Books

Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., will host a discussion with editors Carolyn Holbrook and David Mura and a panel of contributors to the anthology, We Are Meant to Rise: Voices for Justice from Minneapolis to the World, at 6 p.m. Mon­­day, November 29; the launch of Eric Dregni’s new book, The Impossible Road Trip: An Unforgettable Journey to Past and Present Roadside Attractions in All 50 States, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, No­vem­ber 30; and the virtual launch of Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience with author Dr. Brené Brown at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 2. To register for virtual programs or purchase tickets for the in-person programs, visit nextchapterbooksellers.com.
 
Poet Margaret Hasse will read from her collection Shelter from 2-3 p.m. Sun­day, December 5, at Gloria Dei Luth­eran Church, 700 S. Snelling Ave. A silent auction of Sharon DeMark’s water­colors from the same book will also be held. Proceeds will go to Interfaith Action’s Project Home, an emergency shelter for Saint Paul families.


Dance

A holiday cabaret will be presented on weekends from December 3-12 by Collide Theatrical Dance Company at its recently renovated space at 755 N. Prior Ave, Suite 235H. The dramatic dance is set to a live score of festive holiday music. Performers include singer Rachel Holder and dancers Renee Guittar, Jarod Boltjes, Grace Janis­zewski, Katie Taintor and Megan Carver. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20-$45 and include a glass of wine, beer or other beverage. For reservations or information on COVID protocol, call 651-395-7903 or visit collidetheatrical.org.
 
Venture down the rabbit hole and exper­ience Zoé Emilie Henrot’s Nutcracker in Wonderland. A holiday classic with a whimsical twist, it will be presented by Henrot’s Ballet Co.Laboratory company and school on December 11 and 12 at Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 Fourth St. S. in Minneapolis. The curtain rises at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35, $25 for seniors and students. Visit balletcolaboratory.org.
 

Exhibits

Enjoy cider or wine while shopping for one-of-a-kind gifts on December 3 and 4 at 1896 Saunders Ave. (alley entrance). The holiday sale will feature greeting cards, photographs and books by Kelly Povo; Lake Superior stone jewelry, key chains and bookmarks by Pauline Oo; glass art and ornaments by Michelle Wright; children’s books by Phyllis Root; and ornaments and journals by Molly Marbles. Hours are 4-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Masks are encouraged.

Eighty artists from the Upper Midwest will take part in the 26th anniversary Art at Ramsey holiday fair from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, December 4, at Ramsey Middle School, 1700 Summit Ave. The show and sale will feature a wide selection of fine art and crafts, including paintings, photography, woodcut prints, sculpture, pottery, blown glass, jewelry, woven rugs and scarves, leather handbags, hand­made dolls, hand-dyed silk, turned wood, tiles, cards and ornaments. The free event will also feature a Youth Art Fair with the works of artists ages 8-18.
 

Music

Pianist and songwriter Jim Brickman will celebrate “The Gift of Christmas” in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 3, in the Ordway Concert Hall. The Grammy nominee promises heart­warming songs of faith and love, blend­ing yuletide favorites with his own hits. Tickets are $33-$85. For reser­va­tions and COVID protocol, visit ordway.org or call 651-224-4222.

Bach’s Christmas Oratorio will be per­formed by the Bach Society of Minnesota orchestra and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 3, at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis. Matthias Maute and Philip Brunelle will share the podium. Tickets are $20-$40 with a discount for students. For reser­va­tions, visit bachsocietymn.org.

“What Sweeter Music,” the Singers’ annual Christmas concert, will be pre­sented three times in early December. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 4, at Annunciation Church in South Minneapolis; 3 p.m. Sun­day, December 5, at Westwood Church in Saint Louis Park; and 2 p.m. Sunday, December 12, at Nativity Church, 1900 Stanford Ave. Tickets are $28. Visit singersmca.org.

Acclaimed organist Stephen Hamilton will perform works by Bach, Franck and others in a free Advent recital at 7 p.m. Monday, December 6, at Saint Mark’s Catholic Church, 2001 Dayton Ave.

The JCC Symphony Orchestra returns on Wednesday, December 8, with an all-strings concert balancing English romanticism with folkloric colors from Hungary. The free program will begin at 7 p.m. at the Capp Center, 1375 Saint Paul Ave. It will feature Gustav Holst’s Saint Paul’s Suite, Edward Elgar’s Elegy and Salut d’amour (“Love’s greeting”) and Béla Bartók’s 10 Pieces for Children. Reservations are requested at tinyurl.com/c5zafrvf. Walk-ins are welcome, but space will be limited to ensure social distancing. Masks are also required.

A rising star in classical guitar, Henry Johnston will perform in a Minnesota Guitar Society concert at 7:30 p.m. Sat­ur­day, December 11, in Sundin Hall, 1531 Hewitt Ave. The program includes works by Mompou, Rodrigo and Ponce and Johnston’s arrangement of a Chopin mazurka. Tickets are $10-$25. For reser­vations and information on COVID proto­col, visit mnguitar.org or call 612-677-1151.
 
