The Minnesota Music Coalition will present its 11th annual MN Music Summit from April 30-May 2. The virtual program includes artist workshops, community conversations and performances at venues across the state. The schedule includes a 7 p.m. concert by Orange Goodness and the Red Hot Django Peppers on Friday; a keynote address by Gary Hines of Sounds of Blackness, networking, workshops, a discussion of the future of the music industry, and a 7 p.m. concert by singer-songwriter Anat Spiegel, Dred I Dread and Miloe on Saturday; and stories and performances by eight Minnesota artists, industry workshops and a concert by Cory Coffman, Superior Siren and AfroGeode. All of the programs are free. Registration is required. For information on in-person tickets or to register for the links, visit

The Minnesota Orchestra will continue its series of free Friday night concerts at 8 p.m. April 30 with “Dreams and Discovery,” a live-streaming of Alberga’s Shining Gate of Morpheus, Stravinsky’s Suite from Pulcinetta and Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 under the baton of Fabien Gabel. “Elements of Possi­bility” will be streamed at 8 p.m. May 14. Osmo Vänskä will conduct this performance of Yaz Lancaster’s dis(armed), Stravinsky’s Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Pender­ecki’s Chaconne in Memoriam del Giovanni Paolo II and Schubert’s Unfinished Sym­phony. Visit

Music written by and dedicated to 18th-century Afro-European violinist and com­poser Joseph Bologne will be performed by Lyra Baroque Orchestra in a live-streamed concert at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 1. The pro­gram, which was rescheduled from April, will feature violinists Lucinda Marvin, Marc Levine and Elizabeth York, violist Ginna Watson, cellist Tulio Rondón and harpsichordist Tami Morse. Tickets are $15, $5 for students. Visit

Sunday Soiree, a live performance by guitar­ists Joe Haus and Michael Ziegahn, will be presented at 5 p.m. May 2 under the north side of the Hamline Avenue bridge over Ayd Mill Road. The free program will be hosted by Urban Landreman of Lex-Ham Arts. Bring a lawn chair if you like and enjoy.

The Peter Kogan Quintet will perform new tunes and arrangements composed by Kogan over the past year in a live concert streaming from 8-10 p.m. Saturday, May 8, from Jazz Central Studios in Minneapolis. A drummer formerly with the Minnesota Orchestra, Kogan will be joined by Pete Whitman on sax, Omar Abdulkarim on trumpet, Christ Bates on bass and Abebi Stafford on piano. The streaming is free, though donations will be welcome. Visit

A class in hand drums for beginners will be offered from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, at the Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave. Students will use djembes to explore pulse and rhythm and learn the foundation of African songs. The cost is $10. Drums are provided. To register, email


Northern Clay Center, 2424 E. Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis, will mark its 30th anniversary with “Pearl,” featuring the work of artists who have been at the core of the center’s exhibition program over the years. “Pearl” will be displayed in the Main Gallery from April 30 through June 20. A virtual exhibition will be held online on May 6. Visit or call 612-339-8007.


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Multimedia works by 40 members of the Minnesota Artists Association will be displayed from May 6 through June 27 in the North Gallery at Landmark Center. The free exhibit features the best works of association members. They will be judged for awards. Art lovers are invited to choose their favorite for the Visitors’ Choice Award. The gallery is open from noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, pending COVID-19 guidelines. Face masks are required. Visit

“Racism: In the Face of Hate We Resist,” a juried exhibit featuring 63 quilts by the Women of Color Quilters Network, is on view through June 12 at the Textile Center, 3000 University Ave. SE. in Minneapolis. The quilts tell stories of resistance and fortitude that have been integral to the survival of Black people in America. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Visit

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Singer-songwriter Peter Mayer (above) will join guitarist Billy Mc­Laughlin and SimpleGifts in concert at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 2, at Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S. in Minneapolis. SimpleGifts includes singers Karen Paurus, Amy Courts and Kathleen Johnson, instru­mentalist Laura MacKenzie and drummer Billy O. Patrons must be masked. Ninety-two seats are available (25 percent capacity). Tickets are $29 in advance, $39 at the door. The concert will also be live-streamed with tickets at whatever you can afford. Visit


The Root Beer Lady, a dramatic reading of a new play about the indomitable Dorothy Molter, will be streamed from May 3-9. Writ­ten and performed by Kim Schultz, the solo show tells of the last legal nonindigenous resident of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, aka Knife Lake Dorothy (1907-1986), whose solitary yet satisfying life pushes back against the premise that she was the “Loneliest Woman in America,” as the Saturday Evening Post claimed in 1952. For tickets, call 651-292-4320 or visit

WonderLand, a spin-off of Alice in Wonder­land presented as steampunk dance theater, will be performed by Collide Theatrical from May 15-30 outside of the James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave. The drama is set at a first-rate mental institution run by a doctor who is tasked with the treatment of a man who suffers from severe anxiety disorder, a young woman with body dysmorphia and an older woman with narcissistic rage. Intended for adults, this story about friendship and accep­tance was created by Regina Peluso. It stars Rush Benson, Renee Guittar, Brian Bose, Miranda Shaughnessy, Heather Brockman and Jarod Boltjes. Show times are 4 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 5 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Friday, May 21. Tickets are $36-$22. Visit or call 651-395-7903.


Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., will host free online readings and dis­cus­sions with authors Rivers Solomon and Solomon’s Gothic fiction Sorrowland at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 4; Shelley Nolden and her novel The Vines at 7 p.m. Monday, May 10; and Jonny Sun and his book, Goodbye, Again: Essays, Reflections and Illustrations, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 11. To register for the link, visit

SubText Books, 6 W. Fifth St., will host free online readings and discussions with poets Margaret Hasse and Athena Kildegaard, editors of Rocked by the Waters, a poetry anthol­ogy on motherhood, at 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day, May 5; and Jeannine Ouellette and her memoir, The Part That Burns, and Keisha Burns and her novel, No Heaven for Good Boys, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 12. To register for the link, visit

South Minneapolis author Eric Dregni will discuss his new book, For the Love of Cod: A Father and Son’s Search for Norwegian Happiness, in a virtual program at 7 p.m. Thurs­day, May 6. Sasha Aslanian of Min­ne­sota Public Radio will take part in the conversation. To register for the link, visit



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