What to Do in St. Louis This Week

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It’s First Friday week! Forget the dreariness outside and show up for these inspiring, artistic and tasty events in St. Louis from April 2-8.

Observable Readings Presented by Left Bank Books and the St. Louis Poetry Center
Sip a beer or snack on some homemade potato chips at Dressel’s Public House this Monday night while you listen to three notable writers read from their work: Erika L. Sánchez, a poet, essayist and fiction writer (her young-adult novel, “I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter,” was a finalist for the National Book Award); poet Ari Banias, described as “one of the most unique voices … heard in a first book” by Kenyon Review; and Aaron Coleman, author of the chapbook “St. Trigger,” which won the 2015 Button Poetry Prize.

When: Monday, April 2—7:30 p.m.
Dressel’s Public House
$5 donation (suggested)

Rare Matisse Exhibit
Throughout the spring season, the Greenberg Gallery in Clayton will showcase a rare collection of drawings and prints from the famous Henri Matisse. The collection includes diverse works from this prolific master, from lithographs to etchings to linocuts.

When: Thursday, April 5-Friday, June 1
Greenberg Gallery in Clayton

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Image courtesy of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cardinals Opening Day
The Cards are back! The Cardinals play the Arizona Diamondbacks at Busch Stadium in Downtown St. Louis in their first home game of the season on April 5. Head to the game if you can get tickets—or just partake in the excitement during various happy hours and celebrations around the city, like at Llywelyn’s Pub and Big Daddy’s Bar & Grill in Soulard, or Downtown’s Tin Roof and Ballpark Village.

When: Thursday, April 5—6:15 p.m.
Where: Busch Stadium
Price: ~$50 for game tickets

Restaurant Openings
Denver-based chain Rush Bowls opened for business in the Central West End this past week! This healthy spot boasts more than 30 signature fruit-centric “meals-in-a-bowl” featuring customizable elements, as well as a hearty selection of smoothies. Later this week, head to Crispy Edge in Tower Grove South for a plethora of “global potstickers,” salads and small plates. Try the Traditional with pork and cabbage filling, or go more adventurous with the Azteca, chia-seed dough filled with bean dip and fire-roasted salsa.  

Rush Bowls
When: 6:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon-Fri; 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sat & Sun
Where: 227 N. Euclid Ave.
Price: Menu items

Crispy Edge
When: Opens Friday, April 6, from 4-10 p.m.
Where: 4168 Juniata St.
Price: Menu items

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Image courtesy of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.

New Exhibition Opens at the Pulitzer—”Mona Hatoum: Terra Infirma”
Don’t miss this exhibit from Mona Hatoum, an internationally renowned artist with Palestinian roots. “Terra Infirma,” her first major solo exhibition in the U.S. in twenty years, presents disorienting large-scale installations that touch on themes of migration, violence, political upheaval and feminism. On Saturday, following the opening, join the artist for a discussion of her work at the Pulitzer.

When: Opening Reception—Friday, April 6, from 6–9 p.m.
Artist Talk—Saturday, April 7, at 2 p.m.
Where: Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Price: Free

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Image courtesy of The Gateway Arch.

Spring Into Your Park! at The Gateway Arch
You know you’ve been longing to explore what’s behind those mysterious fences! Come celebrate spring at Gateway Arch National Park, featuring live music, food-and-drink vendors, free yoga, face-painters, lawn games, a scavenger hunt and more. After five years of construction, all fences will be down for the event, so come celebrate our proudest St. Louis landmark!

When: Saturday, April 7—10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Gateway Arch National Park
Price: Free

New Exhibition at Flood Plain Gallery—Amy Reidel: “Enjoy Every Minute”
St. Louis-based Amy Reidel’s painting, drawing and sculpture are contained explosions of color, glitter and form—like her weather-radar-inspired “floor mandalas.” Reidel is creating all new work for her solo exhibition at Flood Plain: “Enjoy Every Minute,” including paintings, three-dimensional collage and works on paper.

When: Public reception—Saturday, April 7, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Exhibit extends through May 5
Where: Flood Plain Gallery
Price: Free

Mesa Home Art Show and Three-Year Anniversary—Malcom Topaz: “Seriously Building Skyscrapers”
Mesa Home, a quaint but perfectly curated spot on Cherokee for unique vintage pieces, stays up late this week for an art event and jewelry pop-up. Sh-i Jewelry will offer several sample-sale pieces and exclusive items—and we can’t wait to get our hands on one of their delicate, refined pairs of earrings. Dance to the DJ’s tunes and grab a drink provided by 4 Hands Brewery while you mingle and shop around.

When: Saturday, April 7—6-10 p.m.
Where: Mesa Home on Cherokee Street
Price: Free

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Image courtesy of Earthbound Beer.

Coma Coffee + Earthbound Beer
These two St. Louis gems are partnering to bring you the flavors of Coma Coffee’s Colombian Single-Origin Coffee: stone fruit, caramelized sugar and lime. On Sunday, try $4 half-pints of Earthbound’s Chinese 5-Spice Porter, aged with coarsely ground coffee sourced from a family farm located in one of the westernmost regions of Colombia. Coma’s head roaster will be there serving pour-over brews of the same coffee.

When: Sunday, April 8—11am
Where: Earthbound Beer on Cherokee Street
Price: Menu items

We won’t let this rain get us down. (Fingers crossed that these persistent April showers bring May flowers, though.) Enjoy, and tag @guidedstl or hashtag #guidedstl on social media!

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