Cequel III was not only the proud sponsor of Stages’ “Applause! Gala” Friday night at the Ritz Carlton, but its founder and his wife, Jerry and Judy Kent, have become the namesake of the musical treasure’s new home in a former synagogue building. (If you came in late, Jerry co-founded Charter.) Stages has become regionally-renowned for its creativity and innovations in musical theater.
The formal event scored a triumph by drawing the company’s ardent supporters. Unsung heroes on the scene: Stephen Bourneuf, associate artistic director and Vince Pesce, director of education – both Broadway vets – and Eric Pugh, marketing director. Other faces: Larry Parres and Vicky Soffner; Ed and Janet Wheatley; Pam and Bob Horwitz; Jordan, Ally, Lisa Paige Nichols; Michael Morvaso and John Flack; Ellen, Dan and Linda Gibson; Connor Krabe; Sarah Knoblich; Jeffrey Flicker; John and Barbara Hammond; Greg and Sharon Dosmann; Julie and Jason Bataglia; Vicky Soffner with Larry Parres….
Speaking of entertainment, Lindenwood’s J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts has booked: The Haifa Symphony (Feb. 25); the Moscow Festival Ballet (Jan. 25); Peter Nero: The Gershwin Project (March 8); the national tour of the musical, “The Addams Family” (April 6) and the national touring company of “Memphis:
The Musical (April 21)…..Over at Pumpernickel’s, boulevardier John Levis chatted on about attending the 80th reunion of the Rambler Rugby Club at the Racquet Club East, while his pal, Heartland Bank’s Larry Schiffer, was toasted on his wedding to the former Jeanie Manness. Sally and John celebrated their 28th anniversary. Schiffer revealed that his nephew, the skilled Scott Miller, has become chief of Kadee Candlesafter tossing in his post with Koplar Communications.
Schiffer’s Heartland Bank is in a holding pattern to merge with Effingham, IL-based Midland States Bank, after which the entity will be named Midland States Bank. . .Nearby, was the charming Angle family: David, Tonia and footballer Braxton.
Mix a dollop of honey and stir with a cup of love of their lives! Sans the enlistment of Martha Stewart for the wedding reception held Saturday night at Monarch event space in Maplewood, the team from Herbie’s Vintage ’72 prepared an unparallelled spread that set the mood for cherished memories. Aaron, co-owner of Monarch and the popular CWE restaurant, and Marci, an occupational therapist, exchanged vows earlier under a pergola at the Muny. Maplewood has clearly never seen an entourage of 275 – most elegantly dressed – strutting what could’ve been a red carpet. There were speeches by Marci’s siblings: Cory, Christopher and Matthew Texler; parents’ consent from Scripture-1 Corinthians 12:31013l; a blessing of the marriage and closing with the recessional – “Trumpet Voluntary” with a musical bed by the incomparable Lenny Klinger & Co. Parents of the groom: Marilyn and revered Dr. Steven Teitelbaum, who’s a pathologist at WashU Med. Center and specializes in anatomic and clinical pathology. Parents of the bride: Thomas and Sue Texler. Officiators at the wedding: SLU Law Dean Michael Wolff and Fr. Carl Scheble. Seen were: Aaron’s lovable sisters, Caren and Rebecca; Glenda and Al Wyman; Fox Sports’ Chuck Jackson with his wife, Robin, g.m. of 1380 Radio, “The Woman”; Steve Azinger with Jessica Stella and Jill Steinheider; Tsugie Watanabe with her daughter and son-in-law Mickey and Harley Spiller “curator of the avant-garde Franklin Furnace Museum in NYC”; Jeff Orbin, Aaron’s best man and partner in both dining venues and more in the following gallery:
Under the authorship of the Los Angeles Times editorial board, the article, “Missouri, a state of denial” reads in part: “It came shockingly close this week to enacting a gun law that was blatantly unconstitutional. . .The bill’s supporters argue that those federal gun laws violate the 2nd Amendment. But that’s a decision for the courts, not state legislators”. . .The Church of the Good Shepherd in Carbondale, IL is hosting an LGBT picnic on Sept. 22. The church is of the United Church of Christ persuasion.
That lovable landmark on not-always-lovable Forest Park Parkway – the handsome St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church – was teeming with volunteers indoors and outdoors on Friday to launch its festival beginning Saturday through Monday. Inside the church a funeral service was held and outdoors there was the aroma of pot among some of the guys hauling ice and other necessary equipment to stage the best of the best. I managed to poke around the tents where new items were being unpacked for the gift shop.
New this year are products imported from Greece: ouzo candy; hard cookies dipped in chocolate known as paximadi, Greek honey and kalamata olive twists. At the pastry counters there were koulabiedes, baklava and tiropita being organized by Helen Leara and Bess Millonas.
