Locust St., 314.535.7800. $

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Midtown/ Downtown AL’S RESTAURANT A St. Louis landmark, featuring award-winning steaks and seafood. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 1200 N. 1st St.,

key $ Entrées average under $10 $$ Entrées $10–$17 $$$ Entrées $18+

314.421.6399. $$$ BAILEYS’ RANGE Creative, upscale takes on the classic burger, as well as boozy milkshakes and niche sodas. Lunch and dinner daily. 920 Olive St., 314.241.8121. $$

Hot List 2012 Winner Kitchen open past 11pm Outdoor seating new Opened in the last 6 months B Serves brunch

Blondie’s Delectable eats, treats and a selection of specialty drinks inspired by famous blondes. Breakfast and lunch daily; dinner Mon.-Sat. 1301 Washington Ave., B 314.241.6100. $$ BLOOD & SAND A members-only spot boasting bold and exciting creations in the kitchen and behind the bar. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 1500 St. Charles St., 314.241.7263. $$$ BRIDGE TAP HOUSE and WINE BAR A large craft beer and wine

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The Crow’s Nest This recent addition to the Maplewood scene has a wide selection of beer and some of my favorite ryes and bourbons on the back bar—making it the perfect spot to launch a search for the ultimate Boilermaker. Old movies and various sporting events are usually being projected on the wall, and the jukebox is always well-stocked, a definite requisite for a top-notch neighborhood watering hole.

and view of the Arch with a casual atmosphere. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 2144 Market St., 314.421.6969. $$

CAFé PINtxOS A bright, busy breakfast shop by morning, a trendy tapas bar by night. Breakfast Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 3407 Olive St., 314.338.2500. $$

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Danno’s American Pub Danno’s is a combination of the very best qualities of the cocktail bar and the neighborhood joint. The latest cutting-edge craft brews are served up alongside favorite American lagers, and the back bar gives equal time to Italian amaros and flavored vodkas. Play some darts, bang on the pinball machine or just watch the game while sipping on a Negroni or a Long Island Iced Tea.

selection, as well as meat and cheese plates, sandwiches and salads. Lunch and dinner daily. 1004 Locust St., 314.241.8141. $$

The Good Pie Specialty Napoletana-style pizzas, like The Good Pie with buffalo mozzarella. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 3137 Olive St., 314.289.9391. $$ HAMBURGER MARY’S Unique burgers and a whimsical, fun-loving atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 3037 Olive St., 314.533.6279. $ B

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HARVEST Seasonal dishes made with sustainable, fresh local products, including delicious vegan and vegetarian options. Breakfast and lunch daily; grocery options at Tower Grove and Kirkwood locations. 815 Olive St., 314.772.8815. Multiple locations, localharvestgrocery.com. $ B Lucas Park Grille A seasonal menu featuring soups, salads and New American entrées. Lunch and dinner daily. 1234 Washington Ave., 314.241.7770. $$$ B Mango Peruvian fusion dishes add a twist to foods you thought you knew. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 1101 Lucas Ave., 314.621.9993. $$ Mike Shannon’s A St. Louis landmark serving upscale American cuisine. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 620 Market St., 314.421.1540. $$$ MORGAN STREET BREWERY Upbeat microbrewery and pub with great drink specials and live music. Lunch Tue.-Sun.; dinner daily. 721 N. 2nd St., 314.231.9970. $$ Mosaic A modern fusion restaurant with an array of cold and hot tapas. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 1001 Washington Ave., 314.621.6001. Multiple locations, mosaictapas.com. $$ PAPPY’S SMOKEHOUSE Memphisstyle barbecue, with slow-smoked pork, brisket, chicken, turkey and sausage with Pappy’s signature sauces. Lunch daily; dinner Mon.-Sat. 3106 Olive St., 314.535.4340. $$ Pickles Classic sandwiches like New York Pastrami and one of the best roast beef sandwiches in town. Lunch Mon.-Sat. 701 Olive St., 314.241.2255. $ Prime 1000 High-end steaks in a chic setting. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 1000 Washington Ave., 314.241.1000. $$$

rosalita’s cantina A happening Tex-Mex restaurant offering Mexican favorites. Lunch and dinner daily. 1235 Washington Ave., 314.621.2700. $$

MOLLY’S IN SOULARD Southern Creole favorites and one of STL’s largest outdoor patios. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 816 Geyer Ave., 314.241.6200. $$ B

THREE SIXTY Located on the rooftop of The Hilton at the Ballpark with a spectacular view of the city, stellar cocktails and small plates. Dinner daily. 1 S. Broadway, 314.241.8439. $$$

the Mud house Fresh-roasted coffee, sandwiches, soups and pastries. Breakfast and lunch daily. 2101 Cherokee St., 314.776.6599. $

TONY’S A St. Louis institution known for fine Italian cuisine and an extensive wine selection. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 410 Market St., 314.231.7007. $$$ VIto’s Known for exceptional Italian cuisine and Sicilian-style pizza. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sun. 3515 Lindell Blvd., 314.534.8486. $$

Lafayette Square/ Benton Park/ Soulard BAILEYS’ CHOCOLATE BAR A mix of savory and sweet items with desserts such as Baileys’ Chocolate Brownie and bread pudding. Open daily. 1915 Park Ave., 314.241.8100. $ blues city deli A charming turn-of-the-century storefront with an expansive menu of sandwiches, salads and Po’ Boys. Lunch Mon.-Sat. 2438 McNair Ave., 314.773.8225. $ BOGARTS SMOKEHOUSE Smoky, Memphis-style BBQ with generous portions. Lunch Tue.-Sat.; dinner Fri.-Sat. 1627 S. 9th St., 314.621.3107. $$ Chava’s Authentic Mexican cuisine known for large portions and tangy margaritas. Lunch and dinner daily. 925 Geyer Ave., 314.241.5503. $ Eleven eleven Mississippi Culinary classics from Tuscany and Northern California. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 1111 Mississippi Ave., 314.241.9999. $$$ Franco Country-French fare with a modern twist. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. 1535 S. 8th St., 314.436.2500. $$$

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Park Avenue Coffee Chauvin coffee, bagels, house-made muffins, smoothies and a selection of more than 70 gooey butter cakes. Open daily. 1919 Park Ave., 314.621.4020. Multiple locations, parkavenuecoffee.com. $ PW Pizza Classic pies and one-of-a- kind recipes with a focus on fresh, local and seasonal ingredients. Lunch and dinner daily. 2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.7799. $$ SHAMELESS GROUNDS A coffee shop known well for its socially progressive and artistic atmosphere. Open daily. 2650 Sidney St., 314.773.9900. $ The SHAVED DUCK A cozy atmosphere, live music and meats smoked to perfection. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 2900 Virginia Ave., 314.776.1407. $$ SIDNEY STREET CAFÉ Traditional favorites like lobster turnovers and steak wasabi balanced with seasonal, local dishes like tripe and game birds. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 2000 Sidney St., 314.771.5777. $$$ Siete Luminarias Traditional Mexican fare featuring such staples as tacos and gorditas and specialties like pambazo. Lunch and dinner daily. 2818 Cherokee St., 314.932.1333. $ Soulard’s Restaurant Contemporary Southern cuisine and grilled-to-perfection steaks. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.; breakfast Sat. 1731 S. 7th St., 314.241.7956. $$$ B SqWires A seasonal menu featuring fresh interpretations of American classics. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 1415 S. 18th St., 314.865.3522. $$ B vin de set French cuisine served under the stars on the rooftop bar and bistro. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sun. 2017 Chouteau Ave.,

