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List 2020

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If the past few months have taught us anything, it’s this: Don’t take anything for granted — jobs, visits with friends and family, even simple pleasures such as going to a movie or enjoying a meal at a restaurant. • As we assembled the eighth annual edition of the Go! List — a celebration of our favorite people, places and things in St. Louis — we considered all that we’ve missed during the coronavirus pandemic. And when we asked for your picks in our online ballot, we asked you to do the same. • This year’s Go! List is presented with a great deal of gratitude. And perhaps our unusual circumstances of 2020 have revealed even more to love about St. Louis. Contributors: Elise Diesfeld, Ian Froeb, Gabe Hartwig, Jane Henderson, Kevin C. Johnson, Sarah Bryan Miller, Daniel Neman, Beth O’Malley, Colleen Schrappen, Valerie Schremp Hahn, Aisha Sultan and Calvin Wilson


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MUSIC&CLUBS Joanna Serenko on “The Voice”

Paige Alyssa

Joanna Serenko Like Kennedy Holmes before her, Joanna Serenko of Kirkwood made a big impression on Season 18 of “The Voice,” which ended in May. Serenko joined the show after building a name for herself around St. Louis. During the show’s Blind Auditions, coaches Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Nick Jonas all spun their chairs around in approval of her performance. Serenko bounced from team to team during the show’s various rounds. She ultimately was eliminated during the semifinals, during which she performed remotely from her family’s home. After seeing her survive the ups and downs of “The Voice,” tackling songs that sometimes were not in her wheelhouse from artists such as Billie Eilish, we can’t wait to see what Serenko’s encore has in store. KCJ FAVORITE MUSICAL COMEBACK Paige Alyssa St. Louis lost one of its brightest young singers when soulful pop artist Paige Alyssa moved to the greener pastures of Los Angeles after releasing her album “Who Is Paige Alyssa?” After recognizing LA wasn’t for her, she returned to St. Louis in January with a new vision for herself and a new single and video,



Bruce Franks Jr. with his son, King Bruce Franks III, in “St. Louis Superman”

WHERE 750 Casino Center Drive, Maryland Heights • MORE INFO saintlouismusicpark.com

Houston song in his kitchen while his brother’s jaw drops, has been viewed 7.5 million times and was shared by BET. If it’s a new day, you can bet Black will have at least a couple of new TikToks ready for consumption. KCJ

“What’s the Move.” She’s looking forward to making more music and diving back into the music scene here. “I wake up every day so grateful I made this decision,” she says. “It’s been fantastic.

It feels so good.” KCJ MOST POPULAR QUARANTINED ST. LOUIS PERSONALITY Corey Black MORE INFO instagram. com/iamcoreyblack

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Spoken-word artist Corey Black started the quarantine livestreaming with his “Quarantine Lounge” event, sort of a spinoff of his monthly “Poetic Justice” open-mic event. Since then,

Black has embraced TikTok, posting random, off-the-cuff clips about anything and often nothing but that have nonetheless taken him viral. One clip, in which Black lip-syncs to a Whitney

FAVORITE LOCAL-ARTISTMAKES-GOOD STORY Bruce Franks Jr. Bruce Franks Jr., also known as battle rapper Ooops, turned heads when he landed a seat in the Missouri House of Representatives in a 2016 special election. Adding another layer to his success, Franks

was the subject of “St. Louis Superman,” a documentary short directed by Smriti Mundhra and Sami Khan that earned an Academy Award nomination this year. Though the film didn’t win, Franks remains a winner after waltzing his way through Oscar season and hobnobbing with A-listers. “St. Louis Superman” had its broadcast premiere in May on MTV; the film was released by MTV Documentary Films. From here on out, whatever film project Franks looks to next will immediately draw attention. KCJ

The new boutique amphitheater at Centene Community Ice Center in Maryland Heights was announced in January, with a May 25 opening headlined by Kesha and Big Freedia. Concert dates at the venue began filling up quickly, but now most have been canceled or postponed due to the pandemic. The idea of this being one of St. Louis’ best summers for concerts has long vanished, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed, hoping St. Louis Music Park will get to debut in some form before the season is over. KCJ


P H O T O S : T Y L E R G O L D E N , N B C ( S E R E N K O ) ; R . J . H A R T B E C K ( A LY S S A ) ; S A M I K H A N ( F R A N K S J R . )





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MOST ANTICIPATED RESCHEDULED SHOW The Weeknd WHEN 7 p.m. Aug. 24, 2021 • WHERE Enterprise Center, 1401 Clark Avenue • MORE INFO ticketmaster.com

P H O T O S : M A H M O U D K H A L E D , A S S O C I AT E D P R E S S ( T H E W E E K N D ) ; J O N G I T C H O F F ( N E L LY )

For the first time in his career, the Weeknd had booked a show in St. Louis, Aug. 25 at Enterprise Center, as part of his “The After Hours Tour.” But like most things we love this summer, the tour is postponed, to next summer. That seems like an eternity from now, but at least the show is still scheduled to happen, and it looks to be worth the wait. The tour is said to showcase state-of-theart production, one of the most innovative stage designs to date, and the most LED lighting and video for an arena show. The Weeknd’s latest album is “After Hours.” KCJ FAVORITE ALBUM TURNING 20 IN 2020 ‘Country Grammar’ by Nelly 2000 was a great year for new music, and the albums that dropped then are turning 20 this year. The titles include “Music” (Madonna), “Kid A” (Radiohead), “The Marshall Mathers LP” (Eminem), “Two Against Nature” (Steely Dan), “Mama’s Gun” (Erykah Badu), “Stankonia” (Outkast) and “No Strings Attached” (’N Sync). Everyone has a favorite, but when it comes to albums that helped shine a spotlight on


The Weeknd performs in 2018 in Abu Dhabi.

Nelly performs at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater on Sept. 6, 2019.

St. Louis hip-hop, there’s nothing like “Country Grammar” by Nelly (Cornell Haynes Jr.), which has sold more than 10 million copies. Singles include “Country Grammar,” “E.I.,” “Ride Wit Me” and “Batter Up.” KCJ FAVORITE MUSIC FESTIVAL WITH POTENTIAL FOR ST. LOUIS Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest For the second year, St. Louis-based Synergy Productions co-produced the Super

Bowl Music Fest with a lineup that featured DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Guns N’ Roses, Snoop Dogg, Maroon 5 and Dan + Shay. The three-night festival is considered the official anchor entertainment event for the Super Bowl; the 2020 fest preceded the Super Bowl LIV matchup of the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers in Miami. The 2019 festival featured Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Post

Malone, Aerosmith, Ludacris, Migos, Lil Yachty, 21 Savage and Ciara in Atlanta. We can’t help but wonder what it would look like if Synergy mounted its own new festival right here in St. Louis. KCJ SAFEST WAY TO ENJOY LIVE MUSIC AGAIN — FOR NOW Drive-in concerts WHEN Through June 20 • WHERE Drive-In St. Louis, 5555 St. Louis Mills Boulevard, Hazelwood • MORE INFO 314-528-2020; driveinstl.com

Throughout this pandemic, we’ve seen lots of creativity when it comes to artists finding ways to share their music with fans — front-porch concerts, social media livestreams, even popup shows from a rolling flat-bed trailer. DriveIn St. Louis has found a way of gathering hundreds of people for a live performance

while still allowing plenty of space for social distancing. In time for Memorial Day weekend, a series of outdoor concertand-music events launched on the sprawling parking lot at the former St. Louis Mills shopping mall in Hazelwood. Bands perform on a stage and are broadcast on LED screens; a movie is shown after the concert. Audio is transmitted to each vehicle via FM radio, and there’s space for up to 450 cars. The initial lineup was so popular that the events were extended through June. GH MOST-NEEDED NEW CONCERT VENUE The Sovereign There’s no telling when the Sovereign might open its doors. Originally scheduled

for early 2021, that could change as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. But when the new concert venue at 3300 Washington Boulevard does open, it’ll give the Grand Center arts and entertainment district some of that down-and-dirty vibe it has been missing. With the Sovereign, Steve Smith, CEO of the Lawrence Group, and Tim Weber, managing partner at the Old Rock House, are going for an old-fashioned rock club feel — not unlike Mississippi Nights, where Weber was a general manager. General admission capacity is 1,200, placing the club somewhere between the Old Rock House and the Pageant. The Sovereign will operate as an independent music venue. KCJ FAVORITE SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH The Dark Room WHERE 3610 Grandel Square • MORE INFO 314-776-9550; thedarkroomstl.com

If you like jazz with your coffee on a Sunday morning, this place is hard to beat. And it’s even better if you’re at the Grandel to catch a matinee and want to kill two of those proverbial birds with one stone. Just get to the Dark Room early enough to ensure a relaxed meal, and let the music wash over you. Chances are it’ll be the kind of jazz that makes you feel extremely lucky that you have ears. CW

FAVORITE MUSIC VENUE 1 • Fox Theatre 2 • The Pageant 3 • Broadway Oyster Bar


Blues Festival 2 • Fair St. Louis 3 • Pointfest

FAVORITE ST. LOUIS VOCALIST 1 • Charles Glenn 2 • Big George Brock 3 • Nelly

FAVORITE ST. LOUIS BAND 1 • Griffin and the Gargoyles 2 • The Urge 3 • El Monstero


FAVORITE PLACE TO HEAR JAZZ 1 • BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups 2 • Ferring Jazz Bistro

(Jazz St. Louis) 3 • The Dark Room

FAVORITE PLACE TO HEAR THE BLUES 1 • Broadway Oyster Bar 2 • BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups 3 • Hammerstone’s

FAVORITE PLACE TO HEAR ROCK MUSIC 1 • The Pageant 2 • Hollywood Casino

Amphitheatre 3 • Old Rock House

FAVORITE COMEDY VENUE 1 • Funny Bone St. Louis 2 • Helium Comedy Club 3 • The Improv Shop

FAVORITE ST. LOUIS COMEDIAN 1 • Nikki Glaser 2 • Cedric the Entertainer 3 • Kathleen Madigan

