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.
Origins, a short piece in which disabled artists tell how they got started in the dramatic arts, will be presented by Full Circle Theater on June 25 and 26 along with a panel discussion on issues of equity for disabled performers and performers of color. The live program is being presented online at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Panelists include Nathan R. Stenberg, Quinci Bachman, Fern Naomi Renville and Houa Moua. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Visit tinyurl.com/DisabilityandTheater.
Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is being performed through July 18 in parks across the Twin Cities by the Classical Actors Ensemble. The music is live, admission is free, and theater-goers are invited to pack a picnic supper. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 26, at Lake of the Isles; 3 p.m. Sunday, June 27, at Cedar Lake East Beach, 2000 Upton Ave. S., Minneapolis; 7 p.m. Thursday, July 1, at Saint Clement’s Church, 901 Portland Ave.; 7 p.m. Friday, July 2, in Newell Park, 900 N. Fairview Ave.; 7 p.m. Saturday, July 3, 10 and 17, at Lake of the Isles; 7 p.m. Friday, July 9, on Como Boulevard and Churchill Street in Como Park; and 7 p.m. Sunday, July 18, at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 725 Vineland Place. Visit classicalactorsensemble.org.
Pillsbury House Theatre celebrates the resilience of Black people through history in Aleshea Harris’ What to Send Up When It Goes Down. The innovative drama uses monologues, scenes, songs and discussions to examine, reflect on and ultimately cleanse the anti-blackness permeating people. It will be presented from July 2-18 in the parking lot of Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Signe V. Harriday directs. Show times are 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. For ticket information, visit pillsburyhousetheatre.org or call 612-825-0459.
Walking tours in and around downtown Saint Paul will once again be offered free of charge this summer by Landmark Center. The free tours step out at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. The schedule includes the Great River Tour along the mighty Mississippi on June 23 and July 14 and the Rice Park area on July 7 and 21. 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 await visitors to the Bell Museum of Natural History, Cleveland and Larpenteur avenues in Falcon Heights. On view through September 12, “Bugs Outside the Box” presents replicas of the insect world blown up to gigantic proportions as well as life-size examples of the insects along with information on their habits and habitats. Visitors can create their own bugs from bug parts and organize them according to shared characteristics. Specimens from the University of Minnesota Insect Museum are displayed along with the tools for collecting them. Bug trivia nights and workshops on eco-friendly gardening are also offered. Admission is $12, $10 for seniors, $9 for youths ages 3-21. Timed reservations are required. Call 612-626-9660 or visit bellmuseum.umn.edu/admissions.
“After Promontory: 150 Years of Transcontinental Railroading,” historical photos that illustrate the lasting impact of the transcontinental railroads in the American West, are on view through August 31 in the Head House of Saint Paul’s historic Union Depot, Fourth and Sibley streets. More than 60 images by such photographers as William Henry Jackson, Timothy H. O’Sullivan and Carleton E. Watkins are included in the free exhibit. A photographic history of railroading in Minnesota is also featured. Visit uniondepot.org.
“Wise, Gifted and Black: Art by the Magnificent Golden Agers” will be displayed from June 27 through July 17 in the window gallery of the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Fourth and Robert streets. As part of a residency at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, this collective of Black women elders has created collages, written reflections, poetry and photography around themes of Black identity and the intersection of art and activism. In conjunction with the exhibit, kits for making your own art at home will be distributed free to all ages from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, July 11, outside of the museum’s entrance. Each kit includes a copy of the children’s book Joey and Grandpa Johnson’s Day in Rondo by Dr. Artika Tyner and “From Hurt to Healing,” an activity book created by the Irreducible Grace Foundation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the murder of George Floyd.
The Saint Paul Public Schools’ Honors Art Exhibition showcasing the talents of student artists from seven Saint Paul high schools will be presented from June 27 through July 17 in the window gallery of the Minnesota Museum of American Art, 350 N. Robert St.
Make the Saint Paul Public Library your destination for summer fun and learning. Summer Spark, a series of outdoor and virtual events, reading challenges and book giveaways for children of all ages, is running through August 31. Stop at any Saint Paul public library to register and pick up activity and reading logs and a book to keep. Complete 10 activities or 10 hours of reading and earn a color-your-own bookmark. Complete 20 activities or 20 reading hours and earn a journal and pen. Among the activities are outdoor story strolls; kits with art materials to create in the great outdoors; and online performances by storytellers, jugglers, magicians and others. Participation is free of charge. Visit sppl.org/summer or call 651-266-7000.
Free movies are rolling at dusk this summer in Minneapolis parks. Sponsored by the city’s Parks and Recreation Board, the films include Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker (PG-13) on June 24 in Brackett Park, 2728 S. 39th Ave.; Angry Birds 2 Frenemies (PG), June 25, Lake Harriet Bandshell; the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 (PG-13), July 6, Powderhorn Park, 3400 15th Ave. S.; Frozen 2 (PG), July 8, Minnehaha Falls Park, 4801 S. Minnehaha Drive; Ford v. Ferrari (PG-13), July 9, Lake Harriet Bandshell; and Princess Bride (PG), July 10, Lake Nokomis Park. 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. Visit uniondepot.org.
Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., will host free online readings and discussions with author J.L. Torres and his story collection, Migrations, at 7 p.m. Monday, June 28; and Minnesota poets Sharon Chmielarz and Richard Terrill, Cincinnati poet laureate Pauletta Hansel and Virginia poet laureate Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda in a Literary Lights celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 11. Visit nextchapterbooksellers.com.
SubText Books, 6 W. Fifth St., will host free online readings and discussions with authors John Paul Brammer and his book, Hola Papi: How to Come Out in a Walmart Parking Lot and Other Life Lessons, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 29; and Megha Majumdar and her debut novel, A Burning, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 8. To register for the link, visit subtextbooks.com.
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 singer-songwriters Sesay & Kaity Joan and Glossy on June 24; finger-style guitarist Peter Ruddy, June 25; alternative folk-rockers the Night Light Chasers, July 1; Root River Jam, July 2; Homeward Bound, July 8; and the Mystery Crew Band, July 9. Visit mplsmusicandmovies.com.
The Minnesota Orchestra’s series of free online concerts continues with “A Summer Prelude” at 8 p.m. Friday, June 25, featuring conductor Osmo Vänskä and violinist Erin Keefe in works by Coleridge-Taylor and Weill and the world premiere of Vänskä’s Overture. The concert is open to a limited in-person audience. Visit minnesotaorchestra.org.
Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave., will offer a class in hand drumming for beginners from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 29. Use djembes to explore pulse and rhythm and learn the foundations of African songs. The cost is $10, drums provided. To register, email email@example.com.
Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 N. Lexington Pkwy., will host the following concerts. The shows are free unless otherwise indicated: Savannah Smith and Reina del Cid at 7 p.m. June 25 ($20, for tickets, visit brownpapertickets.com); Saint Louis Park Community Band, 7:30 p.m. June 27; North Suburban Chorus, 7 p.m. June 28; Minnesota Sinfonia, 7 p.m. June 30; Como Pops, 3 p.m. July 4; Explosion Big Band, 7 p.m. July 5; Fridley City Band, 7 p.m. July 6; and Stan Bann’s Big Bone Band, 7 p.m. July 11.
Comedy and music by women and for everyone is featured from 5-7 p.m. on Sundays, 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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