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eat+Drink / where to go Central West End/ The Grove Bixby’s Located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum with breathtaking views of Forest Park. Lunch daily. 5700 Lindell Blvd., 314.361.7313. $ B BRASSERIE BY NICHE Casual French dining with an evolving menu of bistro fare, an impressive beer list and classic desserts. Dinner Mon.-Sun. 4580 Laclede B Ave., 314.454.0600. $$ Chi A trendy Japanese sushi bar with some of the best rolls in St. Louis. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 4 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.2209. $ CrÊpes: etc. An upscale patisserie serving both sweet and savory crêpes, as well as a variety of homemade pastries, soups and sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch daily; dinner Fri.-Sat. 52 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.2200. $ the Drunken Fish Japanese sushi lounge with everything from tuna tataki to traditional rolls. Half off signature martinis on Martini Mondays. Lunch and dinner daily. 1 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.4222. Multiple locations, drunkenfish.com. $$

locations, restaurantpi.com. $$ Salt Upscale dishes from Chef Wes Johnson, like sorghum lacquered duck, served in the unique ambiance of a former CWE mansion. Dinner Wed.-Mon. 4356 B Lindell Blvd., 314.932.5787. $$ SANCTUARIA Fresh, Pan-Latin tapas, paired with a world-class menu of handcrafted cocktails. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 4198 Manchester Ave., 314.535.9700. $$$ Scape american bistro A wide range of dishes from paella to burgers with a great patio and happy hour. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 48 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7227. $$$ B scottish arms Authentic Scottish fare, including the bestselling lamb burger and Celtic crisps, with an extensive single-malt scotch list. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 8 S. Sarah St., 314.535.0551. B $$ SoHo Restaurant + Lounge A chic, modern lounge boasting sophisticated southern cuisine and cocktails. Dinner Wed.-Sat. 4229 Manchester Ave., 314.932.5554. $$ Sub Zero More than 300 international labels of vodka with a sushi bar and build-your-own burger menu. Lunch and dinner daily. 308 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1200. $$

La Dolce Via Family-owned bakery and café with delectable handmade desserts. Breakfast and lunch Wed.-Sun. 4470 Arco Ave., B 314.534.1699. $$

TASTE Small plates and handcrafted cocktails made with strong attention to detail. Dinner daily. 4584 Laclede Ave., 314.361.1200. $$

Herbie’s Vintage 72 Contemporary American cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. Dinner daily. 405 N. Euclid Ave., 314.769.9595. $$ B

Tavern of Fine Arts Fine wines, seasonal appetizers and small plates, surrounded by art from local artists. Lunch Sat; dinner Mon.-Sat. 313 Belt Ave., 314.367.7549. $

Layla A fresh take on Lebanese cuisine with an energetic atmosphere and live entertainment. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sun. 4317 Manchester Ave., 314.535.5500. $$

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JOYIA TAPAS Pan-Mediterranean tapas and treats, with a focus on local ingrediants and housemade sauces and breads. 4501 Manchester Ave., 314.531.5300. $$

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South City/ Hampton/ The Hill Aya Sofia Exotic Turkish Mediterranean cuisine, combining Middle Eastern, Greek and Southern Italian flavors and cooking styles. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sun. 6671 Chippewa St., 314.645.9919. $$ B FARMHAUS Edgy Southern and Midwestern food with a locavore focus from Chef Kevin Willmann.

Lunch Mon.-Thu.; dinner Wed.-Sat. 3257 Ivanhoe Ave., 314.647.3800. $$ Gian-Tony’s Owner Tony Catarinicchia brings recipes straight from Sicily with fresh ingredients from the onsite garden. Dinner daily. 5356 Daggett Ave., 314.772.4893. $$ GUIDO’S A distinguished mix of Italian and Spanish cuisine. Lunch and dinner daily. 5046 Shaw Ave., 314.771.4900. $$ LORENZO’S TRATTORIA Northern Italian cuisine with contemporary flavors. Dinner daily. 1933 Edwards St., 314.773.2223. $$ MANGIA ITALIANO Casual cuisine in an intimate interior with live music several nights a week. Lunch and dinner daily. 3145 S. Grand Blvd., 314.664.8585. $$$ new MELT

Upcycled retro café with diner favorites like waffles, ice cream, specialty alcoholic drinks and milkshakes in mason jars. Open daily. 7700 Ivory Ave., 314.638.6358. $ modesto Amongst a sea of Italian restaurants, Modesto serves up classic Spanish tapas and flatbreads. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 5257 Shaw Ave., 314.772.8272. $ O’CONNELL’S PUB Famous for burgers, fish and chips and Coney Island hot dogs. Lunch and dinner daily. 4652 Shaw Ave., 314.773.6600. $

Italian cuisine and a dog-friendly outdoor patio. Lunch Wed.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 7401 Pershing Ave., 314.721.8484. $$

Three Kings Upscale pub fare with a Mediterranean influence. Lunch and dinner daily. 6307 Delmar Blvd., 314.721.3355. $$

Blueberry Hill Joe Edwards’ flagship restaurant, known for its beer selection and great burgers. Lunch and dinner daily. 6504 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.4444. $

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Blue Ocean Sushi A contemporary Japanese restaurant with all-you-can-eat sushi and à la carte items like chicken teriyaki. Lunch and dinner daily. 6335 Delmar Blvd., 314.726.6477. $$ ECLIPSE Located in the Moonrise Hotel, featuring cosmic dècor and a creative American menu. Open daily. 6177 Delmar Blvd., 314.726.2222. B $$$ Frida’s Deli This meatless deli dishes out vegetarian- and vegan-friendly smoothies, soups, sandwiches and more. Lunch daily; dinner Tue.-Sat. 622 North and South Road, 314.727.6500. $

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BAR LES FRERES French cuisine with a rotating menu and an intimate outdoor seating area. 7637 Wydown Blvd., 314.727.7901. $$

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BARcelona A see-and-be-seen hotspot to nosh on Spanish tapas. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 34 N. Central Ave., 314.863.9909. $$

HIRO Sushi The flavors of the izakaya explosion with unique ingredients and beautiful presentation. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 609 Eastgate Ave., 314.721.9168. $

BLACKFINN AMERICAN GRILLE Seafood, steak, chicken and pasta in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 1147 Saint Louis Galleria, B 314.726.5300. $$

Market Pub House A traditional American eatery with a lively atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 6655 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.8880. B $$

Sasha’s on Shaw A cozy neighborhood wine bar with a tasty selection of small plates and crêpes. Lunch and dinner daily. 4069 Shaw Blvd., Shaw, 314.771.7274. $$

MoMos Mediterranean tapas in a festive setting. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 630 North and South Road, 314.863.3511. $$

Three Monkeys A lively spot featuring a wide variety of coastal cuisine and an extensive wine selection. Dinner Mon.-Sun. 3153 Morgan Ford Road, 314.772.9800. $$ B

Nico Mediterranean cuisine with a seasonally inspired menu, featuring items like Serrano Croquettes and Moroccan Lamb. Lunch and dinner daily. 6525 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.0200. $$ B

Bici café Mediterranean and

Araka A delightful eatery in The Crescent featuring delicious globally-inspired cuisine. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 131 Carondelet Plaza, 314.725.6777. $$$

Ginger Bistro Asian fusion cuisine in a cozy, modern atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 6665 Delmar Blvd., 314.222.2588. $$

The ROYALE A tavern-style restaurant and bar with drinks named for different parts of the city. Lunch and dinner daily. 3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.772.3600. $$

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5 STAR BURGERS Gourmet burgers with grass-fed, hormonefree beef or your choice of pork, lamb, veggie, turkey or mahi mahi patties. Lunch and dinner daily. 8125 Maryland Ave. $$

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Tavolo V Neapolitan-style pizza and modern Italian cuisine, served in an airy, STL-inspired space in The Loop. Dinner Mon.-Sun. 6118 Delmar Blvd., 314.721.4333. $$

BOCCI BAR A taste of northern Italy with contemporary flair. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 16 N. Central Ave., 314.932.1040. $$ BRIO TUSCAN GRILLe Delicious Tuscan-inspired food that’s upscale yet affordable. Lunch and dinner daily. 1601 S. Lindbergh Blvd., B 314.432.4410. $$ CITY COFFEEHOUSE & CRÊPERIE Sweet and savory crêpes, Belgian waffles and more. Open daily. 36 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.862.2489. $ B COASTAL BISTRO & BAR Fresh-from-the-coast oysters and low-country cuisine. Stop by during happy hour for oyster shooters. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 14 N. Central Ave., 314.932.7377. $$$

COMPANION Acclaimed for fresh ingredients and signature sandwiches and soups. Breakfast and lunch daily. 8143 Maryland Ave., 314.721.5454. Multiple locations, companionstl.com. THE CROSSING A seasonal menu of farm-to-table fare. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 7823 Forsyth Blvd., 314.721.7375. $$$ Crushed Red Urban bake and chop shop serving pizzas and salads made with the freshest ingredients. Lunch and dinner daily. 8007 Maryland Ave., 314.725.8007. $ Demun Oyster Bar The ultimate destination for seafood enthusiasts with fresh oysters from the West Coast daily. Lunch and dinner daily. 740 Demun Ave., 314.725.0322. $$$ I Fratellini Fine Italian dining with an intimate atmosphere and mouth-watering entrées and desserts. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 7624 Wydown Blvd., 314.727.7901. $$$ Half and Half A quaint café renowned for inventive recipes with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Breakfast and lunch Tue.-Sun. 8135 Maryland Ave., 314.725.0719. $$ B J.Buck’s A Clayton staple for business lunches and happy hour, with pizza, pasta, burgers and baby back ribs. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 101 S. Hanley Road, 314.725.4700. $$$ LESTER’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL Every sports-lover’s dream, with TVs at every post and top-notch bar fare. Open daily. 9906 Clayton Road, 314.994.0055. Multiple locations, lestersrestaurant.com. $$

