7 Things You Must Do This Month
1/ “Fly Through the Air with the Greatest of Ease…”
Hold your breath at Cirque du Soleil‘s “Varekai” at Chaifetz Arena, Jan. 7-11. The imaginative company’s newest production follows the story of a young man who falls from the sky and lands in a magical forest to embark on an otherworldly adventure. It’s a fantastic plotline that, combined with Cirque’s famously thrilling acts, will leave audiences on the edge of their seats. For more info, visit ticketmaster.com.
2/ Cure Cabin Fever
It’s not always easy to leave the house in the wintertime, but Schlafly’s Cabin Fever 2015 festival on Jan. 17 at Schlafly Bottleworks is worth the effort (don’t miss our full list of winter to-dos on p.44).Warm up with some of Schlafly’s tastiest brews and take in live music in the crisp winter air during a much-needed afternoon outing. For more info, visit schlafly.com.
3/ Do the Tango
Ballroom dancing has never looked so good: Dance St. Louis’ “Tango Buenos Aires” arrives at Touhill Performing Arts Center, Jan. 30-31, to give St. Louis another fiery performance. This time, the company dances the story of Eva Perón, aka Evita, Argentina’s legendary First Lady, and the influence of tango on her life. The hypnotic performance is not to be missed. For more info, visit dancestlouis.org.
4/ Get Your Art Fix
Pay a visit to the Contemporary Art Museum, which unveils new shows on Jan. 16 in its quarterly refresh. This time, three solo artists—Joe Goode, Jesse Howard and Barnaby Furnas—aim to change the conversation surrounding the Midwest in the art world. Other openings incorporate quilts, paper art and a Flaubert-inspired exterior film starring a parrot. For more info, visit camstl.org.
5/ Laugh Out Loud
Take your seats for the nine-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon,” which makes a stop at the Peabody Opera House, Jan. 13-18. Conceived by the creators of “South Park” and the co-composer and co-lyricist of “Avenue Q,” the satirical musical about Mormon missionaries sent to Uganda has had audiences—and critics—in the aisles with laughter. For more info, visit peabodyoperahouse.com.
6/ Shop ‘Til You Drop
Shop more than 20 of St. Louis’ top boutiques during the markdown shopping event of the year: ALIVE’s Cash + Carry, Jan. 30-31 at The Boulevard St. Louis, across from the Saint Louis Galleria. The two-day event features a steep 40-75 percent off tons of designer merchandise. Shop the Friday night preview event or all day Saturday—either way, there will be more than enough style and great deals to go around. For more info, visit cashandcarrystl.eventbrite.com.
7/ Drop the Ball…
…in the most festive ways possible at one of Synergy Productions’ New Year’s Eve parties. Get glammed up for the Ultimate New Year’s Eve Party at the Hyatt Regency, or head to the biggest celebration in St. Louis, NYE Live!, at Ballpark Village. Whether you celebrate uptown at Mandarin or downtown at the Pepper Lounge, any pick will make ringing in 2015 a night to remember. For more info, visit stlnye.com.
Photo courtesy of the Chaifetz Arena.