Books

Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., will host free online discussions with William Souder and Mad at the World, his biography of John Steinbeck, at 7 p.m. October 14; and David Leavitt and his novel, Shelter in Place, at 7 p.m. October 15. Visit nextchapterbooksellers.com.

Subtext Books, 6 W. Fifth St., will host free online discussions with authors Mindy Grei­ling and her memoir, Fix What You Can: Schiz­o­phrenia and a Lawmaker’s Fight for Her Son, at 7 p.m. October 14; and Lin Enger and his novel, American Gospel, at 7 p.m. October 27. Visit subtextbooks.com.

Dance

Enjoy an afternoon of dance and other amusements from the comfort of your own vehicle at “Drive-In Forward,” Ballet Co.Laboratory’s third annual benefit, on Saturday, October 24, in the company’s back parking lot at 276 E. Lafayette Frontage Road. Featured will be live dance performances, complimentary boxed food and bottled drinks, and recorded music streamed to your car, along with a virtual silent auction, socially distanced games, raffles and other surprises. Two programs are scheduled— from 1-3 p.m. and 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tickets are $55 ($20 tax-deductible) general admission, or $150 ($115 tax-deductible) with a reserved parking spot. Visit balletcolaboratory.org or call 651-313-3967.  

Exhibits

The Saint Paul Art Collective has gone virtual with its semiannual Art Crawl. Throughout the month of October, artist members will hold an auction and fundraiser with dozens of original and reproduction pieces; a solo exhibit featuring the works of 2020 Members Show Best-in-Show Heather Friedli, a group exhibit by Honorable Mention and People’s Choice winners Friedli, MaryBeth Garrigan and Carly Swenson; and a Studio Crawl with live and pre-recorded artist demonstrations, art talks and studio tours. For information, visit stpaulartcollective.org.

“1.5,” an exhibit by seven artists from South­east Asia who immigrated to the U.S. as children and their descendants, is on display through January 3 in the sidewalk and sky­way windows of the Minnesota Museum of American Art, 350 Robert St. Free kits with art supplies and activities related to the Southeast Asian diaspora exhibit may be picked up between 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, October 25, outside of the museum. For information, visit mmaa.org

“Stars and Stripes Over the Rhine,” the story of the social, political and economic connections made by Americans in Germany in the years following World Wars I and II, will be told through a traveling exhibit and film from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sundays, October 18, November 15 and 22, at the Germanic-American Institute (GAI), 301 Summit Ave. The exhibit may also be viewed online at gai-mn.org/Chapters. The film is also being shown on the GAI’s YouTube channel. Virtual talks related to the exhibit are scheduled from 6-7 p.m. on October 23 and November 23. Register at gai-mn.org.

Music

Italian trios from the Baroque era by Locatelli, Rossi, Uccellini, Vitali and Vivaldi will be performed by Lyra Baroque Orchestra violinists Ginna Watson and Theresa Elliott, cellists Tulio Rondón and Charles Asch, and harpsichordist Donald Livingston in a live-streamed concert at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 24. Tickets are $15, $5 for students. Visit lyrabaroque.org.  

“Dulcian and Bassoon: First Rumblings,” a performance of some of the earliest sonatas for these reed instruments of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, will be presented live via Zoom at 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday, October 30 and 31. Music by Antonio Bertoli and J. E. Galliard will be played by Joseph Jones on dulcian and bassoon, Charles Asch on cello and Donald Livingston on harpsi­chord. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. Visit lyrabaroque.org.

musicians
The Patterson-Sutton Duo, featuring cellist Kimberly Patterson and her guitarist husband Patrick Sutton, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 17, on the Min­nesota Guitar Society’s YouTube channel. An interview with the couple will precede the concert at 7 p.m. Reservations are free, but donations are welcome. Visit mnguitar.org.

Film

The Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival, a virtual screening of feature-length narratives and documentaries and short films, will be presented online from October 15 through November 1. To access the films and the post-film discussions, register for a free festival pass at tcjfilmfest.org.

“Discovering Minnesota Baseball,” a virtual history of the national pastime, will open at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 22, with Martha Ackmann’s video on Saint Paul’s Toni Stone, the first woman to play in the Negro Leagues. Marcenia Lyle Alberga, aka Toni Stone, began playing at 17 with the Twin City Colored Giants, an all-Black ball team that traveled across the U.S. playing townball teams. A virtual tour of Minnesota’s most revered ballparks will be offered by Todd Mueller at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 29. Both programs are free, though donations will be taken. Visit dakotahistory.org.

Theater

Operation: Immigration, Avi Aharoni’s one-man drama about a Minnesotan who investigates his late father’s immigration and assimilation and in the process finds himself, will be presented online from October 17-25 by the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company. Show times are 8 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m., 1 and 7 p.m. on Sundays; 1 p.m. Tuesday; and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Tickets are $15. For reservations, call 651-647-4315 or visit mnjewishtheatre.org.

The Boy Wonder, a musical by Keith Hovis about Harold Stassen, who at age 31 was elected governor of Minnesota in 1938, helped create the United Nations and fought for decades to redefine the Republican Party and be its presidential candidate, will be pre­sented online from October 30-November 5 in a staged reading by the History Theatre. The production is part of “Raw Stages” series, a series of readings of new scripts by Minnesota artists. The Zoom program includes the reading, a short interview with the creative team and a live discussion with the audience. Tickets are $15-$50. Visit historytheatre.com.

Family

Saint Paul’s Bucket Brigade Theater brings back Big, Little Monster for six weekend performances at Bruentrup Heri­tage Farm, 2170 E. County Road D in Maple­wood. The musical pulls back the curtain on the world of monsters, reminding those struggling with fear and anxiety that they are not alone. Show times are 2 and 4 p.m. October 25, 31 and November 1. The venue offers distanced seating, a vaulted ceiling and ample ventilation. Audi­ence members are required to wear masks. Interactive exhibits, a scavenger hunt and refreshments will be available. Those who wear a costume will receive a trick-or-treat bag. Tickets are $15, $10 for children age 12 and under. Visit bucketbrigadetheater.com.

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