June 2013


Posted on: June 30th, 2013 by Sam Foxman

Many times when designing an event, we are tasked with finding something truly unique to entertain guests. While this sounds easy, given the vast pool of talent that the internet provides us, it is not. Many acts are just slightly different versions of things we have already seen or know. It takes a true re-imagining of what is possible to be original or one-of-a-kind. This is precisely what William Close did when he invented the Earth Harp.

The Earth Harp is the largest stringed instrument on the planet.  It was developed by William Close in 1999. The body of the instrument rests on the stage and the strings travel out over the audience attaching to the back of the theater, turning the theater / concert hall, architecture and landscape into the instrument.  The giant long strings are played with violin rosin covered gloves.  The player runs their hands along the strings creating beautiful cello like tones.

William’s work explores the connection between architecture and music.  Inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright quote “architecture is frozen music,” Close creates musical installations that use the architecture as part of the instrument.  Some of Close’s other instruments include, The Drum Orb, The Percussion Jacket, The Aquatar, the Wing Harp, and The Drumbrella to name a few.

William’s latest group, William Close and the Earth Harp Collective, features the Earth Harp at the center of the group and many other other signature instruments designed by Close.

For more information, please contact us.

Live On The Scene At The World Chess Hall Of Fame’s “A Queen Within” Exhibition Preview In NYC

Posted on: June 13th, 2013 by Sam Foxman

Re-post of Elizabeth Tucker’s Blog – June 5, 2013

Post by Elizabeth Tucker, ALIVE co-founder and publisher
Photos by Allyson Mace

Last night, ALIVE was thrilled to be a distinguished guest at The World Chess Hall of Fame’s exclusive New York preview of the upcoming St. Louis fashion exhibition, “A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess.”

So, what do chess, fashion and New York influencers have to do with one another? In short, the answer is Susan Barrett. Susan is the Executive Director of The World Chess Hall of Fame, and she’s incredibly passionate about raising awareness around the cultural and artistic significance of chess.

Joining an elite crowd of national and international fashion influencers, I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the groundbreaking exhibition, showcasing one of the largest private collections of pieces by Alexander McQueen, in addition to a slew of garments from both well-known and emerging avant-garde designers.

I arrived in New York yesterday, with several outfit options and way too many pairs of shoes. The big event was taking place at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center, and the list of New Yorkers who were making an appearance made my mouth dry and palms sweat. Curator Sofia Hedman was busy all day working with artists and setting up the preview.

Each room of the exhibition (that will make its official opening at WCHOF in St. Louis on Oct. 19) explores a persona of the queen archetype: Sage, Mother Figure, Magician, Enchantress, Explorer Ruler, Mother Earth, Heroine and Orphan. The rooms will be arranged in a series of garment and art installations featuring the likes of not only McQueen, but also designers like Sandra Backlund, Hussein Chalayan, Gucci, Iris Van Herpen, Pam Hogg, Viktor + Rolf and Writtenafterwards, among others.

The event started at 6pm and was only two hours long, so being fashionably late was not an option. An army of young, beautiful people all dressed in black manned the check-in table. Throughout the night, if you needed anything at all, you knew to ask “one of the people in black.” I was at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center with the editors from Vogue and Vanity Fair—what else could I possibly want? The list of celebrities who came out to see the preview was long and impressive. ABC’s Deborah Roberts, CFDA’s Steven Kolb, fashion historian Valerie Steele, Decades’ Cameron Silver, fashion blogger and STL native Derek Blasberg and McQueen’s muse Annabelle Neilson all made appearances.

Fashion insider and STL native Derek Blasberg with McQueen’s muse, Annabelle Neilson

Also in attendance was New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis. I had the opportunity to chat with Fern, and after I gushed all over her, she handed me her card and told me she likes to check out regional fashion weeks and we should keep in touch. I almost fainted.

ALIVE co-founder & publisher Elizabeth Tucker with New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis

Although the list of New York influencers and celebrities was beyond impressive, perhaps equally impressive was the amount of St. Louisans who made the trip to support The World Chess Hall of Fame. St. Louis’ First Lady of fashion, Susan Sherman, was of course in attendance, as was Saks Fifth Avenue’s Tania Beasley-Jolly and Wells Fargo’s Atul Kamra, both corporate sponsors of the exhibition, in addition to Brown Shoe Company’s Kelly Malone and Peggy Reilly-Tharp. Also in attendance, were influencers like Sam Foxman, Jimmy Jamieson, Matt Strauss, Kevin Glazer, Jan Goldstein, Helene Sayad, Allyson Mace, Phil Slein, Kitty Ratcliffe, Laura Reeves, Amanda Cook, Kelly Peck and designers Emily Koplar and Anjali Kamra. It felt like we were with the St. Louis fashion family in the middle of New York City.

