7.15.2017 8 PM – MIDNIGHT
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Inspired by our summer exhibition, Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015, SLAM Vogue is a stylish social where art and fashion aficionados will celebrate the best of creative couture. This fashionable affair will continue the energy of SLAM Exposed and SLAM Modern by bringing together the next generation of the Museum’s leaders, professionals, and young friends for an energetic night of food, drinks, music, and style! CO-CHAIRS Lisa and Tom Carnahan Terry Crow and Jonathan Geffrard Jan and Rand Goldstein Diedre and Michael Gray Retta Leritz Tussey and Tom Tussey
GET ON THE LIST To purchase tickets or to learn more, visit slam.org/slamvogue or call 314.655.5235 Tickets begin at $150
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THE NI GHTLIFE ISSUE
Tom Sandoval talks River City & Reality TV
BBQ & Booze Best Ribs Recipe This Side of the Mississippi & Batch Cocktails to Share
Do the Hustle Side Hustle Success for Any Career Path
TA B L E O F C O N T E N T S 7 Hi, I’m MAX
StL Native Returns Home
Civic-Minded & Sexy
Calendar of Events
Laura Lifts Spirits
Pace Your Race
Making Muny Magic
Summer Runs in StL
Schoolin’ on Style
Andre Leon Talley
Meet MAX Entertainment
Look the Part
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Modern Meets Vintage At the Milton SLAM Vogue VIP Party CWE Cocktail Party 100th Anniversary MAX Brag Jon Hamm on St. Louis
Hi, I’m M A X... You don’t know me yet, but you will. I’m the living embodiment of each issue’s theme and your personal ambassador to all of the intriguing, actionable and life-enhancing information you’re about to find in these pages. If you’re here to join us in our mission to maximize St. Louis lifestyle, please allow me to be your guide. I’m never the same person twice, but you’ll recognize me by the love I have for my home. I’m a typical St. Louis resident with hidden talents and passions. I travel the world, but St. Louis will always be home. Whether or not I grew up here, I have an answer to the High School Question. I live life by the season: hockey and Hidden Valley in winter; Mardi Gras and St. Patrick’s Day parties in spring; float trips and baseball in summer; wineries and more baseball in fall. MAX is a magazine for people like me who make the most out of what St. Louis has to offer. I’ll have a new look, job and expertise every month, but deep down I resemble the St. Louisans who’ve come before me: smart, active, engaged in the city around me. Hopefully, you recognize part of yourself in me too — the part that wants to maximize life here in St. Louis. If that’s you, keep reading. Our readers come in all types and styles because we believe anyone can maximize St. Louis lifestyle in their own unique way. We guide them toward the best the city has to offer with content covering sports profiles, style features, self-care and wellness, health and fitness, cooking and cocktailing, tech and gaming, nightlife and dining out, neighborhood guides, home style and DIY, travel and road trips, finances and investments, arts and entertainment, and more. Join us, St. Louis, and we’ll make the most out of this city together.
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This is the place to be. We’re building St. Louis’s best events calendar based on our founders’ years of experience hosting and promoting some of Missouri’s most memorable parties. Each MAX issue features a Top 10 list of must-attend events. Consider this our contribution to eradicating FOMO in St. Louis. * All quotes from event webpages.
Van Morrison Tribute | Broadway Oyster Bar | 9:30 p.m. Sean Canan’s Voodoo Players will “rock your gypsy soul” as they bring to life the catalog of Van Morrison, who is known for “Brown Eyed Girl.”
All Shook Up | The Muny | 8:15 p.m. Slip on your “Blue Suede Shoes” for this Elvis Presley-themed musical full of “hilarious and enchanting 1950s fun” in Forest Park.
Featuring live art demonstrations, a parade, live music, and food and drinks, this annual event is Maplewood’s whimsical tribute to Bastille Day.
Dave Nadelberg, creator of “Mortified,” a series in which adults share embarrassing childhood diaries, letters and more, will read some of his own writing.
World Naked Bike Ride | Citywide | 5 p.m.
Let Them Eat Art | Maplewood | 6 p.m.
An Awkward Evening with “Mortified”|CAM | 7 p.m.
Beginning and ending in the Grove, participants in this 10th annual fundraiser gather on Manchester Avenue to socialize before the ride kicks off at 7 p.m.
SLAM Vogue | St. Louis Art Museum | 8 p.m.
This summer’s most fashionable fundraiser, SLAM Vogue is inspired by the museum’s summer exhibition “Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015.”
St. Louis Surge vs. Arkansas Stingers | Wash U | 2 p.m. The St. Louis Surge women’s basketball team will take on the Arkansas Stingers during the Surge’s final game of the season.
Meet MAX | The Ready Room | 8 p.m. Join the movement: Meet MAX and “cheers” us with a Rebel Yell cocktail to celebrate our inaugural issue. Free entry. Register online at maxstl.com/party.
