7 Things You Must Do This Month
1. Get Your Indie Fix
A slew of shows from some much-loved alt-y, arty musicians will keep hip St. Louisans happy: the treadmill-loving OK Go (April 4, The Pageant), the chilled-out and folky Sufjan Stevens (April 20, Peabody Opera House), the free-thinking, all-female American rock band Sleater-Kinney (April 24, The Pageant) and British pop-rock band The Kooks (April 30, The Pageant). For more information, visit peabodyoperahouse.com and thepageant.com.
2. Celebrate Makers
Support the Saint Louis art community with Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design as it celebrates makers and the dynamism of craft at its annual fundraising gala, The Makers Ball. Auctions and intriguing interactive activities at Palladium Saint Louis on April 18 pay homage to the makers’ cross-media craftsmanship and imagination while guests enjoy a three-course dinner and great cocktails at the open bar. For more information, visit craftalliance.org.
3. Get the Giggles
Chicago-based improv group The Second City is posting up at Touhill April 22-25 with their best sketches, songs and improvisation (and a little audience participation). With the title of a “comedy empire” from the New York Times and with alumni like Tina Fey, Steven Colbert and Steve Carell, this comedic group is sure to make fans laugh out loud. For tickets, visit touhill.org.
4. Sample St. Louis
Enjoy the cuisine of more than 40 of the city’s top chefs and caterers all in one place—and for a good cause. On April 19, St. Louisans will fill the ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis for “A Tasteful Affair 27” benefiting Food Outreach, a Downtown nonprofit providing nutrition services to St. Louisans living with HIV/AIDS or cancer. For more information, visit foodoutreach.org.
5. Get Active
On your mark, get set, go—to the GO! St. Louis Marathon on April 12, that is. As you’re making your way to the full marathon’s finish line, run past some of St. Louis’ best-loved locations, such as the Gateway Arch, Forest Park, Citygarden and Anheuser-Busch brewery. For more information, visit gostlouis.org.
6. Catch the Spring Runways
Produced in partnership with West County Center and Wash U’s fashion program, events include a runway show on April 9 at West County featuring its top stores and a show highlighting emerging talent from Wash U’s brightest at Union Station on April 26. For more information, visit stlfw.com and samfoxschool.wustl.edu.
7. Go Green
Join more than 35,000 members of the local community in celebrating our planet at the St. Louis Earth Day Festival on April 26 in Forest Park. Embrace the beautiful earth around you and enjoy local art, music, planet-friendly eats and hands-on green education. For more information, visit stlouisearthday.org.
Photo courtesy of the Pageant