SubText Books, 6 W. Fifth St., will host free readings and discussions with author Kathryn Savage and Groundglass, her book about toxic pollution and environmental justice, at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 1; William Kent Krueger and his Cork O’Connor mystery Fox Creek, 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 7; and Gretchen Anthony and her novel, The Book Haters’ Book Club, at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 15. Visit subtextbooks.com.
Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., will host a Literary Bridges reading with local poets and essayists Richard Terrill, Mary Jo Pehl, Tim Nolan, Michael Kiesow Moore, River Maria Urke, Julie Martin, Rick Hilber, Frances James, Mimi Jennings and Diego Vasquez Jr. at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 11; and a reading with Antonia Angress and her novel, Sirens & Muses, at 6 p.m. Thursday, September 15. For ticket information, call 651-225-8989 or visit nextchapterbooksellers.com.
The Catherine G. Murphy Galleries at Saint Catherine University will open two new shows on September 10: “Shaping a Creative Life” featuring art by SCU faculty and staff Jennifer Adam, Lys Akerman-Frank, Carol Lee Chase, Todd Deutsch, Amy Hamlin, Bethany Rahn and Monica Rudquist; and “Containment Strategies,” an immersive installation by Saint Paul artist Sarah Kusa. Both shows will run through October 23. The artists will be present at the opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, September 10. Admission is free. Visit gallery.stkate.edu.
The League of Longfellow Artists will present its 12th annual LoLa Art Crawl on September 17 and 18. The work of 92 artists will be displayed for show and sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in artists’ homes, art galleries and other businesses throughout the Longfellow area of Minneapolis. For more information and a map of the 44 art crawl sites, visit lolaart.org.
Dark & Stormy Productions has launched its 10th anniversary season with playwright Yasmina Reza’s God of Carnage. The drama opens with a fight between two 11-year-old boys. Their parents meet to make things right. Is the battle that began on the playground over, or has it just begun? Luverne Seifert, Mo Perry, Peter Christian Hansen and Sara Marsh star. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays through September 11 at the Gremlin Theatre, 550 N. Vandalia St. Visit darkstormy.org.
Pete Whitman and his jazz quintet Mississippi will perform from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, September 8, in Rice Park. Admission is free. Visit landmarkcenter.org.
Saint Paul harpist Hannah Flowers will release her new album, “Hall-Gate House,” in concert at 8 p.m. Friday, September 16, on the outdoor stage at Celtic Junction, 836 N. Prior Ave. The album is an extension of Flower’s master’s degree program in traditional Irish music performance at Ireland’s Maynooth University. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, free for those age 18 and under. In case of rain, the concert will be moved indoors. Visit celticjunction.org.
The Landmark Live series will open with singer-songwriter Ray Bonneville and his bluesy Americana on September 16 in Weyerhaeuser Auditorium at Landmark Center. The shows are scheduled at 8 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. Each will be preceded at 7 p.m. with a cocktail hour and cash bar. Also performing will be blues and roots musician Annie Mack on October 21; Turn Turn Turn featuring Adam Levy, Savannah Smith and Barb Brynstad on November 18; and jaw–dropping instrumentalists the Barley Jacks on December 16. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door and $70 for the season of four concerts. Visit landmarkcenter.org.
The Isles Ensemble will open its season with a performance of Schubert’s String Quartet in D Minor (Death and the Maiden) and Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet in G Minor at 4 p.m. Sunday, September 18, at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church, 2020 Lake of the Isles Pkwy. in Minneapolis. Taking the stage will be violinists Stephanie Arado and Leslie Shank, violist Kenneth Freed, cellist Tom Rosenberg and pianist Ivan Konev. Tickets are $25 or whatever you can pay, free for students. Visit islesensemble.org.
Family fun, games, live music by the local Irish band Paddy Wagon, food trucks, soft drinks and craft beer will be featured when the Sisters of Saint Joseph Ministries Foundation presents Septemberfest from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, September 8, on the lawn in front of 1884 Randolph Ave. Admission is free. Visit csjministriesfoundation.org/septemberfest.
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