Beauty Buzz co-chair Ellen Soule previews this year’s event.  photo by Bill Greenblatt

Save the date: Beauty Buzz, the St. Louis Press Club’s signature event touted as a “mix, mingle and runway party,” takes place at Neiman Marcus on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Highlights include light bites from The Zodiac and mimosas, as well as attendance prizes and a runway presentation featuring fashion, beauty and skincare tips from the experts. Event co-chairs are Sheri Sherman, Faith Berger, Miran Halen and Ellen Soule. Tickets are $60 (adults) and $20 (students), with proceeds supporting journalism scholarships. For more information and to make reservations, call (314) 449-8029 or visit

Laumeier Sculpture Park photo by Justin Barr

Laumeier Sculpture Park’s next executive director assumes her new role this month. Lauren Ross, most recently the curator of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Institute for Contemporary Art, has been announced as the park’s new leader following an extensive nationwide search. Ross also served as curator and director of arts programs at New York City High Line. Over the years, she has curated a number of exhibitions and public art projects, and has published more than 3 dozen catalogs, essays, features and reviews on modern and contemporary art.

Springboard to Learning’s Lip Sync Battle will be held this year on Friday, Oct. 5, at The Caramel Room. In the next few weeks, contestants (the lineup is comprised of a few St. Louis notables) will practice performing a song of their choosing with the assistance of professional coaches. Contestants will perform before a live audience at the gala, with proceeds benefiting Springboard’s arts-integrated programming for local children. For tickets, visit

photo courtesy of Grand Center Inc.

Get ready for a Moroccan-themed, “1,001 art-filled nights” at this year’s Grand Center Inc. gala. For the first time ever, the event on Friday, Sept. 28, will be held in The Big Top at its new permanent location on Washington Avenue. The 2018 honoree is Lawrence Group CEO Steve Smith, who is being hailed for his contributions to the Grand Center Arts District and beyond. Smith’s latest venture, the Angad Arts Hotel, to be located next door to Powell Hall, is slated to open in the fall. We’re told the boutique property, whose motto is “Stay Colorful,” is the first ever to allow guests to choose a room based on their “mood,” whether it’s red, green, yellow, blue, etc. The Angad will also house the Grand Tavern restaurant, by celebrity chef David Burke, as well as an outdoor rooftop terrace and spaces for private events.

An award-winning journalist recognized for her media leadership and for promoting diversity, Trish Muyco-Tobin has more than 20 years of experience in print and broadcasting. She is also a dedicated community volunteer, and proudly serves on the boards of the St. Louis Press Club, Friends of Character Plus, and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis.