BEYOND VAN GOGH: THE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE EXTENDING STAY IN ST. LOUIS THROUGH JANUARY 2, 2022 DUE TO HIGH DEMAND

Due to the high demand and immense popularity of the event, Beyond Van Gogh will be extending its stay at the Starry Night Pavilion through January 2, 2022. Tickets are available now at www.vangoghstlouis.com


Imagine being completely immersed in more than 300 of the greatest works of post-Impressionist artist Vincent Van Gogh. Now imagine experiencing all of this art liberated from its two-dimensional limitations into a three-dimensional experience that exhilarates every sense and brings to life one of the most influential artists the world has known. It’s all part of Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience (www.vangoghstlouis.com), which has sold over two million tickets globally, making it one of the most popular current traveling exhibitions.


Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience was created by French-Canadian Creative Director Mathieu St-Arnaud and his team at Montreal’s world-renowned Normal Studio. “We are so grateful and of course honored by the audience’s positive reaction and enthusiasm towards the experience.” commented Creative Director, Mathieu St-Arnaud. “Since it’s early inception, we knew we wanted to create a very personal and awe-inspiring experience for the audience. When we feel the appreciation, it’s hard to put into words the wonderful feeling it gives you. It’s why we do what we do and it makes all the hard work worth it.”


 “We are thrilled that audiences in St. Louis have responded so positively to Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience,” said Justin Paquin, Co-Producer, Paquin Entertainment. “We are excited that more Van Gogh fans will be able to see this exhibition.” 


Guests are transported into Van Gogh’s world through an all new, exclusively designed space comprised of three areas that segue fluidly into each other. The Education Room leads into the unique Waterfall Room which flows into the Immersive Experience Room. Freed from their frames, Van Gogh’s spectacular paintings appear on projection-swathed walls inviting guests to fully immerse themselves into the incredible detail of his work and be enveloped in his ever-shifting, swirling and colorful flowers, cafes and stunning landscapes. And, hearing the artist’s own dreams, thoughts and words set to a symphonic score drives an unmatched narrative experience.


Cinematic Van Gogh exhibitions have crossed the ocean from European cities to North America in recent years and met with great critical acclaim, with sold-out audiences in every market. Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience continues to amaze audiences and will continue its extended run in St. Louis before moving across North America. Art lovers near and far will have the opportunity to live this truly unique and unforgettable experience.


WHEN: Extended through January 2, 2022


WHERE: The Starry Night Pavilion on the grounds of the Saint Louis Galleria


TICKETS: www.vangoghstlouis.com


DETAILS: The exhibition is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Four entry times will be available each hour. Tickets are sold online only at www.vangoghstlouis.com. Prices begin at $33.99 for adults and $19.99 for children ages 5 to 15. Children under 5 are free.


SCHOOLS INVITED TO APPLY FOR BEYOND VAN GOGH-FUNDED”KEEP LIVE ALIVE SAINT LOUIS” GRANT

One lucky St. Louis area high school will win a $5,000 grant from Keep Live Alive Saint Louis, funded by the Beyond Van Gogh exhibition.


Imagine a world without music, theatre, dance, or art. Whether you’re performing or watching, composing or listening, creating, designing or teaching, the arts enhance our lives and our spirits. Schools are urged to be creative and enter the Keep Live Alive Saint Louis 2021-2022 Grant Contest. 


Who is Eligible?: Any high school, public or private in the St. Louis Metropolitan Region.


What is the Award?: A one-time $5,000 grant for the winning entry.


What is the entry deadline?: December 3, 2021


How do I enter? Go to Keep Live Alive Saint Louis (www.keeplivealivestl.org) for more information and guidelines. Fill out the application and submit to: grants@keeplivealivestl.org

Must Do Halloween Activities For Those Who Are Sick Of Pumpkin Spice Lattes At Home

Home decoration is always the best part of Halloween. But it can drive cabin fever if you stay indoors for too long, surrounded by a pumpkin head, a plastic skeleton, and a few homemade woolly tarantulas. Halloween, despite all its fun trick or treat business, can get a little suffocating at home. You know how it is: Pumpkins everywhere and your neighbors’ usual seasonal decoration. Perhaps the familiar feeling takes away some of the Halloween magic. So before you get too bored of it, it’s time to plan something out of the ordinary and get yourself out of the house. 

