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Hi, I’m M A X... Growing up in Frankfurt, Germany, is where I discovered my love for dance music. When I first moved to the United States, dance music was a small niche market and not did not have the following it had in Europe. As a high school senior in St. Louis going to the Loop to buy vinyl records, I met a dedicated group of folks who shared a similar love for the music. I went to my first rave in St. Louis, and that’s where I fell in love with the possibilities of creating and bringing great parties to the city. It all started as a hobby and a love for the scene and the people in it — there was no money in it at the time. I wanted to see these DJs play their hearts out in my home city as much as anyone else buying tickets for my shows. What started as a hobby became a full-time dedication to bringing the best shows possible to St. Louis. I was determined to bring in the DJs that only were accepting gigs in the major cities — St. Louis had the following and dedication to dance music. With sold-out shows, we no longer had to prove ourselves to the agents. St. Louis was on the map and here to stay. At B&W Productions, we aim to bring to St. Louis the same experiences that were previously only reserved for cities like New York, Miami or Las Vegas. I’m proud of St. Louis for supporting dance music like it has over the years. Every dance music act that you can ask for now has a tour stop in St. Louis. Ten years ago, this market was starved, and now we are no longer just a flyover city. December is a big month in dance music for St. Louis. I am most excited about the New Year’s Eve event that we produce at Chase Park Plaza: the New Year’s Eve Ball. The party is a very classy New Year’s event with young professionals and tastemakers of St. Louis and has sold out every year. Illenium is playing Dec. 16 at the Pageant. He is one of the hottest producers and DJs right now and travels with a big production stage. After the show at the Pageant, we’ll be continuing at RYSE hosting Borgeous — if you pace yourself, I will see you there. I am Amin Mohabbat, owner of B&W Productions. I am MAX.
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Arts & Crafts Market Thomas Dunn Learning Center | Noon This ‘Tis the Season Winter Artists Market and Exhibition features craft vendors with jewelry, sculptures, clothing and much more.
Presented by Old Belleville Historic Luminary Walk Belleville, Illinois | 5 & 6 p.m.
Tribute Fashion Fest | Union Station | 7 p.m. The halls of Union Station will be decked during this “fashion experience,” which will offer a chance to learn about new products and meet beauty professionals.
Take a self-guided tour of historic Belleville, Illinois, beginning at either the Garfield Saloon or the Gustave Koerner House.
Something Crafty This Way Comes - A Dark Arts A-Faire Mad Art Gallery | 11 a.m. Featuring crafts from a multitude of alternative vendors, live performances and food from Capitalist Pig, this event will easily evoke your inner wizard or witch.
Howliday Workout & Party | Museum of the Dog | 1 p.m. Choose one or all three: Attend a Get Fit With Fido class, do doga — dog yoga — or listen in on a nutrition seminar, all with your furry friend at your side.
Harlem Globetrotters | Scottrade Center | 2 & 7 p.m. Performing over 450 live events annually, this exhibition basketball team provides comedic family entertainment and has garnered a social media following of nearly 2 million.
This St. Louis-based musician returns to his hometown for two nights to play his acoustic-rooted, horn-accentuated style of Midwestern swing.
The Garden will be ablaze with over one million stunning lights in our new and expanded displays!
Pokey Lafarge| Off Broadway | 8 p.m.
Staples of the indie rock and indie pop music scenes, these performances are sure to bring skinny jeans out in full force.
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New Year's Eve Limo Bus Bar Crawl Wash Ave. & Soulard | 8 p.m. Meet at Lucas Park Grille between 8-10 p.m. to pregame for the limo crawl around Washington Avenue and Soulard.
Portugal. The Man and Vance Joy Peabody Opera House | 7 p.m.
Explore pathways transformed into sensory light tunnels providing an explosion of visual magic. Enjoy signature drinks, s’mores by the fire, and dozens of family photo ops!
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Let It Glow
Missouri Botanical Garden Brightens the Holidays with Garden Glow BY CALEB MANSFIELD ART MISOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
For those familiar with St. Louis, the Missouri Botanical Garden captures audiences year-round with spectacular scenery and beautiful buildings; however, during the holidays, the garden is transformed into a winter wonderland of its own. From Nov. 18-Jan. 1, the garden is lit up with over 1 million LED lights as the Garden Glow helps keep the holidays merry and bright. To get some insight regarding what goes on behind the scenes, we spoke with Nicole Iannazzo and Brian Whitcher from Oak Island Creative, the technology collective behind the project. “The unique thing about the Missouri Botanical Garden compared to other holiday projects is the color combinations they use,” Iannazzo says. For the garden, the traditional reds and greens — though present — aren’t the draw. Instead, according to Iannazzo, it’s the “vibrant blues, cool whites and the purples” that highlight the stunning garden. “The combination of colors we put together really speaks to the garden. We love to play up the assets that they have.” If it weren’t for the garden’s Climatron, the display may be completely different too. “The Climatron is their iconic building. We definitely build around that and create our concept off that focal point. That structure can be seen from the interstate pulling in; it captures the guests’ eyes,” Whitcher says.
