Books

My Mighty Journey: A Waterfall’s Story, author John Coy and illustrator Gaylord Schanilec’s account of 12,000 years of Minnesota history from the perspective of the only major waterfall on the Mississippi River, will be discussed at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 19. To register for the free virtual program, visit dakotahistory.org/events. For information, call 651-552-7548.
 
Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., will host a meet-and-greet with author Lawrence. R. Jacobs and his book, Democracy Under Fire: Donald Trump and the Breaking of American History, at noon Saturday, May 21; a reading with poets Margaret Hasse and Jim Moore and their collections, Summoned and Prognosis, respectively, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 25; and a reading with David House­wright and his novel, Something Wicked, at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 26. Call 651-225-8989 or visit nextchapterbooksellers.com.
 

Dance

Reset will be performed by the Young Dance Performing Company on May 14-15 in the parking lot of Fairview Business Center, 655 N. Fairview Ave. The dance program will feature a reimagining of “Gaelyn Lea Suite” by Gretchen Pick; “Try It Again” by Anat Shinar; “I’ll be there (to play my part)” by Theo Langa­son; and “Line Square Circle” by Alexandra Beaumont. Show times are 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $12, $8 for students and seniors, $5 for children ages 3-5; $12 for a virtual livestream. Visit youngdance.org.
 
Our Stories, the autobiographies of five exceptional Black dancers told through movement, will be presented on May 20-22 at Collide Theatrical Dance Company, 755 N. Prior Ave. Directed by Allyson Richert, the cast includes Patrick Jeffrey, Javan Mngrezzo, Chelsea Rose, Gabrielle Dominique and Jayson Douglas. Spoken-word artist Carnage the Executioner will also perform. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15-$35. Call 651-395-7903 or visit collidetheatrical.org.
 
The Keane Sense of Rhythm school in Saint Paul’s Midway area will celebrate National Tap Dance Day on Saturday, May 28, at Como Lakeside Pavilion, 1360 N. Lexington Pkwy. The festivities will open at 1 p.m. with an hour of free tap dance lessons. Students from Keane and other Twin Cities dance studios will take the stage from 2-4 p.m. Admission is free.
 

Film

“In the Footsteps of Gordon Parks,” a series of films by the legendary artist from Saint Paul, will continue with a screening of his 1976 movie Leadbelly at 7 p.m. Friday, May 13, in Weyerhaeuser Auditorium at Landmark Center. Art Evans, who portrayed Blind Lemon Jefferson in the film, and Kokayi Ampah will take part in a discussion after the film. Tickets are $5. Visit bit.ly/choicecinema.
 
The sixth annual Bow Wow Film Festival returns on Sunday, May 22, with 27 short films about dogs and one obligatory film about cats. The 90 minutes of furry fun begin at 2 p.m. at Parkway Theater, 4814 Chicago Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Tickets are $13, $8 for children age 12 and under, in advance; $16 and $11 at the door; $30 per family for a virtual screening. Visit theparkwaytheater.com.
 
The 13th Minnesota Cuban Film Festi­val will light up the big screen at 7 p.m. Thursdays, May 26 through June 30, at the MSP Film Society’s Saint Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St. SE in Minneapolis. The schedule includes the documentary Canción de Barrio (Neighborhood Song), about Silvio Rodríguez’s tour of Cuban neighborhoods; the drama La Emboscada (The Ambush), about a standoff between four Cuban soldiers and counterrevolutionary forces in Angola; Cuba in Africa, a documentary about the 420,000 Cuban soldiers, teachers, doctors and nurses who strove to end colonial rule in southern Africa; El Mayor, a drama about Cuban revolutionary Ignacio Agramonte y Loynaz (1841–73); Los Her­ma­nos, a documentary about Cuban-born brothers living on opposite sides of a geopolitical divide; El Último Balsero (The Last Rafter), a drama about a young Cuban who risks his life crossing the Florida straits to search for his father in Miami; and Volverán los abrazos (I’ll hold you again), a documentary about the Cuban doctors who have fought the coronavirus pandemic. For reservations, call 612-824-6109 or visit facebook.com/MNCubanFilmFestival.
 

