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SANTA’S HELPERS Just in time for the season of giving, Alice Handelman – our all-time favorite elf here at LN – chats with Rita Swiener about her work as executive director of Santa’s Helpers, the charitable nonprofit now nearly half a century old.

On the cover 12 The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis exists to empower African-Americans and others throughout the region in securing economic self-reliance, social equality and civil rights. Pictured on the cover, from left to right, are Urban League board member Emily Pitts, vice chairman Keith Williamson, president and CEO Michael McMillan and board chair Richard Miles. Photo by Sarah Conroy. The story appears on p. 12.

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EDITOR ‌WHEN I LIVED IN NORTHERN MISSOURI, I WAS A MEMBER OF an organization called Women of Today, which supports local and national charities through fundraisers and volunteering. It was a great group of dedicated, selfless and hardworking women who I am blessed to have known. One of the annual events we hosted was called the Children’s Christmas Party. Although I was a first-year member and had never even been to the event, I volunteered to chair it anyway. Not too far into the process, I thought I’d made a serious mistake. When I called local businesses and individuals asking for donations (all of which went toward purchasing presents definitely didn’t want to donate. Cold-calling left me feeling hopeless, so instead, I started showing up – and ultimately we met our monetary goal. Although the work was grueling, watching the children open their presents from Santa himself the night of the party made every tear shed during the process worth it. I watched kids get excited to have winter coats. I heard a child squeal because he received his first brand-new pair of shoes. To say that the experience was rewarding is an understatement. In this week’s The Daily section, LN contributing writer Alice Handelman shares the story of St. Louis-based organization Santa’s Helpers, an organization that ensures that local children receive presents for the holidays. The story of Santa’s Helpers, founded by its heroic executive director, Rita Swiener, not only is touching but also is an inspiration. We hope this story, starting on p. 52, touches your heart this holiday season. All the best,

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Editor’s Corner The word around town Congrats to the Friends of the Saint Louis University (SLU) Liver

Mabel Dorn Reeder Foundation trustee

Center, which supports

Mabel Purkerson and Tina Ward.

the research efforts of

Congratulations to St. Louis Symphony

the SLU Liver Center

clarinetist Tina Ward for receiving the

for the treatment and

Mabel Dorn Reeder honorary chair,

cure of liver diseases,

which is granted every five years to

for raising more than

a member of the orchestra who

$380,000 during its

Cheryll Pinder

Brent Tetri

demonstrates excellence in artistry

14th annual Diamonds Gala.

and leadership. The honor includes

Since its inception in 2002, the Friends organization has donated more than

a one-time stipend to support

$3.6 million to the SLU Liver Center. During the gala, Brent Tetri received

professional development. Ward

the 2016 Naomi Judd Award and Cheryll Pinder was named 2016 Volunteer

has been a member of St. Louis

of the Year.

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Ever Moving Forward F By Robyn Dexter | Photos by Sarah Conroy

or nearly 100 years, the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis has been empowering African-Americans and others throughout the region in securing economic selfreliance, social equality and civil rights. Over the past few years, in the time since the crisis in Ferguson, Urban League members have been hard at work setting up a community empowerment center on the site of the burneddown QuikTrip on West Florissant. “We have a partnership with QuikTrip where they remediated It’s better for us to do the site, removed the tanks and as many collaborations as we contributed to the organization,” can to help our community says Urban League president thrive, especially since the Michael McMillan. “They gave eyes of the world have been the first contribution to the on us since everything that agency we used for the new transpired in building of more than $1 million. Ferguson. They continue to work with us and continue to be fantastic.” MicHaEl McMillaN Support for the Community Empowerment Center of Ferguson has poured in from the St. Louis community. The Urban League had two major investments in the form of tax credits from St. Louis County, and four other not-for-profits will be housed in the center, too. “We wanted to do this collaborative model because even though we serve close to 100,000 people, no one charity can fix all the problems in the community,” McMillan says. “It’s better for

us to do as many collaborations as we can to help our community thrive, especially since the eyes of the world have been on us since everything that transpired in Ferguson.” In the building, the Urban League will house a variety of programs including the Save Our Sons program. Save Our Sons seeks to help economically disadvantaged African-American and other men living in Ferguson and surrounding St. Louis communities find jobs and have the opportunity to earn livable wages. This program was created in direct response to the unrest in Ferguson to deal with African-American male unemployment, which is triple the average in North County and throughout the region. “So far, we’re so pleased to announce that 300 men have gone through the program and have been placed in full- or part-time jobs,” McMillan says. “We plan to continue this program for many years to come. It’s become a national model that other Urban Leagues are adopting across the country.” In July 2017, St. Louis’ Urban League will be hosting the National Urban League Convention. “We’re so excited about this,” McMillan says. “We solicited this convention in an attempt to show the nation that St. Louis is so much more than what they saw on the news in 2014. Of course, we have issues, but we’re working through them in a collaborative manner.” In addition, an Urban League benefit called The Whitney Young Society Celebration will take place Dec. 7 at the AnheuserBusch Biergarten. For more information, call 314-615-3668. Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, 3701 Grandel Square, St. Louis, 314-615-3600,

The CommuniTy empowermenT CenTer of ferguson is sponsored by: Quiktrip, the Salvation army, St. Louis county government, Jack taylor & taylor family, tiaa-cref, centene corporation, civic progress, ameren, emerson, edward Jones, regional business council, Starbucks, greater St. Louis community foundation, altria client Services, ferring family foundation, the centric group, Laureen tanner and michael mcmillan

save our sons is sponsored by: monsanto, at&t, emerson, Wells fargo, ameren, anheuser-busch, regions bank, regional business council, reliance bank, macy’s, richard H. miles and patricia Whitaker, grainger, St. Louis county naacp, Simon foundation, express Scripts, carr family foundation, pricewaterhousecoopers, Steve Sullivan, chanelle p. Hardy and John Kopolow


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Women of Achievement



Photos and story by Diane Anderson

o celebrate its 60th anniversary, Women of Achievement recently dedicated benches at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, Laumeier Sculpture Park, Gordon Moore Park in Alton, and the Saint Louis Zoo. These benches publically recognize the impact hundreds of Women of Achievement have made on our community. Women of Achievement gathered at the Bogey Club to celebrate this milestone. Joni Karandjeff, president, led the annual meeting. Linda McKay chaired the event, and Jean Huelsing led the bench project. Women of Achievement, the oldest ongoing program in the area whose sole mission is to honor and recognize the volunteer service and leadership of women, is now accepting nominations for its 2017 Class of Honorees, with the deadline for receipt of nominations set at Jan. 16. For nomination information, visit the organization’s website,


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Gwendolyn Packnett, Joni Karandjeff, Gin Wachter, Phyllis Langsdorf

