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Feb. 18–July 30
Penumbra Theatre at 40
Penumbra Theatre Company is Minnesota’s only professional African-American theater, and is one of only three professional African-American theaters in the nation to offer a full season of performances. Timed to open during Black History Month, this exhibit — subtitled Art, Race and a Nation on Stage — aims to help visitors gain a greater understanding of African-American artistic expression. Through firsthand accounts, artifacts and immersive settings, visitors will get an introduction to Penumbra Theatre’s efforts to inspire, educate and reflect the pride and perseverance of the communities whose stories it tells.
When: Feb. 18–July 30
Where: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul
Cost: Included with regular admission of $12 for adults, $10 for ages 65 and older and college students, $6 for ages 5 to 17; and free age 4 and younger; admission is free on Tuesdays from 3 to 8 p.m.
This production, subtitled The Story of the Underground Railroad, tells the tale of Harriet Tubman — as well as accounts of lesser-known heroes, including “Peg Leg” Joe (who moved among plantations, teaching slaves to escape) and Henry “Box” Brown who had himself put in a box and mailed to freedom) — in honor of Black History Month.
When: Feb. 3–19
Where: Youth Performance Company, Howard Conn Performing Arts Center, Minneapolis
Jan. 20–Feb. 19
Flower Drum Song
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic musical — set in San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late ’50s — comes to the Proscenium Stage in this co-production with Mu Performing Arts of St. Paul. Exploring what it means to be an American, this fully revised version touches on the history of every person whose forbearers arrived as strangers to the United States.
When: Jan. 20–Feb. 19
Where: Park Square Theatre, St. Paul
Cost: Tickets start at $40. Preview seats start at $27.
The Love Show with Kevin Kling and Friends
Back by popular demand, this all-new Valentine’s Day event features Minnesota’s storytelling laureate with special guests Dan Chouinard, Bradley Greenwald, Prudence Johnson, Simone Perrin, Claudia Schmidt and Dane Stauffer. This year’s show highlights Dynamic Duos, Tender Trios and O Solo Me-Ohs that celebrate the best thing about being human — love.
When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14
Where: The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University, St. Paul
Through Feb. 18, 2017
Million Dollar Quartet
This Tony Award-winning musical is set on Dec. 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together. The resulting evening became known as one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions in history. Hit songs in this regional premiere include Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, Walk the Line, Sixteen Tons, Who Do You Love?, Great Balls of Fire, Folsom Prison Blues, Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On, Hound Dog and more.
When: Through Feb. 18, 2017 with performances on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Where: Old Log Theatre, Excelsior
Info: Reservations can be made for the show and dinner (optional) at the theater’s new restaurant, CAST & CRU, at oldlog.com and 952-767-9700.
After more than three years of restoration work, the Minnesota State Capitol reopens this month with free tours.Guides will provide an overview of Capitol history, art, architecture and state government, and will highlight the massive restoration efforts, including murals and paintings returned to their original 1905 patterns and colors, cleaned and repaired exterior marble work and new public spaces in the basement, featuring exposed limestone–foundation walls.
When: Public guided tours — 45 minutes long — will return January 3 on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays.
Where: Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul
Nov. 12–April 9
Acclaimed British artist Bruce Munro brings his first large-scale light installation to Minnesota with a series of outdoor and indoor exhibits, including thousands of radiant lights, pulsating animations and sounds.
When: Nov. 12–April 9
Where: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska
Feb. 1–April 19
Dance, explore your creativity, engage your mind and socialize with like-minded people in this community-oriented dance class for ages 50 and older who want to explore a wide variety of dance forms, including social, modern, ballet and percussive styles. No experience is required.
When: Winter classes will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1 to April 19.
Where: The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Minneapolis
Cost: Fees are $10 per class or $80 for a MovementWise membership, which includes 12 classes, a free ticket to a select Cowles Center performance, discounted show tickets and invites to exclusive membership events.
Info: Register by contacting Jessi Fett at email@example.com or 612-206-3640.
Sept. 30–Feb. 25
This beloved Lerner & Loewe production returns for the first time in 15 years. Follow the story of King Arthur and his knights adapted from T.H. White’s novel, The Once and Future King, featuring popular songs such as Camelot, The Lusty Month of May, If Ever I Would Leave You and I Wonder What the King Is Doing Tonight.
When: Sept. 30–Feb. 25. Preview performances run from Sept. 30–Oct. 6, followed by an official opening night on Oct. 7.
Where: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Chanhassen
Feb. 11–March 12
Anna in the Tropics
When Cuban immigrants brought the cigar-making industry to Florida in the 19th century, they carried with them another tradition: As the workers toiled away, hand-rolling cigars, a lector — typically well-dressed and well-spoken — would read to them. In this 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, the lector introduces workers to Anna Karenina, and the Tampa factory starts to mirror the scandalous Russian aristocracy of Tolstoy’s classic.
When: Feb. 11–March 12
Where: The Jungle Theater, Minneapolis
Wells Fargo WinterSkate
Skate for free through early February, weather permitting.
Where: Loring Park in Minneapolis and Landmark Plaza in St. Paul
Cost: FREE. Skate rentals are $4 per person in St. Paul and complimentary in Minneapolis.
