Kennedy Holmes (center) performs on stage for The Muny’s 2015 production of “Hairspray.” photo by Phillip Hamer

All of St. Louis is rooting for 13-year-old Kennedy Holmes, a John Burroughs School student and former Muny Kid who is currently among the top contestants on NBC’s “The Voice.”Mom Karen Holmes tells Gazelle that she and her daughter have been singing in the car since Kennedy was little.

Kennedy Holmes photo courtesy NBC/The Voice

“Kennedy and I share a special bond when it comes to singing,” Holmes said. “We began with singing ‘You are My Sunshine’ when Kennedy was 2, then moved on to many other songs…our commute in the car—which is quite often—always turns into an entertaining moment for family and others.”

Holmes admits the entire family is beyond excited for Kennedy.

“We all knew that someday, the world would know not just who she is, but how special and loved she is by so many people,” Holmes explained. “As a parent, I love to watch every moment of (Kennedy) going after her dreams!”

In addition to Holmes, Kennedy’s father, Shawn, and brother, Jordan, were backstage during the “blind” audition, which aired in late September. Kennedy’s version of Adele’s “Turning Tables” earned her a “four-chair turn” from celebrity judges Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson. Her performance so wowed the judges, that it prompted Levine to declare that Kennedy could become “the absolute biggest thing to come out of this show.”

“The Voice,” which is going into its “playoff” rounds, airs Monday and Tuesday nights on NBC.

The first weekend of November marks the grand reopening of the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in downtown St. Louis.

Soldiers Memorial Military Museum photo courtesy of Missouri Historical Society

Following a $30-million renovation overseen by the Missouri Historical Society, the Art Deco landmark has been transformed into a state-of-the-art facility honoring military service men and women.

Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Festivities on Saturday, Nov. 3, include a keynote speech by Brig. Gen. Jeannie Leavitt, the U.S. Air Force’s first female fighter pilot and the first woman to command a USAF combat fighter wing. Leavitt is a St. Louis native and graduate of Bishop DuBourg High School. The day begins with a musical tribute to veterans at 9 a.m., with the memorial officially reopening to the public at 11 o’clock.

Some of the region’s most outstanding artists and arts advocates will get their moment in the spotlight at the 2019 Arts and Education Council St. Louis Arts Awards, to be held on Jan. 21 at The Chase Park Plaza. Among this year’s honorees: Broadway and film star Ken Page (Lifetime Achievement in the Arts), Saint Louis Art Museum’s Brent Benjamin (Excellence in the Arts), Airport Elementary School’s Amy Freet (Art Educator of the Year), Noémi and Michael Neidorff (Excellence in Philanthropy), Sue Greenberg (Champion for the Arts), Kranzberg Arts Foundation’s Chris Hansen (Arts Innovator), and the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis (Arts Startup of the Year).