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Around the area
Events planned in and around St. Louis
4 Home & Garden Show 40th edition to roll into St. Louis.
5 Arts & Issues
"The Father of the Skyscraper."
Morpho Mardi Gras What's new at the Butterfly House.
15 "The Comedian" A love letter to New York comics.
17 Eureka Springs A hot wedding destination.
18 Whole lotta shakin'
The Rep to host "Million Dollar Quartet."
Friday February 17_______ • Sting: 57th & 9th Tour, The Pageant, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. • Bezz Believe, Jade, Sizzle, Beastkingz, Don Dizy, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. • Scrambled, w/(TBA), Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 8:00 p.m. • Skillet, w/Sick Puppies, Devour The Day, Pop's, Sauget, 8:00 p.m. • Shapes, Tre Serpenti, The Right Hooks, Cicero's, University City, Doors 7:30 p.m. • Mike Stern Band, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. • Orchid Show 2017, Missouri B o t a n i c a l G a rd e n , S t . L o u i s , 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until February 23, 2017 • Degas, impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until May 7, 2017 • Something Rotten!, The Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Runs until February 19, 2017 • Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis Exhibit, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until July 16, 2017 • 50 Years Of Blood, Sweat And Cheers- A Tribute to The St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Runs until March 4, 2017 • The Specialist, Holocaust
Museum & Learning Center Theater, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. • Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis Exhibit, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until July 16, 2017 • Self-Taught Genius: Treasures f ro m t h e A m e r i c a n F o l k A r t Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday February 18_______ • Va l e r i e J u n e , w / P a t r i c k Hockett, Blueberry Hill, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • P.R.E.A.C.H, w/Zeus Rebel Waters, LO-ER-KACE, Luhh B, ODDITY, Deezy Da Paperboy, Rec Riddles, G.Bravo, High55, Pop's, Sauget, 7:00 p.m. • We Are United Local Showcase, Cicero's, University City, Doors 8:00 p.m. • Mike Stern Band, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. • Orchid Show 2017, Missouri B o t a n i c a l G a rd e n , S t . L o u i s , 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until February 23, 2017 • Degas, impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until May 7, 2017 • Something Rotten!, The Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Runs until
February 19, 2017 • Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis Exhibit, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until July 16, 2017 • 50 Years Of Blood, Sweat And Cheers- A Tribute to The St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Runs until March 4, 2017 • Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis Exhibit, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until July 16, 2017 • Self-Taught Genius: Treasures f ro m t h e A m e r i c a n F o l k A r t Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday February 19_______ • Bon Jovi: This House is Not for Sale Tour, Scottrade Center, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. • Gemini Syndrome, The Firebird, St. Louis, Doors 7:00 p.m. • CWAH Charity Benefit feat. Russell Gunn, Jazz at the Bistro, St. Louis, 6:00 p.m. • Into the Woods, Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. • Orchid Show 2017, Missouri B o t a n i c a l G a rd e n , S t . L o u i s , 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until February 23, 2017 • Degas, impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until May 7, 2017
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What's happening around St. Louis For The Edge A number of events to cover a wide variety of tasts has been planned in the St. Louis area. Here's a look: • Intimate Apparel - January 26-February 11 Wool Studio Theater, A&E Building, JCC Staenberg Family Complex, 2 Millstone Campus Dr, Creve Couer, MO 63146 http://jccstl.com/arts-ideas/new-jewishtheatre $39.50-41.50 (314) 442-3283 N e w Yo r k , 1 9 0 5 , E s t h e r, a b l a c k seamstress, lives in a boarding house where she sews intimate apparel for clients ranging from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. As the other denizens of the boarding house marry and move away, Esther remains, lonely and longing. Through a mutual acquaintance, she begins to receive beautiful letters from a lonesome Caribbean man working on the Panama Canal. But Esther’s heart seems to lie with the Hasidic shopkeeper from whom she buys cloth, and his heart with her, but the impossibility of the match is obvious to them both. The play offers poignant commentary on an era when the cut and color of one’s dress—and of course, skin—determined whom one could and could not marry, even talk to in public. Directed by Gary Barker, starring Jacqueline Thomspon, Jim Butz, Linda Kennedy, Chauncy Thomas, Andrea Purnell, Julie Layton. Talkbacks with actors will happen after the 2/2 & 2/9 performances. Check website for more information. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 7:30pm; Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm NJT will also host a one hour docentled free tour “Textiles and the Gilded Age” at the St. Louis Art Museum on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 2 PM showcasing complimentary ideas in the museum's collection. • US Premiere of The Year of the Bicycle – January 27-February 12 Kranzberg Arts Center Tickets: $30 GA, $25 Seniors 65+, $20 Full Time Students w/ID http://www.upstreamtheater.org/ 314-669-6382 firstname.lastname@example.org J o a n n a E v a n s ' a w a rd - w i n n i n g p l a y tells the story of Amelia and Andile who befriended each other over a garden when they were eight. Many years later, now grown up but estranged, they fall into a concussion at the exact same moment and meet once again in each other ’s mind. A witty and poignant examination of childhood, memory and South Africa’s born-free generation. Skipping from frolicky lightness to the dark borders of loneliness, this US premiere shows people reaching across walls that separate: race and class, innocence and guilt, playfulness and fear, yesterday and today. The play will be directed by Philip Boehm with performances by Magan Wiles and Eric Conners. Jan 27-29, Feb. 2-5 and 9-12. All shows 8 PM except Sundays Jan 29 and Feb 5 at 7 PM, Feb 12 at 2 PM. There will be a talkback with Phoeve Cirio of the Psychoanalytic Institute after the January 29th performance. Insight Theatre Company Trivia Night – February 10, 7pm Nerinx Hall Cafeteria, 530 E Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves 63119 $25/person for $200/table of 8 h t t p : / / i n s i g h t t h e a t r e c o m p a n y. com/2017/01/insight-theatre-companytrivia-night-february-10-2017/ Insight Theatre Company is hosting a Trivia Night on February 10, 2017 at Nerinx Hall. Join us for a fun-filled evening of general question trivia and support Insight Theatre! We’ll also have a 50/50 raffle, mulligans, prizes and more! Bring your own treats – beer and soda will be available. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the first round starts at 7 p.m. • Aaron Griffin – February 10, 7-10pm Hwy 61 Roadhouse, 34 S Old Orchard Ave. Webster Groves 63119
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Schadenfreude" author Rebecca Schuman will appear at Urban Chestnut Brewing on Feb. 12.
No Cover http://hwy61roadhouse.com/ Enjoy “Southern Roadhouse Hospitality” while listening to the Aaron Griffin – energy driven blues. We start the Mardi Gras celebration early with parties every Friday featuring $5 Hurricanes and Abita Beer Specials, Drawings and Giveaways. Hwy 61 Roadhouse is a Memphis and New Orleans dining experience right here in Webster Groves. Laissez le bon temps roulez, “Let the good times roll” • Valentine’s Dinner and Dance – February 11, 6:30pm Kemoll’s / Top of the Met, 211 N. Broadway, St. Louis 63102 $110 / person 314-421-0555 for reservations h t t p s : / / w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / events/369888326720564/ Grab your sweetheart and join Top of the Met and Everyday People for a night of gourmet dining and dancing among the stars to one St. Louis' best bands on the 42nd floor of Metropolitan Square building in Downtown St. Louis. Doors open at 6:30pm, dinner starts at 7:00pm. Price Includes: dinner, open premium bar, parking and
gratuity. Menu: Appetizer: Farfalle Tetrazzini Salad: Kemoll's house salad and cheese bread Entree: Grilled filet Mignon Au Poivre (tart cream sauce with peppercorns) and grilled swordfish in a pineapple teriyaki sauce served with garlic roasted haricot vert Dessert: Tiramisu with chocolate ganache • It’s Your Birthday, Inc Volunteer Appreciation/Recruitment Event – February 12 Schadenfreude author Rebecca Schuman – February 12, 2pm Urban Chestnut Brewing Company, 4465 Manchester Ave in The Grove $25 Gen Admission / $20 Students (price includes first round of beer and pretzels) http://meetmestlouis.org/ The event includes: a presentation by Schuman, beer, UCBC’s warm pretzels, audience Q&A, fun German trivia questions with prizes, and a book signing. Copies of SCHADENFREUDE will be for sale at the event. Free parking is available in both UCBC lots and on the street. The first round is on Meet Me Saint
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Louis as Slate Magazine columnist Rebecca Schuman discusses her hilarious and heartfelt story of teenaged romance turned lifelong obsession. Schadenfreude is the German word used to describe the pleasure derived from the suffering of others, and SCHADENFREUDE: A LOVE STORY: Me, the Germans and Twenty Years of Attempted Transformations, Awkward Miscommunications, and Humiliating Situations That Only They Have Words For lives up to that meaning. From Angela Merkel to Heidi Klum, the World Cup to Oktoberfest, Germany has a commanding presence on the world stage, and in SCHADENFREUDE, A Love Story, Rebecca Schuman relates her personal encounters with the country and people behind it all. After getting dumped by a boyfriend, Schuman packed up a copy of German writer Kafka’s “The Next Village,” headed off to college and learned just enough German to let her American arrogance shine through on an exchange trip. As an eighteen-yearold vegetarian punk kid with a comically limited command of the language, she was hysterically out of her element. Her series of stumbles and repeat trips eventually gave way to a journey of self-discovery, thanks to her indomitable appetite for self-destruction and remarkably candid sense of humor. Along the way to adulthood, she squatted in abandoned German lofts with environmental activists, received prophetic advice from teenage movie stars, and got a Ph.D. (in German, natürlich) that almost ruined her life. With wit, panache, a few beers and a heaping dose of comedy, Schuman documents her mishap-filled travels and hilarious German adventures. • Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grill – February 17-March 4, 2017 Kranzberg Arts Center Tickets: GA $45, Seniors (65+) & Students (with valid ID) $35 http://maxandlouie.com/ A moving portrait of Holiday’s struggles with addiction, racism, love and loss, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill is a testament to her ability to mine humor from hardship and to the transformative power of song. Show stopping musical numbers such as “God Bless the Child”, “Strange Fruit”, and “What A Little Moonlight Can Do” are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project an unforgettable portrait of the lady and her music. Post-show talkbacks scheduled: Jacqueline K. Dace, Director of Internal Affairs for the National Blues Museum 2/19/17 after 3:00 pm show; Phil Dunlap, Director of Education and Community Engagement at Jazz St. Louis, 2/26/17 after 3:00 pm show • Lucky Old Sons – February 17, 7-10pm Hwy 61 Roadhouse, 34 S Old Orchard Ave. Webster Groves 63119 No Cover http://hwy61roadhouse.com/ Enjoy “Southern Roadhouse Hospitality” while listening to the Lucky Old Sons - a four-piece band focused on the piano driven rock and country music of the 1950s and 1960s. Inspired by the piano styles of Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, and Ray Charles, to name a few, the group also writes and records original music along the same lines. We start the Mardi Gras celebration early with parties every Friday featuring $5 Hurricanes and Abita Beer Specials, Drawings and Giveaways. Hwy 61 Roadhouse is a Memphis and New Orleans dining experience right here in Webster Groves. Laissez le bon temps roulez, “Let the good times roll” • Retro Vinyl Night – February 18, 7-10:30pm Hwy 61 Roadhouse, 34 S Old Orchard Ave. Webster Groves 63117 No Cover http://hwy61roadhouse.com/ Enjoy “Southern Roadhouse Hospitality” every 3rd Saturday of Every month at Retro Vinyl Nights! Choose from our collection or B.Y.O.V. (Bring Your Own Vinyl) for our “celebrity” DJ to spin. PBR 16oz Cans and Stag Bottles just $2.50!
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People For The Edge The 40th Anniversary Builders St. Louis Home & Garden Show is celebrating 40 years of making your house your home. The Home and Garden Show has always been THE place to see, learn about and buy the latest home products and services under one roof. Hundreds of local companies and countless experts will be on hand to answer questions, share ideas and provide inspiration to help you with all of your home and garden projects and improvements. This year's schol is scheduled March 9 through March 12 at America's Center in downtown St. Louis. Hours are March 9 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., March 10 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., March 11 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and March 12 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $4 for children 6 to 12. Those 5 and under will be admitted free. The Builders St. Louis Home & Garden Show, produced by the Home Builders Association of St. Louis and Eastern Missouri, is one of the largest quality consumer home shows in North America. The Show has been in existence for 40 years, and is the place to shop, compare and buy everything for homes, yards and gardens. Approximately 400 companies in 1,400 booths fill almost 380,000 square feet of America’s Center in downtown St. Louis to create this must-see event each spring! The Builders St. Louis Home & Garden Show is actually seven complete shows in one – Lawn & Garden, Kitchen & Bath, Interior Design, Pool & Spa, New Construction Zone, Sustainable Living and Home Products. This massive show gives you the chance to shop all the newest and best products and services that are available in the marketplace. Exhibitors and sponsors, you have an opportunity to put your product or service in front of tens of thousands of potential customers at this high-quality event.
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From kitchens to landscaping, the Builders St. Louis Home and Garden Show will have something for everyone. The seven showcase areas offer a great shopping experience. Enormous feature gardens, local and national celebrity speakers and family fun areas are just a few of the reasons you can’t miss this show! Lawn & Garden Showcase To u r 5 5 , 0 0 0 s q u a re f e e t o f beautiful, expansive gardens, as well as patio and landscape displays from dozens of companies. In addition to the magnificent outdoor living spaces, you will find lawn decorations, mowers and
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equipment, hardscape materials, fire pits, outdoor kitchens, nurseries, fencing, decking, playground equipment, plants, trees, shrubs and lawn and landscape services. The Lawn & Garden Showcase is also "home" to the Children's Garden Club, where kids can create free make-and-take projects and the annual Flower Show Competition. Kitchen & Bath Showcase In this impressive area you will find everything you need for that dream kitchen or bathroom –
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cabinets, countertops, appliances, plumbing fixtures, bathtub and shower enclosures, kitchen tables and accessories, design ideas and kitchen and bath remodelers who will do the project right! Interior Design Showcase This area is approximately 10,000 square feet and features the newest products and ideas to make your home attractive and comfortable. Talk to interior designers and shop items such as furniture, flooring, window and wall treatments, beds,
bedding and linens, home décor products, including artwork and accessories and game room items like pool tables, poker tables and pianos. Pool & Spa Showcase The Show features approximately a dozen pool and spa companies showing a huge selection of pools – gunite, fiberglass and above-ground – and a wide range of spas, from small three-person models to the ultimate in swim spas. New Construction Zone – New This Year! Tour this new area of the Home & Garden Show for help finding the home of your dreams. Find the builder that meets your needs – for large, small and custom homes – and discover subdivisions from all over the St. Louis area. Sustainable Living Showcase This area is dedicated to products and services that can help make your home and life more ecofriendly, including green and recycled products. Visit the Green Products Pavilion to learn more about energy efficient homes and building. Upcycle Alley is an area where you can discover ways to make the old new again. There will be exhibitors specializing in repurposed or refurbished materials, Hands-On Workshops for adults and fun hands-on art projects for kids using recycled materials. Home Products The rest of the Home & Garden Show is made up of general home products and services. You will find everything you need for your next home improvement or remodeling project, including a wide variety of windows and doors, siding, guttering, roofing, heating and air conditioning, general remodelers and so much more!
