Arts

Fabulous Fox Theater

The Fabulous Fox Theater is an ornate and unbelievably lavish performing arts center just a few miles away from WUSM that offers performances by comedians, famous artists, dance groups and various touring Broadway productions — all for very reasonable prices. In addition to several smaller productions, I have seen Wicked (multiple times), The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago and Rent, all of which have compared incredibly favorably to shows I have seen in Chicago and New York. In addition, as a student, I have been able to get discounted rush tickets for various shows for around $25. In 2017 the Fox will offer Finding Neverland, Cabaret and Hamilton, among others. I highly recommend the Fox for date nights or for any time you want to feel cultured. It is truly fabulous!

— Trisha Bhat, M1

St. Louis Symphony

The St. Louis Symphony is not only a nationally renowned orchestra of the finest caliber, but it is also an extremely accessible and affordable option ($10 student tickets, anyone?) to help you unwind after a long week of classes. Performing in beautiful Powell Hall, highlights from this year’s season include Mozart’s Requiem, Dvoák’s New World Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. The St. Louis Symphony is also well known for its performances of modern classical music, and it won the Best Orchestral Performance Grammy in 2015 for its recording of John Adams’s City Noir. If the traditional classical repertoire is not quite your cup of tea, the symphony also puts on fantastic concerts where you can watch Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings with a live performance of the soundtrack! In late summer, make sure to pack a picnic and catch their annual FREE concert in Forest Park, followed by fireworks.

— Mike Fitzpatrick, M1

Film

There are a number of options near campus for students interested in some overpriced popcorn and a break from Netflix! Two that stand out to me are Chase Park Plaza and Tivoli. Chase Park Plaza Cinema is just a few blocks from the medical school and shows most of the big-budget movies. It is an interesting venue: part hotel, part bar, part cinema. Another great feature includes their $5 matinee price for movies before 5 p.m.! Tivoli Theatre is located in the Delmar Loop, which is an entertainment district about three miles from the medical school campus. Tivoli primarily shows independent films, offering an excellent counterpart to Chase Park for all movie-goers.

— Will Tompkins, M1