7 Things You Must Do This Month

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1/ Expose Creativity

Prepare to experience Saint Louis Art Museum like never before at the SLAM Exposed gala on July 20. This exciting summer party in SLAM’s brand new East Building and iconic sculpture hall raises funds for the museum’s ever-expanding programs and activities. So, don your most creative cocktail attire and enjoy an evening of delectable food and cocktails, live entertainment and perhaps even a surprise or two.
For tickets, visit members.slam.org/slamexposed.

2/ Return to Wonderland

Welcome John Mayer back to the stage after a three-year hiatus as he hits the road for his Born and Raised Tour, stopping by Verizon Wireless Amphitheater July 7. With nearly 20 million albums sold worldwide, Mayer brings his pop- and blues-inspired rock music to life with hits like “Waiting on the World to Change,” “Your Body is a Wonderland” and “Heartbreak Warfare.” Opening the show is American Idol winner Phillip Phillips.  For tickets, visit livenation.com.

3/ Celebrate America

Kick off Fourth of July weekend at the annual Fair St. Louis festivities Downtown July 4-6. Join one of America’s biggest birthday parties with headlining artists Trace Adkins, Bret Michaels and Counting Crows under the majestic Gateway Arch. Plus, take part in the Freedom 4 Miler run, cheer on the Veiled Prophet Parade, watch awe-inspiring stunts at the annual air shows and more.

4/ Roll Cameras

Support local filmmakers at the St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, an annual presentation hosted by Cinema St. Louis at The Tivoli, July 14-18. Be among the first to see films from St. Louis writers, directors, and producers, from fiction features and documentaries to curated compilations of shorts. Following many screenings, fans have the chance to meet the filmmakers for a Q&A session. For tickets, visit cinemastlouis.org.

5/ Start a Revolution

The legendary Tony Award-winning musical Les Mise?rables takes the stage at The Muny, July 15-21. Set in early 19th-century France and based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, the story follows the hardships of protagonist Jean Valjean and his continuously changing destiny as he lives the life of an eternally hunted man. See the tale that has captivated audiences from the moment it first opened in London in 1985, to the year its film adaptation took home three Oscars. For tickets, visit muny.org.

6/ Feel French

Take part in Historic Downtown Maplewood‘s annual tribute to France’s Bastille Day at the eighth annual Let Them Eat Art Festival on July 12. This year, the unique art- and music-filled event takes its namesake phrase “let them eat cake” literally, giving away 1,000 cupcakes over the course of the night. Stroll the neighborhood for food and drink specials, including wine and chocolate tastings and samples from award-winning restaurants.

7/ Run For Your Life

Pick a side—zombies or humans—for The Zombie Run at Queeny Park on July 14. Humans dash through a post-apocalyptic 5K course, dodging zombies to keep their “life balloons” from being popped before the finish line. Zombies get gory makeovers and zombie gear, then hide out along the course to chase down unwary runners. Stick around after the race for the Quarantine Party, featuring a local DJ, food trucks and zombie makeovers for all. For more info, visit thezombierun.com.



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Photo credit: John Mayer photo by Tim Gurr, Fair St. Louis photo courtesy of Fair St. Louis.

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