1 • DJ Patrico 2 • DJ Alexis Tucci 3 • DJ Nune (Lamar Harris);


Trackstar the DJ (tie)

Mary’s (tie) 2 • Rehab Bar & Grill 3 • JJ’s Clubhouse & Bar

FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY MUSIC 1 • Vintage Vinyl 2 • Euclid Records 3 • Record Exchange

FAVORITE PLACE FOR KARAOKE 1 • Firehouse Bar & Grill 2 • Double D Karaoke 3 • Just John

FAVORITE PLACE TO DANCE 1 • Casa Loma Ballroom 2 • JJ’s Clubhouse 3 • Helen Fitzgerald’s


1 • Just John; Hamburger

FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE DRAG 1 • HandleBar 2 • Hamburger Mary’s 3 • Grey Fox Pub; Rehab

Bar & Grill (tie)

FAVORITE ST. LOUIS DRAG PERFORMER 1 • Becca Diamond 2 • Desiré Declyne 3 • Dieta Pepsi

FAVORITE DIVE BAR 1 • Nick’s Pub 2 • Broadway Oyster Bar 3 • Hair of the Dog

1 • PBR St. Louis at

Ballpark Village; Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre; Game 6 Honky Tonk Joint (tie) 2 • Off Broadway 3 • Old Rock House




1 • The Pageant 2 • The Ready Room 3 • Delmar Hall

1 • Westport Social 2 • Up-Down STL 3 • Start Bar

1 • Syberg’s 2 • Amsterdam Tavern 3 • The Post Sports

Bar & Grill

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The pandemic wasn’t the best news for local theater companies, for which social distancing guidelines pose a challenge. But the recently renamed St. Louis Shakespeare Festival (formerly known as Shakespeare Festival St. Louis) has responded in its 20th anniversary year with programming that imaginatively explores the possibilities of the virtual realm, perhaps most notably a murder trial (scheduled for June 21) that raises the question of whether Hamlet will continue to be or not be. Most folks recognize the Bard’s theatrical genius, but too few realize that his works can also be a lot of fun. CW MOST ECLECTIC OFFERINGS BY A LOCAL THEATER COMPANY Stray Dog Theatre MORE INFO straydogtheatre.org

Among the virtues of this company is the sheer variety of its productions, from the old-school effervescence of “Guys and Dolls” to the timeless seriousness of “The Crucible.” If not for the pandemic, this summer Stray Dog would have presented “Lobby Hero,” an acclaimed comedy-drama by “Manchester by the Sea” screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan. The company, which has been 12

Jordan Moore (left) and Garrett Young in the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival’s 2020 production of “Dress the Part” at the Ready Room

A visitor at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum cranes his neck to view “Bombs” by Chinese dissident artist and

forced to postpone performances until 2021, attracts a loyal following for whatever it chooses to take on, and deservedly so. CW BIGGEST NEW STARS THAT WILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR THEIR PUBLIC DEBUT New Muny trees MORE INFO muny.org

For the first summer in more than a century, the show will not go on at the Muny in Forest Park. Due to the pandemic, the shows that were planned for this season will be bumped to 2021. And while that obviously means we’ll be missing out on another favorite summertime tradition, it also means we won’t get a chance to see the seven new trees that were planted onstage in May, replacements

Stéphane Denève leads the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2019 for its annual free concert in Forest Park.

for the older, less healthy trees that were removed during the theater’s multimilliondollar makeover that was unveiled in 2019. Those trees’ role in lending atmosphere to the action onstage hasn’t gone unnoticed

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— or unappreciated. And thanks to grafts made by arborists, one of the old oaks will live on through its young replacements, which are about 35 feet tall. They’ll be a bit taller when they make their official

debut next summer. CW BEST CONTINUED ARTS PRESENCE DURING THE PANDEMIC Opera Theatre of St. Louis MORE INFO opera-stl.org

General director

Andrew Jorgensen and his staff have kept OTSL in the hearts, minds and ears of their patrons, despite having to cancel their regular season. There are Friday afternoon “tent talks” (the best so far featured two of the great mezzo-sopranos of our time, Susan Graham and Denyce Graves); “Spotlight on Opera” features with directors, costume designs and musical excerpts on what should have been their opening nights (you can even order a picnic from Ces & Judy’s); plus movie nights, workshops with young artists and much more. It doesn’t replace the real thing, but it’s a lot better than nothing. SBM FAVORITE LARGE-SCALE CLASSICAL MUSIC ENSEMBLE

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra MORE INFO slso.org

Week in and week out, the SLSO provides music-making of the highest standard. Its broadcasts on KWMU are heard nationally, and its tours have regularly filled auditoriums. Many of the players have found new ways to reach out to the community even under the shutdown. Under new music director Stéphane Denève, the SLSO promises to reach further heights. SBM FAVORITE SMALLER-SCALE CLASSICAL MUSIC ENSEMBLE (VOCAL) St. Louis Chamber Chorus MORE INFO chamberchorus.org

Under artistic director Philip

Barnes, this superb, all-professional choir has taken a cappella singing to new heights. SBM FAVORITE SMALLER-SCALE CLASSICAL MUSIC ENSEMBLE (INSTRUMENTAL) St. Louis Classical Guitar MORE INFO stlclassicalguitar.org

It’s a lot more than recitals by an array of internationally noted performers; it’s about music education in underserved schools, master classes, a weekly radio show and more. SBM FAVORITE ART EXHIBITION THAT CLOSED PREMATURELY ‘Millet and Modern Art’ at St. Louis Art Museum WHERE 1 Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park • MORE INFO 314-721-0072; slam.org


P H O T O S : P H I L L I P H A M E R ( “ D R E S S T H E PA R T ” ) ; R O B E R T C O H E N , P O S T- D I S PAT C H ( A R T M U S E U M ) ; L A U R I E S K R I VA N , P O S T- D I S PAT C H ( S T. L O U I S S Y M P H O N Y O R C H E S T R A )



THE ARTS when the museum reopens Tuesday. JH FAVORITE REOPENING MUSEUM EXHIBITION ‘Ai Weiwei: Bare Life’ at Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum WHERE Washington University, 1 Brookings Drive • MORE INFO 314-935-4523; kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu

Bringing Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei to town after a renovation and expansion of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum was an exciting event for many museumgoers. The exhibition showed a range of iconic and new work, including a bicycle sculpture, wallpaper, videos,

porcelain and Legos. By the final days of the show in early January, lines of visitors waited to get into the galleries. JH FAVORITE ST. LOUIS ARTIST WHO SPEAKS HER MIND Mary Engelbreit MORE INFO maryengelbreit.com

Mary Engelbreit is best known for art described as cute, precious, whimsical or sassy. But this St. Louis artist, who created a licensing empire with more than 13,000 pieces of usable art including calendars, books, tea sets, ribbons and fabrics, isn’t afraid to speak her mind on

politics, current events and race relations. It’s something you don’t usually see in mainstream commercial art industries — especially not ones based in St. Louis and catering to middle-aged women. Her Instagram account, @MaryEngelbreit, highlights her art, her adorable granddaughter and biting political commentary. Her artwork changed forever the day a police officer fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson. Her progressive opinions may have alienated some customers, but her outspokenness has also earned

her a legion of new fans who may not have been familiar with her work. AS FAVORITE SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR ARTISTS DURING THE PANDEMIC Arts United STL When Opera Theatre of St. Louis’ full festival season was canceled, general director Andrew Jorgensen first got his board, donors and patrons to make sure that all the company’s contracted seasonal employees, from costumers to singers, got at least 50% of their promised payment. Then he and his director of development, Linda Schulte, decided to

help others. With the help of Mont Levy at the Regional Arts Commission and Tom Ridgely of St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, they organized the Arts United STL benefit. The May 31 livestream was a showcase of talent from across the local arts community and raised about $350,000 for the RAC Artist Relief Fund. SBM MOST WELCOME ADDITION TO ST. LOUIS ARTS DISTRICT High Low WHERE 3301 Washington Boulevard • MORE INFO kranzbergartsfoundation. org/high-low

St. Louis can’t have enough hangouts for the local literati,

Mary Engelbreit in her studio in the Central West End

and High Low, which opened in late 2019, hasn’t taken long to catch on. It’s an interesting place to sip a cappuccino and kick back with a book, or hear a reading by an up-and-coming novelist or poet. And the venue checks yet

another box for Grand Center as an arts district offering a wide range of experiences. At a time when some folks can’t seem to tear themselves away from their computer screens, High Low is a refreshing alternative. CW

P H O T O : P O S T- D I S PAT C H ( E N G E L B R E I T )

Many art museumgoers probably had only a vague idea of who Jean-Francois Millet was. But the St. Louis Art Museum’s curator, Simon Kelly, had been planning for a decade to delve into the modern influences of this French painter, who depicted peasants doing ordinary, backbreaking things like field work. It was radical. “Millet and Modern Art” managed to bring in paintings that had never before visited St. Louis. Masterpieces like van Gogh’s “Starry Night Over the Rhône” went into shutdown when the coronavirus hit, but visitors will get a chance to see them


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1 • Erin Bode 2 • Ken Page 3 • Ken Haller

1 • Fox Theatre 2 • Stifel Theatre 3 • Playhouse @ Westport Plaza



1 • Gaslight Theater 2 • The Boom Boom Room 3 • Ferring Jazz Bistro (Jazz St. Louis)

1 • Nancy Bell; Scott Miller (tie) 2 • Joe Hanrahan 3 • Carter W. Lewis



1 • Dance St. Louis 2 • St. Louis Ballet 3 • The Big Muddy Dance Company

1 • James Andrew Butz 2 • John Jauss 3 • Kelly Houghland



1 • Opera Theatre of St. Louis 2 • Union Avenue Opera 3 • Winter Opera St. Louis

1 • Nadja Kapetanovich 2 • Michelle Hand; Taylor Louderman; Ebony Easter; Jennifer ThebyQuinn; Linda Kennedy (tie) 3 • Jane Paradise; Nicole Angeli (tie)

1 • Mad Art Gallery 2 • Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries 3 • Art St. Louis; Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design (tie)

