7 Things You Must Do This Month
1/ Hail to the Queen
Don’t miss the much-anticipated fashion-as-art exhibition “A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, Fashion and Chess,” opening on Oct. 19 and running through April 18, 2014, at the World Chess Hall of Fame. Visitors explore the many facets of the queen archetype through nine thoughtfully designed rooms, featuring pieces by world-renowned fashion designers Alexander McQueen, Gucci and Viktor & Rolf alongside the work of emerging artists and fashion designers. For more info, visit worldchesshof.org.
2/ Raise the Root
Best known for its breakthrough hit “Ho Hey,” The Lumineers brings its hearton-the-sleeve roots rock to The Chaifetz Arena on Oct. 4. Stomp, clap and sing along to tracks from the Denver-based band’s self-titled debut album, and get a taste of the high-energy live show that has the nation buzzing. Be sure to arrive early and catch worthy opening acts Dr. Dog and Nathaniel Rateliff. For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com.
3/ Be an Insider
Don’t miss Saint Louis Fashion Week’s firstever Industry Night, featuring special guests New York Fashion Week creator Fern Mallis and fashion blogger Keiko Lynn. Local designers Genevieve Cortinovis, Anna Friss, Paulie Gibson and Suzanne Lay present their collections to an influential audience of buyers, editors and bloggers from across the region, followed by a runway show featuring national designers Eva Franco, Samantha Pleet, Jennifer Chun, Laura Kathleen and Wai Ming. For more info, visit saintlouisfashionweek.com.
4/ Pedal With Purpose
Take part in the fourth annual Pedal the Cause on Oct. 5-6 and help raise crucial funds for cancer research in St. Louis. This community-wide cycling challenge presents plenty of ways to get involved, with 100 percent of proceeds staying in St. Louis to benefit research projects at Siteman Cancer Center and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. All courses begin and end at Soldiers’ Memorial, from the easy 15-mile cruise to the 100-mile Savvis Century Ride. For more info and registration, visit stlouis.pedalthecause.org.
5/ Experience the Arts
Explore St. Louis’ vibrant arts scene through 17 days and nights of theater, dance, music and visual arts from 38 local institutions, including The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, The Repertory Theatre, Regional Arts Commission, Touhill Performing Arts Center and many others, as part of the American Arts Experience. Take your pick of a dynamic lineup of productions and exhibitions, Oct. 4-20 at various venues across the city. For tickets, visit americanartsstl.org.
6/ Give Hope
Honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month by taking part in KaleidoHope, a celebration benefitting Gateway to Hope, Oct. 26 at The Four Seasons. With a goal to help recently diagnosed breast cancer patients and those at high risk get the care they need, the organization’s event features a seated dinner, open bar, live interactive entertainment and live and silent auctions. For tickets, visit kaleidohopestl.org.
7/ Place Your Bids
As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis presents From the Collection of… on Oct. 29, a silent auction of artwork from the private collections of current and past members of CAM’s Board of Directors. Bid on distinctive pieces from a wide range of notable artists, with all proceeds to benefit the museum and its programs. For tickets, visit visit camstl.org.