"The father of the skyscraper" SIUE's Arts & Issues to present documentary on architect Louis Sullivan By JULIA BIGGS Of The Edge Those fond of art, history and architecture won't want to miss SIUE Arts & Issues' next presentation when Director Mark Richard Smith visits the Arts & Issues stage on Feb. 23 to present his documentary “Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture.” Smith will introduce the 7:30 p.m. film which will be shown in the Dunham Hall Theater and afterwards show footage of SIUE's Louis Sullivan ornament collection. A question and answer session will follow. Known as “the father of the skyscraper” and as the person to create the iconic phrase, “form follows function,” Sullivan is a well-known name in American architecture and produced some of the country's most beautiful buildings. Sullivan was at the peak of his career in 1890, but through a series of setbacks, he plunged into destitute obscurity from which he never fully recovered. However, Sullivan's beliefs and ideas inspired his protégé, Frank Lloyd Wright, to fulfill his own dream of a truly American style of architecture. The story of Louis Sullivan, the revolutionary and brilliant Chicago architect, was brought to life in 2010 by Director Mark Richard Smith in the first feature-length documentary “Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture.” Smith, who wrote, produced and directed the film, talked about why he chose to tell Sullivan's story for his documentary. “The subject of Louis Sullivan really combines three of my passionate interests which are history architecture and design,” Smith explained. “I had been a graphic designer for 20 years before I sold my business and went back to school to get a history degree because that was something that I had always wanted to study further but was dissuaded in doing because there was no money in it.”
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The Guranty Building in Buffalo, N.Y., is another Sullivan creation. Smith said that he had always loved architecture too. “In fact I wanted to be an architect when I was a kid but was terrible at math and science. I was just too creative to embrace those subjects,” Smith said. “When I encountered the story of Louis Sullivan and saw his work which was exciting to look at and so different from anything I'd seen, I then realized no one had really told his story on film before.” S m i t h re c a l l e d t h a t a t t h a t time, he had one of those ah-ha moments when he knew he had
to make the documentary. “It was like this is the biggest sign in the world that I need do this,” he said. “It was this moment of inspiration, and I just went for it.” Filming of the Louis Sullivan documentary brought Smith to the SIUE Museum that houses a significant collection of Sullivan ornamental architecture pieces. “SIU is a really important repository of Sullivan's work. The school and the museum really bent over backwards to accommodate me and my crew when I was there,” Smith noted.
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The front of the Chicago Stock Exchange, one Louis Sullivan's architectural creations.
Although Smith was only in Edwardsville for a couple of days for filming, they turned into memorable ones. “We shot one day, and then we went to St Louis because there are a couple of very important Sullivan buildings in downtown St. Louis. I photographed those, and then we had a technical issue where our footage that we shot in Edwardsville was erased so I had to call the (museum) director again and see if we could go back. He said of course you can, and then we had to go back and shoot it all again,” Smith said with a chuckle. “It all had a happy ending though.” Smith emphasized that the university was simply “amazing to work with.” “And it was such a pleasure to go in there and photograph these relics really of Sullivan's work. It's almost like photographing King Tut's tomb for me because it's such a really amazing collection of art that I hope one day can be seen by more people,” he said. “I'm just really excited to be going back to Edwardsville,” Smith added. “That was the place that really made it easier for me to tell the story.” Smith also pointed out that he felt Louis Sullivan was more than just an architect. “He's a really important cultural figure in the U.S.” he noted. “And the time that he was practicing architecture was a time of huge change in our society. Society wrestling with going from a rural society to an urban society - you see that in his work, and I just think that's really important to look at. Beyond the drama of Sullivan's story there's a real intellectual part of it that I really enjoy.” Following the documentary showing on Feb. 23, Smith will also show a rough cut of part
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of the story that never made it into the film. The extra footage includes the story behind Richard Nickel, a Chicago preservationist, who rescued and amassed a large collection of Sullivan architecture ornaments in the 60s before selling them to SIU in 1965. Smith will then host a question and answer session after the showings and will have a director's cut of the documentary available for sale on DVDs after the event. Vi e w S m i t h ' s d o c u m e n t a r y ' s trailer at https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=pqAcZyXnDD4 and a short highlight clip from the Louis Sullivan Documentary at https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=jfl0yB9OpMw For this event, Arts & Issues is also collaborating with the SIUE Lovejoy Library to present a oneday Louis Sullivan Conference as well as collaborating with the Edwardsville Arts Center for a special art exhibit where regional artists have used the form of Sullivan’s work and biography of his life as a platform for their own creative projects. The “Louis Sullivan Architectural Ornaments at SIUE Conference: Bringing the Past to Life in the 21st Century” will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 24 with sessions at the Morris University center, Edwardsville Arts Center and SIUE Lovejoy Library. Keynote speakers for the conference will include Mark R i c h a rd S m i t h , J o h n C e l u c h , Inlandesign director and first curator of the SIUE Sullivan Collection, and Ward Miller, executive director of Preservation Chicago. This unique, free conference is open to the public and is being s p o n s o re d b y S I U E G r a d u a t e School Conferences and Workshops Program, Friends of Lovejoy Library, SIUE's Arts & Issues and Preservation Chicago. “This day-long conference is dedicated to celebrating SIUE’s Louis Sullivan’s architectural ornament collection, Sullivan’s d e s i g n s a n d l e g a c y, a n d preservation efforts,” Therese Dickman, Fine Arts Librarian and Associate Professor in SIUE’s Library and Information Services, said. “It will bring a fresh perspective through various speakers, media presentations, a n d n e w, e x h i b i t e d a r t w o r k s inspired by Sullivan architectural ornaments.” Registration for the Louis Sullivan conference is limited to 100, and the registration deadline is Feb. 17. Register at http://www. siue.edu/lovejoylibrary/misc/ sullivanconference.shtml The “Louis’ Legacy: Artists Respond to Louis Sullivan” art exhibit at the Edwardsville Arts Center will take place from Feb. 10 to March 17. Entry into the exhibit is free. Tickets for the SIUE Arts & Issues Louis Sullivan documentary showing at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 can be ordered on- line at artsandissues.com or in-person at the Morris University Center (MUC) Welcome Desk. The MUC Welcome Desk is open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The Welcome Desk is closed on Sunday. To place your order by phone call 1-866-698-4253.
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Above, two Blue Morpho butterflies. Below, the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House.
Morpho Mardi Gras Butterfly House updates an annual tradition For The Edge Visit the Butterfly House now through March 31, for an updated event, Morpho Mardi Gras. For the first time, Blue Morpho butterflies arrive to the Butterfly House in February and feature the sights and sounds of Mardi Gras. Morpho Mardi Gras is included with regular admission. The event also features a glass Blue Morpho sculpture in the conservatory by artist Craig Mitchell Smith. Smithâ€™s Garden of Glass exhibit will appear at the Missouri Botanical Garden this summer. Thousands of Blue Morpho butterflies will flood the conservatory during Morpho M a rd i G r a s . T h e e x h i b i t h a l l which features a variety of invertebrates will be decorated in a Mardi Gras parade motif, and visitors will have the opportunity to make their own masquerade mask. Blue Morphos are native to the forests of Central and South America. They are one of the largest butterflies at the Butterfly House with a six-inch wingspan. Their blue wings are lined with tiny scales that allow only blue light to escape, resulting in their b l u e a p p e a r a n c e . T h ro u g h o u t February and March, visitors will learn more about this creature, a n d t h e ro l e b u t t e r f l i e s p l a y in nature through interpretive
signage in the conservatory and exhibit hall. Also in February and March, the Butterfly House will host adult visitors for Friday Night Flights on February 3 and March 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. If you canâ€™t travel to New Orleans, you can still celebrate like a member of the Krewe of Morpheus in Chesterfield. Dine on appetizers from Championship Catering and sample wines and other libations, from Total Wine & More, in the midst of live jazz music from the National Blues Museum. Meet Daisy, the adorable fennec fox, from the Endangered Wolf Center and see the glass Blue Morpho Butterflies, created by artist Craig Mitchell Smith. Guests will take home a souvenir tasting glass. Tickets are $35 for the general public and $25 for Missouri Botanical Garden members. Reservations should be made in advance. The Butterfly House is located in Faust Park at 15193 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield, Mo., accessible from Interstate 64 at exit #19B. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (closed Mondays). The last ticket is sold 30 min. prior to closing each day. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors (ages 65 and over) and $5 for children (ages 3 to 12). Children ages 2 and under
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and Missouri Botanical Garden members are free. Fo r mo re info rmatio n, v is it w w w. b u t t e r f l y h o u s e . o r g o r
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call (636) 530-0076. Follow the Butterfly House on Facebook at h t t p s : / / w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / butterflyhousestl. The Butterfly
House is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
People People planner Events planned in Alton area
The Alton Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced the following events.information, call (636) 899-0090. Bald Eagle Days at Pere Marquette State Park Wednesday, Feb. 15 Tuesday, Feb. 21 Saturday, Feb. 25 Friday, March 03 Starting at 8:30am Pere Marquette State Park 13112 Visitor Center Lane Grafton, IL 62037 A site interpreter at Pere Marquette State Park will be presenting informative programs about bald eagles this w i n t e r. Vi s i t o r s w i l l l e a r n t o distinguish between immature and mature bald eagles, what eagles eat, why they spend winter months in the area and much more. All programs will begin at the park's visitor center a t 8 : 3 0 a . m . R e s e r v a t i o n s a re required. There will be a short video presentation followed by an observational drive to view the wintering bald eagles. Please dress warmly and have a f u l l t a n k o f g a s . F o r m o re information or reservations, call (618) 786-3323. Live Bald Eagles at TreeHouse Wildlife Center S a t u rd a y, F e b . 11 – S u n d a y, Feb. 12 Sa t u rd a y, Feb. 1 8 – S u n d a y, Feb. 19 Sa t u rd a y, Feb. 2 5 – S u n d a y, Feb. 26 10:00 am to 3:00 pm TreeHouse Wildlife Center 23956 Green Acres Road Dow, IL 62022 (618) 466-2990 There will be live bald eagles every weekend in January and F e b r u a r y a t t h e Tr e e H o u s e Wildlife Center. Free admission. Donations are appreciated. For more information, call (618) 4662990. Friday, February 17, 2017 Starting at 6:30 pm Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center 13653 Lodge Blvd. Grafton, IL 62037 Join us for an exciting evening of murder, mystery and mayhem at our Mystery Dinner Theater, w h e re y o u c a n b e t h e s t a r o f the show! Dinner includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, g r a v y, t h e v e g e t a b l e o f t h e day, hot buttered rolls, dessert, coffee, tea and water. Additional beverages can be purchased at the Restaurant Service Window. Tickets for the show can be purchased on this page (available soon). They are $45 per person and include dinner, t h e s h o w, t a x e s a n d g r a t u i t y. Please let us know if your group is purchasing tickets separately so w e c a n ma ke s u re y o u a re s e a t e d t o g e t h e r. G e t re a d y t o have fun cuz someone just might put Earnest in his place! For more information, call (618) 786-2331. Admission: $45 per person, i n c l u d e s d i n n e r, t a x e s a n d gratuity. Masters of the Sky S a t u r d a y, F e b r u a r y 1 8 – Sunday, February 19 9:00am to 5:00pm National Great Rivers Museum 2 Lock and Dam Way Alton, IL 62002
Witness the "Masters of the Sky" birds of prey demonstration. Come see eagles, f a l c o n s , o w l s a n d o t h e r b i rd s of prey at this educational and i n f o r m a t i o n a l p ro g r a m . S h o w times at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. For more information, call the National Great Rivers Museum at (877) 462-6979. Admission: Adults $5, Children 12 and under $3, 3 and under free; only 10 tickets per person. Raptors Among Us Saturday, February 18, 2017 1:00pm to 3:00pm Lewis & Clark Confluence Tower 435 Confluence Tower Drive Hartford, IL 62048 Eagles aren't the only birds of prey in the area. Learn about other birds that call the Riverbend home with displays and educational activities throughout the day. TreeHouse will be at the Tower with live raptors. For more information, call (618) 251-9101. Ghosts of the Great River Road Dinner Tour Saturday, February 18, 2017 Starting at 6:00pm First Unitarian Church (Alton Hauntings Tour) 110 East Third St Alton, IL 62002 Experience the ghosts of the Great River Road between Alton and Grafton with author Tr o y Ta y l o r ! I n c l u d e s t o u r, transportation and dinner at the Aeries Winery. For more information, call (217) 791-7859. Admission: $45 per guest A l t o n S y m p h o n y O rc h e s t r a : Love through the Ages Sunday, February 19, 2017 3:00pm to 5:00pm Lewis & Clark Community College 5800 Godfrey Road Godfrey, IL 62035 (618) 468-3220 P y t o r Tc h a i k o v s k y, S e r g e i Rachmaninoff, Johannes Brahms – for years these romantic composers have filled our hearts with beautiful melodies and passionate harmonies. Allow the ASO to impassion you with "Romeo and Juliet", "Symphony No.2", and more. This concert also allows the impressions of the early pursuits of love heard through the music of our Marie Stillwell Concerto winners and T h e A l t o n Yo u t h S y m p h o n y. Yo u r l o v e f o r m u s i c w i l l b e rekindled..... Performance will be held in the Hatheway Cultural Center on the campus of Lewis and
Clark Community College. For more information, call (618) 792-4002. Admission: Adults $10, Seniors (62+) $5, free for children thru 12th grade and students, faculty and staff of LCCC Miss Jubilee at Jacoby Arts Center Saturday, February 25, 2017 Gates open at 6:30pm | 7:00pm to 10:00pm Jacoby Arts Center 627 E. Broadway Alton, IL 62002 Miss Jubilee has been entertaining audiences around St. Louis and beyond since 2007 with their exciting blend of authentic Hot Jazz and Rhythm & Blues spanning the 1920's1950's. Fronted by a high energy female vocalist and backed u p b y a h o r n f u e l e d rh y t h m section, Miss Jubilee is not just a favorite among Swing Dancers & aficionado's of Traditional Jazz & Blues, but fans of all ages who e n j o y u p l i f t i n g a n d e n e rg e t i c music! Cash Bar will be available. For more information call, (618) 462-5222. Admission: $10 Four Rivers Art Fair Sunday, February 26, 2017 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Pere Marquette Lodge & Conference Center 13653 Lodge Blvd. Grafton, IL 62037 Explore the history and culture of the area and Pere Marquette State Park at this special art exhibition. Peruse and purchase original works from local artists, enjoy live music, wine tasting and Restaurant favorites. There will be no booth fee for participating artists with a $100 c a s h p r i z e b e i n g a w a rd e d t o Best in Show. Artists who are interested in being a part of this event should email marketing@ pmlodge.net with images of their work. For more information, call (618) 786-2331.
