Gazelle publisher Cillah Hall at last year’s Celebrity Waiters Night photo by Diane Anderson

The 28th annual Saint Louis Crisis Nursery Celebrity Waiters Night takes place next month at West County Center. Three restaurants, Bravo! Cucina Italiana, J. Gilbert’s and McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood & Steaks, will be participating from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23. The popular fundraising event gives diners a chance to make a donation to their “celebrity server,” in support of the organization’s work to prevent child abuse and neglect. Diners are also treated to family-friendly entertainment, live music, a silent auction, raffles and more. Gazelle‘s own Cillah Hall will be working for tips at J. Gilbert’s. Be sure to stop in and say hi!

photo courtesy of St. Louis Cardinals Archives

Attention, Cardinals fans! The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum has a new special exhibition that celebrates America’s favorite pastime. “Baseball: America’s Game, Art and Objects from the Bank of America Collection” showcases George Brace’s photographs of baseball heroes, Jim Dow’s triptychs of major league stadiums, and works by iconic photographers Garry Winogrand and Ernest C. Withers, among others. In addition, a special collection from the St. Louis Cardinals Archive, “The Golden Age of Baseball in St. Louis: The Photography of George Burke and George Brace,” will be on display. The exhibition runs through Sept. 8. Admission is $10 (adults), $5 (students and seniors), and free to members and children age 5 and younger.

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ 2019 Festival Season—the first with Andrew Jorgensen at the helm—will include all-new productions of classic works by Mozart, Verdi and Monteverdi, plus a highly-anticipated world premiere. As Gazelle first reported earlier this year, award-winning composer Terence Blanchard is teaming up with actress/director Kasi Lemmons for “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” a new American opera based on the memoir of New York Times columnist Charles Blow. Lemmons, a St. Louis native, wrote the libretto for this opera-in-jazz, the company’s 28th world premiere. The season opens May 25, 2019 with Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” followed by Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” Monteverdi’s “The Coronation of Poppea,” and “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.”

Save the date: Gazelle is proud to partner with Saks Fifth Avenue for the first-ever Sip & Seek scavenger hunt to benefit Siteman Cancer Center. The fun and games take place at Saks’ Plaza Frontenac store on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. Attendees will be given clues to participate in the scavenger hunt throughout the store. Libations and light bites will also be part of the fun. Tickets are $100 and $50 each, with proceeds benefiting Siteman’s Discovery Fund in support of cancer research projects. To purchase tickets, visit To purchase tickets by phone, call Mueriel Carp at (314) 935-5511. Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances with the venue, the Sip & Seek event has been cancelled. For questions and/or concerns, please contact Mueriel Carp. 

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.