The Wailers | The Ready Room | 7 p.m. Carrying on the legacy of the late Bob Marley, former bandleader, the Wailers will deliver a “Soul Shakedown Party” of reggae jams.
Joel McHale | Helium Comedy Club | 7:30 & 10 p.m. TV personality and E!’s “The Soup” star Joel McHale brings his stand-up comedy routine to the Lou.
Open through September 17 For ticket information, visit slam.org/reigningmen. Members always free. Everyone free on Friday.
Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015 was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Kean Etro, Italian, born 1964; for Etro, Ensemble (detail), Fall/Winter 2014–15, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Etro; Photo © Museum Associates/LACMA
SIMPLE, SAVORY BBQ RECIPE St. Louis summers invariably involve frequent backyard barbecues. Here at MAX, we’ve put together a one-two punch to make cooking ribs fast and easy. All you need are some pork or beef ribs, BBQ sauce of your choice and Thai seasoning. Give them a try and maximize your BBQ experience. • Cut up a slab of ribs and place them on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil. • Heavily season ribs with Thai seasoning. • Apply barbecue sauce of choice to each rib. • Cover the ribs with more aluminum foil. • Bake at 280 degrees for one hour. • Garnish with scallions. Tip: Put some water in the base of the baking sheet to maintain moisture while cooking. If ribs are frozen, follow same instructions but increase bake time to 3 hours. The key is slow and low. A slower bake time at a low temperature will keep your ribs moist and so tender that the meat falls off the bone.
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BATCH your BOOZE Shareable Summer Cocktails BY JAMES LESCH | ART DARIN SLYMAN
What’s the worst part of summer? Constantly running inside to make another drink while you’re out trying to soak up some rays. Here are our three favorite batch cocktails to help beat the summer heat. Add concentrate first, then liquor, then beer. Tip: Use the empty concentrate can as a 12-ounce measuring cup.
12 oz. limeade concentrate (1 can)
12 oz. lemonade concentrate (1 can)
24 oz. 4Hands Dakine Tropical IPA (2 cans)
24 oz. Urban Chestnut Moon Monkey ale
12 oz. of Exotico tequila
12 oz. Rebel Yell whiskey
12 oz. pink lemonade concentrate (1 can)
Create the Longest Island — our modified
24 oz. Schlafly Summer Lager (2 bottles)
version of a Long Island Iced Tea — by mixing
12 oz. Pearl Pomegranate vodka
two or three of the cocktails together.
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DO the Hustle
SECRETS TO SID E HUSTLE SUCCESS FOR ANY CAREER PATH
It’s no secret that a “real” job doesn’t always pay the bills or pro-
I think, as a person, you have to learn a lot, become smarter and
vide gratification. As a result, energetic creatives are abandoning
develop the mindset that you are going to learn from everything.”
the grind to professionally unwind and pursue interests that are
He also addressed overcoming the risk of pursuing a side hustle
seldom found in the doldrums of a 9-to-5 job.
as a career. “The risk is motivating,” he says. “Stay positive. You know that you are going to have to put yourself out there
A mix of perspiration and aspiration, side hustles are regularly
and persevere. For me, I knew myself well enough to know that
predicated on shaking off the yolk of menial labor in favor
I learn by doing things, and whether or not it’s the right way, I
of an opportunity to choose a path that stirs passion and
knew I had to try. I didn’t want to look back and wonder, ‘What
ingenuity. Here is some advice from three professionals whose
would Treehouse be?’”
hustles satisfy their independent spirit while fostering an innovative community.
Bronwyn Ritchie is a digital marketing manager for the Timmerman Group by day and a superhero side hustler by
For Wes Hoffman, meeting people was easy. Frustrated by the
night. Ritchie’s hustles include overseeing marketing for St Lou
drudgery of work and yearning to run his own business, a restless
Fringe, volunteering as a project coordinator for Ready + Willing,
Hoffman harnessed his knack for networking, changed the rules
a pro bono marketing and advertising assistance firm, and
and started his side hustle, a company that helps people make
serving on the board for Solid Lines Productions, a theater
connections with others in related fields. In 2014, after fending
company that presents socially relevant works in order to
off frustration and fretting, he hosted a series of events that
facilitate community discussions.
blossomed into Treehouse Networkshop, a full-service business for connecting the emboldened with others looking to step up
Ritchie commented on the role side hustles play in community
building and inner satisfaction. “I think the people that have side hustles are drawn to making change in their communities and
Reflecting on his origins, Hoffman offered some advice on
working extra hard to have an impact,” she says. “What drives me
growing a side hustle into a meaningful career. “A lot of it is not
on all of these fronts is trying to bring something to the city of St.
giving up and doing what you need to do to make it happen. I’m
Louis that makes it better. I think everyone living here deserves
over two years into this venture of being self-employed.
the best city that St. Louis can be.”
If you want to sequester yourself away from the world and get your creative juices flowing while also meeting other like-minded side hustlers, then check out these five incubator spaces that serve as epicenters for fresh ideas and anti-stagnation.