FAVORITE ART MUSEUM 1 • St. Louis Art Museum 2 • Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis 3 • Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum

FAVORITE SCIENCE/ HISTORY MUSEUM 1 • St. Louis Science Center 2 • Missouri History Museum 3 • National Blues Museum

FAVORITE MUSEUM/ INSTITUTION GIFT SHOP 1 • Missouri Botanical Garden 2 • St. Louis Zoo 3 • St. Louis Art Museum



1 • Christine Brewer 2 • Gina Galati 3 • Gina Malone

1 • “Ai Weiwei: Bare Life,” Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum 2 • “Pompeii: The Exhibition,” St. Louis Science Center 3 • “Art in Bloom,” St. Louis Art Museum

FAVORITE SCULPTURE PARK 1 • Laumeier Sculpture Park 2 • Citygarden 3 • Grace Taylor Broughton Sculpture Garden (SLAM)

FAVORITE NON-ARCH WORK OF PUBLIC ART 1 • “The Mural Mile,” downtown floodwall 2 • “Meeting of the Waters” (Carl Milles), Aloe Plaza 3 • “Angels in America” mural (Cbabi Bayoc), 4465 Manchester Avenue


1 • DeWayne Trainer 2 • Charles Glenn

FAVORITE ST. LOUIS COSTUME DESIGNER — THEATER OR OPERA 1 • Lee Cox 2 • Mary Engelbreit 3 • Michele Friedman Siler

FAVORITE ST. LOUIS LIGHTING DESIGNER — THEATER OR OPERA 1 • Joseph Clapper 2 • Rob Denton; Tyler Duenow; Bess Moynihan (tie) 3 • Sean M. Savoie

1 • Marty Ryan 2 • Karl Kelley 3 • Mary Engelbreit



1 • Mary Engelbreit 2 • Rob Lippert 3 • David Blake; Margery and Peter Spack (tie)

1 • St. Louis Symphony Orchestra 2 • Arianna String Quartet 3 • St. Louis Cathedral Concerts; St. Louis Classical Guitar (tie)



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FAVORITE ST. LOUIS STAGE DIRECTOR 1 • Jennifer Buchheit; Tom Ridgely (tie) 2 • Scott Miller 3 • Charles Creath; Ellie Schwetye; Justin Been (tie)

FAVORITE ST. LOUIS THEATER FESTIVAL 1 • St. Louis Shakespeare Festival 2 • Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis 3 • Grand Center Theatre Crawl

FAVORITE ST. LOUIS THEATER TROUPE FOR MUSICALS 1 • The Muny 2 • Alton Little Theater 3 • The Black Rep

FAVORITE ST. LOUIS THEATER TROUPE FOR PLAYS 1 • Repertory Theatre of St. Louis 2 • Max & Louie Productions 3 • Shakespeare Festival St. Louis


FAVORITE QUARANTINED FATHER-SON ACT Justin and Jackson Willman Magician-comedian Justin Willman has his hands full — that is, when he’s not making things disappear from them. During the coronavirus pandemic, the St. Louis native (Ladue Horton Watkins High School, class of 1998) has been busy promoting the third season of his Netflix series, “Magic for Humans.” He has also been entertaining fans on social media with a series of short videos titled “Quarantined Magic Lessons,” which co-star his 1½-yearold son, Jackson, who unwittingly and humorously spoils his father’s tricks. “He’s at an age where everything is magic to him — he’s a funny straight man,” Willman says. “I’ve

discovered he has a pretty amazing comic timing, busting me on my tricks. People are finding it very funny. I found its comedic angle truly by accident. … I’m looking forward to showing it to him when he’s older. He’ll probably roll his eyes at me.” It’s the definition of cute. KCJ FAVORITE SHOWCASE OF ST. LOUIS PLACES WE COULDN’T ACTUALLY VISIT ‘The Busch Family Brewed’ MTV debuted its reality series centered on the goings-on of St. Louis’ William K. Busch family in early March, just as the coronavirus pandemic began to affect everyday life. The series was filmed a while ago, and each episode featured various Busches going out to eat or going out for cocktails or going out to shop

for birthday cakes. Meanwhile, in real life, viewers were mostly quarantined at home, longing for the days of going out. The show also prominently featured some restaurants that had closed well before the pandemic (Hugo’s Pizzeria, Scape), which made us miss them all over again. While “The Busch Family Brewed” was what it was, we loved seeing all those beautiful shots of our city showcased on national TV. GH SAFEST WAY TO ENJOY MOVIES AWAY FROM HOME AGAIN — FOR NOW Drive-in theaters People love to watch movies outside, and the coronavirus pandemic gave us a new reason to embrace the retro thrill of drive-ins all over again. At the height

of their popularity, there were more than 4,000 such theaters across the country. Today, only about 300 remain, including three in the St. Louis area: the Skyview Drive-In in Belleville; the Litchfield Skyview Drive-In in Litchfield, Illinois; and the Starlite Drive-In in Cadet, Missouri. Operators of the theaters were eager to reopen once restrictions were lifted, and patrons have eagerly ventured out to enjoy movies under the stars. GH FAVORITE MOVIE FILMED IN ST. LOUIS BUT NOT ACTUALLY SET IN ST. LOUIS ‘The Ghost Who Walks’ St. Louisan Cody Stokes had made a lowbudget independent movie, which he was trying unsuccessfully to get entered into film festivals across



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P H O T O S : L A U R I E S K R I VA N , P O S T- D I S PAT C H ( S K Y V I E W D R I V E - I N ) ; C O LT E R P E T E R S O N , P O S T- D I S PAT C H ( E Y E S E E M E ) ; G L E N W I L S O N , F O C U S F E AT U R E S ( “ H A R R I E T ” )




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the country. He also couldn’t secure a theatrical release, because the film starred unknown actors, was shot in the middle of the country and was headed by a director — Stokes — making his feature film directorial debut. “We got stuck in this no-man’s land, which at the time could seem discouraging, but I always knew it would end up somewhere like Netflix,” Stokes says. Netflix is exactly where it ended up, at one point ranking among the streaming site’s top 10 most-watched movies. Filmed in St. Louis, “The Ghost Who Walks” is about a man who is released from prison after providing evidence about his former boss, who now wants him killed. Locals will recognize most of the filming locations and even a few faces, including Linda Kennedy, a mainstay of local stages who died in 2019. There are no shots of the Arch or Busch Stadium or any other iconic locations. “I wanted it to feel broad enough that you can feel it happened somewhere near you,” Stokes says. “(St. Louis) loaned itself, like a good actor, to being part of your imagination.” DN FAVORITE DIRECTOR WHO’S MAKING US PROUD ON THE BIG SCREEN Kasi Lemmons Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor on the



For those who love reading about St. Louis’ past and present, Reedy Press provides guidebooks to secret places, history and nostalgia, and favorite teams. It has been reprinting and updating titles since a warehouse fire in 2017 destroyed some 200,000 books, and now has available everything from “Missouri: An Illustrated Timeline” to “Growing Up St. Louis.” JH

At the Skyview Drive-In on May 8 in Belleville, moviegoers are parked with enough space to allow for social distancing.

FAVORITE BOOKSTORE WITH A PURPOSE EyeSeeMe African American Children’s Bookstore WHERE 6951 Olive Boulevard, University City • MORE INFO 314-349-1122; eyeseeme.com

Arthurin Harris looks at a book with her nephew Lafrance Johnson in 2019 at the grand opening of EyeSeeMe at 6951 Olive Boulevard.

Underground Railroad, had never been the subject of a movie — until Kasi Lemmons wrote and directed one about her. Lemmons, a native of St. Louis who lived here until she was 8, jumped at the chance to tell Tubman’s story with “Harriet.” Lemmons turned to directing after working as an actress. Her highly praised debut, “Eve’s Bayou,” was followed by such films as “The Caveman’s Valentine” and the holiday film

“Black Nativity,” which was based on a play by Langston Hughes. She also produced and directed the recent Netflix miniseries “Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker,” about America’s first self-made female millionaire, who lived and built her empire in St. Louis. Next up for Lemmons: an adaptation of Maaza Mengiste’s bestselling novel “The Shadow King.” DN

From left: actors Henry Hunter Hall and Aria Brooks, director Kasi Lemmons, actor Cynthia Erivo and camera operator Daniele Massaccesi on the set of “Harriet”

MOST ACTIVIST BOOKSTORE Left Bank Books WHERE 399 North Euclid Avenue • MORE INFO 314367-6731; left-bank.com

Left Bank Books has been a community mainstay for over 50 years, along with promoting causes such as LGBTQ rights, civil liberties and counterculture reading. After Michael Brown was killed in 2014, the independent store started a #FergusonReads program and continued to supply

Black Lives Matter signs through the latest protests over police killings. Early this year, some longtime fans thought Left Bank (which once cited free speech as a reason to host a signing by Hustler publisher Larry Flynt) made a mistake by canceling a book talk by author Jeanine Cummins, who was under criticism for being too “white” to write “American Dirt,” a novel with a Mexican protagonist. JH

Pamela and Jeffrey Blair opened EyeSeeMe five years ago to address a lack of diversity in what their children were reading at school. They filled their shelves with board books featuring black and brown faces, biographies of famous African Americans beyond Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, and popular titles such as “A Is for Activist” and “Hair Love.” During non-pandemic times, they host book clubs and community events in their University City shop and hold book fairs at local schools. EyeSeeMe also carries adult books on how to talk about race and raise anti-racist children. CS

FAVORITE MOVIE THEATER CONCESSIONS 1 • Hi-Pointe Theatre 2 • Marcus Theatres 3 • AMC Theatres

FAVORITE MOVIE THEATER 1 • Hi-Pointe Theatre 2 • Marcus Theatres 3 • AMC Theatres


Walks,” written/directed by Cody Stokes 2 • “Frozen 2,” effects supervisor Marlon West 3 • “Harriet,” written/ directed by Kasi Lemmons


Jewell,” “The Report,” “Lucy in the Sky”) 2 • Sterling K. Brown (“Waves,” “Frozen 2”) 3 • Ellie Kemper (“The Secret Life of Pets 2”)


