7 Things We're Doing This December

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Installation view of Kota Data Cloud, an interactive digital tool designed by Rampant Interactive, “Kota: Digital Excavations in African Art”

Installation view of Kota Data Cloud, an interactive digital tool designed by Rampant Interactive, “Kota: Digital Excavations in African Art”

1/ Discovering the World of Kota

Merging art and technology, the Pulitzer’s newest exhibit, “Kota: Digital Excavations
in African Art,” features nearly 50 guardian figures, known as Kota, that have been researched and categorized by computer engineer Frederic Cloth using his unique system of algorithms. This unique exhibit, running Oct. 16-March 19, 2016, allows visitors to understand the origins, creations and functions of these historic figures. For more info, visit pulitzerarts.org.

2/ Supporting Handmade Holidays

Join one of the largest print event series in the Midwest at the Print League Pop-Ups. Starting Nov. 21 and continuing throughout the season, and gifts and holiday cards for friends and family at locations around the city. Each event will supplement prints with an added element, like coffee or chocolate tastings. For more info, visit firecrackerpress.com.

3/ Warming up on The Run

This year’s Hot Chocolate 15K (or 5K) on Dec. 13 features a scenic route through St. Louis’ festively decorated Downtown. At the finish line, enjoy a cup of cocoa or a decadent fondue–compliments of local chocolatiers–with your fellow racers, friends and family.  For more info, visit hotchocolate15k.com.

4/ Defying Gravity

One of the most famous musicals of all time comes to The Fabulous Fox Theatre Dec. 9-Jan. 3. The award-winning “Wicked” tells the story of Glinda and Elphaba—the “Wizard of Oz” witches—in their youth. Sing along to favorites like “Defying Gravity” and “Popular” from the best-selling soundtrack. For more, info visit fabulousfox.com.

5/ Paying Tribute

The Pageant presents “El Monstero,” a tribute to Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” and “Dark Side of The Moon” on Dec. 18, 19, 23, 25 and 26. An experience packed full of lasers, costume changes and high-energy performers, this is a show you don’t want to miss. Break up the holiday parties and gift-wrapping with a blast from the past and pay tribute to some of rock’s biggest legends. For more info, visit thepageant.com.

6/ Singing for the Season
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and the Sonos Handbell Ensemble surely agrees. Join them Dec. 12-13, along with renowned mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade and the Archdiocesan Choir, for a stunning display of Christmas favorites like you’ve never heard before. Held at the historic Cathedral Basilica in the Central West End, Christmas at the Cathedral is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. For more info, visit cathedralconcerts.org.

7/ Party-Hopping Our Way to the New Year

With so many New Year’s soirees to choose from, picking a party is just as difficult as picking a resolution. The Casa Loma Ballroom offers plenty of space to dance away the highs and lows of 2015; the ever-popular BMO Private Bank New Year’s Eve Celebration is the perfect way to end the year on a high note, and there’s no celebration quite as big as NYE Live! at Ballpark Village. For more info, visit casalomaballroom.com, stlsymphony.org and nye-live.com.

This article was featured in the December 2015 issue.

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