Open a new chapter
in your literary life at Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival, scheduled from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, October 16, at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Progress Center. In addition to a Book Fair with displays by more than 100 publishers, literary organizations and book dealers, the free event will feature author readings and a used book and record sale with thousands of titles. A free raffle will be held for signed books, event tickets, gift certificates, T-shirts and more. Visit twincitiesbookfestival.com
Next Chapter Booksellers
, 38 S. Snelling Ave., will host readings and discussions with James Beard Award winner Sandor Katz and his book, Fermentation Journeys
, in a virtual program at 6 p.m. Monday, October 18; contributors to the anthology, A 21st Century Plague: Poetry From a Pandemic
, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 21; author Sarah Stonich and her novel, Reeling
, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 27; and Dan Hill, Howard Moskowitz and Blah, Blah, Blah
, their snarky guide to office lingo, at 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 29. For information or the required advance tickets, visit nextchapterbooksellers.com
Author, atheist and chaplain
Vanessa Zoltan will discuss her new book, Praying with Jane Eyre
, in a virtual program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 26. In this collection of essays, Zoltan explores topics ranging from the trauma she inherited as the granddaughter of four Holocaust survivors to finding hope, meaning and magic in deeply fractured times. Visit subtextbooks.com
F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota
author Dave Page will discuss the Jazz Age novelist and his early associations with the Nushka Club and the Saint Paul Winter Carnival at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 24, at the Griggs mansion, 476 Summit Ave. The talk will also touch on the Civil War, real estate scandals and ghosts. The cost is $25. Wine and snacks will be provided. For reservations, visit carolynkleinberger.com
“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 Goldberg’s 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 times whose work is still relevant today. For gallery hours, call 651-698-0751 or visit minnesotajcc.org
The 30th annual Saint Paul Art Crawl continues on October 22-24 with 27 local artists showcasing their work in the Head House of Saint Paul’s Union Depot. Painting, photography, jewelry, pottery, sculpture and mixed media will be displayed from 6-10 p.m. Friday, noon-8 p.m. Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday.
“The REDress Project,”
an installation by artist Jaime Black featuring hundreds of red dresses suspended in public spaces to mark the absence of indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered, will be displayed from October 23 through November 14 in the outdoor quad on the campus of Saint Catherine University. The project creates space for the families of these victims to tell their story and find support in the struggle for justice. Admission is free. A virtual artist talk is scheduled from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, November 10. Visit gallery.stkate.edu
Ananya Dance Theatre
will present the new work, Dastak: I Wish You Me
, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 29 and 30, in the O’Shaughnessy at Saint Catherine University. Choreographed by Ananya Chatterjea, the evocative work focuses on freedom and injustice, borders and belonging, loss and liberation. Tickets are priced from $30 to whatever you can afford. Call 651-690-6700 or visit oshag.stkate.edu
Not in Our Neighborhood!
, a story of courage, faith and love in 1920s Saint Paul, will open on October 14 at the History Theatre, 30 E. 10th St. Written by Tom Fabel and Eric Wood, the drama tells of Nellie and William Francis, Black residents of Saint Paul’s old Rondo neighborhood who bought a home in all-white Macalester-Groveland. Although William was a successful lawyer and prominent Republican Party member and Nellie a leader in the women’s suffrage movement, they faced threats and racist protests from their new neighbors. Erin Nicole Farsté and Darius Dotch star. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through October 24. For information on tickets and COVID protocol, visit historytheatre.com
or call 651-292-4323.
The Hound of the Baskervilles, a new adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes novel, will be staged by Classics Lost ’n’ Found Theater at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 15-16 and 22-23, at Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church, 1620 E. 46th St. in Minneapolis. Adapted for the stage by Steven LaVigne, the play is directed by Dan Dyke. Tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors. For reservations and information on COVID protocol, call 612-724-4539.