7 Things You Must Do This Month
1. Catch An Art-Rock Icon
Grammy-winning alternative artist St. Vincent comes to The Pageant on May 27 on her “Digital Witness” tour. Her polysemous songs (“Birth in Reverse,” “Cruel”) have been described as “teetering between happiness and madness” and feature complex arrangements and sublime lyrics that keep art-rock-lovers entranced with her unorthodox style. For more info, visit thepageant.com.
2. Get Caught Up in Dada
Dress up for the Dada Ball, a non-traditional gala inspired by the punk, absurdist early 20th-century art movement on May 16 at Koken Art Factory (outlandish attire is strongly encouraged). Proceeds benefit upcoming exhibitions and educational programs. For more info, visit camstl.org.
3. Meet the New Pulitzer
The big moment has arrived: After months of renovation, the Pulitzer Arts Foundation will unveil its two new galleries with an opening reception on May 1, featuring three solo exhibitions: “Calder Lightness,” “Richard Tuttle Wire Pieces” and “Fred Sandback 64 Three-Part Pieces.” Plus, its summer-long program series, “Press Play,” will showcase exhibition-enhancing collaborations with a textile artist and other special events, like a performance directed by award-winning composer David Lang. For more info, visit pulitzerarts.org
4. Don Your Derby Hat
The annual tradition returns with a spirited celebration on May 2, and where better to have a timely mint julep at a Derby Party than Gamlin Whiskey House? Get together a dressedin-their-Derby-best group for the Jockey Table Game and roll the dice as the race takes off to win some amazing prizes. For more info, visit gamlinwhiskeyhouse.com.
5. Hit the Beach
Catch some waves at the Just John Beach Bash on May 16 at its annual summer kickoff. Escape our landlocked state with great DJs, fantastic drinks and a bags tournament. Best of all, pets are welcome at the event’s Poolside Party with the Pooches. A $5 suggested donation goes to PAWS. For more info, visit justjohnclub.com.
6. Show Your City Pride
Join in the fun at the We Heart STL event, presented by Bud Select, at the Old Post Office Plaza on May 29. We’ll reveal who came out on top in the best of the city awards you voted for. Then, toast winners with a frosty Bud Select or Cruzan Rum cocktail, dance to some floor-filling music and snack at the St. Louis tasting area. For more info, visit ALIVEMag.com/WeHeartSTL.
7. Feel the Rhythm
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran stops off in St. Louis on May 10 as part of his international tour. The British sensation has captivated audiences with his first two albums, “+” and “x,” and he’ll be filling Scottrade Center with hits like “The A Team,” “Don’t” and “Thinking Out Loud.” For more info, visit scottradecenter.com.
St. Vincent, May 27 at The Pageant