Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snell­ing Ave., will host readings and discus­sions with poet Ollie Schminkey and the collection Dead Dad Jokes, an unflinching take on family, loss and trauma, on Tues­day, October 12; and author Tom Rade­macher and his book, Raising Ollie: How My Nonbinary Art-Nerd Kid Changed (Nearly) Everything I Know, Friday, Octo­ber 15. The programs begin at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are required in advance. Visit
Poets Thomas R. Smith, Mary Kay Rum­mel, Stanley Kusonoki, Norita Dittberner-Jax and Mary Moore Easter will take part in a Literary Bridges reading with host Donna Isaac from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, October 3, at Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave. S. Patrons must be vaccinated and wear a mask. Donations are welcome for the readers.
Author Matthew Salesses will discuss his two most recent novels and his book, Craft in the Real World: Rethinking Fiction Writing and Workshopping, in a free pro­gram at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 7. The virtual program is sponsored by the University of Saint Thomas English Department. To register for the Zoom link, visit


“What’s Next?,” nine charcoal and ash drawings and one mosaic about the civil unrest in Minneapolis in May 2020, is now on view at the East Lake Library, 2727 E. Lake St. in Minneapolis. The art was created by Martha Bird from materials she collected in the wake of the uprising. For library hours, call 612-543-8425.

“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


Such Minnesota music legends as Prince, Dylan, Dessa, Garland, the Jets and more will be celebrated by Ballet Co.Laboratory in a season-opening fundraiser on Sat­ur­day, October 9, at its studios, 276 E. Lafayette Frontage Road. Choreographed by Andrea Mislan, “Let’s Go Crazy” will feature 13 songs in a cabaret-style performance that is part rock and part glam. The fundraiser will open at 4 p.m. with Minnesota-themed sips-n-bites, a silent auction and games. The hour-long show at 5:30 p.m. will be followed by a half hour of mingling with dancers and staff. Tickets are $55, $150 with a reserved table seat. Masks are required. Call 651-313-5967 or visit


Obscenity on Trial: The Case Against Dr. Charles Malchow, a historical drama about the Comstock Act of 1873 and the repercussions when Twin Cities physician Dr. Charles W. Malchow mailed out a promotion for his clinical book The Sexual Life, will be performed on October 7, 8 and 10 in Weyerhaeuser Auditorium at Landmark Center. The script by local lawyer Thomas Fabel is based on court filings and news articles. Anoka County Attorney Anthony Palumbo, retired Ramsey County District Judge Kathleen Gearin and U.S. Bankruptcy Court clerk Lori Vosjepka star. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10. Call Sydney at 651-292-3063 or visit

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 or call 651-395-7903.
The Foragers are one of four bands who will be appearing in an open-air concert on October 16 on the picnic grounds in Highland Park. For details, see music listing.


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

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


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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


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

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

This political cartoon from a 1947 issue of the New York Sun will be among the works or artist Rube Goldberg that will be displayed from October 15 through December 20 in the gallery of the Minnesota JCC's Capp Center, 1375 Saint Paul Ave. For details, see the exhibits listing above.


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