Film Festival 2 • Art Hill Film Series 3 • St. Louis Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Film Festival

FAVORITE AMBASSADOR FOR ST. LOUIS 1 • Jon Hamm 2 • John Goodman 3 • Andy Cohen



“The Conners,” “The Righteous Gemstones” 2 • Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” 3 • Jenna Fischer, “Splitting Up Together”


Dogtown,” Wm. Stage 2 • “Scenes of Historic Wonder: St. Louis,” Jaime Bourassa and Cameron Collins 3 • “When the Blues Go Marching In,” Dan O’Neill

FAVORITE CURRENT ST. LOUIS AUTHOR 1 • Wm. Stage 2 • Cameron Collins 3 • Tom Sandoval


Library — Buder library 2 • St. Louis Public Library — Central Library 3 • St. Louis County Library headquarters

FAVORITE ST. LOUIS BOOKSTORE 1 • Left Bank Books 2 • Main Street Books 3 • The Book House; The

Novel Neighbor (tie)

FAVORITE CURRENT ST. LOUIS CHILDREN’S AUTHOR 1 • Sandy Fischer 2 • Jeff Burton 3 • Jan Greenberg


Jenna Fischer 2 • “Eat Me in St. Louis” 3 • “Best Podcast in Baseball,” Derrick Goold

What Happens Live With Andy Cohen” 2 • Joanna Serenko, “The Voice”; Charlie Brennan, “Donnybrook” (tie) 3 • Tom Sandoval, “Vanderpump Rules”

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FOOD&DRINK FAVORITE RESTAURANT COMEBACK Steve’s Hot Dogs WHERE 3457 Magnolia Avenue • MORE INFO 314-932-5953; steveshotdogsstl.com

Steve’s Hot Dogs, which Urge frontman Steve Ewing had grown over 11 years from a hot-dog cart to two brick-and-mortar restaurants, was done. Ewing closed the original Hill restaurant last year. In January, he announced that Feb. 1 would be the Tower Grove East location’s last day. Customers turned up in droves for Steve’s final days, and then angel investors Danni and Marcus Eickenhorst stepped up. With their backing, Ewing reopened the Tower Grove East Steve’s on Feb. 26. “Community treasure” is a cliché, but when members of the community invest in that treasure, it seems new again. IF MOST ANTICIPATED RESTAURANT COMEBACK Dixon’s BBQ WHERE 2549 Woodson Road, Overland • MORE INFO facebook.com/dixonbbq

Joe Dixon operated Dixon’s Smoke Co. in midtown from late 2015 to mid-2018, serving up excellent barbecue — especially the brisket (especially the burnt ends) — prepared in an allwood smoker with cherry wood and oak. Dixon decided to close the restaurant after the death of his mother, Charlene Runnels, who had once owned her own barbecue restaurant and had started him in cooking. Now, Dixon feels ready to get back to cooking. He has signed a lease and plans to open Dixon’s BBQ this summer in Overland. Get the brisket or the signature chicken tips — and definitely get the corn on the cob with barbecue aioli as a side. IF FAVORITE RESTAURANT INNOVATION Frozen pizza Restaurants scrambled when the coronavirus pandemic shuttered dining rooms in March. Many worked out the nitty-gritty logistics of online ordering and curbside pickup.

Some expanded their offerings to include groceries. But no innovation captured the dynamic of pivoting restaurants and customers stuck at home better than frozen pizza. It buoyed both the newer, twoperson operation, Melanie Meyer and Chris Ward’s Party Bear Pizza and Tiny Chef, and the St. Louis institution Gioia’s Deli, where owner Alex Donley called the frozen pies “Payroll Pizzas” because they were keeping employees paid. At Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria, Katie and Ted Collier’s frozen pizzas were so successful that in mid-May, having already sold more than 40,000 pies, the restaurant introduced nationwide delivery. IF

THE FIRST PLACE WE HOPE TO DEVOUR A BURGER AND FRIES IN A RESTAURANT DINING ROOM Bus Loop Burgers WHERE 10462 St. Charles Rock Road, St. Ann • MORE INFO 314395-0344; busloopburgerstogo.com

Curbside pickup and takeout have scratched a few itches during the Indoor Times, but some cravings can’t be replaced — like a freshly cooked skinny burger with a side of great fries scarfed down almost immediately after you’ve set the tray on the restaurant table. The last such burgerand-fries combo I ate was at Bus Loop Burgers a week or so before dining rooms closed, and I’ve been thinking about those juicy, cheese-slicked patties and hot, crisp

Coppa pizza at Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria

BiBim Bop at Sides of Seoul

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Pastry chef Tai Davis of Alchemy carries a cake to the display table for a raffle June 7 at a Bakers for Black Lives bake sale.


fries ever since. That burger was on a standard bun; next time, I plan to upgrade to a Big Bacon Cheddar Melt or a “Cowboy” Burger, both served on Texas toast. Bus Loop Burgers is takeout-only as I write this, but I might not be able to wait much longer. I guess I’ll get it to go as far as my car in the parking lot. IF ST. LOUIS CHEF WITH THE BRIGHTEST NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT Nick Bognar of Indo WHERE 1641 Tower Grove Avenue • MORE INFO 314899-9333; indo-stl.com

As restaurants cautiously open their dining rooms or continue with only takeout and delivery for the time being — all of them struggling to confront

Indo chef-owner Nick Bognar

uncertain new publichealth and economic situations — traditional acclaim might seem awkward at best. But that shouldn’t dim what Nick Bognar has accomplished since the 28-year-old chef opened his debut restaurant, Indo,

last June, including a rare four-star review from this critic. But you don’t need to listen to me. In May, Brett Martin of GQ magazine named Indo one of the country’s best new restaurants, citing Bognar’s “gift of flavor, as well as

precocious restraint.” A week later, Food & Wine named Bognar one of its “Best New Chefs.” Indo’s food, restaurant editor Khushbu Shah wrote, is “a testament to Bognar’s flavor-to-theface cooking style.” Whatever the future of St. Louis dining looks like, Bognar will be at its forefront. IF BEST CHEF AND GENERAL MANAGER WITHOUT A RESTAURANT RIGHT NOW Ceaira ‘Chef Jack’ Jackson and Misha K. Sampson MORE INFO culturefoodgroup.com

Remember 2019? I’ll give you a minute. It

was an outstanding year for new St. Louis restaurants in St. Louis, among them Bait, owned by Kalen Hodgest, with chef Ceaira “Chef Jack” Jackson turning out spectacular seafood fare in an electric dining room overseen by general manager Misha K. Sampson. It was the sort of theater — the small, packed dining areas, the quirky layout (a bar without bar seating), the drama of Jackson’s flaming prawns arriving at the table — that we might not be able to experience again for a while, even as dining rooms reopen. Jackson

and Sampson left Bait in January. They are currently operating the Culture Food Group, offering catering and other services. If at some point they choose to open a new restaurant, it will leap to the top of my mostanticipated list. IF FORMER DINING TREND-TURNEDFIXTURE THAT MIGHT BECOME NEWLY, DIFFERENTLY TRENDY Food trucks Last decade, food trucks went from a novelty to a booming trend to a fixture of the St. Louis dining scene. Some trucks established brick-andmortar locations that themselves became acclaimed fixtures. Most trucks, though, have remained trucks, doing the food-truck circuit. The coronavirus pandemic changed that, sending trucks’ lunch customers to work from home and canceling large, festival-like gatherings. Several trucks — among them Cha Cha Chow, Go Gyro Go, FarmTruk and Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill — are now booking visits to residential neighborhoods, a market that could be viable even after

the pandemic’s end. Meanwhile, food trucks might also gain a new audience from 9 Mile Garden, a food-truck venue slated to open July 3 near Affton. 9 Mile Garden promises a fixed location for a rotation of more than two dozen trucks for lunch and dinner, with live music and other activities to boot. IF MOST DIFFICULT RESTAURANT DECISION TO MAKE AT A SINGLE SHOPPING PLAZA RIGHT NOW O! Wing Plus or Sides of Seoul WHERE O! Wing Plus, 10094 Page Avenue, Overland • MORE INFO 314-395-0180; owingplus.com WHERE Sides of Seoul, 10084 Page Avenue, Overland • MORE INFO 314-942-8940; facebook. com/sidesofseoulfoods

For a decade now, the Song family has made a small shopping plaza along Page Avenue in Overland a destination for wing aficionados. At O! Wing Plus, the wings are always crisp and juicy, and the heat of each sauce never overwhelms the flavor, from the ferocious Beast Mode to the citrus-kissed Thai Chili Lime to the just-sweet-enough O’s Original. In late 2018, the Lee family took over a relatively new storefront in the


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MOST IMPORTANT RESTAURANT ‘PIVOT’ OF THE PAST THREE MONTHS Supporting the community If you know anything about the St. Louis dining community, you won’t be surprised by its generosity during the coronavirus pandemic. So in addition to pivoting to curbside pickup and delivery, restaurants and industry professionals turned their attention both to those on the front line of fighting COVID-19 and those who needed help in the sudden economic crisis. Juwan Rice, the 18-year-old owner of JR’s Gourmet Desserts & Catering, has prepared hundreds of meals through his Feeding the Front Line effort. John Perkins of Juniper organized Meals for Meds, a single website where restaurants can sign up to prepare donated meals to health care workers, and consumers can donate those meals.


still a single screen. The Hi-Pointe is big, and it is comfortable, but it isn’t a movie palace. And that’s a good thing, because drinking a Stag in a movie palace would be kind of weird. DN

Long before the pandemic, Cha Cha Chow was one of three food trucks parked near Euclid and Forest Park avenues in 2011.