CIC ST. LOUIS Midtown/Central West End • 314-615-6300 cic.us/stlouis Located in the sprawling Cortex district are CIC@ CET and CIC@4240, with a third location on the way. CIC supports entrepreneurs and hustling go-getters with a multifaceted facility that serves as a conducer for getting their think on. Dedicated to building an all-inclusive work environment, CIC STL houses the largest innovation center in the state. THE BHIVE Central West End • 314-497-4449 bhive.space The collaborative environs of the BHIVE are ideally suited for hustlers looking to innovate, create and germinate the next big thing in a space offering plenty of room for offices, private functions and receptions. It also serves as a center for networking shindigs and an entertainment venue.
BY ROB LEVY ART JESUS KITEQUE
Jenn Malzone hustles to her own beat. She carefully walks between two worlds: one as the vocalist for Middle Class Fashion, a melodic four-piece that makes “pop music for weird people,” according to the band’s website, and the other as an employee for Steinway Piano Gallery, where her passion for music enables her to meet other musicians while also manning the company’s social media, website and advertising. Her mix of day job and side hustle forms a carefully structured yin-and-yang relationship. While working on the band’s new album, due in September, Malzone offered counsel on balancing business and beats. “My best advice for balancing a job and a side hustle is to prioritize, plan and be realistic about what you can do in a day. Know when you need to be super disciplined — to push yourself even though you’re tired, but you also have to know when you need to give yourself a break to avoid burnout.”
INDUSTRIOUS ST. LOUIS Downtown • 314-414-3386 industriousoffice.com Industrious adds a synergy to the corporate stodginess of downtown with a comfy space filling over 10,000 square feet of offices surrounded by glass walls for an open atmosphere. Basked in elegance and bygone charm, Industrious is all business in providing hustlers with a full-service center ideal for fostering bold and dynamic ideas. NEBULA Cherokee • 314-632-6488 nebulastl.com Nebula Coworking is the perfect space for side hustlers to nurture the unconventional. Housing offices, event space, recreation areas and meeting rooms, it is a haven in the storm for those wishing to be free of corporate office trappings. Each room is filled with works from contemporary local artists, inducing an evocative atmosphere ripe for innovation.
Armed with tenacity, creativity and the sheer willpower to overcome fear, these intrepid innovators have embraced their desires and shaken off the daily grind in order to achieve personal satisfaction by turning hustles into happenings.
TECHARTISTA Central West End • 314-898-0933 techartista.org This snazzy co-working habitat, lodged in the former Pierce Arrow Motor Car building, mixes working spaces and shared resources with over 300 members who have transformed a roaring ’20s facility into a technologically modern home base. maxstl.com
PACE YOUR RACE Summer Runs in STL
BY CALEB MANSFIELD ART ABIGAIL KEENAN To maximize your workout plan, check out some of the runs taking place in the Greater St. Louis area this summer. Whether youâ€™re looking for distance, a challenge, or a fun run to partake in with friends, weâ€™ve got you covered.
Head for the Cure 5K Walk/Run 8 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at Forest Park, Muny upper parking lot Registration: $35 through July 19; $40 registration day until race day. Benefiting the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine headforthecure.org/st-louis
ITap 2nd Annual Crafter Beer Week Run 6 p.m. Sunday, July 30, at Tower Grove Park, Sons of Rest Shelter Registration: $30 Benefiting Tower Grove Park facebook.com/events/121984048371784/
Lake St. Louis Triathlon 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, at Lake Saint Louis Community Association Registration: Fees vary lakesaintlouis.com
St. Louis Realtors Foundation Mustache Dash 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at Carondelet Park Registration: $25 through July 31; $30 Aug. 1 through race day Benefiting Realtor Housing Assistance Fund fleetfeetstlouis.com/racing/calendar/2017-09-09-mustache-dash
Sandoval Rules ‘VANDERPUMP RULES’ STAR TOM SANDOVAL TALKS RIVER CITY, STYLE AND REALITY TV BY JULIA CAIN ART NIKKI VOGEL Like a true Midwesterner, Tom Sandoval is polite. He doesn’t rush the conversation, despite the fact that he’ll soon head to 12-some hours of filming for “Vanderpump Rules.” He nicely offers me additional information, making sure I have everything I need and leaving time for me to write down his answers before he moves on to the next statement. He seems genuine in his consideration for others, somewhat unexpected in a reality TV star. I let him know I don’t want to disrupt his day by keeping him too long, but he continues to talk about his love for his hometown of St. Louis. We’re wearing very similar outfits — he the pink Arch Apparel City Circle tee and I the matching black cap — and he tells me how he wore the items on a trip overseas and was spotted by other St. Louisans. “It’s a really easy way to meet other people when you’re traveling from your hometown,” Sandoval explains. Sandoval was laid back and accommodating during his cover shoot, too — another of many times he’s worn Arch Apparel. While a full staff buzzed around working, he continued to chat about his love for the city and how he was sad he couldn’t make it home for his father’s birthday. Classic rock played in the background, and it was revealed Sandoval, a jack of all trades, made an appearance in an early-2000s Bon Jovi music video. The conversation moved to karaoke: One of Sandoval’s favorite songs to sing is Guns N’ Roses’s “Paradise City.” The point: He’s normal. If you didn’t know Sandoval as a bartender from the hit Bravo TV series, you wouldn’t think he was famous by the way he interacts with others. It clearly hasn’t gone to his head. Sandoval is understandably busy, but when time allows, he tries to come home, aiming for three or four visits per year. He attends a Cardinals game or visits Ballpark Village, but he can also be frequently spotted at the Pepper Lounge or Fast Eddie’s Bon Air. He also reiterates his love for City Museum a few times. These are some of the places Sandoval says he’d take “Vanderpump Rules” cameras if an episode were ever to be filmed in St. Louis. “I’ve been trying to get them to stop in St. Louis,” he says, explaining it unfortunately is not happening in the foreseeable future. Should that day ever come, he’d also like to take the gang to his parent’s house at Lake of the Ozarks for true Missouri-style fun. From watching the show, one can assume the staff of SUR Restaurant and Lounge would fit in well on an Ozarks booze cruise.
