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24 ARTS Artist Andew Millner’s latest show marks a turning point in his career.

42 COVER STL-bred Scott Foley relishes the drama of his show, “Scandal,” right along with his fans.

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44 FASHION Sleek tailoring, heavy knits new era of femininity.

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100 CALENDAR Sing and dance along to 34 TRENDS Blouses radiate romance this


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and drink in town. 32 TRENDS Boots—the back-to-basics footwear—fit right in with fall’s stylish

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82 HOT EATS Bridge Bread is laying the time.

honoring an older generation of transgender adults.


28 RADAR Students earn more than a Business & Arts.

54 A TURNING TIDE Jess T. Dugan and

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26 STARTUPS Epharmix is helping doctors standing issues—through the phone.

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36 MY STYLE The Designing Block Designer and Owner Susan Block shares

20 FASHION Fantich & Young bring their conceptual art to the US as part of Saint Louis Fashion Week.

108 SCENE Moments from ALIVE Wedding: 38 MADE IN STL Lonesome Traveler’s accessories are elevating St. Louis

22 DINING A sign of STL’s elevated coffee

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often do we really take the time to stop and appreciate the good? For our staff, November seemed like the perfect time to pause and reflect on the good that we see in our city and the good people we see doing good things. So, at the risk of “good” overload (if there is such a thing), we’re introducing our first “Do Good” issue.

We’ve packed the magazine with stories of people making a difference in ways big and small—from latte art throwdowns for a cause (p.22) to a new bakery that supports adults dealing with poverty (p.82). For a deeper look into organizations and individuals making an impact on our city, turn to “STL-Minded” (p.56), where Contributing Culture Editor Krystin Arneson explores some of the biggest challenges facing St. Louis and the organizations actively seeking solutions for them. Arneson also delves into the efforts of photographer Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre, assistant professor at Brown School of Social Work at Washington University, who are compiling a book that shines a light on aging transgender and gender-variant adults—a historic generation whose visibility is only now beginning to come into focus (p.54).

Perhaps no do-good mission aligns more closely with ALIVE than that of Caleres (formerly Brown Shoe Company). We’re partnering with the St. Louis-based corporation for the seventh consecutive year for the 2015 Caleres Emerging Designer Award, presented in collaboration with the Saint Louis Fashion Fund. The $25,000 grant—the largest in STLFW history and among the top of its kind in the country—will support the ongoing work of one deserving designer. The prize, which will be presented to one of five national designer finalists following the Nov. 4 runway show, represents the Saint Louis Fashion Week mission to support and elevate emerging design talent in St. Louis and beyond. On Nov. 5, ALIVE and Stevens – The Institute of Business and Arts will invest in more up-and-coming talent through a $5,000 cash grant presented to an STL-based designer at the Wear It: Fashion Challenge. In its 10-year history, Saint Louis Fashion Week has raised more than $40,000 for local charities, and the mission continues this season. We hope you’ll join us.


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From the top national and local emerging designer talent to special industry guests including Iris Apfel, Fern Mallis and more, our talented city will be on the national fashion radar this month during Saint Louis Fashion Week. ALIVE will be on the scene, chatting with the hottest designers and interviewing the most buzzed-about talent in the fashion industry. Bookmark our comprehensive coverage on

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TIPS FROM A STYLE ICON International fashion icon Iris Apfel will be gracing the city during Saint Louis Fashion Week. Make sure to bookmark our Style Notes blog on for an intimate conversation and Q&A with the fabulous style favorite. Read all about Apfel’s style tips, tricks and must-haves when it comes to fashion—and her signature accessories.

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BATTLE OF THE BREWS For the last three months, the coffee community has been throwing down for a cause. Head to The Dish to take a look back at our photos from The Veronika Cup, a three-part series of latte art competitions designed to help out one of their own. The throwdowns were open to anyone willing to make a donation to Veronika Parson, a Comet barista who continues to recover from a severe accident. We’ll pick out our favorite moments and offer you an inside look at what it takes to win the bracket-style battle.


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Want even more STLFW fun? Join us on Nov. 5 at The Luminary for the Wear It: Fashion Challenge, where local designers will be crafting a look based on a famous piece of art of their choosing. A panel of esteemed judges will award one winner a cash prize of $5,000. Make sure to follow us on Twitter @ALIVEMagSTL for full coverage of the local designer competition. FIND US ON FACEBOOK.COM/ ALIVEMAGSTL





Top photo by Mark Schwigen. Middle photo courtesy of the Saint Louis Fashion Fund. Bottom photo by Matt Pfaff.

12 Days of BLUSH

Having trouble deciding what to wear to the Caleres Emerging Designer Competition presented by Saint Louis Fashion Fund? We’ve picked the hottest looks and trends to help you narrow down your choices—and if you’re wondering which local designers will be at STLFW and where you can purchase their items, we’ve got you covered. Keep an eye on the Style Notes blog for more details and further coverage of all the fashion week activities.

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The beautiful Missouri Botanical Garden presents its third annual Garden Glow, featuring more than one million lights and unique installations. Enjoy delicious food, traditional holiday music and photo opportunities as you stroll through St. Louis’ very own winter wonderland.

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Celebrate the season with the Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” on Nov. 30 at The Fabulous Fox Theatre. The classic performance still has all the beautiful elements you know from “The Nutcracker,” but this version includes a second act that emphasizes peace and harmony and features intricate backdrops from Russian designer Valentin Federov.

Do Saint Louis Fashion Week Right

Be there for each fashionable night of STLFW, starting with the Caleres Emerging Designer Competition, presented by Saint Louis Fashion Fund, where five national designer finalists will vie for the chance to win a $25,000 award (Nov. 4 at Union Station). On Nov. 5, head to The Luminary for the Wear It: Fashion Challenge to see St. Louis’ top local designers present fashion-forward looks inspired by iconic artwork. On Nov. 6, artists Fantich & Young bring East London flair to projects+gallery for their US debut. Finally, SKIF International hosts an STL Designer Pop-Up shopping experience on Nov. 7. For tickets and more info, visit

Parade Around Downtown

The annual Ameren Thanksgiving Day Parade is celebrating its 31st year on Nov. 26. The parade kicks off at 8:45am from 7th and Market streets Downtown with giant balloons, marching bands from around Missouri and, of course, Santa’s send-off into the Christmas season. For more info, visit


Discover a New Film

The 24th annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival returns Nov. 5-15. From narrative features to documentaries, SLIFF showcases a slew of filmmaking talent. Engage with thought-provoking work and rub shoulders with award-winning directors, actors and actresses at this year’s screenings.

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Set the Pace

Bring the whole family out for a healthy start to the holiday season: The Hungry Turkey 5K starts at 7:30am on Nov. 26, just before the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. Participants can exercise their charitability by bringing canned food donations to the event to help assist Operation Food Search—a nonprofit organization striving to end hunger in the metropolitan area.

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Dive Into Photography

Warm up inside the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, where Ernest H. Brooks’ show will take you to tropical depths: His collection of striking black-and-white seascapes, “Silver Seas: An Odyssey,” tells the story of the sea from an up-close-and-personal point of view.

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The Era of Innovative Design November 8, 2015–January 31, 2016 Tickets are available at the Art Museum, through MetroTix, or by phone at 314.534.1111. Members see it free. Open Tuesday–Sunday

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Art with Teeth

Dynamic duo Fantich & Young bring their conceptual art to the US for the first time as part of Saint Louis Fashion Week. by SARAH STALLMANN

The result? A primeval yet contemporary collection of works that feature razor blades, teeth, hair and various metal apparatuses. The artists are two of the buzziest in the ever-shifting art world and will make their US debut on Nov. 6 at projects+gallery as part of Saint Louis Fashion Week. The space will be adapted to their show, “Apex Predator/Darwinian Voodoo,” which employs mixed media, multimedia sculpture and photographic prints in the presentation. ALIVE: What is the concept of your show with projects+gallery? Dominic Young: The installation simulates a 20



pop-up, pedigree lifestyle brand showroom, and will be complemented by its own digital flagship store and a promotional advertising campaign. ALIVE: Going back to the beginning, how did you two meet? Mariana Fantich: We met in the East End of London in 2005, where we were sharing a studio space in an area called Hackney Wick. We initially started working together because we saw more creative possibilities opening up to us than were available individually. ALIVE: How has working together served your work? DY: When you work as a team, you can bounce off each other; you get less precious with your ideas and you feel able to solve theoretical and practical problems much easier. The secret of a successful collaboration is to gang up on the problem, rather than on each other.

ALIVE: How do you feel each of your individual aesthetics complement the other? MF: Like Bonnie and Clyde? DY: Like Jekyll and Hyde? ALIVE: Can you tell us a bit about the “Apex Predator/Darwinian Voodoo” series and your inspiration behind it? MF: The “Apex Predator” is a collection that features male and female ceremonial attire that is customized with human hair, bones and eyes and accompanied with footwear, perfume and accessories that are laden with thousands of teeth for the discerning client with a taste for power and exclusivity. DY: “Apex Predator/Darwinian Voodoo” was inspired by Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection and the belief system of supernatural ceremonial ritual. ALIVE: What’s your creative process like? MF: Creativity is a like a magic trick: Once you know how it’s done, it’s no longer fun.

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EAST LONDON-BASED artists Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young work as distinct personalities on a parallel plane—like “Jekyll and Hyde,” as Young puts it. Their conceptual creations play on the juxtaposition of symbolic materials (nature versus the supernatural), twisting perceptions to subvert conventional meanings.


The Loving Cupful

A sign of STL’s elevated coffee scene, latte-art throwdowns have emerged to bring in—and bring up—the overall community. by KELSEY WAANANEN AARON JOHNSON started his coffee career 13 years ago, when he intermittently served time behind the bar at Starbucks. Back then, he says, Starbucks was still leading the way in the industry—but today diversity rules the scene with coffee shops like Rise, Blueprint, Sump, Comet and others all taking on their own unique identities. And as the new owner of Rise, Johnson can definitely say that in the last five years, St. Louis 2 ALIVEMAG.COM 22 ALIVEMAG.COM MONTH NOVEMBER 201x 2015

has stepped up by offering a coffee experience that’s more than just what’s in your cup. This heightened appreciation for the craft of coffee can be seen in the artistry topping the surface of specialty drinks. Blueprint barista Radames Rondall likens latte art to the equivalent of a chef’s plate presentation in a top restaurant.


“It’s a showcase of skill and mastery,” he says. “It’s a part of the service that we provide—that little touch shows that we are artists at the same time.” Those tulips and rosettas can be “the finishing touch on a lot of hard work,” but they’re also what drive serious baristas to perfect their art a little more each day. To truly test themselves, STL’s coffee gurus “throw down.” On any given day, two baristas in the same coffee shop can choose to go head-tohead over the best composition of steamed milk and espresso. And although the baristas battle it out for bragging rights, it’s the customers who win big: In the end, they choose whose art wows them the most—and they walk away with a delicious cup of lovingly created coffee. But this is during the daytime. When the baristas really feel like laying it down on the line, STL’s tight-knit family of coffee-crafters invite the community to come together for an evening of caffeine-fueled competition at coffee shops throughout the area. Each event is slightly different, but they generally go down bracket-style, with free pour (no tools allowed) designs taking each competitor to the next level. Ultimately one barista takes home the winnings, cobbled together from $5 and $10 buy-ins and reigns supreme—until the next throwdown. Though it might seem like a high-stakes event, it’s really just a good-time gathering. Johnson speaks to the way Rise hosts: “What we’re really trying to do is to throw a party but have a contest in the background.” For example, their upcoming Halloween party is a costumes-required bash open to the whole neighborhood, but baristas from all over the city will duke it out through the latte-art rounds amid the revelry. But recently, the community has bonded together for a more serious cause: The Veronika Cup, a three-part series of competitions that benefit Comet barista Veronika Parson, who is facing mounting medical bills after falling through the roof of an abandoned building in the pursuit of urban exploration. “The thing about [The Veronika Cup]—and it’s beautiful to see—is that everybody came together and was super-supportive,” Rondall says. “At lot of times, these latte-art throwdowns are always a lot of fun ... and a way for us to show off our skills—and that’s one aspect of it. The fact that this one was fueled by a cause was really special. It touched me.” With the first two events raising more than $3,500 for Parson’s medical and living expenses, the community has shown just how much latte art and its fans and crafters can do. Left and top right: Latte art poured by Sump Coffee baristas. Right, clockwise: Choosing a winner at The Veronika Cup at Rise Coffee; Veronika Parson and friends at Rise Coffee; The Veronika Cup at Rise Coffee.






Andrew Millner, “Red Rose Parade,” 2015, acrylic, UV print on linen, 65 x 80 inches

Coming Up Roses

Artist Andrew Millner’s latest show marks a critical turning point in his work. by KRYSTIN ARNESON Boulevard showroom: In bright oranges, reds, blacks, pinks, yellows and whites, they’re painted on canvas straight from the tube, made of loose loops and lines that both follow and—due to the acrylic’s thickness—deviate from what looks like a pencilled outline. These works are the centerpiece of artist Andrew Millner’s “Rose Parade,” running now through Nov. 6. The exhibit marks a critical turning point that’s been a decade in the making— representing that hallelujah!, sigh-of-relief exhale of an artist who’s finally wrangled the abstract idea he’s been chasing throughout his career. This is the fifth of the local artist’s shows at the gallery, each previous one representing a phase in his path toward this culmination. At first, Millner says, his work leapt from a tea set: Captivated by the repetition of the components and how slight changes in perspective can produce radically different perceptions of the objects, he created a series that reduced cups and saucers down to their most basic elements: circles. A focus on flowers— painted on a slick canvas, frozen there to almost-photographic effect—was next. “Every time I painted a flower, it was unique, even if I painted the same flower more than once,” Millner says. Like the teacups, leaves become loops, distilling the flower into the elemental idea of it. Eventually he transitioned into trees and began drawing, for the first time, on a computer. “I knew what the world was like before the digital revolution, and now I




see the revolution playing out. It’s sort of a privileged position to have one foot in both, and I always try to have my work be in both places,” Millner explains. Finally, roses caught his eye, and in 2012 he flew out to Pasadena to photograph the flowers used in the annual Tournament of Roses parade. He’d been hit by the need to look at the event from other perspectives: “There’s a mortality aspect to it,” he says, citing Elliott Smith’s dark song, “The Rose Parade,” as inspiration, as well as the idea of memento mori in the first stilllifes. “I think everyone just looks at the beauty of it, but it brings to mind that it’s a very ephemeral, temporary thing that’s fitting for the new year.” The resulting works—now on view at Shearburn—were a year and a half in conception. First Millner uses the computer-drawn-to-canvas technique and then squeezes acrylic paint directly from the tube to follow the pencil-like printed lines. But, due to the paint’s thickness, he never traces the lines precisely, just as nature’s forms are imperfect. The canvas that results is a tapestry of rose translations: from nature to hand-drawn to mechanized, and then hand-worked again to mirror nature. By distilling the rose down to its simplest elements, he opens the space for layers of meaning that, once absorbed, change your idea of the work completely. A rose is a rose is a rose? For Millner, hardly.

Photo courtesy of William Shearburn Gallery.

THE GALLERY IS AWASH WITH ROSES at William Shearburn’s Skinker

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common problem in healthcare—namely, how to help hardworking nurses and doctors struggling to provide consistent care for each and every patient. CEO Blake Marggraff says that by increasing communication between patient and doctor via condition-specific phone alerts, the company can positively impact people and organizations, from healthcare providers to insurance companies, on a massive scale.

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Fashion Forward Students at Stevens – The Institute of Business & Arts are ahead of the curve.