After ensuring the Climatron grabs your attention, the garden’s holiday lights display is all about customization. From sounds to lighting and visual elements, the Garden Glow is truly distinctive, including its custom six-foot chandelier. “We bring the family-friendly aspect while also bringing the adult aspect,” Whitcher says. “There is custom programming and boards for the show [utilizing] RGB interactive technology. We have two main show elements designed for the audio: One is in a body of water, and the other is in a sound area surrounded by trees.” Aiming to make each event unique, “the orb show is specific to the garden; these kind of pieces are what help differentiate this event from other events,” Iannazzo says. “We want to use the garden as the canvas and highlight that we’re going on our fifth year now.” The Garden Glow truly has become a holiday staple in St. Louis. A family-friendly outing, an event for romantics or just a night out with friends, the Garden Glow is the perfect place to celebrate the holiday season no matter the occasion. Not only can you enjoy spectacular lights and sounds, admission also includes the Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show featuring 900 feet of model train tracks.
For more information and tickets, visit glow.missouribotanicalgarden.org
Good Will Toward Good Friends
A Young Professional’s Guide to Getting Involved BY RYAN MCBRIDE ART CLIMATE KIC & FREEPIK.COM If you are like me, you see what is going on in our city and you’d
feeling as if you are making a major financial commitment to
like to get involved but don’t quite know where to begin. You
OTSL. It hopefully makes the experience that much more fun,
convince yourself that others are taking care of things or it costs
welcoming and accessible,” says OTSL Director of Marketing
too much money to support the charities and organizations that
and Public Relations Joe Gfaller. “Our young professionals
resonate with you.
events and our young professionals group ... work to achieve that vision.
Especially now, in the season of giving, if this in any way describes you, consider joining or supporting one or more of
“For any art form to thrive, it must continue to build interest
these local Young Friends groups that give young professionals a
and enthusiasm from within each new generation. With the
platform to shine and benefit their town while doing so. Whether significant reductions in arts education in schools, there are they may be nestled in the arts, health and wellness or animal
fewer opportunities to build that kind of enthusiasm at a very
rights, there is a Young Friends group out there for you.
early age. For some, the prime window of time to engage new audiences is shortly after college — when people are still eager to
“I think that young professionals who participate in Opera The-
learn more about the world around them and [are] curious to try
atre of Saint Louis’s Young Friends events enjoy the opportunity
things that may be new to them. We’re delighted to help provide
to experience an opera in the company of other people who
those audiences with the opportunity to try something new —
share similar interests and are of a similar age. … Unlike a lot
and perhaps discover along the way that it may [be] something
of Young Friends groups, we don’t ask young professionals to
they really enjoy.”
become donors first to come to Young Friends events, so you can experience opera for the first time through the program without
“For any art form to thrive, it must continue to build interest and enthusiasm from within each new generation.” - Joe Gfaller History Buff Young Friends of Missouri History Museum | mohistory.org Fostering an interest in our region’s past, this group introduces young professionals to other like-minded individuals through educational networking events and offers a chance to go behind the scenes with special-access tours of exhibits as well as the museum’s Library and Research Center.
Kick Cancer Young Friends of Kids With Cancer | friendsofkids.com When cancer affects children, it takes away part of their childhood that should be spent making friends, goofing off and just being a kid. Friends of Kids with Cancer is there to make sure kids can still have fun in the wake of such a terrible illness.
Generation Listen STL | stlpublicradio.org
Young Friends of Missouri Botanical Garden | missouribotanicalgarden.org
This Young Friends group of St. Louis Public Radio is reinvigorating the spirit of radio
The Missouri Botanical Garden has long been a fixture of St. Louis and continues to
by telling your story. Stories have the power to change minds and broaden horizons, and
raise awareness and promote sustainability while educating people of all ages about the
this Young Friends group is connecting young people who share this vision.
natural world. Consider attending the garden’s many Young Friends events such as Trivia Night, Tulip Trot or Fest-of-Ale.