With his down-to-earth attitude, it seems Sandoval could blend into a local crowd with ease, but his personal style may remind you he’s something special, as his look intentionally stands out from the crowd. “When it comes to style, I’m never the one that says, ‘I can’t wear that.’ Instead, I figure out a way to pull it off,” he says. This means buying an item without a plan on how to rock it; the must-have product can come first, then the outfit. “When I go into the store, I usually pick the coolest, craziest and weirdest stuff off the rack,” he says, explaining coolest doesn’t necessarily mean loudest. “Sometimes, I look for an outward uniqueness, but sometimes I look for the subtle, or a different take on a classic item.” A lengthy shooting schedule is not uncommon for Sandoval, who has been a staple on the reality show since its inception in 2013. Filming takes places April through September, with long days and unconventional schedules. “And that’s just principle filming,” he says, noting pick-up shots are then filmed September through February, followed by reunion episodes. “At that point, most of the cast members will go home ... and then maybe do a little traveling. Obviously, I have things to do, but it’s really hard to do [them] when you’re constantly filming. Even going to the gym is really hard, but you get better at time management when you have to be.” In addition to filming and daily real-life responsibilities, Sandoval has a plethora of new projects on the table, including Tom Tom, a bar he is opening in partnership with Lisa Vanderpump and Tom Schwartz, which he says is moving forward. He is also house-hunting and working on an upcoming “situational” cocktail book with girlfriend Ariana Madix. The saturated market may not need another recipe book, he says, but “ours is different in the fact that it is going to teach you how to make drinks when you’re in a certain situation, anywhere from a college dorm to coming home with six friends.” Recipes include ingredients one normally has floating around the house, such as candies and spices. Sandoval jokingly explains it as “cocktail MacGyver.” Although Sandoval affectionately discusses his upcoming projects, the conversation keeps coming back to the River City. In true St. Louis fashion, he tells me what high school he attended: Hazelwood West. Sandoval can’t seem to say enough about his admiration for the city and those who call it home. “I’m from the Lou, and I’m proud,” he says. “I like where I’m from; I like the people. I’ve always gotten a lot of support and love from people from St. Louis. I think it’s really important to not forget where you come from.” Cheers to that.
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MAXIMIZING THE PARTY A Look at the Meet MAX Entertainment Lineup
During our Meet MAX launch party on July 21, two up-and-coming St. Louis-based DJs will rock the Ready Room in the Grove. Noah will open the party with a set from 8-9 p.m., and Sail the Skyline will close the event from 9-11 p.m. For free admission, register at maxstl.com/party. Noah
Sail the Skyline
BY LAUREN HEALEY ART COURTESY OF NOAH AND SAIL THE SKYLINE Noah began creating custom mix tapes at a single-digit age before
Aaron Anderson, Sail the Skyline, was 23 when he attended his first
he owned, or could even reach, a turntable. His love of compiling
electronic dance music (EDM) show. “I couldn’t stop smiling,” he
music as a selector grew from making radio edits on pink-and-yel-
says. “That night, I knew that EDM had to be part of my life.” In
low 90-minute Maxell cassettes to playing music for friends in his
the following days, he picked up a cheap controller from Guitar
small southern Illinois hometown.
Center and started messing around with it in his basement. “At the time, I was living in the country and didn’t have an internet connec-
His life as a DJ began to take shape while moving the bodies of
tion, so I had to teach myself everything through trial and error.”
sweaty coeds for four years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the late ’90s. While on spring break in Jamaica in 2000, he played
Anderson’s first gig was a birthday party for a friend. He then began
De Buss, his first large venue. The following year, he returned
playing house parties and college events for free on the weekends.
to Negril, Jamaica, to play throughout the spring, which opened
“I took any opportunity I could to get behind the decks,” he says.
his heart and mind to reggae and deepened both his musical and
“Eventually, I got hooked up with B&W Productions and played
my first show at the Old Rock House.” From that point forward, he began marketing himself as Sail the Skyline.