Kathie Winter, Joan Quicksilver, Carol Voss


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Alice Handelman, Suzie Nall

Diane Katzman, Barbara Shuman, Ronnie Brockman

Lana Pepper, Joan Sheppard

Roberta Cohen, Veronica McDonnell

The benches donated in celebration of the Women of Achievement’s 60th anniversary are a symbolic representation of the dedication of many local women, whose volunteer efforts have made a positive difference throughout the metropolitan region. LINDA MCKAY, CHAIR OF WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT BENCH CELEBRATION COMMITTEE

Eva Frazer, Mary Pillsbury Wainwright, Blanche Touhill

Pam Toder, Peggy Ross

Diane Gallant, Nancy Siwak, Connie Schnuck

Barbie Freund, Linda Lee, Nancy Galvin

Ruth Lewis

Amanda Murphy, Zella Harrington

Gretta Forrester, Anna Lum

Sheila Greenbaum, Terry Bloomberg

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Friends of the Saint Louis University Liver Center



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Photos and story by David Anderson

riends of the Saint Louis University Liver Center and guests celebrated that organization’s 14th annual Diamonds Gala on Oct. 29 at Hilton St. Louis Frontenac. This year’s event – themed “WANTED: Partners for a Cure” – raised more than $380,000 in corporate and donor support for the Saint Louis University Liver Center and the life-saving research and treatment it provides to patients from around the world. The Rev. Steven A. Schoenig, S.J., gave the invocation. Rob Weiman of Mound City Auctions auctioneered the event, and emceeing it was Pat McGonigle, co-anchor of KSDK’s Today in St. Louis. Once guests had settled in for the three-course dinner, Dr. Brent Tetri and Cheryll Pinder received special awards. Before the awards were bestowed, though, a moving presentation featured the Bourisaw family, who spoke on their young daughter’s recent cure from biliary atresis. The Diamonds Gala ranks as the annual major fundraiser sponsored by the organization, which supports research efforts of the world-renowned center to treat and cure liver diseases, and promotes understanding and awareness of liver disease. All money raised by the organization stays in the St. Louis area to perform life-saving research and treat patients here.

Kim Grana, Anne Koleson, Sheena Eslinger

Craig and Kelly Baumer, Dr. Nadeem Parkar, Dr. Masarrath Moinuddin

Wanda Williams

I love working with this nonprofit because the SLU Liver Center is one of the bestkept secrets in St. Louis. Most people are not aware that we are home to one of the world’s preeminent research and treatment centers for diseases of the liver. Supporting this great work that benefits patients in the St. Louis area and many others around the world is truly an honor and a privilege. VIC PERINI, BOARD OF DIRECTORS CHAIRMAN (SHOWN WITH LAUREL PERINI)

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Sara Moulder, Marguerite Robbins

Mary Ann and Don Eggleston

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Concordance Academy of Leadership


Photos and story by Bryan Schraier


hearty “Howdy!” greeted guests at the Concordance Academy of Leadership’s 2016 second annual gala, which had a decidedly western fling. The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis’ ballroom sported Old West decorations, making it resemble a saloon, and populating it were western dancers and even a lariat twirler. Guests bid on silent auction items and bought raffle tickets, along with taking part in a jewelry pull, before entering the ballroom for dinner and a program. The evening’s real treat came after dinner with a concert by rising country star Brett Young. The academy works to reduce reincarceration rates by delivering a holistic, evidenceinformed reentry program with highly integrated services.


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I’m no longer just alone in my journey of trying to come back from being incarcerated. [The academy] is a social engine that is making it obvious that all of us, everyone – not just former inmates, everyone – deserves a second chance. And they offer the opportunity and the career and the housing and everything that someone needs to make it in society, and I believe in that strongly, and it’s needed.


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o celebrate its sixth season, the Big Muddy Dance Company held its second annual season preview at The Marcelle in Grand Center. Attendees enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and an intimate sneak peek of the upcoming season. After the performance, the party continued into the evening, allowing guests to mingle with the company’s dancers.

The thing I love most about working with the Big Muddy Dance Company is the opportunity to meet and work with such inspiring, intelligent and determined people. That includes not only dancers and choreographers but also audience members, donors and volunteers. The Big Muddy has attracted the best of the best, and I feel so fortunate to interact with that crowd. ERIN WARNER PRANGE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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GATHERINGS By Robyn Dexter

‌Dec. 2

Central West End Association’s inaugural GALA – CELEBRATING MUSIC at Third Degree Glass Factory. (

Dec. 3

Saint Louis Art Museum’s MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS GALA at the museum. ( Third annual COPE24 GALA at River City Casino & Hotel. (

Dec. 7

Beyond Housing’s HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS BENEFIT CONCERT at The Sheldon Concert Hall. (

Dec. 10

Mosby Building Arts’ STUFF THE TRUCK TOY DRIVE benefitting Friends of Kids with Cancer and Our Little Haven at Mosby Building Arts. (

Dec. 9

Mental Health Association of Eastern Missouri’s annual SNOW BALL GALA at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. (

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DECEMBER 10, 1-5PM Join Clayton bars and restaurants for a scavenger hunt to raise money and awareness for local charities!

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Classic | DECEMBER 2, 2016





By Nancy Robinson

Channel a modern Hollywood vibe with sleek shapes, golden finishes and faux furs. These pieces were created by some of the top names in interior design – Windsor Smith, Barclay Butera and Marjorie Skouras – all of whom hail from the West Coast.

Arteriors Home presents the Dolma cocktail table by Smith. Castaluminum hexagons are brass-plated and polished to a high sheen to create a dramatic base. Think of this as jewelry for the home. Available through Rusted Chandelier. (

Talk about golden slumbers. Imagine retiring in a bed from the new Luxe collection by Butera for Eastern Accents. Available through Sallie Home. (

Skouras’ imaginative lighting, furniture and mirror designs for Currey and Company are infused with humor and high drama. Case in point: the new lighting piece shown here. Available through KDR Designer Showrooms.


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By Sarah Kloepple

Banff lies in southwestern Alberta, Canada. The quaint town was named by George Stephen, First Baron Mount Stephen and president of the Canadian Pacific Railway, recalling his birthplace in Banff, Scotland. The area developed with the 1885 establishment of Banff National Park, located along the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The park is known for its stunning views, diverse animal and plant population and gorgeous alpine lakes – most notably the breathtaking Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Today, Banff is a yearround tourist destination popular for its hot springs, active glaciers, skiing facilities and museums. Capture the beauty of Banff in your abode with these three pieces.

