“Complexity Made Simple,” the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg (1883-1970), will be displayed from October 14 through December 20 in the Fine Art Gallery of the Minnesota JCC’s Capp Center, 1375 Saint Paul Ave. The exhibit will focus on his political cartooning and ability to distill a complex geopolitical landscape into a single image. Also featured will be a Rube Goldberg-inspired machine created by Minnesota kinetic artist Robin Schwartzman and a documentary film by Geoffrey George that highlights how Goldberg was a man of his time whose work has remained relevant today. For gallery hours, call 651-698-0751 or visit minnesotajcc.org.
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, a story of the need for motherly love and connection, will be staged by Collide Theatrical from October 7–24, at the Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Pregnant and unmarried as a teenager, Shelley wrote the famous science-fiction novel not long after the death of her first child. The dance-theater weaves the classic story of the monster with her own remarkable journey. Created by Regina Peluso and directed by Heather Brockman and Peluso, it stars Patrick Jeffrey, Renee Guittar and Betsy Nelson. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. A virtual presentation will be available Halloween weekend. For information on tickets and COVID protocol, visit collidetheatrical.org or call 651-395-7903.
Twin Cities pianists Tadeusz Majewski, Claudia Chen, Mark Mazullo and Heather MacLaughlin will perform the nocturnes and mazurkas of Chopin in recital at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 3, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 S. Snelling Ave. Admission is by donation. Call 651-699-1378.
Organist Renée Ann Louprette of Rutgers University will perform in recital at 3 p.m. Sunday, October 3, in the Chapel of Saint Thomas Aquinas at the University of Saint Thomas. The free program will feature works by Bach, Bovet, Duruflé, Boulanger and Messiaen.
Ramsey Hill drummer Peter Kogan and his jazz septet the Monsterful Wonderband will perform from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 12, at the Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave. S. in Minneapolis, Admission is $12 at the door.
Works by Mendelssohn, Puccini and others will be played by the Minnesota Sinfonia on October 15 and 17. The free concerts will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at First Covenant Church, 1280 Arcade St., and 1:45 p.m. Sunday at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis singer-songwriter Mary Bue will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, October 15, in Weyerhaeuser Auditorium at Landmark Center. Known for melancholy piano poems as well as electric guitar licks, Bue merges piano and guitar in songs of spiritual longing and real-world sorrow in her latest album, “The World is Your Lover.” The concert will be preceded by a cocktail hour with a cash bar. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call 651-292-3276 or visit landmarkcenter.org.
Highland Park Harmonies, a festival of music, will return to the Highland Park picnic grounds on the north side of Montreal Avenue from 1-6:30 p.m. Saturday, October 16. The bands the Gritpickers, Hell Burnin’ Sinners, Foragers and Bad Companions will perform a mix of Americana, bluegrass, old-time, country, folk, rockabilly and blues. Admission is free. Two food trucks will be available. Patrons are asked to bring a donation of nonperishable food or paper products for the Open Hands Midway food shelf.
Native Irish guitarist and singer Dáithí Sproule will appear with the Lost Forty duo in a Minnesota Guitar Society concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 16, in Sundin Hall, 1531 Hewitt Ave. The Lost Forty, multi-instrumentalists Brian Miller and Randy Gosa, have revived the Irish-influenced songs of workers who plied the Great Lakes region in the days when pine was king. All tickets for the hour-long concert are reserved. Face masks and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within the previous 72 hours are required. Visit mnguitar.org.
The late Judy Dayton will be celebrated with works by Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, Steve Heitzeg and Brahms in a Chamber Music Society of Minnesota concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, October 17, in Sundin Hall, 1531 Hewitt Ave. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, $15 for students, free to children with the purchase of an adult ticket. For reservations, visit chambermusicmn.org.
The city of Saint Paul is showing free movies in the parks. The films will roll at dusk, weather permitting. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy Hocus Pocus on Friday, October 1, at the Como Midway East Pavilion near the zoo on Midway Parkway; IT on Friday, October 8, at Lake Phalen; and The Shining on Friday, October 15, in Mears Park, Sixth and Sibley streets. Visit stpaul.gov/moviesintheparks.
Bleeding Audio, a film by Chelsea Christer about how bands navigate the new age of digitized music through the experiences of the eclectic cult group the Matches, will be screened by Sound Unseen at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 13, at Trylon Cinema, 2820 E. 33rd St. in Minneapolis. Tickets are $12. Visit soundunseen.com.
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