WonderLand, a spinoff of Alice in Wonder­land presented as steampunk dance theater, will be  performed by Collide Theatrical on weekends from May 15 through June 20 at two outdoor locations. The drama is set at a first-rate mental institution run by Dr. Andrew Knight, who is tasked with treating a man who suffers from severe anxiety disorder, a young woman with body dysmorphia and an older woman with narcissistic rage. Intended for adults, the story about friendship and acceptance was created by Regina Peluso. May performances are at 4 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 5 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Friday, May 21, outside of the James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave. June shows will be at 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays outside of the Mill City Museum, 704 Second St. S. in Minneapolis. Tickets are $22-$36. Visit or call 651-395-7903.


Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton will be joined by pianist Jake Heggie in a virtual concert that features Heggie’s new song cycle, “Iconic Legacies: First Ladies at the Smithsonian.” Works by Schubert, Brahms and Florence Price will also be featured in the free recital, which premieres on May 12 on the Schubert Club’s website and YouTube channel and will be available for replay until June 12. Visit

The Minnesota Orchestra’s series of free Friday night concerts will continue with “Elements of Possi­bility” at 8 p.m. May 14. Osmo Vänskä will conduct this online 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. “Remembrance and Reflection” will be the free online offering at 8 p.m. May 28. Vänskä will conduct violinist Karen Gomyo and the orchestra in works by Shostakovich, Saint-Georges, Simon and Mahler. Visit

Free concerts are being presented under the north end of the bridge that carries Hamline Avenue over Ayd Mill Road. The schedule includes classical guitarist Joe Haus and flamenco guitarist Michael Ziegahn at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 16; the Washboard Brothers from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 21; and the Lex-Ham Community Band at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 23. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, follow recommended COVID guidelines and enjoy the tunes.


Artaria String Quartet will perform contemporary quartets by Libby Larsen, Tegere Tulon, Caroline Shaw and Jessie Montgomery in a free online program at 7 p.m. Friday, May 21. Donations are welcome. To register, visit

Two works by Bach will be performed by piccolo cellist Tulio Rondon in a live Zoom recital at 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21 and 22. The piccolo cello is a five-string instrument that was widely used during the Baroque era. The program includes Cello Suite in D Major as well as a transcription Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. Visit


SubText Books, 6 W. Fifth St., will host free online readings and discussions with 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; and Sophie Mackintosh and her dystopian novel, Blue Ticket, at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 15. To register for the link, visit


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The University of Minnesota Press will host free online discussions with author Beth Dooley and her new cookbook, The Perennial Kitchen: Simple Recipes for a Healthy Future, at 6 p.m. Monday, May 17; and author Ranae Lenor Hanson and her new book, Watershed: Attending to Body and Earth in Distress, at 7 p.m. Tues­day, May 18. To register for the links, visit or, respectively.

The monthly Bridges Reading will feature poets Chia-Lun Chang, Jefferson Carter, Paula Cisewski and Sagirah Shahid and novelist V.V. Ganeshananthan at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20. Hosted by Stan Kusunoki, the free reading is a Zoom program. To register for the link, visit

Rush Benson (left), Jarod Boltjes, Patrick Jeffrey and Miranda Shaughnessy star in WonderLand, Collide Theatrical's new spinoff of Alice in Wonder­land which will be performed on weekends from May 15 through June 20 at two outdoor locations. For details, see Theater listing.


The Bow Wow Film Festival will return on Sunday, May 23, with 20 short films from around the world about dogs and dog lovers plus one gratuitous cat video. Suitable for families, the program will begin at 2 p.m. at the Parkway Theatre, 4814 Chicago Ave. S. in Minneapolis. The doors will open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $11 each for in-person or virtual attendance, $30 per family for virtual attendance only. 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 integral to the survival of Black people in America. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Visit A free Zoom session from 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20, will celebrate the release of Quilters Network member Carolyn L. Mazloomi’s new book, We Are the Story: A Visual Response to Racism. Again, visit

“Sinclair Lewis: 100 Years of Main Street” is on view at the Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. Lewis’ novels and short stories sold millions, and in 1930 he became the first Amer­ican to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. The History Center is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $8-$12. Visit or call 651-259-3015.

“Outer Experiences: Black Life in Rural and Suburban Minnesota” is on view through June 20 in the window galleries of the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Fourth and Robert streets. The exhibit includes photographs by Chris McDuffie and an oral history of Black Minnesotans about their experiences in small towns living on the margins of society. Visit

Multimedia works by 40 members of the Minnesota Artists Association are on view through June 27 in the North Gallery at Landmark Center. The gallery is open from noon-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Face masks are required. Visit

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March of the Governors, a series of free podcasts on the governors of Minnesota, is being presented by the Ramsey County Historical Society. Led by author Paul Nelson, a team of local historians will introduce listeners to each of the gover­nors in chronological order. Programs on the state’s first three governors, Henry Sibley, Alexander Ramsey and Henry Swift, are now available. Visit


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