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The Twin City Model Railroad Museum, 668 Transfer Road, will be decked out with special themes from 3-7 p.m. on Saturdays, now through February 26. The model trains and the miniature villages they chug through will be given a spooky appearance on October 31. Kids are encouraged to come in costume; treats will be provided. Then, beginning November 6, Night Trains returns with the little locomotives passing through a winter wonderland bathed in the glow of miniature streetlights and holiday decor (above). Admission is $15, free for children age 4 and under. For reservations, visit tcmrm.org or call 651-647-9628.

Dance

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 what you can afford. Visit oshag.stkate.edu or call 651-690-6700.

Exhibits

“Complexity Made Simple,” the work of Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg (1883-1970), is being displayed through December 20 in the Fine Art Gallery of the Minnesota JCC’s Capp Center, 1375 Saint Paul Ave. The exhibit focuses on Goldberg’s political cartooning. Also featured is a 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 remains relevant today. For information, call 651-698-0751 or visit minnesotajcc.org.

“The REDress Project,” an installation by artist Jaime Black featuring hundreds of red dresses representing the indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered, is being displayed through November 14 in the outdoor quad at Saint Catherine University. Admission is free. A virtual artist talk is scheduled from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, November 10. Visit gallery.stkate.edu.

“Expressions of the Amalfi Coast,” works by artist Angela Spencer and photomontages by her husband Paul Spencer, will be displayed from October 29 through November 21 at the Argyle Zebra Gallery, 308 E. Prince St. A public reception will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, November 5. Visit theazgallery.org or call 651-224-3757.

The Minnesota Museum of American Art will open two exhibits on October 30 in its window galleries on Fourth and Robert streets and at its skyway entrance. “Sutures” features works by Cheryl Mukherji, Prune Phi, Sopheak Sam and Daniella Thach that reap­prop­riate images with the use of screen printing, projection, neon and collage. “Transformation: Art from the Inside” features works by prisoners at the Stillwater and Shakopee correctional facilities. Additional works by these incarcerated artists will be displayed from November 5-30 at Creators Space, 218 E. Seventh St. Visit mmaa.org.

“What opens—like a blaze of fire,” a collaboration by artist Charles Matson Lume and poets Joyce Sutphen and Galilee Peaches, will be displayed from November 6 through December 11 in the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at Saint Catherine University. Lume’s site-specific light installations rely on everyday objects and architecture to intertwine visual art and poetry. Visit gallery.stkate.edu.

Open Casket, a show and sale by more than 100 artists in their studios, will be held on November 5-7 at Casket Arts, 681 17th Ave. NE. in Minneapolis. Paintings, sculpture, jewelry, prints, textile art, ceramics and photography will be featured from 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Refreshments will be available. Masks are required indoors. Some studios may require proof of vaccination. Visit casketarts.com.

Family

“Ultimate Dinosaurs,” a new exhibition that showcases the cutting-edge paleon­tol­ogy and spectacular dino­saur fossil discoveries in the southern hemi­sphere, is on view through April 10, 2022, at the Science Museum of Minnesota, 65 W. Kellogg Blvd. Play­ing in the museum’s Omnitheater through June 30, 2022, is the new movie Dinosaurs of Antarctica, about the quest of scientists to understand the continent’s transformation and com­pare climate change today to that in prehistoric times. Related paleontologist talks will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturdays from November 6 through December 31. Four weekends of Dino Nights with such activities as flashlight scavenger hunts, a costume contest and shadow puppet shows will be featured from 5-8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays beginning November 26. For more information, call 651-221-9444 or visit smm.org.

Mill City Museum, 704 2nd St. S. in Minneapolis, will reopen to the public on Thursday, November 4. In addition to the Water Lab, Baking Lab, Flour Tower and Observation Deck, the museum will feature the historical exhibit, “What Makes Minneapolis Minneapolis?”; “Our Past Guides Our Future: Minnesota Omega Men at 100,” an exhibit opening on November 20 on the centennial of the Black Omega Psi Phi Fraternity; and “Homeless in the Mill,” photographs and words by JobyLynn Sassily-James, who took shelter in the abandoned Washburn A Mill Complex in 1994-95. Call 612-341-7555 or visit mnhs.org/millcity.

