Experience Jazz, a 12-week program for middle school and high school singers, instrumentalists and deejays to learn to play and compose jazz, hip-hop and rhythm and blues music, is accepting applications through March 5. Students work in combos led by professional musicians. The sessions will run online via Zoom from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturdays beginning March 20 with the possibility of in-person sessions outdoors in the second half of the program. The fee is $150. Financial assistance is available upon request. For more information or to submit an application along with an audio or video audition, visit

The Minnesota Orchestra will close its series of free Friday night concerts in the weeks ahead on television (TPT MN), radio (99.5 FM) and the internet ( and “Soaring Strings” at 8 p.m. March 5 will feature con­ductor Juraj Valčuha, violinist James Ehnes and the orchestra in Perkinson’s Sinfonietta No. 1 for Strings. “Lament and Beauty” at 8 p.m. March 19 will feature conductor Osmo Vänskä, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the orchestra in Walker’s Lyric for Strings and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. Most concerts in the series will continue to be available for free on demand at

“German Music, Italian Echoes,” compo­si­tions by J.S. Bach and Giovanni Platti, will be performed by Lyra Baroque Orchestra musicians in a live stream at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 6. Violinist Marc Levine, cellist Tulio Rondón and harpsichordist Tami Morse will play Bach’s Sonata in G Major for violin and obligato harpsichord and Sonata in G Major for violin and continuo and Platti’s Sonatas for Violin, Cello and Continuo. Tickets are $15, $5 for students. For reservations, visit

A class in hand drums for beginners will be offered from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, at Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave. Students will use djembes to explore pulse and rhythm in African music. The cost is $10. Drums are provided. To register, email


Cathedral of Saint Paul organist Christopher Ganza will perform Charles-Marie Widor’s Sixth Symphony in recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at the Cathedral, 239 Selby Ave. Especially chosen for the fourth Sunday in Lent, the symphony will carry listeners on an epic journey from darkness into light. The public is invited to attend in person or via live stream at Admission is free, though donations will be accepted. Social distancing and face masks will be required.

Cellists Charles and Cassidy Asch will perform music inspired by the role of house pets in the 17th and 18th centuries in online concerts at 7 p.m. Friday and 11 p.m. Saturday, March 19 and 20. The program includes the warm and radiant Suite in E flat for Solo Cello by Bach, Sonatas for Two Cellos by Jacob Klein the Younger, and the exuberant sonatas of Jean-Noël Massart. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. For reservations, visit or call 651-321-2214.


The Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., has reopened to the public from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. Due to health and safety considerations, museum capacity is limited and tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information, visit


house ad


The Bell Museum of Natural History will reopen to the public on March 12 at 25 per­cent capacity and with enhanced cleaning and ventilation. Reservations are required. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday through Sun­day. All visitors over age 2 must wear a face covering with two or more layers that fit snugly to the face. Among the exhibits are Minnesota Journeys; Climates of Inequality: Stories of Environmental Justice; Fifty Nights Under the Stars with Artist Mike Shaw; Flora and Pharma: Medicinal Plants and Pandemic Apparel; Connecting to Minnesota’s Forests: Past, Present, Future; and the planetarium with the rotating pro­grams “Out of This World,” “Mysteries of Your Brain” and “Min­ne­sota Night Skies.” Admission is $12, $10 for seniors, $9 for youths ages 3-21. Call 612-
626-9660 or visit

Simple Gifts
The Church of the Lost Souls, a 12-week concert series featuring guitarist Billy Mc­Laughlin (top right) and the band SimpleGifts, con­tinues at 4:30 p.m. Sundays through May 2 at the Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S. in Minneapolis. SimpleGifts includes multi-instru­mentalist Laura MacKenzie (above left), singers Karen Paurus (above right) and Amy Courts (center), and drummer Billy O (top left). Joining them will be blues artist Nicholas David on March 7, the Laura MacKenzie Celtic Celebration on March 14, and Chris Koza on March 28. Ninety-two seats are available in the theater (25 percent capacity). Tickets are $29 in advance, $39 at the door. The concerts will also be live-streamed online with tickets priced at whatever you care to pay. For reser­va­tions, visit


Rez Road 2000, a one-man show by the late Ojibwe storyteller, poet and humorist Jim Northrop about the clash of cultures that makes up the Native American experience, is being streamed through March 7 by the History Theatre. For ticket information, visit


Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., will host free online readings and dis­cus­sions with Literary Lights host Donna Isaac and women poets Shirley Smith Franklin, Wendy Brown-Baez, Marge Barrett, Ethna McKiernan and Terri Ford at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7; author Alexander McCall Smith and his short-story collection, Pianos and Flowers: Brief Encounters of the Romantic Kind, at noon Wednesday, March 10; and Linda Munson and her debut novel, Willa’s Grove, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. To register for the link, visit

Subtext Books, 6 W. Fifth St., will host free online readings and discussions with Linda Brooks, author of Proximities: Art, Education, Activism, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 3; and poets Mary Kay Rummel and Sharon Chmielarz and their collections Nocturnes: Between Flesh and Stone and The J Horoscope, respectively, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24. To register for the link, visit

Et cetera

“Freud in Film,” a presentation on the ways psychologist Sigmund Freud influenced movies and how movies have portrayed the pioneering psychoanalyst, will be offer­ed from 7:30-9 p.m. Friday, March 12. Sponsored by Or Emet, the free online program will be conducted by Don Larsson, professor emer­itus of English at Minnesota State Uni­ver­sity-Mankato. A short Humanistic Jewish Sabbath service will precede the program. To register for the link, email Or Emet president Scott Chazdon at

The Saint Paul Farmers’ Market will hold its annual wellness celebration from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 13, outdoors at Fifth and Wall streets. In addition to the wares of 15 local growers, the event will feature registration for the Bingo Cookbook Club for Kids, a yoga class at 9:30, and healthy cooking and food demonstrations on the half hour beginning at 10 a.m. For information, visit



The Villager welcomes comments from readers. Please include your full name and the neighborhood in which you live. Be respectful of others and stay on topic. We reserve the right to remove any comment we deem to be profane, rude, insulting or hateful. Comments will be reviewed before being published.

Leave a Reply