Now you see it…The highly anticipated, otherworldly Great American Eclipse is just days away, and St. Louisans expect to be front and center. The path of the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse will cut across much of Missouri, including large expanses throughout the St. Louis region. The St. Louis Eclipse 2017 Task Force estimates that 1.6 million area residents live in the direct path of totality (when the moon completely covers the sun), with areas just to the south of St. Louis blanketed for as much as 2 minutes, 40 seconds of darkness.
In addition, prepare to experience a few other out-of-this-world sights and sensations, including a significant drop in temperature, eerie shadows and stillness, and likely unusual behavior in pets. The event is St. Louis’ first total solar eclipse since 1442; the first in the continental U.S. in 38 years. For more information, including maps, duration times by city and purchasing eclipse glasses, visit missourieclipse2017.com.
A new summer festival is underway in the Grand Center Arts District. The Strauss Park Alive Festival, launched by Grand Center Inc. in early July, offers 60 days of free cultural and arts programming for the St. Louis community. Performances and events on tap this month include sand sculptures, tunes and trucks (Aug. 8); a wellness fair (Aug. 17); an eclipse party (Aug. 21); and yoga on Thursday evenings. For a complete list of dates and times, visit grandcenter.org.
This year’s Cedric the Entertainer gala will feature pop icon Sheila E., whose No. 1 hit, “The Glamorous Life” was penned by Prince. She’ll be headlining An Evening with Cedric the Entertainer and Friends at the Peabody Opera House on Saturday, Oct. 21, to benefit the Rosetta Boyce Kyles Women’s Pavilion at SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital. Sheila E. also teamed up with Prince for “A Love Bizarre,” among other collaborations with the late music great. Late last year, she released the memoir, “Sheila E. The Beat of My Own Drum.” Cedric the Entertainer and his sister, Sharita Kyles-Wilson, are co-hosting the event, which was created in memory of their mother, who lost her battle to cancer in 2015. Visit cedricandfriends.org for ticket information.
The St. Louis Press Club’s signature Beauty Buzz fundraiser takes place next month at Neiman Marcus. The event features light brunch hors d’oeuvres and drinks, as well as skincare and makeup demos on the runway, samples and attendance prizes. Proceeds from the Saturday, Sept. 16, event benefit journalism and communications scholarships for deserving students in the St. Louis area. For tickets and more information, visit stlpressclub.org.