Enable the Disabled
Young Friends of St. Louis Arc | slarc.org
Young Friends of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis | opera-stl.org
St. Louis Arc advocates for the welfare of the intellectually and developmentally disabled,
Snobby aristocrats adorned in high societal dress with binoculars in hand may be what
providing services to them and their families to help them lead better lives. The Young
comes to your mind when you think of opera, but it’s far from what you’ll get at the Op-
Friends group allows young professionals the chance to spread the Arc’s mission and
era Theatre of Saint Louis, where the fun, welcoming environment and bold talents will
educate their community on these issues.
prove to you that opera is alive and well in the Gateway City.
Pick a Pet
Saint Louis Zoo Young Professionals | stlzoo.org
Young Friends of APA Adoption Center | apamo.org
It’s no secret that St. Louis boasts one of the best zoos in the country, and its group of
If you love animals, the Animal Protective Association is a great organization to support.
young professionals is dedicated to the continued success of the zoo and furthering its
The APA takes in thousands of neglected and abandoned animals every year and places
goal to put animals first while building a strong leadership foundation for generations
them in loving homes. The Young Friends group represents the APA at sponsored events
and volunteers at the shelter.
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Thomas Struth: Nature & Politics is co-organized by the Museum Folkwang, Essen; Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin; and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in collaboration with the Saint Louis Art Museum. The St. Louis presentation is supported by a grant from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Financial assistance has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency. The project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Seasonal Sips Get in the Holiday 'Spirit'
Matt Longueville, StL Barkeep
ART TOMAS JASOVSKY ’Tis the season — for booze. Nothing screams, “Time for a
Loufest. The owner of the company, Matt Longueville, won the
cocktail!” more than a house full of family members and awkward
2017 Central West End Cocktail Competition. You can find him
holiday parties. We’ve got you covered here at MAX. We asked our
at Vicia during weekday lunchtime as well as all over town hosting
friends at STLBarkeep to provide you with some delicious and
special events and upstairs at Brennan’s on the weekends. Check
easy-to-execute cocktails to help you navigate the holiday season.
out stlbarkeep.com or @stlbarkeep on Instagram.
STLBarkeep is a local agency that specializes in custom cocktails
Before we start making our cocktails, we need to do some prep
for events and spirit companies. They also offer event planning
work. Don’t worry; it’s actually quite “simple.” Our first two recipes
and execution, which includes bartending services. Most notably,
call for cinnamon simple syrup.
STLBarkeep curates “Fizz and Folly,” the cocktail experience at
For the first cocktail, we are going to use the Quiet Man 8 Year Old
For the next cocktail, we’re heading south of the border to hang
Irish Whiskey, which is named in honor of an Irish bartender who
with whiskey’s Mexican cousin tequila. This cocktail was designed
saw and heard it all but was true to the code and told no one. The
using the classic Old Fashioned formula but substitutes tequila
Quiet Man 8 Year is by far the best Irish whiskey on the market and
for whiskey, adding cinnamon to the simple syrup and using mole
is bound to turn heads at your holiday party.
bitters instead of aromatic.
Add 2 oz. of the Quiet Man 8 Year Old Irish Whiskey, 1 ounce Big
Add 2 oz. of El Mayor Añejo Tequila, 0.5 oz. cinnamon syrup, orange
O Ginger Liqueur, 0.5 oz. cinnamon syrup and 3 oz. hot apple cider.
peel and mole bitters to a mixing glass. Stir for 30 seconds and strain over
Combine all ingredients in your favorite mug and stir. Garnish with sliced
fresh ice. Garnish with zest of orange.
Cranberry Dubliner (Get it? Like Manhattan but it’s an Irish city.) For this cocktail, we are going to stick with another formula for a classic cocktail: the Manhattan. The classic Manhattan formula is 2 oz. bourbon or rye whiskey, 1 oz. sweet vermouth and bitters. We
Cinnamon Simple Syrup
are going to change some ingredients to make it unique. We will go back to the Quiet Man 8 Year Old Whiskey and exchange the sweet vermouth for Saint Brendan’s Irish Cream. This is a fantastic cocktail to enjoy after dinner. Add 2 oz. of the Quiet Man 8 Year Old Irish Whiskey, 1 oz. Saint Brendan’s Irish Cream and four dashes of cranberry bitters to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir. Strain into a coupe glass or over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry.
16 oz. brown sugar 16 oz. water
New Years Resolution
4 cinnamon sticks
For this recipe, we are going to use Veev, a neutral grain spirit similar to vodka that is infused with acai. Acai berries are a superfood
Add brown sugar and water to a pot.
grown on acai palms in Central and Southern America. Oftentimes,
Set heat on low and stir until sugar
they are compared to blackberries. Veev contains only 65 calories
is diluted, creating syrup. Add four
per ounce, so this is a great cocktail to help you shed those extra
cinnamon sticks and let simmer for 20
holidays pounds without having to give up booze.
minutes. This recipe yields 24 oz. of cinnamon syrup.