FAVORITE OVERSIZE, FOOD-RELATED ROADSIDE ATTRACTION IN THE METRO EAST The World’s Largest Catsup Bottle WHERE 305 Railroad Avenue, Collinsville • MORE INFO catsupbottle.com

Tyler Davis of Alchemy Bakery prepared thousands of lunches for kids. The examples are too numerous — and the St. Louis dining community’s heart is too big — to contain in a single blurb. IF FAVORITE BAKE SALE Bakers for Black Lives On a very warm Sunday morning in June, hundreds of people lined up along McPherson Avenue in the Central West End. They were masked, socially distanced and eager to support Bakers for Black Lives. As Black Lives Matter protests swelled nationwide after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a group of St. Louis bakers, including Hannah Kerne, Sharon Harter, Meaghan Coltrain, Shimon Otsuka and Tyler Davis, organized

home. We find that it is helpful to buy more than you think you are going to need, because we always end up eating more than we think we are going to want. DN

Chef Ceaira Jackson

FAVORITE PLACE IN TOWN TO DRINK A CAN OF STAG BEER Hi-Pointe Theatre WHERE 1005 McCausland Avenue • MORE INFO 314-9956273; hipointetheatre.com

the bake sale to raise funds for organizations including ArchCity Defenders, STL Mutual Aid and Campaign Zero. The event was scheduled for four hours but sold out in two, and organizers announced they had already raised more than $12,000. IF

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FAVORITE CHICKEN SALAD Straub’s Fine Grocers WHERE Multiple locations • MORE INFO straubs.com

Chicken salad is one of those things that anyone can make at home. Literally anyone. But why bother when the folks at Straub’s turn out a rich,

creamy and unusually flavorful version that tops any domestic home-kitchen effort? And they must use a secret ingredient or ingredients, or maybe it is just a secret technique, that makes their chicken salad so defiantly unreproducible at

Perhaps it is the juxtaposition of the classy and the déclassé. Perhaps it is just the fact that, to our knowledge, you can’t get Stag at any other theater in the area (including, curiously, the Hi-Pointe Backlot). But there is just something irresistible about drinking a Stag and eating popcorn in the oldest movie theater in town — and the only one that is

Admittedly, the competition in this particular category was not fierce. But the World’s Largest Catsup (not Ketchup) Bottle is in a class by itself. It has its own website, its own fan club, its own annual festival and in 2002 it was named to the National Register of Historic Places. Do you know what else is on the National Register of Historic Places? The Statue of Liberty. The Empire State Building. The Hoover Dam. They’re all in the same category as a 170-foottall water tower in the shape of a bottle and advertising Brooks Old Original Catsup. It makes you proud to be an American. DN MOST MAGICAL ICE CREAM THRILL Campfire S’Mores at Ices Plain and Fancy WHERE 2256 South 39th Street • MORE INFO 314-601-3604; icesplainandfancy.com

You can’t just take a photo of this nitro ice cream treat to show off on social media

— you gotta take a video. This seasonal item offered at the ice cream parlor in the Shaw neighborhood comes with a lid, and when you remove it — pow! You’re suddenly in the woods, huddling before a campfire. A whiff of smoke from toasted-marshmallow ice cream hits your nose and eyes, inviting you to dig into the frozen version of this melty treat. We’re not sure how the nitro gods and goddesses at the parlor do it, but we hope they use the same magic that surrounds a real campfire. VSH FAVORITE COMMERCIALLY AVAILABLE GOOEY BUTTER CAKE Park Avenue Coffee WHERE Multiple locations • MORE INFO parkavenuecoffee.com

Why the rest of the world has not fully embraced the culinary perfection that is gooey butter cake is a question best left in the hands of philosophers and kings. We only know that we love it, which is fortunate because it is available all over the place in St. Louis. And of all those varieties of the local delicacy, our favorite is sold at Park Avenue Coffee. It is not too gooey, not too buttery and just cakey enough. Although the shop makes more than 70 flavors — which is impressive, when you think about it — we like the original flavor best. Why mess with perfection? DN


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same shopping plaza called Sides of Seoul and converted it into a fast-casual restaurant. Its selection of kimbap, rice bowls, soups, stews and other Korean fare is just as compelling as the wings at O! Wing Plus. I know, I know: Visit one for lunch, the other dinner; one today, the other tomorrow. But I’ve been cooped up in my house for three months and counting. I want everything great now. IF


FOOD&DRINK SINGLE MOST TOTALLY AWESOME BAKED GOOD Kouign Amann at Nathaniel Reid Bakery WHERE 11243 Manchester Road, Kirkwood • MORE INFO 314-858-1019; nrbakery.com

No, we can’t pronounce it. We had to look up how to spell it. But the Kouign Amann (queen-ya-MAHN) at the James Beard Award semifinalist Nathaniel Reid Bakery is a layered, flaky masterpiece of culinary beauty. It consists entirely of pastry dough, butter and sugar, but you will not find a better combination of these three ingredients (or any ingredients) anywhere else in the region. Caramelized

on top and buttery throughout, It is what we imagine heaven tastes like, only a little sweeter. DN FAVORITE FOOD THAT IS BETTER IN ST. LOUIS THAN PRACTICALLY ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD Doughnuts For whatever reason, the stars have aligned over St. Louis to make this area abundant in excellent doughnuts. The gods of dough and grease and sugar — and maybe some nice custard filling — have looked kindly on our little town on the banks of two rivers and have blessed us with a superfluity of fine doughnut artisans. We have tried

doughnuts all around the country and all around the world, and the doughnuts here in St. Louis are as fine or finer than anywhere else (though there is that one little bakery in Schruns, Austria, that does come close). DN FAVORITE LIQUID THAT IS BETTER IN ST. LOUIS THAN PRACTICALLY ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE COUNTRY Tap water Maybe it is the quality of the water from the Mississippi River. Maybe it is the quality of the water from the Missouri River. We doubt it is the quality of the water from the River Des Peres. Probably having something to do with

the confluence of the two largest rivers in North America, the tap water in St. Louis and its surroundings is exceptionally good. It tastes clean and crisp, without the chemical aftertaste (or foretaste) typically found in other locales. You know how bottled water has a harsher flavor than eau de STL? People in other towns don’t have that experience. That’s why they drink bottled water. DN FAVORITE ST. LOUIS SNACK FOOD Crunchy Nuggets Red Hot Riplets If Crunchy Cheetos and Red Hot Riplets fell in love and had a baby, the result would

be these insanely delicious, highly addictive snacks. The puffy, easily crunched texture is an even better medium for that familiar hot-sweet Red Hot Riplet spice than the St. Louis company’s iconic potato chips. You can eat them by the handful if you can stand the heat; the spice level will build in your mouth, but it is oh so good. DN FAVORITE PRETZEL, EVEN IF IT’S HERESY TO SAY IT Union Loafers WHERE 1629 Tower Grove Avenue • MORE INFO 314833-6111; unionloafers.com

Sorry, Gus’ Pretzels. We love you, and you’ve been around

World’s Fair Donuts owner Jason Brockman in front of a mural of the shop’s former owner, Peggy Clanton

for 100 years, but there’s a new pretzel king in town. The big and beefy pretzels at Union Loafers have just the right tang, just the right chew and just the right crust-to-

crumb proportion. It’s pretzel perfection, and if that isn’t enough, they also come with a powerfully flavorful serving of mustard that, though you might not think it possible,

makes the pretzels taste even better. Maybe the part of the pretzel that is twisted is a little scrawny, but with pretzels this good, who cares? DN

Welcome Back! The Saint Louis Science Center is reopening on Saturday, June 20.

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Reservations available starting Monday, June 15. To help guests safely enjoy the Science Center experience while adhering to guidelines from local officials, we have a number of safety measures in place, including requiring reservations to visit. Reservations can be made online starting June 15 at www.slsc.org/exploresafe or by phone at 314.289.4424. A limited number of on-site admission tickets will be subject to availability.


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FOOD&DRINK FAVORITE STORE FOR HOME COOKS Ford Hotel Supply Co. WHERE 2204 North Broadway • MORE INFO 314-231-8400; fordstl.com

Ford Hotel Supply is also a restaurant supply store, one of the few in the area that sells to the general public. It is a fantasyland for home cooks who want to use the same equipment the pros use. It’s sturdy, hardwearing and, best of all, inexpensive. Why spend $200 for a fancy knife when you can buy the same knife restaurants use for less than 25 bucks? Most of the store’s wares are truly for professional kitchens, but you can get everything from pots and pans to whisks and spatulas and the occasional restaurantready small appliance for less than you would pay at any retail kitchen store. The staff is friendly and helpful, but be prepared to spend a while there, because the

checkout procedure is ludicrously slow. DN FAVORITE REMINDER TO STOCK UP ON ESSENTIALS ‘Honk for Wine’ at Southside Wine and Spirits WHERE 5017 Hampton Avenue • MORE INFO 314-779-6294; southsidewineandspirits.com

Five afternoons a week since midMarch, Southside Wine and Spirits has dragged a small, black, A-frame sign to the sidewalk in front of its St. Louis Hills wine shop. “Honk for wine!” it reads in cheery pink letters. We can’t think of a better reason to lay on our horn as we zip down Hampton Avenue. The 700-square-foot wine shop, like many other places, has switched to curbside pickup and delivery. But it’s the cute little sign, a friendly reminder to make a quick pit stop, that prompts us to pull over for our favorite rosé, a bottle of whiskey or a four-pack of City Wide Pale Ale. Toot-toot! CS

Triple chocolate gooey butter cake from Park Avenue Coffee

Louis Brewery 3 • Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.

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1 • Total Wine & More 2 • Randall’s Wines & Spirits 3 • Schnucks

FAVORITE ICONIC ST. LOUIS RESTAURANT 1 • Crown Candy Kitchen 2 • Rigazzi’s 3 • Sweet Em’s Coffee & Ice Cream

FAVORITE BEER FESTIVAL 1 • St. Charles Oktoberfest 2 • Schlafly Stout & Oyster Festival 3 • Oktoberfest St. Louis (at Urban Chestnut Brewing Co.)



