SubText Books, 6 W. 5th St., will host virtual readings with authors James. P. Lenfestey and his collection of essays, Seasons of the Urban Coyote, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 9; and Andrea Gilats and her candid book, After Effects: A Memoir of Complicated Grief, at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 10. To register for the free link, visit subtextbooks.com.
Highland Park author Fred Soukup will discuss his latest novel, Blood Up North, at 5:30 p.m. Friday, February 18, at Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave. Set in a small town in northern Minnesota, the thriller tells of a fugitive brother and the sister he enlists in a dangerous scheme to hide a stash of stolen drug money. Registration is required. Call 651-225-8989 or visit nextchapterbooksellers.com.
The Triple T Square Dance Club is offering weekly classes for beginners from 6:30-8 p.m. on Mondays at Saint Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, 550 W. Seventh St. No partner is necessary. The first night is free. After that it is $5. For information, call 651-503-7040.
Love stories are told through dance and music in Collide Theatrical Dance Company’s Romance Candlelight Cabaret. The hour-long show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday, February 11-19, in Collide’s newly renovated performance space at 755 N. Prior Ave., Suite 235H. Tickets are $25-$45. Visit collidetheatrical.org or call 651-395-7903.
The Anonymous Lover, the 1780 opera by groundbreaking Black composer Joseph Bologne, will be staged by the Minnesota Opera at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 10-13, at the Ordway Music Theater. Sung in French with English translations, the comic romance tells of a beautiful young widow who doubts she will ever find love again until she begins receiving letters from a secret admirer. Tickets are $22-$225. Visit mnopera.org.
’Til Death: A Marriage Musical will be performed by Bucket Brigade Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Monday, February 11-14, at Art House North, 793 Armstrong Ave. Husband and wife playwrights Jeremiah and Vanessa Gamble star as a middle-aged couple in marital crisis who get stuck in a remote cabin with newlywed couples who are “perfectly perfect” for each other. Joining them on stage will be real-life couples Nathan and Stephanie Cousins and Damian and Anna Leverett. Tickets are $30, $25 for students and seniors. Visit bucketbrigadetheater.com or call 612-547-9839.
La Boheme, the beloved opera by Puccini reimagined by director Peter Rothstein, is being performed by Theater Latte Da through February 27 at the Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE. in Minneapolis. The tale of love among young artists in Paris inspired the long-running Broadway hit Rent. Originally set in the 1830s, Rothstein has moved the story to the Nazi occupation of Paris during World War II. Tickets start at $35. For reservations, call 612-339-3003 or visit latteda.org.
Not for Sale, a new play by Kim Hines and Barbara Teed about real estate agent Arnold Weigel and his efforts in the 1950s and early ’60s to overcome red-lining and help families of color buy homes in the all-white neighborhoods of the Twin Cities, is playing through February 27 at History Theatre, 30 E. 10th St. Andrew Erskine Wheeler and Charity Jones star. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. A streaming option is also available. Tickets are $15-$53. Call 651-292-4323 or visit historytheatre.com.
Jordan Harrison’s science fiction drama, Marjorie Prime will open on February 11 at Theatre in the Round, 245 Cedar Ave. S. in Minneapolis. It is the age of artificial intelligence, and an elderly Marjorie has a handsome new companion who is programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. What would we remember, and what would we forget if given the chance? Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 6. Tickets are $25. Call 612-333-3010 or visit theatreintheround.org.
“Reverberating Bodies,” the work of Vietnamese-American artists Christine Nguyen and Dao Strom, is being displayed through March 20 in the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery at Saint Catherine University. Nguyen pairs large paintings with porcelain mobiles to illustrate the interconnectedness of nature and the cosmos. Strom combines poetry, music, imagery and video to address displacement, myth and memory. A reception for the artists will be held from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, March 19. Visit gallery.stkate.edu.
“Art Speaks,” an exhibit of more than 150 paintings, sculptures, photographs and other objects from the Minnesota Historical Society collection, will open on February 26 at the Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. The display includes portraits, landscapes, abstract and contemporary art by Charles Beck, Cameron Booth, Patrick DesJarlait, Mike Kareken, Clara Mairs, Teo Nguyen, Carolyn Olson, Patricia Olson, Bobby Rogers and others. Admission to the History Center is $12, $10 for seniors and college students, and $6 for children ages 5-17. Visit minnesotahistorycenter.org or call 651-259-3000.
