Tears of Moons, Antonio Duke’s one-man drama that combines African spirituality with epic Greek theater to reckon with the problems of race in America, is being streamed throughout February by Park Square Theatre. Duke plays the Poet, a Homeric narrator wrestling with his own rage and ineffectuality. He deftly weaves other characters into the story, all victims of racial violence. The play was filmed on Park Square’s Boss Stage last November along with live post-show discussions. The new release also includes a recorded conversation among Duke, director Ellen Fenster and Rie Gilsdorf of Embody Equity. Tickets are $10 plus a $1.75 fee. Visit parksquaretheatre.org.
“Miniatures,” newly commissioned operas by Minnesota artists that run between 8 and 10 minutes long, will be streamed from February 5-19 by the Minnesota Opera. The collaborative effort will feature works by Kashimana Ahua and Khary Jackson, Ritika Ganguly and Roshan Ganu, Asoko Hirabayashi and Rebecca Nichloson, and Charlie McCarron and Oanh Vu. The program is free, though donations are welcome. To sign up for digital access, visit mnopera.org.
Promise of America, a musical revue of some of the most popular songs in American history, all by Jewish composers, will be presented from February 13-21 by the Minnesota Jewish Theater Company in an online pay-per-view. Aimee K. Bryant, Al Church, Benjamin Dutcher and Kim Kivens star in this celebration of such musical luminaries as Burt Bacharach, Billy Joel, Stephen Sondheim, Lou Reed, Carol King, Paul Simon, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Bob Dylan, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Lew Pollack. Created by Barbara Brooks and Kevin Dutcher, the revue will be streamed at 8 p.m. February 13, 1 and 7 p.m. February 14, 7:30 p.m. February 17 and 18, and 1 p.m. February 21. Tickets are $15. Visit mnjewishtheatre.org or call 651-647-4315.
A class in hand drumming for beginners will be offered from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, February 9, at the Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave. Use djembes to explore pulse and rhythm and learn how to build a foundation for African songs. Standard COVID protocol will be followed. The cost is $10. Drums are provided. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Minnesota Orchestra continues its winter series of free concerts at 8 p.m. Friday, February 12, with a special Young People’s Experience on television (TPT MN), radio (99.5 FM) and the internet (classicalmpr.org and minnesotaorchestra.org). Sarah Hicks will conduct this Musical Menagerie, a program that invites listeners of all ages to connect music with animals through a partnership with the Minnesota Zoo. It will feature a variety of composers and styles of music along with video and special guests.
Lyra Baroque Orchestra will present two concerts of intimate solos on February 12 and 13 via Zoom. The virtual shows will feature performances by Julie Elhard, viola da gamba; Paul Boehnke, harpsichord; Bryan Boehnke, recorder; and violinists Lucinda Marvin, Ginna Watson, Conor O’Brien and Jenny Lang at 7 p.m. Friday; and Cheryl Zylla, viola d’amore; violists Spencer Martin and Jennifer Kalika; cellist Charles Asch; and violinist Marc Levine at 11 a.m. Saturday. The cost is $10, $5 for students. To receive the link, visit lyrabaroque.org.
The Church of the Lost Souls, a 12-week concert series featuring guitarist Billy McLaughlin, the band SimpleGifts and special guests, will open on Sunday, February 14, at the Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S. in Minneapolis. The concerts will be live-streamed at 4:30 p.m. every Sunday through May 2. Ninety-three seats will be available for in-person attendance (25 percent capacity). Tickets are $29 in advance, $39 at the door, for in-person and whatever you wish to pay for the live stream. SimpleGifts includes singers Kathleen Johnson, Karen Paurus and Amy Courts, multi-instrumentalist Laura MacKenzie and drummer Billy O. Joining them will be special guests Michael Monroe on February 14 and Jennifer Grimm and Joe Crus on February 21. For tickets or to receive the link for the live stream, visit theparkwaytheater.com.
Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., will host free online readings and discussions with writers Shannon Gibney, Chastity Gunn, Banji Lawal, Raymond Camper and IBe’ Kaba for Black history month at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 7; author Brett Biebel and his short-story collection, 48 Blitz, 7 p.m. Monday, February 8; author Janet Graber and her debut novel, The Sting of Love, 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 16; and poet Patrick Cabello Hansel and his new collection, Quitting Time, 7 p.m. Thursday, February 18. To register, visit nextchapterbooksellers.com.
The Saint Paul Public Libraries’ Fireside Reading Series has returned with virtual programs from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. The schedule includes authors Yelena Bailey and her book, How the Streets Were Made: Housing Segregation and Black Life in America, on February 3; Carolyn Holbrook and her book, Tell Me Your Names and I Will Testify, February 10; and Margi Preus and her novel, Village of Scoundrels, February 17. To register for the link, visit tinyurl.com/yy5panw4.
A five-week series of film noir will open on February 4 with Stanley Kubrick’s 1956 masterpiece, The Killing. The films will roll at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays at the Heights Theater, 3951 Central Ave. NE. in Columbia Heights. The schedule also includes This Gun for Hire (1942) starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake on February 11; and director Orson Welles’ The Lady from Shanghai (1947) starring Rita Hayworth on February 18. Tickets are $12. The auditorium is limited to 25 percent capacity. Seats will be assigned for proper distancing. Masks are also required. For reservations, visit heightstheater.com.
The Bell Museum of Natural History will present its annual Space Fest online from February 4-6. The festival will open at 7 p.m. Thursday with “The Sirens of Mars: Searching for Life on Another World,” a webinar with Sarah Stewart Johnson of Georgetown University, who worked on NASA’s Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity rovers. A Cosmic Trivia contest will be held on Friday evening. Free programs on Friday and Saturday will feature scientists from NASA’s Goddard Lab who have been searching for life in space, University of Minnesota researchers who have been studying early life forms on earth, an astrobiology microscope challenge, a U of M study of subglacial microbes, a family story time, and a historical program on Caroline Herschel, the first woman to discover a celestial object. Visit bellmuseum.umn.edu/spacefest2021/.
Send a Singing Valentine to that special someone. The Women’s Choir of Saint Catherine University will deliver it by February 14 via email. You choose the song. The choir will provide the rendition. Among the options are “When I Fall In Love,” “I Love How You Love Me” and the Women’s Choir original “Valentine, Valentine” sung to the tune of “Edelweiss.” The cost is $20 per singing valentine. To order, visit stkate.edu/valentine by February 10.
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