OLIVIA PEREZ, a Senior Retail Management/Fash-

ion Merchandising student at Stevens - The Institute of Business & Arts (Siba), knows the value of her future degree. “If people ask me what I’m going to do with my degree, I tell them there is more to the fashion industry than just design. I’m into the ‘business of fashion,’ which means partnering with designers to get their product in the hands of consumers.” Take, for example, Olivia’s current internship with Lori Coulter, where she is learning about sourcing, inventory control and product distribution to Lori Coulter’s clients, including major retailers, catalogues and resorts. That personalized internship experience, coordinated with the help of Siba staff, reflects the school’s dedication to mentor and provide opportunities that will help each student reach his or her full potential.

A relatively small school—all students and faculty work, learn and create in an inspiring four-story loft space on Washington Avenue—the faculty know every student. That knowledge, paired with the faculty’s industry connections, creates a powerful tool. When retailers like Neiman Marcus or product developers like Stars Design Group want to hire, they often turn to Emily Huey, career services director, or Lynne Wasson, department head of the fashion merchandizing program, for candidates to fill some of the most coveted positions in the industry. To prepare them for these opportunities, students in the program take a variety of classes, ranging from computer software to business classes such as Social Media Marketing and Entrepreneurship, to dozens of fashion classes, which include Fashion Forecasting and Product Development. ALIVE x Stevens – The Institute of Business & Arts

And what makes Siba’s fashion merchandizing program truly unique? It’s the faculty’s commitment to providing learning experiences beyond the classroom, which has facilitated student participation in Saint Louis Fashion Week, sponsored trips to the MAGIC fashion industry trade show in Las Vegas and coordinates student attendance at Fashion Group International (FGI) events. Due to this curated learning experience, Huey says more than 90 percent of students will land local jobs in their field. Although the fashion merchandizing program is one of Siba’s largest, it also offer degrees in Business, Interior Design, Tourism & Hospitality Management and Paralegal Studies—all of which offer students the same personalized attention from faculty and staff, specialized curriculum, community involvement and internship and career opportunities.













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Blouses radiate romance this fall with florals, frills and details galore. written and styled by SARAH STALLMANN THE FIRST HINT OF AUTUMN AIR introduces this season’s chic update as it sends Midwestern fashionistas into a frenzy for fall—and amid the celebratory shopping sprees, let’s not forget the pieces that foray into more stylish territory than the average cable-knit sweater.

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Describe your personal style. Eclectic, funky, traditional, casual, formal—it differs by the day. What’s your most recent fashion obsession? Handbags, dresses and long pearl necklaces with tassels. What item from your closet can you not live without? Clanking gold bracelets. I’ve been clanking since I was a teen! What are your top five apparel essentials? A black long-sleeve crewneck tee, black leggings, a black skirt, leopard shoes and a long cardigan sweater. Who are some of your favorite designers? Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Eileen Fisher and Carolina Herrera. What is your fondest style memory? Each year I give out “The Silver Ripper” award to an outstanding junior fashion design student at Washington University. It’s really very rewarding to give encouragement at the point in a student’s career where they tend to feel the most challenged. Where do you shop in STL? Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Eileen Fisher, JJill … basically everywhere! What is your biggest fashion pet peeve? Wearing the wrong accessories for the look. Sometimes people will have on a really great outfit but the accessories don’t match or are the wrong scale. Thinking head to toe is important!


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All Tied Up

The classically constructed accessories of Lonesome Traveler are elevating St. Louis menswear, one Windsor knot at a time. written and styled by JESSICA LEITCH THE SOFT HUM of the sewing machine keeps Jenny Hill company in her home studio, where she turns bolts of fabric into accessories dapper men are eager to wear. Hill’s handcrafted ties, pocket squares and bow ties evince a passion for classic menswear inspired by the likes of Gene Kelly and the Barney’s New York men’s department.

Sewing was originally just a hobby for Hill, whose professional background is in lighting design, but over the last 12 months, she’s built up Lonesome Traveler in the hopes of making it a full-time career. The drafting skills she learned from her interior design coursework come in handy when creating templates for the ties and bowties that draw their shapes from adaptations of vintage styles. She’s on the road to success, thanks to her careful attention to the finer details—when you’re dealing with accessories so small in scale, details matter all the more. Made from a variety of natural cottons and linens, as well as vintage fabrics, and sewn with a combination of machine- and hand-stitching, Hill’s ties exemplify classic craftsmanship. “The challenging part is making sure everything is lined up and square,” says Hill. “Patience comes into play because if you do one thing wrong, you have to start over.” Although Hill keeps the traditional rules of menswear in mind, she pushes the boundaries with decorative fabrics sourced from estate sales, international travels and antique shops. As she pulls creative inspiration from Western wear and “roughand-tumble styles,” Hill hopes the ties and bow ties of Lonesome Traveler add a stylish splash to the refined gentleman’s wardrobe. The array of florals, stripes and western patterns in the Lonesome Traveler line can be found locally at Ruby Francis, Urban Matter, or online at





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Blue Skies Ahead

One STL couple went whole hog for their big day—even when rain threatened to spoil the fun. by KRYSTIN ARNESON THEIR STORY

How did the two of you meet? Ryan: Rebecca was working at a store in the Central West End while going through school. My friends and I shopped there frequently (and availed ourselves of the free beer and pool table). After a while our friend groups intertwined, and when we each became single around the same time, I decided to ask her out. We dated for about three and a half years.




How did the proposal go down? Ryan: We’d been talking about getting married and kind of planning our wedding and had a number of situations where I probably should have proposed. Rebecca: He didn’t technically propose. We were on a staycation at the Four Seasons—one Sunday a year, we splurge—and we decided we just had to get married. Ryan: We decided to start planning in secret until our parents could meet so we could tell them together in person. We didn’t tell anyone for two

months. I didn’t have a ring for her at the time when we got engaged and started planning, but I surprised her with one outside of Ted Drewes a few months later. Rebecca: My grandparents’ response to our untraditional proposal was, “Well, that’s how we did it. That’s how everyone used to do it.” PLANNING THE BIG DAY

What vibe were you going for? Rebecca: We kept telling people it was going to be PHOTOS BY J. ELIZABETH PHOTOGRAPHY

a barbecue that we happened to be getting married at. Ryan: We entertain a fair bit, so I just wanted it to be like a bigger, better version of one of our parties with our closest friends and family. Jefferson Underground was the first and only place we looked. Rebecca: I loved all of the boat details: The owner literally used a ship for the decor. He tore it apart and used the wood and other details to build the tables. Did you tie in any meaningful accessories? Rebecca: My earrings from Rack + Clutch were honeycombs. I knew we were meant to be together when I saw that Ryan had eight different kinds of honey at his apartment—the same ridiculous amount as me. Two people who love honey that much need to be together. What was prep like for the wedding? Ryan: All of Rebecca’s friends and cousins showed up the day before like an army of decorators to take care of centerpieces, decorations and all of the little touches. We didn’t have a wedding party, but pretty much all of our friends helped in some way. Brian was completely responsible for the oyster-shucking station during the cocktail hour; Cory played guitar during the ceremony; George flew in on his own dime and tended bar and Chris and Jenna took all the wonderful pictures. THE BIG DAY

What were your thoughts when you saw each other at the ceremony? Rebecca: “Look at all of these people! I know you and you and you and OHMYGOSHTHERE’SMYHUSBAND!” Ryan: I just remember thinking how fantastic she looked and focusing on her and feeling like we were the only ones there.

Bouquet by Flowers & Weeds

How did you showcase your personality for the reception? Ryan: Pretty much all of our vendors and the venue were within walking distance of our home, so the whole thing felt like we were showing off everything we love most about our neighborhood with our dream barbecue cookout. I had pitched the idea for an epic pig roast wedding very early on. I initially wanted to roast the pig myself, with help from friends, but Rebecca wisely insisted we let the experts at Bogart’s handle it. Rebecca: Our favorite breakfast place, Athlete Eats (now Revel Kitchen), provided the apps, dessert crisps and crumbles. Ryan’s mom made her famous pickles, and my family made batches of cookies. Ryan’s family is from Pennsylvania, and a “Pennsylvania Cookie Table” is traditional at weddings. George created custom cocktails with us: “The Rye Not” for Ryan and “The Rebecca #2” for me. Mine had cucumber-infused gin, honey simple syrup, lime juice and ginger beer. Ryan’s was a riff on a boulevardier, consisting of equal parts rye, Aperol and white vermouth. What were some planning challenges you overcame? Ryan: I think we were both really nervous about the weather in the days leading up to the wedding. The venue is half indoors, but the main dance floor area is an open rooftop. It rained a fair bit throughout the day off and on, but I think by that point, we were just ready to roll with it. Rebecca: I was so sure the rain would ruin a lot, but it just made our photos more beautiful and interesting, plus it cooled down the temperature a bit. What were your favorite parts of the big day? Ryan: Taking pictures and getting to see her for the first time was fantastic. Having everything so close together and in our neighborhood just made it seem like a really special version of our perfect Saturday. Rebecca: Saying “I do.” Getting married to Ryan. That was the best. NOVEMBER 2015





Scott Foley has a knack for love triangles. Complicated romantic relationships bookend the 43-year-old actor’s network television career. Fifteen years ago, the storyline that surprised fans of “Felicity” had the title character choosing his rival. Now, on ABC’s “Scandal,” he’s the on-again-off-again boyfriend of Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington)—but she happens to be in love with the president of the United States, and as the show’s fifth season got underway at press time, things weren’t looking good for Foley.

ple were asking, “Hey, you left Olivia so she could go to Fitz [President Fitzgerald Grant, played by Tony Goldwyn], and you walked away. Are you back on the show? Are you not on the show?” I knew I was on the show, but I had no idea of the trajectory. You know episode by episode, and you kind of get a feel for where it’s going, but things can change in a heartbeat.

Then again, it’s impossible to think of the star as an underdog when he’s perennially in the running for national magazine superlatives (“sexiest man alive” among them). And it’s a safe bet that he was already a budding heartthrob back during his community theater days in Kirkwood. After graduating from Clayton High School, Foley threw himself straight into the showbiz mix, landing parts on shows like "Dawson’s Creek" and “Scrubs” as well as the breakout role of Noel on “Felicity.” He steps back from steamy scenes now and then—for example, he played a troubled veteran on HBO’s vampire series “True Blood” for a season—but the allure of seductive, scandalous roles is mutual.

ALIVE: So you’ve enjoyed the rollercoaster ride of the plotlines? SF: I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we are as big of—if not bigger—fans of the show as the viewers. We hunger for that next table read when we get to see the script. We cheer when something great happens. We cry when it’s sad. I love it. Shonda Rhimes and the writers give us these words and complex scenarios to really sink our teeth into. As an actor, you want to be saddled with big scenes and heavy storylines, and they do that. It’s not a run-of-the-mill procedural. On top of that, we have longer-running storylines like the Olivia-Fitz-Jake triangle and Mellie [wife of President Grant] leaving the White House. They really layer the drama and interesting stuff, not just for viewers, but also for those who work on the show.

As much as he relishes the on-screen romantic trysts and politically driven cover-ups, Foley clocks out into a calmer world of hiking, playing tennis and hanging out with his wife, actress Marika Dominczyk, and their kids (1-year-old Konrad, 3-year-old Keller and 5-year-old Malina). Add a dog and a couple of chickens nicknamed “the Baldwin brothers,” and he could almost pass for a suburban dad anywhere. Until another episode of “Scandal” comes along. ALIVE: You’ve been ALIVE’s cover man at various stages in your career. What do you want your St. Louis fans to know about you now? Scott Foley: I want people to know how fortunate everyone on the show feels to be part of it, and we don’t take that for granted. I get messages from St. Louis about the show, about how they love it and tell their kids they went to school with me, and that’s a good feeling.

ALIVE: Filming schedules can be pretty intense. Has that been a challenge? SF: Yeah, it has. “Scandal” crams a lot of story into each episode. It’s very dialogue-heavy, so it takes longer hours. It’s much like a regular job in that it’s Monday through Friday, but especially as we get closer to the launch of the show, there are extra-curricular activities that need to be done—photo shoots and video shoots and interviews that can take up a bunch of time. … But on days like today, I wasn’t working. That’s the great thing about “Scandal.” There are so many characters on the show that it’s lightened up our load a bit. Two years ago, everybody was working every day. Now when they’re shooting the White House, I have that day off and vice versa.

ALIVE: Do you hear from people who are loyal to you when there’s a big plot twist? Like when your character, Jake Ballard, got stabbed at the end of last season? SF: You wouldn’t believe who came out of the woodwork. Everyone wanted to know, “What’s going on? Do you have another job? Are you OK?” It’s great when people respond so amazingly about the show and they care so much—not just about the show, but about me. They wanted to know I was OK. And also to get the scoop! [Laughs.]

ALIVE: How would you describe the changes in your career since we last spoke in 2012, when you were doing a season of “True Blood” on cable and a network sitcom called “The Goodwin Games”? SF: I’m still on a television show. Obviously it’s a little more well-known, so there are changes in my day-today life. More people watch the show; more people recognize me at cafes and restaurants. But careerwise, I spend nine or 10 months a year working on “Scandal,” and it’s all the same show. Let’s talk in four or five years, when “Scandal” is done, and see what happens then! [Laughs.]

ALIVE: Which you can’t give them because you don’t know what the show’s creator, Shonda Rhimes, and the writing team are thinking, right? SF: I never know the scoop! I wish I knew. When peo-

ALIVE: Do you think you’ll still be mostly doing network TV roles? SF: I really love network television. I was lucky enough to be part of “True Blood” for a season and I had a great

time, but I’m a worker. I like getting up in the morning, going to work and having a job for a long run. Network television is the only game in town where you can do that. You look at any cable TV show, the amount of episodes is half of what we do. You’re done in four or five months, and you’ve gotta go find a job. … I do like changing, but I like knowing I won’t have to do it that often. ALIVE: Since showbiz tends to be a peaks-andvalleys lifestyle, do you look forward to the day when you’re less recognized? For example, the time between “Felicity” and now? SF: That’s an interesting question. A little bit of recognition is good for your ego but also your career. It means you’re on the right track. I don’t need any more recognition—I have just the right amount now. When we’re eating, someone will come up and say, “Hey, I love your work,” and then they’ll leave us alone. There aren’t photographers jumping out all the time, and I’m OK with that. I’ve been through that before and have no desire to go back. ALIVE: You live in California, where “Scandal” is shot. Do you ever get back to visit St. Louis? SF: Last time was my 20th high school reunion. But I still have a bunch of friends I keep up with on Facebook and by texting. I’ll always be nostalgic for it. When I was back for that reunion, we saw fathers and sons throwing footballs in big yards without fences in between. There was no traffic. It was somewhat idyllic. I miss that. ALIVE: Your kids have a much different childhood than yours. In part, it’s because their dad is famous. But you’re saying there’s more? SF: I don’t know if [a childhood like mine] even still exists. I think it’s closer in St. Louis than it is here. ALIVE: We know you love dogs, and we read someplace that you had chickens. Do you still? SF: [Laughs.] I do still have chickens. We have three that came with the house and give us a few eggs each day. One of our kids’ favorite pastimes is to get up and—even before brushing our teeth and getting dressed—we hightail it out to the coop to see if they’ve laid any eggs. It sounds so cheeseball! ALIVE: Especially compared to your character on “Scandal.” Although, in a way, the show is like real life with its ups and downs. SF: I hope so! Although I hope I’m never in my character’s romantic situation, where I’m with my wife, then I’m not with my wife. She’d kill me! [Laughs.] ALIVE: And most of us aren’t married to the president either, so that’s also not quite a real-life situation. Thankfully! SF: Exactly right.




