Books

Cracked Walnut will present a free poetry workshop from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, September 11, outside of the East Side Freedom Library, 110 Greenbrier St. Everyone is welcome. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and five copies of a poem. Email donna@donnaisaacpoet.com.
 
Literary Bridges, a new literary series born of the merger of Literary Lights and Bridges, will hold its inaugural program at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 12, at Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave. Sponsored by Cracked Walnut, the read­ing will feature local authors Anthony Ceballos, Michael Dean, Isadora Gruye, Margaret Hasse, Car­o­lyn Holbrook, Hawona Sullivan Janzen, Michael Kleber-Diggs, Janna Knittel, Jeanne Lutz, Carol Masters, Ardie Medina, David Mura, Rosie Peters, Lia Rivamonte and Mary Jo Thomp­son.
 

Exhibits

“Many Waters: A Minnesota Biennial,” 50 works by regional artists that explore the significance of water in all of its many forms, is being displayed through October 2 in the Minnesota Museum of American Art’s window galleries at Fourth and Rob­ert streets and its skyway entrance and also at NewStudio Gallery, 2303 Wycliff St. Admission is free. A related family program with hands-on activities and free art kits will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, September 12, at Hidden Falls Park. Visit mmaa.org.
 
The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at Saint Catherine University will open two new exhibits on September 11. Kathleen Daniels, former director of the gallery, will display some of her personal col­lec­tion, including photographs, paintings, ceramics, drawings and prints by such artists as Clement Haupers, Indira Freitas Johnson, Barbara McIlrath, Duduzile More, Bela Petheo, Holly Swift, Rina Yoon and Petronella Ytsma. “This Splendid Promise, This Magnificent Dream” dis­plays the art of 27 SCU alumnae whose subjects range from picturesque land­scapes and soulful portraits to explor­a­tions of space, time, nature, identity and the human form. The exhibits will remain on view through October 23. Admission is free. Call 651-690-6637 or visit gallery.stkate.edu.
 
AZ Gallery, 308 Prince St., will display two new exhibits from September 3-26. “The Bike Art Show” will feature bike-themed art as well as vintage and decorated bicycles. An opening reception will be held from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Sep­tember 4. “Rejected! 2021” features worthy works by Minnesota artists that did not qualify for the 2021 Minnesota State Fair Arts Competition. A joint recep­tion for both exhibits will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, September 16. The AZ Gallery’s regular hours are 5-8 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
 

Family

“What Makes Minneapolis Minneapolis” will be demonstrated with live music, par­ticipatory exhibits and hands-on activ­ities at Open Courtyard Family Days from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, September 11-12, at Mill City Museum, 704 Second St. S. in Minneapolis. Admis­sion is free. Visit mnhs.org/millcity.
 
A Vietnamese tradition, the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival will be celebrated with music, dance, food, crafts and stories from Southeast Asia from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, September 12, in Landmark Center and outdoors in Rice Park. Admission is free. Call 651-292-3225.
 
The Mighty Ducks (1992, Rated PG) will be screened by the city of Saint Paul at dusk on Friday, September 17, at Griggs Recreation Center, 1188 Hubbard Ave. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Admission is free. Children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
 

Film

Madonna: Truth Or Dare, the 1991 documentary by Alek Keshishian chronicling the American entertainer’s 1990 Blond Ambition tour, will be screened by Sound Unseen at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 8, at the Trylon Cinema, 2820 E. 33rd St. in Minneapolis. Tickets are $12. Visit trylon.org.
Evren Ozel
Minnesota pianist Evren Ozel, 22, winner of the Best Mazurka and Best Polonaise prize at the 2020 U.S. National Chopin Piano Competition, will perform an all-Chopin program at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 12, at the Ordway Concert Hall. Tickets are $31. Visit schubert.org or call 651-292-3268.

Music

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 River City Jazz Orchestra will play September 2 and Zoë Says Go on September 3.

Summer Sunlight, a series of free outdoor concerts, is being presented on West Seventh Place in downtown Saint Paul. The schedule includes Annie and the Bang Bang at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, September 9; and Ben Cook-Feltz at noon Friday, September 10. Visit parksquaretheatre.org.

A free Rock the Bridge band festival will be held from 2-8 p.m. Sunday, September 12, under the north end of the bridge that carries Hamline Avenue over Ayd Mill Road. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and enjoy the tunes.

Singer-songwriter Heather Masse will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, September 17, in Weyerhaeuser Auditorium at Landmark Center. The concert will be preceded by a cocktail hour with cash bar. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, or $70 for the entire four-concert Landmark Live season. Mary Bue will perform on October 15, Danny Schmidt on November 19, and Dan Newton and Friends on December 20. Call 651-292-3276.

The Twin Cities Jazz Festival returns on September 17-18 with music on two stages in Mears Park. The festival opens Friday with Emmet Cohen and special guest Pat­rick Bartley at 5:30 p.m. and the Kenny Barron Trio at 7:30 p.m. on the Mears Park Stage; and Maryann Sullivan & the Money Makers at 4 p.m. and the Selby Avenue Brass Band at 6:30 p.m. on the Fifth Street Stage. Saturday’s lineup features young musicians from Walker West Music Acad­emy and the MacPhail Center for Music at 12:30 p.m., the Twin Cities Seven at 3 p.m., Moore by Four at 5 p.m. and the Delfeayo Marsalis Quintet at 7:30 p.m. on the Mears Park Stage; and the Jack Brass Band at 2 p.m., Katia Cardenas at 4 p.m. and Salsa del Soul at 6:30 p.m. on the Fifth Street Stage. Visit TwinCitiesJazzFestival.com.

Theater

The Odyssey, Homer’s ancient Greek epic about a hero’s journey home after 10 years of war, will be staged by Mixed Precipitation at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 11, in Swede Hollow Park, 657 E. Beaumont St. The puppet show is presented in the spirit of a country carnival with a mix of baroque melodies and Dolly Parton tunes. Admission is by donation with $10-$25 suggested. Visit mixedprecipitation.org.

Animate, a play by Ken LaZebnik that addresses race and philanthropy through the lens of species preservation, will be performed from September 16-26 at Como Zoo and Conservatory. The Mixed Blood Theatre production stars Sally Wingert, Kevin Kling, Jevetta Steele, Regina Marie Williams, Stephen Yoakam, Taj Ruler, Bruce A. Young, Randy Reyes, Warren Bowles and Kate Fuglei. Show times are 6:30 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays with a preview on Wednesday, September 16. Tickets are by donation. Visit mixedblood.com.

Et cetera

Music, dance, exhibits, food and bever­ages, all with a German flavor, will be served up September 10-11 with the return of Saint Paul Oktoberfest to the Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave. The open-air celebration will run from 4-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Performers include the Alpensterne, Bavarian Musikmeisters, the Chmielewski Funtime Band, the Dr. Kielbasa Band, the Edelweiss Dancers and Rivers Ballet. Jimi the Polka Pirate will offer dance les­sons. German arts and crafts, model trains and vintage cars will be displayed. Con­tests will be held for best mustache and best folk wear. Food trucks will be selling inter­national fare. Imported German beer will be available along with other beverages. Wristbands are required for alcohol sales; they will be available for $5 for those age 21 and older. Visit gaimn.org.

 

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