The Trish Set
There’s been a change in the landscape at Laumeier Sculpture Park: A larger-than-life, 12-foot-tall sculpture, Deer, is now part of the park’s permanent collection. The steel-reinforced-fiberglass likeness of a white-tailed doe is by artist Tony Tasset, whose 2007 sculpture, Eye, is already a Laumeier fixture. The installation, now on view in the Way Field, is in celebration of the park’s 40th anniversary year.
The search continues for Shakespeare Festival St. Louis’ next artistic director, following Rick Dildine’s departure. Jennifer Wintzer has assumed the role of interim producing director, while Bruce Longworth is serving as associate artistic director. Dildine vacated the post last month to become the new artistic director at Alabama Shakespeare Festival. The company has also announced that its 2018 production of “Romeo and Juliet” will be directed by Egyptian-American director Taibi Magar. Based in New York, Magar is a graduate of the Brown/Trinity MFA program; and has directed and developed work for Ars Nova “Underground Railroad Game,” a New York Times and Tony critics’ picks), The Foundry, TFANA, and the Women’s Project Theatre.
The Radio Arts Foundation (107.3 FM on your radio dial) is hosting its inaugural Wine & Jazz Under the Stars fundraiser this month at a former vaudeville house on The Hill. The event, co-chaired by Babette Meiners and Peggy Ritter, benefits RAF’s mission to promote classical music and the arts in St. Louis. A sampling of wines from around the world and appetizers will be served, and music will be provided by the Carolbeth True Trio. The Friday, Sept. 15, gathering takes place at the historic Columbbia Theatre beginning at 6 p.m. For more information, visit rafstl.org.
The Angel Band Project, the St. Louis-based organization that promotes healing from sexual abuse through music, is holding its signature fundraiser this fall. Soiree with the Angels will take place Saturday, Nov. 4, at Edward Jones Headquarters. In addition to a cocktail reception, dinner, and live and silent auctions, a highlight of the event is a “competitive” dessert auction, during which attendees can bid on a special treat created by local pastry chefs for their table. Proceeds from the event will support music therapy programs and special music projects offered at no cost to sexual abuse survivors. Even Co-Chairs are Rachel and Matt Boxdorfer, Ralph and Julie Grant, and Ellen and Michael Hunter. For more information, visit angelbandproject.org.
The longest-running and most well-attended hot air balloon event in the country is celebrating its 45th year. For the first time, Art Hill will serve as the venue for the Great Forest Park Balloon Race. The weekend begins with the balloon glow and fireworks on Friday, Sept. 15. Race day events start at noon on Saturday, Sept. 16.
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.