Noah has played tunes and twisted knobs in the DJ booth of nearly every St. Louis venue. He has also traversed the continent, playing
Anderson says 2017 has already been a huge year for him. “I was
Shambhala Music Festival in Canada, after-parties at Coachella,
fortunate enough to play a show with Cash Cash,” he says. “I played
events at the Standard and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los
for my biggest crowd yet by closing the Effen Tent during Mardi
Angeles, as well as Miami’s annual art, music and fashion exposi-
Gras [and] I headlined my own show at Ryse Nightclub.”
tion Art Basel. Although Anderson is unsure of what his future holds, he plans Noah defies musical genres, filling his often-unpredictable sets with
to focus on producing his own tracks. “I’d love to take my act be-
new remixes of contemporary music alongside classic and future
yond state lines,” he adds. “Of course, the dream is to play the
house, techno, electro, deep and tropical house, as well as anything
big festivals one day.”
else that stands to move the room. His signature black-on-black attire with eyes shielded by the tilted brim of his hat is intended to keep the crowd’s focus right where it belongs: the music.
PAPPA MIA! StL Native Andrew Tebo Talks Ted Drewes, Imo’s and His Role as a Dad in the Farewell Tour of ‘Mamma Mia!’ BY LAUREN HEALEY ART COURTESY OF THE FOX Celebrating the “Mamma Mia!” farewell tour with its final stop at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Wentzville native and cast member Andrew Tebo is thrilled to return to his hometown. “[St. Louis] is a very special community and such an amazing city,” says Tebo, who currently lives in New York City. “It’s gotten even better as I’ve gotten older. I come back regularly and go run around the city; I get to be a tourist.” Although he’s been working as a professional actor for the past decade, Tebo was a relatively late bloomer in realizing his passion. “For some people, they start singing and dancing classes when they’re 5 years old and figure out that they love it,” he says. “I started much later. I was a jack-ofall-trades kind of kid.” As a child, Tebo was involved in youth groups, student council and sports, but it wasn’t until high school when he experienced his first time singing and performing in front of an audience. “I just fell in love with it,” he says. “I love being in front of people, and that kind of energy and experience helped me in becoming a leader.”
After high school, Tebo says, he “fell into” theater when he got to Southeastern Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau. “They had a budding theater program,” Tebo says. “They had auditions for a musical called ‘Guys and Dolls,’ and I went on a whim to audition for it. I got the role of Nathan Detroit, who is one of the lead roles in the show. It was a bit of a shock to me. I basically dove in headfirst and hit the ground running.” Originally majoring in public relations, Tebo fell in love with the fine arts and switched gears, receiving his bachelor’s degree in musical theater. “I started working professionally in the region during my summer sessions in college,” he says, adding that he worked in Chicago for a few years after graduation. Although Tebo has spent much of his time on the road, he has called Manhattan home for the past six years; however, nowhere feels as much like “home” as St. Louis and the Fabulous Fox Theatre. “I don’t think St. Louisans know how special they have it,” he says. “The Fox is one of the most ornate, largest theaters; it takes your breath away. The fact that I grew up in St. Louis and get to perform on that stage is extremely special to me.” One of the things Tebo misses most about his hometown is Ted Drewes Frozen Custard. “It is a Missouri staple,” he says. “Traveling the country, you’ll find some Ted Drewes pints in grocery stores, but there’s nothing like Ted Drewes fresh ice cream. I also can’t wait to take some of the cast members and friends to Imo’s Pizza when we get in, followed by some Ted Drewes, of course.” Tebo portrays Harry Bright, one of the suspected fathers of Sophie Sheridan, and an ex-lover of Donna Sheridan. “Playing one of the three suspecting fathers, we call ourselves ‘the dad track,’” he says. “In ‘Mamma Mia!,’ there are a lot of shirtless men and women in tight clothing. The dads are mostly up there in comfy clothes living the dad dream — slouchy shirts, linen pants. We are constantly joking that we are working on our ‘dad bod,’ but my favorite costume — if you haven’t seen the show, I can’t spoil it — I look like a rock star, and it’s extremely tight. I didn’t know they made Spandex that strong.” With 30 actors, six musicians and over 20 technicians, the cast and crew work tirelessly on the production. “It is a beautiful, spectacular show,” Tebo says. “We are full of energy and have a blast every night.” With a full lineup of hits from ’70s pop group Abba, Tebo says, “I challenge the audience members to not be dancing by the end. … There is a very iconic Abba song — ‘Fernando’ — that is not in the show, but almost everyone will know it. It’s not written in, but it’s secretly put in the show: Donna hums it at one point. That’s a good little treat for the audience to listen for.” Although this is the farewell tour of “Mamma Mia!,” Tebo says there will likely be a revival of the show in about five years. “Just like everything, they’re taking a moment to take a breath,” he says. “They’ll do a reboot and then restart it again.” Don’t miss your last chance to see this “no-expenses-spared” rendition of “Mamma Mia!” July 28-30 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre.