1 • Sugarfire Smoke House 2 • Ted Drewes Frozen Custard 3 • Lion’s Choice

FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN RESTAURANT 1 • Sidney Street Café 2 • Olive + Oak 3 • Annie Gunn’s

FAVORITE BOSNIAN RESTAURANT 1 • Balkan Treat Box 2 • Grbic Restaurant 3 • Yapi Mediterranean Subs and Sandwiches

FAVORITE CHINESE RESTAURANT 1 • Mai Lee 2 • Sesame 3 • Lona’s Lil Eats

FAVORITE FRENCH RESTAURANT 1 • Brasserie by Niche 2 • Cafe Provencal 3 • Stone Soup Cottage

FAVORITE INDIAN RESTAURANT 1 • House of India 2 • Himalayan Yeti; Everest Cafe & Bar (tie) 3 • Rasoi

FAVORITE ITALIAN RESTAURANT 1 • Rigazzi’s 2 • Trattoria Marcella 3 • LoRusso’s Cucina

FAVORITE JAPANESE/ SUSHI RESTAURANT 1 • Drunken Fish 2 • Nudo House 3 • Cafe Mochi


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1 • Sasha’s Wine Bars 2 • 33 Wine Shop & Bar 3 • Robust Wine Bar

FAVORITE MEDITERRANEAN/ GREEK RESTAURANT 1 • Olympia Kebob House and Taverna 2 • Spiro’s Restaurant 3 • Michael’s Bar & Grill

FAVORITE MEXICAN RESTAURANT 1 • Pueblo Solis; Hacienda Mexican Restaurant (tie) 2 • Chava’s Mexican Restaurant 3 • Mi Ranchito

FAVORITE THAI RESTAURANT 1 • King & I 2 • Pad Thai St. Louis 3 • Lona’s Lil Eats

FAVORITE VIETNAMESE RESTAURANT 1 • Mai Lee; Pho Grand (tie) 2 • Little Saigon Cafe 3 • Lona’s Lil Eats

FAVORITE IRISH PUB 1 • Seamus McDaniel’s 2 • John D. McGurk’s Irish Pub & Garden 3 • O’Connell’s Pub

FAVORITE BREAKFAST 1 • Uncle Bill’s Pancakes 2 • Sweet Em’s Coffee & Ice Cream 3 • Southwest Diner; Chris’ Pancake & Dining; Shack Breakfast & Lunch (tie)

FAVORITE BRUNCH 1 • Rooster 2 • Russell’s on Macklind 3 • The Stone Turtle

FAVORITE BAKERY/ DESSERTS 1 • Sweet Em’s Coffee & Ice Cream 2 • McArthur’s Bakery 3 • Nathaniel Reid Bakery

FAVORITE DOUGHNUTS 1 • Donut Drive-In 2 • World’s Fair Doughnuts 3 • Old Town Donuts

FAVORITE FROZEN TREATS 1 • Ted Drewes Frozen Custard 2 • Sweet Em’s Coffee & Ice Cream 3 • Clementine’s Naughty & Nice Creamery

FAVORITE PIZZA 1 • Failoni’s/Uncle Leo’s 2 • Rigazzi’s 3 • Felix’s Pizza Pub

FAVORITE TOASTED RAVIOLI 1 • Rigazzi’s 2 • Anthonino’s Taverna 3 • Seamus McDaniel’s

FAVORITE DELI/ SANDWICHES 1 • Gioia’s Deli 2 • Blues City Deli 3 • Nora’s

FAVORITE VEGAN/ VEGETARIAN FARE 1 • Lulu’s Local Eatery 2 • SweetArt 3 • Frida’s



1 • Hogtown Smokehouse 2 • Sugarfire Smoke House 3 • Pappy’s Smokehouse

1 • Southwest Diner 2 • Courtesy Diner 3 • Eat-Rite Diner; City Diner (tie)

FAVORITE BURGERS 1 • Seamus McDaniel’s 2 • Hi-Pointe Drive-In 3 • O’Connell’s Pub

FAVORITE FRENCH FRIES 1 • Mac’s Local Eats 2 • Seamus McDaniel’s 3 • Sugarfire Smokehouse

FAVORITE FRIED CHICKEN 1 • Hodak’s Restaurant & Bar 2 • Rigazzi’s 3 • Byrd & Barrel; The Pat Connolly Tavern (tie)

FAVORITE WINGS 1 • Syberg’s 2 • Seamus McDaniel’s 3 • Hogtown Smokehouse

FAVORITE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT 1 • Peacemaker Lobster & Crab Co. 2 • Broadway Oyster Bar 3 • Oceano Bistro

FAVORITE FINE-DINING RESTAURANT 1 • LoRusso’s Cucina 2 • Sidney Street Cafe 3 • Tony’s

FAVORITE SOUTHERN/ SOUL-FOOD RESTAURANT 1 • Grace Meat + Three 2 • Sweetie Pie’s Upper Crust 3 • Southern



1 • Tucker’s Place 2 • Citizen Kane’s Steak House 3 • Twisted Tree Steakhouse

1 • Chaumette Vineyards & Winery 2 • Stone Hill Winery 3 • Montelle Winery



1 • Seoul Taco 2 • Guerrilla Street Food 3 • Gioia’s Deli

1 • Total Wine & More 2 • Randall’s Wines & Spirits 3 • The Wine and Cheese Place

FAVORITE FARMERS MARKET 1 • Soulard Farmers Market 2 • Kirkwood Farmers Market 3 • Tower Grove Farmers Market and Bazaar

FAVORITE RESTAURANT/ BAR COCKTAILS 1 • Narwhal’s Crafted 2 • Planter’s House 3 • Seamus McDaniel’s



1 • Schnucks 2 • Dierbergs 3 • Trader Joe’s; Aldi (tie)

1 • Narwhal’s Crafted 2 • Tamm Avenue Bar 3 • Mission Taco Joint



1 • Felix’s Pizza Pub 2 • Courtesy Diner; Uncle Bill’s Pancakes (tie) 3 • Mission Taco Joint

FAVORITE RESTAURANT/ BAR PATIO 1 • Billy G’s Kirkwood 2 • Seamus McDaniel’s 3 • Tamm Avenue Bar

FAVORITE BEER BAR 1 • Seamus McDaniel’s 2 • International Tap House 3 • Budweiser Brew House

1 • Square One Brewery & Distillery 2 • Switchgrass Spirits 3 • StilL 630

FAVORITE RETAIL LIQUOR/SPIRITS SELECTION 1 • Total Wine & More 2 • Randall’s Wines & Spirits 3 • Friar Tuck Beverage

FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP 1 • Sweet Em’s Coffee & Ice Cream 2 • Kaldi’s Coffee 3 • Park Avenue Coffee; Picasso’s Coffee House (tie)

FAVORITE CRAFT BREWERY 1 • Heavy Riff Brewing 2 • Schlafly/the St.


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Stephen Painter crosses Market Street downtown in March.

Visitors at St. Louis Aquarium begin with a virtual train ride on opening day, Dec. 25.

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FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA LIVESTREAM ‘Quaranstreams’ by St. Louis Aquarium WHERE 201 South 18th Street • MORE INFO 314-923-3900; stlouisaquarium.com

Livestreams emerged during the pandemic shutdown to give us a peek at the St. Louis Zoo’s penguins and a view from the top of the Gateway Arch. But our favorite has been the St. Louis Aquarium “Quaranstream” series. The attraction, which debuted Dec. 25 at Union Station, uses Facebook Live to take viewers behind the scenes with intimate videos — animal feedings, Q&A sessions with staff members and peeks at what some of our favorite stltoday.com/go

aquarium inhabitants are up to. ED MOST DISARMING LIVE CAM Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park MORE INFO theparkwithaview.com

As we’ve longed to look beyond our front doors these last few months, perhaps you’ve given live cameras a revisit. The Gateway Arch unveiled a live camera from its 630-foot-high observation deck, and the St. Louis Zoo rotates its webcams to different parts of the park every day. But the live camera at Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park in East St. Louis usually makes us do a double take. First: Who is that man sitting there looking at the view of the Big Muddy

and the Arch? Why is he not moving? Should someone check on him? Turns out he’s a statue of Martin, a civic booster who wanted to expand the Gateway Arch National Park to Illinois. Second: If you happened to watch the camera the night of Nov. 11, maybe you saw a GIANT FIREBALL STREAKING ACROSS THE SKY. The camera was just one of several around the area that captured the meteor’s travels. Martin, of course, calmly took in the sight. VSH MOST UNEXPECTED INDOOR THRILL St. Louis Ropes Course at Union Station WHERE 201 South 18th Street • MORE INFO 314-923-3900; stlouisaquarium.com

Granted, I’ve had limited experience strapped into a rockclimbing or zip-lining harness, but I wasn’t expecting much when I stood in line with my two kids and three nephews during a post-Thanksgiving visit to the new indoor ropes course at Union Station. But we all had a blast, even the 7-year-old, and found obstacles to challenge us, thrill us and even make us feel a little sore the next day. Let’s face it: It’s tough to find an attraction that appeals to different ages and delivers thrills during St. Louis’ extreme weather conditions. A smaller obstacle course is available for little ones. VSH

MOST ANTICIPATED NEW ATTRACTION THAT WE MIGHT GET TO VISIT WHEN IT OPENS Nature Playscape in Forest Park MORE INFO forestparkforever. org/playscape

Forest Park officials know families and kids benefit from getting out and experiencing its nearly 6,000 acres. But they wouldn’t mind encouraging even more visits, which is one reason why they set aside 17 acres near the Jewel Box and World’s Fair Pavilion for a new nature playscape, set to be completed in the fall. The $4.5 million project, funded by donors, will include eight activity areas such as a forest, a

spring and a gravel bank connected by winding paths and a boardwalk. Because the attraction is outdoors and borderless, we hope it can open to the public and that pandemic restrictions won’t be as stringent as indoor attractions. Nature escape, indeed. VSH LIFT THAT DESERVES A LIFT Grafton SkyTour Aerial Lift WHERE 14 West Main Street, Grafton • MORE INFO 618-7868439; aeriesview.com/skytour

