Operation Food Search’s Operation Backpack program distributes nutritious weekend meals to chronically hungry children, as identified by their teachers or administrators. Each Friday for 32 weeks during the school year, each child enrolled in the program discreetly receives a backpack filled with simple recipes, nutrition information, and nutritious food that they can easily prepare and eat at home. Each backpack contains canned fruit, canned vegetables, two cereal items, two entrees, a dairy item, and two healthy snacks, providing enough wholesome food for two days' worth of meals.
Despite their determinedly of-the-moment sound, Redfoo and Sky Blu are carrying on a long pop lineage: the former is Motown founder Berry Gordy's son, the latter his grandson. As red-hot electropop duo LMFAO, the uncle-nephew pairing electrifies dance floors with manic odes to party life. The 2012 Sorry for Party Rocking tour explodes with fan favorites such as "Party Rock Anthem" and newer hits such as "Sexy and I Know It," which has a bouncy swagger that dominated the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 28 weeks. Meanwhile, the band parades in neon animal prints amid backup dancers, bobbing beneath giant robot heads, tossing inflatables into the crowd, and creating a spectacle Metro Weekly calls "enormously entertaining."
St. Louis Shakespeare was initially founded as a summer festival that showcased Shakespearean plays and other classics. Today the company presents three Shakespeare plays and one non-Shakespeare play per season, and, since 1995, has toured kid-friendly adaptations of its shows to children and adults who hate big words.
The astronauts deftly dodge the oncoming trickle of rocks and debris from the meteor shower, and as the rubble clears they see the Moon up ahead. It is at this site that they’ll soon establish the first permanent human base. Though it sounds like science fiction, novice astronauts attempt this feat daily at Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis. Part of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education—a nonprofit founded by the families of the astronauts who died in the 1986 Challenger space-shuttle mission—the center educates visitors in science and teamwork with its space simulators. Whether navigating a spacecraft or abetting astronauts at a Mission Control modeled after NASA’s Johnson Space Center, student, community, and corporate groups must maintain a cooperative spirit while rocketing to Mars, assembling a probe, or stealing one of Saturn’s rings.
Nancy Novak used to throw house parties for women's rugby and flag-football teams, providing an avenue for celebratory mingling after games. When she opened Novak's Bar & Grill in 1996, those parties found a new home. Music thunders over a dance floor, karaoke singers croon, and crowds flock to a marble bar for cocktails and beer. There's even a horseshoe toss and an outdoor stage for drag performances and bands. Cooks prepare a menu of burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas to keep energy levels high.
The friendly staff at Your Pot's Desire guides kids and adults of all experience levels to create their own usable works of art. Peruse the wide selection of premade pottery bisques, fully stocked with paintables such as a 12-ounce mug ($10), an 8-inch plate ($10), and a range of banks, boxes, and scale models of Buckingham Palace ($15–$25). Next, amateur artisans wield their choice of paints to adorn their pottery with names, drawings, or personalized messages. Patrons with painters’ block can also search out inspiration in a bevy of samples, example books, stencils, and stamps. When ceramic creations are complete, the staff applies a final glaze before setting them in the kiln, which hardens their exteriors with extreme heat and readings from stoical self-help books.
Dedicated to preserving, presenting, and interpreting fine art from across the globe, the Saint Louis Art Museum displays a vast array of pieces in its collection, with particular emphasis on Oceanic art, twentieth-century German art, and ancient Chinese bronzes. Membership bequeaths SLAM-lovers a bevy of benefits, such as free admission into the museum’s featured and rotating exhibits, including the current Fiery Pool, which boasts more than 90 ancient Mayan artifacts, and the upcoming displays of Monet's Water Lilies in October.