Laumeier Sculpture Park announces schedule
Laumeier Sculpture Park, located 12580 Rott Road in St. Louis, has announced its upconing schedule. For more information call (314) 615-5278. September 2016–February 2017 Fall & Winter Art Classes & Workshops Laumeier Sculpture Park o ffe rs art c o urs e s fo r all age s as multi-day c las s e s and o ne -
day workshops for youth, teens and adults. Art Classes and Workshops provide participants with a focused experience within a particular medium, process or concept. Art Classes a n d Wo r k s h o p s a re t a u g h t b y local, experienced ArtistInstructors and are designed to encourage artistic development and self-expression. Small class sizes provide participants with individual attention; projects are designed to allow participants the freedom to explore their own potential and creativity. Art Classes and Wo r k s h o p s m e e t a t L a u m e i e r Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, Saint Louis, Missouri. Call 314.615.5278 or visit w w w. l a u m e i e r. o r g f o r m o r e information. September–December 2016 / February–April 2017 Laumeier Teen Program L a u m e i e r ' s Te e n P r o g r a m is designed to encourage c re a t i v e e x p re s s i o n i n y o u n g a d u l t s a g e s 1 3 t o 1 9 , o ff e r i n g workshops and mentoring to assist teens in preparing wellro u n d e d p o r t f o l i o s . T h e Te e n P ro g r a m m e e t s o n t h e s e c o n d and fourth Wednesdays of each month during the school year (September–December and February–April) at Laumeier Sculpture Park, 12580 Rott Road, Saint Louis, Missouri. $60 per month, ages 13 to 19. Call 314.615.5278 or visit w w w. l a u m e i e r. o r g f o r m o r e information.
SLSO launches storytelling project
The St. Louis Symphony has launched an innovative storytelling project that provides unique insight into the Symphony and its community and education programs. Stories from Backstage includes articles, pictures, interviews, and videos that bring audiences behind the scenes. The online project offers narrative-driven content told from the perspective of a former television reporter. Symphony Public Relations Manager
A n t h o n y K i e k o w c re a t e s t h e content. Before joining the S y m p h o n y, K i e k o w w a s a television reporter at KMOV and FOX 2 in St. Louis, MO. “Stories from Backstage isn’t about music, it’s about people,” Kiekow said. “The stories originate from the world of the Symphony, but they are really about the variety of amazing ways people connect. My job is to find the human element in the work we do on stage and in the community and tell a story about it.” Stories from Backstage is an interactive project that allows everyone to participate in the storytelling by submitting ideas online. The stories will focus on a range of topics that help audiences connect with the Symphony’s musicians, staff, and community partners. Several entries for Stories from B a c k s t a g e h a v e a l re a d y b e e n posted. The first story is entitled “Carolyn, Felicia, and the Bassoon Case Cover.” The story reveals the creativity and generosity of STL Symphony Bassist Carolyn White. The second story is called “Welcoming Sounds.” It centers on STL Symphony musicians performing at a community center f o r i m m i g r a n t s a n d re f u g e e s . The third entry is entitled “SLSO Musicians Share Music in Prison.” It takes audiences inside a Missouri prison for a movin g h oliday per f or man ce. The fourth story is called “Youth O rch estra Violin ist Shin es on New Year ’s Eve.” It reveals key moments before and after a special performance by a 17-yearold girl. Upcoming entries for Stories from Backstage include an SLSO violinist’s heart-warming performance at a children’s hospital and a revealing profile on an African-American cellist in the orchestra. The stories can be accessed through the homepage of the STL Symphony’s website. Visitors can click on “Stories from Backstage” o r “ Vi d e o s f ro m B a c k s t a g e . ” People can receive notifications w h e n n e w s t o r i e s a re p o s t e d by subscribing to Stories from Backstage.
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People People planner John Legend coming to The Fox Acclaimed, multi-platinum s e l l i n g , O s c a r, G o l d e n G l o b e a n d 1 0 x G r a m m y Aw a r d winning singer-songwriter John Legend has announced dates for his highly anticipated North Americ a n t o u r, D a r k n e s s a n d Light Tour, which opens Friday, May 12th in Miami, FL. Hitting a number of major cities throughout the US including a stop in St. Louis at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on June 15 at 7:30 p.m., the multi-city trek will also feature Grammy-nominated singersongwriter Gallant as the opening act. Tickets are $128, $93, $78, $58 and can be purchased online at metrotix.com, by calling 314-5341111, or in person at the Fabulous Fox Box Office. The tour announces on the heels of Legend’s fifth studio album Darkness and Light, which has received a plethora of critical praise since its December 2nd release on Columbia Records. USA Today hailed the album as John’s “most personal record” with tracks like “Right By You” which they described as “a heart –tugging rumination on his 7-month old daughter, Luna.” Time Magazine called the body of work “unflappably c l a s s y ” w h i l e t h e N e w Yo r k Times said Legend “treats love as something far more complex than a panacea and a fount of perpetual reassurance, with music to match.” Continuing, the New York Times pointed to the album’s most recent anthemic hit single, “Love Me Now”, which they praised as “a seize the moment song”, that “revolves around an insistent, lo-fi piano figure, and its chorus first arrives with Mr. Legend nearly alone, singing over simple, fading chords”. Legend also continues his successful foray into the world of film as one of the principles f o r p ro d u c t i o n c o m p a n y G e t Lifted Film Co., which has an executive producing credit on t h e 1 4 - t i m e O s c a r- n o m i n a t e d film La La Land in which John also appears, playing a jazz band leader named Keith alongside stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. Legend also contributed to the film’s soundtrack with the original song “Start a Fire.” To date, La La Land has taken home an impressive six Golden Globe Awards, two SAG Awards and a PGA Award. John has also partnered with CID Entertainment to offer special enhanced experiences on tour this summer. Packages include premium reserved seating and amenities ranging from a Meet & Greet with John to an invitation to the LVE Wine Cellar complete with a wine tasting of John Legend's exclusive LVE Collection. For full package d e t a i l s , v i s i t h t t p : / / w w w. cidentertainment.com/events/ john-legend-tour-2017/ Ohio-born John Legend is a critically acclaimed, multiaward winning, platinum-selling s i n g e r - s o n g w r i t e r. H i s w o r k has garnered him ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, the BET Award for Best New Artist and the special Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, among others. Legend’s debut
album, Get Lifted, was released in December of 2004 through Columbia Records. The critically acclaimed album spawned the artist's first hit single, “Ordinary People,” and scored Legend multiple Grammy Awards in 2006, including Best R&B Album, Best New Artist and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. The follow up was 2006’s platinum-selling Once Again, which brought Legend another Grammy, Best Male R&B Performance, for his single “Heaven,” and included collaborations with Kanye West, will.i.am and Raphael Saadiq. Legend’s next release was 2008’s Evolver, led by the hit single "Green Light" featuring Andre 3000. His 2010 collaboration with the Roots, Wake Up, won the Grammy for Best R&B Album a y e a r l a t e r. L e g e n d ’ s h i g h l y acclaimed fourth studio album L o v e I n t h e F u t u re , f e a t u re s “All of Me,” Legend’s highest selling and charting song to date, re a c h i n g # 1 o n t h e B i l l b o a rd Hot 100 chart and #1 on both Mainstream Top 40 and Rhythmic charts. Legend won his first Academy Award, first Golden Globe Award, a Grammy award, and a Critic’s Choice Award for his song “Glory,” that he wrote and performed with Common, for the film SELMA. Throughout his career, Legend has worked to make a difference in the lives of others. In 2007, he launched the Show Me Campaign (ShowMeCampaign. org), an initiative that focuses on education as a key to break the cycle of poverty. The 2010 BET Humanitarian of the Year award, the 2009 CARE Humanitarian Award for Global Change, the 2 0 0 9 B i s h o p J o h n T. Wa l k e r Distinguished Humanitarian Service Award from Africare and the 2011 Harvard Foundation Artist of the Year Award recognize Legend's efforts and leadership in this arena. John sits on the boards of The Education Equality Project, Teach for America, Stand for Children and the Harlem Village Academies and co-chairs the Harlem Village Academies’ National Leadership Board. Additionally, Legend supports LRNG, a movement dedicated to inspiring innovation in the learning process to one that better reflects the world we live in today. In 2015 Legend initiated the #FreeAmerica campaign, designed to change the national conversation of our
country’s misguided policies and to make a change in America’s criminal justice system. Legend also serves as one of the principles for Get Lifted Film Co., a film and television production company based in Los Angeles. Get Lifted Film Co. has sold several projects in television to networks including Showtime, NBC, HBO, USA, MTV, OWN and FOX. In addition to these sales, Get Lifted Film Co. was previously in a television deal with Comcast/ Universal and is currently in a n o v e rd e a l w i t h L e g e n d a r y Television. Get Lifted Film Co. serves as Executive Producers on the HBO documentary “Southern Rites,” Pop Network docuseries “Sing it On”, and WGN America’s series “Underground." Additionally, Get Lifted Film Co. has worked on several films such as “Southside With You” and “La La Land.” Along with his executive producing credit on “La La Land,” Legend appears in the film and contributed to its soundtrack with the original song “Start a Fire.”
SIUE Friends of Music plan fundraiser
The SIUE Friends of Music will be hosting a scholarship fundraiser from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m .on March 19 at the Old Bakery Beer Company located at 400 Landmarks Blvd. in Alton. All are welcome...no flyer or invitation is needed to attend... just come thirsty. Twenty-five percent of all beer sales will be donated to scholarships for SIUE Music students, and the SIUE music students will be performing at the event. Visit SIUEmusic.com or call 618-650-2626 for more information.
Build Benld to host second dance
Build Benld is at it again. So many people have asked about the last dance, they've planned another one. The “Coliseum Revisited Dance” is going to be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017. Rich Lang & Gary McClain (formerly The Guild!) and the OWLZ BAND will be playing. “The Guild was the stuff of great legend,” said Tom Allan, Chairman of the Build Benld Committee, “and Build Benld/ Colseum Concertrs and Ubben & Associates is making an effort to
once more relive those days. The response to Lang & McClain's surprise guest appearance at last year's 'Memories of the Coliseum' Show was so well received that Build Benld has planned another one. We don't want the Coliseum to be forgotten, and this is our way to keep the memories alive. Everybody loved the Coliseum and the time spent there.... and they all loved The Guild.” There are advance tickets sales only with limited seating for this dance. Tickets cost $20 per person and are available to purchase at TJs, Country Corner, and FNB in Benld, Benld City Hall, and Hick Appliances, and United Community Bank in Gillespie – or by phone contact Lynn at 217-835-2330 or Norman 217-835-2130. Tickets may be purchased at these locations, and can be mailed by calling one of the above Build Benld Committee Members. The Gillespie Civic Center doors will open at 6pm on Saturday, February 25th. Tickets are $20 per person that includes Cash Bar with Beer, Wine, and Setups – Bring Your Own Liquor and Snacks. Live music starts at 7pm with the OWLZ BAND, a five piece band from the Alton area that plays Chicago, Moody Blues, The Eagles, Mellencamp, Michael McDonald +, playing all of your old favorites. Around 830pm Lang and McClain will take the stage for the rest of the evening (till 11pm). Allan said, “They will be playing many of The Guild's old favorites from the past, and some surprises are planned as well.” Admission is by advance Ticket Only. No Refunds. No General Admission at Door. Event sponsored by Benld Benld, Coliseum Concerts and Ubben & Associates.
Antiques Roadshow coming to St. Louis
Fans of Antiques Roadshow, one of the most popular shows airing on the Nine Network, can apply now through April 10 to have their items appraised at an all-day event on Saturday, July 8. Three one-hour episodes will be produced from the St. Louis appraisal event and will be
aired in 2018. Antiques Roadshow, t h e 1 4 - t i m e E m m y Aw a r d nominated show, airs Mondays on Nine Network at 7 p.m. Central. Admission to Antiques Roadshow is free, but tickets are required and must be obtained in advance. Fans can apply now for a chance to receive one pair of free tickets per household. To find out more information and to find a link to apply for tickets, visit http:// www.pbs.org/antiques/tickets/. Following the deadline, ticket winners will be selected at random by a third party and contacted via an email containing their tickets. “The Nine Network couldn’t be happier to welcome back Antiques Roadshow for the first time in over 15 years,” said Nine Network President and CEO Jack Galmiche. “It’s consistently one of our mostwatched shows and gives us a chance to host an event we know our viewers are extremely excited about.” Antiques Roadshow is also accepting furniture submissions for the 2017 tour. The series is looking for a few pieces of furniture to appraise and display on the set. Selected pieces will be transported to the event and back at no cost to the owner. For more details visit: h t t p : / / w w w. p b s . o r g / w g b h / roadshow/furniture/. The Nine Network’s own Antiques Roadshow-style event, Trash or Treasure, a partnership with the Kodner Gallery, regularly draws large crowds for appraisals in more than 20 categories. The annual event gives fans another chance to determine the worth of their most prized possessions.