Chandler Hill Vineyards

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Droughts With Benefits Thoughts commonly associated with the word "drought" are hardly positive. In the case of wine, however, drought can actually be a good thing. Missouri’s recent dry spell took a crushing toll on corn yields, but the conditions gave an advantage to those raising grape crops, in turn boosting sales in the wine industry. Chuck Gillentine, CEO of Chandler Hill Vineyards, says, "Vines love to be stressed as the grapes become progressively flavorful—and nothing stresses them more than good, hot weather." He explains that flavor forms when hot weather causes shrinkage in the grapes, resulting in higher sugar concentration. The less humidity there is, the better. So, the next time you’re lamenting the loss of your lawn, just pour yourself a glass of local wine and remember there’s a silver lining to every cloudless sky. – Stefanie Fischer

cuisine. Dinner daily. 7734 Forsyth Blvd $$$

dinner Mon.-Sat. 16 S. Bemiston Ave., 314.727.8264. $$

Océano Premier seafood bistro known for fresh selections and exquisite flavor. Lunch and dinner daily. 44 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.721.9400. $$$ B

TRUFFLES Aged prime beef, imported seafood and ingredients locally sourced or crafted in-house. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 9202 Clayton Road, 314.567.9100. $$$

Mad Tomato A seasonal, farm-to-table menu and fine selection of Italian wines, desserts and pastries. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 8000 Carondelet Ave., 314.932.5733. $$

new PASTARIA Gerard Craft’s fresh approach to Italian dining, featuring house-made pastas, pizzas and gelatos. Dinner daily. 7734 Forsyth Blvd., 314.862.6603. $$

MISO ON MERAMEC A popular sushi spot famed for its Pan-Asian food and lounge. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 16 N. Meramec Ave., 314.863.7888. $$

Roxane A cozy tapas-style spot with a Bohemian atmosphere and eclectic menu. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 12 N. Meramec Ave., 314.721.7700. $$

NICHE An award-winning bistro with a fabulous menu of American

Tani Sushi bistro with traditional and fusion-style rolls. Lunch Mon.-Fri.;

Tucci & Fresta’s Traditional Italian fare and an exceptional wine list, bringing a taste of The Hill to Clayton. Dinner daily. 15 N. Central Ave., 314.725.6588. $$$ B VINO NADOZ WINE BAR An intimate destination with an international wine experience and savory American fusion cuisine. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 16 The Blvd., 314.726.0400. $$

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the block A restaurant, butcher shop and bar boasting a farm-totable concept with contemporary American fare. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 146 W. Lockwood Ave., 314.918.7900. $$ boogaloo Caribbean-inspired cuisine with a wide selection of smoked meats and tapas. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 7344 Manchester Road, 314.645.4803. $$

ranoush.com. $$ Robust The Robust Factor helps you navigate an impressive wine list and pair vino with unique tasting plates. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 227 W. Lockwood Ave., 314.963.0033. $$ BRANICA of kirkwood Formal Italian dining and a sharp wine bar. Lunch Mon.-Fri., dinner daily. 451 S. Kirkwood Road, 314.909.7575. $$$

CYRANO’S CAFÉ Upscale café fare, famous for unique desserts like Cherries Jubilee and World’s Fair Éclair. Lunch and dinner daily. 603 East Lockwood Ave., 314.963.3232. B $$

Southwest Diner Diner classics with a New Mexican twist and plenty of spice and color. Breakfast and lunch daily. 6803 Southwest Ave., 314.260.7244. $ Pie Oh My TwinOak Wood Fired Fare Specialty wood-fired pizzas with toppings like seasonal veggies and roasted chorizo. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 1201 Strassner Drive, 314.644.2772. $$

Home wine kitchen Seasonal American comfort food and wine pairings with service that treats you like family. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Mon. 7322 Manchester Road, 314.802.7676. $$$ B

Water street Excelling in specialty and vintage cocktails with an intriguing menu of small plates. Lunch Thu.-Sat.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 7268 Manchester Road, 314.646.8355. $$

Houlihan’s Burgers, apps and one of the best happy hour specials in the city. Lunch and dinner daily. 1221 Strassner Drive, 314.863.9116. Multiple locations, houlihans.com. $$

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MAI LEE RESTAURANT Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sun. 8396 Musick Memorial Drive, 314.645.2835. $$ MAYA CAFÉ Pan-Latin cuisine with house-made salsas and margaritas and live music regularly. Lunch Tue.-Sat.; dinner Tue.-Sun. 2726 Sutton Blvd., 314.781.4774. $$ One 19 North Tapas paired with an impressive wine list. Lunch and dinner daily. 119 North Kirkwood Road, 314.821.4119. $$ B OLYMPIA Greek classics like gyros, spanakopita and kebabs with traditional baklava or creamy rice pudding. Lunch and dinner daily. 1542 McCausland Ave., 314.781.1299. $$ RANOUSH Classic Middle Eastern cuisine like shawarma, falafel and tabbouleh. Lunch and dinner daily. 200 N. Kirkwood Road, 314.984.8899. Multiple locations, 94

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Private Rooms and Wi-Fi Available

4501 Manchester, The Grove 314.531.5300 joyiatapas@att.net

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annie gunn’s Known for heartwarming dishes and seasonal specials. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, 636.532.7684. $$$ bistro 1130 Contemporary French cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. 1130 Town and Country Crossing Drive, 636.394.1130. $$$ BRISTOL SEAFOOD GRILL Fresh seafood and handcrafted cocktails in a modern atmosphere. Lunch Sun.-Fri.; dinner daily. 11801 Olive Blvd., 314.567.0272. $$$ B new CIRCLE 7 RANCH TAPHOUSE AND GRILLE Fun appetizers and hand-patted hamburgers and sandwiches, with the added benefit of private table taps. Lunch and dinner daily. 14412 Clayton Road, 636.220.9707. $

Dave & Tony’s The ultimate destination for burger-lovers. Lunch and dinner daily. 12766 Olive Blvd., 314.439.5100. $

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MONDAY-SATURDAY Dining 11am to 11pm Bar until 1am SUNDAY Dining 4pm to 10pm Bar until midnight HAPPY HOUR Monday-Friday 4pm to 7pm Sunday 9pm to Close

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Pie Oh My NEW TO TOWN

Fresh from the Oven GreGory’s Creative Cuisine

If you’ve noticed whiffs of cinnamon, apple and pumpkin as you pass through Maplewood lately, you’re probably sniffing the freshly baked creations of Jane Callahan’s Pie Oh My. The new pie bakery opened its doors in early September, offering made-from-scratch pies featuring seasonal ingredients that range from classic apple to pumpkin walnut crumble. Word has already started spreading about Callahan’s deliciously flaky, buttery crust and her promise to only use the freshest ingredients in her fillings—never frozen, never canned. Expect a constantly shifting variety of flavors, as Callahan adjusts with the seasons and experiments with new methods and ingredients. This winter, you’ll see coconut, banana and chocolate cream pies, as well as apple rum raisin pie. The shop has a quaint, baker’s workshop feel, offering bites, tart-sized single servings, 5-inch and 9-inch pies. Drop in for a taste, or order ahead of time and have your pies delivered right to your door. Place holiday orders early, as we expect Callahan’s ovens will be filling up fast. 2719 Sutton Boulevard, Maplewood, 314.704.4416.

– Micah Holley

the best vendor for your corporate, social, wedding and holiday catering.

check us out today! Holiday Menus at: www.gregoryscreativecuisine.com Contact Chef Gregory at (314) 481.4481 or gmchef@yahoo.com. Photos by Matthew Ström.

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eat+Drink / where to go 5046 Shaw Avenue • St. Louis, MO 63110 314.771.4900 • guidosstl.com

Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner dine in, carry out and delivery. Banquet and catering space available.