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Kid-friendly spots for all

Halloween is a unique celebration that embraces safe scares for the whole family. So, it makes sense to plan a day out filled with kid-friendly activities for the right level of spookiness. Most cities have a handful of Halloween experiences that welcome families and kids in their best costumes. The Union Station in St. Louis has themed the historic railroad terminal’s rail cars for the occasion, taking families through a playful and seasonal journey. It’s worth checking your local museums and historical attractions for themed events during the spooky season. 

Concerts on the Halloween weekend for grown-ups

If you suffer from a Halloween and pumpkin spice latte overdose — it happens! —, it could be a good idea to get out and forget about ghouls and ghosts for a moment. Why not check your local concert venues for gigs during the Halloween weekends? You can book tickets online on platforms such as Vivid Seats or directly by the venue. If you’re unsure about it, take a look at the recent Vivid Seats reviews and venue feedback to figure out the best approach for your non-Halloween concert. For those in Missouri, Kansas City welcomes the legendary singer and songwriter Marco Antonio Solis and the Grupo Firme for a Latin concert that’ll make you forget about pumpkin spice latte! 

Book your very own haunting

Halloween is all about ghost stories. You may not be ready to spend a night in a haunted building with your family. But eating in a haunted restaurant sounds safe enough in comparison. St. Louis has got its own spooky history at the Lemp Mansion Restaurant and Inn. The Victorian mansion has become a popular destination for paranormal specialists. Many diners report hearing voices or spotting odd silhouettes in the restaurant, and you can even book a ghost tour to complete the day. Kansas City also has a popular haunted spot at the Succotash, as today’s restaurant is located where an old saloon used to be. You can still smell the cigars of Radar, the saloon’s regular who often sat at the bar with a cigarillo. 

For those who love horror themes

Last but not least, this one is for adults only. Leave the kids with the grandparents and book yourself a horror-themed escape room. Pursued by a cannibal, trapped in a dark room, chased by plague zombies, fighting against werewolves, or even inspired by Hitchcock’s Psycho, horror themes are becoming more and more inventive in escape rooms. Some even host live actors to complete the illusion. Will you have what it takes to escape fearfully? 

If you are in dire need of a Halloween break, it’s time to take the party outside. From safe spooky visits with the family to attending a non-Halloween concert, you’ve got a lot of options to get over your pumpkin spice latte boredom.

Sons Need Their Fathers: What Your Son Needs From You

Sons take after their fathers – this is a popular concept in the world of parenting. After all, fathers are expected to raise their sons as the better versions of themselves. Ideally, dads can easily build relationships with their kids but the father-son relationship can be complex. After all, fathers and sons have different interests and may find it difficult to relate to each other.

But as a boy grows up, he needs his father to influence him and his development until he can embrace his independence. Dads can teach their sons a lot about life: how to do basic home repairs, how to pick engineered hickory wood flooring for his future home, how to invest in long-term insurance plans and more.

Apart from these lessons, sons need more than nuggets of wisdom from their dads. They need you. And they need the following things from you.

He Needs You to Love and Respect Your Spouse

When you love your spouse, you are showing your son how to properly treat your wife. How you treat your wife will also cascade to his sisters and all the women he’ll meet later on. How you treat your spouse sets the foundation for the relationships he’ll have in the future.

If you are separated from his mother and the divorce ended on bad terms, refrain from saying bad things about them. This shows your son that you still respect your ex-spouse and that he should do the same to people he will disagree with in life.

He Needs Your Servant Leadership

Most sons see their dads as the boss at home. The “boss” image isn’t always good because it could mean that you are always commanding everyone at home.

Fathers are the leaders of the home. However, being the leader doesn’t always translate to bossing everyone around. As the old saying goes, the best leaders are the ones who know how to serve others. When your son sees you leading by serving, they will have a better understanding of what real leadership is like.