Alton Half Marathon & 5K scheduled
7th Annual Alton Half Marathon & 5K run/walk will be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at 8:00am in Riverfront Park. Our certified, flat, fast course is ideal for setting PRs, marathon training runs & the first time half marathoner. It showcases the mighty Mississippi, historic Alton and takes runners across the spectacular Clark Bridge. Open to all ages. Register @altonhalf.com
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People People planner Explore St. Louis guides now available Explore St. Louis is pleased to announce the release of the 2017 Official St. Louis Visitors Guide offering visitors the latest information on what to see and do to plan a St. Louis adventure. The guide is filled with suggestions on great places to eat, shop, play and stay in St. Louis and across the region. Additionally, the guide highlights what’s new to St. Louis in 2017, including overviews on some of St. Louis’ unique neighborhoods, the CityArchRiver project that is transforming the grounds surrounding the historic Gateway Arch, the booming urban arts scene throughout the region, a look at St. Louis breweries, and a glimpse at what St. Louis has to offer music lovers. There’s also a glance at the Saint Louis Science Center’s The Discovery of King Tut exhibit, the newly unveiled 4,000-square-foot expansion of the Field House Museum, the debut of the Loop Trolley and St. Louis’ newest concert venue, Delmar Hall. Approximately 350,000 copies of the 100page magazine-style, full-color brochure have been printed and are being distributed across the country. Visitors can view the digital version of the guide at www.explorestlouis. com or pick up a copy of the guide at one of Explore St. Louis’ visitor centers located throughout the area, at the Old Courthouse; America’s Center convention complex; and at the Dennis and Judith Jones Visitor & Education Center in Forest Park. There are two additional centers at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, located by the baggage claim area on the lower levels of Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. Explore St. Louis is the driving force behind St. Louis’ $5 billion convention and tourism industry, the official destination marketing organization of St. Louis City and County and operator of the America’s Center Convention Complex.
Ben Morgan & Band to appear at brewery On April 1, break-out country music artist and native St. Louisan Ben Morgan & Band will headline the Budweiser Prsents Live ON-Stage @ The Biergarten concert event at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten, with opening act Jeremiah Johnson Band. The concert will feature songs from Ben Morgan’s album Sweet History, which will be released in February, including the title track “Sweet History” and “Age is a State of Mind,” which have been
pre-released and are both currently available for download on all major music platforms, including iTunes / Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play and Spotify. General admission, VIP and Screen Package tickets for the concert event are on sale now at biergarten.tix.com. All ticket purchases include a free download of the Sweet History album. The Anheuser-Busch St. Louis Brewery and Tour Center is the company’s flagship beer hospitality experience, and it’s continually ranked as one of the best brewery tours in the country. The concert will be held at The Biergarten, which is located outside the Tour Center at 12th and Lynch Streets in Soulard. Concert-goers will be able to taste AnheuserBusch’s great beer and food, all while listening to the sounds of Ben Morgan & Band. The Ben Morgan sound reflects a country base, flavored by Southern rock and blues influences. Ben's vocals and guitar solos highlight a stirring combination of driving songs and thoughtful ballads. Song titles from his new album include “Sweet History,” “Age is a State of Mind,” “Wrong From Right,” “Famous in a Small Town,” “Slow Dancing in the Sun,” “Rail Whiskey” and “Getting Out for the Night.” His sound features ambitious guitar riffs and meaningful lyrics, singer/ songwriter ballads, traditional feel-good country melodies, and driving guitar-powered tunes. Ben cultivated his unique, “new country” sound at a young age learning to play from his parents, both accomplished musicians. As he grew older, Ben began fleshing out his musical knowledge by playing in several bands, and adding music theory studies and university coursework. Ben then returned to the road and built a reputation as a crowd-pleasing, instrumentally-gifted vocalist, while playing the Midwest and select eastern U.S. venues. For more information about Ben Morgan, visit benmorganmusic.com, facebook. c o m / b e n m o r g a n m u s i c , t w i t t e r. c o m / benmorganmusic and instagram.com/ benmorganmusic/.
Alton Brown to appear at The Fox Television personality, author and Food Network star Alton Brown has announced “Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science” (www. altonbrownlive.com) will visit an additional 40 cities in 2017 including St. Louis’ Fabulous Fox Theatre on Sunday, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. Later this year during Thanksgiving week, Brown will make his Broadway debut for eight performances at the Barrymore Theatre.
Brown created a new form of entertainment – the live culinary variety show – with his “Edible Inevitable Tour”, which played in over 100 cities with more than 150,000 fans in attendance. The first leg of Eat Your Science sold 100,000 tickets in the 40 cities Brown visited. Tickets are $60, $50, $40 and are available online at metrotix.com, by calling 314-534-1111, or in person at the Fabulous Fox Box Office. Brown says fans can expect “all-new everything including songs, new comedy, new puppets, and bigger and better potentially dangerous food demonstrations.” Critics and fans have raved about the interactive components of Brown’s shows. He promises “plenty of new therapy inducing opportunities during our audience participation segments. I don’t want to give too much away, but this time we’re going to play a little game.” Brown has a knack for mixing together science, music and food into two hours of pure entertainment. “Plus, you’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.” Brown, author of the James Beard award winning “I’m Just Here for the Food” and New York Times bestselling sequence “Good Eats,” is releasing his new cookbook through Ballantine Books (an imprint of Random House) on September 27 and it is available for preorder now. “Alton Brown: EveryDayCook”, or EDC as Brown calls it, is a collection of more than 100 personal recipes as well as a pinch of science and history. He has hosted numerous series including “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Camp Cutthroat” and “Iron Chef America” and created, produced and hosted the Peabody award winning series “Good Eats” for 13 years on Food Network; Good Eats can still be seen on the Cooking Channel and Netflix.
MoBOT announces upcoming schedule The Missouri Botanical Garden has announced its schedule for the upcoming months. Trivia Night—Garden Style February 18, 2017 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Missouri Botanical Garden – Ridgway Visitor Center – Monsanto Hall • Science and EarthWays Center Open House February 25, 2017 - February 26, 2017 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Metro St. Louis region • Orchid Show 2017 February 4, 2017 - March 26, 2017 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Missouri Botanical Garden – Ridgway
Visitor Center – Orthwein Floral Display Hall • Orchid Nights March 9, 2017 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm • Meet Me (Outdoors) in St. Louis Garden Weekend! April 1, 2017 - April 2, 2017 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Missouri Botanical Garden – Doris I. Schnuck Children's Garden Regular hours – Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Garden Admission is $8 adults (ages 13 & over) andFree children (ages 12 & under) For more information, call (314) 577-5100 or visit www.missouribotanicalgarden.org.
Saint Louis Zoo to host kids' film festival The Saint Louis Zoo is hosting Big Eyes, Big Minds—an international film festival showcasing award-winning films made for kids, about kids and sometimes by kids. The St. Louis International Children’s Film Festival features international animated short films tailored to children age 2 to 18 years. However, adults will find the films equally appealing. An experienced writer, director and producer of television films, Festival Director Mabel Gan also produces the highly respected Singapore International Children’s Film Festival, which reaches 3,000 children each year. The St. Louis festival will showcase a selection of the best new children’s films from around the world. Its programs include culturally diverse and value-affirming films that kids can connect with. The goal is to expand perspectives and stimulate critical thinking. The organization also works to cultivate film appreciation, increase knowledge of the craft of filmmaking and provide a platform for kids to screen their own films. After each screening, Zoo Education Department staff will offer a range of crafts and activities related to the animals featured in the films. Dates are Saturdays, Jan. 28, Feb. 4, Feb. 18 and Feb. 25, 2017 Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. — Screenings for ages 2 to 7 and 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Screenings for ages 5 and up Crafts and activities follow each set of screenings Films will be shown at the Anheuser-Busch Theater at Saint Louis Zoo in The Living World, One Government Drive Admission is $10 per person for ages 2 and up. Children under 2 are free.
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Music Tuning in Family Arena to host Travis Tritt, Charlie Daniels
More than 27 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Southern rock influenced artist continues to display strong sales activity, sell-out shows, and stay true and relevant to country music fans across the globe. Over the course of a decade, Travis released seven studio albums and a greatest hits package for the label. His 1990 debut Country Club and its succession of hits put him in the vanguard of the genre’s early ’90s boom, dubbing him as one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson; all whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s. “Country Club,” “Help Me Hold On,” “I’m Gonna Be Somebody,” and “Drift Off to Dream” peaked at numbers two and three on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts; all which led for Tritt to win Top New Male Artist award from Billboard and the CMA Horizon Award (now known as the New Artist Award). From his Dove Award winning gospel albums to his genre-defining Southern rock anthems and his CMA Award-winning country hits, few artists have left a more indelible mark on America’s musical landscape than Charlie Daniels. His own unique voice as an artist emerged as Charlie recorded his self-titled solo album in 1970 for Capitol Records. Two years later he formed the Charlie Daniels Band and the group scored its first hit with the top ten “Uneasy Rider.” Since then the CDB has populated radio with such memorable hits as “Long Haired Country Boy,” “The South’s Gonna Do It Again,” “In America,” “The Legend of Wooley Swamp” and of course, his signature song, “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1979 as well as single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards. Still led today by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray, they represent a time and place in music that will never be duplicated. Gray is quick to credit the band's current dynamic members with carrying on the timeless essence of The Marshall Tucker Band sound. Together they present a powerful stage presence as they continue to tour the country and continue to be powerful force in the world of music. With hit singles like "Heard It In a Love Song," "Fire On The Mountain," "Can't You See," and "Take The Highway," they earned seven gold and three platinum albums while they were on the Capricorn Records label. For The Outlaws, it was always about the music. For 40 years, the Southern Rock legends celebrated triumphs, endured tragedies and survived legal nightmares to remain one of the most influential and bestloved bands of the genre. Formed in Tampa in 1972, The Outlaws – known for their triple-guitar rock attack and three-part country harmonies – became one of the first acts signed by Clive Davis (at the urging of Ronnie Van Zant) to his then-fledgling Arista Records. The band’s first three albums The Outlaws, Lady In Waiting and Hurry Sundown – featuring such rock radio favorites as “There Goes Another Love Song”, “Green Grass
& High Tides”, “Knoxville Girl” and “Freeborn Man” – would become worldwide gold and platinum landmarks of the Southern Rock era. The concert is scheduled Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 5:30pm at the Family Arena in St. Charles Tickets can be purchased at the Family Arena Ticket Office or online at www.metrotix.com. Prices: $100 (Gold Circle), $90 (Floor), $80 (100 Level Sidelines), $60 (100 Level Endzone), $50 (Upper Level) To charge by phone call MetroTix at 314-534-1111. For help purchasing accessible seating, please call The Family Arena ADA Hotline at 636896-4234. Please call The Family Arena event hotline at 636-896-4242 for more information, or visit our web site at www.familyarena.com.
"Coffee with Bach" program planned
The Bach Society of St. Louis, The Sheldon and Union Avenue Opera present, “Coffee with Bach,” Wednesday, May 17 at 10 a.m. in the perfect acoustics of the Sheldon Concert Hall. Tickets include coffee and pastries in the Louis Spiering Room at 9 a.m., followed by the one-hour concert. This special collaboration is presented as part of The Bach Society’s “St. Louis Bach Festival,” running April 20-May 21 throughout the St. Louis area. We all know that coffee has been loved and worshiped like few other beverages. Johann Sebastian Bach was also apparently a coffee enthusiast -so much so that he wrote a composition about the beverage! Bach’s mini-opera, the Coffee Cantata, will open the concert, followed by favorite vocal selections from classical and musical theatre repertoire. Featured on the program are: Soprano, Katherine Jolly Soprano, Madeline Lackey Mezzo-Soprano, Emerald Barbour Tenor, Keith Wehmeier Bass, Robert Reed Bass, Brandon Smith Director, Allyson Ditchey Piano, Sandra Geary Music Director, Scott Schoonover
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Family Arena to host Killer Queen
Killer Queen formed back in June 1993. Their first public shows were at London University, following in the footsteps of the real Queen who had played their first shows there 21 years earlier. By 1995 Killer Queen's UK popularity had grown to such an extent they secured a residency in London's Strand Theatre attracting nationwide BBC coverage - the first tribute to have a show in the West End. The band's reputation continued to grow both in the UK and abroad. In 1999 they returned from a tour of and Europe and Russia for an awards ceremony in Leicester Square, hosted by Suggs from Madness. He announced they had won the award for “Worldwide Best Tribute Band.” Queen's music is loved the world over. Their songs have inspired generations. Recreating the songs on a world stage takes a great deal of skill and Killer Queen's musicianship is outstanding. During their various careers the musicians have worked and recorded with a vast array of artistes including Roger Taylor, Brian May and Monseratte Caballe. The band also scored a number one hit when they were asked to recreate Queen's harmonies for “The Real Life” with Fatboy Slim in 2001. Killer Queen toured into their second decade, the audiences grew. In 2005 they played Ahoy Stadium, where the reformed Queen would be performing only a few months later. The next year Killer Queen joined forces with Bjorn Again and The Bootleg Beatles for a Waverly Stadium show in Edinburgh. It was this performance that led to the band being selected to represent Queen in a restaged tribute LiveAid concert held by Sir Bob Geldof. They performed with him at his arena charity concert to raise funds for the homeless. A concert has been scheduled Saturday, July 12, at 7:30pm at The
Family Arena in St. Charles. Tickets can be purchased at the Family Arena Ticket Office or online at www.metrotix.com. Prices: $58 (Gold Circle), $48 (Floor), $40 (Lower Level), $30 (Upper Level) To charge by phone call MetroTix at 314-534-1111. For help purchasing accessible seating, please call The Family Arena ADA Hotline at 636896-4234. Tickets may be purchased online at http://www.metrotix.com/ events/detail/killer-queen Please call The Family Arena event hotline at 636-896-4242 for more information, or visit our web site at www.familyarena.com.
Steve Martin, Martin Short coming to The Fox
Longtime comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short will be coming to St. Louis for one performance, Thursday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. The show, "An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life," includes stand-up, film clips, musical numbers and conversations about their lives in show business. Martin and Short will also be joined by the Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers, the bluegrass band with which Martin frequently performs. The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on July 20. Tickets are $253, $203, $128, $98, $78, $58 and are available online at metrotix.com, by calling 314-534-1111, or in person at the Fabulous Fox Box Office.
