Vatican Via The Arch

The Reliquary of Saint Peter & Saint Paul
The Reliquary of Saint Peter & Saint Paul

by Amy De La Hunt 


Aside from the summer heat, Rome doesn’t have much in common with St. Louis. But until Sept. 12, both will host long lines of tourists intent on seeing the Vatican’s artistic and religious history. And while the Missouri History Museum can’t rival the glory of St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, there is something to be said for its pastoral setting in Forest Park.
 


The exhibit Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art is a chronological tale of Christian art focused around St. Peter’s Basilica. Starting with the saint’s upside-down crucifixion by the Romans, it travels 2,000 years, dropping names like Guercino, Giotto, Michelangelo and Bernini along the way.
 

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Political Growling

One of three polar bear residents at the San Diego Zoo
One of three polar bear residents at the San Diego Zoo

by Jeff Hoyt 


Do politics belong at the zoo? Like Oscar winners giving their acceptance speeches, when you’re one of the world’s best, I guess you’re not afraid to speak out at the risk of alienating your audience.
 


Last year, the San Diego Zoo re-opened their Conrad Prebys Polar Bear Plunge at a cost of a cool $1 million. But the world-renowned institution isn’t content with just showing their three bears at play on land and water. The conservation-minded organization which also runs the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park is trying to get the message out that global warming is melting the ice floes that these animals need to live.

Hot Jeans Hang on Cool Clotheslines

The Levi's Care to Air design contest at the Levi's showroom in the Hollywood Hills
The Levi's Care to Air design challenge at the Levi's showroom in the Hollywood Hills

by Nick Winfrey


Eco-friendly fashionistas and conscientious denim collectors came out in droves to the Levi’s showroom in Los Angeles last Saturday evening to help kick off the jeansware giant’s Care to Air design challenge. Running now through July 31st, this one-of-a-kind contest looks to promote line-drying jeans as a means of reducing the substantial negative effects that laundering clothes can have on the environment, and calls on green pioneers and inventors to submit original air-drying solutions, with the mind behind the best carbon-neutral contraption receiving $10,000 in prizes.
  

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Hiding Celebrities In Plain Sight

Olympic-gold-medal snowboarder Shaun White with Sophie Gayot
Olympic-gold-medal snowboarder Shaun White with Sophie Gayot

by Sophie Gayot
 
We know we cannot see Olympic-gold-medal snowboarder Shaun White when he practices his routines. I can watch him while he competes, but with my job, the easiest way to see him live is to run into him at a restaurant. This happened at the famous steakhouse Mastro’s in Beverly Hills a few weeks ago. I am happy to report that he is as charming and nice as he comes across on camera.


But the next day, when I called the restaurant to ask what the champion had chosen from their menu, they refused to give me any information. Of course, the restaurant protects its celebrity clientele.

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Sucking on a Dogfish Head

Our 2010 Summer Wine Newsletter is here!
Our 2010 Summer Wine Newsletter is here!

by Jeff Hoyt 


Mom always told us to drink more when it gets hot, so our Summer Wine Newsletter should come in very handy. Beat the heat with our Top 10 Summer Beers which include pale ale, pilsner and wheat beer. When someone says they’re “Sucking on a Dogfish Head,” you’ll know what they’re talking about!
 


If you want to imbibe at home, we offer two versions of The Perfect Margarita Recipe: how to make a batch for friends and single serving. But instead of drinking home alone, go out to an adult-beverage event near you! We’ll show you where and when. It’s easy to make new friends when you’re attending a bourbon dinner or Sake tasting. Speaking of bourbon, check out our review of Maker’s 46, only the second whiskey ever produced by Maker’s Mark.