Fill a mason jar with ice. Add 2 oz. of Veev, 0.25 oz. of lemon juice and a sprig of rosemary torn apart. Put cap securely on jar and shake for 20 seconds. Top with Topo Chico Mineral Water.
Eat & Be Merry
Holiday Cooking Tips From Chef Gian Nicola Colucci BY RYAN MCBRIDE ART CAROLINE HERNANDEZ AND COURTESY OF THE FOUR SEASONS Well, it’s that time of year again — time to gather the family and
remind me of this time of year. Just the smell of cinnamon reminds
friends and create lasting memories with the ones you love. Often-
me of Christmastime.”
times, it is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, so much so that you can lose touch with what is most import-
The last part of the class will include an Italian classic dessert
ant. But the holiday season grants us the opportunity to take a step
called panettone, a loaf of sweet bread commonly enjoyed during
back and reconnect, and what better way to do that than spending
the holidays. In years past, Colucci has prepared both a chocolate
the day preparing and dining on your very own holiday feast made
flavor as well as a cranberry-orange flavor with a cream made from
with love in your very own kitchen. Nobody knows holiday dinners
mascarpone. He also recommends pairing a hearty dinner with
better than the Four Seasons Cielo Restaurant Executive Chef Gian
prosecco or another sweet, bubbly wine and capping off the night
Nicola Colucci, and this year, he will be leading a class on just that.
with a glass of champagne to add a certain “merriment” to your already merry Christmas. When all is said and done, you will have
“We’re going to build a class around the Christmas dinner and
prepared a veritable banquet fit for any family gathering and learned
bringing the whole family around the table,” Colucci says. “This is
a lot along the way.
something that we do often in Italy.” However, no matter where you hail from, food has the power to bring people together and that’s
“The beautiful part of this kind of cooking class is that at home, we
just what the holidays are for.
are all related — parents, children, cousins — but in this moment, we are not related,” explains the chef. “During the class, strangers
“Traditionally, everywhere in the country that I’ve been I saw a
become friends, and that is the power of food.”
different way of presenting the food,” he says. “But obviously the family-style dinner, presenting all the food on a big table and the
Having grown up on a farm in his home country of Italy, Chef
concept of passing the plate from person to person is the feeling that
Colucci is a firm believer in that power.
we’re trying to achieve.” “That’s really the goal of the course, not only to give everyone more You’ll certainly have a lot of plates to pass once you’re through with
confidence in their cooking skills, but to cook together as friends,”
this class. Over the course of the evening, Chef Colucci will take
he says. “What my family taught me is that it’s more important to
you through each process from beginning to end, starting with the
cook together than to eat together. To cook together is to become
preparation and culminating in dessert, making sure to elaborate
family. You enjoy each other from the beginning to the end; you
on each detail. “I try to teach a little of everything in each course,”
enjoy the food you made together.”
Colucci says. “With the branzino, I teach them knife skills, how to clean, cut and portion the fish. With the turkey, how to brine, how
So come and make some food together with Chef Colucci at the
to prepare and each style of preparation. I like to pass on as much
Four Seasons at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10. Learn what it takes to
knowledge as I can so the people can take it home and apply it to
cook with those you love, and maybe forge some new friendships in
their own cooking.”
the process, for it is the season of giving and good will toward all people.