Sleek tailoring, heavy knits and a touch of sportswear usher in a new era of femininity.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ATTILIO D’AGOSTINO Stylist: Fashion Editor Sarah Stallmann Model: June Downs, NY Models Hair: Angela Schoolfield for Notch Salon Makeup: Randi Nicole Shot in White Hall, Illinois, at the historic home of Eloise Seekamp.

Rag & Bone cardigan available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. Slip available at Parsimonia, Tower Grove East, 314.659.8467. Neck scarf, necklaces and socks, stylist’s own.

(left) Ben Sherman hat available at Amazon. com. Coat available at Parsimonia, Tower Grove East, 314.659.8467. Adidas Originals available at Foot Locker, multiple locations. Blouse, neck scarf, belt and trousers, stylist’s own. (right) Jacket, skirt and handbag available at Parsimonia, Tower Grove East, 314.659.8467. Clogs available at Topshop, multiple locations. Neck piece, neck tie and broach, stylist’s own.

(left) Vince turtleneck, Vaubel Designs collar necklace, pendant and earrings available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124. Clutch available at Parsimonia, Tower Grove East, 314.659.8467. Adidas Originals available at Foot Locker, multiple locations. Blazer, slacks, neck scarf and socks, stylist’s own. (right) Coat, blouse and clutch available at Parsimonia, Tower Grove East, 314.659.8467. Vaubel Designs earrings available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124. Adidas Originals available at Foot Locker, multiple locations. Belt, slacks and socks, stylist’s own.

(left) Ralph Lauren turtleneck, Tommy Hilfiger hat, sweatshirt, Pendleton skirt and necklace, stylist’s own. (right) Coat and blouse available at Parsimonia, Tower Grove East, 314.659.8467. Vaubel Designs earrings available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124. Adidas Originals available at Foot Locker, multiple locations. Neck scarf, necklaces, belt, slacks, Movado watch and socks, stylist’s own.

(left and right) Derek Lam 10 Crosby shirt dress, Rag & Bone vest and Alice + Olivia poncho available at Neiman Marcus, Plaza Frontenac, 314.567.9811. Vaubel Designs earrings available at Vie, Ladue, 314.997.0124. Adidas Originals available at Foot Locker, multiple locations. Neck scarf and socks, stylist’s own. Assistants: Laura Heying, Paige Whitehead, Nia Darden In memory of Eloise Seekamp. Special thanks to Craig Seekamp and Crystal Brauer.

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A Turning Tide by KRYSTIN ARNESON photos by JESS T. DUGAN

Photographer Jess T. Dugan and Assistant Professor Vanessa Fabbre debut “To Survive on This Shore,” a project capturing a historic generation of older transgender and gender-variant adults.



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2015 HAS—RATHER SPONTANEOUSLY, as Jess T. Dugan will say—become the year for transgender visibility: Caitlyn Jenner took to television; Jeffrey Tambor was honored with four top awards for his performance as a transgender dad in “Transparent;” “Orange is the New Black,” costarring Laverne Cox, returned to our screens. “I think everybody who was working on transgender stuff was like, ‘Really? Now? OK,’” Dugan half-jokes.

In a case of serendipitous timing, life partners Dugan and Brown School of Social Work Assistant Professor Vanessa Fabbre are compiling a photography-driven book, “To Survive on This Shore.” Their project captures transgender and gender-variant adults over 50—a generation not often visible in the media. Since fall 2013, the couple has traveled around the country to interview (Fabbre’s job) and photograph (Dugan’s) approximately 60 adults. This generation is historic in the LGBT community: One participant was at Stonewall Inn in New York City when the famous riots that spurred the LGBT movement into action broke out. But significantly, these adults note that the community that younger people questioning their gender or sexuality can seek out today wasn’t available back then. “Many of them were coming out in the time of no internet,” Dugan says. “Now there’s like a million transition videos on YouTube, and even just having the sense that there are other trans people is huge. A lot of people we talked to thought they were the only one or didn’t have any way to find information. Ben, for example, ran an LGBT archive in western Massachusetts, and Lou Sullivan sent him a pamphlet about FTM International (Female To Male International, one of the first transgender groups). He wrote them a letter, got on a plane and flew to California to meet Sullivan because he was the only other person he had ever known who was trans. So the first time he ever met someone else [like him] was on a doorstep in San Francisco. Stories like that show how desperate this need for community is, to know you’re not the only person experiencing this.” By representing this segment of the transgender and gender-variant population, Dugan and Fabbre make the point that these gender issues are not simply a youth issue—or a new thing that “these crazy young people” are doing, says Fabbre, who has a background in gerontology. “Everybody’s story is so different—I think that’s what we love about the project and what’s emerging as being so interesting,” adds Dugan. “People think of it like it’s a small group of people, but everyone is so different.” And for many older adults who transition later on, it doesn’t have to be a physical shift: It’s the social element—appearance, names, pronouns—that’s integral to identity. “For some people—well, for many people—aspects of their body are primary, but I’m thinking of the people who haven’t been able to do lots of hormones or surgery, that to them it’s been very, very significant to socially transition,” says Fabbre.

The project has significant historical import: Combining photography with oral history, Dugan and Fabbre have captured a pioneering generation. They’ve donated their interview transcripts to the Sexual Minorities Archives, The Kinsey Institute, and at time of press, are in talks with a third archive. They also hope to publish a book about the project in 2017. Ultimately, though, their photos capture not transgender people, but people. Fabbre mentions a quote from Audre Lorde: None of us lead “single-issue lives,” and for many of the participants, identifying and presenting their gender is one of many journeys they’ve been on. “Gender is not the only thing in any of our lives, and it’s not the only thing in the people in our project’s lives,” says Fabbre. “You’re not just an old person; you’re not just a trans person. It’s really infinite, the layers of identity, but at least by taking those two things, it forces people to break the stereotype of an old person and break a stereotype of a trans person.”





Five civic leaders who are shaping the city’s next chapter by KRYSTIN ARNESON photos by MATT KILE

FERGUSON COMMISSION Catalyzing civic change to achieve equity for all

Founded last November following an executive order from Governor Jay Nixon in response to the Ferguson protests, the Ferguson Commission issued 189 unflinching calls to action on Sept. 14 aimed at mending St. Louis’ racial and economic disparities. Led by cochairs Rev. Starsky Wilson and Rich McClure, the commission’s work calls on St. Louis to be honest about its reality and lists 47 priorities gathered under

the headings “Justice for All,” “Opportunity to Thrive,” “Youth at the Center” and “Racial Equity.” Among those calls to action: revising use-of-force-policies for police, ending predatory lending, developing trauma-informed schools and engaging the faith community in the racial equity mission. The focus now for the commission, which officially dissolves Dec. 31, is im-

plementation—the recommendations are not bound into being by court order. At the time of press, it was searching for an intermediary to help continue the momentum, as well as gearing up for recruitment by “continuing to talk to citizens and say, ‘There are 189 recommendations here. There are three that could change your life, and we invite you to get directly involved in those,’” says Wilson.

Mural by Peat Wollaeger

Rev. Starsky Wilson and Rich McClure, Co-chairs

BETTER TOGETHER Compiling the data for civic conversations “We’re provocateurs in terms of discussion and awareness,” Better Together Executive Director Nancy Rice says, though she’s quick to point out that Better Together is a datacompiler—not an activist entity advocating for an outcome. One result of its recent courts study is Senate Bill No. 5, which took effect Aug. 28. Sponsored by Sen. Eric Schmitt, it reforms practices that lead to “frayed and hostile relationships,” as Rice puts it, between St. Louis county residents and police by reducing the money municipalities can collect from traffic tickets. Last year, Better Together’s courts study found more than 400,000 outstanding arrest warrants in St. Louis county for minor traffic offenses—enough to arrest more than 40 percent of the county’s population—and discovered these revenue-generating offenses were prioritized over chasing crime, Rice says. Two reports remain: fire and emergency services and general administration. “We have to continue to educate the public and leadership on the proposed reforms that come out of our research,” Rice says. With the data they’re uncovering, there’s plenty to talk about.

Nancy Rice, Executive Director of Better Together, standing next to copies of the municipal codes in St. Louis City and County.

INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ST. LOUIS Providing immigrants and refugees the skills and starts they need for success

Anna Crosslin, President & CEO & Director of Festival of Nations

Upon arriving in STL, immigrants and refugees typically spend a few months at the International Institute, which provides critical services for successful integration into the community. The Career Advancement for International Professionals, now on its fourth class, offers foreign higher-education degree-holders with recertification assistance, career-specific English instruction and accent perfection. And

by July, a native-language programming broadcast on FM 102.9 (and podcast) will teach the subtleties of the American day-to-day—how to register to vote, what parking meters are, etc. “It’ll be a way—regardless of where someone lives or their work schedule— to get the integrative information they need to have a positive resettlement experience,” International Institute CEO Anna Crosslin says .

This experience is critical to immigrants’ economic impact: A 2012 study by Saint Louis University found they’re 60 percent more likely than nativeborn citizens to begin a business, which the org can help kickstart through a development program. “Immigration doesn’t just increase the city’s cultural value, but it’s part of a small-business backbone that will help St. Louis grow economically,” Crosslin says.

CITIZENS FOR MODERN TRANSIT Rethinking public transit’s role in the region St. Louis transit is a tricky issue: It’s a regional system affecting people in the city and funded largely by the state, says Citizens for Modern Transit Executive Director Kim Cella. Because St. Louis city and county—as well as Illinois-side metros—intertwine, effective transit must be collaborative. And there’s major incentive for it in a region working to become attractive: Cella cites studies that show millennials and baby-boomers prioritize public transit for livability. The conundrum is: Does good transit yield riders, or do riders yield good transit? CMT is tackling both sides. A comprehensive system would help develop underserved areas and economic growth by providing job access. According to Metro, 95 percent of jobs are accessible with transit, “But some of those trips take an hour or hour-and-a-half one-way,” says Cella. “That’s not reasonable.” “Try and Ride,” a program kicked off in January, where participants are given free transit for one month and pay for the second, has more than 27,000 alums. CMT surveys show 70 percent continue to ride, citing cost savings, less stressful commutes and weight loss. Now, it’s time to lobby at the state level. “State funding is the keyhole,” Cella says.

Kim Cella, Executive Director

RISE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Reviving St. Louis’ blighted neighborhoods Areas of cities ascend and descend in an ongoing lifecycle. The Grove of 2000, for example, is a stark contrast to the lively local businesses and well-kept homes lining the avenue today. But the organic process sometimes gets a helping hand: Rise Community Development, which played an initial role in The Grove’s revival, is a nonprofit that connects community organizations, government and financing to revitalize neighborhoods. The Grove and Old North St. Louis—where the organization also helped prompt regeneration—remain a focus, as do Illinoisside metro areas. In Tower Grove East, a project with Messiah Lutheran Church is underway to benefit a group of double refugees (displaced from Bhutan to Nepal, and then here). “They’re susceptible to crime and not in great housing, but they’re part of the congregation, and the church wanted to do something about it,” Executive Director Stephen Acree says. The projected result? A historic rehab of 12 buildings, which will provide better housing with services so new starts in America will be strong ones.

Stephen Acree, Executive Director/President

THIS IS OUR CITY Five St. Louis thought-leaders share their ideas for a better STL

The Rev. Mike Kinman, Board President of Magdalene St. Louis

What are three civic issues or places to improve that St. Louis needs to address?

Which one would you tackle first?

Headshots courtesy of the thought-leaders.

How would you do so?

What can St. Louis do to make it more attractive to those outside the area?

What is your greatest hope for the city?

Louis Wall, Founder of The Texas Room

Cara Spencer, 20th Ward Alderman

Michael R. Allen, Director of Preservation Research Office

Carl Filler, Director of Strategic Policy Initiatives and Community Partnerships at the Office of Mayor Slay

Sexual exploitation of women; race and class divisions; homelessness and urban poverty.

Ignorance of our immigrant and refugee community; uneven support of public schools; stark racial division.

Strengthen our urban core through population growth. Safety! Crime rates! More community participation in government.

The Ferguson Commission recommendations; consolidation of school districts into a regional district; addiction to mega-projects like the CityArchRiver project.

Racial equity; educational attainment; crime and violence.

Exploitation of women, because it cuts across every other demographic— and women’s empowerment is the greatest leverage point for social change.

Ignorance of our immigrant and refugee community.

It’s fundamental to the success of St. Louis that we grow our tax base and populate our vacant historic structures with humans who will take care of them.

We have to address the Ferguson Commission recommendations immediately.

All are interrelated, but using a racial equity lens to improve educational attainment and reduce crime allows for the biggest impact in our region.

Healing the world one woman at a time by creating communities of safety where healing from extreme trauma can happen.

By recruiting musicians across social borders to collaborate with each other and by facilitating real conversations with the immigrant arts community.

Encourage the weird and the wonderful, artists and creative small businesses— foster things people long for when they go away.

We must ask elected and appointed officials to lead on the policy changes needed ... We need implementers, or we need new officials.

Provide support to individuals transitioning between systems (e.g., alternative education to traditional setting, prison to home, high school to college).

In the past year, our deep divisions have been broadcast for the world to see. We can be a model for the world for how a great city looks honestly at itself for the common good.

Preach about our great architecture; our cheap, abundant real-estate; and pretty sweet Midwest vibes.

Make it easier to open a business. We are working on that at City Hall, but our system is currently somewhat archaic.

We should start by making it attractive. We won’t retain migrants without better government, healthier neighborhoods, more jobs and less naysaying.

Share what’s good— our many vibrant neighborhoods in the north, central and southern corridors— and own what’s not.

That we have the courage to look to our most marginalized as heroes who will lead us to a new way of being together.

That we can start to break the chains of institutionalized segregation and start having respectful conversations with each other across social borders.

I’d like to see us expand our light rail system. To be a first-class city we need a first-class transit system, and it is time to build a northsouth expansion to the existing east-west line.

That St. Louis restores its World’s Fair-era motto, “nothing impossible.”

That St. Louis can take its social, intellectual and cultural capital and build the city that we all know it can and should be: a vibrant and progressive city.




Stitching in Sunshine

At Build-A-Bear, celebrating the spirit of the littlest hearts leads to the biggest impacts. WITH MORE THAN 145 MILLION furry friends

behind it, Build-A-Bear is a powerhouse when it comes to spreading warm feelings in small packages. “We recognize what our role is,” says Chief Executive Officer Sharon Price John. “We’re not trying to cure some of the world’s more critical problems, but we believe that we can make your best day a little more special. We can also make a tough day a little bit better.”


