Exhibits

The Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at Saint Catherine University is displaying two new exhibits through October 23. Former gallery director Kathleen Daniels is showing works from her personal col­lection 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” includes 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. Admission is free. For gallery hours, call 651-690-6637 or visit gallery.stkate.edu.
 
The 2021 Chroma Zone mural and art festival continues with an exhibit and pop-up shop by 10-plus Chroma Zone artists from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, September 23, in Building C at Vandalia Tower, 550 N. Vandalia St. Guided bike tours of the new murals in the Creative Enterprise Zone will begin at 9 a.m. and noon on Sat­urday, September 25, at Dogwood Coffee, 825 Carleton St. A self-directed mural tour with free maps will be offered from 5-7 p.m. on September 25 starting at Murphy Rig­ging, 2299 W. Territorial Road. “Celestial Embodiment: X Expanded Cinema,” a mon­tage of video, live music and dancing, hip-hop and spoken word, will be presented by muralist Missy Whiteman and indige­nous artists at 8 p.m. on September 25 outside Bro-Tex, 800 N. Hampden Ave. A social hour will precede the show at 7 p.m. Visit chromazone.net.
 

Books

A dramatic reading of George Bernard Shaw’s witty play about class and gender, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, will be staged by Lex-Ham Com­munity Theater at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, September 19, in the performance space under the bridge near 1330 Hague Ave. Admission is free. The cast includes Stuart Alger, Muriel Bonertz, Derek Dir­lam, Colin Healey, Urban Landreman and Dani Pazurek.
 
Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., will host readings and discussions with author and photographer John Noltner and his 40,000-mile travelogue, Portraits of Peace: Searching for Hope in a Divided America, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, September 23 (tickets are $5, $27.99 with book); author Patrick Strait and his book, Funny Thing about Minnesota: The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Twin Cities Comedy Scene, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sep­tember 23 ($5, $24.95 with book); and writers Margaret Hasse, Heather Tosteson, Rose­ann Lloyd, Norita Dittberner-Jax, Patricia Barone, Patrick Hansel, Deborah Bower and Charissa M. Menefee, all of whom contributed to one of seven anthologies on the theme “Wising Up,” at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, October 2 ($21 with the purchase of one anthology). Tickets are only available at nextchapterbooksellers.com.
 
Mai Der Vang, author of Yellow Rain, will discuss her new book about the mys­ter­i­ous substance that fell from planes onto Laos in the 1970s at 7 p.m. Friday, October 1. Yellow Rain draws on research and declas­sified documents to tell of international injustice and the silencing of a people. Fellow Hmong-American author Kao Kalia Yang will take part in the virtual conversation. The program is free. To register, visit subtextbooks.com.
 
“Three Catholic Poets,” a reading by Angela Alaimo O’Donnell of New York and Maryann Corbett and James Silas Rogers of Saint Paul—whose poems address such themes as prayer, sacramentality and Catholic life past and present—will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 1, at Saint Albert the Great Church, 2836 33rd Ave. S., Minneapolis. Admission is free.
 
A free Cracked Walnut poetry workshop will be held from 10 a.m.-noon on Satur­day, October 2, outside of the East Side Freedom Library, 110 Greenbrier St. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and about five copies of a poem. For information, email donna@donnaisaacpoet.com.
 

Film

The city of Saint Paul is showing free movies in the parks through mid-October. The films will roll at dusk, weather per­mit­ting. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy The Mighty Ducks on Friday, September 17, at Griggs Recreation Center, 1188 Hubbard Ave.; The Blair Witch Project on Saturday, September 25, at Hidden Falls Park; and Hocus Pocus on Friday, October 1, at the Como Midway East Pavilion near the zoo on Midway Parkway. Visit stpaul.gov/moviesintheparks.
 
A Mini-Movie Marathon will be pre­sent­ed by Sound Unseen from noon-6 p.m. Sunday, September 26, at Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S. in Minnea­polis. The fundraiser will feature Queens of the Revolution, a documentary by Rebecca Heidenberg about the Cuban drag scene; Adam Rehmeier’s punk rock comedy Dinner in America; and a sneak preview of a film in Sound Unseen’s November 10-14 film festival. Tickets are $16 at the door, $12 in advance at soundunseen.com.
 

