From The Editor: Inside The May Issue

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MayCoverWith summer quickly approaching, we can’t think of a better time to dive into an exploration of three of the season’s best-loved indulgences: beer, barbecue and whiskey. Because, really—outside of a prime seat on a patio and a refreshing summer breeze (on the rare occasion that you get one in good ol’ STL)—do you need anything else?

Rest assured that our team of writers and editors did their research, taking to the streets to uncover the top beer, barbecue and whiskey destinations just in time for summer. The result is “The STL Beer, BBQ and Whiskey Challenge.” Call it your ultimate bucket list for the season and know that trying as many of the 100-plus destinations as humanly possible will be well worth your efforts. To make it easy, we’ve recommended the top drinks and dishes to try at each spot—complete with a handy BAR(BQ) Hop map (checklist and all) by illustrator Misty Manley. Contributing Spirits and Dining Editors Matt Sorrell and Amy De La Hunt, Contributing Writer Kelsey Waananen and local brewmaster Florian Kuplent also give you the lowdown on beer, barbecue and whiskey styles so you’re in the know the next time someone brings up the difference between St. Louis- and Memphis style barbecues, or the difference between bourbon and rye whiskey, or single-malt and blended scotches (trust me, you’ll be glad you did your reading when it comes up at you next dinner party). Share your top experiences and discoveries using #STLBBWChallenge as you spend the summer working your way through the list—and don’t forget to challenge your friends to take on the quest, too.

A quest of an entirely different variety is in the works for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis this month as the staff preps for its much-anticipated Dada Ball & Bash on May 16. The celebration of the subversive art movement will feature avant-garde attire, entertainment and cuisine—and I, for one, can’t wait. The outlandish event is sure to turn some heads, which is why we felt it appropriate to do an anti-tribute of sorts to all things Dada in this month’s boundary blurring fashion feature. Photographer Attilio D’Agostino and Fashion Editor Sarah Stallmann did Dada proud in this intriguing story of contradictions and inconsistencies featuring Ford Model’s Danica and shot on location at CAM.

It’s no Dada, of course, but Showtime’s Golden Globe-winning drama “The Affair” has an air of provocation all its own—and our cover man Colin Donnell is at the heart of it. The St. Louis native plays the mysterious Scotty Lockhart on the breakout drama, now filming its second season. In between shoots, Colin will be making more regular appearances to his hometown with his fiancee, actress Patti Murin, who will be working with The Muny this summer. The easygoing star doesn’t hesitate to rep his Kirkwood High School alma mater, The Muny and Stages St. Louis when acknowledging his early influences in the cover interview. What’s more, his “regular guy” personality is not only genuine, but 100-percent likable and, at times, laugh-out-loud honest. Perhaps nothing illustrates this better than his final quote: “I like what I do, and I now have a beautiful, smart, super-talented fiancee who makes my life incredible. And we’ve got a little dog who poops a lot…that actually sums up my life in the most perfect way.” Because who wouldn’t like someone who says something like that?

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