From the Editor: Inside the February Issue

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Cover_smallAt ALIVE, you never have to ask us twice to celebrate the great things happening in St. Louis, and the past year has certainly given us a lot to be proud of. From talented fashion designers and restaurateurs putting St. Louis on the map to the exciting work of SLAM and the CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation (and let’s not forget the booming startup scene of incredible businesses and funders), there are plenty of St. Louisans who are shaping our city with their inspiring passion and impactful projects. That’s why the celebration theme of this year’s Buzz List, highlighting the most influential people, organizatons and ideas of the year, is especially fitting. We have a lot to celebrate, and we want everyone to join in on the party.

The 22 pages dedicated to our Buzz Listers in this issue are certainly not to be missed, but don’t forget to view our behind-the-scenes look at how the Buzz List feature and photo shoot came together. An incredible team of writers and crew members—along with the talented photographer Wesley Law—made the 28 interviews, two days of shoots and countless hours of concepting and planning possible, resulting in a feature that we’re not only proud of, but that’s also a lot of fun. (Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Buzz List party on Feb. 7 to rub elbows with the movers and shakers of our city.)

St. Louis rising star and ALIVE cover girl Ariane Rinehart has certainly rubbed elbows with the right crowd over the last several months. After appearing in JT’s “Mirrors” video, she jumped right into the role of Liesl in “The Sound of Music Live!” with Carrie Underwood. You’ll also see her next month in the Darren Aronofsky film “Noah” starring Russell Crowe and Emma Watson (see the full story here). There’s no doubt that Ariane is St. Louis’ one to watch. Working with her onset for the cover shoot, you would never believe she was just 19 years old. She’s already a pro when it comes to the ways of the acting world, despite having graduated from Lindbergh High School just three years ago. Now in New York attending Barnard College, she’s balancing classwork for her sociology major with dance training and auditions for pilot season. Call it a hunch that this won’t be the last time we’re celebrating this STL starlet.

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