Music

Walker-West Music Academy, 760 Selby Ave., is presenting a host of virtual concerts this fall. The Rondo Community Music Series will continue with the Kevin Washing­ton Quintet on October 29; the L.A. Buckner Band, November 6; gospel singers Duncan & Robinson, November 20; hip-hop artist Tish Jones, December 3; and the Latin and Caribbean rhythms of Malamanya, December 18. The concerts begin at 7 p.m. and are free, although donations are welcome. To register for the link, visit walkerwest.org.

The Bach Society of Minnesota will return to live performance with the chamber concert “Morning Has Broken” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 29, in Sundin Hall, 1531 Hewitt Ave. Works by J.H. Schmelzer, C.H. Abel, Bach, C. Dieupart, Telemann and Matthias Maute will be performed by Maute on recorder, Margaret Humphrey on violin, Rebecca Humphrey on cello and Paul Boehnke on harpsichord. Tickets are $30, $5 for students, free for children age 12 and under. A live stream is also available. Visit bachsocietymn.org or call 612-440-6219.

Stephen Self, retired professor of music at Bethel University, will help dedicate the newly renovated Moller pipe organ with a recital at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 30, at Bethlehem Covenant Church, 3141 43rd Ave. S. in Minneapolis. The public is invited. Light refreshments will follow.

“Waves,” works by turn-of-the-20th-century composers Elgar, Coleridge-Taylor and Dvořák, will be per­formed by the Minnesota Philhar­monic Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 13, in Sundin Hall, 1531 Hewitt Ave. Tickets are priced at what you can pay. For reservations, visit mnphil.org.

Storyhill, the folk duo of Chris Cunning­ham and John Hermanson, will mark 30 years of brotherly harmonies, infectious melodies and smart story songs in concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 13, at the Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St. Tickets are $25-$45. Visit storyhill.com.

Theater

Top Girls, Caryl Churchill’s modern classic about gender, class, race and family obli­ga­tions, will be staged from November 6-21 by Theatre Pro Rata. Directed by Carin Bratlie Wethern, the all-female cast will demonstrate what it takes for a woman to succeed. Show times are 7:30 p.m. November 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 19 and 20 and 3 p.m. November 21 at the Crane Theater, 2303 Kennedy St. NE. in Minneapolis. Tickets are $16-$61 or whatever you can afford on November 8. For the required reservations, visit theatreprorata.org.

Books

Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., will host readings and discussions with author Sarah Stonich and her novel, Reeling, at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 27; Dan Hill, Howard Moskowitz and Blah, Blah, Blah, their snarky guide to office lingo, at 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 29; Nancy T. Espuche and KardBoard House, her memoir about her son’s battle with opioid addiction, and Linda Morrison and Dear Heroin, her memoir about her effort to save her son from heroin addiction, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, November 11. Reservations are required. Visit nextchapterbooksellers.com.

SubText Books, 6 W. Fifth St., will present free virtual readings and discussions with authors Michael Bazzett and his poetry collection, The Echo Chamber, at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 28; and poets Margaret Hasse and Michael Kleber-Diggs and their new collections, Summoned and Worldly Things, respectively, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 10. Visit subtextbooks.com.

Mary Casanova will read from Waterfall in a free program at 1 p.m. Saturday, No­vember 6, at Winding Trail Books, 2230 Carter Ave. Casanova’s third historical novel set in Rainy Lake, Minnesota, tells of an ambitious and soul­ful young woman who has to fight to find her way after nearly two years in an asylum.

Poets Charles Curry, IBe Kaba, Said Shaiye and Barry MacDonald will join hosts Stan Kusunoki and Donna Isaac in a Literary Bridges reading at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 7, at Next Chapter Book­sellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave. Admission is free. Masks and COVID vacci­nations are required. Call 651-225-8989.

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