St. Louisans Susan Sherman, Tania Beasley-Jolly and Susan Barrett with VIP guests

After Christie’s, we headed to the Monkey Bar, where we were wined and dined. I sat between designers Emily Koplar and Timo Weiland. Later, as we all said goodbye, I might have whispered to Sam Foxman, “This is the best night of my life.”

Designer Emily Koplar and WCHOF Executive Director Susan Barrett



Posted on: June 10th, 2013 by Sam Foxman

I am very excited (and a little jealous!) that my colleague Dan Meiners in Kansas City has designed such a cool event venue! For years I have admired Dan’s aesthetic when designing events. His eye for design, color and texture can be seen in his latest accomplishment, Pennway Place.

Pennway Place, located inside Studio Dan Meiners, is unlike any other venue in Kansas City. At 6000 square feet, Pennway can accommodate gatherings up to 400, but its unique design creates an intimate feel no matter the number of guests. This space was built with modern versatility and classic sophistication. Studio Dan Meiners is the exclusive floral and event design company of Pennway Place and this seamless integration enables us to unite design and decor in perfect harmony. An event at Pennway Place is sure to leave a lasting impression.

The rental of Pennway Place includes a variety of amenities:

  • 6,000 square feet of event space with Studio style Kitchen
  • 2 Bars
  • 4 Bathrooms with complimentary floral arrangements
  • 24, 60” round tables, including 300 black wooden chairs
  • A selection of floor length linens in a variety of colors
  • State of the art sound system, with iPod docking station, CD and XM radio capabilities,  cable tv, wireless microphone, speakers inside & outside
  • On-site public parking (175-200 spots)
  • Sofas and lounge furniture (if available)
  • Coat check areas
  • Staff member on-site throughout event
  • Mobile partitions
  • Dance floor lighting
  • 500lb. ice machine
  • Separate entrance for vendors
  • 36 bar stools and 6 custom high top tables
More info at www.danmeiners.com


Posted on: June 5th, 2013 by Sam Foxman

When our clients ask for the highest quality – the best of the best- we often use Wilflower linens in our table top design. For the past 8 years, we have incorporated Wildflower’s delicate and bold linens into a number of events including weddings, private parties and corporate events.

Founder Youngsong Martin, formerly a nationally known fashion designer and marketer of high-style women’s apparel, launched Wildflower Linen in 2001 in Southern California. Not to mention, she is one of the nicest and most humble people in our industry! Martin has redefined the special-event linen field in terms of style, glamour and customer care while becoming an amazing source for linens both nationwide and abroad.

Wildflower Linen creations have been featured at the post-Oscars Governor’s Ball and Vanity Fair after-parties, aboard charter yachts, in noted resorts and country clubs, at several Presidential library events, even at the gala party for a DreamWorks premiere at the Venice Film Festival in Italy. However, Wildflower Linen’s extensive inventory of fashion-forward and traditional decor is also available for  small-scale and intimate functions.

Feel free to contact us to see the latest linen samples from Wildflower!

Elle Morgan: 13 year old Superstar DJ

Posted on: June 5th, 2013 by Sam Foxman

13 year old phenom DJ Elle Morgan rocks rooms and packs dance floors with her signature sets of House, Tech House, Progressive House, Trance and Electronica. Her authentically honed DJ skills boast perfect beat matching and in key mixes without the use of software or a laptop. Elle is the real deal, securing her first residency at her first public performance. Currently outpacing DJ’s twice her senior, Elle can be seen spinning at local Houston hot spots like, Hughes Hangar, Lumen Lounge, Rich’s and Fuel, as well as private parties and events around the country.

Elle is driven to bring EDM to a younger audience and already positions herself as a positive role model to her fan base of dancing kids everywhere. All that drive and skill packed into one adorable package is what makes DJ Elle Morgan the most in demand 13 year old DJ in the region and fastest rising star in electronic dance music.

Email us at info@evntiv.net for more information!