We have made our way into the new year! I’m reminded of what Benjamin Franklin said, “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new day find you a better person.” I hope that every day finds you better than you were the day before. Let’s make sure that we get out and and enjoy some of the richness that is offered by the fine folks in my beloved St. Louis this month!
Of course, I have a few suggestions for you. I hope that you’ll join me!
All the best. -Nate
January 4-9
This evening, head over to Grand Center for a Young Friends Event before checking out The Bad Plusband that will be jammin’ at theFerring Jazz Bistro. The trio’s arrangements range from pop, classical, and other styles. A menu of delicious eats and great drinks will add to your listening pleasure in the popular lounge renowned for excellent acoustics.
This is, of course, First Fridays in Grand Center, and all of the Galleries are free and open to the public. If you are looking to pre-game a bit, you might find me over at the lounge at KDHX for a happy hour starting at 4. Bring your own records from home, or borrow some of theirs for the community spin that runs til 7. After I get thrown out for turning it into ClubNate and/or playing jams that no one wants to hear (#notready), DJ Future Ex Wife will keep the party rolling.
On Saturday, pony up 10 bucks for a good cause to check out Whisky & Thunder at theReady Room while supporting a great cause!Play It Forward STL, a non profit whose mission it is to “ensure each child in St. Louis is provided with the opportunity to discover his or her musical talents” is hosting this event and will also have a musical instrument drop off for you to donate usable instruments. After being cleaned and repaired, the instruments will then be distributed to underprivileged children and lower income school music programs.
On Sunday, Soulard Mardi Gras kicks off the beginning of carnival season and the official end of the holiday season at 12th Night atSoulard Market Park. There will be plenty of entertainment, food and drinks as revelers will take to the streets in this annual tradition that promises some raucous fun…for free!
Carib Sundays is jumping off at the Incognito Bar & Lounge in Berkeley for those who love the Caribbean and African culture. They aim to provide a friendly and welcoming environment while keeping you entertained through Reggae, Dancehall, Soca and Afrobeat Music.
Also on Sunday, DJ Carlos Suarez spins an eclectic mix of house music of feel-good vibes at the magnificent Angad Arts Hotel. The rooftop lounge features a full bar with panoramic views of the city. Come for the good vibes, scene and amazing ambiance of the newly opened hotel. The hotel is a development within the larger Grand Center Arts District. Oh yeah, and it’s free!
EmbodySexy is a small group women’s latin dance class where you learn the basics of rumba, cha cha, and salsa. Learning to dance nourishes your best self and had great health benefits. No experience or partner is needed. Join in and let’s dance!! Drop in for one or all four of the series of hour long classes at the Discover Ballroom inFrontenac: January 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th.
For a different type of artistic therapy on Sunday, how about heading over toCreve Coeur for Painting with a Twist and Bottomless Mimosas. Paint and sip on mimosas, or your own favorite beverage while enjoying, music, games, and step-by-step instructions provided by talented instructors. No experience required! Feel free to bring your favorite drink, or buy from them! They have a variety of beverages for sale in their studio bar!
January 7-13
Wednesday the 9th is opening night of Canfield Drive performed by the The Black Rep at Washington University Edison Theater. The play continues for several weeks in January and highlights the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, that sparked outrage and a national conversation on justice. This powerful performance will move audiences to ponder the stark realities of our time. A must see!
Friday the 11th is an opportunity for you to learn about outdoor community building at the Gateway Outdoor Summit at St. Louis Union Station Hotel.The keynote speaker is St. Louis native Luis Benitez, director of the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. A six-time Mount Everest climber, Benitez is a strong advocate for expanding business ventures and recreational activities in the great outdoors.Registration required.
On Saturday the 12th there’s plenty to do out and about. The Sheldon Concert Hall always delights audiences with stellar stage performances. Keep in mind, too, the many great exhibits in the Art Galleries, such as The Immigrants: Works by Master Photographers (last viewing on Saturday the 12th) and St. Louis Through the Lens of a Child: Photographs by Students of Forsyth School(through February 2nd). It will be a treat to see the creations of talented children studying right here in our own home town.
Art Saint Louis will be hosting a free reception for their new exhibit on Saturday evening.Attention to Detail is a all media juried visual art exhibition that will feature artworks that are predominately defined by the details of their composition: Artworks that are either marked by a density of detail or intricacy, or by details presented in isolation or contrast to surrounding elements—all works where significance, meaning or impact is achieved principally in or through detail.
