Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., will host free online readings and discussions with authors Shawna Kay Rodenberg and her memoir, Kin, at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 10; Michael Kleber-Diggs and his poetry collecton, Worldly Things, 7 p.m. Monday, June 14; Cary J. Griffith and his natural history mystery novel, Wolf Kill, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 16; Colin Dayan and Animal Quintet, her lyrical memoir about growing up in the South, 7 p.m. Monday, June 21; and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams and her book, Our Time Is Now, 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 22. To register for the link, visit nextchapterbooksellers.com.
SubText Books, 6 W. Fifth St., will host free online readings and discussions with authors Ames Sheldon and Mary Logue and their novels, Lemons in the Garden of Love and The Streel, respectively, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 16. To register for the link, visit subtextbooks.com.
Argyle Zebra Gallery, 308 Prince St., is displaying the following exhibits through the end of June: “Travel Through My Lens,” photographs from France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, the Netherlands and Portugal by Tom Reynen; “The Art of Nature,” paintings and drawings by emerging artists depicting plants, bugs, animals, birds or natural landscapes; a vibrant collection of acrylic paintings by West End artist MaryBeth Garrigan; and the works of AZ Gallery members Amy Clark, Angela Spencer, Beth Stoneberg, Beth Peck, Jessica Turtle and Joe Linn. The gallery in the historic Northern Warehouse building is open to the public free of charge from 5-8 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays. Visit theazgallery.org.
Walking tours in and around downtown Saint Paul are once again being offered by Landmark Center. The free tours step out at 10 a.m. Wednesdays this summer. The schedule includes the Great River Tour along the mighty Mississippi on June 9 and 23 and the Rice Park area on June 16. Tours are limited to 10 participants, and reservations are required. COVID protocols will be observed. Visit landmarkcenter.org or call Sydney at 651-292-3063. Virtual tours are available anytime at landmarkcenter.org.
A longhorn beetle with antennae more than 12 feet across. A butterfly with a five-foot wingspan. Heavily-armored stag beetles with jaws as big as a human leg. These await visitors to the Bell Museum, Cleveland and Larpenteur avenues in Falcon Heights. From June 11 to September 12, Bugs Outside the Box will present precise replicas of the insect world blown up to gigantic proportions, as well as life-size examples of the insects with information on their habits and habitats. A Build A Bug game invites visitors to create their own bugs from bug parts. Specimens from the University of Minnesota Insect Museum will be displayed along with the proper tools for collecting specimens. Bug triva night and workshops on such topics as planting for pollinators and eco-friendly garden pest management will also be offered. Timed reservations are required. Admission is $12, $10 for seniors, $9 for youths ages 3-21. Call 612-626-9660 or visit bellmuseum.umn.edu/admissions.
Music as free as the fresh air in which it is performed is being presented at 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays in Minnehaha Falls Park, 4801 S. Minnehaha Drive. The schedule includes the Pig’s Eye Jass Band on June 10; the bluegrass of Blue Grove, June 11; the Americana of Sonic Love Child, June 17; alternative rockers Dark Light Oblivion, June 18; singer-songwriters Sesay & Kaity Joan and Glossy, June 24; and finger-style guitarist Peter Ruddy, June 25.
A mix of old and new solos, duos and trios will be performed on June 11 and 12 by Baroque musicians Paul Jacobson and Immanuel Davis on flauti traversi and Donald Livingston on harpsichord. The concerts will be live-streamed via Zoom at 7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10, $5 for students. For more information or reservations, visit lyrabaroque.org.
The Minnesota Orchestra’s series of free online concerts will continue with “Radiance and Light” at 8 p.m. Friday, June 11, featuring pianist Juho Pohjonen and conductor Osmo Vänskä in works by Haydn, Chopin and Saint-Georges; and “A Summer Prelude” at 8 p.m. Friday, June 25, featuring Vänskä and violinist Erin Keefe in works by Coleridge-Taylor and Weill and the world premiere of Vänskä’s Overture. The concerts are open to a limited in-person audience. Visit minnesotaorchestra.org.
“Towards Telemann,” music by Telemann, those who influenced him and those who were influenced by him, will be streamed live at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 19. Performers include Miriam Scholz-Carlson and Conor O’Brien on violins, Julie Elhard on viola da gamba and basse de violon, Tulio Rondón on cello and Donald Livingston on harpsichord. Tickets are $5 and $15. Visit lyrabaroque.org.
Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed from June 18 through July 18 by the Classical Actors Ensemble in parks across the Twin Cities. The music is live, admission is free, and theater-goers are invited to pack a picnic supper. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. Friday, June 18, at the Lyndale Park Rose Garden, 4124 Roseway Road in Minneapolis; 7 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Lake of the Isles, Newton Avenue and Lake of the Isles Parkway in Minneapolis; 7 p.m. Sunday, June 20, at Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave. S. in Minneapolis; 7 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at Lake of the Isles; and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at Cedar Lake East Beach, 2000 Upton Ave. S., Minneapolis. Visit classicalactorsensemble.org.
Shakespeare’s delightful comedy, Twelfth Night will be performed in the open air by Classics Lost ’n’ Found Theater at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, June 25-26 and July 2-3, at Lake Nokomis Park, 2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy. in Minneapolis. Admission is by donation. In case of rain, the show will be moved inside Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church, 5011 31st Ave. S. in Minneapolis.
Free movies are rolling at dusk this summer outdoors in Minneapolis parks. Sponsored by the city’s Parks and Recreation Board, the films include Black Panther (rated PG-13) on June 10 in Minnehaha Falls Park, 4801 S. Minnehaha Drive; Moneyball (PG-13), June 11, Lake Harriet Bandshell; Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker (PG-13), June 24, Brackett Park, 2728 S. 39th Ave.; and Angry Birds 2 Frenemies (PG), June 25, Lake Harriet Bandshell. Visit mplsmusicandmovies.com.
Drive-in movies are being presented monthly this summer at Saint Paul’s Union Depot. Jurassic Park will be shown at 9:15 p.m. Friday, June 25. Grab your popcorn and pull up to a parking spot in Lot D off Kellogg Boulevard underneath the Lafayette Bridge. Tickets are $15 per car and can be purchased at eventbrite.com. Parking is first-come, first-served starting at 7 p.m. Hot dogs, chili dogs, candy and other concessions will be available. For information, visit uniondepot.org.
Deutsche Tage (German Days), a weekend of German food, beer and entertainment, will return on June 12 and 13 to the grounds of the Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave. The event will run from noon-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Performing live will be the Bavarian Musikmeisters, Alpensterne, Ron Machel, master concertinist Josh Eidsor, the Turkish music ensemble Makam Baklava, Rivers Ballet and Minnesota Opera soprano Karin Wolverton. Cultural programming for all ages, German language classes for adults and children and a German immersion preschool will also be featured. Admission is free. Food will be served by the Black Forest Inn and Ruhland’s Strudel Haus. Four German beers will be on tap. Soft drinks will also be available. Adults 21 and over must buy a $5 wristband to purchase beer and wine at the bar. Patrons are advised to wear a face mask when not eating or drinking. Visit gaimn.org.
Comedy and music by women and for everyone will be featured from 5-7 p.m. on Sundays, June 20 and July 4 through August 22, on the outdoor stage at Keg and Case Market, 928 W. Seventh St. Produced by Rock What You Got, the entertainment is free and rated PG-13. Visit rockwhatyougotlive.com.
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