7 Things You Must Do This Month
1/ Join the Conversation
Experience a collaboration of art, design, journalism, science, business and activism with “Marfa Dialogues/St. Louis” at Pulitzer Arts Foundation, happening July 30- Aug. 3. This event is aligned with the current “Art of Its Own Making” exhibit—which spotlights artists who examine materials, environment, and how generative elements impact the works of art they create—and will feature artist talks, performances and a community dinner. For more info, visit marfadialogues.org.
2/ Fly Solo
Don’t miss the multitalented Jack White as he takes the stage at The Fox Theatre on July 20 for his latest album, “Lazaretto,” with up-and-coming New Orleans artist Benjamin Booker. Beginning his career in the ’90s with the popular rock duo The White Stripes, White is no longer tied to the band and has been free to fly solo with his chart-topping and Grammy-nominated debut, “Blunderbuss.” Be among the first to hear tunes from “Lazaretto” live. For tickets and more info, visit fabulousfox.com.
3/ Belt It Out
Join Union Avenue Opera for its 20th festival season with three highly anticipated original language operas. Starting July 11, experience Giuseppe Verdi’s “La Traviata,” a three-act tragedy performed in Italian by a renowned cast. Be sure to watch for “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Siegfried” performances in August. For tickets and more info, visit unionavenueopera.org.
4/ Shop Local
Shop a curated selection of local, handmade and ethically imported goods with ALIVE at the Summer Edition of Handmade Happy Hour on July 18. Shoppers can browse vendors on the streets of Downtown at the intersection of 13th Street and Washington Avenue while enjoying beats by DJ TrashTalk. Pop into the Downtown Restaurant Tasting lounge to sample food and drink from neighborhood eateries. For more info, visit alivemag.com.
5/ Go French
Take part in Historic Downtown Maplewood’s whimsical tribute to France’s Bastille Day at the ninth annual Let Them Eat Art Festival on July 11. Enjoy much more than cake from Maplewood restaurants—including wine and chocolate tastings— and experience live demonstrations by more than 50 local and regional artists, live music, family-friendly activities, dance performances and more. For more info, visit cityofmaplewood.com/ltea.
6/ Party in the U.S.A.
Forest Park becomes a fairground once again during Fair Saint Louis, July 3-5. Join one of America’s biggest birthday parties at this signature stl250 event with headlining artists Gavin DeGraw, Bonnie Raitt, The Fray and The Band Perry performing on Art Hill. The Freedom 4 Miler run and brilliant firework shows round out the holiday weekend fun. For more info, visit fairsaintlouis.org.
7/ Sing for Success
Laugh away your stress around climbing the corporate ladder at Stages St. Louis’ summer production of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” July 18-Aug. 17 at the Robert G. Reim Theatre. The Tony Award-winning musical pokes fun at the cutthroat business culture of Manhattan, telling the tale of a window washer’s journey to become an advertising VP. For more info, visit stagesstlouis.org.
Jack White photo courtesy of The Fox.