Theater

Sweetland: The Musical is being streamed online through June 25 by the History Theatre. Written by Perrin Post and Laurie Flanigan Hegge with music by Dina Maccabee and choreography by Joe Chvala, the prerecorded production 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 that name by Ali Selim and Will Weaver’s short story “A Gravestone Made of Wheat.” For tickets to the streaming, visit historytheatre.org.

Theater Thursday, free video replays of historical dramas produced at Landmark Center in previous years, may be viewed on Thursdays, June 25 and July 2. The plays feature prominent members of the Twin Cities legal community in historical roles. A different production is posted each week. Visit landmarkcenter.org.

Exhibits

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.

Twenty-nine artists who recently earned bachelor’s degrees in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities are exhibiting their works online through March 31, 2021. Among the media are animation, ceramics, drawing, mixed-media, painting, photography, sculpture and game design. Visit umnart-here29.com.

The AZ Gallery, located in Suite 130 of the Northern Warehouse Building, 308 Prince St. has reopened to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. All members have new work on display. Social distancing and the wearing of facemasks are required in the gallery.  Surfaces are also being cleaned between each shift for the safety of guests and staff. A virtual art show is also available. Visit theazgallery.org.

“Public Art: The Permanent Collection of Landmark Center” is on view now through August 8 at landmarkcenter.org. Each week another piece from Landmark Center’s extensive collection will be added to the website along with links to learn more about the artists, their art forms and how to create art in the spirit of these artists.

Books

Indian immigrant author Alka Joshi will discuss her new novel, The Henna Artist, in a free online program at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24. The free event is sponsored by SubText Books, 6 W. Fifth St. To register to receive the link, call 651-493-2791 or visit subtextbooks.com.

 

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Minnesota’s Geologist: The Life of Newton Horace Winchell will be discussed by its author, Sue Leaf, in free online programs at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25 (to access the link, visit zenithbookstore.com); and at 7 p.m. Monday, July 6 (to access the link, nextchapterbooksellers.com).

“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.

St. Paul author Eric Holthaus will discuss his new book, The Future Earth: A Radical Vision for What’s Possible in the Age of Warming, in an online Zoom program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 30. The free program is sponsored by Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave. To register for the link, visit nextchapterbooksellers.com or call 651-225-8989 for more information.

Clay Man Soo and Alessandra Bongiardina star in Park Square Theatre’s 2015 production of "Romeo and Juliet." The Shakespearean tragedy about a love between teens from opposite sides of an age-old family feud is available for streaming through June 30. To get the password to stream the video online, email education@parksquaretheatre.org. Photo by Flordelino Lagundino

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; Joel Puckett and Eric Simonson’s The Fix, an epic tale set against the backdrop of America’s favorite pastime, now through July 19; and Mozart’s timeless comedy of errors, The Marriage of Figaro, from July 11-26. Visit mnopera.org.

Film

The Science Museum of Minnesota is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but several Omnitheater films are available for streaming. Visit smm.org/omnifest/ and sit back and enjoy a big-screen adventure at home. The choices include America’s Musical Journey; Coral Reef Adventure; Dinosaurs Alive!; Dolphins; Dream Big: Engineering Our World; The Living Sea; Mummies: Secrets of the Pharoahs; National Parks Adventure; and Wild Ocean. A few of the films require payment.

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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 two videos are 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.

“2020 Elections: Protected or Infected?” will be presented by the League of Women Voters St. Paul from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 30, on the league’s Facebook page as well as the St. Paul Neighborhood Network’s cable tele­vision Channel 19. The free program will address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Minnesota’s 2020 primary and general elections and current legislation regarding voting and elections. Nick Harper, civic engagement director for the League of Women Voters Minnesota, and Junior Alvados of Minnesota Voice, a coalition of nonprofit organizations working for permanent changes in racial, social and economic justice by increasing civic engagement and voter participation across the state, will speak. Registration is required to participate in the program. Visit lwvsp.org.

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