On hand were: Theodora Varvares Hart and Beverly Doias; Christina Anastas; Georgia Ferretti; Georgia Prstojevich; Rose Hartley; Becky Liringis; Roxana Couteranis; Jeanne Tompras; Bill Karides and his daughter, Anastasia. Baking began last May, pointed out one of the women. A couple of the workers were seated at a table for a break and began espousing their takes on the possibility of a Syrian strike.The other shared an anti-war flier. After I read it I realized that the popular American philosophers of the day are those who write for automobiles.
HEIDI GLAUS, JASMINE HUDA, JOE HOLLEMAN, SAM ORLANDO, JOHN CARNEY PITCH IN AS CELEB WAITERS & WAITRESSES
Thursday night, Plaza Frontenac should have been preserved in aspic. That’s where a thousand political naifs, media types, sports figures and others roamed restaurants to raise about $50k for the St. Louis Crisis Nursery. The celebs pitched in as servers. P.D. columnist and pal Joe Holleman was in his glory surrounded by a gaggle of fans. Talented and glamorous Ch. 4′s Jasmine Huda and Ch. 5′s maven of mirth Heidi Glaus could hardly keep up with generous tips that rolled in at Brio Tuscan Grille. The nursery’s CEO Dianne Mueller said that about 7,000 kids go through the doors each year of the agency committed to prevention of child abuse and neglect and provide emergency intervention through short-term care for young children in a safe and nurturing environment. Ivory Crockett, who once held the record as fastest man in the world in the 100-yard dash, was with Jackie Joyner-Kersee. At Flemings, Chalana and Lathon Ferguson heard about football triumphs from former Colts’ Bennie Anderson, who commented about the high salaries paid to sports figures: “I still have some juice,” he said with a wide smile. Then, a stop at Canyon Cafe where Glaus diligently worked the room. At Flemings, caterer to the stars, Sam Orlando, checked out the menu while gabbing with managing partner James Martin. Last stop was at Kreis Steakhouse, home of the massive bone-in prime ribs of beef. Co-owner Renee Bogdanos (partner with her bro, George Tompras) and manager Patrick Rinaldi greeted the likes of homebuilders Randy Mayer and his sons, Craig and J.R. Mayer, whose Prestige Custom Homes are going up in Kirkwood, Eureka and south St. Louis county. Rinaldi got congrats on his more than two decades as host of the treasured steakhouse. His mentor was his pop, the late Al Rinaldi, who owned one of our town’s most popular eateries.
Citing U.S. Bureau of Labor stats, Missouri has hit the top 10 list of new state technology jobs in the period of Jan. 13-June 13 with 1,200. . .Leadership Conference of Women Religious was under lock and key: http://ncronline.org/blogs/ncr-today/lcwr-meets-vatican-overseer-under-lock-guards
Signed by the Traditionalist American Knights of the Klan, handbills were left on doorsteps of residents in Springfield, Mo., over the weekend. They were adorned with hooded Klansmen with the notice, “You can sleep tonight knowing that the Klan is awake!” KKK rep Frank Ancona commented on a local station that the flier campaign is nationwide. . .The Missouri Safe Schools and Colleges Conference will be held October 1 – 3, 2013, at Tan-Tar-A in Osage Beach. The conference features best practices for making schools safe and lessons learned from incidents of school violence and severe weather; experts and professionals discussing effective prevention and intervention strategies on issues such as bullying and suicide; and provides opportunity for school leadership teams to review safety/emergency plans and participate in continuing education workshops. . .Fusion, the English-language ABC News-Univision joint venture cable network, will debut Oct.28 via Charter, Cox, AT&T Uverse, FiOS, Cablevision and Google Fiber.
Doing the right thing at the right time in the right place is one of the yardsticks of class. David Farr, Jerry Kent, Irl Engelhardt, Greg Boyce, Chuck Knight, Mike Neidorf, David Steward, Tom Voss and Sam Fox have it. They have an unwavering awareness of what’s right for them by giving to and underwriting so many charities and fundraisers. Add to those names the people who paid big bucks for auction items and dinner Sunday night at Meadowbrook C.C. to benefit Life Skills and its programs: helping those with developmental disabilities – including autism – learn, live, work and participate in the community. Seen there were: Life Skills CEO Wendy Sullivan with fiancée Bill Brueggen; past board chair Jeff Mentel, current board member Mike Wood; Alan and Marcia Weber marking their 50th wedding anniversary; Kathryn Ellrich; Sheryl Ray; Kim Noble; Kelly Hummel; Macy Holtzman with Martin Hansferry; Mark and Linda Nathanson; Dan and Barb Bindler with Fran Silver; Kelly and Kirk Spisak.
GALLERY FROM THE GALA