Books

“Writing the Hard Books for Hard Times” will be discussed by St. Paul author Kao Kalia Yang and Minneapolis author John Coy at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 25, in a virtual program sponsored by the Loft Literary Center. Yang will read from her new children’s book, The Shared Room, in which a family struggles to move forward following the loss of a child. Coy will read from his book, If We Were Gone, which imagines a world without people. The cost for the hour-long program is $10 or whatever you can afford. Visit loft.org/events/upcoming-events.

Exhibits

Landmark Center is offering a variety of online programs. Virtual expeditions to the African countries of Senegal and Sierra Leone are available through June 15 through articles, videos and other cultural links. “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 on view through June 26. Visit landmarkcenter.org.

The Minnesota Museum of American Art is offering online tours through its M at Home page 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.

Theater

Romeo and Juliet, Park Square Theatre’s 2015 production of the tragedy by William Shakespeare, is available for streaming online through June 30. Adapted and directed by David Mann, the drama was filmed by Michael Hanisch. For the password to stream the video, email education@parksquaretheatre.org.

   

Theater Thursday, a free video replay of historical dramas produced in previous years at Landmark Center, may be viewed on Thursdays, June 11, 18 and 25. A different production will be posted each week. The plays feature prominent members of the Twin Cities legal community in historical roles. Visit landmarkcenter.org.

Sweetland: The Musical will be streamed online from June 12-25 by the History Theatre. Written by Perrin Post and Laurie Flanigan Hegge with music by Dina Maccabee and choreography by Joe Chvala, the premiere production from 2017 tells of a German woman who immigrates to America to marry a bachelor farmer sight unseen in the years following World War I. It is based on a film by the same name by Ali Selim and on Will Weaver’s short story “A Gravestone Made of Wheat.” For tickets to the streaming, visit historytheatre.org.

The Mysterious Old Radio Listening Society returns to Park Square Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 15. In addition to a prerecorded show from the golden age of radio with imagined commercials, eerie music and live sound effects, the online presentation will include a live introduction and post-show discussion. Featured on June 15 will be two audio plays adapted from classic literature: The Great God Pan from the Weird Library and The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb adapted from the short story by Agatha Christie. Eric Webster, Shanan Custer, Joshua English Scrimshaw and Tim Uren star. Those who purchase a $15 ticket will be emailed an invitation to the Zoom presentation on the morning of the show. Visit parksquaretheatre.org.

 

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Music

The Minnesota Opera is offering a series of past performances as audio recordings that can be streamed online. The schedule includes Wagner’s Das Rheingold now through June 28; Paul Moravec and Mark Campbell’s The Shining, based on the novel by Stephen King, now through July 5; Mas­senet’s sensual and melodic Thais, now through July 12; and Joel Puckett and Eric Simonson’s The Fix, an epic tale set against the backdrop of the national pastime, now through July 19. Visit mnopera.org.

The Center for Irish Music’s 12th annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend will be held online on June 13 and 14. Traditional Irish music concerts and workshops for instrumentalists of all ages will be featured with such world-class artists as Matt Cranitch (fiddle), Conal Ó Gráda (flute, whistle), Benny McCarthy (accordion), Pauline Connelly (banjo), Brian Ó hAirt (concertina), Danny Diamond (fiddle) and Seán Gavin (uilleann pipes, flute). Live-streamed concerts will feature the Center for Irish Music’s Advanced Youth Ensemble, June 10; McCarthy, June 11; Ó Gráda, Seán Gavin, Danny Diamond and Brian Miller, June 13; and Cranitch, June 14. A Great Session Experience on June 12 will invite the audience to play along from home. The concerts are free, though donations will be accepted. For information, visit centerforirishmusic.org.

Et cetera

Union Depot’s Train Days event has moved online this year. The virtual experience will feature a six-part video miniseries highlight­ing memories of St. Paul’s magnificent train station, the history of locomotives, interviews with railroading experts and more. The first video is now available at uniondepot.org/traindays. There, artists of all ages may register for a coloring contest and the chance to win up to $250 in prizes.

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