From The Editor: Inside The January Issue

By Jennifer Dulin Wiley
In Culture

January2015CoverWinter has just begun—but if you’re anything like me, you can already feel the cabin fever starting to set in. And while holing up in your house and hibernating ’til spring—a cup of hot cocoa in hand—might sound appealing, we at ALIVE have a better suggestion. Our Winter Survival Guide of the 25 things you must do this winter in STL is packed with events, ideas and must-try spots to get you out and about and (dare we say it?) actually enjoying the winter season. After browsing our top picks, don’t forget to share some of your own by hashtagging #STLCabinFeverCures (Spoiler alert! Top St. Louis sledding destinations and spots to grab a killer hot toddy top our list).

There was no doubt that the Contemporary Art Museum’s latest exhibits, spearheaded by Chief Curator Jeffrey Uslip, would be among the top to-dos in our Winter Survival Guide. But we’ve also delved deeper into Uslip’s vision for the three shows that aim to redefine the art world’s Midwest narrative. “Joe Goode,” “Jessie Howard: Thy Kingdom Come” and “Barnaby Furnas: The Last Flood” open Jan. 16 at CAM, presenting three very different but converging perspectives inspired by the artists’ ties to the Midwest. Managing Editor Krystin Arneson was lucky enough to get an exclusive walk-through in advance of the openings.

The Midwest is also the one common thread among the brides and grooms showcased in our “Outside of the Ring Box” feature—otherwise, the non-traditional elements that made their weddings special are completely their own. From the vows and venue to the catering and cake, we’ve gathered the most creative ideas and inspirations from real St. Louis couples who broke tradition in favor of creating moments that were simply unforgettable. And let’s not forget our fabulous fashion spreads featuring the latest gowns, veils and accessories from the city’s top bridal boutiques.

The January issue gave our cover girl, actress Mircea Monroe, a well-timed opportunity to revisit her Midwest roots. The St. Louis-born actress and star of Showtime’s “Episodes” with Matt LeBlanc is headed into one of her biggest career years yet with her recently released film, “Dr. Cabbie,” and a new sitcom launching on TV Land this year. While filming the fourth season of “Episodes” in London, the say-anything actress had plenty to share in her interview with ALIVE. From the process of approaching her plastic-surgery-crazed, 50-something character on “Episodes” to her start in showbiz and greatest vice, Monroe held nothing back. Catch her on Jan. 11 for the premiere of the hilariously off-beat sitcom on Showtime—one of the only excuses to give into your cabin fever and cozy up on the couch for a hearty laugh that’s sure to keep you warm this winter.

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