Though we’re all free to add our own touches to our holiday dinners, there are definitely some tried and true ways to elicit Christmas cheer. “A lot of red and a lot of gold,” says Colucci. “For me, thinking
For more information, visit fourseasons.com/stlouis/dining/cooking-classes/
about Christmas, spices like cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg
Chef Gian Nicola Colucci
St. Louis’s Ultimate Pink Floyd Tribute Brings Psychedelic Rock Back to the Pageant BY LAUREN HEALEY | ART NATHAN PARKER | LIGHTING EVAN ENDICOTT | MUA KATE CLARK | STYLING DARIN SLYMAN | CLOTHING LINDBERGH | PR JULIE LALLY Of all the great cover bands that call the River City home, perhaps the most iconic is El Monstero: St. Louis’s definitive Pink Floyd tribute band that sells out six nights at the Pageant every December. Featuring some of the most talented musicians in St. Louis, El Monstero continues to reinvent the show year after year. The band began performing in 1999 and has grown into both a holiday and summer tradition for fans of Pink Floyd in St. Louis and the Midwest. El Monstero started as a general classic rock cover band, however; the decision to perform a full show of Pink Floyd songs came organically. “As a four-piece band, we played around town as El Monstero,” says lead vocalist Mark Thomas Quinn. “At the end of our shows, we would add some Pink Floyd songs, which escalated into doing a whole side of ‘Dark Side of the Moon,’ then the whole album. A lot of people were waiting until the end of the show to come in and see that band. At that point, we decided to put on a show of all Pink Floyd songs and see how it went. The show was at Mississippi Nights on Nov. 27, 1999. That show sold out, and we realized we were really onto something.” The following year, El Monstero debuted at the Pageant. “It evolved from one show a year, then two, then three, and now we do six,” Quinn says, adding the band started doing outdoor summer concerts in 2011, but the Pageant remains the band’s “home base.” Flying by the seat of their pants on what started as a “shoestring budget,” Quinn says, “the band got more and more popular,” and the production of the shows evolved. “The production people in town realized, ‘If we want to get our production company involved, this is the hot ticket that everyone wants to see,’ so they kept upping the ante as we went along,” Quinn explains. “Here we are 18 years later, and the show is as good production-wise [including lighting, pyrotechnics and staging] as anything you’re going to see by a national touring act.” To keep the shows fresh after nearly two decades, Quinn says, the band is always pushing the boundaries. “We’re of the age group that when you went to a show, it was a show,” he says. “I always use KISS as an example because when you went to their show, there were flames and stuff blowing up in addition to the music. You were visually stunned by it, and that’s what we want for our audience. People have always had lasers and lights, but we want to hit you over the head with how visually stunning a show can be.” At the Pageant, the nearly three-hour production features mainly the David Gilmour and Roger Waters era of Pink Floyd, featuring songs from the albums “Meddle,” “Dark Side of the Moon,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Animals” and “The Wall.” The set list typically contains a few post-Waters numbers and occasionally a song or two from the Syd Barrett days. “I think we’ve had a pretty good hand in helping some songs along that may not have been very big but were great songs, ‘Fearless’ being one of them,” says guitarist and vocalist Jimmy Griffin. “I think of us as curators for their back catalogue. If it were up to me, we’d play more Syd Barrett songs too.” Griffin says backup vocalists Ermine Cannon, Tandra Williams and Coco Soul, who are mainly featured during “Dark Side of the Moon,” are “laser beams of human voices.”
From Left Guitarist Bryan Greene of the Wyld Stallyns Keyboardist Bill Reiter of the Urge Lead Vocalist Mark Thomas Quinn of Joe Dirt and Celebration Day Percussionist John Pessoni of the Urge, Stir and Joe Dirt Keyboardist Jake Elking of Buz Saxophonist Dave Farver of Superjam Bassist Kevin Gagnepain of Stir, Whiskey Morning and Joe Dirt Guitarist Jimmy Griffin of the Incurables and Celebration Day Backup Vocalists Ermine Cannon, Tandra Williams and Coco Soul (not pictured) 30
“It’s always such a joy to get to sing with the girls,” he says. “If anything’s ever wrong, I know it’s me and not them — they’re just great.” The 30- to 35-song show is an audio, video and tactile experience that complements and enhances the depth of the music of Pink Floyd. Fans can always expect a new stage production with a full cast of characters and special musical guest stars that vary from night to night. Quinn, who also plays rhythm and steel guitar, says the music of Pink Floyd “resonates with people who think of music more cerebrally and intelligently. They don’t just listen to it on the surface but really dig deep and listen to the words, which can operate on so many different levels and take on so many meanings. It really hits people in the heart and the brain; that’s why it’s stood the test of time so much more so than a lot of other classic rock bands.” Griffin, who joined the band in 2006 after being a guest performer the previous two years, says Pink Floyd goes down with “the Beatles and the Stones and that early music that had such an impact on the planet and society. Pink Floyd will be looked at in a couple hundred years the same way we look at Beethoven and Brahms — it’s classical music for a new generation.” “Some of the stuff can get pretty down, pretty dire,” says Griffin, who brings “enthusiasm” to the shows. “A lot of Pink Floyd bands just kind of stand there, much like Pink Floyd does, but I see myself as more of a visual performer. I love it just as much as the audience does, and I think they get that.” Griffin says he is inspired by the connection music offers. “I love looking out and seeing a 14-year-old kid sitting there with his 60-year-old grandfather and digging the same thing,” he says. “Part of me doing these shows is getting to be that 15-year-old kid wanting to step out
