Vox Picks for Jan/Feb

Each month, Vox curates a list of can’t-miss shops, eats, reads and experiences. We find the new, trending or underrated to help you enjoy the best our city has to offer.


Yourself with the upcoming thriller, The Villa by Rachel Hawkins, which hits bookshelves Jan. 3. It follows two reconnecting friends who decide to take a girls trip to an Italian villa with a dark past. Soon after their arrival, the duo finds themselves in a tangle of mystery surrounding the villa. Thrillers are popular right now (check out our story). “People love thrillers when they can experience the fear without being in any real danger,” says Yellow Dog Bookshop owner Joe Chevalier. “That’s the draw.” Hawkins will discuss her book in St. Louis while on tour.

Where: The author talk is at St. Louis County Public Library, Grant’s View Branch

When: 7 p.m., Jan. 5


The MO Fest music festival. Eight events will be hosted at The Blue Note and Rose Music Hall over the course of two weekends, each showcasing a specific musical genre such as funk, metal, soul, punk and much more. Catch Tri-County Liquidators at the Indie Fest and Meredith Shaw at the Country Fest. Explore a new genre or two at this local event featuring more than 30 artists.

Where: The Blue Note and Rose Music Hall

When: 8 p.m., Jan. 6-7 and 13-14

Cost:  $8-10 general admission, $15 tables

Website: thebluenote.com/events/category/mo-fest/


To the Lviv National Philharmonic Orchestra of Ukraine perform Ukrainian music. The orchestra was established in 1902 and has performed around the world, including Poland, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands and China. The 2023 American tour currently has seven stops, and the Columbia location is hosting the final concert. Despite international turmoil, the orchestra has been running for over 100 years.

Where: Jesse Auditorium

When: 7 p.m., Feb. 25

Cost: $33–45

Website: concertseries.missouri.edu


The Lunar New Year on Jan. 22 by making traditional dumplings. Dumplings represent wealth, and tradition says the more you eat, the more money you will make in the new year. 2023 will be the Year of the Rabbit, which symbolizes longevity, peace and prosperity. Support local Asian markets by picking up ingredients for traditional New Year’s foods such as nian gao (rice cakes), tang yuan (sweet rice balls), tteokguk (rice cake soup) and bánh chuôi (banana cake).

Hong Kong Market: 2006 Broadway

Lee’s Market:  700 Cherry St.

Shwe Market: 800 Vandiver Drive


At the Jazz in the District show featuring Grammy-nominated musician Elio Villafranca and Friends. Villafranca is a renowned jazz artist, having worked with big jazz names such as Pat Martino and Terell Stafford. Enjoy a night with these classically trained musicians as they perform as part of the “We Always Swing” Jazz Series.

Where: Missouri Theatre

When: 6 p.m., Jan. 29

Cost: $25

Website: wealwaysswing.org/season/2022-2023/

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