The Insider: 8.31.16
Every day is a good day to honor those who served, but Sept. 11 is when nearly 7,000 flags will be on display at Art Hill in Forest Park as part of the America’s Heartland Remembers project. The ‘Flags of Valor’ pay tribute to servicemen and women who have perished since 9-11. Each bears a single name and date of death.
Congratulations to Left Bank Books events coordinator Kea Wilson on her debut novel, We Eat Our Own. She will discuss the book Sept. 6 at the bookstore at a book signing (proof of purchase of the novel at Left Bank Books is required for admission). Wilson has an MFA from Washington University.
It’s a win-win-win, that is, the collaboration between the Playhouse @ Westport Plaza (newly owned by Emery Entertainment) and STAGES executive producer Jack Lane. Lane applauds the “intimate and inviting theater,” while the Westport Plaza team (part of Bob O’Loughlin’s Lodging Hospitality Management) welcomes all the new buzz as a way to bring more attention to the northwest county entertainment area.
Kudos all around as The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis gets the largest single gift in its illustrious 50-year history: $1 million from the Augustin family. An endowment gift, it underwrites the newly named Augustin Family Artistic Director position.
Hard to believe it’s been 10 years since the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum moved its amazing collection into a brand-new building at Skinker Boulevard and Brookings Drive. To celebrate the occasion, a comprehensive exhibition, Real/Radical/Psychological: The Collection on Display opens Sept. 9. Showing off its esteemed permanent collection (W.U.’s is one of the oldest university art museums), the exhibition is divided into three galleries: The Long Nineteenth Century, Modernism and the Twentieth Century, and Contemporary Moments.