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, Hello Dobso Dobson! By Connie Mitchell | Portrait by Sarah Conroy Product photography courtesy of Hello Dobson


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St. Louis native Blair Dobson designs gorgeous wallpaper, fabrics and much more to infuse your home with fresh color and style.


hen Blair Dobson was a child growing up in St. Louis, she would go to estate sales with her father every weekend. She couldn’t help noticing the designs and patterns on decades-old draperies, wallpaper and furnishings – and she liked them. “As I got older, my love and appreciation for this style never faded, but I recognized an opportunity in the market for a young, vibrant, fresh look inspired by these classics,” she says. To that end, Dobson recently introduced Hello Dobson, “an emerging lifestyle brand of fashion, home décor and accessories inspired by the Midwest.” Dobson’s designs include wallpaper, fabric and throw pillows. Her patterns feature bold colors and rely on a number of motifs, such as repeating Dalmatian spots, latticework, pineapples and pagodas. In the near future, she anticipates adding monogrammed Lucite trays and embroidered tabletop accessories such as dinner napkins and hand towels. She also carries tassel earrings and clothing based on the same designs. Dobson refers to her style aesthetic as “classy but approachable” and notes that much of it was influenced by those early father-daughter visits to Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers and other local auction houses. “My dad is the kind of guy who can go and talk to anyone anywhere and immediately befriend them,” she says. “Really, it’s that friendliness and approachability my parents taught me that Hello Dobson is all about: classic but approachable.” Although Dobson says her current work fulfills that childhood passion, she started her career in the nonprofit sector and then worked in real estate before launching her brand in April of this year. “I think for most people, their career, especially their early career, is really a journey about learning what type of work really satisfies our souls,” she says. “In each position I’ve held, I’ve been drawn to the creative, inventive and people-oriented aspects of the job. Deciding to launch this venture was really about bringing the truly fulfilling elements of those roles together into a brand and business.” She adds that her intention is to build Hello Dobson into

an international brand. In creating her work, Dobson takes a number of approaches: “My design process is truly a collaborative learning process. What I mean by that is, on any given day, I’ll take note of patterns, textures or spaces I see that speak to this idea of being classy but approachable. Then a few times a month, I’ll sketch out some rough drafts of concepts floating around in my head. Sometimes I’ll rely heavily on my notes; other times it is completely free-flowing. It really depends on the day.” Once she sketches a concept, she asks for feedback from friends and family, making changes and refining the design based on their comments. The Hello Dobson Instagram account (@hellodobson) sometimes offers sneak peeks of new concepts, and she welcomes comments to further inform her work before she unveils the final product. “The last step is deciding where and when a print fits in,” she says. “In those cases, we’ll sit on it until the appropriate time or season.” Best-sellers include hot-pink pineapple pillows and Kelly green lattice pillows, and during the holiday season, the red-and-green fox-hunting print is popular, she adds. Customers can find Hello Dobson online at, as well as style and entertaining tips, recipes and DIY projects that can be done to complement Hello Dobson décor items. “Another fun way to connect with Hello Dobson is through our Instagram,” Dobson says. “We typically post every day and love sharing our new collections and sneak peeks here. As far as holiday sales go, we’ll run a 15 percentoff storewide sale with coupon code ‘laduenews’ from Dec. 2 through Dec. 10.” In addition, select Hello Dobson products are available at Lusso in Carondelet Plaza. No matter how big Hello Dobson gets, its Midwestern roots will always guide the brand. “We love collaborating with St. Louis designers and businesses and make all of our products locally,” Dobson adds. “We are always open to custom design projects or ideas that aren’t seen on our website.” Hello Dobson, 314-315-1028,

From pillows to napkins, trays to wallpaper, Hello Dobson features a sweet array of products. | DecemBer 2, 2016





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ound in the heart of Clayton, this gorgeous Sante Fe-style residence, with yellow stucco and warm interiors, proves itself worthy of making your own. Beamed ceilings greet you inside the spacious living room, alongside a wrought-iron staircase. Flowing archways invite you to further explore the abode, from the carnelian-colored dining room to the finished walk-out lower level, with heated slate tile. The modern kitchen is a definite draw, with fabulous amenities, like a DCS gas range and oven, warming drawer and Viking wine fridge. Display your pride and joy in the sleekly designed garage, with a California-style see-through door and gleaming stained concrete floor – a showcase worthy of housing a Shelby Cobra or other treasure. And finally, you can unwind inside the luxurious master bath, with custom shower tile and doors, plus a separate jetted tub. The extensively updated 1920s abode makes it easy to imagine living in an exotic locale with high-class amenities at your fingertips.

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On Trend

Marvelous Metallics By Katie Yeadon

‌During the holidays, as Sam the Snowman reminds all tried-and-true Rudolph fans, silver and gold – which are always on trend – become an absolute must. Pair metallic pieces with classics like frayed denim; use them to give a “pop” to all-black outfits; or just generally jazz up your look with gold for a holiday party. You can never shine too brightly at this time of year!

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Holiday Beauty Gift Sets


n December, the month of giving, smart shoppers know to nab gifts for loved ones before the most popular items fly from shelves, and what applies to general shoppers goes double for beauty-product devotees. Although sources of such products abound in the metro area, Nordstrom ( and Sephora ( in particular offer a vast variety of beauty gift sets that would make splendid holiday presents – so consider the following: Jo Malone Cologne Collection, Nordstrom, $115: For someone who loves trying new perfumes, this set would make a perfect present. It comprises five signature fragrances that can be worn alone or layered for a custom scent. La Mer Mini Miracles Duo, Nordstrom, $85 ($125 value):  La Mer products yield incredible

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results, but some potential buyers balk at the brand’s high prices. This year, though, La Mer’s retailing a mini set of moisturizing cream and renewal oil for a relative steal, so if someone you know – or you yourself! – has ever wanted to try the brand, now’s the time to pop a credit card. Sephora Favorites Lashstash, Sephora, $45 ($127 value):  Lash lovers who typically have a hard time finding the perfect mascara, take note. This set boasts 10 different mascaras at an almost unbelievably reasonable price.

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Clarisonic Mia 2 Sea Breeze First Aid Beauty Set, Sephora, $169 ($217 value):  This Clarisonic set works for people with normal, oily, combination, dry or even sensitive skin, making it perfect for gifting to … well … anyone. If you have a friend who wishes her skin didn’t look so dull and uneven, break out the ribbon and wrapping paper now. Finally, female shoppers shouldn’t forget the men in their lives when browsing for holiday gifts. Nordstrom, for instance, offers The Jack Pack, a Jack Black gift set that includes a face cleanser, face moisturizer, shave lather and body lotion ($49; $80 value). And for men’s cologne to enhance skin care, a loving gal can’t miss by gifting her guy with a scentsational Sephora sampler comprising 12 fragrances ($65). Again, because gift sets abound this season, canny shoppers oughtn’t have a problem finding nonpareil presents for loved ones – if they’re quick about doing so!