Jeff and Sandy Lorton needed a break: Their Grafton SkyTour Aerial Lift had finally opened in November after months of delays because of spring flooding. They built the

lift and a new parking area to carry visitors to their Aerie’s Resort and winery, and to provide sweeping views of the Illinois and Mississippi rivers and bluffs. But the lift and resort, like most everything else, closed in March because of the coronavirus. The Lortons were able to reopen at the end of May with some restrictions and social distancing measures in place. The public may have missed out on spectacular views of spring blooms, but we hope the summer breezes and cool beverages at the top will help lure guests. VSH COOLEST PRE-PANDEMIC VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE Train ride at St. Louis Aquarium WHERE 201 South 18th Street • MORE INFO 314-923-3900; stlouisaquarium.com

The brains behind St. Louis Aquarium wanted visitors to know about the venue’s rich history as a train station, the world’s largest when it opened in 1894. So they

created a virtual train ride to “transport” guests from the front entrance to the habitats. Visitors “board” one of two narrow rooms designed to look like full-size passenger cars. The benches rumble, and digital windows and a skylight provide a virtual view. St. Louis native John Goodman lends his voice as the train conductor on this historical journey that starts in 1894, the year Union Station originally opened, whizzing past brick buildings in downtown St. Louis, under the Mississippi River and into the Gulf of Mexico. “Bet you didn’t plan on that this morning,” Goodman says. “This is where the Mississippi River meets the ocean water. Absolutely breathtaking!” The St. Louis Aquarium reopened June 8, and for now, the train experience is closed because it’s tough to maintain social distancing inside. The journey through the aquarium is still an adventure, though, and the train will wait for us to board again. VSH

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AROUND TOWN loudly. At least none of us (we hope, anyway) are that girl who went viral when she brought her co-workers into the bathroom with her during a meeting. So, yay, videoconferencing? Or maybe groan? We haven’t quite decided. BO

Tara Morton shows students a finished mosaic during a virtual workshop she hosted in May at the Perennial Community Workshop.

WHERE 1 Government Drive, Forest Park • MORE INFO stlzoo.org/ranisjourney

We get it — you’re distracted. There’s just a bit happening in the world right now. You probably forgot to mark your calendar for the big St. Louis Zoo event of the summer: the impending birth of elephant Rani’s calf. It’s a big deal, and we mean big: Newborn elephants can weigh 250 to 350 pounds. And the mothers can be pregnant for 22 months, so you can bet Rani hasn’t forgotten. She was pretty far along when the zoo announced her pregnancy in October. Keepers say she’s doing great and is still due for a summer birth. The last elephant born at the zoo was Priya, in April 2013. And with the zoo reopening Saturday, we’re overdue for some animal adoration. VSH MOST USONIAN ARCHITECTURAL VICTORY Sale and ongoing preservation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pappas House WHERE 865 Masonridge Road, Town and Country • MORE INFO flwrevivalinitiative.org

The St. Louis area boasts two buildings designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright: the Kraus home at Ebsworth Park in Kirkwood, and a home designed for Ted and Bette Pappas in Town and Country. In 2018, after Bette Pappas died 22

Riders test the Grafton SkyTour aerial lift during its grand opening Nov. 15.

at age 91, her daughters sought a buyer who wanted to preserve the house. Michael and Carol Miner, who run the Frank Lloyd Wright Revival Initiative, a

nonprofit based in Palm City, Florida, bought the house in February for $719,300 and opened it recently for socially distant cocktail reception

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fundraisers. The house needs structural work, and Miner hopes to turn it into an event venue and museum that even more visitors can enjoy. VSH

FAVORITE QUARANTINE HANGOUT Front stoops Stoop-sitting is a treasured St. Louis pastime, and why not? Your neighbors and the cars passing by can provide decent people-watching, the trees along the street provide the shade. (Even better if your stoop is a full front porch.) You can sip a refreshing drink and get out of the house without venturing too far away. Chat with neighbors or passersby. Read a book or browse Facebook. Pajamas? No problem — it’s just the front stoop. BO

BEST/WORST WFH DISCOVERY Videoconferencing Video meetings are the worst best thing right now. The technology isn’t new, but the coronavirus pandemic quickly made apps like Zoom and WebEx a part of everyone’s daily life. Sure, it lets you see your co-workers instead of just typing at them, and after working from home for so long, it’s nice to see other humans. But it also lets you see exactly how crazy your hair looks after three months without a haircut. And then there are the people in your meeting who don’t mute their line and proceed to take another call or type

MOST UNDERRATED INFLUENCES IN CHILDREN’S LIVES Teachers Closing down regular classes has brought frustration to many families, as parents struggle to help their students with online platforms and assignments. Sure, kids had fun for a day or two, but the novelty quickly wore off. Teachers worked hard to adapt to the new format and keep students interested. And as the end of the school year approached, teachers planned ways to give graduates some recognition despite formal ceremonies being canceled. So, from this parent to the area’s teachers: Thank you. And we hope you will have our kids back in your classrooms this fall. BO MOST CHEERFUL FACE MASKS Daily Disco WHERE 2103 Marconi Avenue • MORE INFO 314-8027575; dailydisco.com

After the CDC recommended face coverings to be worn in public settings, medical masks became an unexpected essential. So why not

make them stylish and fun? Early on, Daily Disco, a chainstitch embroidery boutique on the Hill, contributed to the limited supply by donating a mask to an essential worker for each mask sold. But the shop’s cheerful, vibrant patterns set its masks apart. And if you want to be recognized behind your mask, Daily Disco can embroider your name using its distinctive stitching. ED FAVORITE WAY TO SHOW LOVE FOR ST. LOUIS City of St. Louis flag masks by STL-Style WHERE 3159 Cherokee Street • MORE INFO 314898-0001; stl-style.com

Wearing a face mask says you care about the health of your fellow citizens. Wearing a St. Louisthemed face mask says you care about the health of your fellow citizens and you love this city. STL-Style makes it easy to do both with its St. Louis flag mask. Since the pandemic hit, Randy and Jeff Vines, the brothers behind the custom design shop on Cherokee Street, have churned out tens of thousands of the red masks featuring the symbolic confluence of rivers and the blue fleur de lis. Of course, you can still visit STL-Style (online, for now) to celebrate your favorite neighborhood with T-shirts and totes featuring Benton Park West, Carondelet and Dutchtown, among others. But tie a mask on first! CS


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HAPPY NEWS WE ALMOST FORGOT TO LOOK FORWARD TO The pregnant elephant at the St. Louis Zoo



the grass may be a little bit greener in a neighborhood park. VSH

A North American river otter at the St. Louis Aquarium

WHERE 3772 Monticello Plaza • MORE INFO 636-300-4515; thepaintedpotstl.com

The Painted Pot in St. Charles is a must-try for parents looking to keep their little ones busy. Painting pottery is a creative alternative to coloring books and Play-Doh, and the results are more enduring. The Painted Pot offers a variety of items that can be painted — functional items such as mugs and platters; decorative items like figurines and planters — and then glazed and fired. Prices vary by size and detail, and store hours are limited. The shop also offers to-go painting kits and can deliver your finished fired creation for a small fee. ED

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back in the day, this is your shop. Style and sustainability — it’s a win-win. ED FAVORITE SPOT FOR A TUNEUP Momentum Cycles WHERE 8640 Mexico Road, O’Fallon, Missouri • MORE INFO 636-240-9232; momentumcycles.com

WHERE 4180 Manchester Avenue • MORE INFO 314-6598745; maysplacestl.com

WHERE 384 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Peters • MORE INFO 636-3977433; momentumcycles.com

Everything old is new again — especially with fashion. For a local alternative to the second-hand clothing apps, we love to get our thrifting fix at May’s Place. The familyowned business is temporarily closed, but its wonderfully curated selection of vintage clothing is available online. Whether you’re in the market for a oneof-a-kind wardrobe staple or want to show your kiddos what used to be “hip”

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who dusted off my bike to get some much-needed exercise while gyms were closed. I’m also sure I wasn’t the only one who discovered their creaky bike needed repairs. Momentum Cycles includes 11 different services in its expert tuneup that allowed me to start pedaling around town in no time. Plus, the shop will give you a no-obligation repair estimate, so you can decide whether to repair or buy a new


community workshops and clothing swaps in late summer. CS

Morning light washes over daffodil blooms in March at Tower Grove Park.

ride. If your bike is in fact past its glory days, Momentum Cycles has a wide selection of bikes to choose from. ED FAVORITE PLACE TO UPCYCLE ALL THAT STUFF YOU MARIE KONDO’D OUT OF YOUR HOME Perennial Community Workshop WHERE 3762 South Broadway • MORE INFO 314-8322288; perennialstl.org

Not sure what to do with the piles of old T-shirts you cleaned out of the bureau to relieve your stayat-home boredom? Perennial has lots

of ideas for you. The nonprofit dedicated to sustainable and creative crafting has temporarily closed its Marine Villa workshop but is teaching online classes such as candlemaking, embroidery and even make-your-own rain barrel. You can use tools and upcycled items from your home or pick up a kit of equipment at the shop, where no scrap of fabric, old jelly jar or discarded book doesn’t get a chance at a second life. Perennial plans to reopen its doors for in-person classes,

FAVORITE PARK PASTIME RESURGENCE The picnic Before the world shut down, I pretty much only saw other walkers, joggers and bicyclists on my walks through Tower Grove Park. But now, my visits and drive-bys include a once-rare sighting: picnickers. They’re lounging on blankets, sitting in circles in fold-out chairs and maybe gathering around a small table they brought. These are informal gatherings — no pavilion reservation needed. People have turned to parks as a safer dining and socialization option, complete with rustling leaves, cool breezes and curious squirrels. As we gradually reopen our homes and restaurants, I hope we don’t forget

FAVORITE SPOT FOR A PICNIC Tower Grove Park Spending time outside has undoubtedly been the key to staying sane during quarantine. But when we crave fresh air and aren’t quite feeling up to sweat-inducing activities, a picnic never disappoints. Tower Grove Park — with its 289 well-maintained acres of lush trees and historic treasures — is perfect for a socialdistancing picnic with friends or an intimate golden-hour date with a significant other. It’s a bit of privacy and tranquility just off bustling South Grand Avenue. ED FAVORITE HIKE DISCOVERED DURING PANDEMIC Rockwood Reservation MORE INFO nature.mdc. mo.gov/discover-nature/places/ rockwoods-reservation

