7 Things You Must Do This Month

 

1/ Watch What Happens Next

St. Louis native, acclaimed reality-show producer and host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live,” Andy Cohen returns to promote his newest book, “The Andy Cohen Diaries,” at an event presented by Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books on Nov. 25 at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts at Chaminade College Preparatory School. Each guest will receive a copy of the book for signing, along with the chance to hear the Bravo host spill a few stories, report what it’s like to mingle with the Real Housewives and more. For more info, visit maryville.edu/events/2014.

2/ Support the Arts

The Contemporary Art Museum, currently exhibiting the stunning works of Mel Chin and Mark Flood, hosts Art:314 on Nov. 14, the museum’s benefit for its Open Studios STL program and Front Room exhibition series. Work from a talented group of St. Louis artists will be up for bid, while CAM supporters mingle, sip cocktails and dance the night away. For more info, visit camstl.org/art314.

3/ Cue Up a Film

Break out the popcorn: The acclaimed Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival returns Nov. 13-23. Held in venues around the city, such as the Tivoli Theatre and Landmark Plaza Frontenac Cinema, the showcase features narratives, documentaries and shorts, with special spotlights given to categories such as women’s issues, French-language films and student films. Cinephiles without tickets can still be in the know: The festival traditionally hosts dozens of free films and workshops. For more info, visit cinemastlouis.org.

4/ Catch the Parade

Line the streets for a much-loved annual tradition: The Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade, kicking off at 8:45am on Nov. 27 Downtown. With more than 130 participating units, including musical displays, giant helium balloons and area marching bands lending a festive zest, it’s the perfect way to kick off Thanksgiving Day and celebrate the holiday season. For more info, visit christmasinstlouis.org/parade.

5/ Be a Kid Again 

There’s a carefree spirit at the Play Date Gala, the annual St. Louis Children’s Hospital benefit on Nov. 22, where adults get to be kids again for a night. Gala-goers will stay up late, have fun in the arcade, eat dessert first and ditch the eveningwear in favor of a playfully chic dress code. Instead of the usual auction, the adults get to play games and act like kids all night long. For more info, visit stlouischildrens.org

6/ Kick Up Your Heels

As part of its 2014-2015 season, the St. Louis Symphony performs a hit-filled program at Powell Hall on Nov. 28-30 encompassing the original jazz band version of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” Leonard Bernstein’s “Symphonic Dances” from “West Side Story” and Michael Daugherty’s “Hell’s Angels.” It’s a concert that hits all the right notes. For more info, visit stlsymphony.org.

7/ Enjoy the Well-Crafted Life

ALIVE debuts Well Crafted on Nov. 8, an event gathering the best of St. Louis’ makers at The Power Plant Building. Speakers such as Chris Bolyard of Sidney Street Cafe and The Peacemaker will present alongside demos in Climb So iLL. Food and drink from Urban Chestnut, Knob Creek, Strange Donuts and others, as well as shopping from local handmade vendors, round off the evening. For more info, visit wellcraftedstl.eventbrite.com

 

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Andy Cohen

Photo courtesy of NBCUniversal/Bravo.

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