Likewise, Build-A-Bear’s charitable entities have become known for having a big heart and spreading the love around widely, to the tune of $44 million since the company’s founding in 1997. Its growth in the charitable sector, in many ways, has paralleled its rapid expansion—from a single store at the Saint Louis Galleria to its now more than 400 stores worldwide. Earlier this year, Build-a-Bear focused its giving approach by merging its charitable entities to form the Build-a-Bear Foundation. This allows the foundation to make a bigger difference in each area it chooses to get involved. The refocused giving philosophy is an extension of the company’s overall mission statement: “Build-A-Bear adds a little more heart to life.” And, it’s a mantra that informs

the Build-A-Bear Foundation’s values for making grants, which uses the acronym H.E.A.R.T.—help communities through volunteering; experience the power of teamwork; accept people’s unique differences; respect people and animals; and take the lead to drive positive change. The company’s longtime pay-it-forward message has always centered on making small, heartfelt goals seem achievable, eventually leading kids to do bigger things as adults, John explains. “We help them to understand that even the smallest efforts do make a difference,” she says. ENGAGING PEOPLE, INSIDE AND OUT

An equally inspiring make-a-difference message has been at the heart of Build-A-Bear’s relationship with its customers and employees. “This part of Build-A-Bear has been there since the beginning—it’s woven into the fabric of who we are and what bear-builders do each day,” John says. One effort that shoppers will recognize again this holiday season is Toys for Tots, where guests make and then donate stuffed bears for less fortunate children. “Letting a child hold the heart and make a wish for a child in need during our signature heart ceremony is powerful,” John explains. “It doesn’t burden them with some of the harsh reali-


ties, but you want them to understand that they’re pretty fortunate.” Employees too understand how fortunate they are, and they respond by donating to the Beverly Fund, an in-house initiative that accepts anonymous requests for aid during tough times. “It’s an amazing thing when you think about it,” John says—and it’s just one example of the volunteerism and generosity employees have brought to the company for nearly 20 years. Fittingly for a company with strong St. Louis roots, the giving spirit remains especially strong locally, with on-the-ground volunteerism by employees as well as broader efforts with organizations like the local United Way. “In the past, Maxine Clark, who is the founder of Build-A-Bear, was always very philanthropic from a corporate perspective but also from a personal perspective,” says John. “It has been an important foundational element of Build-A-Bear from the beginning and continues still today.”






GERARD CRAFT Executive Chef and Owner of Niche Food Group



COLONEL D. SAMUEL DOTSON III Chief of Police, City of St. Louis

All proceeds benefit


WILLIAM “WILL” WITHERSPOON Former St. Louis Rams Linebacker

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KATHLEEN M. MAZZARELLA President and CEO, Graybar

MEGHAN KING EDMONDS The Real Housewives of Orange County

Volunteer STL

Four great ways to get involved in STL right now.

LITTLE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER Little Shop Around the Corner is an antique and collectible shop that resells merchandise donated to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Proceeds support the Garden’s research and educational objectives to preserve plant life, conserve resources and slow the efforts of global climate change. New volunteers are always welcome!

Vounteer Program Office: 4344 Shaw Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63110 | 314.577.5100

THE J Open to all, The J strives to foster a caring and responsible community that supports those in need, promotes individual growth and encourages an appreciation for Jewish heritage through innovative education, programming and services.

Volunteer: Volunteers support our cultural arts programs and annual community events like St. Louis Senior Olympics and the J’s Labor Day Run and Kids’ Triathlon.

4474 Castleman Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110 | 314.577.0891

Stephanie Rhea, volunteer coordinator | 314.432.5700

HAVEN OF GRACE Haven of Grace provides a nurturing home, educational programs and long-term support for women who are young, pregnant and homeless. Founded in faith, we instill hope, dignity and pride, one family at a time.

Volunteer: Babysitting, classroom facilitation, cooking meals, administrative tasks, gardening and group projects. Whatever your interest, we have an opportunity for you!

ASSISTANCE LEAGUE Assistance League of St. Louis is a non-profit, all-volunteer service organization whose members identify, develop, implement and fund ongoing philanthropic programs to serve specific needs of children and adults in the St. Louis community. Our current memberrun programs are: Operation School Bell, Steps to Success, Operation Hug,

My Own Fun Stuff, ROSE and Outreach. Additionally, Assistance League owns and manages Fantastic Finds resale shop in Creve Coeur.


1225 Warren St. St. Louis, MO 63106 314.621.6507 |

Volunteer: We need and welcome new members to volunteer in our programs! Contact: Debbie Rehm at the Assistance League headquarters 636.227.6200 |


DIFFERENCE With help from STL’s nominations, ALIVE proudly presents seven men and women effecting positive change in 2015. photos by MATT KILE

2015 NOMINEES DeBorah Ahmed - Better Family Life Kristen Beracha - Shred415 Ann-Marie Brown - BoutiqueNAV Betsy Cohen - World Trade Center St. Louis Khalia Collier - St. Louis Surge Basketball Susannah Danforth - Breeze Blow Dry Bar Jeff Day - Jeff Day Architect, LLC Phil Dunlap - Jazz St. Louis Chrissy Fogerty - Fauxgerty Gretchen Gannon - BoutiqueNAV Jeff Gilbert - Frontenac Bank Dana Kay Goddard - Wondermento Samuel Hall - Warner Hall Thornhill of Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty Eric Hamblett - TechArtista

Ginger Imster - Arch Grants Mike Jaudes - The Fitness Edge Erin Joy - Black Dress Partners Brian Kennedy - Covington Development, L.L.C. Liane Levy - BURN 1000 Josh Nichols - KINK Hair Steve O’ Loughlin - Lodging Hospitality Management Jane Olsen - AccuCare Elle Potter - Yoga Buzz Paul Reigelsberger - Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Ellen Ross - The Curtain Exchange Jillian Tedesco - Fit-Flavors Eric Thoelke - TOKY Shawn Vinson - Vinson Mortgage Megan Weaver - Linkship

Read the full interviews online at ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION


Founder & President of Yoga Buzz For Elle Potter, the wonder behind the one-woman phenomenon that is Yoga Buzz, her job is a love letter to St. Louis. Sure, there are the nitty-gritty aspects of running a nonprofit, like marketing, logistics and paying the bills, but gathering St. Louisans of all ages, abilities and interests for yoga in unexpected locations around the city is how she takes her words and puts them into action. “I hope Yoga Buzz continues to inspire people to be active and explore their city. I’m watching friendships that are developing between strangers who take a class, and an incredible community is growing,” Elle says. She and Yoga Buzz are also on a mission to bring yoga to everybody by creating an actively inclusive community. Showing up for yourself, for your city and for others is important, but ultimately, Elle’s goal is to start bridging gaps and inspiring diversity—in yoga and beyond—and it all starts with that first step onto the mat. For more info, visit


Partner at Covington Development, L.L.C. In all cities, and especially in St. Louis, community is vital. That sense of belonging and alliance keeps us proud of where we work, play, live and relax. As a man who has dedicated his life to building and strengthening communities, Brian Kennedy knows this better than most. When putting together plans for Vanguard Heights, an apartment community with 174 upscale, sophisticated homes in Creve Coeur, he and his partners knew that opening up the community to new residents would directly help the area, and the area would help them in return: They’ll support the local businesses and maybe even open up their own. They’ll make new connections and enhance the old. Through this new project, which will land residents in new homes for the new year, Kennedy sees his dream coming true: his desire to make his community better for others. For more info, visit


Co-Founders of BoutiqueNAV Gretchen Gannon and Ann-Marie Brown are passionate about shopping local. As the co-founders of BoutiqueNAV, a website and app for discovering local boutiques, they care about the success of small businesses. The two women also are invested in creating experiences for tourists and St. Louisans alike. Originally from Louisiana, Brown says that after 20-some years of STL living, she’s proud to bring people to town to share the local flair. But Gannon, from St. Louis, says that finding local boutiques is nearly impossible unless you know the area. With BoutiqueNAV, they’ve followed their passion to solve that very problem. Their hope is to promote the “boutique experience” by making it easy for the St. Louis community and visitors to support shopping local. Gannon and Brown have kept the cost low—the app is free to download, and boutiques pay a marginal amount for membership—to provide the best experience for both boutiques and shoppers. For more info, visit


Founder & Owner of Fit-Flavors Jillian Tedesco transitioned from a career in personal training and nutrition counseling to one in the restaurant industry, serving Fit-Flavors meals optimized for healthy dining. After going above and beyond by assisting clients with weight loss roadblocks through nutritious, properly proportioned meals, Tedesco realized she could make an even larger impact in St. Louis by offering convenient, healthy eating options to the community. That was four years before ever opening aFit-Flavors storefront. Now, rather than cooking in her own personal kitchen and hand-delivering the meals to her client’s doorsteps, Tedesco works with her expertly trained team to develop the nutritionally rich meals in four STL area locations. With the variety of cuisines, seasonal ingredients and convenient availability, Tedesco says she’s able to help many more people learn about what’s right for their bodies and lives—without ever bringing in the unhealthy habits that can come from dieting. For more info, visit


Founding Member and Managing Partner, Warner Hall Thornhill of Dielmann Sotheby’s International Realty As a city resident who thrives by being on the crest of change and innovation, realtor Sam Hall is excited about where St. Louis is headed and knows just what he can do to help the city’s progress. By bringing national attention to St. Louis’s diverse architectural styles and historically significant buildings, and by encouraging growth in the city, Hall and his colleagues at Warner Hall Thornhill are helping position St. Louis as one of America’s “Great Cities.” When guiding locals and future residents through the process of making what is often the largest purchase in their lives, Hall says his job is really promoting and protecting the unique nature of the city’s historic neighborhoods. By keeping a focus on telling the story of the home and its community, his team is doing its part to help St. Louis redefine and reestablish itself to a new wave of residents. For more info, visit

SUSANNAH DANFORTH Owner of Breeze Blow Dry Bar

Progress and change can take many forms, both big and small. Susannah Danforth, owner of Breeze Blow Dry Bar, says she knows the new blow dry bar concept isn’t changing the world, but it is encouraging busy St. Louis women to take time for themselves, leading to better productivity and—most importantly—an increase in happiness and confidence. As a mother of four who recently completed her law degree, Danforth knows what it means to be busy, and just how restorative taking “me time” can be. Danforth says, “The most rewarding part of my job is seeing women walk out of Breeze fully transformed, less stressed and with a confident bounce in their step.” And she wants to bring “good hair days” to more women. On top of her mobile Breeze To-Go service, she and her expert team are actively looking to bring the blow dry bar concept—named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Best New Ideas”—to another location in St. Louis. For more info, visit


General Manager of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams With a home furnishings background that spans 16 years and covers nearly every area of the business, Paul Reigelsberger is a true expert when it comes to home design. But he’s also well versed in the art of how to treat people. As General Manager of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, his approach is directed by a commitment to equality—for his design team and customers alike. That’s key to what makes his work with MGBW so fulfilling. He notes that working for a company with such a strong sense of integrity—from the quality of its product to the way it values each employee—is inspiring. The company’s recent partnership with nonprofit Interfaith Alliance, for which Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams stores display signs proclaiming “We Serve Everyone Only!,” is a clear message to him that the company is committed to creating spaces—both inside the home and out—that are not only stylish but comfortable for everyone. For more info, visit


LEGAL GUIDE Meet the top legal professionals in St. Louis.

As a cultural and economic hub of the Midwest, St. Louis is proud to call itself home to some of the most talented lawyers in the country. To help you find the right one to fit your legal needs, ALIVE compiled a list of winning attorneys from class action to criminal to divorce law in the area, with a range of specialties.

HAIS, HAIS & GOLDBERGER, P.C. Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C. is a full-service family law firm, limiting its practice to complex divorce cases and modifications of decrees, custody, property division and support, business and professional practice valuations, stock options, tax-related divorce issues, pension problems and enforcement of decrees. Its core staff of full-time attorneys and paralegals has provided in-depth client services, meticulous case preparation and complete litigation management throughout the firm’s 34-year history. Additionally, the firm employs an extended group of financial experts, tax and pension benefits professionals, therapists, psychologists and vocational experts to provide the highest level of preparation possible in its trial presentations. Since launching the firm in 1979, founder Susan M. Hais has represented many of St. Louis’ most prominent citizens from a great variety of professions and occupations and has been personally responsible for the establishment of an impressive array of legal precedents in the areas of divorce law, child custody, benefits, grandparents’ rights, property division and spousal support. Samuel J. Hais, before joining the firm, was a judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit, St. Louis County, where he was a founding member and judge of the Family Court of St. Louis County for many years. Samuel and Susan Hais have

both written and lectured extensively in the area of family law. The firm’s attorneys and paralegals are members of many varied bar associations and have been affiliated with a number of boards, both statewide and locally. They are very proud of their presence in and contributions to legal and other community efforts in and around the St. Louis area, and encourage you to ask about them when you visit. In 2007, the firm was proud to welcome new partner Elliott Goldberger, who has practiced law for more than 29 years, with a concentration on family law. In 2014, Erin M. Zielinski joined the firm as an associate. This year, Pamela J. Ciskowski and Dzenana Delic joined the firm as the newest associates rounding out the firm’s roster of attorneys. The guiding principal of Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C. has always been to limit its practice to family law and to provide the best representation possible at the most cost-effective prices. That is the firm’s pledge to you.

Hais, Hais & Goldberger, P.C. 222 S. Central Ave., Ste. 600 | St. Louis, MO 63105 314.862.1300 |



Samuel & Susan Hais Reproduced with permission from Ladue News.



BOGGS, AVELLINO, LACH & BOGGS, L.L.C. Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs, L.L.C. is an AV-rated litigation firm with a broad spectrum of civil litigation experience. The firm handles cases in insurance defense, commercial litigation, employment, products liability, premises liability, construction defect, medical malpractice defense, toxic tort litigation, transportation defense, subrogation, workers’ compensation, professional liability, insurance coverage, risk management, and nursing home malpractice. The WBENC-certified firm is woman-owned. Their attorneys practice throughout Missouri and Illinois, in both state and federal courts. The partners have more than 150 years combined legal experience and place a priority on client service. The firm is dedicated to maintaining long-term relationships with clients through effective counsel and frequent communication. The firm is also involved in the community. The managing partner founded Step It Up, a charity that provides free shoes and socks to underprivileged area children. Additionally, they actively support the Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater St. Louis, hosting their annual fundraising golf tournament.

Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs, L.L.C. 9326 Olive Blvd., Suite 200 Olivette, MO 63132 314.726.2310|

COSGROVE LAW GROUP, LLC Cosgrove Law Group, LLC (CLG) is a boutique litigation firm combining the sophisticated legal services associated with larger firms with the personal service and cost-effective approach of a small firm. CLG attorneys are well-qualified in a broad range of areas. CLG’s practice focuses on financial services, fiduciary and trust litigation, and business disputes. The firm recognizes that every case is different, and—unlike many of its counterparts—represents both plaintiffs and defendants. The firm’s attorneys boast decades of experience representing individuals and businesses in high-stakes cases before state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as in arbitrations, mediations, and other forms of dispute resolution. Beyond such traditional litigation services, CLG regularly represents clients in administrative and regulatory investigations and proceedings. While CLG’s attorneys are seasoned litigators, they recognize that their clients’ interests are best served by helping them avoid disputes before they arise. Their risk management, strategic and consulting services enable clients to do just that. CLG strongly advocates, advises, defends, and prosecutes disputes to reach the best resolution for their clients.

Cosgrove Law Group, LLC 7733 Forsyth Blvd #1675 | St. Louis, MO 63105 314.563.2490 |

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Bridge Bread

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Bridge Bread

Laying a path to sustainable housing, one loaf at a time. by AMY DE LA HUNT photos by JENNIFER SILVERBERG In keeping with this issue’s “Do Good” theme, we’re taking a look at a new establishment that gives back to the community while enhancing the local food scene. The Cherokee Street of 2015 is a success story few would have predicted in 2011. Back then, shoppers in the antique district rarely crossed Jefferson Avenue to the west, and diners at Cherokee Street’s Mexican restaurants rarely ventured east. The indie breweries, vintage shops and galleries that line the street today were just a dream for aspiring entrepreneurs. Fred Domke—the owner of one Cherokee’s newest businesses, Bridge Bread—recounts his dream after attending a church sermon in 2011: He was at The Bridge Outreach, a daytime homeless center, making bread with the guests. “When I awoke, I felt I had been given my instructions,” he says. “We went to The Bridge the very next week, recruited a couple of guests from the dining room and started making bread. We sold it that week at my church. That was well over 100,000 loaves ago.”





