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PHOTO BY COLIN MILLER OF STRAUSS PEYTON by charlie brennan CHARLIE’S TOWN [ I enjoyed dinner earlier this month with classical guitarist Christopher Parkening, in town for the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society’s 50th Anniversary Gala. Parkening, whom Andres Segovia called “one of the most brilliant guitarists in the world,” wanted to see JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH’S bibles at Concordia Seminary. I had no idea the school had any of Bach’s books. The Guitar Society’s Bill Ash escorted him the next day to Concordia, where the virtuoso viewed the bibles, including the composer’s scribbled notes and underlined verses. The volumes are the only known books from Bach’s library. Wow! ] [ Speaking of classical music, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra conductor DAVID ROBERTSON’S SUMMER SCHEDULE includes visits to the following cities: Hong Kong, Sydney, New York, Aspen, Sun Valley, Lausanne, Lucerne and Tel Aviv. Whew! ] [ Congressman LACY CLAY IS WORKING ON TWO BOOKS : a history of his career in Jefferson City and Washington, D.C., and an account of the divisive 2012 election, when he squared off against former Congressman Russ Carnahan in a heated primary contest. ] [ JOHN DOERR, THE CHAMINADE ALUM with an estimated net worth of $2.7 billion, has fallen from 12th to 26th place in Forbes’ annual ranking of the world’s top venture capitalists. “Still a towering figure in the Valley, and the most well- connected venture capitalist, he’s trying to put (his firm) Kleiner (Perkins Caufield & Byers) back on top,” the magazine states. Forbes notes Doerr’s dad “pushed all his kids to study hard.” ] [ LOCAL AUTHORS are getting national and international attention. Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson of Town and Country has spent the last 10 weeks on the The New York Times Best Sellers list. Meanwhile Curtis Sittenfeld, author of Sisterland, has enjoyed ink in USA Today, The New York Times, Britain’s The Guardian, and beyond. ] [ The June edition of Hemispheres Magazine, United Airlines’ inflight publication, showcases “the St. Louis barbecue snoot, a cut of meat from the nose and cheeks of a pig that’s grilled until crispy.” Where does one go for snoots? Hemispheres recommends Smoki O’s on North Broadway and Roper’s Ribs on West Florissant. ] 16 | TOWN& style | JUNE 26, 2013