EDGEWILD RESTAURANT AND WINERY A unique twist on all-American comfort food expertly paired with premium wines. Lunch and dinner daily. 550 Chesterfield Center, 636.532.0550. $$ GIANFABIO’S ITALIAN CAFÉ Italian dishes, brick-oven pizzas and pastries. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 127 Hilltown Village Center, 636.532.6686. $$ J. GILBERT’S Western-inspired wood-fired steaks and seafood, with artful presentation. Dinner daily. 17A West County Center, Ste. A102, 314.965.4600. $$$ MARCELLA’S MIA SORELLA Simple, light-hearted Italian fare including house-made pastas and hand-thrown pizzas baked in a 700-degree brick oven. 14464 Clayton Road, 636.333.1015. $$

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Monday - Saturday Sunday Dining 11 am - 11 pm Dining 4 pm - 10 pm Bar until 1 am Bar until midnight Bellydancers Monday- Saturday Private Rooms Available 630 North and South Road, University City, MO 63130

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GOLDEN GROCER NATURAL FOODS Emphasizes natural ingredients in food, beauty products, clothing and more. Open daily. 335 N. Euclid Ave. 314.367.0405, goldengrocer.com. LA TROPICANA MARKET Authentic Cuban and Mexican selections, including famous whole-roast chickens and Cuban sandwiches. Open Mon.-Sat. 5001 Lindenwood Ave., 314.353.7328, latropicana.com. SAINT LOUIS CELLARS Abundant wine selection sold “by the taste,” ranging from light-bodied whites to full-bodied reds. Open Mon.-Sat. 2640 S. Big Bend Blvd., 314.880.9000, saintlouiscellars. com.

Specialty grocers

straub’s Fine grocer with an array of fresh and locally grown produce and goods. Multiple locations, straubs.com.

BAUMANN’S FINE MEATS Wide array of fine meat selections and products. Open daily. 8829 Manchester Road, 314.968.3080, baumannsfinemeats.com. BOB’S SEAFOOD Eclectic selection of fresh seafood flown in daily. Open Mon.-Sat. 8660 Olive Blvd., 314.993.4844, bobsseafoodstl.com. DI GREGORIO’S MARKET Fresh and authentic Italian selections, including imported cheeses and homemade delicacies. Open Mon.-Sat. 5200 Daggett Ave., 314.776.1062, digregoriofoods.com.

EXTRA VIRGIN, AN OLIVE OVATION Artisan extra-virgin olive oil, vinegars and specialty products like lotions and soaps. Open Mon.-Sat. 143 Carondelet

Open daily 10am to 10pm and until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

GLOBAL FOODS MARKET Impressive array of international cuisine, including products from Africa and Thailand. Open daily. 421 N. Kirkwood Road, 314.835.1112, globalfoodsmarket.com.

TACHIBANA The oldest Japanese restaurant in St. Louis with authentic décor and a sushi bar. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 12967 Olive Blvd., 314.434.3455. $$

EAST EAST ORIENTAL GROCERY STORE Asian grocery store with a focus on Korean cuisine. Open daily. 8619 Olive Blvd., 314.432.5590.

Life is too short to endure anything less than happiness. Step into our warm atmosphere and be yourself; order what you want, be who you are, and feel no shame.

Plaza, 314.727.6464, extravirginoo. com.

VOM FASS Oils, vinegars, wines and spirits straight from the cask. Open daily. 7314 Manchester Road, 314.932.5262, vomfassslmo.com. Winslow’s Home Locally grown produce and freshly prepared foods, as well as earth-conscious home goods. Open Tue.-Sun. 7213 Delmar Blvd., 314.725.7559.

FOOD TRUCKS 2 Girls 4 Wheels St. Louis love on a platter, with STL classics like toasted ravioli, gooey butter cake, beignets and more. @2Girls4Wheels. CHA CHA CHOW Quintessential taco truck featuring braised meat, vegetarian and seafood options. @WheresChaCha. FALAFELWICH WAGON Falafelinspired eats including paninis, sandwiches and side munchies. @Falafelwich. Feed Me A taste of New

The New Wave of BBQ A handful of new barbecue joints around town are sure to rub your appetite the right way. Mama Carlie’s (742 S. Fourth St., 314.621.4227) is the spot for true STL-style barbecue—tender, grilled meat sauced only at your request. Owners Clarence Moore and his mother Carlie promise to titillate your taste buds with their secret sauce recipe, homemade desserts and unique twists on traditional barbecue dishes. Sugarfire Smokehouse (9200 Olive Blvd., 314.997.2301) breaks the mold with chef-inspired barbecue fare. Using only local meats and veggies, every dish is handmade and available in any quantity. Meats are hand-carved to your specification, and you can even choose your favorite homemade pie and ice cream to blend together for a one-of-a-kind milkshake. Capitalist Pig (2727 S. 12th St., 314.771.8230) is one of the only barbecue joints in town offering true barbecue dishes that are also completely sustainable. The meat is noticeably healthier and tastier, sourced from local and regional farms where animals are raised on vegetarian diets and produce is organic. Located right in the middle of the Mad Art Gallery, this pig is clearly making a statement.

– Amanda Henry

York-style Vietnamese sandwiches stuffed with meats, cheese and veggies. @FeedMeTruck.

Hot Aztec Gourmet on-the-go Mexican eats, using fresh ingredients and family recipes. @HotAztec.

GUERrILLA STREET FOOD Filipino-inspired cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, regional produce. @GuerrillaStreet.

Lulu’s Local Eatery An eclectic mix of fresh vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free lunches. @LulusFoodTruck.

HOLY CRÊPE A mobile crêperie featuring such favorites as the Bacon, Spinach and Tomato Crêpe and chocolate choices for a sweet treat. @HolyCrepeSTL.

SEOUL TACO Authentic Korean cuisine with a variety of marinated beef and tofu tacos, gogi bowls and spicy pork belly. @SeoulTaco.

CRANBERRY MARGARITA For every $50 gift card purchase you get a $10 certificate for you (the buyer) to use in January or February.

More online! Log on to alivemag.com for our searchable, comprehensive directory of St. Louis restaurants, bars, nightclubs, bakeries, coffeehouses and more. November 2012

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eat+Drink / where to go ALIVE MAgAzInE’s

2012 AnnuAL CoMpAny REtREAt At

Chaumette Winery & Vineyards

Business amenities

the aLiVe team tOOK sOme time Out amOnG the BeautiFuL hiLLs OF Chaumette tO maKe PLans FOr an eXCitinG 2013. there’s nothing like getting out of town to spark creativity—which is why the aLiVe team was thrilled to get away from the office for a few days and spend our annual retreat at Chaumette Winery and Vineyards in ste. Genevieve, mO. the entire magazine staff gathered around a conference table in one of the charmingly rustic villas, fully equipped with all of the modern amenities necessary to keep us productive. Views overlooking the rolling hills and vineyards made it easy to get inspired and make big plans for the coming year. 98

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ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

At first glance, the villas of Chaumette don’t scream “corporate retreat”—and thank goodness. The Boardroom Villa where we held our presentations and breakout sessions was just as cozy as the ones where we spent the night, complete with a spacious conference room, living room and full kitchen. We took full advantage of the interactive Smart BOARD for presentations and brainstorming, and the high-speed wireless internet in all of the villas allowed us to stay connected to our work while we were away from the office.

Primo Vino, excellent eats

The pleasant and attentive Keith King, Chaumette’s Director of Corporate Events, was always in the wings while we were holed up in our conference room, keeping the kitchen stocked with water, coffee, soda and juice, as well as light snacks for extra brain power. At lunchtime each day, he ushered us up the hill to the Grapevine Grill and Tasting Room, where we were greeted by a gorgeous

spread of tasty sandwiches and wraps. We convened there again after wrapping up our first day of work, to unwind with a tasting of Chaumette’s fantastic portfolio of wines. The Tasting Room staff treated us to a few bottles of our favorites to accompany our hearty dinner of classic American cooking. Seated around a family-style table on the porch with a lovely backdrop of the sun setting over the Saline Creek Valley, the whole staff agreed it was a picture-perfect evening for bonding and good conversation.

Comfortable accommodations

When it was time to get some shuteye, we retired to our respective villas to settle in for the night, feeling right at home with the cozy décor, plush bedding and luxurious marble bathrooms. In the morning, a few staff members rose with the sun to try out the new fitness center, or go for a run on Chaumette’s beautiful trails. Others opted to brew some coffee and catch up on emails from the shaded porches while enjoying the crisp morning air.

ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

Zen and now

The highlight of the retreat for many ALIVE staffers was a session with Ryan Pride of the Moshka Institute. He taught us how to identify negative thinking and elevate our moods when we find ourselves bringing ourselves and those around us down— making for a more productive and happy work environment. We ended the retreat with a group “om,” a centering exercise that helped us all feel our connection and interdependence on one another—the perfect takeaway for ALIVE’s annual retreat.

For more information, visit chaumette. com. To book your own company meeting or event, contact Keith King, Director of Corporate Events (573.747.1000, keith@ chaumette.com). 24345 State Route WW Ste. Genevieve, MO 63670 573.747.1000 · chaumette.com November 2012

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TOP 20 Most Wanted

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RAW St. Louis 2012 Semi-Final Awards Show Nov. 15, The Coliseum

Danny Aschenbrenner

Courtney Bergheger

MSW Student at Brown School of

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Social Work

Rhonda Broussard Founder & President for St. Louis Language Immersion Schools

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Rebecca Clark

Christian Couture

Steve Duncan

Jessica Ferguson

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Corporate Card Administrator for Boeing

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Owner for Pickleman’s Deli

Miss Missouri USA 2012, Model for West Model & Talent

Owner & Photographer for Wesley Law, LLC

Senior Operations Specialist for MasterCard Worldwide

Physician for Barnes-Jewish Hospital

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Communications & Outreach Manager for Diversity Awareness Partnership

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St. Louis’ Most Wanted Party Celebrate with the Top 20 finalists while enjoying live music, complimentary sponsored drinks and a special set by DJ Steve Smooth.

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Top emerging artists in film, fashion, accessories, visual art, performing art, music, makeup, hair and photography showcase their work and compete for the finalist positions at the RAWards Show in Hollywood this January. Tickets at rawartists.org/stlouis (2619 Washington Ave., Midtown).

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JOE BONAMASSA Nov. 3, The Fox

Blues-rock legend Joe Bonamassa wows fans with tunes from his 13th album, “Driving Towards The Daylight,” featuring his signature roots-and-blues style. Tickets at fabulousfox.com (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). HIP HOP SYMPHONY Nov. 4, Powell Hall

COCA and the St. Louis Symphony pair up for an evening of one-of-akind hip-hop music and dance. Tickets at stlsymphony.org (718 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). MATT & KIM Nov. 4, The Pageant

Matt & Kim are known for catchy pop-rock tunes like “Daylight” and “Lessons Learned.” Catch the pair at The Pageant. Tickets at thepageant. com (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop).

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REGINA SPEKTOR Nov. 8, The Pageant

THE MAGNETIC FIELDS Nov. 14, The Sheldon

Anti-folk singer-songwriter Regina Spektor shares her one-of-a-kind vocals and lyrics with fans while on tour for her recent album, “What We Saw from the Cheap Seats.” Tickets at thepageant.com (6161 Delmar Blvd., The Loop).

Catch the progressive, psychedelicinspired folk group, led by composer and instrumentalist Stephin Merritt. Tickets at thesheldon.org (3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center).

STRAIGHT NO CHASER Nov. 10, The Fox

CAROLINA CHOCOLATE DROPS Nov. 16, The Sheldon

The talented, all-male a capella group brings its pure harmonic sound to The Fox. Tickets at fabulousfox.com (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

Experience the eclectic sounds of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, inspired by hip-hop, soul, folk and bluegrass. Tickets at thesheldon.org (3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center).

PAUL MCCARTNEY Nov. 11, Scottrade Center

JOHN PIZZARELLI QUARTET Nov. 28-Dec. 1, Jazz at the Bistro

British pop-rock king Sir Paul McCartney headlines in St. Louis for the first time since 2002. If you’re one of the lucky ones to score a ticket, plan on experiencing the show of a lifetime. Tickets at scottradecenter.com (1401 Clark Ave., Downtown).

The world-renowned jazz guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli and his band bring a cool, fresh take on Great American Songbook favorites. Tickets at jazzstl.org (3536 Washington Ave., Grand Center).

ART DRAWING IN BETWEEN Through Nov. 10, Good Citizen Gallery

Searching for “unseen truth,” artist Ron Fondaw uses assemblages, drawings and larger installation pieces to get viewers to contemplate how they understand space, materials and their effects. More info at goodcitizenstl.com (2247 Gravois Ave., Benton Park).

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SEMICONDUCTOR: BRILLIANT NOISE, PLAYING GENDER Through Dec. 1, Gallery 210, UMSL

“Semiconductor” collects images from satellites, reorganizes them into time lapses and reveals particles and solar wind as a rain of white noise. Asma Kazmi’s “Playing Gender” is half exhibition, half public performance, highlighting modern Indian society through representations of cross-dressed men, eunuchs and hermaphrodites. More

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“Rosa Barba: Desert-Performed” at CAM

info at blogs.umsl.edu (1 University Blvd., Florissant).

FEDERICO BAROCCI: RENAISSANCE MASTER Through Jan. 20, SLAM

NANCY RICE, JIYONG LEE Through Dec. 8, Duane Reed Gallery

SLAM presents the first US exhibit completely devoted to the predecessor of more widely known Renaissance painters, Federico Barocci. See the collection of splendid works that combine elements of both Baroque and early Renaissance eras. More info at slam.org (1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park).

Artist Nancy Rice compels viewers to read into the issues she addresses through her latest exhibit and its focus on urban environments, sounds and flashing lights. Jiyong Lee presents glassworks using both transparency and opacity, referencing the metaphors to biological mysteries that they represent. More info at duanereedgallery.com (4729 McPherson Ave., Central West End). ART ST. LOUIS XXVIII, THE EXHIBITION Through Dec. 27, Art St. Louis

The 28th year of this unique juried exhibition showcases multiple works from all genres and media. Don’t miss the free opening reception on Nov. 10, including a juror’s talk beforehand. More info at artstlouis.org (555 Washington Ave., Downtown). ROSA BARBA: DESERT– PERFORMED Through Dec. 30, CAM

Italian artist Rosa Barba’s cinema-inspired installations use fundamental components of film, like projection, light, sound and celluloid, to present recurring themes of the desert, time and loops. More info at camstl. org (3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center).

like paintings of artist Marilynne Bradley in an exhibit revealing scenes that are indoors, outdoors and sometimes in between. More info at graficafinearts.com (7884 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves).

Exploring the “end of love’s spectrum,” this installment of the “Progress of Love” series held in conjunction with exhibits in Lagos, Nigeria, presents architectural spaces from Tadao Ando as well as artwork from French artist Sophie Calle and British-Nigerian artists Zina Saro-Wiwa and Yinka Shonibare. More info at pulitzerarts. org (3716 Washington Blvd., Grand Center).

FAMOUS FICTIONAL EXHIBIT Nov. 2-30, Mad Art Gallery

Welcome the fictitious characters and scenes of Mad Art Gallery’s sixth annual Famous Fictional exhibit, curated again by Dan Zettwoch. Opening reception Nov. 2. More info at madart.com (2727 S. 12th St., Soulard). HUMENAGERIE: CONTAINERS OF AN UNCERTAIN ANCESTRY Nov. 2-Dec. 30, St. Louis Artists’ Guild and Galleries

“Humenagerie: Containers of an Uncertain Ancestry” is a juried exhibition of student-designed ceramic containers (think teapots, lidded cups, cookie jars, etc.) combining both human and animal forms. More info at stlartistsguild. org (2 Oak Knoll Park, Clayton). OUTSIDE/INSIDE Nov. 16-Jan. 4, Grafica

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CYRANO DE BERGERAC, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW Nov. 2-3, Edison Theatre

THE PROGRESS OF LOVE: LOVE AS MOURNING Nov. 16-April 20, Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

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Aquila Theatre Company brings two classics to the Ovations Series: a tale of unrequited love in “Cyrano de Bergerac” and Shakespeare’s marriage-versus-love story, “The Taming of the Shrew.” Tickets at edison.wustl.edu (6445 Forsyth Blvd., University City). RADIO CITY SPECTACULAR STARRING THE ROCKETTES Nov. 8-17, Peabody Opera House

The glamorous Radio City Rockettes return to their native St. Louis to perform a “Christmas Spectacular,” complete with dazzling costumes, complex dance routines and traditional holiday tunes. Tickets at peabodyoperahouse.com (1400 Market St., Downtown). THE FOREIGNER Nov. 28-Dec. 23, The Repertory Theatre

FACING THE SHADOW Nov. 1-11, Missouri History Museum

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The Black Repertory Theatre presents the story of the Free Women of Color Literary Society and their decision whether to help a female slave escape on the Underground Railroad. More info at mohistory. org (5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park).