Bridge Bread’s concept is simple: teach work-related skills in the baking industry to people facing housing insecurity. Sell the wares and return all the proceeds to the nonprofit operation (70 percent to the bakers and 30 percent for supplies— everything else is donated, including rent, utilities, marketing and insurance). At first, Domke and his crew sold most of their loaves at tables set up in church foyers. But his dream was bigger than that. In July the not-for-profit organization opened its first retail outlet, the Bake Shop on Cherokee. By August, Bridge was selling its bread at Lucky’s Market and Farmers Super Market. Shoppers enter a small storefront that’s screened off from the desk where Domke does his tech and IT work. At first he intended to use the vacant storefront as an office, but then he noticed the neighborhood’s growing foot traffic—and indeed, he says that most of the Bake Shop’s sales come from local residents and passersby. His current success is feeding his plans for more neighborhood outlets that will be supplied by the baking facility on South Grand Avenue. The Bridge’s chef, Al Ramsey, helped the program with its first sourdough starter and a recipe for brioche bread. The rest is dreamt up by the bakers and, Domke says, perfected through trial and error. He doesn’t rule out the possibility of celestial intervention, however: “Maybe a little divine inspiration came into play—have you seen our chocolate rolls?” THE RESULTS

Speaking of heavenly creations, the “xxxx Chocolate Rolls” are a top pick, with decadently rich chocolate in the dough, filling and frosting. Domke loves the Cherry Pie Cinnamon Rolls and the “magic” Apple Cinnamon Bread. “If I leave a loaf next to my computer, I look back an hour later and it’s gone!” he says. Fruits feature heavily in Bridge Bread’s sweet offerings. Cranberries, oranges, raisins, apples and cherries all dot old-fashioned squares of sweet dough swirled through with cinnamon. Sticking to all-natural ingredients means the rolls don’t have an endless shelf life, but any that manage not to be eaten for more than a day can be perked back up with a few seconds in the microwave. Savory breads include sourdough in whole wheat and white varieties, plus a light brioche in loaves, buns and an in-between size perfect for carving into a bowl of soup. Domke dips his light brioche

in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, but it’s equally tasty straight out of the bag. Volunteers eagerly answer questions about the products and share success stories about the bakers. Of the dozen who’ve been involved, Domke says, only a few have fallen out of the program. Undeterred, the others continue to prosper. Domke’s proudest moment came earlier this year, right after he explained the new nonprofit designation to the bakers. One of the employees, Terrance, asked him what a 401K was. “A little over a year prior, Terrance had slept in a commercial air-conditioning unit on top of a restaurant Downtown,” says Domke. “But because of Bridge Bread, he was thinking about about retirement.”

BRIDGE BREAD 2604 Cherokee St. • 314.296.3077 Breads & Rolls: $2 to 5 Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10am-8pm Top dish: Chocolate Rolls Best bet: The daily specials in the window Insider tip: Chat with the all-volunteer sales team to learn more about the video loops of the bakers, and consider becoming a volunteer yourself.


’Tis The Season

Holiday party stress need not come from cocktails.

by MATT SORRELL ONCE AGAIN, the holidays are upon us. It’s that festive time of year when friends and family gather around the crackling fire or a table overloaded with tasty dishes. But these picturesque scenes don’t occur without effort. For some, they involve a fair amount of stress behind the scenes before their guests make merry. But it doesn’t have to be this way. I have a few tips up my sleeve for making an important component of your seasonal soirees less work and more fun. I’m referring, of course, to the drinks. BATCH IT Instead of spending the evening behind the bar doling out cocktails one at a time, think big: Prepare batches ahead of time so you can enjoy your own party. Essentially, you take the recipe for the individual cocktail you want to serve and scale up by multiplying each component by the number of total servings you want to end up with.

But there’s a catch: Some ingredients, like citrus juices and bitters, can become much more pronounced when mixed up in larger quantities. It’s hard to bring cocktails back from the brink when they’re too sour or when the bitters have been overused, so if your recipe calls for bitters or citrus, take the scaled-up quantity you calculated and reduce it by 25 percent or so. Then, when you mix up the batch, taste it—if it needs more acidity, add the juice incrementally. Same thing for bitters: Add them sparingly and see how it goes. And don’t forget the water. Proper drinks need to be diluted a bit, so make sure to add water to your creation. Start with about 20 percent of the total volume of the batch and add more as needed. The most important thing is to constantly taste as you go to get a good idea of how your concoction is shaping up. SERVE IT Once you have your creation tasting

like you want it to, it’s time to serve it up.

One of the easiest ways is to set out pitchers, so your guests can just pour and go. Another option is to use a dispenser with a spout—the kind you see at picnics and barbecues full of water or lemonade. These usually come in glass or plastic varieties and can be found at big-box retailers around town. My favorite way to present batch drinks, though, is in a punch bowl. Once upon a time, every family had at least one punch bowl—it was a standard piece of household equipment. Although they might not be de rigueur nowadays, you can still find them in stores. Better yet, there are plenty of them to be found secondhand, along with punch cups to accompany them. Sift through local antique galleries and thrift stores, and you’re sure to come up with some that fit your budget. Remember, vintage just means something has some age on it; it doesn’t mean it has to be expensive. Don’t be afraid to mix and match different punch cups either. Having a variety of styles lends a bit of quirk to your presentation. Looking for a fun theme for your next seasonal shindig? My wife, Beth, and I have hosted progressive punch parties with great success. These events are fun, interactive and require little effort once the prep work of making the punches is done. Check out the sidebar for directions on how to throw a progressive punch party.

WHAT I’M DRINKING NOW: STOUTS Now that the chill of the season has settled in, you’ll find me imbibing plenty of stouts. One of my local favorites is Schlafly’s Coffee Stout, one of the brewery’s core seasonal beers, which is released in November and runs through March.

Matt Sorrell has been a Dining and Spirits Contributing Editor for ALIVE for the past four years (and an ALIVE writer for seven).

A graduate of the BarSmarts Advanced course, he recently attended the BAR five-day course in NYC, where he achieved a BAR certified rating.

He has worked at several bars around town and was most recently found behind the bar at Planter’s House in Lafayette Square.

He and his wife, Beth, also own Cocktails Are Go!, which provides libation education and bartender services.




Progressive Punch Party


Hit up your favorite secondhand store and pick up several punch bowls. STEP TWO

Decide on a selection of punches, making sure to use a variety of flavors so each one is distinct. STEP THREE

For the party itself, place bowls in various rooms around the house. STEP FOUR

When guests arrive, give them their own punch cup—add wine charms to them just in case the cup is put down and forgotten about—then just have them meander around the house, tasting as they go.

These types of parties are an excellent way to get people out of their shells and moving and mingling. It’s also a good idea to set out a pitcher or dispenser of water so your guests can keep properly hydrated during all the merriment.


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MIDTOWN/ DOWNTOWN AL’S RESTAURANT St. Louis landmark featuring award-winning steaks and seafood. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 1200 N. 1st St., 314.421.6399. $$$ BAIKU SUSHI LOUNGE An experiential sushi menu featuring fresh fish flown in from Hawaii. Lunch Tue.-Sat.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 3407 Olive St., 314.896.2500. $$ BAILEYS’ RANGE Creative takes on burgers, milkshakes and craft sodas. Lunch and dinner daily. 920 Olive St., 314.241.8121. $$ BLOOD & SAND A members-only spot boasting bold and exciting creations in the kitchen and behind the bar. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 1500 St. Charles St., 314.241.7263. $$$ BREWHOUSE AT THE HYATT Known for their selection of local beers and tasty food




menu, Brewhouse’s historical space features state-of-the-art TVs and sound for fans who prefer watching the game barside. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 315 Chestnut St., 314.259.3270. $$ BRIDGE A large craft beer and wine list with small plates, sandwiches and salads. Lunch and dinner daily. 1004 Locust St., 314.241.8141. $$ CAFÉ VENTANA An extensive lunch selection, as well as sandwiches, beignets and pastries to have with your coffee. Open daily. 3919 W. Pine Blvd., 314.531.7500. $ B CIELO Quality Italian cuisine, dynamic beverages and stunning views. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 999 N. 2nd St., 314.881.2105. $$$ B KEY THE DARK ROOM A progressive wine program with small plates, plus rotating photo

exhibits. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 615 N. Grand Blvd., 314.531.3416. $$ DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON Internationally inspired cafe fare in the heart of Citygarden. Brunch Sat.-Sun.; lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri. 808 Chestnut St., 314.621.3236. $$ B DIABLITOS CANTINA Fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine with more than 100 types of tequila, some house-infused. Lunch and dinner daily. 3761 Laclede Ave., 314.644.4430. $ HARRY’S Great food, happy hour and view of the Arch with a casual atmosphere. Lunch Wed.-Fri.; dinner Wed.-Sat. 2144 Market St., 314.421.6969. $$

$ Entrées average under $10 $$ Entrées $10–$17 $$$ Entrées $18+ We Heart STL 2015 Winner

Kitchen open past 11pm Outdoor seating NEW Opened in the last six months B Serves brunch


MIKE SHANNON’S STEAKS AND SEAFOOD A St. Louis landmark serving upscale American cuisine. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. 620 Market St., 314.421.1540. $$$ OVER/UNDER Upscale sports bar located near the biggest sports venues. Lunch and dinner daily. 911 Washington Ave., 314.621.8881. $$ PAPPY’S SMOKEHOUSE Memphis-style slow-smoked meats dressed with Pappy’s signature barbecue sauces. Lunch daily; dinner Mon.-Sat. 3106 Olive St., 314.535.4340. $$

SAUCE ON THE SIDE Unique calzones featuring fresh ingredients and sauces. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Multiple locations, $

BOGART’S SMOKEHOUSE Smoky, Memphis-style barbecue with generous portions. Lunch Mon.Sat.; dinner Fri.-Sat. 1627 S. 9th St., 314.621.3107. $$ ELEMENT Small plates and entrees with a variety of flavors created by a collaborative chef team. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 1419 Carroll St., 314.241.1674. $$ ELEVEN ELEVEN MISSISSIPPI Culinary fusion via Tuscany and NoCal. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 1111 Mississippi Ave., 314.241.9999. $$$ FRANCO Rustic French fare made modern. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 1535 S. 8th St., 314.436.2500. $$$

SYBERG’S Approachable riffs on surf & turf and Americana. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations, $$

FRAZER’S Elevated drinks and fare with a focus on local, seasonal ingredients. Lunch and dinner Mon.Sat.; brunch Sat. 1811 Pestalozzi St., 314.773.8646. $$$ B

NEW TAZÉ MEDITERRANEAN STREET FOOD Urban dining meets vibrant Mediterranean dishes. Lunch and dinner daily. 626 Washington Ave., Unit 103, 314.254.7953. $

JAX CAFE An eclectic menu of gourmet variations on American comfort food. Lunch and dinner Wed.-Sat.; brunch Sun. 2901 Salena St., 314.449.1995. $ B

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NEW SOUTHERN Satisfying our comfort food cravings with hearty Nashville-style hot chicken and sandwiches. Lunch Wed.-Sun. 3108 Olive St., 314.531.4668. $$

BLUES CITY DELI A charming turn-of-the-century storefront with an expansive menu of sandwiches, salads and po’ boys. Lunch Mon.Sat.; dinner Thur. 2438 McNair Ave., 314.773.8225. $$


SMALL BATCH A vegetarian restaurant and whiskey bar serving small plates and entrees. Brunch Sat.-Sun.; lunch Fri.-Sun.; dinner daily. 3001 Locust St., 314.380.2040. $$ B

BENTON PARK CAFE An extensive breakfast menu, including breakfast pizzas, burritos and omelets, plus a full array of lunch and dinner entrees. Open daily. 1900 Arsenal St., 314.771.7200. $


ROSALITA’S CANTINA A Wash Ave outpost offering Tex-Mex favorites. Lunch and dinner daily. 1235 Washington Ave., 314.621.2700. $$

BAILEYS’ CHOCOLATE BAR Savory and sweet items served up in a romantic atmosphere. Open daily. 1915 Park Ave., 314.241.8100. $


MANGO Upscale Peruvian food and cocktails in a chic loft setting. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner Mon.-Sun. 1001 Washington Ave., 314.621.9993. $$



LUCAS PARK GRILLE A seasonal menu featuring soups, salads and New American entrees. Lunch and dinner daily. 1234 Washington Ave., 314.241.7770. $$$ B

THREE SIXTY On the rooftop of The Hilton at the Ballpark with spectacular views, cocktails and small plates. Dinner daily. 1 S. Broadway, 314.241.8439. $$$


HIRO ASIAN KITCHEN Bold and diverse flavors in dishes like bahn mi and kimchi. Brunch Sun.; lunch Tues.-Sat.; dinner Tue.-Sun. 1405 Washington Ave., 314.241.4476. $$ B

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LAREDO A delicious mix of classic and fusion Mexican cuisine. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 2001 Park Ave., 314.231.9200. $$ THE LITTLE DIPPER Smashing sandwiches in a small space. Lunch Tue.-Sun. 2619 Cherokee St., 314.625.3530. $


LONA’S LIL EATS Healthy, fresh, Asian-inspired cuisine with soulfood flare, using made-fromscratch sauces and seasonings. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. 2199 California Ave., 314.925.8938. $ MOLLY’S Southern Creole favorites with one of STL’s largest outdoor patios. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.; brunch Sun. 816 Geyer Ave., 314.241.6200. $$ B THE MUD HOUSE This hip, friendly cafe serves breakfast, lunch and housemade pastries until late afternoon—and don’t forget the coffee. Breakfast and lunch daily. 2101 Cherokee St., 314.776.6599. $ B THE PEACEMAKER LOBSTER & CRAB CO. Kevin Nashan’s new restaurant serves up East Coast comfort food, including lobster rolls, crab boils and steamed mussels. Lunch Sun.-Fri.; dinner daily. 1831 Sidney St., 314.772.8858. $$$




PIZZEOLI A Soulard gem serving up authentic and vegetarian Neapolitan-style pizza. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. 1928 S. 12th St., Soulard, 314.449.1111. $$

SPARE NO RIB Fresh barbecue favorites fused with Latin American flavors. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Multiple locations, $

PLANTER’S HOUSE Featuring an extensive hand-crafted cocktail list and specialty entrees. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 1000 Mississippi Ave., 314.696.2603. $$$

SQWIRES Seasonal menu featuring fresh interpretations of American classics. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat.; brunch Sat.-Sun. 1415 S. 18th St., 314.865.3522. $$ B

PW PIZZA Classic pies and oneof-a-kind recipes with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Lunch and dinner daily. 2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.7799. $$


REVEL KITCHEN All-natural, local foods and smoothies that are paleo-friendly and gluten-free. Lunch daily; brunch Sat.-Sun. 2837 Cherokee St., 314.932.5566. $ B THE SHAVED DUCK Cozy atmosphere, live music and meats smoked spot-on. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Fri.; dinner Sat. and Mon. 2900 Virginia Ave., 314.776.1407. $$ SIDNEY STREET CAFE Long-standing favorites, like lobster turnovers, and local dishes featuring Missouri lamb and pork. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 2000 Sidney St., 314.771.5777. $$$

TWISTED RANCH The owners’ secret homemade ranch recipe is incorporated into each dish, featuring many unique flavors. Lunch Tue.-Sun. 1730 S. 8 th St., 314.833.3450. $ VIN DE SET French cuisine served under the stars at the rooftop bar and bistro. Lunch Tue.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sun. 2017 Chouteau Ave., 314.241.8989. $$$ B

