The Insider

The Insider: 9.13.17

Snaps to local portrait photographer Shana Watkins, who won top prizes in several categories at a recent competition at the Missouri Professional Photographers Conference. Her work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville in January, along with other images from the competition.

Two years from now, the curtain will close on Steven Woolf’s long, esteemed career at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Woolf officially announced his retirement from the post of artistic director, effective at the end of the 2018-2019 season. His career at The Rep has spanned 30 years!

Hometowner Candice Cherry has poured some panache into happy hour with the launch of The Queens’ Jewels glassware, a collection offering both stemmed and stemless styles. The glitzy glasses can be ordered with a variety of adornments.
Priced at $23 to $25 each, available at, Robust Wine Bar, Mary Tuttle’s and other local spots. 

All eyes will be on ophthalmologist Dr. Eliot Lazar Oct. 12 as he is honored for his service to the profession at the Lifelong Vision Foundation’s Eye Ball. The event supports the foundation’s research, education and community programs. Lazar is owner and director of eICON Medical, a consulting firm in the medical device market.

the main events

Billed as the ‘ultimate food experience,’ the 13th annual Taste of St. Louis event is slated for Sept. 15-17 at the Chesterfield Amphitheater and Central Park. Delicacies from 30 restaurants, free concerts, chef competitions and more are on the menu.

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest St. Louis is back for another round. The seventh annual festival runs Sept. 22-24 at the company’s Midtown Brewery and Biergarten.

Hang on to summer with a trip to the U City in Bloom Garden Tour. The self-guided tour begins at 1 p.m. Sept. 24. Expect refreshments and live artist demonstrations.