7 Things You Must Do This Month
1/ Cross the Pond
Inspired by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis’ current exhibition by British artist Jeremy Deller, this year’s Dada Ball & Bash on April 6 celebrates contemporary British arts and culture. The Dada Ball kicks off with a cocktail reception in the museum galleries followed by a seated dinner, with programming including British-inspired music and live performances, a live art auction and the “Art of Fashion” show by Neiman Marcus. The night closes with dancing at the Dada Bash after-party.
For tickets and more info, visit camstl.org.
2/ Make a COCAmotion
COCA’s annual spring fundraising gala COCAcabana takes shape on April 26. The theme for this year’s event is After Dark, which invites guests to get creative with dark attire accented by pops of bright color to illustrate the idea that “when the lights go down, the arts come alive!” The evening begins with cocktails, followed by a live auction and dinner graced with music, dancing and an appearance by celebrity guest Billy Bush of Access Hollywood.
For tickets and more info, visit cocastl.org.
3/ Taste the Cause
Join Food Outreach for the 25th anniversary of its annual fundraiser, A Tasteful Affair, on April 7 at The Four Seasons St. Louis. Attendees will taste samples from St. Louis’ top culinary teams, vie for unique auction items and explore the special VIP lounge with its exclusive food and beverage samples and entertainment. The event supports the organization’s mission to provide nutritious meals to thousands of people living with HIV/AIDS and cancer.
For tickets and more info, visit foodoutreach.org.
4/ Be Forever “Yun”
New York-based dance company Shen Yun Performing Arts takes the stage at Peabody Opera House April 19-21. Marvel at the magnificent costumes and mesmerizing choreography, as the dancers’ lyrical movements bring to life Chinese history and culture.
For tickets, visit peabodyoperahouse.com.
5/ GO! For It
Get ready to pound the pavement April 6-7 for the GO! St. Louis Marathon and Family Fitness Weekend. Get out and enjoy the spring weather with two days of races and activities for all ages and skill levels. One of St. Louis’ most popular runs, this year’s half marathon is even attracting top national and international athletes to compete for the $10,000 prize.
For more info and to register, visit gostlouis.org.
6/ Get Earthy
The 24th annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival puts down roots on the Muny grounds in Forest Park on April 21. Explore and learn about sustainable living through hands-on activities, while enjoying a day full of live music and performances by local artists and delicious, locally-grown, organic food.
For more info, visit stlouisearthday.org.
7/ Rock Till You Drop
The all-American rock band The Black Crowes returns from a three-year hiatus with its “Lay Down With Number 13” world tour, coming to The Pageant on April 19. This must-see comeback performance is sure to include fan favorites like “Hard to Handle,” “Remedy” and “She Talks to Angels,” as well as some insight into what the band has been up to since its 20th anniversary tour in 2010.
For tickets, visit thepageant.com.
Dada Ball & Bash
Shen Yun Performing Arts
Photo credit: Dada Ball & Bash photo courtesy of The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Shen Yun photo courtesy of 2012 Shen Yun Performing Arts