CENTRAL WEST END/ THE GROVE ATLAS Simple, elegant dishes and desserts in a cozy atmosphere. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 5513 Pershing Ave., 314.367.6800. $$$

ATOMIC COWBOY The casual Grove bar and eatery serves up Tex-Mex, unique margaritas and 34 kinds of tequila. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sun.; brunch Sun. 4140 Manchester Ave., 314.775.0775. $$ B THE BBQ SALOON The BBQ Saloon serves up the best of barbecue and whiskey in the Central West End. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tues.-Sun. 4900 Laclede Ave., 314.833.6666. $$


BIXBY’S Located on the second floor of the Missouri History Museum with breathtaking views of Forest Park. Brunch Sun.; lunch Mon.-Sat. 5700 Lindell Blvd., 314.361.7313. $$ B BRASSERIE BY NICHE Casual French bistro dining with an evolving menu, impressive beer list and classic desserts. Dinner daily. 4580 Laclede Ave., 314.454.0600. $$$ B CAFÉ OSAGE Eat healthy and local at this Bowood Farms addition, complete with the fresh taste of homegrown ingredients. Breakfast daily; lunch Mon.-Sat. 4605 Olive St., 314.454.6868. $$ B


CENTRAL TABLE FOOD HALL A dining experience like no other with seven display kitchens and locally sourced food. Breakfast and lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 23 S. Euclid Ave., 314.932.5595. $$ CRÊPES: ETC. An upscale patisserie serving crepes and a variety of pastries, soups and sandwiches. Breakfast and lunch daily. 52 Maryland Plaza, 314.367.2200. $ B EAU BISTRO Masterfully crafted dishes enhanced by locally grown, organic produce and a 300-bottle wine list. Brunch Sun.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 212 N. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.454.9000. $$$ B ELAIA & OLIO Mediterranean dishes featured in the fine-dining Elaia and the more casual wine bar atmosphere at Olio. Dinner Wed.-Sat. at Elaia; lunch and dinner daily at Olio. 1634 Tower Grove Ave., 314.932.1088. $$$ EVANGELINE’S Bistro and music house serving up Cajun and Creole fare. Lunch and dinner daily. 512 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.3644. $$ GAMLIN WHISKEY HOUSE More than 300 whiskeys accompanied by fine steaks and small plates. Lunch and dinner daily; brunch Sat. and Sun. 236 N. Euclid Ave., 314.875.9500. $$$ B HERBIE’S VINTAGE ’72 Contemporary American cuisine in an elegant atmosphere. Dinner daily; brunch Sat.-Sun. 405 N. Euclid Ave., 314.769.9595. $$$ B KAMPAI SUSHI BAR Japanese cuisine and rolls at great prices. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner daily. Multiple locations, $$ KINGSIDE DINER Featuring breakfast around the clock, this chess-loving diner prepares American classics. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 4651 Maryland Ave., 314.454.3957. $ NEW

THE KITCHEN SINK Known for their unique sandwiches, The Kitchen Sink serves a full menu from breakfast delights to desserts. Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 255 Union Blvd., 314.454.1551. $$ B LAYLA Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fusion with shawarma, shakes and craft cocktails. Lunch

and dinner daily. 4317 Manchester Road, 314.553.9252. $$ B NATHALIE’S Farm-to-table menu sourced from Overlook Farm. Brunch Sun.; dinner Wed.-Sun. 4356 Lindell Blvd., 314.533.1580. $$$ B OLD STANDARD A comfort-food-focused hot spot boasting a menu of fried chicken, American whiskeys and cocktails. Lunch and dinner daily. 1621 Tower Grove, 314.899.9000. PANORAMA The Saint Louis Art Museum’s restaurant features local ingredients and undeniable artistry. Brunch Sat.-Sun.; lunch Tue.-Sun; dinner Fri. 1 Fine Arts Drive, 314.655.5490. $$$ B PI Creative cocktails and delicious San Fran-style pizza. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations, $$ SAMEEM AFGHAN RESTAURANT Hearty Middle Eastern cuisine rich with lamb, rice, veggies and authentic Afghan spices. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 4341 Manchester Ave., 314.534.9500. $$ SANCTUARIA Fresh pan-Latin tapas paired with a world-class menu of handcrafted cocktails. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 4198 Manchester Ave., 314.535.9700. $$$ SCAPE AMERICAN BISTRO A wide range of New American dishes with a great happy hour. Brunch Sun.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 48 Maryland Plaza, 314.361.7227. $$$ B

SCOTTISH ARMS Scottish fare with an extensive single-malt list. Brunch Sun.; lunch Mon.Fri.; dinner daily. 8 S. Sarah St., 314.535.0551. $$ B SOHO RESTAURANT + LOUNGE Sophisticated Southern cuisine and cocktails. Brunch Sun.; dinner Wed.-Sat. 4229 Manchester Ave., 314.932.5554. $$ B SUB ZERO More than 300 vodkas, a sushi bar and build-yourown burger menu. Lunch and dinner daily. 308 N. Euclid Ave., 314.367.1200. $$ TASTE Small plates and craft cocktails made with strong attention to detail. Dinner daily. 4584 Laclede Ave., 314.361.1200. $$ TAVERN OF FINE ARTS Fine wines, seasonal appetizers and

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SOUTH CITY/ HAMPTON/ THE HILL AYA SOFIA Exotic Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine combining Middle Eastern, Greek and southern Italian styles. Brunch Sun., lunch and dinner Tue.-Fri.; dinner Sat.-Sun. 6671 Chippewa St., 314.645.9919. $$ B BAIDA Authentic Moroccan eats, from tajins to couscous and pastries. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 3191 S. Grand Blvd., 314.932.7950. $$$ CITY PARK GRILL Neighborhood joint focused on sandwiches, burgers and salads. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 3157 Morgan Ford Road, 314.899.9338. $$$ THE DAM Unique burgers and New American dishes served with homemade sauces. Brunch Sun.; lunch and dinner daily. 3173 Morgan Ford Road, 314.771.3173. $ B FARMHAUS Edgy Southern and Midwestern locavore food from chef Kevin Willmann. Lunch Mon.Thur.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 3257 Ivanhoe Ave., 314.647.3800. $$ GIOVANNI’S ON THE HILL Family-owned restaurant serving classic authentic Italian dishes in a friendly atmosphere. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 5201 Shaw Ave., 314.772.5958. $$$ GUERRILLA STREET FOOD Serving the Filipino dishes you usually find on a favorite food truck. Lunch Mon.-Thur.; dinner Tue.-Sat. 3559 Arsenal St., 314.529.1328. $$


LULU’S LOCAL EATERY A brickand-mortar of the popular food truck serving up sustainable and fresh dishes. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 3201 S. Grand Blvd., 314.300.8215. $

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THE ROYALE A tavern-style restaurant with drinks named for different parts of the city. Lunch and dinner daily. 3132 S. Kingshighway Blvd., 314.772.3600. $$ SASHA’S A hip wine bar with tasty small plates and crepes. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations, $$ B THREE FLAGS TAVERN Rustic atmosphere with bold flavors of elegant comfort food cooking. Dinner Mon- Sat.; lunch Tues.-Fri; brunch Sat.-Sun. 4940 Southwest Ave., 314.669.9222. $$$ B TRATTORIA MARCELLA Authentic Italian cuisine featuring a wide variety of plated options with a lengthy wine list. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 3600 Watson Road, 314.352.7706. $$ TREE HOUSE RESTAURANT Contemporary vegetarian offerings with Latin American and Vietnamese influences. Lunch Tue.-Fri., dinner Tue.-Sun; brunch Sat-Sun. 3177 S. Grand Blvd., 314.696.2100. $$ B

UNIVERSITY CITY/THE LOOP BLUEBERRY HILL Joe Edwards’ flagship restaurant, known for its beer selection and great burgers. Lunch and dinner daily. 6504 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.4444. $ CICERO’S A wide variety of pizza, Italian entrees and desserts with 55 beers on draught. Lunch and dinner daily. 6691 Delmar Blvd., 314.862.0009. $$ ECLIPSE Moonrise Hotel rooftop spot with innovative fare. Open daily. 6177 Delmar Blvd., 314.726.2222. $$ B FORK & STIX Northern Thai cuisine featuring spicy curries and plenty of charm. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 549 Rosedale Ave., 314.863.5572. $

THE PURPLE MARTIN Mediterranean fare from flatbreads to Tunisian chickpea stew. Dinner Tue.-Sat. 2800 Shenandoah Ave., 314.898.0011. $$

FRIDA’S This meatless cafe dishes out vegetarian and vegan-friendly smoothies, soups, sandwiches and more. Lunch daily; dinner Tue.Sat. 622 North and South Road, 314.727.6500. $

ROOSTER European breakfast and brunch fare served up in a modern, urban cafe. Open daily. Multiple locations, $ B

MISSION TACO JOINT Tacos with a twist, featuring fillings like roasted duck, grilled cactus and chile-grilled local tofu. Lunch and

dinner Tue.-Sun. Multiple locations. $ MOMOS Mediterranean tapas in a festive setting. Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 630 North and South Road, 314.863.3511. $$ PEACOCK DINER Fresh takes on diner food with retro-inspired decor. Open 24 hours. 6261 Delmar Blvd., 314.721.5555. $ B PÚBLICO The delicious flavors of Central and South American cuisine are enhanced by the handcrafted cocktails. Dinner daily Tue.-Sun. 6679 Delmar Blvd., 314.833.5780. $$ NEW RANDOLFI’S Mike Randolph’s newest dining spot offering a broad selection of rustic Italian fare. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 6665 Delmar Blvd., 314.899.9221. $$

SALT + SMOKE Find slow-smoked barbecue, craft beers and fine bourbons. Lunch and dinner daily. 6525 Delmar Blvd., 314.727.0200. $$ SEOUL TACO Korean-influenced tacos, quesadillas, burritos and gogi bowls made with a choice of marinated meats. Lunch and dinner daily. 6665 Delmar Blvd., 314.863.1148. $ UNITED PROVISIONS Modern international cuisine, sushi bar and coffee shop all located within topnotch international grocery store. Open daily. 6241 Delmar Blvd., 314.833.5699. $$ WINSLOW’S HOME Farm-fresh foods in a rotating seasonal menu featuring hearty, thoughtfully prepared dishes. Breakfast and lunch Tues.-Sun.; dinner Tues.-Sat. 7213 Delmar Blvd., 314.725.7559. $ B

CLAYTON/ LADUE/ RICHMOND HEIGHTS 5 STAR BURGERS Gourmet burgers with unique patties. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations, $$ AVENUE Contemporary American and a unique menu of wines, cocktails and espresso drinks. Open daily. 12 N. Meramec Ave., 314.727.4141. $$ B BARCELONA A see-and-be-seen spot to nosh on Spanish tapas.

Lunch Mon.-Sat.; dinner daily. 34 N. Central Ave., 314.863.9909. $$ B BAR LES FRÈRES French cuisine with a rotating menu and an intimate, romantic atmosphere. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 7637 Wydown Blvd., 314.725.8880. $$ BASSO The Cheshire’s sleek basement pub has 32 draft beers, Italian wines and wood-fired pizzas. Dinner daily; lunch Sun. 7036 Clayton Ave., 314.932.7820. $$$ BOCCI WINE BAR An eclectic wine selection highlighted by a revamped menu. Lunch and dinner Tues.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 16 N. Central Ave., 314.932.1040. $$ BRIO TUSCAN GRILLE Delicious, affordable Tuscan-inspired fare in a charming atmosphere. Lunch and dinner daily. 1601 S. Lindbergh Blvd., 314.432.4410. $$ B CITY COFFEEHOUSE & CRÊPERIE Sweet and savory crepes, Belgian waffles and more. Breakfast and lunch daily. 36 N. Brentwood Blvd., 314.862.2489. $ B COASTAL BISTRO & BAR Fresh-from-the-coast oysters and low-country cuisine. Stop by during happy hour for oyster shooters. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. 14 N. Central Ave., 314.932.7377. $$$ THE CROSSING A seasonal menu of farm-to-table fare. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 7823 Forsyth Blvd., 314.721.7375. $$$ CRUSHED RED Shop serving pizzas and salads made with fresh ingredients. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations, crushed-red. com. $ DEMUN OYSTER BAR The ultimate destination for seafood enthusiasts with fresh oysters from the West Coast. Lunch Sat.-Sun; dinner Tue.-Sun. 740 DeMun Ave., 314.725.0322. $$$ B FOX AND HOUNDS TAVERN The Cheshire’s classy pub is reminiscent of Scottish tastes and the perfect perch for a pint. Dinner daily. 6300 Clayton Road, 314.647.7300. $$ I FRATELLINI Fine Italian with an intimate atmosphere and mouth-watering menu. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. 7624 Wydown Blvd., 314.727.7901. $$$

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EAT+DRINK / WHERE TO GO J. BUCK’S A Clayton staple for business lunches and happy hour. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Fri.; dinner Sat. Multiple locations, jbucks. com. $$

BILLY G’S American and Italian dishes with St. Louis-style pizza and in-house smoked barbecue. Open daily. 131 W. Argonne Drive, 314.984.8000. $$

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. $$

THE BLOCK Restaurant, butcher and bar with a farm-to-table concept. Hours vary per location. Multiple locations, $$

THE LIBERTINE Josh Galliano reimagines comfort food at this Clayton eatery. Dinner Tue.-Sun. 7927 Forsyth Blvd., 314.862.2999. $$

CYRANO’S CAFE Famous for desserts like cherries jubilee and the World’s Fair Eclair. Lunch and dinner daily. 603 E. Lockwood Ave., 314.963.3232. $$ B

NICHE An award-winning bistro with a fabulous menu of American cuisine. Dinner daily. 7734 Forsyth Blvd., 314.773.7755. $$$ PASTARIA Gerard Craft’s fresh approach to Italian dining, featuring housemade pastas, pizzas and gelato. Brunch Sat.-Sun.; lunch and dinner daily. 7734 Forsyth Blvd., 314.862.6603. $$ B THE RESTAURANT AT THE CHESHIRE Seasonal American fare featuring wood-fired meats and seafood in a beautifully restored building. Open daily. 7036 Clayton Road, 314.932.7818. $$$ B

FORT TACO Quick, authentic Mexican food, including traditional salsas, fried tacos and enchiladas. Lunch and dinner daily. 8106 Manchester Road, 314.647.2391. $ KATIE’S PIZZA & PASTA OSTERIA Pizzas and pastas made with seasonal ingredients. Brunch Sat.-Sun.; lunch and dinner daily. 9568 Manchester Road, 314.942.6555. $$ B MAI LEE RESTAURANT Traditional Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. Lunch and dinner Tue.Sun. 8396 Musick Memorial Drive, 314.645.2835. $$

RUTH’S CHRIS Steaks and seafood in a fine dining atmosphere or the more casual R Bar lounge. Dinner daily. Multiple locations, ruthschris. com. $$$

MAYA CAFE Pan-Latin cuisine featuring housemade salsas and margaritas and live music regularly. Lunch Mon.-Sat., dinner daily. 2726 Sutton Blvd., 314.781.4774. $$

SPORTSMAN’S PARK Hearty pub food in a sports memoriabilia-filled setting. Lunch and dinner daily. 9901 Clayton Road, 314.991.3381. $$

MILAGRO MODERN MEXICAN Quality cuisine and cocktails in a festive and friendly atmosphere. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 20 Allen Ave., Ste. 130, 314.962.4300. $$

TANI SUSHI BISTRO Asian bistro with traditional and fusion-style rolls. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 7726 Forsyth Blvd., 314.296.8069. $$