Family Arena to host Beach Boys, Temptations
Family Arena to welcome The Beach Boys and The Temptations on their Surf & Soul Tour April 23, 2017. The Beach Boys: Few, if any, acts can match The Beach Boys’ concert presence, spirit and performance. They were center-
stage at Live Aid, multiple Farm Aids, the Statue of Liberty’s 100th Anniversary Salute, the Super Bowl and the White House. On one day alone—July 4, 1985—they played to nearly 2 million fans at shows in Philadelphia and Washington, D. C. The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Eichenburger, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. This tour will not feature Brian Wilson, Al Jardine or David Marks. The Temptations: For more than fifty years, The Te m p t a t i o n s h a v e p ro s p e re d , propelling popular music with a series of smash hits, and sold-out performances throughout the world. The history of The Temptations is the history of contemporary American pop. An essential component of the original Motown machine, that amazing engine invented by Berry Gordy, The Temps began their musical life in Detroit in the early sixties. It wasn’t until 1964 however, that the Smokey Robinson written-and-produced “The Way You Do the things You Do” turned the guys into stars. An avalanche of hits followed, many of which...”My Girl,” for instance...attained immortality. “It’s Growing,” “Since I Lost My Baby;,” “Get Ready,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” “Beauty Is only Skin Deep,” “I Wish It Would Rain”...the hits kept coming. The current lineup consists of: Otis Williams, Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs, Willie Greene Jr. Tickets can be purchased at the Family Arena Ticket Office or online at www.metrotix.com. P r i c e s : $ 1 2 5 ( F ro n t F l o o r ) , $85 (Rear Floor & Lower Level Sidelines), $59.50 (Lower Level End Zone & Upper Level Sidelines), $45 (Upper Level End Zone) To charge by phone call MetroTix at 314-534-1111. For help purchasing accessible seating, please call The Family Arena ADA Hotline at 636896-4234. Please call The Family Arena event hotline at 636-896-4242 for more information, or visit our web site at www.familyarena.com.
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Music Tuning in Diz Strohman Big Band to perform
The Diz Strohman Big Band is returning for 2017. They are kicking off this year on Sunday, February 26 at 3pm at the Edwardsville American Legion. Located at 58 S. State Rt. 157 across the street from Lincoln Middle school. Stephanie Strohman will be the featured vocalist. Come and enjoy the sounds of the Big Band era. Ticket prices are $8 per person or $15 per couple. Food will be available. For more information, please call 314-656-7219.
Rock of the '70s Tour planned
Four-famed acts will appear at The Family Arena in St. Charles on Oct. 14. Foghat’s live performances show why the band is still around today and why they will be able to keep on rockin’ as long as they want. This band truly is timeless. Constant touring is part of their DNA and the band just loves to play. Their live show is as intense as ever with the incredible energy and musicianship that one would e x p e c t a n d h o p e f o r f ro m a seasoned band with such a long musical history and they are bringing their fans along for the ride. Foghat fans are everywhere and these days their audience consists of all ages. From the young kids who play Guitar Hero III and know all of the lyrics to ‘Slow Ride’, to the Dazed & Confused generation of 30-40 somethings and the ‘boomers’ who bought Foghat’s first vinyl or 8 track! Firefall was one of the first bands to bring the creative and musical richness of the R o c k y M o u n t a i n a re a t o t h e forefront of the industry. They helped spearhead the birth and continuation of the country rock / folk rock sound of the 70's. The band continues to dazzle audiences with their exuberant and rocking performances this was no 'light rock' band. F I R E FA L L i s a g r o u p o f exceptional musicians and singers, with a repertoire of recognizable songs few bands can match. Their many hits - "You Are The Woman," "Just Remember I Love You," "Strange Way," " Cinderella," "Mexico," " Livin' Ain't Livin'," " So Long," " Goodbye I Love You," " Sweet and Sour" and others are faithfully recreated with a freshness rare in live performances of such classics. Formed from the cream of Atlanta’s studio musicians, the Atlanta Rhythm Section (actually hailing from nearby Doraville, Georgia) came together in 1970 after working on a Roy Orbison recording session. In 1977, “So In To You” became the band’s breakthrough single, reaching the U.S. Top 10, and the album from which it came, A Rock And Roll Alternative, went gold. Their platinum follow-up album, Champagne Jam, broke into the Top 10 in 1978, together with the blockbuster single “Imaginary Lover” (“I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight” was another major hit from the same album). From their beginnings in midSixties Ohio as a group of friends playing cover tunes to the presentday unit featuring founding
member/pedal-steel innovator John David Call, veteran bassist Mike Reilly, propulsive drummer Scott Thompson and guitar ace Donnie Clark, Pure Prairie League continues to embellish the rich 43-year history of one of CountryRock’s pioneering forces. Tickets can be purchased at the Family Arena Ticket Offi ce or online at www.metrotix.com. Prices: $80 (Gold Circle), $65 (Floor), $55 (100 Level Sidelines), $45 (100 Level Endzone), $35 (Upper Level) To c h a r g e b y p h o n e c a l l MetroTix at 314-534-1111. For help purchasing accessible seating, please call The Family Arena ADA Hotline at 636-896-4234 or visit http://www.metrotix.com/ events/detail/rock-70s Please call The Family Arena event hotline at 636-896-4242 for more information, or visit our web site at www.familyarena.com.
Santana returning to St. Louis
Santana will bring his Tr a n s m o g r i f y To u r 2 0 1 7 t o t h e F a b u l o u s F o x T h e a t re o n Wednesday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $150, $125, $99, $89, $79, $69 and may be purchased online at metrotix.com, by calling 314-534-1111, or in person at the Fabulous Fox Box Office. For forty years and as many albums later, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, Santana has won ten GRAMMY® Aw a r d s a n d t h r e e L a t i n G R A M M Y ® Aw a rd s . H e w o n a record-tying nine GRAMMYs for a single project for 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”) as well as three Latin GRAMMY’s. He has also received the Billboard Century Award (1996), was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1998), received the Billboard Latin Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement honor (2009), and was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors Award (2013). Among many other honors, Carlos
Santana has been cited by Rolling Stone as #15 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” And, with the 2014 release of Corazón, Santana surpassed the Rolling Stones and is one of only two music acts in Billboard history to score at least one Top Ten album for six consecutive decades from the 1960s on. April 15, 2016 marks the release date of Santana IV, the wildly anticipated studio album that reunites the revered early ‘70s lineup of guitar icon Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), N e a l S c h o n ( g u i t a r, v o c a l s ) , Michael Carabello (percussion) and Michael Shrieve (drums). Santana IV features 16 all-new t r a c k s w r i t t e n a n d p ro d u c e d by the band that burst with the same unparalleled energy and superlative musicianship that made Santana a pioneering force in world music and a household name across the globe. Santana IV debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart and marks Santana’s fourteenth Top 10 album. Santana is currently headlining a multi-year residency at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. In the fall of 2014, Carlos Santana released his memoir “The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light.” It’s a profoundly inspiring tale of spiritual commitment and musical fearlessness that does not balk at finding the humor in the world of high-fl ying fame, nor at speaking plainly of Santana’s personal revelations, and the divine and infinite possibility he sees in each person he meets.
Menzel to appear at The Fox
After releasing her fifth solo studio album idina. last fall, Tony Award-winning superstar Idina Menzel announced today that she will head out on a 50+ city global spring & summer tour that will include a stop at the Fabulous Fox Theatre on Tuesday, August 15 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $150, $85, $65, $45 and can be purchased online at
metrotix.com, by calling 314-5341111, or in person at the Fabulous Fox Box Office. The tour will begin in Japan on March 29, 2017 and visit Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo before Idina begins the North American leg of the tour on April 7, 2017 with a hometown Long Island show in New York at the Nassau Coliseum. She will travel through major U.S. cities including Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, Nashville and Las Vegas before the tour concludes on September 3, 2017 in Phoenix, AZ. European tour dates will be announced shortly. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Wednesday, January 18 at 10 am local time through Thursday, January 26 at 10 pm local time. An artist presale will also begin at 10 am local time on January 18. Tickets for the general public will go on sale Friday, January 27 at 10 am local time. Please visit www.idinamenzel. com/tour for all details. .Called “the Streisand of her generation” by The Denver Post, Idina has captivated audiences at sold-out concerts around the world with her irresistible charm, wit and unparalleled vocal prowess. Throughout the tour, Idina will lead audiences through a special journey of songs from idina., as well as other classic pop, musical theater favorites and her own personal catalogue. “[Idina] sings beyond anyone’s idea of reasonable vocal or emotional limits…” – New York Magazine “[Idina has a] tear-down-thehouse voice and commanding personality...” – Variety Idina willl play the role of CC in the contemporary remake of the classic film Beaches, which p r e m i e r e s S a t u r d a y, J a n u a r y 21 on Lifetime at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Her voice is also featured on the Beaches EP, which includes classic songs from the 1988 original film, along with new tracks recorded specifically for the remake. The EP was released on January 13 St. Louis;Ernst HeatingBros. & Cooling;E36720;4.25x5 by Warner Records (17Fa) and is
available for purchase now at https://wbr.ec/wbmw. Tony Award-winning icon Idina Menzel has a diverse career that traverses stage, film, television and music. Idina's voice can be heard as Elsa in Disney’s global box office smash FROZEN, in which she sings the fi lm’s Oscarwinning song “Let It Go,” and in the follow-up short, FROZEN FEVER. After Idina’s performance of the multi-platinum song at the 86th annual Academy Awards, she made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. Idina capped 2016 with the release of her fifth original solo studio album idina., and filmed Lifetime’s remake of Beaches, set to air January 21, 2017, in which she portrays the role of ‘CC,’ made famous by Bette Midler. Idina earned her fi rst Tony nomination as Maureen in the Pulitzer Prize winner Rent, and won the award for her performance as Elphaba in Wicked. Other notable roles include Rachel Berry’s mother, S h e l b y C o rc o r a n , o n t h e h i t television show Glee as well as starring opposite Susan Sarandon and Amy Adams in Disney’s Enchanted. Idina starred in her own PBS special, Barefoot at the Symphony, with an accompanying live album of the same name, and her highly successful 2015 international concert tour included a sold-out performance at Radio City Music Hall. Idina also performed the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIX in February 2015, which was the most-watched television program in U.S. history. In addition to cast albums, Idina’s prolific recording career includes the solo albums idina., I Stand, Here and Still I Can’t Be Still. Her first-ever Christmas album Holiday Wishes, released October 2014 on Warner Bros. Records, debuted at # 1 on Billboard’ s Holiday Albums chart and received rave reviews. Idina’s most recent Broadway role as ‘Elizabeth’ in the original production IF/ THEN earned her critical acclaim and her third Tony nomination. For more information, please visit www.idinamenzel.com.
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"I, Daniel Blake"
Just like a Michael Moore documentary, there's nothing subtle about a Ken Loach drama. The 80-year-old British director and social critic has long been an ardent, insistent, eloquent champion of the more vulnerable members of society — particularly working-class folks who are trying to do the right thing but just can't catch a break. Whether he's exploring homelessness, poverty or other social ills, Loach's arguments, and emotions, are always crystal clear. Loach has been making movies for a half-century — some more effective than others — but he's in beautiful form with "I, Daniel Blake," a searing look at one man's seemingly futile fight against the British welfare system, against the encroachment of technology into our lives, and most of all, against the forces that can conspire to make people feel small and insignificant and, well, not human. There are moments when "I, Daniel Blake" — which won the Palme D'Or at Cannes — feels like a documentary, and that's largely due to the pitch-perfect cast Loach has assembled, from star Dave Johns — a comedian who is occasionally funny here but also proud, anguished and increasingly angry — down to those with the smallest parts: a security guard, a food bank employee, a kind-hearted worker at an employment office. RATED: R by the Motion Picture Association of America "for language." RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.
"Live by Night"
Ben Affleck is no doubt an ambitious and tasteful filmmaker, but he's gotten himself in a bit of hot water with the bloated period gangster epic "Live by Night ." It looks and sounds right and all the elements are there: A conflicted anti-hero with a granite jaw, a fast-talkin', two-timin' moll, crooked cops, and a sweaty loyal partner. There's the one-last-job-gone-awry, some rum-running, a few epic shootouts and the big questions about whether or not our man has become everything he swore he wouldn't. It seems like enough to hold audience interest for a few hours, but somehow even with all that going for it (not to mention a parade of recognizable faces), "Live by Night" is dull as sin. The story is adapted by Affleck from a Dennis Lehane novel of the same name. Lehane is the author of the source material for some good to great films like "Mystic River," ''Shutter Island" and Affleck's first stab at directing, "Gone Baby Gone." It was a decent gamble that "Live by Night" would be pretty good, too. Affleck has put himself front and center here as the lead, Joe Coughlin, a once good man who became jaded after serving in World War I. He came back to his hometown of Boston, where his father (Brendan Gleeson) is the Police Chief, with the intention of never answering to anyone. We don't ever see Joe as a standup citizen, only robbing banks and sleeping with Emma Gould (Sienna Miller), the mistress of the town's most notorious mob boss Albert White (Robert Glenister). Naturally as soon as Emma and Joe decide to skip town and find a new life somewhere warm (where they come so close to saying that they'll "live by night" it's almost annoying that they don't), things take a turn and Joe is left beaten to a pulp, imprisoned and alone. When he gets out, revenge against Albert White is the only thing on his mind, so he heads to Florida to work for a rival. RATED: R by the Motion Picture Association of America for "strong violence, language throughout, and some sexuality/ nudity." RUNNING TIME: 128 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two stars out of four.
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Ketchup, mustard, two pickles. In John Lee Hancock's "The Founder," about Ray Kroc and the making of McDonald's, the ingredients for success are ruthlessly simple. When Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling traveling salesmen selling milkshake mixers, first beelines to San Bernardino, California, in 1954 to get a look at Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac (John Carroll Lynch) McDonald's burger joint, he stands agog at the counter. Moments after he orders, Kroc is handed his burger and fries in a bag, but he might as well have been flame-grilled by lightning. "But I just ordered," he stutters. Kroc quickly recognizes the revolutionary power of the McDonalds' restaurant and becomes its franchise-driver and the pre-eminent proselytizer of an empire built on burgers. The arches, an invention of Dick's just like its other innovations, will spread "from sea to shining sea," Kroc vows. As a gathering place for families, it will be "the new American church, open seven days a week," he says. "It requires a certain kind of mind to see the beauty in a hamburger bun," wrote David Halberstam of the minds behind McDonalds in "The Fifties." Of course, the genius behind McDonald's lied largely with Dick McDonald, who engineered the "speedee service system" of its assembly linelike kitchen, designed its layout and focused its tiny menu. But the ironically titled "The Founder" is not about him. It's about Kroc, a hard-drinking, slightly shifty Illinois salesman who took the idea of the McDonalds and spread it around the world through sheer (and sometimes unscrupulous) force of will and savvy standardization. In the opening scenes, Kroc, struggling to eke out a living on the road, faithfully listens to Norman Vincent Peale's "The Power of Positive Thinking." ''Persistence, determination alone are all powerful," Kroc absorbs. "The Founder" is a quintessentially post-war American story about a self-made man largely made by others. RATED: PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for "brief strong language." RUNNING TIME: 115 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.
