I’d like to offer my apologies, as it is the middle of February, and I have not shared with you some of the great things that St. Louis has to offer this month. Fortunately, I have been busy helping clients achieve their real estate goals, and even mixed in a family vacation as well! However, I am back, and as Mary Anne Evans wrote under her pen name George Eliot, It’s never too late to be what you might have been and my hope is that we all get out and see what we can become as we enjoy what is hopefully the last weeks of winter in St. Louis!
All the best. -Nate
February 15-17
Tonight, you can take a peek inside St. Louis’ first selfie museum, The Selfie Room, opening Friday
There are several love-themed photo areas, making it a great date spot.
Also tonight, you can check out the Jeremiah Johnson Band at the National Blues Museum for Howlin’ Friday. I promise that you’ll have a good time!
If you are looking to take it easy on Friday, you may enjoy anIntroduction to Zen Meditation. The class include the history of Zen and how to practice Zen in daily life – while at work and at leisure.
Also tonight, the Duane Reed Gallery is hosting a free opening reception for not one, not three, but two new exhibits! Constructs of Meaning, featuring mixed media from a variety of talented local artists is sure to stimulate the senses. The next exhibition is Sharing the Process, which features works of art based on a classical pen-and-ink drawings.
On Saturday morning, you can head out to the Midwest Musical Conservatory in Ballwin to enjoy the classical Indian music of Saint Thyagaraja Arandhana.
The Field House Museum is host to Kid’s Corner on Saturday from 10-2, featuring new crafts and exhibits for the whole family at the historic house in Downtown St. Louis. The girls and I had a great time here a few months ago.
You’ll find me at the Missouri History Museum on Saturday afternoon for Fair Housing: 50 Years Later, which will be a panel discussion and a screening of the movie Owned: A Tale of Two Americas
Tomorrow, aka Saturday, you could also head over to Soulard Market Park for the Soulard Mardi Gras Cajun Cook-Off. Did you know that St. Louis is host to the 2nd largest Mardi Gras Celebration in the country?
If you are looking for different flavor, you may consider Jekyll and Hyde, presented by the Next Generation Theatre Company at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre in, you guessed it, Florissant!
and Saturday Balanchine’s iconic ballet Rubies and Other Love Stories is presented by Saint Louis Balletat Touhill Performing Arts Center. The red costumes and romantic theme set the perfect mood for a Valentine date!
Continuing through Saturday the Pulitzer Arts Foundation will display the works of modernist photographer Lola Alvarez Bravo: Picturing Mexico. The artist traveled throughout her native country capturing images of the people, buildings, and natural landscape, transforming the typical into dramatic and abstract images that surprises viewers.
You could also head down to Powell Hall in Grand Center for The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra program which is devoted to Russian composer, Sergei Prokofiev featuring Music Director Designate Stéphane Denève’s arrangement of Prokofiev’s Cinderella ballet.
If on Sunday, you just happen to have friends in town and are taking a tour of the world famous Anheuser-Busch Brewery, afterwards, if you are sticking around the Soulard area, you might want to check out Molly’sMission Taco, or1860’s Hardshell CafeIf you head across the street, you might want to head over to the Benton Park Cafe for a casual lunch. If you are looking for a different flavor, one of my favorites, Yemaja Brasil, is sure to delight. Of course, you are a quick Lime Scooter ride away from Lafayette Square where you can show off the rich architecture and history of this great St. Louis neighborhood. It is believed that Lafayette Park is the oldest urban park west of the Mississippi River. Where you are relaying that info, you might enjoy the Mexican flavor of Laredo on Lafayette Square or SqWireswhere you can enjoy some live music with Chris Swan from 11-2. If you opt for a more upscale flavor, I might suggest Polite Society or Vin de Set where you can over look the city and enjoy a great view of the recently minted Gateway Arch National Park.
On Sunday Pints and Plants is presented by Alpha Brewing Company where you can come try some of the best vegan food St. Louis has to offer! They have teamed up with local restaurants to celebrate the strong and growing plant-based community here in our city. $18 gets you your first pour, a limited edition pint glass, and all the vegan food you can handle!
If you are heading to Downtown St. Louis, Love Jones The Band will be on stage on Sunday night at BB’S Jazz Blues and Soups.
Foam St. Louis down on Cherokee Street will be host to FoamFest on Sunday, where you will find over a dozen performers on stage from 1-11pm.
Free Week at the Atomic Cowboy kicks off on Sunday night with Nightchaser and Jamo presents Silent but Sexy, a Silent Disco. Free week runs all week long with a variety of great live entertainment!
February 18-28
Monday is the night to see the Tony-winning playAvenue Q at Westport Playhouse. It’s a funny story about a college grad, his friends, neighbors — and some puppets — who play pivotal roles on his journey toward self-discovery.
On view at the Saint Louis Science Center isGuitar: The Instrument that Rocked the World. What a perfect opportunity to learn all about this iconic, and possibly favorite, musical instrument! Discover how it evolved over the years in a variety of forms. Many cool artifacts will be on display.
For all of you who appreciate not only music but also the arts of painting, sculpture, textiles, among others, the Ann Metzger National Biennial Exhibition is showing at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. This exhibition is juried by assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, Hannah Klemm, and honors Ann Metzger, who was a longtime St. Louis Artists Guild member and mentor. Artists in all media from across the United States are invited to submit their work. This exhibition will showcase some amazing creative talent, so do not miss what promises to be a feast for the eyes!
On Friday, be sure to head over to Forest Park and check out The St. Louis Art Museum for their monthly SLAM Underground event. This month celebrates their 5th anniversary and they have all kinds of art adventures, Prize Wheels, and signature cocktails! Help them make the 40th SLAM Underground one of the best yet.
Type Hike presents Arch their 5th series, featuring 60 posters commemorating The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (The Arch) becoming The Gateway Arch National Park, which is our nation’s 60th National Park! The festivities are on Friday atBrennan’s Work & Leisure in Midtown.
If you can’t get enough of Soulard, in prep for Mardi Gras, you can enjoyRoland Johnson and Soul Endeavor at Hammerstone’s on Friday as well.
Heavy Metal cover band Thrash Society will be blessing the stage on Saturday night at the Crack Fox in Downtown St. Louis.
Celebrate Black History Month at Powell Hall as Lift Every Voice: A Black History Month Celebration is upon us for the 25th anniversary of the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus. This annual concert celebrates African-American culture and community traditions that have influenced the history of St. Louis, as well as cities around the world.
On Saturday, the 23rd The Bootleg at the Atomic Cowboy will be host to theS.L.U.M Fest Hip Hop Awards, an annual music Awards show to acknowledge local St. Louis underground music/art/dance artists. 
Also on Saturday, the St. Louis Public Library- Walnut Park branch will host a thought provoking discussion , The East St. Louis Race Riot of 1917:Look How Far We’ve Come. Check out the St. Louis Public Library Black History Monthfor the entire list programming.
On Sunday, the Purina Pet Parade , the world’s largest costumed pet parade, combines all the fun of Mardi Gras with all the most adorable pets in a parade parade. It is free to watch and easy to head straight to the Taste of Soulard or Wiener Dog Derby after the parade wraps up.
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. The market is starting to warm up! Let me know if there is anything that I can do for you. -Nate