We wandered off the beaten path to explore new trails during the pandemic when walking became our most popular hobby. After visiting 16 local and state parks over the past three months, one of the hidden gems turned out to be closer than we expected. Rockwood Reservation is in western St. Louis County with several popular hiking trails spanning 1,880 acres. The trail we traveled had few visitors early in the morning but a plethora of springs, caves and rock formations. The terrain

resembles the Ozark hills, along with bluffs, valleys and incredible bird-watching. The scenery changes more often than many of the other beautiful trails in the metro area. AS FAVORITE FAMILY RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS The Vo family The Vo family of doctors includes Mimi Vo, her father, Thanh Vo, and her sister, Mai Vo. Dr. Mimi Vo began speaking out about the shortage of PPE for health care workers and COVID-19 tests early in the pandemic. Her story about struggling for weeks to get tested herself while treating patients with coronavirus symptoms helped draw attention to the critical shortages. Although she made her father step back from their family practice due to his age and risk factors, she continued seeing patients remotely and collected PPE to share with other health care workers. Her sister, who is also married to a physician, personally made and distributed masks to health care workers. This family stepped up, spoke out and served countless patients despite difficult circumstances. AS MOST INSPIRING COVID-19 RECOVERY BY A HEALTH CARE WORKER Dr. Nadeem Qureshi Dr. Nadeem Qureshi, an emergency pediatric physician at Cardinal Glennon

Children’s Hospital, spent several weeks in isolation fighting for his life while critically ill with COVID-19. He spent 28 days in the ICU; 18 days of intubation; and 10 days on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine after his lungs, kidneys and immune system failed. His health situation was so dire that doctors weren’t sure whether he would recover. But Qureshi rallied and pulled through, and his friends and colleagues surprised him with a parade in front of his family’s home. AS FAVORITE DRIVE-BY BIRTHDAY PARADE Francis A. ‘Bud’ Jones A parade of more than 40 vehicles surprised Francis A. “Bud” Jones on his 99th birthday. Jones, a World War II combat veteran, dodged death at least twice in his life. The first time was when his aircraft was struck by enemy fire during the war. Jones managed to land the plane safely despite oil covering the windshield and a hole in the left wing. Later, as a member of the Missouri Highway Patrol, he was pursuing a suspect who shot at him during a car chase. A bullet went straight through Jones’ windshield and ricocheted off his gun holster strap. The Missouri Highway Patrol led the May 12 caravan celebrating Jones’ birthday. AS

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AROUND TOWN FAVORITE HOME-SCHOOL ACTIVITY Cooking Our children continued their high school coursework when schools shut down in mid-March. It was a rocky transition for many families, especially for those with young children requiring constant supervision while parents continued to work from home. Since our teenagers could work independently, we decided to focus attention on some life lessons. Specifically, they needed some work on their culinary skills, which largely had been limited to making sandwiches, ramen, and mac and cheese from a box. When the dinnermaking responsibility was placed on their shoulders, they rose to the occasion. Their forays into cooking included short ribs, kebabs and brisket. Aside from one small kitchen fire, it has been worthwhile hands-on learning. AS FAVORITE PROTEST ORGANIZERS Students Fort Zumwalt West High graduates Jalen Thompson, Ryan Fetsch and Ryan Staples led a protest in O’Fallon, Missouri, that brought more than 2,500 people to march for George Floyd, a black man killed in police custody in Minneapolis. Photos showing Jalen, 17, armin-arm with a local police chief appeared


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Bud Jones of Wildwood watches a neighborhood parade in his honor in May.

FAVORITE ATTRACTION TO SHOW ST. LOUIS VISITORS 1 • St. Louis Zoo 2 • Missouri Botanical Garden 3 • Gateway Arch


in newspapers nationwide. He appeared on the “CBS Evening News,” “Today,” MSNBC and numerous radio stations to speak out against police brutality. Meanwhile, two Ladue Horton Watkins High School students organized a peaceful Black Lives Matter march of more than 1,000 people for 9 miles through the most affluent parts of the region — Ladue, Frontenac and Town and Country — restoring our hope that young leaders will help heal our divided nation. AS FAVORITE REAL-LIFE SUPERHEROES Health care workers and support staff Tens of thousands of health care workers risked their own safety while serving patients during the coronavirus pandemic. Many had to reuse and ration personal protective equipment needed to guard against the virus. Some had to keep working when they were denied sick leave. More than 400 health care workers in the region contracted the virus themselves, and at least five health care workers

in Missouri have died of COVID-19. From the doctors and nurses on the front lines to the hourly workers in hospital housekeeping, we salute the heroes who continue to take care of us during this crisis. AS FAVORITE NEW CO-WORKERS Pets Our newest coworkers have some boundary issues — they constantly want belly rubs or snuggle into our laps during work hours. But they also offer unconditional support when we are on deadline and adorable distractions when we need a break from sitting too long in makeshift home offices. They don’t warm up smelly food in the office microwave, nor do they gossip behind our backs. They are a welcome sight during Zoom meetings, and no other co-workers are allowed to lick our faces when we eventually head back to our offices. AS FAVORITE ROUTE BETWEEN DOWNTOWN AND CLAYTON Forest Park Parkway If you’re not the kind of driver who likes to worry about reckless

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behavior on a highway, Forest Park Parkway is a godsend. With a sensible speed limit, it’ll get you where you want to go without much of a possibility of winding up in a 20car pileup. And who knows? Along the way you might want to park and check out a new restaurant. That is, after the pandemic is in everyone’s rear view. CW MOST ‘ST. LOUIS’ REMINDER ABOUT SOCIAL DISTANCING ‘Six feet apart folks’ Those big, lighted traffic signs that appear around town to warn drivers of street closings, detours and roadwork have been deployed during the pandemic to provide friendly, Midwestern reminders about social distancing: “Six feet apart folks.” Given the digital billboards’ limited character count, we’ll forgive the missing comma. But it’s hard not to read the gentle reminders in anything but a friendly voice. It makes us wonder whether that same conversational approach would work with other traffic signs. One way, people. No left turns, y’all. GH

1 • St. Louis Zoo 2 • St. Louis Art Museum 3 • Grant’s Farm

FAVORITE FOREST PARK ATTRACTION 1 • St. Louis Zoo 2 • St. Louis Art Museum 3 • The Muny

FAVORITE KIDS ATTRACTION 1 • City Museum 2 • St. Louis Zoo 3 • The Magic House

FAVORITE KIDS ATTRACTION FOR ADULTS 1 • City Museum 2 • St. Louis Zoo 3 • St. Louis Science Center

FAVORITE PARK 1 • Forest Park 2 • Tower Grove Park 3 • Lone Elk County Park

FAVORITE DOG PARK 1 • Shaw Dog Park 2 • SLU Dog Park and Ellen Clark Sculpture Garden; Maryland Heights Dogport (tie) 3 • University City Dog Park

FAVORITE PLACE FOR AN ANIMAL ENCOUNTER 1 • Grant’s Farm 2 • St. Louis Zoo 3 • Purina Farms

FAVORITE HISTORIC SITE 1 • Old Courthouse 2 • Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site 3 • Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

FAVORITE PLACE TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW 1 • Missouri History Museum 2 • St. Louis Science Center 3 • National Blues Museum

FAVORITE ST. LOUIS ZOO HABITAT 1 • Penguin & Puffin Coast 2 • River’s Edge 3 • Big Cat Country

FAVORITE FESTIVAL OR FAIR 1 • St. Louis Greek Festival 2 • Fair St. Louis 3 • Festival of Nations

FAVORITE PARADE 1 • Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dogtown 2 • Mardi Gras Grand Parade 3 • St. Patrick’s Day Parade downtown

FAVORITE ESCAPE ROOM 1 • Escape STL 2 • Mastermind Room Escape; St. Louis Escape at the Darkness (tie) 3 • Escape the Room


2 • Missouri Botanical Garden 3 • Gateway Arch

1 • Lemp Brewery Haunted House 2 • The Darkness 3 • Six Flags Fright Fest


FAVORITE ICE SKATING RINK 1 • Steinberg Skating Rink 2 • Winterfest at the Arch 3 • Kirkwood Ice Arena

FAVORITE PLACE TO SEE HOLIDAY LIGHTS 1 • Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch 2 • Candy Cane Lane 3 • Garden Glow at Missouri Botanical Garden; Winter Wonderland at Tilles Park (tie)


1 • Forest Park Highlands 2 • Bellerive Country Club 3 • Norman K. Probstein

FAVORITE CURRENT CARDINALS PLAYER 1 • Yadier Molina 2 • Adam Wainwright 3 • Kolten Wong

FAVORITE CURRENT BLUES PLAYER 1 • Ryan O’Reilly 2 • Jordan Bennington 3 • Vladimir Tarasenko

FAVORITE BATTLEHAWKS PLAYER 1 • Jordan Ta’amu 2 • Brian Folkerts 3 • Kenny Robinson

1 • Fair St. Louis 2 • St. Charles Riverfest 3 • Webster Groves Community Days



1 • Cardinals 2 • Blues 3 • BattleHawks

1 • Raging Rivers WaterPark 2 • Hurricane Harbor at Six Flags 3 • Aquaport in Maryland Heights

FAVORITE CURRENT SIX FLAGS RIDE 1 • Batman: The Ride 2 • Log Flume 3 • Screamin’ Eagle coaster

FAVORITE CASINO 1 • River City Casino 2 • Ameristar Casino 3 • Lumière Place Casino


FAVORITE SHOPPING MALL 1 • West County Center 2 • St. Louis Galleria 3 • Plaza Frontenac

FAVORITE BOUTIQUE STORE 1 • STL-Style 2 • Seeds of Happiness 3 • Arch Apparel

FAVORITE 2019-20 ADDITION TO ST. LOUIS 1 • St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station 2 • St. Louis Wheel at Union Station 3 • St. Louis BattleHawks

King penguins (left) interact with Humboldt penguins during an enrichment activity in 2019 at the St. Louis Zoo.


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