"The Red Turtle"
When was the last time an animated film actual lowered your pulse rate? In its typical Hollywood form, an animated feature is usually the cinematic equivalent of a sugar rush — a frantic barrage of colors and movement and jokes and sounds. It's safe to say that "The Red Turtle," a fortuitous collaboration between Japan's famed Studio Ghibli and Dutch animator-director Michael Dudok de Wit, is very, very different. A fable, beautifully drawn in calm, soothing colors, it doesn't even have dialogue, let alone a throbbing soundtrack. Those sounds you hear are the sounds of silence, and eventually they become hypnotic. As Dudok de Wit tells it, he received an email out of the blue in 2006 from the vaunted animation studio, asking if he'd be interested in working on his first feature (the director is known for his animated shorts.) He was, and he came up with the story of a man cast away on a deserted island. The director's research took him to his own deserted island, in the Seychelles, where he shot thousands of photographs. He wanted to recreate the feeling of how time stands still in such a place. He spent nine years creating that animated world. And you can tell. The film begins with a roiling sea. A man is lost in the waves; we don't know how he got there. Finally, he washes up on a tranquil island, inhabited seemingly only by a few friendly crabs on the beach. RATED: PG by the Motion Picture Association of America "for some thematic elements and peril." RUNNING TIME: 80 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Three stars out of four.
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The Reformation toppled the Renaissance but the decline of the McConaissance is harder to delineate. It was probably inevitable that Matthew McConaughey's bold rebirth — that terrific run of "True Detective" ''Magic Mike," ''The Wolf of Wall Street," ''Interstellar," ''Mud" and "Dallas Buyers Club" — would dissipate. Could it have been those Lincoln ads that signaled the end to his grand second act? In any case, the woefully misguided "Gold," which follows the almost as equally disappointing "Sea of Trees" and "Free State of Jones," confirms that the McConaissance, wonderful as it was, is over. It's not for lack of effort. In those films and "Gold," McConaughey has maintained a torrid commitment to his roles. But the quality of the material isn't holding up. "Gold," directed by Stephen Gaghan ("Syriana"), is a fictionalized account of the notorious Bre-X Minerals swindle of the 1990s in which a Borneo prospector named Michael de Guzman falsified core samples of an Indonesian site's richness in gold. The fraud eventually came crashing down, but not before his apparently historic discovery made Bre-X a $6 billion company and the toast of Wall Street and the mining industry. Gaghan and co-writers Patrick Massett and John Zinman have extrapolated the tale and, in doing so, distorted it beyond both recognition and plausibility. The filmmakers may have had in mind a stylized romp like "The Wolf of Wall Street": a movie about fraud that is its own kind of fraud, taking viewers along for a ride. But, unmoored from reality, "Gold" plays like a cheap knockoff version of Martin Scorsese's film and others ("The Big Short," ''American Hustle") that have plundered more deeply and more specifically into the fool's gold of getrich-quick America. RATED: by the Motion Picture Association of America for "language throughout and some sexuality/nudity." RUNNING TIME: 121 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: One and a half stars out of four.
While there are a few good laughs to be had in "The Comedian " — and great cameos by myriad comics — Taylor Hackford's film isn't exactly a comedy. It's a portrait of an aging entertainer, unfortunately hampered by the tired trope of a May-December romance and the implication that men find redemption in success while women find it in motherhood. Such outdated elements detract from an otherwise interesting character study and heartfelt love letter to New York City and the camaraderie among its comedians. Robert De Niro is Jackie Burke, a once-famous sitcom star who yearns for respect as a standup comic. He resents his fans for associating him with the character he used to play on the hit "Eddie's Home," and he bristles when they call him Eddie. Jackie isn't always kind to his long-suffering manager (Edie Falco, disappointingly underused) and insults the patrons at the small-town clubs where he performs. After tussling with a heckler at one of his shows, Jackie is sentenced to jail and community service. He's working at a New York City soup kitchen when he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann), who's also clocking community-service hours. She tells Jackie that she watched "Eddie's Home" as a kid. It was her dad's favorite show. Jackie eventually asks Harmony out, and she tells him straight away that she won't have sex with him (handsome as he may be, there's an obvious 30-year age difference between them). RATED: R by the Motion Picture Association of America for "crude sexual references and language throughout." RUNNING TIME: 120 minutes. ASSOCIATED PRESS RANKING: Two and a half stars out of four.
This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Robert De Niro, left, and Leslie Mann in a scene from, "The Comedian."
A love letter to New York comics By SANDY COHEN Associated Press While there are a few good laughs to be had in "The Comedian " — and great cameos by myriad comics — Taylor Hackford's film isn't exactly a comedy. It's a portrait of an aging entertainer, unfortunately hampered by the tired trope of a May-December romance and the implication that men find redemption in success while women find it in motherhood. Such outdated elements detract from an otherwise interesting character study and heartfelt love letter to New York City and the camaraderie among its comedians. Robert De Niro is Jackie Burke, a oncefamous sitcom star who yearns for respect
as a standup comic. He resents his fans for associating him with the character he used to play on the hit "Eddie's Home," and he bristles when they call him Eddie. Jackie isn't always kind to his long-suffering manager (Edie Falco, disappointingly underused) and insults the patrons at the small-town clubs where he performs. After tussling with a heckler at one of his shows, Jackie is sentenced to jail and community service. He's working at a New York City soup kitchen when he meets Harmony (Leslie Mann), who's also clocking community-service hours. She tells Jackie that she watched "Eddie's Home" as a kid. It was her dad's favorite show. Jackie eventually asks Harmony out, and she tells him straight away that she won't
have sex with him (handsome as he may be, there's an obvious 30-year age difference between them). He takes her to a comedy club, and the friendly outing turns into a quid pro quo: She agrees to be his date for his niece's wedding if he'll accompany her to a birthday dinner with her smarmy, overbearing father, Mac (Harvey Keitel). The wedding scene — which goes on way too long (do we really need to see the wedding band perform two songs?) — hints that Jackie may have a tender heart under his gruff exterior. But the awkward and ill-conceived dinner with dad sets Harmony up as a pawn between the two men: Will she sleep with Jackie, who declares his intention to do so directly to her father, or will she give into Mac's pressure to
move back to Florida to work at the old-age home he owns? It's gross and trite to have these old guys competing for the younger woman's affections (especially since one of them is her dad), and it's an odd conundrum for a woman in her 40s to be facing in 2017. But this isn't Harmony's story, it's Jackie's. De Niro was on board early: His friend Art Linson, who came up with the story concept, co-wrote the screenplay and produced the film, created the character for him. Though Jackie bears some resemblance to Jack Byrnes from the "Fockers" films, De Niro does more than put on a sour mug here. He sells Jackie as a standup, and spent months with real comics to prepare for the part. Insult comic and frequent celebrity roaster Jeff Ross helped write Jackie's routines.
Two movies that near perfection By ROBERT GRUBAUGH For The Edge Signs point to trouble for a movie when it gets moved around the release schedule a lot. That usually indicates a lack of faith by its distributor in the film's ability to sell tickets and, you know, make money. "The Space Between Us" had suffered more than its share of indignation by getting bumped from the December 16th slot where it would have been massacred alongside "Rogue One" to the just-too-early-for Valentine's Day date on February 3rd. One makes only a little more sense than the other. That the movie is an innocuous romantic trifle doesn't help it either. I really wanted to like this little movie, but it's just too darn preposterous and suffers from a very understated - even vague - ending, especially when the final turn is
telegraphed from the opening scenes. "The Space Between Us" is a pen pal love story from the points of view of Gardner Elliot (Asa Butterfield, an age appropriate 19 year-old actor) living on a scientific research colony on Mars, and Tulsa (Britt Robertson, reaching to play a high school student when the actress is almost 27), a grouchy, c o n n e c t i o n - f re e f o s t e r k i d i n Oklahoma. They're both lonely and isolated by their circumstances and it allows a friendship to blossom into something more intimate despite the fact that they are hundreds of millions of miles apart. Tulsa doesn't know this about Gardner, of course, because the plot structure has to contain a few misdirects for anyone involved in their love story. Gardner was born on Mars after his mother died in childbirth on the Red Planet,
having set out on her mission before learning of her pregnancy. Because of the scandal, cost, and/ or story formation he is kept a secret from the world by the genius curmudgeon (Gary Oldman) that runs the private space firm that funded the pioneering launch. He tells her he's sick and living in NYC. Much of the movie is an angstdriven road picture about Gardner's return to Earth, escape to find Tulsa and/or the meaning of love, and search for his father, unknown to him but for a photograph he hangs onto for dear life. The not-soshadowy government types that are tracking him include his real mother figure and fellow astronaut Kendra Wyndham (Carla Gugino). She is both my celebrity crush and the emotional center of the movie, but it's still a hard one for me to recommend to anyone. I may have
wanted better, but I was pretty close to getting what I expected out of it. "The Space Between Us" runs 120 minutes and is rated PG-13 for brief sensuality and language. I give this film one stars out of four. Instead, I hedged my movie going bets this week and got in on the "La La Land" action. It was one of the last Best Picture nominees that I had not yet seen and I'm very happy to say that I think it almost justifies the runaway level of hype brought on by its fourteen Academy Award nominations. Star-crossed lovers Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) and Mia (Emma Stone) battle the enmity of working beneath us to reach out dreams and the rejection of others so many, many times as a jazz musician and an actress living in Hollywood.
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She shines and their chemistry in this, their third picture together, is a delight. A successful musical in 2017 is an unlikely thing to behold, but I found myself to be smiling in the dark for two straight hours as I took it all in. The brazen young filmmaker responsible for it Damien Chazelle, director of last year's "Whiplash" - is clearly a new talent to be followed. It features at least a dozen toe-tapping numbers throughout, some including John Legend and even an homage to Gene Kelly's turn in "An American in Paris". The movie's recurring tune - "City of Stars" - is a dainty little earworm that you won't be able to shake from your head. I strongly recommend this one! "La La Land" runs 128 minutes and is rated PG-13 for some language. I give this film four stars out of four.
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Differences can be appealing, troubling By DANIELLE BRAFF Chicago Tribune When Monica Zanetti and Jeremy Reed first noticed each other at a furniture store, it was love at first sight. Zanetti is tiny and outgoing, the product of a Catholic, Mexican-Italian family; Reed is a towering teddy bear, straight-laced yet raised in a secular family by hippie parents. They knew right away they’d marry. But the Chicago couple, who now h a v e t w o c h i l d r e n t o g e t h e r, s t a r t e d to bump heads. Reed was used to a calm household, and an evening’s entertainment might involve two couples and quiet conversation. For Zanetti, loud parties were the rule: the more, the merrier — BYO friend. “ R i g h t a w a y, w e s t a r t e d t o s e e t h e differences,” Zanetti said. “Every week, something really big comes up.” In every marriage, there are plenty of issues that can divide couples, from differing cultures and religions to their stance on children, money and sex, said Gail Saltz, New York-based psychiatrist and author of “The Power of Different.”
“Opposites most definitely attract, but that’s a different question than longevity,” Saltz said. “In my experience, the further apart couples are on multiple things, the harder it will be.” C o m p ro m i s e i s n e c e s s a r y, w h i c h i s easier to do if the two people are flexible, Saltz said. But the closer a couple is on broad issues — life goals, values, morals — the less likely it is that hurdles will tear them apart. Still, some differences are less important than others, said Gwendolyn Seidman, a s s o c i a t e p ro f e s s o r o f p s y c h o l o g y a t Albright College in Pennsylvania. For example, those in interethnic marriages tend to be just as satisfied as other couples. “This is generally because, despite their different backgrounds, they actually are quite similar in terms of age, educational attainment and interests,” Seidman said. However, recent research has shown that those from a lower socioeconomic status are less likely to strive for power than those who are from a higher socioeconomic status. “This could create conflicts where one partner thinks the other is not ambitious enough or one partner disapproves of the
other ’s scheming,” she said. I n g e n e r a l , S e i d m a n s a i d , t h e m o re important a value is to someone, the more important it is that his or her partner shares that value. So if one partner is conservative and the other is liberal, but neither is particularly politically active, this difference is less likely to be a problem than if both partners are strong partisans. A n o m n i v o re a n d a v e g e t a r i a n c a n happily co-exist if the omnivore is content to cut down on meat. “But if he needs meat at every meal, there is going to be a problem,” Seidman said. If the couples are vastly different in terms of other parts of their backgrounds, they will need to be more open-minded and willing to try new things, which can be difficult, especially when it comes to raising their children. That’s the reason couples who are similar have fewer conflicts. “The more alike you are, the less there is to fight about,” Seidman said. “But the good news is that, as couples spend more and more time together, they start to become more similar, both because of their many shared
experiences and because of deliberate efforts to get along.” But no two people are completely alike. “Every couple comes from two different families of origin, was raised with two varying sets of ideologies and experienced two quite unique paths to adulthood,” said Adam Smithey, marriage counselor in Greenwood, Ind. They need to discuss their differences to find a solution that works for everyone. That’s exactly what Reed and Zanetti do. They meet with a life coach weekly, who helps them understand each other and work through their issues. Compromise isn’t always the best solution when it comes to raising children, however, if the couple come from different religions. Research on interfaith marriages found that the best outcome is to choose one religion or the other, Seidman said. “Leaving it ambiguous by raising the child with both or neither can lead to confusion for the child,” she said. Still, this method works for Zanetti and Reed, who are raising their children “Catholic light,” Zanetti said. “We make it work with humor,” she said.
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407 Edwardsville Rd. (Rt. 162) Troy, IL 62294 667-6241 Dennis D. Price, Pastor Sunday Worship: 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 10:35 a.m. Wednesday Evening Youth Services New Life Student Ministry www.troyumc.org
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131 N. Main St., Glen Carbon, IL 288-5700 Dr. Penelope H. Barber Sunday Morning Worship 8:30 & 10:30a.m. Sunday School - 9:30 a.m. Senior High Youth Group Sunday - 6:30 p.m. Mid-Week - Every Wednesday evening Wed. Night Meal - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Kids Connection - K-5th grade - 6-7 p.m. Middle School Bible Study - 6-7:30 p.m. Senior High Bible Study - 6-7:30 p.m. Adult Classes & Prayer Shawl Ministry - 6:30-8 p.m. Fully Accessible Facilities www.newbethelumc.org
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327 Olive Street • Edw, IL 656-0845 Steve Jackson, Pastor Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Morning Worship: 10:45 a.m. Wed. Early Morning Prayer: 5:00 a.m. Wed. Bible Study: 7:00 p.m.
