Music From the Porch, a series of free concerts at noon on Wednesdays from the front porch of Landmark Center, will open on August 5 with the smooth pop and folk sounds of Joey Ryan (above left). Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a bag lunch and enjoy the rhythms in Rice Park across the street. The rich soulful blues of singer Kashimana (left) will be featured on August 12. Dan “Daddy Squeeze” Newton (above) will perform his world music on August 19. Face masks are encouraged. Social distancing will be the rule.
Jazz Fest Live continues every Thursday in August from the patio at Crooner’s Lounge and Supper Club in Fridley. The summer series of free online performances will feature singer Connie Evingson and the music of Peggy Lee at 7 p.m. August 6; alto saxophonist Sofia Kickhofel and her quartet, 6 p.m. August 13; trombonist Dave Graf, 7:30 p.m. August 20; and singer Robin Robertson, 7 p.m. August 27. A limited number of tickets to attend the concert in person are available for purchase. Video recordings of past concerts may also be watched. Visit twincitiesjazzfestival.com.
The Minnesota Music Cafe, 449 Payne Ave., will present a live performance of the Soulmates performing the hits of Motown on Saturday, August 15. Ascending the stage will be Wilbur Cole on vocals and keyboards, Bill Peltier on bass, Tom Donohue on drums, Steve Clarke on sax and flute and vocals, Mick McCormick on guitar and Johnny O Keefe on guitar and vocals. The doors will open at 7 p.m. The show starts at 8 p.m. The cover charge is $10. Call 651-776-4699 or visit minnesotamusiccafe.com.
“Raw Stages,” five readings of new scripts by Minnesota artists, will be streamed by the History Theatre via Zoom from August through November. The series opens with Not In Our Neighborhood from August 7-13, a new version of a play by Tom Fabel and Eric Wood about the shameful history of housing segregation in Saint Paul’s Groveland Park neighborhood in 1924. The series continues with Diesel Heart from September 4-10, Wilson’s Girl from October 2-8, Boy Wonder! from October 30-November 5, and The Betty Crocker Musical from November 20-26. Each program will include the reading of a draft or reworking of a play. Prior to the reading, History Theatre will present a short interview with the creative team. Following each week of streaming, audiences can join in a live discussion with the creative team. Tickets are priced from $15-$50 per show, or $65 for the series. Visit historytheatre.com.
The Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company will open its season on August 15 with a production of 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother by Kate Moira Ryan and Judy Gold. Based on interviews with 50 Jewish mothers over the course of five years, the poignant, honest, and fiercely funny comedy will be presented through August 30 at various outdoor venues, including Harriet Island. Kim Kivens stars. For information on show times and tickets, visit mnjewishthreatre.org, call 651-647-4315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fast Fest, the Minnesota Association of Community Theatres’ biennial short-play festival, will be held online on Saturday, August 22. The virtual festival will run all day with morning workshops on the creative process followed by the short plays from 1:30-9 p.m. Each play will be introduced beforehand and discussed afterward. Among the shows are A Minnesotan Soap Opera, or the Cold and the Uff-da-ful by County Seat Theater; Will (ful)(ly) by Ole Olson Onstage; Bonnie and Clod by Marshall Area Stage Company; The Wild by Merlin Players; The Aunt and the Sluggard by Little Theatre of Owatonna; Match Dot Bomb by Taken for Granite Players; In a Time of Masks by Pargeter Players; Slimm, Jim and the VI by Mindless Mirth Productions; Twelfth Night by Classics Lost ’n’ Found Theatre; and Bad Mystery Suspense/Science Fiction Theater by NKB Productions. Tickets are $12 for the workshops, $15 for the afternoon session, $15 for the evening session and $25 for the festival package. Visit mact.net.
“Muddy Waters: Climate Change, the Environment and What We Can Learn from Jewish Texts,” featuring new works by the Jewish Artists’ Laboratory, is now on view at online.flippingbook.com/view/325840. The 58-page flipbook is a project of the Sabes and Saint Paul Jewish Community Centers. It includes a variety of works commenting subtly and overtly on the state of planet earth, humanity’s responsibility as stewards and the role of art in making change.
A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library’s One Book, One Minnesota selection, is available for free download through August 23. Published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press in 2016, the e-book is a collection of essays by 16 writers about what it is like to be a person of color in Minnesota. Contributing authors will take part in a series of free programs online. The schedule includes Kao Kalia Yang, 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, August 11; David Mura, 7-8 p.m. Thursday, August 13; Taiyon Coleman, Shannon Gibney, David Lawrence Grant, Carolyn Holbrook, IBé and Andrea Jenkins, 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, August 20; Shannon Gibney, 2-3 p.m. Friday, August 21; and Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, 2-3 p.m. Saturday, August 22. To register, visit sppl.org.
The Bell Museum Planetarium will reopen to the public on Thursday, August 6, with two all-ages programs: “Minnesota Night Sky” and “Out of This World,” putting the spotlight on Mars as NASA’s Perseverance rover heads for a February 2021 landing on the red planet. The planetarium will operate at 25 percent capacity for safe physical distancing with extra time between shows for cleaning. All visitors over age 2 must wear a face mask. Tickets are available in advance only at bellmuseum.umn.edu.
The Twin City Model Railroad Museum has reopened to the public at 25 percent capacity between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. To promote health and safety, visitors are required to follow a route through the museum, keep a distance of 6 feet from anyone outside their household, and wear face masks (age 3 and older). Touched objects are sanitized frequently. All wooden train layouts in the children’s play area have been removed. Tickets must be purchased in advance at tcmrm.eventbrite.com. The cost is $11.94 each, free for children age 4 and under, $25 for a family of three and $30 for a family of four. Visit tcmrm.org.
World Without Genocide will offer two online programs via Zoom in the days ahead. The schedule includes “The Legacy of the Genocide of the American Indians” from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, August 5; and “From Protest to Justice: Retribution, Restitution and Change” from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, August 6. The cost for each program is $10, $5 for seniors and students, or $25 with two continuing legal education credits. Visit worldwithoutgenocide.org.
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