Family

Parents of boys and girls in grades K-5 are invited to register their children for Cub Scouts online or at one of hundreds of local meetings in September. Every child who joins Cub Scouts will receive a free fishing rod, glow-in-the-dark T-shirt, water bottle and free admission to a half-day program in October featuring fishing, archery, climbing, science and engineering activities, crafts and more. For more infor­mation or to search for a local Cub Scout pack, visit JoinCubs.org.
An Iranian Culture Festival will be held from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, September 19, at Landmark Center. Admission is free.
 
Twin Cities Jazz Fest
The Twin Cities Jazz Festival returns to Mears Park in September with two days of music on two stages. The festival opens on Friday, September 17, with 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; and Emmet Cohen (above) and special guest Patrick Bartley at 5:30 p.m. and Kenny Barron (top left) and his trio at 7:30 p.m. on the Mears Park Stage. The lineup on Saturday, September 18, will feature young musicans 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 Delfeayo Marsalis (top right) and his 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.

Music

Free classes in drumming are being offered by the Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave. Meet the instructors, try out the drums and learn new rhythms at Djembe Joy from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Sep­tem­ber 15 (women only); Stick Drumming from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, September 16 (women only); and West African Dunun Drumming (women and men) from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, September 18. Visit womensdrumcenter.org.
 
Singer-songwriter Heather Masse of Wailin’ Jennys fame will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, September 17, in Weyerhaeuser Auditorium at Landmark Center. Trained as a jazz singer at the New England Conservatory of Music, Masse favors folk, pop, and bluegrass as a solo act. The concert will be preceded by a cocktail hour with a cash bar. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, or $70 for the entire Landmark Live season with Masse; Mary Bue on October 15; Danny Schmidt, November 19; and Dan Newton and Friends, December 20. Call 651-292-3276 or visit landmarkcenter.org.
 
Artaria String Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Monday, September 20, in Anto­nello Hall at the MacPhail Center for Music, 501 S. Second St. in Minneapolis. The program includes Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s 5 Fantasiestücke, Bedrich Sme­tana’s Quartet from My Life, and Malcolm Ar­nold’s Oboe Quartet. Tickets are $20, free for students. Visit artariaquartet.com.
 
Lex-Ham Community Band will play marches, show tunes and concert band pieces at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sep­tember 25, under the bridge near 1330 Hague Ave. The free program includes the pre­miere of “Imagination Wandering” by Mitch Manthe.
 
Cuban-born classical guitarist René Iz­quierdo will perform at 7:30 p.m. Satur­day, September 25, in Sundin Hall, 1531 Hewitt Ave. The recital will feature works by Rodrigo, Torroba, Scarlatti, Falla and Brou­wer. Tickets are $10-$25. Masks are encour­aged. Seating is limited to allow for safe distancing. The show will be recorded for viewing on YouTube for one week. Visit mnguitar.org.
 
Macal­es­ter-Groveland guitarist Pat Donohue will hold court with his finger-pickin’ prowess and wry humor beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 2, at Ginkgo Coffeehouse, 721 N. Snelling Ave. Tickets are $20 plus tax. Visit ginkgocoffee.com.
 

Theater

Animate, a play by Ken LaZebnik that addresses issues of race and philanthropy through the lens of species preservation, will be performed from September 16-26 at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. Developed through listening sessions with zookeepers, zoo detractors and primatologists, the Mixed Blood Theatre production stars Sally Wingert, Regina Marie Williams, Jevetta Steele, Kevin Kling, 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.
 
The Minnesota Opera will kick off its new season with a performance of Latin vocal music from some of opera’s classic hits at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 22, at Allianz Field, Snelling and Concordia avenues. The Minnesota Opera Orchestra will accompany soloists Andres Acosta, Vanessa Alonzo, Vanessa Becerra, Levi Hernandez and Zoie Reams. Tickets are $20, or $100 with a festive dinner and wine and beer. Call 612-333-6669.
 

Dance

Learn to square dance. Dakota Squares and the Ar-Dale Dancers will conduc­t classes weekly from 6:15-8 p.m. Mondays beginning September 27 at the West Seventh Community Center, 265 Oneida St. No partner is necessary. The first two classes are free. After that, they are $5 each, free to anyone under age 18. For information, call 651-225-9709 or 763-442-1673 or visit dakotasquares.com.
 

Et cetera

“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 six governors—Henry Sibley, Alexander Ramsey, Henry Swift, Stephen Miller, William Rainey Marshall and Horace Austin—are now available. Visit rchs.com/news/rchs-podcasts.
 

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