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ST. BONIFACE CATHOLIC CHURCH
110 N. Buchanan Edwardsville 656-6450 Very Reverend Jeffrey Goeckner
Sacrament of Reconciliation: Wed., & Thurs. - 6 pm Saturday - 3:30-4:00 pm Saturday Vigil Mass - 4:15 pm Sunday Mass 8:15 am, 10:15 am, 5:15 pm Spanish Mass - 12:15 pm Daily Mass Schedule - Mon., 5:45 pm Tues., Thurs., Fri. - 8:00 am Wed., & Thurs. - 6:45 pm
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Eureka Springs is a hot wedding destination For The Edge For the lady who receives an engagement ring during the winter holidays, she need not wait for the robins or the daffodils to start planning. In fact, experts say during the winter months just may the best time to begin planning a wedding set for any time of the year. One such wedding destination that can attest to this is the romantic village of Eureka Springs, located in the Arkansas Ozarks. "Eureka Springs is known as ˜The Wedding Capital of The South.; As such, the community will see nearly 3,000 weddings per year," explained Jodie English, Director of Sales at the historic 1886 Crescent Hotel and Spa and 1905 Basin Park Hotel. "In fact our two hotels will be the site for more than 300 wedding events each year. Part of that reason is our 130-year heritage of romance. The other major reason is that we are but minutes away from the iconic Thorncrown Chapel. And during the first couple months of the year, following so many diamonds being placed on ring fingers during holidays, Eureka becomes the wedding planning capital of the south." English listed a few of the reasons why early planning during the winter months is so advantageous. "One obvious reason is that these venues are exclusive however now there are more dates from which to choose to
reserve one of Eureka Springs" iconic venues; so very important. For example, there is only one Crescent Hotel with its "˜extraordinary spaces and places" and only one Thorncrown Chapel. That perfect date coupled with that perfect place once fulfilled creates the bedrock foundation for that dream wedding."
many brides turn their wedding event into a multi-day family and friends reunion of sorts. An earlier set date, allows friends and family members to utilize a few vacation days to enjoy it to the fullest. English added, "Our friends at The Knot thought of a few more."
Other winter planning advantages that English mentioned include: • Site visits tend to be more relaxed when other events are not underway at that chosen venue. The bride-to-be garners all the attention. • The farther out a date is set makes it easier for family and friends to build that "save the date" it into their annual schedule. In fact
• Relaxing with family over the holidays allows greater ease in building the "wedding timetable." •>There is ample, uninterrupted time to dream the dream of that fantasy wedding. Nothing is off the table at this point. Plenty of time to whittle down choices and ideas as/if needed. • Early budgeting allows for a range of
money to be considered in producing that fantasy wedding. Plus, it is never too early to start saving to meet that range. • No better way not to forget "Uncle Charlie"or "Aunt Michele"when they are sitting across from you at the holiday table. The "right before you"friends and relatives might be a good source to connecting to guests who should be invited. So this is a good time to begin making a list and checking it twice. • You are going to be in dozens of stores during this time of year anyway, why not look for stores and items where you could register for those much appreciated, perfect wedding gifts. • Now that you have that sparkling "rock" on your hand, a call to your insurance provider might not be a bad idea in order to get that ring insured. Things happen! "These suggested planning items do not represent a finite list by any means," concluded English, "but it is a good place to start while you have time and you are surrounded by loving family and friends who would love to help in the planning. Just remember it is your wedding and you should have final say." To start planning for a wedding in Eureka Springs, one should first go to EurekaSpringsArkansasWeddings.com.
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Pictured are wedding scenes from 1886 Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Ark.
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The Rep to present "Million Dollar Quartet" For The Edge In their primes, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins could burn the house down at will. They weren’t so much musicians as they were forces of nature, with talent and bravado that turned popular music upside down. In casting Million Dollar Quartet, the smash hit musical that recounts the i m p ro m p t u j a m s e s s i o n w h e re t h e s e four legends met, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis had big shoes to fill. But in assembling its own quartet of rising musical theatre powerhouses, The Rep has brought together a group that captures the charisma of these legends. Featuring a book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, with original concept and direction by Mutrux and directed at The Rep by Hunter Foster, Million Dollar Quartet runs March 15 – April 9, 2017 on the Browning Mainstage of the LorettoHilton Center for the Performing Arts. Meet the Million Dollar Quartet principal cast: Ari McKay Wilford (Elvis Presley) has appeared on the HBO series Vinyl as country great Conway Twitty, as well as on FOX’s Gotham. Wilford also served as an understudy for the Broadway smash Once. He has portrayed Elvis in Million Dollar Quartet at Westchester Broadway Theatre and The Gateway in Bellport, N.Y. Sky Seals (Johnny Cash) starred as Berger
in American Theater Company’s 2014 production of Hair. A musician himself, he’s provided original music for plays and short films alike. He’s performed as Johnny Cash in Million Dollar Quartet productions at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables, Fla., as well as Westchester Broadway Theatre. Dominique Scott (Jerry Lee Lewis) played the lead role of Drew in the national touring company of Rock of Ages from 2011 to 2012. He’s brought his charismatic take on Jerry Lee Lewis to productions of Million Dollar Quartet at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre and Westchester Broadway Theatre. John Michael Presney (Carl Perkins) is a solo recording artist with a style that lies somewhere between between urban edge and country soul. In addition to participating in the national Million Dollar Quartet tour and portraying Perkins at Westchester Broadway Theatre, he’s appeared on the ABC series Betrayal. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 2017 - 8:00 PM (PREVIEW) THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017 - 8:00 PM (PREVIEW) FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017 - 8:00 PM (F1) SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017 - 4:00 PM (SATMAT1) SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017 - 2:00 PM (SUNMAT1) SUNDAY, MARCH 19, 2017 - 7:00 PM
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SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017 - 2:00 PM (SUNMAT4) SUNDAY, APRIL 9, 2017 - 7:00 PM (SUN2) For ticket information, visit www.repstl.org ••• More than anyone in our 50 year history, Augustin Family Artistic Director Steven Woolf has become synonymous with The Rep. He's held his current position for 30 years, stewarding the theatre through changing times while keeping it fresh and daring. And he's also become The Rep's public face, always open to talking shop with patrons, colleagues and the press. So it's fitting that the Arts and Education Council of St. Louis chose to honor Woolf during The Rep's 50th anniversary season, a milestone year that exemplifies his successes. "It's a real thrill. I couldn't be happier," Woolf told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "And I love the people I'm being honored with this year. It's a great class." That class includes Mike Isaacson, artistic director and executive producer of The Muny, Jim and Cathy Berges (whose Berges Family Foundation sponsors The Rep's current mainstage season), Riverview Gardens band director Harvey Lockhart and more. The Arts and Education Council also assembled a lovely video about Woolf's contributions to St. Louis theatre, featuring interviews with Rep board member Ann Cady Scott, longtime Rep lighting designer Peter E. Sargent, director Ed Stern and the man himself.
The Arts Artistic adventures Muny announces 2017 schedule
The Muny announced its 2017 summer season, the 99th summer season in Forest Park. The exciting, bold line-up includes 2 M u n y p re m i e re s , a re v i s e d version of rarely produced The Unsinkable Molly Brown, the comedic masterpiece A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and the return of two all-time Muny favorites A Chorus Line and Jesus Christ Superstar. The seven shows are: Jesus Christ Superstar (June 12 – 18), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (June 20 – 29), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (July 5 –11), All Shook Up (July 13 –19), The Unsinkable Molly Brown (July 21 –27), A Chorus Line (July 29 – August 4), and Newsies (August 7 –13). Season ticket holders will receive their renewal notices the first week of December. New season tickets will be available beginning Monday, March 6, 2017, at the Muny box office in Forest Park. Gift card holders will have advanced access to season tickets beginning Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Single tickets will go on sale beginning Monday, May 8, 2017. For more information, visit muny. org. “With the top five requested shows from our audience survey all included in the 2017 line-up, this year, more than ever, we have the exciting opportunity to offer our audience a season that is exactly what they asked for,” said Muny president and CEO Denny Reagan. “Our 99th season combines Muny classics and the premieres of popular new titles for what I’m sure will be an unforgettable summer at The Muny.” “Last summer the Muny audience gave us such energy and joy -- it was a truly exhilarating and gratifying summer,” said Muny Artistic Producer and Executive Director Mike Isaacson. “With this incredible line-up, we’re inspired to do it again in our 99th season. This is a challenging, vibrant, bold lineup, with seven shows of terrific variety, and wonderful stories and gorgeous music. We can’t wait!” Wo r l d W i d e Te c h n o l o g y (WWT) and The Steward Family Foundation have once again made a leadership gift to continue as the Muny’s 2017 Season Presenting Sponsor. They became the first overall season sponsor in the history of The Muny in 2014 and continue that role through 2017. “Both WWT and The Steward Family Foundation are committed to The Muny and to making exceptional musical theatre accessible to everyone,” said David Steward, chairman and founder of WWT. “This year ’s season promises to be spectacular and will showcase how much the performing arts enrich our community.” For preferred seating with new season tickets, purchase a Muny Season Ticket Gift Card, available now. Gift card holders will be able to call or visit the box office b e g i n n i n g We d n e s d a y, M a rc h 1, 2017, to select their season tickets before they go on sale to the general public. For more information, visit muny.org or call (314) 361-1900. The Muny’s mission is to enrich lives by producing exceptional
musical theatre, accessible to all, while continuing its remarkable t r a d i t i o n i n F o re s t P a r k . A s the nation’s largest outdoor m u s i c a l t h e a t re , w e p ro d u c e seven world-class musicals each year and welcome over 350,000 theatregoers over our nine-week season. Now celebrating 99 seasons in St. Louis, The Muny remains one of the premier institutions in musical theatre. For more information about The Muny, visit muny.org.
Spring edition of Muny Magic at The Sheldon planned
The upcoming spring 2017 production of Muny Magic at The Sheldon will welcome popular Muny artist, Nicholas Rodriguez back to St. Louis for March 29th and 30th. Nicholas most recently starred at The Muny as The Tin Man in the 2016 production of The Wizard of Oz. In 2015 Nicholas appeared in the two blockbuster hits of that summer season, starring as The Beast in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and as Ritchie Valens in the electrifying production Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story. In 2014 he starred in the title role of Disney’s Tarzan. My 70s Show! will fuse all things you love and remember about the 1970s with the music of Broadway, Bossa Nova, folk, and of course Disco in a unique and intimate evening filled with Nicholas’ charming personality and soulful voice. This two-night concert presentation will be held March 29th and 30th at 7:30 p.m. at The Sheldon Concert Hall, and is proudly sponsored by Kenneth and Nancy Kranzberg. Nicholas is perhaps best known for the role of Nick Chavez on ABC’s One Life to Live for which he received the GLAAD Media Award and the 2009 Visibility Award. He recently debuted his solo show at the Orlando Cabaret Festival, and the Signature Theatre in Washington, D.C. to rave reviews. “ O u t s t a n d i n g ! To p t e n performances of the year” – The New Yorker “Nicholas Rodriguez hits the high notes spectacularly” – The New York Times "Nick is a consummate, passionate performer who inspires continual love from the Muny audience," said Muny Artistic Director and Executive Producer Mike Isaacson. "It will be so exciting to have him share more of his talents with us.” Following its thrilling premiere 2015 - 2016 season starring Tony Award-winner Beth Leavel, and then The Buddy Holly Boys, the Muny Magic at The Sheldon series welcomed four of the most beloved leading ladies from recent Muny seasons back this past November for a moving and entertaining Salute to the Legends. The Muny Magic at The Sheldon series celebrates the performances and artistry of The Muny each fall and spring. “The ‘Muny Magic’ series is a great way for our audiences to reconnect with the stars they’ve fallen in love with in recent seasons,” said Muny President and CEO Denny Reagan. “Nicholas has given some really incredible performances over the years and I’m personally very excited to welcome him back this spring. He’s an outstanding talent. I think we’re in
for a real treat.” The March 29th and 30th performances of Muny Magic at The Sheldon will be held at The Sheldon Concert Hall - 3648 Washington Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108 - at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25 - $50. Tickets will be available January 14th. For more information, visit www.muny.org/munymagic or call The Muny at (314) 361-1900.
The Hett announces 2016-17 schedule
The 2016-2017 season at McKendree University’s Hettenhausen Center for the Arts celebrates the arts with a multicultural line up of performers hailing from Ireland to Inner Mongolia, as well as a bestselling author and family favorites. “’McKendree Presents’ is the premiere arts and culture series in Southern Illinois. Each year we aim to entertain, move and inspire our audience. Our eleventh season is no exception,” said Peter Palermo, director of the Hett. Reserved seats will be available to the public starting on Sept. 6 at noon, however Friends of the Hett can purchase tickets June 27 at noon.