KIRKWOOD/ MAPLEWOOD/ WEBSTER GROVES 612 KITCHEN & COCKTAILS A 1920s-inspired lounge with a diverse menu, draught beers and cocktails. Dinner Tues.-Sun.; lunch Sat. and Sun.; brunch Sun. 612 W. Woodbine Ave., 314.965.2003. $$ B ACERO Traditional, seasonal Italian cuisine with a multicourse tasting menu. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 7266 Manchester Road, 314.644.1790. $$$




and unique creations. Multiple locations, $$ 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. $ WATER STREET Excelling in specialty and vintage cocktails with an enticing menu of small plates. Dinner Mon.-Sat. 7268 Manchester Road, 314.646.8355. $$


THE POST SPORTS BAR & GRILL Find your finger-food fix at this sports bar and grill. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations. 314.736.1205. $ PRASINO Prasino’s offerings range from lamb meatballs to gooey butter cake. Breakfast Sat.Sun.; lunch and dinner daily. 1520 S. 5th St., 636.277.0202. $$ B

BALABAN’S Swing by to pick up a bottle of wine or to enjoy a French bistro-style meal. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat.; brunch Sun. 1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield, 636.449.6700. $$ B

SUGARFIRE SMOKE HOUSE Inspired barbecue using local meat and veg. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations, $

BELLA VINO Expansive tapas menu with high-end wines in the heart of historic St. Charles. Lunch Fri.-Sun.; dinner Tues.-Sun. 325 S. Main St., 636.724.3434. $$ B CIRCLE 7 RANCH Fun appetizers and hand-patted hamburgers, with the added benefit of private table taps. Lunch Fri.-Sun.; dinner daily. 14412 Clayton Road, 636.220.9707. $

OLYMPIA Greek classics like gyros, spanakopita and kebabs with traditional baklava. Lunch and dinner daily. 1543 McCausland Ave., 314.781.1299. $$ A PIZZA STORY A twist on Italian featuring unique pairings of fresh, organic ingredients. Brunch, lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 7278 Manchester Road, 314.899.0011. $$ B

FIT-FLAVORS Premade healthy meals to go for those who want to eat healthy without the hassle. Open daily. Multiple locations, $

RANOUSH Classic Middle Eastern cuisine like shawarma and falafel. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations, $$

HENDRICKS BBQ St. Louis barbecue and cocktails in the Moonshine Blues Bar. Lunch and dinner daily. 1200 S. Main St. 636.724.8600. $$

STRANGE DONUTS A hit combination of doughnut-shop classics

PATRICK’S Serving a range of delicious foods from flatbreads to steaks, this bar and grill is known mostly for their fresh fish and seafood dishes. Lunch and dinner daily. 342 West Port Plaza Drive, 314.439.0505. $$

ANNIE GUNN’S Known for heartwarming dishes and seasonal specials. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sun. 16806 Chesterfield Airport Road, 636.532.7684. $$$

EDGEWILD RESTAURANT AND WINERY A unique twist on American comfort food expertly paired with premium wines. Lunch and dinner daily. 550 Chesterfield Center, 636.532.0550. $$

ROBUST Navigate an impressive wine list and pair your choice with unique tasting plates. Lunch Mon.Sat.; dinner daily. Multiple locations, $$ B

MARCELLA’S MIA SORELLA Cozy Italian, including housemade pastas and brick-oven pizzas. Lunch Mon.-Fri.; dinner Mon.-Sat. 14426 Clayton Road, 636.333.1015. $$

KIM CHEESE Korean-Mexican-American fusion served through burritos, burgers and authentic Korean dishes. Lunch and dinner daily. 13435 Olive Blvd., 314.485.1408. $

SUSHI HOUSE Classic Japanese food and sushi accompanied by private karaoke rooms for a memorable meal. Open for lunch and dinner daily. 17265 Chesterfield Airport Road, 636.778.3232. $$ TAVERN KITCHEN & BAR Contemporary American cuisine served in a sophisticated setting. Dinner daily. Multiple locations, $$$ THREE KINGS Upscale pub fare with a global twist. Lunch and dinner daily. Multiple locations, $$ TRAINWRECK SALOON A neighborhood tavern that serves hearty American meals with a Western spin. Multiple locations, $ VIVIANO’S An Italian cafe with a grocery storefront offering imported pastas, spices and more. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Multiple locations, vivianosmarket. com. $$


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Community School 900 Lay Road, Ladue, 314.991.0005,

NurseryGrade 6 Coed

Nov. 7, 9am

Cor Jesu Academy 10230 Gravois Road, Affton, 314.842.1546,

9-12 Girls

Nov. 8, 11am-5pm

Crossroads College Preparatory School 7-12 500 DeBaliviere Ave., Skinker DeBaliviere, Coed 314.367.8085,

By appt.

Federation of Catholic Schools Varies Multiple locations, North County, 314.537.3174,

Various times, locations

Forsyth School 6235 Wydown Blvd., Clayton area, 314.726.4542,

Age 3Grade 6 Coed

Jan. 9, 10-11:30am (Early Childhood)

You know Forsyth School. Our one-of-a-kind campus, with classrooms in six homes, translates to a really different experience for kids. It promotes adaptability, courtesy, responsibility and independence. So, it’s not just charming–it’s an essential component of the Forsyth experience. Our curriculum is different: We’re known for our challenge education, for memory-mapping, for our drama program that culminates in a Shakespeare production, our Nicholas Aaron Aitken Artist-in-Residence Program and for our athletics program. Forsyth is all about challenge–always with support from great teachers and classmates–and independence. And it all begins with a great early childhood program. Forsyth. There’s nothing like it. ALIVE SPECIAL PROMOTION

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

Grades 9-12 Boys


Open House Nov. 8, noon-4pm

Downtown Children’s Center 6w-K 607 N. 22nd St., Downtown, Coed 314.621.1131,

By appt.

John Burroughs School 755 S. Price Road, Ladue 314.993.4040,

7-12 Coed

Oct. 24, 9am

Loyola Academy of St. Louis 3851 Washington Blvd., Grand Center, 314.531.9091,

6-8 Boys

Jan. 24, 3-6pm

Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School 101 N. Warson Road, Ladue, 314.995.7367,

Age 4Grade 12 Coed

By appt.

Missouri Military Academy 204 N. Grand St., Mexico, MO, 573.581.1776,

6-12 Boys

Dec. 5, 9am

Nerinx Hall High School 530 E. Lockwood Ave., Webster Groves, 314.968.1505,

9-12 Girls

Nov. 8, 11:30am4pm

New City School 5209 Waterman Blvd., Central West End, 314.361.6411,

PreK-6 Coed

Nov. 14, 9:15, 10:15, & 11:15am

Saturday, November 14, 9:00–Noon

At New City School, students learn more than the contents of a textbook. They are taught to become confident, caring, thoughtful individuals who value the multiple perspectives of their peers. A New City education is grounded in rigorous academics, achieved through joyful, experiential learning and is based on an integrated multiple intelligences curriculum. Students are empathetic, appreciative of diversity and carry a deep awareness of themselves. Located in the Central West End and serving preschool through sixth grade, your child deserves all that New City has to offer: academic excellence, diversity beyond the numbers, joyful learning and personal intelligences.

Notre Dame High School 320 E. Ripa Ave., Lemay, 314.544.1015,

9-12 Girls

Our Lady of the Pillar School 403 S. Lindbergh Blvd., Creve Coeur, 314.993.3353,

Age 3Grade 8 Coed

Nov. 8, 10am-3pm


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Rohan Woods School 1515 Bennett Ave., Warson Woods, 314.821.6270,

Age 2Grade 6 Coed

Nov. 14, 9-11am

Rosati-Kain High School 4389 Lindell Blvd., Central West End, 314.533.8513,

9-12 Girls

Nov. 8, noon-4pm

Rossman School 12660 Conway Road, Creve Coeur, 314.434.5877,

PreK-6 Coed

Dec. 16, 8:30-11am

St. Louis Language Immersion Schools Various locations, 314.533.0975,

K-7 Coed

Tue. and Thur. by appt.

Saint Louis Priory School 500 S. Mason Road, Creve Coeur, 314.434.3690,

7-12 Boys

Nov. 15, 12:303pm

St. Louis University High School 9-12 4970 Oakland Ave., Forest Park Southeast, Boys 314.531.0330,

Nov. 5, 12:30pm

Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School K-8 348 S. Mason Road, Town and Country, Coed 314.576.6177,

Nov. 8, 7-9pm

The Soulard School 1110 Victor St., Soulard, 314.865.2799,

PreK-5 Coed

Jan. 23, 10am12:30pm

St. Frances Cabrini Academy 3022 Oregon Ave., Benton Park West, 314.776.0883,

K-8 Coed

Jan. 31, noon-2pm

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

9-12 Girls

Nov. 8, noon-4pm

St. Roch School PreK-8 6040 Waterman Blvd., Skinker DeBaliviere,Coed 314.721.2595,

Jan. 31, noon-3pm

The Wilson School 400 De Mun Ave., Clayton, 314.725.4999,

PreK-6, Coed

By appt.

Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School 801 S. Spoede Road, Frontenac, 314.432.2021,

Coed Jr. K-6, girls grades 7-12

Nov. 8, noon-4pm

Visitation Academy 3020 N. Ballas Road, Town & Country, 314.625.9100,

Coed toddler-K, girls grades 1-12

Nov. 8, noon-4pm






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Made up of the stunning black-and-white photography from one of the top underwater photographers, Ernest H. Brooks, this exhibit features some of the most unique images of life in the world’s oceans. More info at (3415 Olive St., Grand Center).

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“Mamma Mia!,” Nov. 6-8, The Fabulous Fox Theatre

PONCHO SANCHEZ & HIS LATIN JAZZ BAND Nov. 4-7, Jazz at the Bistro

A legend in the world of Latin jazz and salsa music, Poncho Sanchez has a particular style of combining percussion with on-the-border swing. Don’t miss out on his latest show when he displays his Grammy Award-winning talent. Tickets at (3536 Washington Ave., Grand Center). RHONDA VINCENT & THE RAGE Nov. 6, The Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries

Grammy-nominated bluegrass musician Rhonda Vincent brings her group, The Rage, to town to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the live DVD they recorded at The Sheldon. Tickets at thesheldon. org (3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). TIMEFLIES Nov. 6, The Pageant

Blues, hip-hop and funk all get a makeover with this energetic musical duo. Expect plenty of dancing while the two perform some of



their best tunes, such as “I Choose U” and “All the Way.” Tickets at (6161 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop). MCGEGAN CONDUCTS MOZART Nov. 6-7, Powell Hall

Renowned pianist Orli Shaham and conductor Nicholas McGegan take the symphony on a musical journey as they present Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 9, Haydn’s Symphony No. 98 and more. Tickets at (718 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center). NEW FOUND GLORY AND YELLOWCARD Nov. 8, The Pageant

In a dynamic concert, alternative-rock bands New Found Glory and Yellowcard team up at The Pageant for a concert designed to remind you of the early aughts. Expect to hear music from New Found Glory’s recent album “Resurrection” and Yellowcard’s 2014 “Lift a Sail.” Tickets at (6161 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop). ALL TIME LOW AND SLEEPING WITH SIRENS Nov. 11, Chaifetz Arena

Pop-punk band All Time Low is


back on tour—this time with rock group Sleeping with Sirens—and will perform for devoted fans in town. Plan to hear hits from early albums like “The Party Scene,” as well as the band’s latest album “Future Hearts.” Tickets at (1 South Compton Ave., Midtown). GOGOL BORDELLO Nov. 11, The Pageant

Known for always putting on a party and for its one-of-a-kind Gypsy punk-rock sound, Gogol Bordello makes a stop here to show off its multi-talented band and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike.” Tickets at (6161 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop). JOSH TURNER Nov. 13, River City Casino

Country star Josh Turner has performed all across the country, sold double-platinum music and become one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Don’t miss his show full of emotion, energy and bluegrass inspiration. Tickets at (777 River City Casino Blvd., Lemay).


Don’t miss KSHE-95’s 48th Birthday Party celebration complete with a knockout performance by classic-rock group REO Speedwagon. Prepare to rock out to some of the band’s biggest hits, like “Keep on Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling.” Tickets at (1400 Market St., Downtown West). THE BLUEGRASS BALL Nov. 13, Old Rock House

Over the last three years at The Bluegrass Ball, a traveling music festival put on by The Travelin’ McCourys, has toured the country and picked up new acts and fans along the way. Check out their most recent lineup this month. Tickets at (1200 South 7th St., LaSalle Park). BEETHOVEN 6 Nov. 13-15, Powell Hall

Symphony-goers will experience Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Beethoven 6,” as well as Richard Strauss’ “Four Last Songs” and Anton Webern’s “Six Pieces for Orchestra.” Tickets at (718 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

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With a lengthy repertoire of great music, significant collaborations and sold-out shows, Ben Folds makes his way back to entertain local fans. Expect to hear work from his latest collaboration album, “So There.” Tickets at (6161 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop). JACKSON BROWNE Nov. 19, Peabody Opera House

Country folk-rocker Jackson Browne is an American music legend. Still touring in 2015, you can check out Browne on his latest trip where he’ll most certainly perform hits like “These Days,” “The Pretender” and “Running on Empty.” Tickets at (1400 Market St., Downtown West). GLEN HANSARD Nov. 23, The Pageant

Recognized for acting, as well as his wide musical successes in Irish rock group The Frames and folk duo The Swell Season, singer-songwriter Glen Hansard performs his first-ever solo album in this unique show. Tickets at (6161 Delmar Blvd., Delmar Loop). MODERN BASEBALL Nov. 24, The Firebird

Philadelphia-based punk-rock band Modern Baseball is slowly gaining popularity for its high-energy music, magnetic live shows and a creative approach to songwriting. Catch the group as it heads to The Firbird and plays from “Sports” and “You’re Gonna Miss It All.” Tickets at (2706 Olive St., Midtown). STRAIGHT NO CHASER Nov. 27, The Fabulous Fox Theatre

The internationally recognized all-male a cappella group Straight No Chaser is known for putting a swinging, unique style to classic hits, old-fashioned numbers and modern pop songs. Check out the group’s unique humor and smooth harmonies in “The New Old Fashioned” tour. Tickets at fabulousfox. com (527 North Grand Blvd., Grand Center). PETER AND THE WOLF Nov. 27-29, Powell Hall

During Thanksgiving weekend, make your way to Powell Hall to hear Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf,” as 102



well as versions of “The Snow Maiden Suite” and the US premiere of contrabass concerto, “The Wolf.” Tickets at (718 N. Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

even nightmares, Daniel Burnett shows his latest paintings and constructions in “Denizen Kim.” More info at (524 Trinity Ave., University City).