 
Circus Juventas
"Blizzard," Circus Juventas’ second annual holiday production, will take audiences on a whirlwind tour of the season’s classic tales on weekends from December 10-19 under the big top at 1270 Montreal Ave. The high-flying adventure tells of three elves who wreak havoc at the North Pole when they open "The Book of Tales" and accidentally unleash such villains as the Grinch, Scrooge and Elsa the snow queen. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The big top has a 45-foot ceiling, and its air is serviced by HEPA filters and industrial fans. Audience members are encouraged to wear masks. Hot cocoa and festive treats will be available for purchase before the show. For tickets—priced at $40, $30 for children ages 3-10—visit circusjuventas.org. Photo by Dan Norman

Theater

Christmas of Swing, a new rendition of the holiday classic about the singing Andrews Sisters and their entertainment of the troops during World War II, is play­ing now through December 19 at the His­tory Theatre, 30 E. 10th St. Elena Glass, Jen Burleigh-Bentz and Julia Ennen star as Patty, LaVerne and Maxene Andrews, whose letters from the men and women serving overseas dance their way into their USO shows and the hearts of the audience. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15-$65. Call 651-292-4323 or visit historytheatre.com.

All is Calm, a musical about the Christ­mas truce of 1914, is being staged from November 26 through January 2 at the Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE. in Min­ne­apolis. The Theater Latté Da production draws on first-person accounts of the impromptu truce along with patriotic tunes and trench songs from World War I, medieval ballads and Christmas carols of England, Wales, France, Belgium and Germany. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $35-$51. For res­ervations and COVID protocol, visit latteda.org or call 612-339-3003.

Fiddler on the Roof, the Tony Award-winning musical of 1965, will be per­formed from November 30 through December 12 at the Ordway. Israeli actor Yehezkel Lazarov stars as Tevye in this timeless musical about community, faith and resilience. Tony Award-winner Bartlett Sher directs. Choreography is by Hofesh Shechter. The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $48-$116. For reservations and information about COVID protocol, visit ordway.org or call 651-224-4222.

Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity, a Penumbra Theatre tradition, will return with 23 performances from November 30 through December 24 at 270 N. Kent St. Lou Bellamy directs the pro­duc­tion. Musical direction is by Sanford Moore and the Kingdom Life Church Choir. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15-$40. For reservations or information on COVID protocol, visit penumbratheatre.org or call 651-224-3180.

Family

Tune in to the Sundays at Landmark webpage for “Christmas Stories with J.B. Eckert.” Eckert will tell a different story each Sunday, November 29, December 6 and 20. The virtual programs are free. Visit landmarkcenter.org or call 651-292-3063.

Saint Paul’s Union Depot will light up the night with fireworks, a holiday tree and a screening of the movie Elf on Saturday, December 4. The free festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. with the unveiling of the 2022 Saint Paul Winter Carnival button design in the depot Waiting Room, followed by live music and the lighting of the holiday tree on the North Plaza capped by a spectacular fireworks show. Elf will roll at 7 p.m. Train rides on the vintage North Pole Express will embark from Union Depot on December 3-5 and 9-12. For Express times and tickets, visit the Friends of the 261 website at 261.com/npe/.

It’s Chanukah, and 10-year-old Max has visions of new toys, mouthwatering latkes and his grandmother’s tasty doughnuts. When an ice storm cuts the power, he discovers the true meaning of the holiday in Chanukah in the Dark. The new play by Hayley Finn will open on December 4 on Six Points Theater’s stage in the Highland Park Community Center, 1978 Ford Pkwy. Sulia Rose Alten­berg, David Coral, Ben Shaw and Sally Wingert star. Show times are 7 p.m. Saturday, December 4; 1 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday, December 5; and 1 p.m. Sunday, December 12. Visit sixpointstheater.org or call 651-647-4315.

The Northern Lights School for Strings will present its annual Family Concert of classical music and holiday medleys at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 5, in Sundin Hall, 1531 Hewitt Ave. Members of the professional Chamber Music Society of Minnesota will also perform a program of Brahms and Boccherini. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, free to children. Visit chambermusicmn.org.

Et cetera

Reminiscent of the Christkindlmarkets that have brightened the Advent season for over 700 years, the Euro­pean Christ­mas Market will set up on the East Plaza of Saint Paul’s Union Depot on weekends from November 26 through December 19. Bathed in over 40,000 twinkling lights, the market’s 41 kiosks will offer everything from jewelry, ornaments and other handmade gifts to woolen clothing, toys and edible treats. It will run from 4-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat­urdays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays. Live music and dancing, hot and cold refreshments, a Christmas scavenger hunt and appearances by Santa and his reindeer will also be featured. Visit stpaulchristmasmarket.org.

The Old-Fashioned Holiday Bazaar will return to Landmark Center on December 2-4 with a host of handmade gifts by local artisans. Jewelry, fabrics, children’s toys and clothing, home decor, handmade lotions and soaps and edible goods will be featured from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Refreshments will be available. From 4-7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, shoppers will receive a complimentary refreshment. Admission is $5, free for children age 12 and under. Visit landmarkcenter.org.

A traditional German Christmas is yours to enjoy at the Holiday Open Haus from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 4 and 5, at the Germanic-Amer­ican Institute, 301 Summit Ave. Sample lebkuchen cookies baked by the GAI Damenklub or the haus-brewed glühwein (mulled wine). Bratwurst, pretzels, Black Forest Inn cakes and Paulaner beer will also be available. Children’s craft activities and a display of German model trains will be featured. The Minnesänger choir will perform at noon Saturday. Admission is free. Visitors are asked to wear a mask.

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