On Saturday evening, Ignite Theatre Company presents the Disney classicBeauty and the Beast at The Grandel (Thursday the 10th through Sunday the 13th). If Grand Center Arts District is one of your favorite stomping grounds, check out the lively calendar of events to plan your next visit!
If you’ll be out on Saturday the 12th but not in the downtown area, head over to Maplewood for a good time. There will be over 40 beers to choose from at theSchlafly Cabin Fever Festival. Sure, it’s chilly out there, drinking cold brew and all, but take heart and bundle up. Bonfires, hot food, sizzling bands, and a heated patio will warm your spirit in the middle of winter!
Another awesome opportunity on Saturday is an evening guitar performance by Cory Wong at Blueberry Hill. Plan on dinner either before or after the show at one of the many Delmar Loop restaurants
January 14-20
Maybe you prefer to be on the dance floor instead of sitting in a chair when the music is in full swing, If so, here’s something for you — learn a variety of Swing steps at the Majestic Dance Studio on Tuesday the 15th. This is one in a series of classes.
On Tuesday, the 15th, I will be hosting the Keys to Homeownership seminar at the Richmond Heights Community Center. This free seminar will help potential homeowners learn the steps involved with achieving homeownership. If you know anyone interested, please send them my way.
Starting Wednesday the 16th and going through February 2, The Wolves at theThe Repertory Theatre will inspire girls, boys, and athletes of all ages as a team of teenage soccer players make their way through a myriad of circumstances and emotions to pull out all the stops to win the game.
Illusionists, mentalists, and magicians all wrapped up in to one, Amelie Van Tass and Thommy Ten, are a talented pair. Having toured far and wide and taken second place on America’s Got Talent, The Clairvoyants defy explanation in their show-stopping performances. Friday the 18th. At the The Sheldon, of course.
Also on Friday, Greensky Bluegrass will fill The Pageant with toe-tapping sound. Straight out of Kalamazoo, Michigan, the band transcends the traditional genre to evoke a new way of hearing those iconic rhythms that get everyone moving!
On Saturday the 19th, if classical music is more your thing, a concert ofBeethoven and Schumann, with conductor Karina Canellakis and violinist Renaud Capuçon, is scheduled at elegant Powell Hall.
The second in a series of community conversations organized by Opera Theatre, Representation & Responsibility: Racial and Gender Equity in Film and Television features a panel discussion on an important topic. Change continues to unfold in popular culture, so take a moment to listen or join in the discussion. A wine and cheese reception follows.
January 21-27
Into The Third Dimension at Fontbonne UniversityArt Gallery showcases student and faculty 3D artwork from regional community colleges. This will definitely be a dynamic show. The exhibition continues through February 15.
On Monday the 21st Derek Palacio, Deborah Taffa, and Tiana Clark share their work in the River Styx Reading Series annual multicultural literacy program atRooster on South Grand. Besides great storytelling, the food will be good too. Rooster was voted best breakfast in Missouri — and best crepes, best Bloody Marys, and best brunch in St. Louis.
From the 24th through the 26th MADCO 2 graces the stage at with vibrant movement and color at The Touhill Performing Arts Center. The audience participates by voting on their favorite choreographed piece on Thursday and Friday. The winning dance will be performed Saturday.
The Enterprise Center Winter Jam 2019 is an in-the-round performance on Thursday the 27th. Several top groups and musicians, including the Newsboys United, Ledger, and Danny Gokey, to name a few, hit the stage. Tickets are only $15. That is a steal for an evening filled with such a mix of outstanding artists!
January 28-31
Be sure to see Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis at the Saint Louis Art Museum. The exhibition makes a poignant statement about the lack of people of color portrayed in art. Wiley gives ordinary citizens an esteemed place in grand settings that evoke historic portraiture. Continuing through February 10.
Read, expand your mind, make connections and discuss topics relating to business, entrepreneurship and creative thinking. The Value of Everything: Making and Taking in the Global Economy by Mariana Mazzucato is the next book at the Techartista Book Club, which takes place on Tuesday, the 29th
Yes, we have another great month ahead of us. I look forward to seeing you out and about enjoying our wonderful St. Louis!
All the best. -Nate
Here is the latest Housing Report for your review. Median sale prices are up 3.0% from November of last year, while the number of listings continue to drop. Let me know if there is anything that I can do for you. -Nate