7 Things You Must Do This Month
1/ Dance Like There’s No Tomorrow
Relive the story of working-class dance diva Alex Owens as Flashdance takes the stage at Peabody Opera House Jan. 8-13. The stage adaptation of the 1983 hit movie comes to St. Louis before making its Broadway debut in August this year. You’ll be dancing in your seat to favorites like “Manhunt,” “Maniac” and “Gloria.” What a feeling!
For tickets, visit peabodyoperahouse.com.
2/ Seize the Night
Don’t miss Grace Potter and The Nocturnals as they roar into The Pageant on Jan. 10. Get fired up with rock anthems like “The Lion The Beast The Beat,” sway to soulful ballads like “Stars” and dance along to familiar romps like “Paris (Ooh La La).” Potter’s powerful vocals and her band’s gritty blues-rock jams are sure to captivate even the most casual listener. (Be sure to check out our Q&A with Potter on p.116)
For tickets, visit thepageant.com.
3/ Feel the Beat
Experience the world-famous STOMP at The Fox Jan. 11-13, as the company of percussionist-dancers makes use of wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, hubcaps and even bananas in elaborately choreographed numbers. A sensation from beginning to end, STOMP has been at it for 20+ years without ever missing a beat.
For tickets, visit fabulousfox.com.
4/ Get Hitched
Brides-to-be, don’t miss St. Louis’ premier bridal event, ALIVE Bride, on Jan. 17 at Lumen Private Event Space. Meet the top wedding vendors in town and witness a fashion show of stunning 2013 gowns. Sample Pinnacle Vodka cocktails in the reception-perfect Cake flavor, as well as delicious Draftmark brews— plus, don’t miss the tropical-themed Travelplex Honeymoon Lounge.
For tickets, visit alivemag.com.
5/ Dream Big
Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Jan. 21 at Touhill Performing Arts Center. The MLK Day Celebration, part of the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ 50th anniversary, features musical guests from the Dickson String Quartet and Trinity Mt. Carmel Church Mass Choir, with economist and author Dr. Julianne Malveaux as the guest speaker. For more info, visit touhill.org.
6/ Spread the Love
Explore the end of love’s spectrum with the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts’ installment of the “Progress of Love” series. Held in conjunction with exhibits in Lagos, Nigeria, “Love as Mourning” is open through April 20, featuring architectural spaces by Tadao Ando, as well as artwork from French artist Sophie Calle and British-Nigerian artists Zina Saro-Wiwa and Yinka Shonibare.
For more info, visit pulitzerarts.org.
7/ Feel the Romance
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet masterfully transforms the much-loved tale of Moulin Rouge into an elegant ballet, presented by Dance St. Louis Jan. 25-26 at Touhill Performing Arts Center. Moulin Rouge–The Ballet follows the star-crossed romance of the struggling artist Matthew and the ambitious and beautiful cancan dancer Nathalie as they seek love, freedom and fate at the infamous Paris cabaret.
For tickets, visit touhill.org.
Flashdance at Peadoby Opera House
STOMP at The Fox
Photo credit: Flashdance photo by Catherine Ashmore. STOMP photo courtesy of The Fox.