The warm glow of streetlights and holiday decorations turn the Twin City Model Railroad Museum into a miniature winter wonderland from 3-7 p.m. on Saturdays, now through February 26. Admission to this special program in the museum at 668 Transfer Road is $15, free for children age 4 and under. For reservations, visit tcmrm.org or call 651-647-9628.
Landmark Center’s Urban Expedition program will immerse folks in the culture and traditions of distant lands from 1-3 p.m. on Sundays. Learn about the music, dance, traditional clothing and crafts of Ghana on February 13, China on February 20 and Greece on February 27. Admission is free. Call 651-292-3063 or visit landmarkcenter.org.
Lunar Lullaby, a 45-minute ballet based on the beloved picture book Goodnight Moon, will be performed by advanced students of the School of Ballet Co.Laboratory at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 26, at Park Square Theatre, 20 W. Seventh Place. Margaret Wise Brown’s classic tale is brought to life by such characters as three little bears, a cow jumping over the moon and two little kittens in the great green room of the little bunny. Choreographed by Genevieve Waterbury, the dance is set to popular music by Van Morrison, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Doris Day. Tickets start at $20. Visit balletcolaboratory.org or call 651-313-5967.
Women’s Drum Center, 2242 University Ave., will offer a class in hand drumming for beginners from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 16. Play djembes to explore pulse and rhythm. The cost is $10, drums are provided. Masks are required. Visit womensdrumcenter.org.
“Serenade” will be presented by the Minnesota Sinfonia in concerts on February 18 and 19. The free program will feature Peter Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, Debussy’s Petite Suite, and William Gomes’ Waltz. The music begins at 7 p.m. Friday in the Main Auditorium of Metropolitan State University, 700 E. Seventh St., and at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Basilica of Saint Mary, 1600 Hennepin Ave. S. in Minneapolis. For COVID protocol, visit mnsinfonia.org or call 612-871-1701.
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, violinist and singer Caroline Shaw will join the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 27, in Sundin Hall, 1531 Hewitt Ave. The concert will feature four works, including a song cycle by Shaw and Mozart’s String Quintet in G Minor. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, $15 for students, or free for students with paying adult. Visit chambermusicmn.org or call 651-560-0206.
Pianist Kate Liu, the audience favorite at the 2015 International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 27, in Mairs Concert Hall at Macalester College. Tickets are $40, $20 for students if any are available 30 minutes before the concert. Visit chopinsocietymn.org or call 612-822-0123.
Black History Month will be celebrated by the National Alliance on Mental Illness with a virtual program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 9, featuring Twin Cities comedian Khadijah Cooper. To register, visit namimn.org.
Celebrate Super Bowl Saturday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. February 12 at the Saint Paul Farmers’ Market, Fifth and Wall streets. A dozen and a half vendors will welcome customers with the warm embrace of a Super Chili Sampler and other ideas for a festive Super Bowl Sunday celebration at home. Shop for root vegetables, fresh microgreens, mushrooms, humanely raised meats, cheese, eggs, honey, baked goods, jams and jellies, syrups, pierogis, salsa, coffee and other specialty foods from independent producers. Sample three different chilis made from market produce between 10 a.m. and noon and take home the recipes. Shoppers are asked to bring a donation of nonperishable food for the Neighborhood House Food Support Program. For a list of food needs, visit neighb.org/programs/.
Twin Cities Jewish Humor Fest, three nights of comedy and human connection, will be presented virtually on February 17, 19 and 20 by the Minnesota JCC. The series opens with comedian Jo Firestone in the film Good Timing and in conversation with Alicia Eler of the Star Tribune at 7 p.m. Thursday (available on-line or in person at the Capp Center, 1375 Saint Paul Ave.); queer comedy night with comedians Guy Branum, Robby Hoffman, Jared Goldstein and Geulah Finman at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 19; and Jewish storytelling with Jonathan Gershberg, Max Hornstein, Steve Mintz, Amy Salloway, Jonathan Savitt and Riv Shapiro at 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12-$15. To register, visit tcjhumorfest.org.
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