7 Things You Must Do This Month
1/ Catch the Blues
(In the best way possible, of course.) Experience the soulful blues of Irish singer-songwriter Hozier on Feb. 24 at The Pageant. The tour is in support of the artist’s debut self-titled album, which features brand new material as well as reprised hits such as “Take Me to Church” and “From Eden” off his older EPs. His not-to-miss stop in STL features Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir for the opening act. For more info, visit thepageant.com.
2/ Strip Down
Ever consider running through the streets in your underwear? Behold, Cupid’s Undie Run on Feb. 7. The one-mile run takes place down Market Street to raise awareness and support the Children’s Tumor Foundation. But if running half-naked through St. Louis isn’t enough to catch your attention, then maybe the after-party and Valentine-themed celebration will. For more info, visit cupidsundierun.com.
3/ Relive the '60s
Get your culture fix at the opening of “From Picasso to Fontana—Collecting Modern and Postwar Art in the Eisendrath Years, 1960-1968” from Jan. 23 to April 13 at the Kemper Art Museum. The museum’s own collection revisits the post-war artwork and modernism rampant during the ’60s that came to not only reflect, but to define an era. For more info, visit kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu.
4/ Get Lavish
Don’t miss one of the most anticipated events of the year, the Mayor’s Mardi Gras Ball, a black-tie event held Downtown in St. Louis City Hall. The ornate, festive evening, known as the “social event of the season,” features fantastic cocktails, great food and a light show illuminating the building’s rotunda, which serves double-duty for the night as a dance floor. For more info, visit mardigrasinc.com.
5/ Vive Mardi Gras!
Head down to Soulard, St. Louis’ Mardi Gras hotspot, to celebrate the spirited holiday. Events include the Missouri Lottery Run for Your Beads 5K (Feb. 7), Southern Comfort Taste of Soulard (Feb. 7-8), Bud Light Grand Parade and Party Tent (Feb. 14), the Fat Tuesday Parade (Feb. 17), pet events and more. For more info, visit mardigrasinc.com.
6/ Get Fired Up
Things heat up at one of the coolest parties of the season, the Fire and Ice Party on Feb. 27 at Three Sixty. Grab a frozen cocktail at the ice bar, hit the cocktail luge or enjoy a boozy sno-cone. Then, treat yourself to the s’mores station and warm up with some grownup hot chocolate while taking in a fire-breathing spectacle (and more!). For more info, visit 360-stl.com.
7/ Enjoy the Romance…
…of St. Louis Ballet’s “Love is in the Air” at Touhill Feb. 13-14. In performances choreographed by masters Emery LeCrone and Francis Patrelle, dancers clad in evening gowns and tuxes move smoothly to tunes such as George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and other familiar melodies that fit with the lovebirds’ holiday. For more info, visit touhill.org.
A Picasso, courtesy of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.