7 Things You Must Do This Month
1. Strum the (Heart)Strings
Chart-topping, soul-stirring singer-songwriter Sam Smith has a way of tugging at listeners’ hearts with emotional hits “Stay With Me” and “Lay Me Down,” but his pop-infused hits are just as catchy, too. Catch the Grammy award-winner for Best New Artist when he performs these songs and more at the Chaifetz Arena on July 30. For more info, visit thechaifetzarena.com.
2. Attend America’s Biggest Birthday Party
The three-day STL Fourth of July bash returns July 2-4 to Forest Park for a second year. Dubbed “America’s Biggest Birthday Party,” Fair St. Louis features musical acts such as Chris Young, Blondie and Kool & the Gang, as well as endless eats, activities and fun for the whole family. Don your red, white and blue and don’t miss claiming a spot on Art Hill for the fireworks spectacular. For more info, visit fairsaintlouis.org.
3. Explore Other Worlds
Artist and Mad Art Gallery Director Carrie Becker constructs miniature dioramas and then photographs them, with the end result that they appear life-sized. Her first exhibition at Shearburn Gallery, “Of Small Rooms” opens June 5 and runs through July 11, giving would-be voyeurs a chance to peek into the worlds she creates. For more info, visit shearburngallery.com.
4. Celebrate Bastille Day
Downtown Maplewood’s arty twist on Bastille Day, “Let Them Eat Art!” takes over July 10. Described as “somewhere between Mardi Gras and the Christmas Tree walk,” this whimsical festival features more than 35 local artist demonstrations, live performances, food tastings and activities catered to both children and adults. Sant?! For more info, visit cityofmaplewood.com.
5. Heat Up Downtown
Be there for the ultimate sidewalk party when STL Summer Fest hits the streets July 10 at the MX District Downtown. The fun-in-the-sun bash will feature indie vendors, live music, street performers, cold Cruzan Rum cocktails, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy and an exclusive VIP lounge on The Laurel Apartment’s chic courtyard deck. For more info, visit stlsummerfest.eventbrite.com.
6. See a Fairytale
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Broadway sensation (and 2014 blockbuster) “Into The Woods” hits the Muny stage July 21-27. Follow the mashed-up stories of fairytale characters, like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and more, told through a creative new plot (yes, there’s still a wicked witch). For more info, visit muny.org.
7. Get Soaked
Summer in the city can be brutal, but Slide the City cools revelers down while benefiting the St. Louis Area Foodbank. St. Louisans can slip down Market Street on a 1,000-foot slip-and-slides from July 11-12, and the live music, food and drinks will make the day that much better. For more info, visit slidethecity.com.
Photo by Carrie Becker, courtesy of William Shearburn Gallery.