For more information, visit fabulousfox.com/events/detail/mamma-mia-farewell.
BY ROB LEVY ART CARRIE MEYER/INSOMNIAC STUDIOS
From Shakespeare to Burlesque, Laura Coppinger Lifts St. Louis’s Spirits BY ROB LEVY ART CARRIE MEYER It takes a special person to raise the spirits of an entire city with only her humor, independent spirit and generosity. Laura Coppinger is one of those people. Armed with a ukulele and plenty of spunk, she is breaking down barriers and connecting communities. As herself or in the guise of her onstage alter ego, Mimi Le Uke, the Madame of Mischief, Coppinger has spent the last decade working ceaselessly to help St. Louisans let their hair down. A former middle school teacher, actress and house manager for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Coppinger starred onstage in several area theater shows before finding her calling in burlesque as a member of the Alley Cat Revue before forming her own ensemble, the Randy Dandies, in 2010. In 2015, Coppinger debuted as Mimi Le Uke, a sassy-mouthed chanteuse who unabashedly sings about sex, politics and whatever the hell she wants. In addition to performing regularly with her burlesque brethren, when her comedy and saucy serenades challenge conventional social and sexual norms, this “hostess with the mostest” also emcees drag shows and cabarets. Spreading her laughs around town, Coppinger frequently presents Burlesque Bingo on the third Thursday of each month at the Crack Fox as well as Mimi’s Gigglebox on the third Friday of each month at the Monocle. Despite this rigorous performance schedule, Coppinger has been unwavering offstage in making the River City a better place by hosting and producing fundraisers for local organizations, including Tenth Life and Food Outreach as well as Paint for Peace, a community exhibition celebrating the power of art in stimulating cultural understanding after the Ferguson and South Grand riots. Coppinger underscored her dedication to nurturing the local community. “We are a really gritty small town where everyone knows each other,” she says. “You can really make a name for yourself if you have the drive, but you have to connect with the community … [and] prove that you are willing to grunt it out. I love what I do; it’s not about having a fancy home, it’s about being able to be connected to my community.” Civic-minded and sexy, the punchy singer has also spent the last five years raising money for sexual assault victims by helming the Mynx Academy Pole Dance Extravaganza. Additionally, she and her boyfriend have organized the largest school supply drive in the city the past two years, distributing over $5,000 worth of supplies annually. When asked what she has done to make St. Louis a cooler place to live, Coppinger candidly replied, “I think I have given people permission to have fun. We, as a culture, are pent up and work too much and play too little. Throughout all of the jobs I have done, from bartending to character work to hosting a show, I have gotten people to get silly.” Beyond her philanthropy and musical comedy, Coppinger serves as the general manager, bartender and booker for the Monocle, a vintage-inspired speakeasy in the Grove.
Making Muny Magic
Scenic designer Michael Schweikardt finds rare gifts in the Muny’s unique challenges and a second home in St. Louis BY TINA FARMER ART COURTESY OF THE MUNY For generations, St. Louisans have flocked to the Municipal The-
The mention of Ted Drewes leads Schweikardt to another aspect
ater in Forest Park, known as the Muny, to fill their summer with
of St. Louis he enjoys: walking. “I like to walk — often six to seven
musical storytelling. The venerable Muny is currently producing its
miles at a time,” Schweikardt says. “The city neighborhoods are
99th season, with a little something for everyone in a strong lineup.
fabulous for walking and people watching, but I particularly love
Scenic Designer Michael Schweikardt is thrilled to be back at the
walking [Forest] Park. I frequently choose different paths and entry
Muny, designing two shows this season in collaboration with visiting
points, and always find something new or interesting. It’s simply
artists and the core team. Schweikardt is equally happy to be in St.
a beautiful park with so much to see, and to work in the park, at a
Louis, a place he affectionately refers to as his “second home.”
theater as well-equipped as the Muny, is an added bonus.”
Schweikardt is well traveled, mounting shows and seasons for
While Schweikardt enjoys St. Louis’s food and culture, he’s pas-
theater companies around the U.S. and in Europe, but he finds St.
sionate about scenic design and working at the Muny. Schweikardt
Louis so engaging that this year he is renting a loft in the Central
first became part of the Muny family when director Rob Ruggiero,
West End. The choice better connects him with city life and allows
whom Schweikardt has known since college, requested he design
him to indulge in another creative outlet: cooking for friends. “I
“The King & I.” Schweikardt was pleased by how much he enjoyed
love food,” Schweikardt says, “and I love the restaurant scene in St.
working in St. Louis. Since his Muny introduction, he’s returned
Louis as much as I enjoy cooking for friends, the cast and crew.” He
every year and also designed sets for the Repertory Theatre of St.
raves about Olio, which offers a “fantastic experience in total, not
Louis. This year, he’s responsible for two sets, including the second
just the excellent food,” as well as Brasserie by Niche and Central
offering of the season, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid.”
