The Trish Set
Later this month, Landmarks Association of St. Louis will honor Ken and Nancy Kranzberg for their contributions to historic and cultural preservation in the Grand Center Arts District.
“We really believe it can become what the French Quarter is to New Orleans or the Lincoln Center to New York,” Nancy Kranzberg recently told Gazelle STL. “We believe this is possible, and that it will happen in the next five to 10 years.”
In the last decade, the couple’s Kranzberg Arts Foundation has invested more than $20 million in developing and transforming venues such as The .ZACK, The Marcelle, the Kranzberg Arts Center and The Grandel into arts and cultural destinations. The Grandel, the former First Congregational Church, was built in 1884 and now houses Dance St. Louis, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis and Metro Theater Company, among other organizations. A fifth venue under development, a permanent big-top facility for Circus Flora, will also host concerts and other events year-round.
The Kranzbergs will be honored with the 2017 H. Meade Summers Jr. Award during a ceremony at the Boo Cat Club on Friday, Oct. 27.
Wassan Al-Khudhairi is the new chief curator at Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Born in Kuwait to Iraqi parents, Al-Khudhairihas also lived in Saudi Arabia, England, California, Georgia, Egypt, Qatar, Korea, and Birmingham, Alabama, where she most recently served as curator of modern and contemporary art at the Birmingham Museum of Art.
Longtime Nine Network personality and producer Patrick Murphy, who retired late last year, has officially traded in his TV mike and camera – for now – for paint brushes and watercolor. While he still retains Patrick Murphy Productions for voiceover and video projects, he’s focusing on his new role as president of Webster Arts, as well as cultivating his lifelong diversion of painting.
In celebration of its 100th season, The Muny will be front and center at the Missouri History Museum for an upcoming exhibition, “Muny Memories: 100 Seasons on Stage.” The exhibit opens on June 9, and will run through June 2, 2019. Among the highlights are a backstage peek, recollections from stars and staff, and a chance for St. Louisans to leave their own Muny memory.
An award-winning journalist recognized for her media leadership and for promoting diversity, Trish Muyco-Tobin has more than 20 years of experience in print and broadcasting. She is also a dedicated community volunteer, and proudly serves on the board of the St. Louis Press Club, Friends of Character Plus, and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.