As a result, your son will learn how to lead. As he grows up, he will also learn how to better lead his family, lead at work and lead his community.

He Needs to See You Fail, Not Just Succeed

A father who looks “too perfect” can easily discourage a son who is always trying his best. Your son needs you to be a realistic standard, not a god he can’t reach.

Failure is always the best teacher. And the best type of failure is to learn from someone else’s. When you fail at something, don’t hide it from your son. Instead, let them see how you handle the stumble. This ensures him that it’s OK to make mistakes and that they can learn from their mistakes. A boy who is not afraid to fail will grow into a man who is positioned to accept defeat, learn from it and conquer great challenges.

He Needs You To Be Present

As you fulfill all of your roles, you might find yourself busy with a lot of things. While your son needs you to provide for him, he also wants you to be physically and emotionally present. He needs you to be there, especially during the most important moments of his life. Although some areas are intended for his mom or for their friends, there are areas in his life where he wants Dad to support him.

He Needs Your Affirmation

Many dads struggle with verbally affirming the son of their victories and good choices. But sons want to know that they’re doing well. And what better way than to affirm them with “I’m proud of you son,” “I love you son,” “You’re doing great” or “That was amazing?”

Like you, your son needs encouragement. He needs to hear affirmations from you.

He Needs You to Discipline Him In Love

No parent enjoys disciplining their child, but discipline is essential, especially if you want your kid to grow up well. Discipline involves setting expectations and boundaries. Your kid will make mistakes just like you, but he needs guidance. He should know that his actions have consequences. Disciplining him in love teaches him to consider how his actions will impact him or others.

He Needs You to Love Him Unconditionally

You and your son are two different people, despite being related. You might have dreams for your son that he may not want to achieve for himself. Even in something simple, like hobbies, you two may not relate. You could be a big fan of sports and he could be interested in Chinese streetwear fashion.

No matter the choices he makes, he needs you to love him, even if they are different from your choices. Even if he makes wrong choices, let him know that you love him, but he must reap the consequences of his choices.

Father and son relationships can be complex, but they can also be straightforward. Just remember to give your son what he needs and show him your love.

Earn More As A Busy Bustling Parent

Do you constantly find yourself busy and overwhelmed as a parent? As it turns out, you’re not alone here. Recent polls have found that the majority of parents feel stressed and completely overwhelmed at some point. Why is this? Well, there could be lots of possibilities. As a parent, there’s always lots to worry about. There will always be things playing on your mind. Arguably one of the biggest worries for you is going to be money. Even if you have a solid income, you could still panic about money and question whether you are doing everything you can to prepare for the worst scenarios here. 

The most devastating scenario is going to be the possibility of falling into unmanageable levels of debt. If you are worried about debt, then there are some steps that you can take to avoid it. For instance, you might want to think about setting up a savings account. Aim to save as much as you can each month and you’ll be in a far stronger position overall. 

Of course, you could also think about earning more. This is possible even if you do live quite a hectic lifestyle as a parent. Here are some of the options that you should consider.

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Explore Passive Investments 

First, you should consider exploring passive investments. These will work for you in your spare time so you don’t have to focus on it or dedicate a lot of your energy. There are many examples of passive investments that could be useful or of interest to you. For instance, you might want to explore a savings account and try to find the option on the market that is providing the best interest rates. 

Since the interest rates are quite low, you could be more adventurous with your choice of side hustle. For instance, you might want to consider exploring the world of cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency investments work largely on speculation. So, you need to be comfortable with the idea of essentially taking a gamble. Experts will tell you that crypto is always going to rise but there’s no guarantee here. You can only work with the information that you have at any given time. The good news is that there are always falls, so you just need to look for the best time to jump on board this particular investment train. There’s an active online community so you’ll always have people to speak to if you need advice here. 

Look At Side Hustles 

You could also think about exploring different side hustles that might be worth your time and effort. Side hustles can come in a variety of different forms. For instance, you could think about becoming a tutor. This is a useful option to explore for a side hustle if you have specific knowledge in a certain subject or if you have specific degrees and qualifications. There are always parents – and for that matter students – who are looking for a teacher that can take their learning to the next level. 

Usually, you will be able to complete a side hustle in your spare time – often at the weekends or in the evening. It depends on the side hustle that you are interested in. For instance, you might love gardening . If that’s the case then there’s no reason why you can’t be a gardener and offer your services to people who live close to you. For a side hustle like this, there’s never going to be a massive upfront cost that you need to juggle and manage. You just need to make sure that you are working to build up the right reputation as quickly as you possibly can. 

Earn That Promotion 

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Next, you should think about exploring options such as earning the right promotion for your time. If you can earn a promotion then you are always going to make more money and this can help you with any financial burdens that you are facing. For instance, you might be struggling with issues like heavy bills. This is something that modern parents will often need to contend with. So, how do you earn a promotion? Well, there are a few possibilities that you could explore here. 


Ultimately though this will usually be about going the extra mile for people in your business, both customers and your employers. You need to be able to show that you are a team player in the best way possible. You also need to ensure that you are not expendable as an employee. One option to explore here would be learning new skills or developing fresh qualifications. Regardless of what industry you are a part of, you should always be willing to keep moving forward and keep pushing past boundaries. If you do this, then you will be in a far stronger position when a promotion is up for grabs. 

Set Up A Blog 

A little further down we’re going to discuss some of the key ways that you can start making the most of your spare time. One of the best ways to use your spare time would be by running a blog. With a blog, you can guarantee that you are finding an outlet for your creative passions and ensure that you always have ways that you can express yourself. At the same time, this can quickly become a money making opportunity. It’s often not as complex as it seems to monetize a blog and start earning from it. To monetize a blog, you need to make sure that you do gain attention from business owners. 

Part of this will be ensuring that you have high quality content on your blog. The right high quality content will mean that you don’t have to worry about your blog looking like spam. You might also want to think about the design of the blog too. The right design will stand out from other blogs online. Don’t forget, there are millions of blogs. If you’re not careful, then your blog is going to sink back into the rest of the crowd and that’s the last thing that you want here. Once you have a high quality blog, then can then reach out to businesses and see if they want to make a partnership. 

Use Your Tech To Earn 

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You might also want to consider using technology to make more money. It’s often easy to do this in your spare time and that’s true regardless of what the financial goals are that you are working with. For instance, you might want to earn a little extra cash in your pocket each week. This can be spent on little yet important things. If that’s the case, then you could think about responding to questionnaires and surveys online. Companies will pay you to do this and you can even think about just watching videos for businesses while getting paid in roughly the same way. It’s ultimately your choice how you want to earn. 

Or, there are more controversial ways to earn with tech. For instance, you might want to think about exploring opportunities such as BetRivers bonus codes. Remember, this is quite similar to speculative investments and can have the same type of payoff. You just need to make sure that you don’t ever play with more money than you can afford to lose. This is true for any investment or gamble that you might be considering. While you likely want to earn more, you have to keep things under the right level of control, always. 

Be More Productive


Finally, you should think about working to be more productive and using your spare time the right way. It’s likely that you are wasting quite a lot of spare time without even realising it. One of the ways that you can handle this is by making sure that you do get a screen tracking app. This type of software will tell you how much you are accessing certain online pages and applications on your favourite pieces of technology. You can then work to reduce any time that you are wasting on apps like this and instead focus on being more productive such as exploring the ideals that we mentioned above. 

Be aware that to reach a high level of productivity, you do need the right setup. It’s important that you make sure that you think about your home work environment. For instance, you might want to consider investing in something like a sit stand desk. This means that you will always be able to work in a position that provides you with the highest level of comfort. That’s great if you’re focused on independent projects that you need to get off the ground. 

We hope this helps you understand some of the key steps that you can take to guarantee that you are earning more as a parent. It’s fair to say that not all these possibilities are going to suit your needs, but some of them certainly will. If you take the right steps here then you won’t have to worry about issues with money in the future. You will gain more from your personal time and reap the key benefits from doing so. 

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