Table. Schweikardt is also a fan of local favorite Ted Drewes, finding the frozen custard sweet and delicious, but not overpowering to a
“Designing for the Muny stage is uniquely challenging,” Sch-
guy who tends toward savory flavors.
weikardt observes, “but it’s a challenge that delivers rare gifts.” He
notes the size and scale of the stage, as well as the need to clearly
interpretation of what they saw. That’s the joy and imagination we
play from the front row to the very back of the amphitheater with
want to spark.”
equal success. When you add the constant push to excel at delivering the “magic” — the spectacle, finesse and imaginative touches
Schweikardt loves the Muny stage because he can take a cinematic
that take productions over the top — “designing for the Muny
approach to the storytelling, using movement, video and choreog-
becomes a collaborative creative process by necessity,” he says. “You
raphy to deliver the feel of being underwater. “The costumes and
become a family because you work tirelessly to ensure the actors,
puppets are extensions of the actors,” Schweikardt continues. “To
choreography, costumes and design work together seamlessly.”
ensure we surprise and delight audiences, particularly children and families that adore the film, we have to work together.”
For a musical like “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” one that springs from a beloved animated film, the coordinated effort is doubled.
As he speaks about his work at the Muny, Schweikardt’s face lights
Schweikardt specifically notes the character of Ursula, portrayed
up and his enthusiasm — already high — turns to exuberance.
by Emily Skinner. Ursula is an anthropomorphic octopus, so the
“[Artistic Director and Executive Producer] Mike Isaacson loves
audience needs to see her face and expressions as well as feel her,
his audiences so much,” he says. “He is constantly pushing us to do
and her eight tentacles, gliding through the water. A team of four
something new, innovative or unexpected that will make every show
teenage men and an elaborate stage piece-puppet-costume ensure
memorable and spectacular. This top-down commitment to creativi-
the character comes to life in an awe-inspiring way. “At the same
ty and excellence is infectious and one of the primary reasons I look
time,” Schweikardt emphasizes, “Director Marcia Milgram Dodge
forward to returning to St. Louis. The city is clearly supportive of
is clear that we’re not trying to recreate the movie on stage. Instead,
art and culture, and I want to explore more of the local flavor while
we’re providing an experience you can’t get from the movie and,
amazing audiences each night of the season.”
hopefully, inspiring creativity. We want little kids to create their
SCHOOLIN’ ON STYLE FASHION INCUBATOR DESIGNERS SHARE TIPS FROM TALLEY
BY LAUREN HEALEY ART CHARLES SYKES/BRAVO Fashion influencer and former Vogue magazine editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley visited St. Louis June 23-24. He received the Annual Fashion Fund Award, offered suggestions to the Fashion Incubator’s inaugural designers and shared his fashion knowledge during a sold-out event at the Saint Louis Art Museum.
“Andre impressed on us the importance of confidence. My power
you deal with that struggle with dignity and make your light shine
comes from passion, and this is how I express confidence through
through the ignorance and the adversity by any means necessary.”
my work. He also reiterated the importance of history and
— Charles Smith II, whose diverse aesthetic vision is apparent in
creating a narrative with my clothing. I’m thankful Andre remind-
his styling of celebrities, including Zoe Kravitz, Lenny Kravitz’s
ed me of that.” — Agnes Hamerlik, an interdisciplinary artist and
daughter. Brand: Smith II
designer who has collaborated with the Art Institute of Chicago and various prestige galleries to exhibit her work nationally. Brand:
“I am repeatedly reminded that the mark of a true industry mogul
is his/her remarkable kindness. As emerging designers, we are constantly navigating opinions and criticisms, but it is the real
“Andre Leon Talley is one of fashion’s biggest icons, and his opinion
professionals who show the most positivity and support. Mr. Talley
is one of the most universally well-respected in the industry. His
epitomizes that professional archetype with a seasoned sense of self
time and thoughts shared with the designers helped validate our
that lifts others up.” — Allison Mitchell, a minimalist yet avant-gar-
businesses, as well as the mission of the Incubator, and is another
de handbag designer who sustainably sources animal skins and
major step in St. Louis planting its flag on the fashion map.” — Em-
hides from around the world. Brand: Allison Mitchell
ily Brady Koplar, a designer with an effortlessly polished aesthetic who began making clothes in early childhood. Brand: Wai Ming
“Remain confident and steadfast in your unique design voice and define your level of success by the love you have for your work and
“Be decisive, yet be humble.” — Reuben Reuel, who draws inspira-
the appreciation others show for your creations. Persevere with
tion from his grandmother, a seamstress with impeccable taste and
humility.” — Audra Noyes, whose collection has been featured in
flamboyant style. Brand: Demestik by Reuben Reuel
many renowned publications, including W Magazine, Refinery29 and international editions of Vogue. Brand: AUDRA
“As glamorous as this industry may be … everyone — no matter their status or levels — will continuously deal with adversity, but
LOOK THE PART Styles for Popular St. Louis Neighborhoods BY LAUREN HEALEY ART MARK MOORE STYLING DWIGHT CARTER ART DIRECTION DARIN SLYMAN & AUDREY SCHERER MODEL MORGAN FINDLAY Keeping cool in the humid Midwest isn’t always easy this time of year, but you can sweat in style with these cool looks that correspond with five
For our Cherokee Street look, we chose a hipster vibe with looks from Paulie Gibson, Q Liu at OSO and Trackker. A fun, party look goes best in the Grove, where we styled our model with looks from Sole & Blues, Paulie Gibson and Nike. In the Central West End, a “partio” vibe always goes over well, with looks from H&M, Artistry in
popular St. Louis communities.