in front of 2,000 people and play through three Marshall half stacks loud as balls. It’s still being in touch with that kid who wanted to learn how to play guitar.” To prepare for each performance, Griffin says a shot of whiskey or tequila and a cough drop does the trick. “I still get butterflies, but I hate standing around and waiting to play; I’d much rather be out there. I have a little amp upstairs though, and I’ll grab my guitar 15 or 20 minutes before we go on and play for a little while just so I don’t go out there cold.” Meanwhile, Quinn gets into a meditative state and visualizes the show to prepare. “I try to think of every minute of the show before I actually go out and perform,” Quinn says. While production planning starts months in advance, the 12 to 15 band rehearsals don’t begin until after Thanksgiving. “When you’re dealing with eight people in a single band, it’s hard to allot that time for rehearsals, but everybody knows to block out this amount of time this time of year for the shows,” Quinn says. Despite performing in the Lou for nearly two decades, the story behind the band’s name has remained rather shrouded in mystery for many fans. “As I recall,” Quinn begins, “the band Stir — with original El Monstero members Kevin Gagnepain, Andy Schmidt and Brad Booker — had a front-of-house sound guy named Tim
“Pink Floyd will be looked at in a couple hundred years the same way we look at Beethoven and Brahms — it’s classical music for a new generation.” — Jimmy Griffin 34
Kresko who’s been running sound for El Monstero since 1999. Tim has a knack for being absurd on the road, and he would go around the dressing rooms and write ‘El Monstero was here’ as kind of a caricature of ‘Kilroy was here.’ Nobody really knew what it meant; it was kind of an inside joke for Tim. So when we formed the band, we used that moniker Tim created. The full name was actually ‘El Monstero y Los Masked Avengers’ but we dropped that last part.” Don’t miss the best psychedelic rock concert this holiday season at the Pageant with shows at 8 p.m. Dec. 2123 and 28-30.
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Fabulous Holidays Holidays at at Fabulous CELEBRATE THE SEASON - SEE A SHOW!
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Saint Rita Parlor ST. LOUIS NATIVE NEIL BARDON FILLS GAPS IN FASHION INDUSTRY BY LAUREN HEALEY ART LAUREN HEALEY In 2013, Florrisant native Neil Bardon founded Saint Rita Parlor, a concept brand offering “an intimate bond between the designer and consumer that [didn’t previously] exist.” Named in honor of his grandmother Rita, who was “extremely religious,” he explains, “She was a saint to me. And parlors are the warmest and most inviting place in your house — an intimate place you share with close friends and family.” Bardon, who is also the brand’s creative director, started the company due to “gaps in the fashion and design industry. … Things are getting churned out so quickly and without any sort of intent more for profit than integrity.” While many designers regurgitate designs season after season, Bardon prefers to take things slowly, creating new eyewear collections as he sees fit. “When [brands create a new line] every six months, it’s not enough time to even think about it, let alone execute it efficiently,” he explains. “It’s important that I have a hand in everything in the brand. It starts with eyewear, and I always do accouterments [including made-to-order clothing and leather items] for each of my collections to show the range of my design strengths as well as tie in the concept and articulate the story and narratives behind the brand.” For his debut collection, Bardon created a clothing collection inspired by the 1940s. “I never studied fashion; I had only admired it from afar and knew what I liked,” he says. “Each one of my collections in succession corresponds with my grandmother’s life. The new collection is the Florissant collection [inspired by the] 1950s, [then the next collection will be] the ’60s, and so on and so forth.” Bardon is not currently producing full production runs of clothing in an effort to focus on eyewear, but he has developed other avenues of creation. By the beginning of 2018, Saint Rita Parlor will be a “fullon” apothecary perfumery. “I launched my signature fragrance last year, and since that went completely crazy in a good way, I created incense, candles and burning papers that all tie into my grandmother and my childhood.” The signature fragrance includes notes of whiskey, tobacco and rose, inspired by his grandmother tending to her rose garden while drinking a whiskey and water and smoking a hand-rolled tobacco cigarette. His second fragrance, called Rita’s Car, “smells exactly like my grandmother’s ’86 Cadillac used to — leather, smoke and musk.”
