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Events Archive 2006

Michael Frayn to Receive 2006 Saint Louis Literary Award

Friday, November 10, 2006 at 5:30 pm at Saint Louis University’s Anheuser-Busch Auditorium at the John Cook School of Business. This program is free and open to the public.

The annual Literary Award dinner will follow at the Coronado Ballroom at 3701 Lindell Boulevard, across the street from the auditorium.

For more information about either the award or the dinner please contact Joan Hecker at 314-520-3564.

Evening at Home
  October 4, 2006
  Wednesday, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  Saint Louis University Museum of Art

Legacy:  Lincoln in the Presidential Years
     Father David Suwalsky, S.J., Director of museum and galleries at St. Louis University, will lead a tour and discussion of their exhibit of rare Lincoln memorabilia.  This exhibit will feature artifacts, documents and manuscripts relating to the Lincoln presidency from several prominent collections including a rare copy of the 13th amendment signed by the members of the U.S. Senate, President Lincoln, Vice President Hamlin and Speaker of the House, Schuler Colfax.

Evening at Home
   September 14, 2006
   Thursday, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
   St. Louis Public Library (Main
  St. Louis Public Library History
A presentation on the history of the Library and the construction of this historic Cass Gilbert building.  Waller Maguire of the Library will display historic photos of the Library's construction as well as lead a tour of the building's architectural treasures.  This is a fascinating look at a St. Louis Landmark.

An Evening at Home
    Tuesday, January 31, 2006, 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Ralph Kalish of The Spirits of St. Louis will present a re-enactment of the life and times of James Buchanan Eads.

Reservation required.  To make a reservation call Joan Hecker at 314.520.3564 or email:

Cost: Members Free, non-members $10, payable at the door.

Spirits of St. Louis, a small company with deep roots in the City's past transports its audiences to the distant past through stories of the region's most colorful heroes, outlaws, saints and sinners – some of whom were famous, and some not. The directors of Spirits of St. Louis delve extensively into the backgrounds of their characters to weave the historical context of the period with little-known facts from the life of one person.  Ralph Kalish's portrayal of James Buchanan Eads has been called spellbinding, dramatic and captivating. Recognized as a great public servant of St. Louis and the nation, Mr. Eads was also a daring underwater explorer who knows the depths of the turbulent Mississippi like the back of his hand. Mr. Eads will transport you to the river's ghastly underworld where he uncovered the dangerous secrets that helped make him one of the most honored engineers of his time!  You will be mesmerized when he tells you the little known story of his private life and the challenges, conflicts and treachery he overcame to build the bridge hailed throughout the world as a triumph of modern engineering!  Mr. Eads is played by Ralph Kalish, a graduate of St. Louis University and a senior partner with Blackwell, Sanders, Peper and Martin, where he specializes in all aspects of intellectual property, including litigation and mediation.

   Tuesday, January 24, 2006, 6:00 p.m.

"Thiefth" by Susan Howe
Sponsored by the Saint Louis University English Department and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Saint Louis University Theatre
Xavier Hall
3733 West Pine Mall
St. Louis

Call 314-977-3327 for more information. This is not to be missed.

The English Department and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts are co-sponsoring a performance of "Thiefth" by Susan Howe, accompanied by the music of David Grubbs, on January 24th, in the University Theatre on the SLU campus.  Susan Howe is a distinguished American poet, who has won a Guggenheim Fellow and many other awards.  David Grubbs is a well-known avant-garde composer and musician, who accompanies Howe on the piano and computer.  The work was first performed in November 2005 at the University of Chicago and then in New York, Paris, and Cork.  SLU will host one of only three U.S. performances.

"Thiefth" includes electro-acoustic performance versions of Howe's poems "Thorow" and "Melville's Marginalaia" for voice, computer, and piano.  A Web site describing tne NYC performance can be paraphrased this way: 

Drawing from the journals of Thoreau, "Thorow" evokes the winter landscape of upstate New York and explores collisions and collusions of historical violence and national identity.  Howe and Grubbs engage the lake's icy surface as well as the voices that haunt an unseen world beneath.  "Melville's Marginalia" approaches Melville's elusive and allusive imagination through his own reading and the notations he made in books he owned, with special reference to a now-forgotten Irish writer, James Mangan (who may have been a source for Bartleby the Scrivener).  The work is at once a mirror and a collage, a meditation on what can and cannot be said.

For more on Susan Howe go to

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