Books

Poet Ryann Stevenson, author of Human Resources, 2021 winner of the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, will join in conversation with poet Richie Hofmann to celebrate the launch of her debut collection at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 15. The virtual event is free. To register for the link, visit milkweed.org/events.

Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., will play host to readings and discus­sions with authors Sun Yung Shin and her book, The Wet Hex, at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 16; Ben Westhoff and his intimate exploration of race and inequality, Little Brother: Love, Tragedy and My Search for the Truth, at 6 p.m. Friday, June 17; and Kurt Johnson and daughter Ellie Johnson and their book, The Barrens: A Novel of Love and Death in the Canadian Arctic, at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 19. For tickets, visit nextchapterbooksellers.com or call 651-225-8989.

The online world of fans, stans and boy bands will be discussed in a free virtual pro­gram at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, by Augsburg University professor Chris Stedman and Kaitlyn Tiffany, author of Everything I Need I Get from You: How Fangirls Created the Internet. To register, visit subtextbooks.com/events.

Theater

Real Women Have Curves, a humorous tale of a Mexican-American teenager’s coming of age in a cauldron of cultural expectations, will be staged from June 10-26 by Teatro del Pueblo. Written by Josefina Lopez and directed by Adlyn Carreras and Lelis Brito, the show will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, in Conn Theater at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Tickets are $15-$23. Visit teatrodelpueblo.org.

A madcap comedy inspired by the earliest stirrings of the gay rights movement, Perfect Arrangement is playing through June 26 at Theatre in the Round, 245 Cedar Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Set in 1950, the play by Topher Payne tells of two State Department employees who have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants in their ranks. The problem is, they are gay and have married each other’s partners as cover. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $25, $20 for students and seniors. Call 612-333-3010 or visit theatreintheround.org.

Twelve Angry Men, a musical version of the courtroom drama about jury deliberations in the trial of an alleged murderer, will open on June 11 at Theater Latté Da’s Ritz Theater, 345 13th Ave. NE in Minneapolis. Peter Rothstein directs the production, which was adapted from the play by Reginald Rose and features music and lyrics by Michael Holland. Curtis Bannister, T. Mychael Rambo, James Detmar and Bradley Greenwald star. Following previews on June 8-10, 33 evening and matinee performances are scheduled. Tickets start at $35. Call 612-339-3003 or visit latteda.org.

Spittin’ Seeds, a new drama that moves between celestial realms and Saint Paul’s historic Rondo area to portray a neighborhood forever renewing itself, will be staged from June 14-26 at Penumbra Theatre, 270 N. Kent St. The first produc­tion in Penumbra’s two-year Ashe Lab Residency, Spittin’ Seeds conjures the fabric of a close-knit Black community and the timeless forces that guide and protect it. Following previews at 7:30 p.m. June 14 and 15, the play will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays. For tickets, visit penumbratheatre.org or call 651-224-3180.

 

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Fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm are turned on their heads in Applause Community Theatre’s The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, playing June 17-25 at Dreamland Arts, 677 N. Hamline Ave. Two narrators and several actors combine all 209 stories in one fast-paced drama. “Snow White,” “Cinderella” and other classic tales are blended with such obscure stories as “The Devil’s Grandmother” and “The Girl Without Hands” in a rollicking drama with audience participation. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 19. Tickets are whatever you can afford. Visit dreamlandarts.com.

Miss Robin Hood and her Merry Band of Thieves, a new twist on the classic legend, will be performed from June 17-25 by Classics Lost ’n’ Found Theater. Written by Noreen K. Brandt and directed by Greg Bastien with original music by Coral Bastien, the show is playing at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at the Lake Nokomis Community Center, 2401 E. Minnehaha Pkwy. in Minneapolis. Admission is free.

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Ramsey Hill drummer Peter Kogan and his jazz band will celebrate the release of their new CD, “Just Before Midnight,” in concert at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at KJ’s Hideaway, 408 Saint Peter St. Tickets are $15. Call 651-500-8497.

Music

Free lunchtime concerts have returned to Landmark Center’s cortile at noon on Wednesdays. The hour-long shows will feature the Irish and American roots music of Purgatory Creek on June 15 and Mother Banjo on June 29. Visit landmarkcenter.org.

Music in the Parks, a series of free con­certs in Mendota Heights, continues with Skippin Stones from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, at Market Square Park, and kids’ favorite DJ Party Unit from 6-6:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 29.

Exhibits

“Journey to Space,” a traveling exhibit built with the support of NASA, is being displayed through September 5 at the Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd. Learn all about the journeys humans are taking into space and imagine a future when earth is no longer the only planet we call home. The hands-on exhibit explores the challenges and solutions that will shape our future in space. The accompanying exhibit, “Sun, Earth, Universe,” will teach and test visitors’ space knowledge and engineering skills with the aid of a NASA spacecraft model. For more information, visit smm.org/space. For tickets, which should be purchased in advance, visit smm.org/tickets.

The inaugural Shadow Falls Art Fair will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 11, in the yard at 50 N. Mississippi River Blvd. Twelve neighborhood artists will be showing and selling their works. Included are paintings, collages, ceramics, fused glass, paper mosaics, jewelry, weavings, handmade clothing and other fabric art. Neighborhood musicians will perform, and refreshments will be available. For a sneak preview, visit facebook.com/Shadow-Falls-Arts-108619668296955.

“The Shmita Project,” a multimedia exhibit, is being displayed from June 13 through August 10 at the Minnesota JCC’s Capp Center at 1375 Saint Paul Ave. and Sabes Center in Minneapolis. The exhibit explores the Jewish tradition of Shmita, which is the seventh year in a seven-year cycle when God commands his people to let the land rest, release debts, resolve disputes and open their hearts to those in need. An opening reception will be held from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Sabes Center. Call 651-698-0751.

Family

Juneteenth, a commemoration of the end of slavery in the American South in 1865, will be celebrated with live music, art exhibits, a story stroll and food trucks from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 11, outside of Latimer Library, 90 W. Fourth St. Thomasina Petrus, Junauda Petrus-Nasah and Lance Brunius will be among the performers. Call 651-266-7000.

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Deutsche Tage (German Days) will be celebrated on June 11-12 at the Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave. The free event will feature German food and beverages and live entertainment by the Bavarian Musikmeisters, Dale Dahmen & the Polka Beats, the Chmielewski Funtime Band and accordionists Mark Stillman and Ron Machel. Under the theme Fairy Tales: Medieval to Modern, Deutsche Tage promises a profusion of fairytale princesses, puppet shows and storytelling and a castle-like bounce house. It is all happening from noon-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Folks age 21 and older may buy a wristband for $5 to purchase German beer and wine. Visit gaimn.org/deutschetage.

The Fête de la Saint-Jean-Baptiste will be presented by the French-American Heritage Foundation at 6 p.m.  Friday, June 24, at the Sibley House Historic Site, 1357 Sibley Memorial Highway in Mendota. Named after the patron saint of Quebec, the traditional French-Canadian celebration will feature music, dancing, a bonfire with marshmallow roasting, and historical guides to answer any questions.  Admission is $12. For reservations, call 651-452-1596 or visit dakotahistory.org.

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