Much of Bardon’s inspiration to create Saint Rita Parlor came from a near-death experience in 2008. “I blacked out at the top of a staircase and went comatose for four or five days,” he says. “I woke up to a room full of people and a priest standing over me in what was a very surreal moment. My grandmother had been staying at my parents’ house that night, and she may have saved my life along with everyone in my family who was praying for me. She was very saint-like in that moment, so I wanted to pay homage to her and her life. If she had not been there that night, I wouldn’t have started this brand.” The most important part of any “artifact,” as Bardon refers to pieces in his collections, is “When you buy something, you want it to stand the test of time and for it to be passed down; that’s the philosophy of my brand. I’m not just a fashion designer. I create things that can visually carry the brand’s narrative. What I’d like to obtain in the future is kind of the level of a modern day Yves Saint Laurent where I can still maintain that classic style but not stick with just one period or era — it adapts with the time and lives in the moment. An exclusive, limited run of ‘artifacts’ is what I’m going for.” Sustainability is key to the brand and Bardon’s lifestyle. “I have one outfit and have been wearing it for several years. When I get holes in anything, I patch them. I try to be sustainable and not focus on how the industry is trying to change people’s minds and tell them what they can and can’t wear or buy. The style I aspire to is very avant-garde in that I want people to look into what I make and not necessarily get the whole picture but want to seek it out for themselves. That’s why there’s no ‘about’ section on the website.” Bardon says music paved the way for his interest in fashion. “My friends’ older brothers and my dad got me into music at a young age,” he says. “That really shaped me from the time I was in third grade and showed up in a Grateful Dead T-shirt with a pocket chain wallet and long hair, and everyone in my school didn’t know what to make of it. I’ve always been kind of a nonconformist.” Saint Rita Parlor is a labor of love that Bardon undertakes alone. “I’m at home shipping orders, printing labels and doing inventory; every day is a different job,” he explains. “I don’t have to hire a creative director, a private designer, a PR person, a marketing person or a sales rep; I do all that myself.” As for what the future may hold for Saint Rita Parlor, Bardon says, “The cool thing about the future is that it’s always changing and never certain.” For more information, visit SaintRitaParlor.com
Sean Coray Will 'Find A Way' EP Release Show Dec. 8 at the Stage at KDHX BY LAUREN HEALEY ART COURTESY OF SEAN CORAY Singer-songwriter Sean Coray has overcome a lifetime of adversity
see my color, they expect me to come off singing some R&B or
to become the man he is today. “My real mom never really wanted
something, but when you actually hear my music, it’s the opposite
me, so a different family took me in when I was younger,” he says.
of what you’d expect.”
“I bounced around a lot as a kid, and I grew up feeling like I didn’t belong. But I don’t like to sound sappy; everybody goes through
Coray has written about 60 songs, “but they’re not all finished,”
he says. “Sometimes, I’ll come up with something and sit on it and come back to it a few years later.”
Coray draws inspiration from his desire to simply do something good with his life. “Maybe there’s someone out there who’s strug-
Despite his evident talents, the musician has never studied music
gling or growing up rough like I did and sees me succeed or even
theory. “I’ve always just played by ear, taught myself and learned
just playing at some café, and that may give him hope,” he says.
from the people I’ve played with,” he says. “I know that more than
“When you’re doing something that you love and makes you happy,
one note makes a chord, and then I just build from there.”
you’re putting out good energy into the world.” Coray spent about a year and a half in California pursuing his Most of Coray’s songs focus on love because “that’s what I hope
dream, but family and fate drew him back to the Midwest. “Cali-
to find someday.” While some of his lyrics come from personal
fornia was a cool moment but I went out there with a certain game
experience, others are merely wishful thinking. “I have a song
plan, and life doesn’t always work out like that,” he says. “Califor-
called ‘Good Girl,’ which talks about how you find a girl and you
nia’s expensive, so I ended up sleeping in truck stops and Wal-Mart
ask her out. In the song, that guy’s been outgoing his entire life, so
parking lots and crashing on musician friends’ couches. I started to
it’s about me in that I wish I could be that guy rather than the guy
have doubts, and my grandma was sick too, so I decided it was best
who’s super shy.”
to come back.”
Planning to become a musician since he could comprehend what
Although Coray would love to tour the country or open for John
he was hearing, he says, “My adopted parents were into old-school
Mayer in front of thousands of people, his ultimate goal is to simply
music, and they used to play a lot of Otis Redding, Sam Cooke,
get by while pursuing his dream. “I feel like society’s version of
Herbie Hancock, Marvin Gaye and Ray Charles,” which inspired
success has become pretty jaded over the years,” he says. “In all
his lifelong dream.
honesty, if I’m just able to pay my bills with my music, then I would be happy.”
Although Coray began singing when he was 8 years old, he only picked up a guitar in the past seven years. “A friend of mine told
Help Coray make his dreams come true by checking out his “Find
me I needed to learn an instrument because the moment you do,
A Way” EP Release Show at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at the Stage
it creates demand for you and allows you to write your own songs,
opening up other avenues.” For more information, visit SeanCoray.com John Mayer is currently Coray’s biggest influence, but he listens to a bit of everything. “Jazz, blues, country, folk — I take all of that and mix it in with my style,” he explains. “A lot of times when people 42
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Holiday Tradition Treat Your Sweet Tooth at Handcrafted by Bissinger’s BY LAUREN HEALEY & RYAN MCBRIDE ART COURTESY OF HANDCRAFTED BY BISSINGER'S
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Chocolate has always been synonymous with the holiday season, and Bissinger’s has long been synonymous with St. Louis. So now that the season is upon us, it stands to reason that you should head over to Handcrafted by Bissinger’s to take advantage of your sweet tooth and the sweet teeth of everyone on your nice list this year. Bissinger’s Chief Chocolatier Dave Owens can tell you just how chocolate and the season of giving go hand in hand. And don’t miss the MAX Toys For Tots event from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Handcrafted by Bissinger’s in the Central West End.
