The Best Things to Do in St. Louis This Weekend, February 2 to to 5 | Arts Stories & Interviews | St. Louis
Are you tired of softball trivia with overly simple questions like “In which city is Escape from LA set?” Then Impossible little things, written and hosted by Pancake Master Rob “Googz” Severson at the Crack Fox (1114 Olive Street) this Thursday February 2nd is for you. Quiz Night bills itself as “created to amaze, amaze, amaze, amaze, confound and annoy”. In most trivia contests, the winning team is the one that got just one or two questions wrong. But with Impossible Trivia, the winning team probably only got one or two to the right. It’s like power lifting for your brain. It’s also a great opportunity for you and your friends to grab a few drinks while realizing all the arcane knowledge you had no idea you didn’t know. Entry is free and the impossible questions start at 8:30pm
Celebrating Taylor Swift has practically become a national pastime. Across the country there are young fans locked in their bedrooms, worshiping Miss Swift at the altar and dropping snake emojis in comments on Instagram. But local swifties won’t have to go on alone for much longer because on Friday, February 3, the Hawthorn (222 Washington Avenue) will be hosting Long Live: A Taylor Swift-Inspired Dance Party. At this event, Swifties can gather to praise all eras of Swift, from her innocent curly-haired country days, to her “Ready For It” Vixen days, to the secrets spilled midnight. The event includes a costume contest, lip-synching, trivia, and also offers plenty of selfie opportunities. Come together, Gaylors and Hetlors, and everyone can feel “happy, free, confused and lonely all at once.”
Use the (tuning) forks
One of the biggest film scores of recent years is coming to St. Louis. This Friday, February 3rd, the St. Louis Symphony will perform the music of Star Wars: The Force Awakens conducted by conductor Norman Huynh. The score will be by legendary composer John Williams, also known for Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park and Jaw audio tracks. Williams’ work on The Force Awakens earned him several awards, including an Academy Award for Best Original Score and a Grammy for Best Original Score for Visual Media Soundtrack. The concert will be held at Powell Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard) all weekend, Friday through Sunday. Tickets range from $50 to $93 depending on location. Visit slso.org for more information.
B as in black light
Combine your love of the black light with your passion for the gaming habits of the ancients Glo bingo, surely the trippiest way to keep your mind from softening in your twilight years (or otherwise). In fact, as noted on the official website, Glo Bingo is “not your grandmother’s bingo” but instead features glowing dabbers, hats and bingo cards, as well as plenty of music, dancing and sing-alongs. This Friday, February 3rd and Saturday, February 4th, the fun is coming to Tribout’s Belle Vegas Bingo Hall (517 South Illinois Street, Belleville, Illinois) to benefit the Belleville Area Humane Society. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the box office and come with six 10-game tickets. In addition to the heated competition, the event features a cash bar and guests are encouraged to bring their own snacks. felt hats by Dr. Seuss and glow-in-the-dark alien masks are not provided but are highly recommended. Visit bahspets.org/event/glo-bingo for more information.
raise your voice
Of all the activities that could be improved with alcohol, most people already know that singing is the most important. But instead of your drunk ass singing in bars or other places where nobody wants to hear you, Das Bevo (4749 Gravois Avenue) will have you as a guest for the night beer choir, where your slurred drunken croons are not only tolerated but even encouraged. Beer Choir is an event without talent or experience where guests raise their voices and glasses to the song. The musical selection includes German and Irish drinking songs from Das Bevos Bevo’s Bevoir Hymnal. The festivities begin this Friday, February 3 at 7 p.m. Visit dasbevo.com for more information.
Only one night
Damien Sneed made a name for himself by blending spirituality and classical, merging jazz and gospel with genres previously dominated by dead (or very old) white Europeans. The result is simply stunning – and if Sneed comes to town, music lovers should pay attention. This Saturday, February 4th, he is coming for a one night only performance of his Our song, our story: The new generation of black voices. Paying tribute to his mentor Jessye Norman and the great mid-century contralto Marian Anderson, Sneed offers an evening of dazzling arrangements of arias and spirituals presented in association with the Opera Theater of St. Louis. Sneed will be on piano, with vocals by Jacqueline Echols and Justin Austin. (Fun Fact: The talented Austin starred in Fire shut up in my bones at the Metropolitan Opera—a show that debuted at the Opera Theater of St. Louis.) The bill at the Sheldon (3648 Washington Avenue) includes songs by Mozart, Handel, Puccini, and Strauss, but also Gershwin, Henry T. Burleigh, and Sneed himself Tickets range from $36 to $46. For more information, see thesheldon.org/events/our-song-our-story.
dance of death
If you like delightfully macabre witchy goth vibes and belly dancing, this is it Bleeding Hearts Ball is for you. The ball first started in 2008 and has been successful for 15 years. The evening includes dance performances by numerous artists – including Mistress of the Night Ami Amore and the infamous Lunar Fusion Dance – as well as quirky vendors, food and drink to music by DJ Skeletal. Catch the fête this Saturday, February 5th at the Mad Art Gallery (2727 South 12th Street). Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Participants must be at least 21 years old, and tickets range from $25 to $70. Visit amiamore.com/bleeding-hearts-ball for more information.
City Museum is for lovers
The City Museum (750 North 16th Street) is not only one of the best places in St. Louis to have a little fun year-round, it also goes all out during the holidays. This year it will be decked out for Valentine’s Day and ready to really spoil you and your lover! They even planned activities for children so no one feels left out. Throughout the month of February, the museum is enchanting tunnel of love The light exhibit in the vault of the City Museum will be open, functioning as the hottest spot in town for couple photos. And the cozy little hut bar outside will be transformed Cupid’s cuddle cabin, with themed cocktails, decorations for Valentine’s Day and love songs on the playlist. adorable. In addition to all of this, there will be even more Valentine’s Day fun at the City Museum throughout the month. From craft time to a Galentine’s Day brunch to a performance of “Elvis Presley,” your favorite St. Louis tourist attraction will become love headquarters by March. For a full schedule of Valentine’s Day events, visit citymuseum.org.
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