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W.C. FIELDS AT THE MUNY

W.C. FIELDS

W.C. FIELDS

After scooping the world’s media (including the N.Y. Times) by hours on the News Corp.’s plan to split up,  this columnist decided to turn to “soft news.”  What could be more fun that bringing up the name of W.C. Fields, the iconic comedian?  Years before he was to appear as Captain Andy in “Showboat” at the Muny, where he hid bottles of hootch in the trees, he grew up poor and sleeping huddled in doorways in all weather.  It got to the point he could only relax and sleep in a barber chair, so he would splurge on hot shaves.  By the time he was a headliner in vaudeville, Fields found that though his wallet was now full, his nights were devoid of sleep because he could only get comfy in a barber chair, or stretched out on a pool table.  Such is the restful luxury of an old-fashioned barbershop shave with hot towels, rich hot lather and straight razor honed on a leather strap. At swanky Alexandra Salon inside the lobby of the Flamingo Resort in Las Vegas, an old-fashioned shave costs $65, plus tip.  There’s better value and great service right here in St. Louis that would do W.C. Fields proud: At Mark LaPlante’s Blades on Washington Avenue, between Tucker and Eleventh Streets, the price for a lovely hot shave is just $19, plus tip for skilled shavers.  A third-generation stylist, Mark is approaching the third anniversary of opening Blades.  His dad, Jack, opened LaPlante School of Hairstyling in 1968.  Back then, barbers-to-be-trained in hot lather shaving used a straight razor to remove lather ever so gently from balloons.

“AMERICAN IDOL” PRODUCER’S IPO, SCOTT ROSENBLUM HELPS EXTINGUISH A FIRE, PHYLLIS SCHAFLY & THE BREWERY, ROSE JONAS’ NEW WORK, AL WATKINS TO BETTY WHITE’S ROAST

European media giant Bertelsmann is poised to issue an IPO.  The conglomerate controls broadcaster RTL Group, Random House and FreemantleMedia, producer of “American Idol” and “The X Factor”. . .Rose “The Job Doctor” Jonas is penning an e-book with her son, David Finkelstein, titled, “How to Figure Out What You Want to Do Next,” which is being edited by Dick Weiss and is due out April 15 at cyber-book stores.  Jonas’ previous effort was a 10,000-word paper, “Living on Stress Mountain: Strategies For Doing Well When Your Life Sucks.”  “Clients have told me what works for them,” she said.  “This is a compendium of their advice. Take what you like from it, what you think will work for you. May it help you feel less precariously perched here in this thin mountainous air” and she quotes Henry Kissinger: “There cannot be a stressful crisis next week.  My schedule is already full”. . .Barrister Al Watkins and his wife, Paige, will head to Gotham for the Betty White roast at the Friars Club.  Not only that, they will visit with former Ritz St. Louis’ food & bev guy Angus Bright, who now lives in South Carolina serving as GM of a golf pro signature country club/plantation.  Watkin’s bro, attorney John Watkins is a member of the Friars.  Their mom, Nancy,  was a pal of White, when they both lived in Chappaqua, NY. . .Our town’s renowned criminal defense attorney Scott Rosenblum was spotted celebrating his recruitment of up-and-coming attorney Katie Hummel at Bob O’Laughlin’s hotspot 360. Between trading war stories with former Rosenblum protege Vanessa Antoniou, the barristers congratulated U. City’s own Cornell Haynes, II on the wrap of his next album and its first single, which Nelly expects to be released in April.  Later, Rosenblum and Antoniou dined at Herbie’s ’72, pitching in between courses to extinguish a three-alarm fire in the kitchen. . .Many local companies trade on having familiar family names.  But sometimes, a well-known last name is problematic for a business owner. Take Schlafly’s brewery.  On its website’s FAQ’s it includes this:  “Does Phyllis orAndrew Schlafly have anything to do with the brewery?”  Phyllis Schlafly is brewery owner Tom Schlafly’s aunt by marriage.  Andrew is Phyllis’ son and Tom Schlafly’s cousin.  Neither Phyllis, nor Andrew Schlafly are involved with Schlafly Beer in any way.  Why does this matter?  Because Phyllis and Andy are conservative lawyers and activists whose political efforts are likely anethema to a big chunk of the brewery’s patron.

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S WRECKING BALL WORLD TOUR” & MORE

Our town has been snubbed by Springsteen’s upcoming tour, however the closest city for his gig will be April 29 at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. . . . .NBC has banned for being too risque a commercial in the Super Bowl game for The Big and Beautiful.com dating site for plus-size women and men. . .Daniel Radcliffe has cinched the role of poet Allen Ginsberg in a soon-to-be-lensed biopic.

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