Family

Investigate your powers of imagination. Take part in Exquisite Crankies, a free activity from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Landmark Center. Exquisite crankies combine “crankies,” a form of puppetry that tells stories with a moving scroll, with “exquisite” corpse, a game that connects drawings made by different people. Create your own drawing and have it be a part of an exquisite community crankie. To register, visit linktr.ee/landmarkcenter. Walk-ins are also welcome.
 
 
 
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"Runestone! A Rock Musical," the larger-than-life story of a Minnesota farmer caught in the whirlwind of an ever-grow­ing myth, is playing through May 29 at History Theatre, 30 E. 10th St. The new play by Mark Jensen and Gary Rue is the true story of Swedish immigrant Olof Ohman (pictured above with his wife Karin and children in 1893), who in 1898 dug up a rock on his farm near Kensington that contained carved runes indicating that the Vikings had been in Minnesota centuries before Columbus. Sasha Andreev and Ivory Doublette star. Tyler Michaels King directs. Tickets are $15-$65, and streaming will be available. Visit historytheatre.com or call 651-292-4320.

Theater

For its first full production in two years, Park Square Theatre offers a breath of fresh air. Airness, playwright Chelsea Marcantel’s comedy about the world of competitive air guitar playing, will open May 13 for a four-week run on the proscenium stage at 20 W. Seventh Place. Directed by Angela Timberman, it stars Shae Palic, Daniel Petzold, Neal Skoy, Michael Terrell Brown and Julia Valen. For show times and tickets, call 651-291-7005 or visit parksquaretheatre.org.
 
Mikell Sapp will stage his one-man autobiograph­ical show, Charlie Black, from May 28 through June 12 at Pillsbury House Theatre, 3501 Chicago Ave. S. in Minneapolis. The heartfelt drama tells of the trials and triumphs of a young Black man from Alabama striving to find his place as a theater artist in Min­nesota. Show times are 8 p.m. May 28, June 1-4 and 8-11, and 5:30 p.m. May 29, June 5 and 12. For ticket information, visit pillsburyhouseandtheatre.org.
 

Music

Bach’s B Minor Mass will be per­formed by the baroque orchestra and choir of the Bach Society of Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in Ordway Concert Hall. Soloists include soprano Sarah Brailey, mezzo-soprano Victoria Vargas, tenor Nicholas Chalmers and bass Alan Dunbar. A preconcert talk by Barbara Resch begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $42, $19 for students, free for children under age 12 with a paid adult. A complimentary livestream is also available. Visit ordway.org.
 
“Considering Matthew Shepard” will be performed by the Singers under the direction of Matthew Culloton on Sunday, May 15, in Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 Fourth St. S. in Minneapolis. The oratorio by Craig Hella Johnson tells of a gay Wyoming student who was kidnapped, beaten, tied to a fence and left to die. The work uses song, narration, and video to move from the horrific crime to forgiveness and love. Tickets are $35 at the door, $30 in advance. A panel discussion will follow. Visit singersmca.org or call 651-917-1948.
 

Exhibits

“Mestizaje: Intermix-Remix” is on view through June 12 in the sidewalk and skyway galler­ies of the Minnesota Museum of American Art, 350 N. Robert St. Eight Latino artists explore what it means to identify as mixed-race. A panel discussion with Karen Mary Davalos of the Chicano and Latino Studies Department at the University of Minnesota and Olga González of the Anthropology Department at Macalester College will be offered via Zoom from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12. Visit mmaa.org or call 651-797-2571.
 
New works by landscape artists Cheryl LeClair-Sommer and Michelle Wegler are paired with poetry and prose in a multimedia exhibit celebrating the beauty of Minnesota’s lakes and rivers. “Ebb and Flow” is on view through June 17 in the Saint Paul Student Center’s Larson Art Gallery, 2017 Buford Ave. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thurs­day, May 12. Call 612-625-0214 or visit sua.umn.edu/events/ebb-and-flow.
 
 
 

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