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Hip Helmets

By Brittany Nay | Photos by Sarah Conard

John Polansky and Brad Gilmore

St. Louis-based Brainskinz creates playful interchangeable headgear for kids.


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onster eyes. Flower power. A winged skull. However your child likes to express his or her mood, preferences and personality, Brainskinz has a helmet with an interchangeable shell to fit his or her unique noggin. Brainskinz – the brainchild of two St. Louis fathers, John Polansky and Brad Gilmore – launched this summer to offer helmets that kids actually want to wear instead of regarding them as nuisances. “Like many people in local neighborhoods, I watch kids ride around on bikes without helmets – they’re often dangling from handlebars as opposed to kids having them on their heads,” Polansky says. “So, I started asking my kids and their friends why they don’t wear helmets.” It turned out the most important factors to kids were comfort and style, Polansky explains, so Brainskinz set out to address those issues. “Our overall goal is to put more helmets on kids’ heads for a reasonable price,” he says. Polansky, with a career background in sales and technology, and Gilmore, an accountant, spent five years brainstorming and developing Brainskinz as they also worked full-time jobs. “We wanted to make stylish helmets and began thinking of lots of different designs and shapes, but we realized safety also was a huge issue,” Polansky says. The pair put their heads together and came up with a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission-certified base helmet and decorative shells that could easily be fitted onto it. “Based on mood, kids can change out their helmet style in a simple fashion,” Polansky says. St. Louis-based industrial-design firm Fred Sparks helped Brainskinz design the helmet and shell, while local advertising and marketing agency Boxing

Clever creates the colorful, playful graphic designs that appear on the shells according to Polansky’s ideas. “We want to satisfy both boys and girls, so we have six designs: monster eyes, bandana, flower power, skull with wings and two flavors of camouflage – newly available for the holidays,” Polansky says. Next year, Brainskinz plans to release a new shell design each month, including a sci-fi fighter theme and a DJ design with headphones, a disco ball and lights shining on a dance floor. Holiday designs, sports teams and pop-culture favorites, from top TV shows to movies, also might find their way onto Brainskinz shells in the future, Polansky adds. The helmets, which are produced by a Chinese manufacturer, feature a hard-plastic base, topped with a pliable thin plastic, as well as the company’s signature brain graphic. On the inside, a soft material similar to satin provides comfortable padding, and an exacting dial allows for the helmet to be accurately sized to a child’s head. An adjustable clasp-style chin strap also helps ensure the perfect fit. And hard-plastic interchangeable shells fit onto the helmet using two nylon straps, located on the front and back. A brief video on shows consumers how to switch the shells. “Our goal is that it’s so easy a kid can do it in about 30 seconds,” Polansky says. Although the helmets can be adjusted to a range of sizes, they are aimed to attract boys and girls between ages 8 and 13. The helmets are safe for kids to wear while operating virtually any nonmotorized vehicle – bicycles,

scooters, skateboards, in-line skates and more. Brainskinz helmets and shells are currently available at and ship in about three to five business days, although through the holiday season, orders will be hand-delivered within two days of purchase, if needed. “Next year, we want to go to trade shows to get into retail stores,” Polansky notes. The creative helmets are being received well by parents and kids alike. “Parents thank us for making something their kids want to wear,” Polansky says. “And kids like the idea of being able to change out the shell designs and that there are new shells coming soon.” Although Brainskinz is a small business, it’s thinking big for the future. In addition to a slate of new shell designs next year, Polansky says the company hopes to launch a design studio section on its website, where kids, parents and designers can create shell designs to be voted on by visitors. “If a design gets enough votes, we will manufacture it and maybe even pay royalties on it,” he adds. Brainskinz is excited about shaking up the helmet industry for kids, Polansky notes. “At the end of the day, we just want kids to be safe, and we want them to realize that it only takes one time to injure your head.” And with a stylish flair that can be changed to match a child’s mood at the swap of a shell, he believes kids are more likely to keep those helmets on their melons. Brainskinz, 877-542-6669, | DecemBer 2, 2016



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hen I was 6 years old and attending Our Lady of the Pillar Grade School, we were asked to put together a pictorial notebook of how we wanted our lives to go. My notebook contained several pictures of sportscasters, as that’s what I wanted to be – I even remember being on the playground when a group of intimidating eighth-grade boys would crowd around me. They would yell, “New Orleans Saints.” I would respond, “Billy Kilmer.” They would say, “Washington Redskins.” I would fire back, “Sonny Jurgensen.” Then, they would scream, “San Francisco 49ers.” I would respond, “John Brodie.” We went through every quarterback in the NFL. I loved sports, and I was hooked. I played every sport I possibly could – basketball being my first love. At the age of 13, I taped mock sportscasts on my $10 tape recorder, trying to be just like Brent Musburger from the CBS radio network. At 18, I began doing commentaries on Group W cable – today cringing when I look at one of those old tapes. I kept playing sports and had a basketball in my hands close to every day. I was really lucky that my parents decided to have a baby a year after the Stipanovichs. We went to De Smet, rarely lost and went to college for free. At UMSL, I worked at the campus radio station, worked for the school newspaper and went to basketball practice. I interned at KMOX and KSDK, and I used to do some very important things for KSDK sports director Jay Randolph, like collect his scripts, buy his hairspray and chart games. I knew this was where I wanted to be someday. The problem was talent – I needed some. So I got my first job in Kingsport, Tennessee. I was there for 11 months, six days and three hours. I moved on to Lexington, Kentucky, and loved it because of the basketball. However, when my first child was born, I knew I had to get home. You can’t have a son named Alex Cusumano growing up with a Southern accent. So I sent tape after tape to St. Louis stations – receiving rejection after rejection. I had one friend in St. Louis, though, who believed in me – KSDK’s Mike Bush, the sports director. I sent stories with St. Louis connections from the Southeast, and Bush would run them on “Sports Plus.” He liked my work and fought hard for me. However, the general manager said, “As long as I am here, Cusumano won’t get hired.” He was fired – and on April 12, 1993, I began working at my dream job, KSDK. We have had a full staff of talented sportscasters since. I’ve never thought of myself as a four or a three or a two; I just wanted to produce the best work I could and maybe win an award from time to time. I was never obsessed with doing the 10 p.m. sports every night because it would keep me from seeing my kids. I liked working two nights a week and being with the family for five. My weeknights were spent at a gym, a baseball field or a golf range, and I loved every second of it. My kids are older now, and I just got the job as sports director. I am humbled and honored. I am also as excited as can be. With radio, it’s a long day. However, I think after 24 years, I know how to manage a department while being a good father and husband. I want to do commentaries, compelling features and lively interviews. I want to do documentaries and things that people will remember. We have an incredible sports department, with two outstanding producers in Andy Mohler and Larry Thornton. Audrey Dahlgren is a very good reporter, too. The reason I love this job is, it’s my town. I deeply care about the Cardinals and Blues. I despise the Rams. I want SLU and Mizzou to win every game. I want to make sure on Friday nights, high school athletes are getting their exposure. I want the small colleges to get some love, also. I want our great city to have sports covered in the best way possible. One final thing. Before I got my first job in Kingsport, my mom wanted me to take the LSAT and become a lawyer, and I agreed. Then I was offered the job in Kingsport. So I took the LSAT, car already loaded and ready for my drive to Kingsport. In the middle of my test, I looked up and saw a young man with wire-rim glasses and thought, “That guy may want to defend criminals.” I wanted to defend Ozzie Smith’s credentials for the Hall of Fame. So I dropped the pencil on the ground and walked out of the room. My mom asked for a long time if I ever got the test scores back from the LSAT. I said, “No, Mom, I never did – but I will let you know if I ever do.”