Charlie Baker, in search of a decent getaway, takes some time off in a secluded Georgia town, where everyone is convinced he doesn’t understand English, and hilariously absurd events ensue. Tickets at repstl.org (130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves). THE DIVINE SISTER Nov. 30-Dec. 15, Kranzberg Arts Center

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Miracle Dog When Cyndi Willenbrock adopted Marshall the dog, he was in rough shape—both physically and mentally. He had been rescued by the Humane Society of Missouri from an animal hoarder’s property along with 60 other dogs. He was on the brink of death when they found him, with a mangled and infected leg and a hole torn through his cheek from fights with the other dogs over food. Doctors amputated the leg, stitched up his face and rehabilitated him for adoption— which is when Willenbrock met him, fell in love and took him home. She was instantly

inspired by his resilience and tender demeanor in spite of it all, and decided that his story needed to be shared. “I knew he survived for a reason,” she says. And so, The Marshall Movement was born. Willenbrock left her career in sales to work on writing a picture book, “Marshall the Miracle Dog,” to teach children about violence, bullying and compassion. The hope, she says, is that children can use Marshall as their voice when talking about their own experiences with bullying. For those in the disabled community, it’s a story of overcoming adversity and finding love and acceptance. Now, Marshall is a certified therapy dog, and he and Willenbrock visit classrooms and organizations like the Special School District of St. Louis County, the Girl Scouts and Paraquad St. Louis. The message is going national next, with a film adaptation of the book. Willenbrock is already working on a screenplay, and is in talks with a major Hollywood studio about producing it. To buy the book, and find out where Marshall is headed next, visit marshallthemiracledog.com. – Gwen Ragno

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Friends and family gather around Neville and Belinda’s house as they prepare for Christmas celebrations, until squabbles lead to an awkward shooting, a faux burglar and a hilarious scene with mechanical toys. More info at stlas.org (358 N. Boyle Ave., Central West End). BLUE MAN GROUP Nov. 20-Dec. 2, The Fox

With theatrical choreography, dramatic music, prestigious technology and their trademark look, the blue men put on a show that’s not to be missed. Tickets at fabulousfox.com (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

CHARITY HUMANE SOCIETY BENEFIT Nov. 8, Saks Fifth Avenue

Get an early look at the newly renovated Saks Fifth Avenue at a benefit party for the Humane Society of Missouri, with informal modeling, shopping, live music and appetizers. Tickets at saksfifthav-

BRIDGE TO TRIUMPH IV Nov. 14, The Moto Museum

Help The Bridge eradicate homelessness by attending its fourth annual happy hour, with delicious catering from Triumph Grill, auctions and more. Tickets at brownpapertickets. com (3441 Olive St., Midtown). INSPIRATIONS Nov. 16-23, Chesterfield Arts

Young artists with disabilities are paired with professionals to create an inspiring display of unique artwork. More info at chesterfieldarts.org (444 Chesterfield Center, Chesterfield). GIRLS ON THE RUN 5K Nov. 17, Soldiers’ Memorial

Contribute to the Girls on the Run Scholarship Fund by taking part in the 5K run or the one-mile Fun Run Downtown. More info at girlsontherunstlouis.org (1315 Chestnut St., Downtown). FESTIVAL OF TREES Nov. 28, Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet

Benefiting both adults and children with autism spectrum disorders, this elegant annual event features live and silent auctions, a champagne reception, dinner and dancing. More info at lifeskills-mo.org (900 Westport Plaza, Maryland Heights).

tragedy for many. But, the year meant something different for four young Aboriginal sisters from a remote mission in Australia. This film, based on a true story, follows the girls as they are discovered by a talent scout (Chris O’Dowd from “Bridesmaids”), who hails their voices as Australia’s answer to The Supremes, and embark on their first true gig to Vietnam to perform for American troops.

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Superior and a mysterious nun from Berlin all take part in this holy homage to nun-centric Hollywood films. More info at hotcitytheatre.org (501 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

Out of more than 1,500 submissions, only about 350 films show at the annual St. Louis International Film Festival (Nov. 8-18), and it’s up to Cinema St. Louis’ three full-time staffers—Cliff Froehlich, Chris Clark and Brian Spath—to decide which ones make the cut. We asked these filmsavvy gentlemen which five films we should be sure to catch this year.

Experience a vivid portrait of the historic Heartland town of Cairo, IL, where the North meets the South at the convergence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. This documentary casts light on the present of a small town with a dark and distressed past. Stace England and his band, The Salt Kings, will be at the SLIFF screening to perform their latest album, “Welcome to Cairo, IL,” live to accompany the film.

Knuckleball!

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Siren of the Tropics

Rich drama and comedy radiate from the seasoned cast of Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut about three aging opera singers named Cissy (Pauline Collins), Reginald (Tom Courtenay) and Wilfred (Billy Connolly) who live together in a retirement home for musicians. Every year the trio puts on a concert to celebrate Verdi’s birthday—but it’s all thrown for a loop when Reg’s ex-wife, Jean (Maggie Smith), appears on the scene and ignites old rivalries.

A vintage film from 1927 makes its way back onto the silver screen in a unique way. This classic film, starring Josephine Baker, is about a rich, lazy Parisian who wishes to divorce his wife so he can marry his own goddaughter—a drama filled with jealousy and controversy. At SLIFF, “Siren” screens in concert with a documentary produced for German television about the leading lady, called “The Other Josephine.” Keep an eye on cinemastlouis.org for details on when and where these films are screening, and for the full festival schedule.

The Sapphires

From a brutal assassination to the war in Vietnam, 1968 was a year of

Pitchers are known for speed, accuracy and numerical accountability. But, a few pitchers throughout history, known as knuckleballers, pitch so slow and unpredictably that no one wants anything to do with them. Award-winning documentary filmmakers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg bring the story of Major League Baseball’s two 2011 knuckleballers, Tim Wakefield and R.A. Dickey.

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SPECIAL EVENTS ST. LOUIS JEWISH BOOK FESTIVAL Nov. 4-15, Staenberg Family Complex

Known for attracting well over 20,000 attendees each year, this annual Jewish book festival celebrates Jewish Book Month, featuring Carrie Fisher (of “Star Wars” fame) as the keynote speaker. Tickets at brownpapertickets. com (2 Millstone Campus Drive, Creve Coeur). MYTHBUSTERS Nov. 11, The Fox

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GREAT AMAZING ADVENTURE RACE Nov. 11, Creve Couer Lake Memorial Park

Partner with someone in grades 1-12, and compete in this race modeled after the show, “The Amazing Race.” Those who compete in this unusual 5K also qualify to take part in the national one. More info at greatamazingrace. com (12133 Marine Ave., Maryland Heights).

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Fans of the Emmy-nominated Discovery Channel television show won’t want to miss this live performance as hosts Jamie and Adam perform experiments and invite audience participation. Tickets at fabulousfox.com (527 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

MILLY FASHION SHOW Nov. 15, Saks Fifth Avenue

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Contemporary women’s fashion designer Michelle Smith, creator of Milly, appears at Saks for a runway show featuring her fall collection. More info at saksfifthavenue.com (1 Plaza Frontenac, Frontenac). KEN BURNS Nov. 16, Steinberg Hall, Washington University

receives the International Humanities Medal and discusses his upcoming film, “The Dust Bowl,” to air on PBS two days after this event. Hear Burns talk about his experiences making PBS’ “The Civil War,” “Baseball” and more. More info at assemblyseries.wustl.edu (1 Brookings Drive, University City).

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CINEMATIC TITANIC Nov. 17, St. Charles Family Arena

Created by Joel Hodgson, the creator of “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” “Cinematic Titanic” is a feature-length movie that riffs on great, silly and downright horrible moments from movies of the past. Tickets at familyarena.com (2002 Arena Parkway, St. Charles).

The holiday season kicks off strong this year at Peabody Opera House, with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes, Nov. 7-18. Originally known as the “Missouri Rockets,” the world-famous precision dance company actually began here in St. Louis in 1925. It wasn’t long before a talent scout discovered the Rockets and whisked them away to Radio City Music Hall, where they gained enormous popularity and have remained ever since. Here are a few other little-known facts behind the show.