MICHAEL MCDONALD Nov. 28, The Fabulous Fox Theatre


The soulful singer-songwriter Michael McDonald, of The Doobie Brothers fame, comes to The Fox Theatre for his “This Christmas” tour, kicking off the season’s festivities. Tickets at (527 North Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

Visual Arts HURVIN ANDERSON, WYATT KAHN SHEILA HICKS Sept. 11-Dec. 27, Contemporary Art Museum St .Louis

Artist Hurvin Anderson shows off his exquisite, brightly colored paintings that depict both Caribbean landscapes and urban scenes. At the same time at CAM, the latest fiber installation by the talented Sheila Hicks is on display, as well as Wyatt Kahn’s first solo museum exhibition. More info at (3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). ERNEST H. BROOKS II: SILVER SEAS: AN ODYSSEY Sept. 16-Dec. 30, International Photography Hall of Fame

Made up of the stunning black-andwhite photography from one of the top underwater photographers, Ernest H. Brooks, this exhibit features some of the most unique images of life in the world’s oceans. More info at (3415 Olive St., Grand Center). MARILYN MINTER: I’M NOT MUCH BUT I’M ALL I THINK ABOUT Oct. 2-Jan. 10, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

The latest Street View video, shown on the side of CAM’s modern building, is Marilyn Minter’s work showcasing themes of femininity, fashion, sexuality and more. Minter takes a look at these ideas, showing both appreciation and challenges. More info at (3750 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). DANIEL BURNETT’S DENIZEN KIM Oct. 2-Dec. 13, Center of Creative Arts

Inspired by things like graffiti, hiphop music, mythology, dreams and

Michael Byron combines paintings, photos, collages and installation work in his latest black-and-white exhibit, which takes a look at simple everyday actions and puts them in new perspectives. Honoring the 20th anniversary of the war in Yugoslavia, St. Louis-based Zlatko Cosic’s video takes a look at the warfare of that time and connects it to social and political events of today. More info at brunodavidgallery. com (3721 Washington Blvd., Grand Center). JOHN GARRETT AND NANCY RICE Oct. 23-Dec. 12, Duane Reed Gallery

Dimension gets a fresh look with the two new exhibits at Duane Reed Gallery. Check out textile artist John Garrett’s latest woven works, full of color, intricacies and spectacular patterns. Don’t miss Nancy Rice’s recent paintings, full of three-dimensional objects, interesting colors and gradients and unique perspectives. More info at (4729 McPherson Ave., Central West End). POP UP! COME HERE FEATURING GRETA MYERS Nov. 6-14, SOHA Studio & Gallery

Admire the skilled, figurative drawings of artist Greta Myers during this short, pop-up art event. If talented human figure interpretations are your cup of tea, don’t miss this oneweek “Come Here” exhibit. More info at (4915 Macklind Ave., Southampton). 12TH ANNUAL ARTSTRAVAGANZA Nov. 9-10, Oak Knoll Park

Artists, craftspeople and more gather for the ARTstravaganza event, held in beautiful Oak Knoll Park. Expect to shop for jewelry, woodworking items, sculptures, photographs, paintings and so much more. More info at (2 Oak Knoll Park, Clayton). PAINTINGS OF SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL Nov. 13-Feb. 14, Mildred Lane Kemper

Art Museum

The world recognizes Sir Winston Churchill for his wartime leadership and strategizing genius, but the man was also an avid painter. In this exhibit, explore Churchill’s artwork including landscapes, boats and his favorite rooms. More info at (1 Brookings Drive, University City).

Theater/ Dance THE 39 STEPS Nov. 4-14, The Chapel

If you’re in the mood for a well-written “whodunit” mystery complete with humor, romance, intrigue and twists, then don’t miss out on Slightly Askew Theatre Ensemble’s production of “The 39 Steps.” Tickets at slightlyoff. org (6238 Alexander Drive, Wydown Skinker). MAMMA MIA! Nov. 6-8, The Fabulous Fox Theatre

Full of excitement, love, energy and, of course, great music and dance, the Broadway hit “Mamma Mia!” hits The Fox stage with its big costumes, bright lights and choreography to ABBA hits like “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance on Me.” Tickets at (527 North Grand Blvd., Grand Center). RUMORS Nov. 6-15, Robert G. Reim Theatre

Scandal, humor and mystery all combine in this play by Neil Simon, which centers on a wedding anniversary party gone terribly awry. Tickets at (111 South Geyer Road, Kirkwood). RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN Nov. 13-22, Union Avenue Christian Church

A look at gender politics, “Rapture, Blister, Burn” focuses on two women with quite different lives who choose to switch positions and end up with more than they bargained foe. Tickets at (733 Union Blvd., West End). AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LIVE: THE ALL-STARS TOUR! Nov. 15, Peabody Opera House

The popular NBC variety show is on tour with numerous musicians and performers, including season eight’s hilarious comedian Taylor William-

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son. Get tickets early so you don’t miss out on the show’s numerous events. Tickets at (1400 Market St., Downtown West).

“Great Russian Nutcracker,” set to Tchaikovsky’s beloved music. Tickets at (527 North Grand Blvd., Grand Center).

IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS Nov. 17-22, The Fabulous Fox Theatre

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Holidays spirits are high as Irving Berlin’s classic seasonal musical “White Christmas” takes center stage. Sing along to much-loved tunes, enjoy the stunning choreography and prepare for a spectacular show. Tickets at (527 North Grand Blvd., Grand Center). ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS LIVE ON STAGE Nov. 18, Chaifetz Arena

Grab your kids and head over to the best family event of the month:“Alvin and the Chipmunks Live on Stage.” Full of music, antics and a whole lot of fun, this show is a not-to-miss adventure. Tickets at (1 South Compton Ave., Midtown). ALL IS CALM Nov. 27-Dec. 20, Mustard Seed Theatre

A look at man’s humanity during times of war, “All is Calm” is an a capella musical based on a true, historical story. Tickets at (6800 Wydown Blvd., Clayton). MOSCOW BALLET’S GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER Nov. 30, The Fabulous Fox Theatre

Moscow’s world-renowned ballet company is on tour and stops in St. Louis for a performance of the magical

SANJAY GUPTA Nov. 3, Powell Hall

A multiple Emmy Award-winning medical correspondent for CNN as well as a practicing neurosurgeon, Sanjay Gupta is known around the world for his reporting skills and investigative stories. More info at (718 North Grand Blvd., Grand Center). MARYVILLE TALKS BOOKS: SAM WELLER Nov. 10, Maryville University Auditorium

Listen to the authorized biographer of Ray Bradbury, Sam Weller, speak to a crowd at Maryville this month. He’ll talk about his long history of well-known writings and experience of following the life of author Ray Bradbury. More info at (650 Maryville University Drive, Town and Country). RIVER STYX: MARIANNE BORUCH AND TRUDY LEWIS Nov. 16, Tavern of Fine Arts

Reading group River Styx reconvenes again this month with fresh work from Marianne Boruch and Trudy Lewis. Arrive early to hear the full extent of the readings. More info at (313 Belt Ave., DeBaliviere Place).

DIANA NYAD Nov. 17, Powell Hall

Known for swimming from Cuba to Key West, Florida at the age of 64, swimmer Diana Nyad is full of athleticism, determination and leadership. Listen to her describe her training and the details of the 110-mile swim during her speaker event. More info at (718 North Grand Blvd., Grand Center). VENUS AND ADONIS Nov. 17, Left Bank Books

This November, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis reads and further examines “Venus and Adonis” from William Shakespeare’s collected “The Sonnets and Other Poems.” More info at (399 North Euclid Ave., Central West End).

Charity REACH FOR A STAR GALA Nov. 6, The Ritz-Carlton

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosts its annual black-tie event, complete with delicious food, entertainment and notable presentations, to benefit CFF and its work. More info at (100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton). OVER THE TOP FOR TOTS Nov. 6, Ameristar Casino

Help support the Crisis Nurseries in St. Louis by attending Over the Top for Tots, a luncheon complete with for-sale items from local boutiques, raffles, auction items, entertainment and much more. More info at cri- (1 Ameristar Blvd., St. Charles). NATIONAL KIDNEY FOUNDATION GALA Nov. 14, Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark

In its 29th year, the annual National Kidney Foundation Gala features a cocktail hour with entertainment, silent auction and raffle. Award ceremonies take place during the formal dinner, and guests will enjoy dancing into the evening. More info at kidney. org (1 South Broadway, Downtown). NAPOLI NIGHT FOR THE CRISIS NURSERY Nov. 19, Bar Napoli in Clayton

Check out Napoli Night, with food, raffles, drinks and more, to benefit Saint Louis Crisis Nursery this month. Secure tickets early for a discount on the night’s festivities. More info at (7754 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton). QUILT NATIONAL 2015 Nov. 19-28, Peabody Opera House

Benefiting Safe Connections, a nonprofit that focuses on domestic and sexual violence victims, Quilt National 2015 shows off award-winning quilts. Tickets at (1400 Market St., Downtown West). STRANGER THAN FICTION: INTO THE WOODS Nov. 21, Central Library

Support St. Louis public libraries by dressing up as fairytale characters and attending “Stranger Than Fiction: Into the Woods.” Complete with ap-

Ballroom meeting rates start at $500 including in-house AV. For more info, contact Stephanie Sadler at Photo by Todd Morgan

petizers, music, entertainment, games and dancing, this literary-focused charity event is not one to be missed. More info at (1301 Olive St., Downtown). THE HUNGRY TURKEY RUN Nov. 26, Downtown

Dress up in your goofiest turkey-inspired gear, and get ready for the annual Hungry Turkey run and its many events. Proceeds from the run benefit Operation Food Search. More info at (Downtown).

Special Events COFFEE: THE WORLD IN YOUR CUP AND ST. LOUIS IN YOUR CUP Oct. 3-Jan. 3, Missouri History Museum

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The history, creation of and love for coffee truly comes alive in this new Missouri History Museum exhibit that shows the evolution of coffee both globally and locally. More info at (5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park). CALERES EMERGING DESIGNER COMPETITION PRESENTED BY SAINT LOUIS FASHION FUND Nov. 4, St. Louis Union Station

The runway event of the season stars five national designer finalists who will present their collections and vie for the $25K Caleres Emerging Designer Award, presented by Saint Louis Fashion Fund. Designer finalists include Julie Haus and Jason Alkire (Haus Alkire), Mike Eckhaus and Zoe

Latta (Eckhaus Latta), Azede Jean-Pierre (Azede Jean-Pierre), Katharine Polk (Houghton) and Jordana Warmflash (NOVIS). More info at (1820 Market St, Downtown). SAINT LOUIS FASHION FUND GALA Nov. 4, St. Louis Union Station

Join the Saint Louis Fashion Fund in toasting the winner of the Caleres Emerging Designer Award as well as honoring Iris Apfel, Paul Dillinger and the late Jeigh Singleton. More info at (1820 Market St, Downtown). WEAR IT: FASHION CHALLENGE Nov. 5, The Luminary

Local designer finalists will create a look inspired by an iconic work of art, showcasing their final design during a special opening event at V Projects in The Grove during STLFW. One winner, to be determined by an esteemed panel of judges, will win a $5,000 cash award presented by ALIVE Magazine and Stevens – The Institute of Business and Arts. More info at stlfw. com. (2701 Cherokee St., Cherokee Street) 24TH ANNUAL WHITAKER ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL FILM FEST Nov. 5-15, Multiple venues

The highly anticipated annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Fest is held, once again, in venues all across the city including CAM, the Tivoli and more. More

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Join one of St. Louis’ newest galleries in welcoming East London design duo Mariana Fantich and Dominic Young, who will present their conceptual art installation, “Apex Predator | Darwinian Voodoo,” for the first time in the United States. Free entry with RSVP to (4733 McPherson Ave, Central West End).

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Garden Glow is back! And this time, guests get to enjoy even more stunning light displays and fixtures, with tons of themes and brightly colored designs, all organized creatively throughout the garden. More info at (4344 Shaw Blvd., Shaw). AMEREN MISSOURI THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE Nov. 26, Downtown

Bring friends, your family or a date to the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade, which features the muchloved parade floats, marching bands and music. More info at (Downtown).

STL DESIGNER POP-UP Nov. 7, SKIF International

Shop and view the newest St. Louis-based fashion designer collections at one of the most inspiring places in the city—the production studio of SKIF International on The Hill. More info at (2008 Marconi Ave, The Hill). 46TH ANNUAL WAY OF LIGHTS Nov. 20-Jan. 1, National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

Get in the mood for the holiday season by checking out Our Lady of Snows’ massive annual light display with numerous scenes set up throughout the gorgeous property. More info at (442 South Demazenod Drive, Belleville, IL). GARDEN GLOW Nov. 21-Jan. 2, Missouri Botanical Garden



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ALIVE Wedding: Best Day Ever Aug. 27, Boo Cat Club

Brides- and grooms-to-be flocked to this wedding-season event to gather inspiration (and contacts) for their big day. Guests chatted and sipped on Pinnacle Vodka cocktails as they took in the event. Later, they turned their attention to a fashion presentation by Style My Aisle—one lucky guest also came away with a free honeymoon to Mexico.







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July 10, Downtown Maplewood It was a thoroughly whimsical take on Bastille Day in Maplewood’s downtown, where festivalgoers meandered along the streets, taking in street performers, art demonstrations and live music by musicians like The Gene Dobbs Bradford Jazz Experience. Businesses had their doors open as restaurants served up specials and the area’s locally owned stores put their wares on sale.






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May 2, Hunter Farms

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis celebrated the launch of their 40th festival season with a gala to remember: Soprano Christine Brewer, mezzo-soprano Phyllis Pancella and soprano Corinne Winters all performed selections for the guests. Chaired by Leila Farr, proceeds benefited the opera’s nationally recognized professional development programs and community engagement initiatives.

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Alicia LaChance

The St. Louis artist and co-owner of Hoffman LaChance Fine Art Gallery is perfectly at home in her open, light-filled studio. Prints and paintings of old work hang on the tall walls. The 5-foot-square painting called “New Village,” LaChance’s work adopted for a 27-foot floor installation in LambertSt. Louis International Airport, overlooks two large wooden work tables where cans filled with bright paint stand. Her work is colorful, exuding a jubilant, hopeful energy through bold strokes and repetitive, geometric patterns. Much of it draws inspiration from multicultural folklore and influences from periods living abroad after her coursework at Fontbonne University, Seattle Central College and at the Fashion Institute of Technology. When she’s not in the studio or with her kids, LaChance is bringing regional artists into the gallery, which she co-founded in 2004. Although past (and upcoming) shows feature nationally recognized work, she’s not hesitant to recruit talented and relatively new faces such as Nick Schleicher, whose “Synthesizer” show ran in September.

What is your current frame of mind? I’m thinking a lot about the future and about my daughter, who’s about to go off to school. When and where are you happiest? Around my kids. What is your favorite smell? A good thrift store. What is one word that describes you? Dedicated. What did you have for breakfast today? A cappuccino. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? “That will have to do for now.” What is your greatest weakness? The underdog. What trait do you most admire in others? Originality. What or who is the greatest love of your life? Definitely my children. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d like to know what it’s like to slow down. What do you consider your greatest achievement? Probably balancing being a fulltime artist with motherhood and retaining my identity. Which living person do you most admire? My dad. Which historical figure do you most identify with? A painter named Emma Kunz. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, who or what would it would be? Tesla. What is your most treasured possession? I have a collection of heart-shaped objects that my kids have picked up. What is your greatest extravagance? New socks ALIVE MAGAZINE | NOVEMBER 2015

at Christmas. But usually, time with friends or family. What is your greatest fear? Deep love and friendship eluding me. On what occasion do you lie? Never. I tend to be brutally honest. Who are your favorite writers? Don DeLillo, Jonathan Franzen—writers like them. Which artists do you admire most? Katherine Bernhardt is a true inspiration and from St. Louis—I’m not sure many residents are aware of her originality and influence on contemporary art. What is your favorite hobby? Walking and looking. Where would you like to live? In the south of France. Who are your heroes in real life? Dedicated parents. If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? My grandmothers. To what are you most looking forward? Taking a trip overseas with my kids—next fall, hopefully. What is one thing you wish would happen? We would all get together and take care of this planet. What is something you still want to learn? Oh gosh, there’s a lot. Being a yogi would be awesome. What is one thing you want to do before you die? See my children’s accomplishments and be happy. Interview by Krystin Arneson 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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