5 Nontraditional Summer Date Ideas at COCA

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By the time summer rolls around, date nights are in need of a little face-lift: You’ve done the dinner-and-a-movie night to death over the course of the winter. So we’ve partnered with The Center of Creative Arts to share how you can do something a little different with your loved one on those nights—or days—out.

Photo by Josh Felise/ StockSnap

Photo by Josh Felise/ StockSnap


1/ “Reading Time Across Words and Numbers: Visualization Projects by Heather Corcoran”
Start your evening at Millstone Gallery at COCA, open most nights until 9pm, and see this free exhibit—presented by the Arthur and Helen Baer Charitable Foundation, with additional support provided by The Millstone Foundation and Missouri Arts Council—open through Saturday, May 21.

Designer, writer and educator Heather Corcoran presents her poetic take on data visualization in this body of work that explores the passing of time based on observation, indexes, and time-based numerical data.

After you’ve looked over her work, head to the Loop for drinks and dinner nearby!

2/ Jer Thorp bizSESSION
Breakfast and a fascinating speaker? Sneak in a stimulating date on a workday at the COCAbiz bizSESSION, featuring Jer Thorp on June 23, at 7:30am. Thorp, COCA’s data artist in residence, returns to St. Louis to talk about his latest projects.

Through cutting-edge data visualization techniques, Thorp helps people take control of the information that surrounds them, using technology and data as a new way to tell stories. He is the co-founder of the Office for Creative Research and has served as the data artist for The New York Times. He has also collaborated with NASA and MOMA and is well known for his TED Talk, “Making Data More Human.” Funding for his work with COCA was generously provided by the Regional Arts Commission’s Innovation Fund.

3/ Social & Cultural Dance Classes
Spice up your summer nights by taking Salsa (Mondays) or Tango (Tuesdays) dance classes with your special someone, or meet a new special someone while you’re there—there is no partner required or experience necessary! Classes begin Monday, June 6, and run weekly through August 21.

4/ “Memphis”
Set in the underground dance clubs, radio stations and recording studios of 1950s Memphis, this hot musical bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a tale filled with laughter, soul and rock ‘n’ roll! This COCA production, presented by Mary Strauss, runs July 29 & 30 at the Edison Theatre at Washington University.

5/ COCA Presents “Date Nights” Subscription Package
This subscription package is geared specifically for adults. The package is anchored around “Uptown,” an artistic journey depicting the rise of the Harlem renaissance, which COCA is producing in honor of its 30th anniversary. With the package, you’ll also enjoy “Momentum,” with a blend of the best COCA has to offer in hip-hop, modern and jazz dance, and “Beauty and the Beast,” a romantic tale for all ages.

Registration, tickets and more information for all programs at www.cocastl.org.

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