Motion and Steve Madden. For the Clayton sophisticate, feel free to experiment with new styles, such as this look from Amenpapa at OSO. In downtown St. Louis, update your business look with unexpected details with looks from Paulie Gibson and Steve Madden.
BY LAUREN HEALEY ART LAUREN HEALEY
“The opening of the Milton encourages continued revitalization and restoration of the Central West End north area for both businesses and developers.” - Angie Hickey, president of property management for Red Brick Management 46
MODERN MEETS VINTAGE
AT THE MILTON Nestled in the Central West End, the Milton stays
The Milton’s amenities include a garage, a furnished
true to its historic charm while providing modern,
rooftop terrace on the second floor, a deck or patio with
innovative and upscale apartments. Once a single-story
all units, bike storage in the building, secured entry with
warehouse, the Milton now towers five stories above
code and fob access for each resident, wooden floors,
Olive Street and houses 29 contemporary living spaces
granite countertops, designer cabinets, in-unit washer and
with one- and two-bedroom apartments as well as two
dryer, large rooms and ample closet space. The rooftop
terrace may even be rented out for private parties.
“The Milton is a great project — my favorite in a 45-year
“We may not have fitness centers like some larger projects
real estate career,” Pete Rothschild, owner and president
may have, but the Milton offers more of a boutique-style
of Rothschild Development Ltd., said in a press release.
feeling,” Hickey says. “When people come to a Red Brick
“It incorporates new, multi-story construction within the
property, we stick with the character and charm of the
perimeter façade of a turn-of-the-century tobacco ware-
building while providing modern amenities. This has
house. This is the first development of its kind in
taken a cool, historic building and repurposed it well.
St. Louis, and I think you’ll like it as much as I do.”
There is a lot of development working its way [west] from Boyle [Avenue]. This building helps solidify the growth
With renovations beginning in the spring of 2016, Red
and development of this part of the neighborhood … and
Brick Management has ensured the architecture of the
ties in the [old with the new].”
building preserves historic elements of its original design while channeling contemporary urban living with
Two-bedroom apartments start at $1,650, and the largest
a modern four-story rooftop addition, the release states.
two-bedroom penthouse is $2,900. One-bedroom apartments range from $1,195 to $1,375.
“This is exciting for Olive [Street] and this neighborhood,” says Angie Hickey, president of property manage-
In addition to living spaces, the Milton has 3,000 square
ment for Red Brick Management, a subsidiary of Roth-
feet of commercial space on the first floor that would be
schild Development Ltd. “The opening of the Milton
great for a creative office or art gallery. “There are cool
encourages continued revitalization and restoration of the
brick accents in the space; it is very urban with a fun,
Central West End north area for both businesses and de-
creative loft feel and great light,” Hickey adds. “It has two
velopers. We are excited to partner with current neighbors
garage doors that open, so it would be really great for any
on Olive to bring new life to the neighborhood.”
business that opens up and invites people in.”
For those looking for something more upscale and larger
Although the commercial space is currently set up to
than a typical apartment, there are two penthouses on the
house one business, Hickey says, the 3,000 square feet
fifth floor, each of which are 1,400 to 1,450 square feet.
could easily hold two businesses.
They each have private rooftop decks, an amazing wall of windows with views of downtown and Clayton, as well as private storage and their own private floor.
For more information, visit redbrickstl.com
SLAM VOGUE VIP PARTY
The Saint Louis Art Museum (SLAM) hosted a VIP Party at the Saint Louis Fashion Fund’s Fashion Incubator on June 14 to preview its upcoming SLAM Vogue event, this summer’s most fashionable fundraiser. Don’t miss the main event at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 15.
CWE COCKTAIL PARTY
The streets were full during the Central West End Cocktail Party held June 10 as a celebration of “the 100th anniversary of what many have claimed as the first cocktail party on record — held in 1917 by Clara Walsh in her father-in-law’s home at 4510 Lindell” Blvd., according to cwescene.com.
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Published on Jun 30, 2017