Frank Cusumano is a 17-time Emmy Award-winner on KSDK-TV; he also hosts The Pressbox on The All New 590 the Fan from 10 a.m. to noon each weekday and contributes to The Dave Glover Show on FM NewsTalk 97.1. Follow him on Twitter @frank_cusumano.


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By Dr. Joseph Kahn ‌‘Twas the month of December, and up on the shelves, What there caught my eye but a bevy of elves? The children in bed – good lassies and lads – Snuggled tight with their TVs and brand-new iPads. While Mom at the monitor sat surfing the net, On fantasy football, Dad placed a bet. The elves on the shelves were gloomily pleading, “What’s with this nonsense? Isn’t anyone reading?” When up on the roof there came a loud sounding: Things hitting the shingles and making a pounding. I ran to the skylight and took a quick look. It was jolly old Santa – with a bounty of books! “Reading’s fun,” bubbled Santa. “It’s never a chore!”

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ita Swiener was living in a low-income housing project in Pittsburgh when her mother passed away. Her parents were divorced, and her biological father didn’t want his kids. So, at age 6, Swiener and her 9-year-old brother were placed in an orphanage. As the holiday season rolled around, the young Jewish girl was asked to choose a gift for Hanukkah. “I wanted a nurse’s kit and a dolly whose eyes opened and closed,” Swiener recalls. “The lady at the orphanage said I could only choose one toy.” That memory lingered for 69 years, as Swiener channeled her disappointment into a desire to make it possible for poor children to be able to celebrate the holiday season with more than one toy each year. Swiener is executive director of Santa’s Helpers, Inc., an organization that has made the holiday season bright for underprivileged families in the metro St. Louis area for 49 years. This year, it will serve close to 700 families and almost 4,000 individuals. In addition to toys, children receive books and clothing, and their parents receive gifts, as well. Swiener feels blessed that both she and her brother were adopted together by University City residents Julius and Rose Swiener. After arriving in St. Louis, she attended school in U City, graduating from University City High School in 1959, “second from the bottom of my class,” she says. “I had ADHD [attention deficit hyperactivity disorder] and didn’t know it. I was not a good student because I had trouble concentrating. “After high school, I eloped to Arkansas with my 23-year-old boyfriend and picked cotton for a living. My fingers were bloody. I was not a good cotton picker.” The marriage dissolved after 5½ years, and Swiener moved back to St. Louis, working days while attending college at night. “It was then that I discovered I really was a good learner,” she says. Today, Swiener teaches psychology classes at Lutheran School of Nursing through a partnership with Webster University. When her fall course ended in October, her focus shifted. “Santa Claus owns me now,” she says. Swiener was president of the Evening College Council at University of Missouri-St. Louis when her professor asked if the council would sponsor a mother and her seven children “who were falling through the cracks for Christmas.” The next year, she organized a group of friends to continue the tradition. When they delivered the gifts, they said, “This is from Santa. He is very busy, and we are his helpers.” The understood name “Santa’s Helpers” stuck, and it’s been the organization’s moniker ever since. As Santa’s Helpers grew, a local resident volunteered to dress up as Santa Claus to pass out presents. “We now have more than 50 crews of Santas delivering Christmas gifts,” Swiener says. In the 1980s, Santa’s Helpers incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization; Swiener adds that Clayton attorney Jerry

Raskas “handled all our incorporation papers for free.” Each year, local charities and schools provide Swiener with lists of families experiencing financial hardship. “At the end of October, we already had bagged gifts ready for delivery for 82 families,” she says. Swiener and her board of directors solicit both monetary and in-kind donations year-round, and they make certain each person receives age-appropriate items. All gifts are new, with the exception of bicycles in good working condition. Home base for Santa’s Helpers is a factory warehouse located south of the Dogtown neighborhood. “When we began, all donations were in my home, and each room housed a different ZIP code filled with toys,” she says. “We are fortunate we now have 5,000 feet of free warehouse space donated by Cee Kay Supply for the collection and allocation of gifts.” Swiener has been honored for her philanthropic and volunteer efforts as an Unsung Hero by the St. Louis Jewish Light newspaper. In addition, she was named a 2010 Woman of Achievement, was nominated for the St. Louis Rams’ Community Quarterback award in 2008 and was inducted into the University City High School Hall of Fame in 2002. Swiener Hall at Call for Help in East St. Louis was named for her because of her help in establishing a residential center for homeless women there. She has been honored with Commerce Bank’s Community Service Award, has been featured in Ladies’ Home Journal and the National Enquirer and has appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America. Swiener credits her father, Julius Swiener, with instilling in her a love for helping others. “My father was a gentle and religious man who taught me the importance of giving,” she says. Although she never remarried, she says she always wanted to have children. In 1972, she became the legal guardian of Julie, a teenage runaway, and, in 1975, of 15-year-old Larry, whom she later adopted. She now has two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. And nothing can hold Swiener down or prevent her from being the best Santa’s Helper in St. Louis: In 1996, she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Following treatment, she worked in the warehouse picking out gifts and then covered her bald head with a green cap to deliver Hanukkah presents. This year, for her 75th birthday, Swiener received more than 200 Barbie dolls and other dolls, all to be given away by Santa’s Helpers. “I didn’t want anything for myself – I wanted toys that would bring smiles to the faces of kids,” she says. Swiener will help deliver both Hanukkah and Christmas gifts again this year because she will forever be a Santa’s Helper. Santa’s Helpers, 314-727-0186 or 314-647-1800, | DECEMBER 2, 2016

