Books

Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., will present the following virtual events in the coming fortnight via Zoom: historian Curt Brown discussing his book, Minnesota 1918: When Flu, Fire and War Ravaged the State, at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14; Maria Reva telling about her short-story collection, Good Citizens Need Not Fear, at 6 p.m. Friday, May 15; Christopher G. Bremicker conversing about his collection, Song for My Baby and Other Stories, with St. Paul novelist William Kent Krueger at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 16; Elizabeth Wetmore discussing her debut novel, Valentine, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 20; and Jennifer Ackerman exploring her book, The Bird Way: A New Look at How Birds Talk, Work, Play, Parent and Think, at 7 p.m. Friday, May 22. To register for the events, visit nextchapterbooksellers.com or call 651-225-8989 for more information.

Exhibits

Landmark Center is offering two exhibits through its website at landmarkcenter.org. “Polish Art: Brooklyn to Minnesota,” a virtual tour of the private collection of Brian and Teresa McMahon, is available through June 7. “Evidence of Humanity,” a photography exhibit curated by Wing Young Huie to illustrate the efforts of people to communicate with others or express their connection to those around them, is being shown through June 26.

The Minnesota Museum of American Art is offering online tours through The M at Home page on its website at mmaa.org. Among the current offerings are “A Choice of Weapons: Honor and Dignity,” featuring the photographs of Jamel Shabazz and the late Gordon Parks; and “Gordon Parks: A Homecoming,” featuring the work of the former staff photographer for the African American-owned Twin Cities newspapers the St. Paul Recorder and the Minneapolis Spokesman.

Film

The Science Museum of Minnesota and its Omnitheater are temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but several Omni and IMAX films have been made available for free streaming. Visit smm.org, sit back and enjoy a big screen adventure at home. The choices include Dinosaurs Alive!, The Living Sea, Mummies: Secrets of the Pharoahs, National Parks Adventure and Wild Ocean.

The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival will roll from May 15-23 but in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A robust selection of narrative and documentary films are promised following a pre-festival Virtual Dance Party on Thursday, May 14, with Transmission’s DJ Jake Rudh. Some of the films will be presented at specific times, while others will be available for the duration. Tickets for individual screenings are $10 for the general public, $5 for MSP Film Society members. Festival passes will also be available. For more information, visit mspfilm.org or call 612-331-7563.

Theater

The curtain may have come down on the current season due to the coronavirus pandemic; however, History Theatre is stream­ing popular productions from the past. Coco’s Diary, a musical drama for the entire family based on Summit Avenue teenager Clotilde “Coco” Irvine’s diary from the 1920s, is playing now through May 21. In it, Coco tells of the ups and downs of a bright, adventurous and wickedly funny girl who is constantly in a fix “through no fault of my own.” Visit historytheatre.com.

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