ST. LOUIS THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE Nov. 22, Downtown

Don’t miss the 28th annual Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade, full of parade floats, celebrity sightings, marching bands, the Battle of the Bands Contest and plenty of holiday spirit. More info at christmasinstlouis.org/parade (Washington Ave. and 4th St., Downtown).

Grab friends and family, and head to America’s Center for this annual event complete with carnival rides, a trackless indoor train, exhibit stands, craft booths and a beer garden for the grown-ups. More info at stlholidaymagic.com (701 Convention Plaza, Downtown).

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Red dots used each season to brighten the cheeks of the Rockettes during the “Rag Doll” and “Wooden Soldier” scenes.

Kicks the Rockettes perform per show.

Bales of hay eaten by animals in the “Living Nativity” scene over the course of the season.

1,200 Shoes worn by the Rockettes, the chorus and Santa during each performance.

TRAILNET ON TAP Nov. 27, TBD

Bicyclists of all levels can participate in this unique biking tour around the city, as it stops at local watering holes for beer, snacks and guest speakers. More info at trailnet.org.

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GETTING OUT GUIDE The top places in town to eat, drink and be merry. Bixby’s at the Missouri History Museum At Bixby’s “Dining with Local Influence” is not just our motto, it’s our culinary philosophy. Enjoy every dish knowing it’s artfully crafted to include the freshest and finest ingredients! Join us for Daily Lunch and Sunday Champagne Brunch with sweeping views of Forest Park. Bring your group to Bixby’s to celebrate the holidays in style.

Chevys Fresh Mex Chevys serves up full-flavored food and drinks in a vibrant, energetic atmosphere, dishing out authentic Mexican cuisine made entirely from scratch. Known for its energetic ambiance, Chevy’s is perfect for couples, families with children or foodies on the lookout for the next exciting place to grab a bite.

Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park bixbys-mohistory.com Reservations at 314.361.7313 or OpenTable.com · palmhousestl.org

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J.Buck’s New Look—New Feel—New Flavors. Join us today to try our new menu items as well as many familiar guest favorites! Ask us about our private rooms, or let us cater your next event!

Mile 277 Tap & Grill From the upscale, motorcycle themed décor to the state-of-the art stage, video and sound system, Mile 277 Tap & Grill is one of St. Louis’ most exciting restaurant and live music destinations. Voted No. 1 Lounge/Club in the 2012 Riverfront Times Readers’ Poll, Mile 277 is the perfect spot to eat, drink, cruise and meet!

Joe Buck’s 1000 Clark Ave. St. Louis, MO 63102 314.436.0394 jbucks.com

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10701 Watson Road St. Louis, MO 63127 314.645.3277 mile277.com

Olympia Kebob House and Taverna Home to some of the best authentic Greek food in town for the past 32 years, Olympia is open daily for lunch and dinner. Savor homemade Greek specialties like gyros and kebobs in a cozy European atmosphere complete with a full bar and open-air patio. Find us on Facebook!

Pointer’s Pizza Our signature product, the “Pointersaurus,” is a 28” ten pound pizza that feeds 15-20 people for only $40. We challenge two people to eat the pizza in an hour for an award of $500. We also carry pasta, sandwiches and salads while specializing in fast delivery in the Clayton/Richmond Heights/ Maplewood/Brentwood areas. Open until 2am seven days a week.

1543 McCausland Ave. St. Louis, MO 63117 314.781.1299

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Helen Fitzgerald’s Having a holiday party with family, friends or co-workers? Helen Fitzgerald’s Irish Grill & Pub has everything you are looking for under one roof. With luncheon, happy hour events and sit down dinners, we can accommodate parties up to 100. Plus with live music every weekend we definitely know how to keep the party kicking! Call 314.984.0026 today to make reservations.

Vito’s Original Sicilian Pizzeria & Ristorante Vito’s has been dishing up its award-winning pizza along with other family recipes since 1996. Sip a refreshing cocktail while enjoying spectacular views of Saint Louis University and the Saint Louis Arch. Take advantage of the great food and drink specials Monday through Friday from 3-6pm.

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Andrews Academy—Creve Coeur 888 N. Mason Road, Creve Coeur 314.878.1883, andrewsacademy.com

PreK-6 Coed

Community School 900 Lay Road, Ladue, 314.991.0005, communityschool.com

PreK-6 Coed

Andrews Academy—Lake Saint Louis 1701 Feise Road, Lake Saint Louis, 636.561.7709, andrewsacademy.com

K-8 Coed

Chaminade College Preparatory School 425 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.993.4400, chaminade-stl.org

6-12 Boys

Central Christian School 700 S. Hanley Road, Clayton, 314.727.4535, ccsstl.com

PreK-6 Coed

Chesterfield Day School 1100 White Road, Chesterfield, 314.469.6622, chesterfielddayschool.org

18 mo-6 Coed

Chesterfield Montessori School 14000 Ladue Road, Chesterfield 314.469.7150, chesterfieldmontessori.org

PreK-8 Coed

Christian Brothers College High School 1850 De La Salle Drive, Town and Country, 314.985.6100, cbchs.org

9-12 Boys

Churchill Center and School for Learning Disabilities 1021 Municipal Center Drive, Town and Country, 314.997.4343, churchillstl.org

2-10 Coed

City Academy 4175 N. Kingshighway Blvd., Penrose, 314.382.0085, cityacademyschool.org

PreK-6 Coed

The College School 7825 Big Bend Blvd., Webster Groves 314.962.9355, thecollegeschool.org

PreK-8 Coed

Crossroads College Preparatory School 500 DeBaliviere Ave., Central West End, 314.367.8085, crossroadscollegeprep.org

7-12 Coed

De Smet Jesuit High School 233 N. New Ballas Road, Creve Coeur, 314.567.3500, desmet.org

9-12 Boys

Downtown Children’s Center 607 North 22nd St., St. Louis, MO 63103 314.621.1131, downtownchildrenscenter.com

6 Weeks - 6 Years Coed

Downtown Children’s Center is a nationally accredited private early childhood program located in the heart of Downtown St. Louis. Our nurturing and developmentally appropriate program has a play-based curriculum with individual goals incorporated into each child’s learning. The low teacher-to-child ratio, small group sizes and like age grouping ensures quality learning. Our certified parent educator implements the Parents as Teachers program for all families. Downtown Children’s Center graduates go on to attend some of the finest elementary schools in the area. Forsyth School 6235 Wydown Blvd., St. Louis, 314.726.4542, forsythonline.com

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The College School engages children, ages three to fourteen, in joyful, meaningful and creative learning through an adventurous, theme-based, experiential curriculum. Specialist classes include drama, art, music, PE, Spanish and greenhouse science. The early childhood program incorporates the Reggio philosophy. New spaces include a theater and 28 acres of property for off-site study. The College School was named a Green Ribbon School in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Education and invited to present at the National Private Schools Leadership Conference.

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Hitchcock School 330 North Gore Ave. 314.919.4720, great-circle.org/hitchcock

6-12 Coed

Incarnate Word Academy 2788 Normandy Dr., Bel-Nor, 314.725.5850, iwacademy.org

9–12 Girls

John Burroughs School 755 S. Price Rd., Ladue, 314.993.4040, jburroughs.org

7–12 Coed

Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS) 101 N. Warson Road, Ladue, micds.org

PreK-12 Coed

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Grades

Saint Louis Priory High School 500 South Mason Road, Creve Coeur, 314.434.3690, stlprioryschool.org

7-12 Boys

St. John Vianney High School 1311 S. Kirkwood Road, Kirkwood, 314.965.4853, vianney.com

9-12 Boys

St. Joseph’s Academy 2307 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Frontenac, 314.394.4300, stjosephacademy.org

9-12 Girls

St. Louis University High School 4970 Oakland Ave., St. Louis, 314.531.0330, sluh.org

9-12 Boys

Thomas Jefferson 4100 South Lindbergh Blvd., Sunset Hills, 314.843.4151, tjs.org

7-12 Coed

Ursuline Academy 341 South Sappington Road, Kirkwood, 314.984.2800, ursulinestl.org

9-12 Girls

Villa Duchesne 801 Spoede Road, Creve Coeur, 314.432.2021, vdoh.org

7-12 Girls

Visitation Academy 3020 N. Ballas Road, West County, 314.625.9100, visitationacademy.org

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On a picture-perfect fall afternoon, there’s nothing better than a cookout—especially ALIVE’s Top Chefs burger cookout benefiting Operation Food Search. The aromas wafting down Pershing Avenue promised great things from chefs Nick Zotos from Mike Shannon’s, Peter Clark from Baileys’ Range, Justin Haifely from The Tavern Kitchen and Wine Bar, Wes Johnson from Kota Grill and Cassy Vires from Home Wine Kitchen. They certainly didn’t disappoint. Guests carefully tasted each chef’s creation, washing them down with cold Miller brews and Monster energy drinks, and chasing it all with ice cream from Schnucks. When the votes were all counted, the readers’ choice award came out in favor of Kota’s burgers. While the other judges and I were partial to Kota’s tasty garlic bread standing in for a bun, our top point-scorer was The Tavern’s juicy, tender patty topped with slaw and tomato confit. Delicious!