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t River City Casino, an addition that debuted in September features a new baccarat room and restaurant: Asia Noodles. The opening follows the launch of Ameristar Casino’s Asia. While Asia features full service, Asia Noodles offers a quick-service-style setting with a smaller menu that focuses primarily on noodles and Vietnamese dishes. The entire room, including the gaming area, dining area and kitchen, totals 3,000 square feet, with approximately 600 square feet allocated to the dining area, which seats 27. Like its sister restaurant, the space features a black-and-red color scheme in a


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contemporary setting. The kitchen is headed by River City Casino’s executive chef, Joshua Schlink, along with sous chef Thuy Nguyen and specialty cook Quoc Huynh. Asia’s chef de cuisine, Hai Ying Bushey, advises on a number of dishes as well. For instance, Bushey’s pho and wonton soup are prominent highlights that cross over from Asia’s menu. The pho features a broth made from beef knuckle and beef-marrow bone, simmered for 10 to 12 hours with spices including star anise, cinnamon, ginger and onion. Choose from a variety of options for the pho, including phở đặc biệt – a special combination with

By Mabel Suen sliced eye of round beef, tripe, tendon, lean beef brisket and meatballs. Additional items unique to Asia Noodles’ menu include egg-noodle and clear-noodle soups such as a hủ tiếu mì đặc biệt, with barbecue pork, shrimp, crab stick and vegetables. Gỏi gà, or Vietnamese chicken salad, is made up of shredded free-range chicken tossed in fish-sauce vinaigrette. All of these dishes would make perfect choices before seeing boom from R-S Theatrics. Other highlights include more carryover items from Asia’s menu, such as crispy, caramelized, garlicsauce-covered chicken wings, Vietnamese eggrolls and spring rolls stuffed with vegetables, vermicelli noodles,


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shrimp and pork. Asia Noodles also offers a section of standards including pad thai, General Tso’s Chicken, beef and broccoli, and house-fried rice with your choice of chicken, beef, pork, shrimp or vegetables. The beverage menu features sodas, beer, wine, juice and a selection of Vietnamese staples such as café sũa nóng made with roast-chicory coffee, ice and sweetened condensed milk. Iced green tea and soybean milk also are available.


Asia Noodles, 777 River City Casino Blvd., St. Louis County,

‌Story:  Jo, a journalism major, has answered an online ad for “sex that will change the world” or something to that effect. When she arrives at the address given, though, a marine biology student named Jules is hunkered down in a self-made bunker – only a few fish in an aquarium providing him companionship. Jules tells Jo that while doing research on a deserted tropical island, he observed fish behaving in an extraordinary manner, indicating to him the impending end of life on earth. In fact, he’s confident the world will be destroyed by the impact of a comet in a matter of minutes. His theory, however, has been ignored by other scientists. Soon enough, an extremely bright light reaches the bunker through tiny cracks in the doorway. It surely seems as though something weird has happened, but Jo is so alarmed by Jules’ own bizarre behavior that she can only contemplate escape. While Jules and Jo bicker about their fledgling relationship and whether it will lead eventually to some procreative sex, a woman appears to instruct the audience how best to appreciate what’s unfolding onstage. She works for a history museum somewhere far, far in the future, and she marvels at the fossils that have been preserved from some cataclysmic era when the world went “boom.” Highlights:  Written by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, boom finishes R-S Theatrics’ sixth season with a bang. It’s quirky and out of kilter and just silly enough to be entertaining while dealing ostensibly with a most sobering subject. Other Info:  Director Sarah Lynne Holt makes good use of both the stage and the main seating area of The Chapel to keep boom moving at a brisk enough clip to maintain momentum, while allowing her trio of players to mine Nachtrieb’s darkly comic material. A tidy 90 minutes, boom plays out in one act and several different scenes. Andrew Kuhlman and Elizabeth Van Pelt make for a charmingly mismatched couple in a play that conforms to R-S Theatrics’ season-long theme of “Semi-Requited Love.” Jules tells Jo that he’s named after 19th-century fantasist Jules Verne and that his father abandoned his wife and children. Later, Jules’ mom and sister came to untimely ends that left him alone in a big, scary and indifferent world. He’s hoping Jo will share in his quest to begin to repopulate the world after Armageddon, even though he’s gay and, as it turns out, Jo doesn’t like children. Jules also keeps a watchful eye on the fish in his tiny glass aquarium for any slight indication of what might impend for them as well as for Jo and him. Kuhlman and Van Pelt bring an edge to their characters necessary to make this far-out comedy work, but also infuse Jules and Jo with enough humanity and

By Mark Bretz

vulnerability to get an audience to root for them. More difficult is the part played by Nancy Nigh – namely, Barbara, the museum guide, who doubles as part-time percussionist on the set. Barbara is a very strange duck in any era, but Nigh succeeds in conveying her character’s quirks and annoying peculiarities, such as ending sentences with just grunts. Barbara is bizarre, and so her explanations of how Jules and Jo may have coped (no one, she says, knows for sure) are tinged with her eccentricities. There’s no credited costume designer, so perhaps Nigh herself came up with the frumpy socks, horn-rimmed glasses and sexless attire that accentuate Barbara’s alien appearance. Nachtrieb’s boom leaves a curious impression. It’s funny in a dark and dreary way, and all three performers contribute to the high humor quotient. It’s less successful when suggesting the resilience of the human spirit, at least on Barbara’s end. In an offbeat way, it does tell an interesting story, something Barbara states to her museum visitors is essential for the human species to survive and evolve in any epoch. So be it.


Company:  R-S Theatrics Venue:  The Chapel, 6238 Alexander Drive Dates:  December 2-4 Tickets:  $15 to $20; contact or 314-252-8812 Rating:  A 4 on a scale of 1-to-5 | December 2, 2016   57

Around Town ‌Fri., Dec. 2

The St. Louis County Library presents Oscar Award-nominated filmmaker and acclaimed journalist DAVID FRANCE for a discussion and signing of How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Citizens and Science Tamed AIDS at library headquarters on S. Lindbergh Blvd. A riveting, powerful story of the grassroots movement of activists, many of them in a life-or-death struggle, who seized upon scientific research to help develop the drugs that turned HIV from a mostly fatal infection to a manageable disease. 7 p.m. Free, with books available for purchase at event. 314-994-3300 or

By Robyn Dexter

Thu., Dec. 8

Left Bank Books and the St. Charles City-County Library present author MARK GREANEY, who will sign and discuss his new novel, Tom Clancy’s True Faith and Allegiance: A Jack Ryan Novel, at the St. Charles City-County Library – Kathryn Linnemann Branch. The newest installment in Clancy’s immensely popular Jack Ryan series, True Faith and Allegiance is a taut, spellbinding tale of international intrigue and suspense that could have been ripped from tomorrow’s headlines. 7 p.m. Free, but proof of purchase of book from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. RSVPs requested at 314-367-6731 or