Where the Children Sleep
This emotional exhibition features 22 photographs of refugee children — in the Middle East and Europe fleeing the conflict in Syria — taken by award-winning Swedish photojournalist Magnus Wennman.
When: Through March 5
Where: American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis
Cost: Institute admission is $10 for adults, $7 for ages 62 and older, $5 for ages 6-18, free for members and ages 5 and younger.
Jan. 1–March 5
Music Under Glass
Beat the winter blahs by boogying to blues, bluegrass and ballads in the tropical two-acre Marjorie McNeely Conservatory. This free concert series showcases some of the Twin Cities’ finest musicians on select Sunday afternoons in winter. Beer, wine, soda and light snacks will be available for purchase.
When: 4:30–6:30 p.m. Jan. 1, 8, 15, 22 and Feb. 5, 19, 26, March 5
Where: Como Park Zoo & Conservatory, St. Paul
Jan. 5–April 8
Rise Up, O Men
This brand-new musical comedy — the sixth production in the locally developed Church Basement Ladies series — features the men of the church and the women who serve them. As these hard-working farmers discuss their scrap lumber piles and the benefits of weld versus solder, they unintentionally disrupt the order of the kitchen.
When: Jan. 5–April 8
Where: Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth
Enjoy an all-ages evening of approachable works performed by Twin Cities Ballet dancers, drawing connections to classical music, literature, Americana and iconic ballets, including themes such as Tutus & Toe Shoes, Gothic Romance, Cowboys and Classical Ballet.
When: 7:30 p.m. March 10–11
Where: The Cowles Center, Minneapolis,
Nov. 5–Feb. 25
See dozens of model railroads decorated with snow and holiday lights at the Twin City Model Railroad Museum’s new location in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood.
When: 6–9 p.m. Saturdays Nov. 5–Feb. 25. Santa will visit on Dec. 17.
Where: Twin City Model Railroad Museum, 668 Transfer Road, Suite 8, St. Paul
Cost: Admission is $15 for ages 5 and older.
Nov. 16–April 30
Billed as “35 Years of Music in Minneapolis,” this new exhibit — featuring the work of First Avenue photographer Daniel Corrigan — chronicles the history of the Minneapolis music scene from vintage Prince to the indie hip-hop collective, Doomtree.
When: Nov. 16–April 30
Where: Mill City Museum, Minneapolis
Cost: FREE. Admission to the rest of the museum is $12 adults, $10 ages 65 and older and $6 for ages 5-17.
Oct. 23–May 14
Sundays at Landmark
This annual fall-to-spring series of mostly free cultural and arts events is designed to entertain, enrich and educate all ages.
When: Events start at 1 p.m. and are free, except where noted: Jan. 8 (Minnesota Boychoir); 3 p.m. Jan. 29 (Saint Paul Civic Symphony); Feb. 19 (Carpathian Celebration, $4–$6); 11 a.m. March 19 (Day of Dance, $6); 11 a.m. April 1 (Scottish Ramble, $6); 3 p.m. May 7 (Rose Ensemble); May 14 (Saint Paul Civic Symphony Mother’s Day Concert).
Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul
Cost: Except where noted, admission is free.
A Beautiful Planet
Made in cooperation with NASA, this Omnitheater film features stunning footage of our magnificent blue planet — and the effects humanity has had on it over time — captured by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Toni Myers and narrated by actress Jennifer Lawrence.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: Film tickets cost $9.95 for adults and $8.95 for ages 4–12 and 60 and older.
Race: Are We So Different?
Since its premiere at the science museum in 2007, this powerful, interactive exhibit has been seen by more than 4 million people at more than 50 museums around the country. Artifacts, historic and contemporary photography, multimedia components and interactive activities help visitors explore the science, history and contemporary experiences of race and racism.
Where: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Cost: Free with museum admission ($13 for adults and $10 for ages 4–12 and 60 and older)
Getting divorced? Get educated and empowered with a day of lectures and question-and-answer sessions with local legal, financial, real-estate and mental-health professionals, including attorneys trained in collaborative law.
Where: 3300 Edinborough Way, Suite 550, Edina
Cost: $60 (includes refreshments and lunch); scholarships are available.
Info: See daisycamp.org for updates.
Second Saturday Divorce Workshop
This event is geared toward women who are contemplating divorce, who are in the process of getting divorced or who have already filed for divorce. Explore the legal, financial and emotional aspects of divorce. Discover what resources are available to help you. Talk with others experiencing similar life changes. Learn from experts who have guided others through divorce.
When: 9 a.m.–noon on the second Saturday of every month
Where: Minnetonka Community Center, Shady Oak Room, Minnetonka
Cost: $25 (Men are encouraged to attend Mondays for Men from 5 to 8 p.m. on select Mondays in St. Louis Park. Cost is $25.)
Experience cultures from around the world — including music, dance, food, pets, crafts and more — at the Landmark Center’s international event series, returning for its 13th season as part of its Sundays at Landmark events.
When: 1 p.m. Jan. 22, Feb. 12, March 5, April 9 and 23
Where: Landmark Center, St. Paul