7 Things You Must Do This Month
1/ Get on Your Feet
Multiple Grammy Award-winning American rockers The Black Keys hit the Scottrade Center Dec. 9 for the Gateway stop on their “Turn Blue” world tour. The eponymous album, released in May, was the band’s first to hit No. 1 on US charts. Catchy tunes like “Gotta Get Away” and “Fever,” in addition to classic hits “Lonely Boy” and “Tighten Up” are bound to get concertgoers dancing in the aisles. For more info, visit ticketmaster.com.
2/ Carry on the Tradition
Choose from not one but three different companies’ performances of “The Nutcracker,” presented by the Moscow Ballet Company at Peabody Opera House Dec. 2, the Missouri Ballet Theater at Edison Theatre Dec. 19-21 or the Saint Louis Ballet at Touhill Performing Arts Center Dec. 18-23. With these diverse stagings, any decision will be perfectly en pointe. For more info, visit peabodyoperahouse.com, missouriballettheatre.org or stlouisballet.org.
3/ Make the Sun Come Out
Beat winter blues with a certain redhead’s contagious optimism with “Annie,” a special to The Fox Theatre’s U.S. Bank Broadway Series running Dec. 2-7. Led by the production’s original lyricist and director, Martin Chamin, the performances promise to please crowds night after night. Don’t miss Kids’ Night at The Fox on Dec. 5 for a special family treat. For more info, visit fabulousfox.com.
4/ Indulge Your Sweet Tooth
The Hot Chocolate Run, known as “America’s Sweetest Race,” returns to St. Louis for a second year on Dec. 14 with a 15k and 5k Downtown. Runners and walkers receive swag bags that feature some remarkably cozy sweatshirts, and those who perservere will be rewarded with plenty of hot chocolate and fondue at the family-friendly post-race party. For more info, visit hotchocolate15k.com.
5/ Shop Local
Get a head start on holiday shopping at ALIVE’s Holiday Hop & Shop, Dec. 6 at Mad Art Gallery, where 25 indie vendors of handmade, locally sourced and ethically imported goods will show their wares. Dance to live entertainment and snack on light bites while enjoying cocktails from Skinnygirl Wine, Pinnacle Vodka and 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey. For more info, visit holidayhopandshopstl.eventbrite.com.
6/ Catch the Creative Spirit
Pay a visit to Art Saint Louis’ “Art St. Louis XXX, the Exhibition,” an all-media, all-themes, all-techniques and all-styles show dedicated to highlighting some of the region’s best artists. The exhibit, now in its 30th year and running through Dec. 23, is juried by Art Saint Louis co-founder and nationally exhibited artist Nancy Newman Rice. For more info, visit artstlouis.org.
7/ Travel Back in Time
Look back at the city’s founders at the Missouri History Museum’s “Missouri Immigrant Experience” installation, running until April 2015 and organized in conjunction with the Missouri Immigrant and Refugee Advocates. With both historical and contemporary photographs showcasing the immigrants who built and sustained the city, the collection also showcases a multitude of nations of origin and backgrounds. For more info, visit mohistory.org.