Mon., Dec. 5, and Tue., Dec. 6

Fri., Dec. 2, to Sun., Dec. 11

UMSL Theatre presents 1984 at the Kranzberg Arts Center. Based on the iconic novel by George Orwell, 1984 is the story of Winston Smith, a cog in the giant machine state of Oceania. It’s a ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century. Various times. $10 for students with ID, $20 general admission. 314-533-0367 or

Sun., Dec. 4

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents its 2016 WINTER TOUR at the Scottrade Center. In its platinum-anniversary year, the orchestra is bringing back its treasured tale, “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” to 61 cities across America. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $37. 314-622-5454 or

Fri., Dec. 9

One Pulse Entertainment presents its new holiday concert, ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE, at the Foundry Art Centre. Jenn Cristy and Eric Brown lead a world-class group of musicians and performers in this holiday concert experience. With harmonious melodies of caroling, blazing guitar fun and all the Christmas classics along with “new classics,” this show is destined to be a modern annual winter tradition. 7 p.m. $20. 636-255-0270 or

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The Chamber Music Society of St. Louis presents BLOWN AWAY at The Sheldon Ballroom. Let the society’s winds blow you away with a program of entertaining music from the classical period and a detour into the world of opera. Concerts performed cabaret-style in the ballroom. 7:30 p.m. $38 per person, $35 per person for table of four. 314-941-6309 or

Thu., Dec. 6, to Sun., Dec. 18

The Fabulous Fox Theatre presents FINDING NEVERLAND at the theater. Based on the Academy Award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, Finding Neverland follows the relationship between playwright J.M. Barrie and the family that inspired Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up – one of the most beloved stories of all time. Various times. Tickets start at $25. 314-534-1111 or

ART and



delicious playfulness suffuses the untitled central installation to Charles P. Reay’s latest exhibition at the Bruno David Gallery, “DADADADA.” That installation – involving a sextet of faux geese (none “a-laying,” by the way) and four tubes of oils – visually reads like a 3-D avian hommage to the 1898 painting His Master’s Voice. The painting in question, which subsequently became a recording-industry trademark, famously shows a puzzled pooch named Nipper peering at an ancient phonograph. Reay amusingly recounts the backstory of the installation’s inclusion in “DADADADA.” “Several pieces related to Marcel Duchamp, and the geese are an allusion to his ready-mades,” he says, referring to the French artist and champion of the Dada movement (which, from roughly 1915 to 1922, slipped a whoopee cushion onto the armchair of fine art) and the everyday things, like a urinal and a snow shovel, which Duchamp appropriated and repurposed as objets d’art. “As history: I brought many of them into my studio

last fall [2015] to simply keep me company. I moved them about now and then, and thought about them, and in midwinter, I gave them tubes of paint to give them a more elevated purpose. Bruno saw them during a studio visit, and we added them to my latest show – where, in the center of the gallery and asking several questions, they calmly contemplated nascent art in the form of the tubes of oil colors.” Used in the installation, he adds, were fiberglass, enamel, flocking, steel and metal paint tubes. Professionally, Reay lays claim to serving 42 years as a design principal at Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum, the international architecture-engineering and interior design juggernaut founded in St. Louis in 1955 and nowadays known, simply, as HOK. Prior to that, he also worked in his own office and – another major-league credential – in the Eames Office, shepherding the legacy of the protean husband-andwife team of Charles and Ray Eames, two of the most influential visionaries in architecture and furniture (as well as industrial and graphic design, fine art and film) during the latter half of the 20th century.

By Bryan A. Hollerbach | Image courtesy of Charles P. Reay

“The last several years have allowed more time to concentrate on studio art,” Reay says, mentioning shows at the Bruno David Gallery not just in 2016 but in 2011 and 2014. From this year’s show, he briefly reflects once more on those six geese, referring to Duchamp’s pseudonymous urinal-centered work. “I have, once or twice, related them to the Society of Independent Artists, a flock that M. Duchamp, a founder, resigned from in protest over the treatment he received over the rejection of R. Mutt’s Fountain sculpture from its first annual exhibition, in 1917,” says Reay. “But that’s pretty tough to suss out, so I’ve kept that to myself.”

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PRESSURE locally, PrIMe theater company is seeking to reset the clock – in a dramatic fashion. By Bryan A. Hollerbach | Photo by Sarah Conroy


oughly a month ago, a new theatrical troupe here hit the stage both figuratively and literally, as PRIME theater company presented The Transmigration Show in St. Louis’ Southampton Presbyterian Church. “The show went great!” relates PRIME managing director Kyle Kratky, who also served as showrunner for the Nov. 5 production. “We had a good-sized audience, and the plays were suitably weird, varied and magical.” Weird, varied and magical all seem apt adjectives to describe PRIME’s debut production, whose conception and development Kratky credits to Andrea Standby, the company’s artistic director. “Transmigration (or rebirth, or reincarnation) is the belief that the soul does not die with the body, but begins a new life in cyclic existence,” explained preproduction PRIME promo material for The Transmigration Show. A subject for primo beach reading? Probably not. “Standby saw an opportunity to explore a topic she personally found

interesting in Transmigration, but the key really came when we realized that the form and function of this kind of show worked perfectly with the idea of two souls … reincarnated through many lifetimes,” Kratky says. “Art works best when the thematic ideas can interact directly with the utilitarian side, when form and function align with our artistic ideas.” Those ideas and related ideals underlie PRIME’s tagline, “The Home of the Now,” he explains. “For Standby and I, we are interested in removing pretension and artifice from theater where possible,” Kratky says. “PRIME will initially produce a kind of pressure-cooked form of theater that will live in the present day, in the world we all live in now. … We are making theater for and of the present, and we are doing it with a strong sense of immediacy and urgency. This is the now.” In what sounds like an aspirin-by-the-handful logistical nightmare, that