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Why is chocolate a quintessential holiday gift?
Tell me about the history of Bissinger’s.
I think it really comes down to tradition. One of the greatest
The history of the name and the family goes back to the
gifts you can give to someone is an assortment of chocolates.
mid-1600s when the Bissinger factory was awarded the crest
What we find is that people really tie those traditions back to
of “Confiseur Imperial” to the court of King Louis XIV. We
memories of the past when they were small children and their
still use that crest today on our boxes and on the website; it has
parents or grandparents were gifting them with chocolate for
real roots in history. The family came to the U.S. in 1845 and
the holidays. Our biggest time of the year is the holiday season
set up shop in Cincinnati. Karl Bissinger came to St. Louis in
when everyone is giving gifts to their families, friends and
1927 and set up shop in the Central West End.
business associates, so when people think about what to give, they think about those traditions.
How has Bissinger’s evolved in St. Louis? We started as a single confectionary shop, Karl Bissinger’s
Are there certain types of chocolate that pair best with certain types of wine?
French Confections, and over the decades, became a mainstay
It’s certainly subjective to each person’s palette, but I find
that perfect piece of chocolate or that perfect gift that conveyed
wine that is either fruit-forward or has a bit of residual sugar
the way you felt about a person. That has gone on for the last
pairs best with chocolate. Wine that is super dry causes the
90 years, but we have evolved during that time in that now we
chocolate to become kind of acrid or astringent and clash with
have catalogs all over the country so people who were maybe
one another. With wine pairings, the goal is for the two parts to
from St. Louis originally have the ability to buy our chocolate
come together and be better than they were individually; one
and ship it anywhere in the country. That was a big step in our
and one should make three. We produce a lot of different types
evolution as was the number of stores over time. Right now,
of chocolate, and often they are chocolate and something-type
we have three shops: Plaza Frontenac, our production facility
conceptions so we ask, “Is that a dark chocolate, milk chocolate
at 1600 N. Broadway and finally we have Handcrafted, which
raspberry creme or is that a dark chocolate bar with blood
is the evolution of that original Central West End store. Since
orange and rosemary?” So when our creations are chocolate
its inception, it was about being a cafe, wine bar and dessert
plus [something], that has a big influence on what it’s paired
lounge, so with Handcrafted, we took that to another level,
with. When we talk about those complementary flavors, if I
offering more food, more wine, more desserts and more of an
wanted a wine with a little more blueberry, I’d pair it with some
interactive experience for the consumer. It’s a fun space where
chocolate covered blueberries, or maybe it has notes of cherry,
you can sample a number of different wines and pair those
and I’ll pair it with our Tart Cherry & Cocoa Nib Crisp bar.
with any number of chocolate samples and find what appeals to
in the community as a go-to place for people when they wanted
Do certain chocolates pair well with more savory foods? Chocolate has an origin of being savory; it was used originally
Why is Toys For Tots in line with the Bissinger’s brand?
by the Aztecs as a beverage that was very savory and had chilies
Bissinger’s has always been a part of the St. Louis community,
and spices as part of the ingredient list, so it lends itself to a lot
and I think that the Toys For Tots program is just that as well:
of savory recipes. We’ve produced many things over time where
It’s part of our community and gives back to people in need.
it’s used really more as an ingredient, not as a sweet. We’re us-
There’s a good synergy there in how we feel about the St. Louis
ing it for the cacao — the ground-up chocolate itself, not nec-
area and how good it’s been to the Bissinger’s brand as well as
essarily the sugar — so we’ll end up using a darker chocolate.
Toys For Tots and how good they’ve been to St. Louis.
I just did a dinner with a restaurant here in town and we used ground chocolate as a crust for some lamb. As an ingredient, it pairs well with a lot of different foods.
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Science Uncorked Hosted by the Saint Louis Science Center, this event featured over 70 wine and spirit tastings, small plates, science demonstrations and live music.
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Anheuser-Busch Holiday Lights The Anheuser-Busch Brewery displays thousands of holiday lights in its historic setting each year from mid-November through the end of December.
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Published on Dec 1, 2017