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Art aficionados headed to 2720 Cherokee for The Riverfront Times’ fifth annual Artopia to check out local visual and performing artists, designers and musicians. Guests enjoyed complimentary libations courtesy of Tanqueray, Beck’s and St. James Winery while sampling dessert bites from Kakao, I Scream Cakes and Colleen’s Cookies. The magnum opus of the evening was the announcement of the Mastermind Award winners, Carrie Becker, Jenny Murphy, Stephanie Pippin and Carlie Trosclair. 1 Josephie Pong & Allison Harris 2 Tara Zogr & Sarah Larson 3 Meghan Stewart & Katie Zeidman 4 Lauren Reise & Heather Broots 5 Lori Anderson 6 Alicia Hernandez & Spencer Corning 7 Jennifer Oeffrer & Emma House 8 Christian Lawrence, Tiffani Sutton & Carrie Bacher

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Out in the City August 29, Just John

A lively crowd of LGBT professionals and friends gathered at Just John in The Grove for happy hour specials, complimentary Bud Light, networking and mingling. Jeff Kapfer of PROMO was the host of the evening, with $5 donations gathered at the door going directly to the organization. PROMO is Missouri’s statewide organization advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

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Fox Theatre 30th Anniversary September 7, Fox Theatre

Fox Theatre employees and volunteers joined guests from a variety of Grand Center organizations to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the fabulous venue’s re-opening. Theatre owners Mary Strauss, Lisa Suntrup and Julie Noonan were in attendance, and Strauss recounted the reopening of the theatre in 1982. Since then, nearly 16.5 million people have attended 6,156 performances of the 1,565 productions the theater has hosted.

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St. Louis activists and LGBT rights supporters gathered at the Hyatt St. Louis at the Arch for the Human Rights Campaign’s 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner. Notable attendees of this annual black-tie fundraiser included three-time Emmy award winning actress Doris Roberts, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon and Attorney General Chris Koster. Proceeds of the evening benefited the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights.

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Wedding Soiree

August 23, Bella Bridesmaid Brides-to-be and their mothers, sisters and friends gathered at Bella Bridesmaid to peruse the most stylish wedding party gowns of the season and learn about other top vendors in the area. Sarah’s Cake Shop provided sweets for the ladies to sample, accompanied by champagne and hors d’oeuvres. Other featured vendors included L Photographie, Bloomin’ Buckets, makeup artist Susan Hood Evans and Courtney Callahan Paper. 1 Carrie Lowery, Susan Evans & Courtney Callahan 2 Erica Siebels, Heather Roth, Becky Huffman, Kristin Weis & Susan Evans

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Milestones

Blueberry Hill 40th Anniversary Party September 8, Blueberry Hill

Fans of the iconic Blueberry Hill gathered to celebrate the popular restaurant’s 40th birthday—making it officially “over the hill.” Partygoers dressed up as the dancers from Blueberry Hill’s signature sign for a unique look-a-like contest, and screenings of footage from the opening night in 1972 added a nostalgic air to the evening. 1 Emily Couch, Robin Sheppard & Joe Carlin 2 Karen Van Hook & Sandra Ward 3 Emily Sher & Jessie Bluedorn 4 C. Terrell Cummings, Victoria E. Thomas & Norman Leeper 5 Joe Edwards

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J. Buck’s VIP Preview September 14, J. Bucks Clayton

St. Louis foodies flocked to the Clayton J. Bucks to get a first look at the changes made at the longstanding favorite. This special evening showcased the restaurant’s re-imagined drink offerings, changes to the menu and updated décor. DJ Who spun some beats as guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails, craft beers and great company. 1 Christine Compas, Bridget Hopkins & Jen Zang 2 Dalena Nichols & Dan Schroeder 3 Randy and Sharon Mayfield 4 Yolanda Dennis Castro & Mercedes Wilburn 5 Mandi Harrell & Sara Dayley

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Tony La Russa’s Official Book Launch Party September 24, Left Bank Books

Redbirds fans swarmed 10th Street outside the Downtown Left Bank Books for a chance to meet former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and celebrate the release of his memoir, “One Last Strike.” Cards fans of all ages had the opportunity to pose for a professional photo with the legend, while enjoying live music, gourmet burgers and craft beer from Baileys’ Range, and ballpark souvenirs from local vendors.

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Circle 7 Ranch Grand Opening September 27, Circle 7 Ranch

Foodies and beer-lovers flocked to the new Circle 7 Ranch Taphouse & Grill in Ballwin to be among the first to experience the latest opening from Buddy Coy and Pete Ferretti—the brains behind hot nightlife hangouts Pepper Lounge and Mandarin. Guests poured their own draft beers from Missouri’s firstever table taps, and noshed on Circle 7’s specialty burgers and signature house-made buns.

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Pepper Lounge 10th Anniversary Party

September 15, The Pepper Lounge

See-and-be-seen St. Louis party-goers danced the night away at The Pepper Lounge in celebration of the club’s 10th anniversary. Owners Pete Ferretti and Buddy Coy treated VIPs to a block party on Locust before the main event, where guests enjoyed a sampling of 10 signature drinks, complimentary valet and beats from five DJs, including Pepper’s popular resident DJs Greasy, Costik and Big D.

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Archetypes

Sarah Spear An interview with Sarah Spear, global activist, entrepreneur and executive director of Arch Grants, which offers funding and support to startups as they work to build a new entrepreneurial climate in St. Louis. Before coming to St. Louis, Spear spent a year in India on a Clinton Fellowship with the American India Foundation, and in 2008 co-founded the social enterprise PharmaSecure. Now when she’s not busy with Arch Grants, she also volunteers as a mentor for the Yale Entrepreneurial Institute and with Nepali refugees in St. Louis. What is your current frame of mind? Thinking about vacation. I leave tomorrow for two weeks in India. When and where are you happiest? When I’m doing something physical outdoors. What is your favorite smell? Jasmine. What is one word that describes you? Composed. What did you eat for breakfast today? Smoked salmon, eggs, avocado and strawberries. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “I think…” What is your most marked characteristic? Grace under pressure. What is your greatest weakness? People pleasing. Who or what is the greatest love of your life? Jesus.

What trait do you most admire in others? Humility. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Not trying to please everyone. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Introducing anti-counterfeit technology to emerging markets. Which living person do you most admire? My husband. Which historical figure do you most identify with? Saint Paul. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, who or what would it would be? A travel writer. What is your most treasured possession? My wedding ring. What is your greatest extravagance? Prix fixe dinners. What is your greatest fear? Humanity giving up on itself. On what occasion do you lie? If I realize I’ve lied, I have to fix it immediately, or it weighs on me. Who are your favorite writers? Anne Lamott and John Eldredge. Which artists do you admire most? Van Gogh. He persevered despite all of the personal challenges he faced.  What is your favorite hobby? Hiking and CrossFit. Where would you like to live? Connecticut, where my family is. Who are your heroes in real life? Principled people who persevere.

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If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? Hillary Clinton. What’s something interesting that you just learned? The Goruck Challenge, an ultimate sport workout challenge, didn’t actually break my foot. What is something you wish would happen? Increased support for change makers. What is something you still want to learn? How to appreciate people better. What is one thing you want to do before you die? Climb another unclimbed peak. If you could say something to your younger self, what would it be? Don’t worry, you’re going to live. Interview by Elizabeth Tucker Photography by Wesley Law ‘Archetypes’ are off-the-cuff interviews with St. Louis' most inspiring, well-known personalities based on the 19th century Parisian parlor game known as the Proust Questionnaire.


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