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ephemeral while encouraging community engagement.” “This is the central mission for PRIME,” Kratky says. “Our brand of fast-paced production and peeling away the layers of artifice and pretension is designed to live in a raw state, but we will always balance that with creating stories that are accessible and welcoming for everyone, regardless of race, age or social status. We are honing and crafting our productions to focus on issues and themes impacting local communities.” Directly, Kratky continues that aesthetic reflection. “For us, the very nature of theater is improvisation,” he says. “We can plan for years and months, but theater is, to us, a living, organic form of art because it requires a live audience to participate. Their involvement necessarily changes the stories and how they are viewed. “Now that the show has come and gone, we’ll be spending the next few months to develop next year’s shows and to perform a full analysis of how our process played out. There will undoubtedly be changes. PRIME will always be asking, ‘How do we get closer to emotional honesty, to telling the truth with integrity and playfulness?’” Intriguingly, in The Transmigration Show, Standby sought “to include local visual artists and to use their works of art as the visual inspiration for each play,” Kratky says. He and Standby also sought to reinvent Southampton Presbyterian Church, the unconventional site of that unconventional first production, “to visually craft it into a living art installation, a kind of malleable canvas on which unique stories could be served,” Kratky says. “We procured a range of visual artists to submit work for this show,” he adds. “Many artists created works expressly for this show, reflecting themes of death, rebirth, karma and destiny. Writers for the show were each assigned one artist whose submitted work served as a visual muse. The plays were written using these works of art as inspiration, as a kind of visual vocabulary.” Having successfully staged the company’s debut, Kratky ultimately reflects briefly on PRIME’s post-Transmigrational future, with regard to four productions foreseen for 2017 and other potential events involving the company. “We can’t reveal much yet, but it is safe to say that none of our shows will be the same,” he notes. “Each festival will have different goals, themes and flavors. Each will have a unique process to blend with those variations. PRIME isn’t interested in repetition. “Expect the unexpected.” PRIME, 314-884-1647,

aesthetic informed The Transmigration Show, whose production imposed severe temporal restraints on seven playwrights, six directors and six casts. Those grounded in the arts might remark on formal similarities between PRIME’s debut and initiatives elsewhere, like influential cartoonist Scott McCloud’s 24-hour comics, The 24 Hour Plays in New York and entrepreneur Mark Ruppert’s 48 Hour Film Project. “We call our approach a 24-hour new-play festival, because every show will ideally include more elements than just a performed series of plays – possibly visual art, spoken word, music or more,” Kratky says. “I have been producing and participating in shows produced in 24 hours for more than a decade in Chicago, St. Louis, Madison, [Wisconsin,] and beyond. This type of show has roots stretching back to the 1970s. Over the past two years, we’ve developed our own special sauce to flavor and bring texture to our style of show.” Kratky provided more detail on that two-year gestation by Standby and him. “We wanted to create bold, eclectic, accessible theater for a large range of audiences, and we wanted to bring together a wide range of audiences in that process, including writers, performers, visual artists, musicians and more,” he relates. Kratky expounds at length on where he and Standby envision PRIME fitting into St. Louis’ extant theatrical milieu – that is, how they believe their company and its productions will compare to other companies’ work. “Before we formed PRIME, we talked with local theater movers and shakers and found that we could create a kind of art not currently covered exclusively by any theater company here,” he recollects. “We want future shows to be co-producing with other local theater companies. Ideally, we want to bring our unique, honed technique and process to other companies and work together to create original, dynamic plays together with local artists. “PRIME is uniquely positioned because many of our artists are veterans of this kind of urgent theater. We have connections not only to the local community but also to artists all over the U.S. and the world. “For our first show, The Transmigration Show, we had artists from Chicago, San Francisco, New York and Toronto in addition to local participants. For future shows, we are vetting artists from all over the world, including one living in Japan. We have a strong network of artists interested in producing impactful theater with bold stories for the stage.” Kratky understandably describes PRIME’s form of producing theater as “fastpaced” and notes that that pace demands from participating artists “a state of action.” He also expands on a mention in the company’s introductory material of creating “raw, welcoming and unorthodox theater for all, encapsulating the

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HARRIET RODES MEIGS CARTER MYSTIC: Harriet Hall (Rodes) Meigs Carter, age 87, of Mystic, CT, Worcester and Princeton MA, died peacefully and comfortably, surrounded by her children on Monday, November 21st after a brief illness at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London. She was just shy of her 88th birthday. Her beloved husband, William Hoyt Carter, predeceased her in 1999. Harriet was born on December 4, 1928, in St Louis MO, the daughter of Boyle O. Rodes and Harriet Hall (Moore) Rodes Bakewell. Her father was the first mayor of Ladue, MO and her mother a renowned landscape architect. Harriet grew up in Ladue and St Louis MO, summering in Woods Hole, MA where she enjoyed all the summer activities sailing at Quissett Yacht Club. She was an avid reader. She also loved attending Camp Ketchuwa on Lake Michigan first as a camper, then as a counselor where she led a writing club for campers. She attended Mary Institute Country Day School and John Burroughs School in St. Louis MO. She excelled as an athlete, participating in field hockey and basketball. She was involved in theater and played the violin in two orchestras. Harriet went on to Bryn Mawr in PA where she also played field hockey. She received her Bachelors of Arts Degree from Clark University in 1970 and her Masters Degree in Education in 1973 from Worcester State College in Worcester, MA. Harriet was a middle school English teacher in the Worcester Public School system for 37 years, retiring in 2004. For well over 20 years, she worked with her students to have their compositions entered into local and regional writing contests. Many of her students won these awards each year. She was also known to have her own children read an hour every day in the summer and write compositions once a week. She taught them the love of reading wherever they were, whether it was outside in a favorite spot or out on a boat. She loved spending time with her children from skiing in the winter, walking in the

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woods to be with nature, swimming in the ocean to a rousing game of Ping-Pong in the basement. In addition, while her children were young, she led a Girl Scout troop for thirteen years. After teaching many years in middle school, Harriet was a part time English professor at Quinsigamond Community College. Harriet also worked as a book reviewer for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette for over seven years, and one summer she taught ESL on Crete Island in Greece, a wonderful way to combine her love of reading, teaching and travel. As an adult, she summered in Woods Hole and Quissett, MA, Ferrisburg, VT right on Lake Champlain and the Von Trapp Lodge in Stowe VT with her husband, Bill and children. Harriet was an avid traveler, visiting over 25 countries as well as researching and reading about the countries visited. She was a Master Gardener with her husband Bill, on their Fourteen-acre, passive solar home in Princeton, MA, featuring a large man made pond with stream, forestry area, vegetable gardens, perennial gardens with their landscape designs, bird houses and beautiful potted plants. She is survived by her children, Joe V. Meigs and his wife Susan of Denver, CO, Rebecca W. Meigs of Cranston, RI, Stephen R. Meigs and his wife Leigh of Durango, CO, Sarah P. Meigs (and Cooper) of Medway & Falmouth, MA, and Thomas M. Meigs & Julia DeSimone of Portland, CT, 5 grandchildren (Madeleine Meigs, Alexander Meigs-Rives, Jack Meigs, Sarah Meigs and Matthew Meigs), many nieces and nephews as well as many cousins. She is also survived by her siblings Margaret White and her husband Peter White of VA, and Thomas M. Rodes of Cambridge, MA. In addition to her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her brother Boyle O. Rodes. A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, December 2nd at 2pm at StoneRidge, 186 Jerry Browne Road, Mystic, CT. Burial in the family plot

in Greenfield, MA will be private for the family. Donations in her memory can be made to: The William H Carter Jr. prize in English at Clark University, 950 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01610

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