For information on becoming a Friend of the Hett, visit theHett.com or call 618-537-6863. All events are open to the public and held at the 488-seat performing arts center on McKendree’s Lebanon, Ill., campus. Ticket prices range from $5 to $26, with discounts for seniors and students. Many programs are free, including the film series and student concerts. Preview the new season online at theHett.com. “McKendree Presents” will feature the following: Feb. 11, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories blends puppetry and striking scenic effects, bringing to life storybook favorites by Eric Carle. March 23, 7:30 p.m.: Philip Fortenberry is a versatile conductor, director and pianist known for his incomparable technique, featured in the HBO Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra.” April 25, 7:30 p.m.: Parsons Dance is a New York modern dance company hailed for its athleticism, joyfulness and technical skill. The Distinguished Speaker Series will present: March 7, 7:30 p.m.: the idea lab brings together informative and
performative speakers for a night of fascinating, informal discussion modeled after the popular TED Talks. (To apply as a speaker, visit theHett.com before Sept. 1.) April 12, 7:30 p.m.: Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of “Eat, Pray, Love,” which spent 57 weeks atop The New York Times Bestseller List. The free Film Art Series will screen “Saving Private Ryan,” Sept. 27; “Macbeth,” Nov. 21; “Do the Right Thing,” Feb. 7; “Dear White People,” Feb. 23; “The Birth of a Nation,” Feb. 28; and Best Picture nominees to be announced in the spring. All begin at 7 p.m. The McKendree University Series showcases a variety of student talent (some dates may be subject to change): April 2, 2 p.m.: Theatre Department Play • April 18, 7:30 p.m.: Chamber Ensemble Concert • April 21 & 22, 7:30 p.m.: Show Choir Performance • April 27, 7:30 p.m.: Dance Recital • May 1, 7:30 p.m.: Jazz Ensemble Concert • May 4, 7:30 p.m.: Concert Band Concert ·• May 5, 7:30 p.m.: Choral Concert
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The Arts Arts calendar Thursday, Feb. 16
Orchid Show 2017, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until Feb. 23, 2017 Degas, impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until May 7, 2017 Something Rotten!, The Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Runs until Feb. 19, 2017 Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis Exhibit, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until July 16, 2017 50 Years Of Blood, Sweat And Cheers- A Tribute to The St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Runs until March 4, 2017 Love Jones- The Musical, Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Specialist, Holocaust Museum & Learning Center Theater, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Beauty and the Beast, Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Ugly Duckling, Coca, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Textiles: Politics and Patriotism, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until March 5, 2017 New Media Series: Dara Birnbaum, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Until The Flood: Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Loretto-Hilton Center, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m.to 11:00 p.m. Follies: The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Loretto-Hilton Center, St. Louis, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mark Bradford, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kings, Queens, and Castles, World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Little Black Dress: From Mournin to Night, The Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis Exhibit, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until July 16, 2017 Self-Taught Genius: Treasures f ro m t h e A m e r i c a n F o l k A r t Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 17
Orchid Show 2017, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until Feb. 23, 2017 Degas, impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until May 7, 2017 Something Rotten!, The Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Runs until Feb. 19, 2017 Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis Exhibit, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until July 16, 2017 50 Years Of Blood, Sweat And Cheers- A Tribute to The St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Runs until March 4, 2017 Love Jones- The Musical, Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Specialist, Holocaust Museum & Learning Center Theater, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Beauty and the Beast, Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Ugly Duckling, Coca, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Textiles: Politics and Patriotism, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until March 5, 2017 New Media Series: Dara Birnbaum, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Until The Flood: Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Loretto-Hilton Center, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m.to 11:00 p.m. Follies: The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Loretto-Hilton Center, St. Louis, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mark Bradford, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kings, Queens, and Castles, World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Little Black Dress: From Mournin to Night, The Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis Exhibit, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until July 16, 2017 Self-Taught Genius: Treasures f ro m t h e A m e r i c a n F o l k A r t Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18
Orchid Show 2017, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until Feb. 23, 2017 Degas, impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until May 7, 2017 Something Rotten!, The Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Runs until Feb. 19, 2017 Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis Exhibit, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until July 16, 2017 50 Years Of Blood, Sweat And Cheers- A Tribute to The St. Louis
Blues, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Runs until March 4, 2017 Love Jones- The Musical, Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Specialist, Holocaust Museum & Learning Center Theater, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Beauty and the Beast, Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Ugly Duckling, Coca, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Textiles: Politics and Patriotism, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until March 5, 2017 New Media Series: Dara Birnbaum, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Until The Flood: Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Loretto-Hilton Center, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m.to 11:00 p.m. Follies: The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Loretto-Hilton Center, St. Louis, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mark Bradford, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kings, Queens, and Castles, World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Little Black Dress: From Mournin to Night, The Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis Exhibit, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until July 16, 2017 Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19
Orchid Show 2017, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until Feb. 23, 2017 Degas, impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until May 7, 2017 Something Rotten!, The Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis Exhibit, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until July 16, 2017 50 Years Of Blood, Sweat And Cheers- A Tribute to The St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Runs until March 4, 2017 Love Jones- The Musical, Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Specialist, Holocaust Museum & Learning Center Theater, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Beauty and the Beast, Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Ugly Duckling, Coca, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Textiles: Politics and Patriotism, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until March 5, 2017 New Media Series: Dara Birnbaum, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Until The Flood: Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Loretto-Hilton Center, St. Louis, 8:00 p.m.to 11:00 p.m. Follies: The Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Loretto-Hilton Center, St. Louis, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Mark Bradford, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Kings, Queens, and Castles, World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis,
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Little Black Dress: From Mournin to Night, The Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis Exhibit, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until July 16, 2017 Self-Taught Genius: Treasures f ro m t h e A m e r i c a n F o l k A r t Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 20
Orchid Show 2017, Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until Feb. 23, 2017 Degas, impressionism, and the Paris Millinery Trade, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until May 7, 2017 Something Rotten!, The Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Route 66: Main Street Through St. Louis Exhibit, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until July 16, 2017 50 Years Of Blood, Sweat And Cheers- A Tribute to The St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Runs until March 4, 2017 Love Jones- The Musical, Fabulous Fox Theater, St. Louis, 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Specialist, Holocaust Museum & Learning Center Theater, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Beauty and the Beast, Touhill Performing Arts Center, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Ugly Duckling, Coca, St. Louis, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Textiles: Politics and Patriotism, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Runs until March 5, 2017
Card Into the Woods, Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
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Dining Delights The Edge's own Bill Roseberry, famous for his You Gotta' Eat restaurant reviews, has put together his thoughts on a number of local eateries. Enjoy. Foundry Public House 126 N. Main St. Edwardsville A hip newer spot on the Edwardsville food scene, visit here to get your gourmet burger fix and relax with some friends. Great burgers, including the J-Bird topped with a sunny side up egg. The chicken wings are pretty good, too. Try the sweet heat, they aren't really spicy, more of a sweet chili taste. If you're looking for a unique experience check out the salmon reuben. It will confuse your palate at first, but you won't be disappointed. It's small, so can get a little packed, but has friendly service and a pretty good craft beer menu to pass the time. The Original Pancake House 8817 Ladue Rd. St. Louis If you're looking for a top notch breakfast place, this is it. Literally some of the best bacon I've ever had. We're talking fat slices and juicy as heck. It could almost be called pork belly. The bacon pancakes are the way to go, with chunks of bacon blanketing buttermilk pancakes and topped with whipped butter and warm maple syrup. The hash browns are top notch, too, maybe the best I've had. Get there quick, it's only open 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and it gets quite busy. There are locations around the country, but only in Ladue and Chesterfield locally. Champaign is the next closest.
Three Kings Public House 6307 Delmar Blvd. The Loop Pretty cool pub in the heart of The Loop. Head in to try some good craft beers on draft during happy hour, or grab a great meal. The mussels and fries is one of their signature dishes on the appetizer menu. Make sure to check out the buffalo chicken toasted ravioli, served with Sriracha sauce, they are outstanding. You can't go wrong with the muffuletta, which comes in a quarter, half and full sandwich. I recommend the quarter, this sucker is a monster. Cool, laid back, old school pub atmosphere and includes plenty of seating. Mission Taco Joint 908 Lafayette Ave. Soulard If you like quirky and eclectic twists on Mexican fare then this is the place for you. There are great tacos and burritos like the Brah'rito with carne asada and chipotle bacon. It is freakin' huge, too. They also have torta selections on the menu and a cool carne asada fries choice in the appetizers. Good beer selections there also. Huddle Bar & Grill 1101 Caseyville Rd. Suite J Caseyville It may look like your average bar, but get a load of the menu and quickly find out it's not. The food is definitely worth a visit. Steak night is a definite time to go. Get a New York strip steak and potato for $9.99. Check out the peanut butter bacon burger, the asparagus in balsamic sauce and the sweet potato fries drizzled with honey, all are delicious choices.
Strange Donuts 2709 Sutton Blvd. Maplewood An aptly named donut shop, it is one of the weirdest places you may ever eat, but weird doesn't mean it's not good. Check out the strangers, which are daily collaborations with other local restaurants. The bacon maple donut and the gooey butter donut are always on the menu and always fantastic choices. Pirronne’s Pizzeria 1775 Washington St. Florissant The pizza here is amazing. They use provel cheese and have a slew of ingredients to go on top of their thin crust pies. During the day they have a great buffet lunch special, which also has a salad bar and soups and appetizers. Frank’s Restaurant 132 West Macarthur Dr. Cottage Hills It is an extensive menu with all kinds of choices, including breakfast selections, sandwiches, steaks, fish, pasta dishes and it’s cheap. Did I mention that it’s cheap? 1860’s Hardshell Café and Saloon 1860 S. 9th St., St. Louis Soulard A great place to get some Cajun and Creole food and have a good time to boot. It’s split into two sides, with the dining area on one end with great items like crab legs, gumbo, po’ boy sandwiches, red beans and rice and wonderful crab cakes. The other half of the building offers a full bar and live entertainment.
Lotawata Creek Southern Grill 311 Salem Pl. Fairview Heights Fatten yourself up at this joint. The menu is ridiculously huge and the portions are even bigger. Get your own plate of fries for a side, or a bucket of onion rings. It offers a creative sandwich portion of the menu and great southern-style dishes, try the Mac Daddy Burger. You won’t go away hungry here, trust me. 1818 Chophouse 210 S. Buchanan St. Edwardsville This is a great place to grab a steak diinner, that is their signature dish. A good place for a fancy dinner date, the ambience in the dining area is fantastic. It offers extensive breakfast, brunch and dinner menus, but be prepared to pay, it’s pretty expensive. Sybergs Old Dorsett Rd. Maryland Heights A St. Louis chain restaurant where you can’t go wrong. Check out their awesome selection of pizzas and hot wings and their house-made sauces are fantastic. Be adventurous and try the shark bites, they are delicious. Johnson’s Corner Restaurant 2000 State St. Alton I t ’ s a g re a t n e i g h b o rh o o d b a r a n d restaurant. Sit at the bar and have a few drinks with a friendly staff and patrons. As for the food, get your hands on the best breaded pork tenderloin sandwich ever and check out the monster onion rings, too.
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NEW TODAY Perfection Electric Inc is looking to hire a full time Experienced electrician that has commercial, residential and service call experience. Knowledge of NEC codes, ability to read blueprints, bending conduit and troubleshooting preferred. Pay is competitive, and based on experience. Interested candidates should submit their resume via email perfectionelectricinc@ gmail.com
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Paralegal for personal injury law firm: candidate will work in asbestos litigation department. Duties include filing motions, calendaring motions, filing discovery and tracking discovery. Experience as asbestos litigation paralegal required. Experience with MS Office, including Access, required. Pay commensurate with experience. Firm is located in downtown Edwardsville. E-mail resume to HR@flintfirm.com.
Carrier Routes 401 Needed: On-Call Newspaper Delivery Route Drivers to sub motor routes as needed Must have *drivers license *car insurance *an account for direct deposit *general knowledge of Madison County streets *basic reading/map skills Please email email@example.com Rt 11 Carrier needed for close to downtown. Includes Cherry St, S Kansas St, E Linden St, W Linden St, E Park St, & Quince St. Approximately 12 papers on this route.
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NEW TODAY 3BD 2BA historic home. 1301 Randle, New appl., $1400/mo+dep.+application. Call 977-6663 available 2/24
NEW TODAY 3bd 2ba house Walking distance to shopping. W/D. $1250/mo Call 217-381-7069
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2bd 1.5 ba 1 car grg. w/d hkup; Close to SIUE. No Pets. $800/mo Call 618-779-9985 2BR 1.5BA Smoke Free Townhomes. $720 mo. Great interstate access. I-255/Horseshoe Lake Rd. area. Includes washer/dryer, water, sewer and trash service. No pets. 618-931-4700 www.fairway-estates.net
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3Br, 2Ba Duplex, 2 car garage, Montclaire Area. $1,000. 618-541-5831 or 618-558-5058. Arbor Glen Townhome In Glen Carbon Newer Luxury 2bd 2.5 ba Open Floor Plan. Each BR has on-suite bath. Great Loc. Bsmt, Deck, All Appls, W/D hkup. Lots of Storage. $785/mo +dep. 618-781-7692
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NEW TODAY 3BD. 2BA. 2 Story Home. 177 S. Main Glen Carbon $89,000 Call 288-9521 4BR 3BA Brick Ranch Edwardsville Large 2 story garage $189,000 (314)749-7403
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February 16, 2017 Vol. 14 No. 25
The Backyard Bird Count is coming up, and the Watershed Nature Center is holding two events for anyone interested in birdwatching or participating in the count.
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February 16, 2017
On the Edge of the Weekend
Now more than ever, you need a professional by your side! We’re here for you…just give us a call. How is the Market? 2016 Year in Review The real estate market returned to normal & healthy levels in 2016. Here’s a glance:
Mary Porter 792-0550
Christina Schmitz 797-8717
Angie Blasingim 530-3180
Judy Morrissey 781-5449
Chris Miller 580-6133 Judine Lux 531-0488
Don Whitehead 954-8000
Donna Fritsch-Klein 779-6661
Maureen Clark 616-3335 Traci Fietsam 910-8144
• Home sales in Madison County increased 3.99% (3,492 homes sold) over 2015, while sales in St. Clair County increased 10.9% (3,135 homes sold). • Homes in the St. Louis Region appreciated approximately 5.01% in the 12-month period ending in Sept. 2016, the last report available. • Interest rates inched upward, hovering around 4.39% for a 30-yr. fixed rate loan and 3.64% for a 15-yr. fixed rate loan according to bankrate.com. • RE/MAX Alliance led sales for the 2nd straight year in the Metro East, having helped over 2,200 sellers.
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Jamie Nishwitz 314-313-1578
Tara Riggs 580-7470
Julie Fleck 972-7975
Karen Currier 616-6891
Karen Menendez 781-0546
Kathy Cox 792-4951
Annette Bartels 972-9926
Sarah Rushing 558-4249
Larry Cooper 971-9036
Laura Goggin 977-9629 Karen Schoenthal 830-5370
Louie McCoy 971-7500
Mary Masterson 623-9149
Chris Danco 830-5620
Zak Dittamore 558-3449
Tami Dittamore 531-4652
Roger Reeves 531-1081
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Sherri Patterson 978-2129
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Jeanine Connor 781-1643
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Jim Reppell 791-7663
Kevin Huelsmann 581-3211
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Tammy Anderson-Owens, Managing Broker/Owner RE/MAX Alliance 1099M Beltline Rd., Collinsville, IL 62234 On the Edge of the Weekend
February 16, 2017
Published on Feb 15, 2017
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