theater
Vox Medusa and the Infiammati FireCircus breathe new life into ancient myth with Eurydice at 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 16-18, on the Target Stage at Harriet Island. For more, see the listing under Theater.

Books

Megha Majumdar and her debut novel, A Burning, will be featured in an online reading and discussion on Thursday, July 8. Sponsored by SubText Books, the free program will begin at 7 p.m. To register for the link, visit subtextbooks.com.

Macalester-Groveland poet Margaret Hasse will read from her new poetry collection, Shelter, at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 11, at the Aesthetic Home store, 541 Selby Ave. Light refreshments will be served.

Minnesota poets Sharon Chmie­larz and Richard Terrill, Cincinnati poet laureate Pauletta Hansel and Virginia poet laureate Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda will take part in a free online reading on Sunday, July 11. Sponsored by Next Chapter Booksellers, the Literary Lights celebration will begin at 2 p.m. Visit nextchapterbooksellers.com.

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Exhibits

“Wise, Gifted and Black: Art by the Mag­nif­icent Golden Agers” is being displayed through July 17 in the window gallery of the Minnesota Museum of American Art, Fourth and Robert streets. 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, at 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.

“After Promontory: 150 Years of Trans­conti­nental Railroading,” historical photographs 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 Union Depot and railroading in Minnesota is also featured. Visit uniondepot.org.

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 Rice Park area on July 7 and 21 and the Great River Tour along the mighty Mississippi on July 14 and 28. 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.

Photographer Joe Linn is displaying his landscapes, cityscapes, astrophotography and macrophotography throughout July at the Argyle Zebra Gallery, 308 Prince St. The gallery is open from 5-8 p.m. on Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. A public reception for the artist will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 9. Linn will be in the gallery to discuss his art from 1-3 p.m. Sundays, July 11 and 18 and August 1. Visit theazgallery.org or joelinnphoto.com.

The Truly Unruly Fiber Art Collective will open an exhibit of their diverse creations with a public reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, July 8, in the North Gallery of Landmark Center. “Following the Thread” combines traditional and contemporary quilting stitchery with unique fabric treatments. It will be on view through August 29. Admission is free and open to all during regular building hours. Visit landmarkcenter.org or call 651-292-3063.

“Art at Saint Kate’s,” the Artists Circle’s 14th annual juried summer show, will be a virtual affair again this year due to the cancelling of campus programs at Saint Catherine University. The works of more than 50 artists in a variety of media will be on view from July 9-14 at artistscircle.org. Included are paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, pottery, fiber art, leather goods and more.

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at Saint Catherine University will reopen to the public on July 17 with a two-week show by 17 members of the 2021 Women’s Art Institute Summer Studio Intensive. Their art is on view from 1-6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays through July 31. Visit gallery.stkate.edu.

Family

Mill City Museum, 704 Second St. S. in Minneapolis, is offering a series of programs this summer and fall in its outdoor courtyard and indoor lobby. “What Makes Minneapolis Minneapolis?” will engage visitors in the historical and contemporary identity of the city. Featured are Open Courtyard Family Days with hands-on activities, exhibits, puppet shows and take-home crafts on July 10-11. Guided tours of the Minneapolis riverfront, historic Main Street, the city’s labor history, and Codswallop: Fact vs. Fiction are being offered by foot or bicycle on weekends through September. The tours cost $14-$20. Visit millcitymuseum.org.

Music

Free concerts are being presented at 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays in Minnehaha Falls Park, 4801 S. Minnehaha Drive. The schedule includes Homeward Bound, July 8; Mystery Crew Band, July 9; Pirates, Guitars and Beachfront Bars, July 15; Wailing Loons, July 16; Mother Banjo, July 22; and Eli Gardiner, July 23. Visit mplsmusicandmovies.com.

Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 N. Lexington Pkwy., will host free concerts by Stan Bann’s Big Bone Band at 7 p.m. July 11; North Star bar­bershop chorus, 7 p.m. July 13; Minnesota Sinfonia, 7 p.m. July 15; Beasley’s Big Band, 7 p.m. July 18; Bend in the River big band, 7 p.m. July 19; Minnesota Sinfonia, 7 p.m. July 22; Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre, 7 p.m. July 23; and the Hopkins Westwind Concert Band at 3 p.m. and Open Pages Presents Lydia Wagner at 7 p.m. July 25.

Music from the Porch, a four-week series of free concerts from the front porch of Landmark Center, will return at noon on Wednesdays. Bring a lawn chair, a bag lunch, and enjoy singer-songwriter Lena Elizabeth on July 14 and multi-instrumental folk artist Michael Monroe on July 21. In case of rain, the concerts will be moved to Landmark Center’s atrium.

Emilia Mettenbrink and the Eclectic Whirlwind will perform from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, under the north end of the bridge that carries Hamline Avenue over Ayd Mill Road. Admission is free. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the tunes.

Theater

Shakespeare’s comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is being performed free of charge in parks across the Twin Cities by the Classical Actors Ensemble. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. Friday, July 9, in Como Park at Como Boulevard and Churchill Street; 7 p.m. Saturdays, July 10 and 17, at Lake of the Isles; and 7 p.m. Sunday, July 18, in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 725 Vineland Place. The music is live. Theater-goers are invited to pack a picnic supper.

The resilience of Black People through history is celebrated in What to Send Up When it Goes Down. The drama by Aleshea Harris is playing through July 18 in the parking lot of Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave. S. in Minneapolis. It uses monologue, scenes, songs and discussion to examine, reflect on and ultimately cleanse the anti-blackness that permeates people. Show times are 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. For tickets, visit pillsburyhousetheatre.org or call 612-825-0459.

Hair: The Concert Experience, a joyous concert version of the 1960s musical drama that launched Theatre 55 three years ago, will return at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays from July 16-25 in the amphitheater of Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Road in Eagan. Bring your own lawn chairs or blanket, beverages and snacks and sing and dance along to the soundtrack, which will be performed live by the cast and a four-piece band. Tickets are $8 for individuals, $20 for car loads and $50 for van loads. For reservations, visit theatre55.org.

Vox Medusa and the Infiammati FireCircus breathe new life into ancient myth with Eurydice at 9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 16-18, on the Target Stage at Harriet Island. The myth of Orpheus as told from the woman’s perspective, Eurydice is presented with live music, dance, film and fire. Choreographed by Kristin Freya with music by Jeremy Chris­tensen and Emily Colay, the production stars Grace Fredell (Eurydice), Leviticus Martin (Orpheus), Rah Diavola (Hades), Colay (Persephone) and Desdamona Ross (Oracle). Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 and $10 in advance at eventbrite.com. Theater-goers should bring their own blankets or lawn chairs for socially distanced seating.

Film

Free movies are rolling at dusk this summer in Minneapolis parks. Sponsored by the city’s Parks and Recreation Board, the films include Frozen 2 (PG), July 8, Minnehaha Falls Park, 4801 S. Minnehaha Drive; Ford v. Ferrari (PG-13), July 9, Lake Harriet Bandshell; Princess Bride (PG), July 10, Lake Nokomis Park; Brave (PG), July 16, Corcoran Park, 3334 20th Ave. S.; Coco (PG), July 20, Matthews Park, 2318 29th Ave. S.; and Harriet (PG-13), July 23, Lake Harriet Bandshell. Visit mplsmusicandmovies.com.

Et cetera

Comedy and music by women and for everyone is featured from 5-7 p.m. on Sundays, now 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.

theater
Hair: The Concert Experience, a joyous concert version of the 1960s musical drama that launched Theatre 55 three years ago, will return at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays from July 16-25 in the amphitheater of Caponi Art Park, 1220 Diffley Road in Eagan. For details, see the listing under Theater.

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