Theater

The Mysterious Affair at Styles, a new play based on an Agatha Christie mystery, is being performed through December 18 at Theatre in the Round, 245 Cedar Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Published in 1920, The Mysterious Affair at Styles introduced readers to detective Hercules Poirot as he inves­ti­gated the midnight poisoning of a family matriarch. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $25. Call 612-333-3010 or visit theatreintheround.org.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, a musical adaptation of the classic folk tale, will open a month-long run on November 30 at the Ordway Music Theater. Rajané Katurah, Nathaniel Hackmann and Jamecia Bennett star. For reservations, call 651-292-3268 or visit ordway.org.

Nicolas, the story of the real-life Father Christmas, will be staged from December 2-29 at Open Window Theatre, 5300 S. Robert Trail in Inver Grove Heights. Written and directed by Open Window artistic director Jeremy Stanbary, the play tells of the 4th-century Saint Nicholas of Myra whose life of extraordinary faith, heroic generosity and humble service to the less fortunate gave rise to the modern-day Santa Claus. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays with additional shows on December 6, 13, 20, 21, 27 and 28. Tickets are $18-$28.Call 612-615-1515 or visit openwindowtheatre.org.

A Christmas Carol Krampus, or It’s A Pretty OK Life, an irreverent mash-up of such familiar holiday characters as Frosty, Hermey, the Grinch and Dickens’ ghosts, will be performed from December 9-17 by Classics Lost ’n’ Found Theater. The new holiday production for adults is written and directed by Lisa M.W. Phelps. Show times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Lake Nokomis Presbyterian Church, 1620 E. 46th St. in Minneapolis. Tickets are $15, $12 for students and seniors.

Music

“Poets and Rhapsodists,” music inspired by poetry, will be played by the Capital City Brass Quintet at 3 p.m. Sunday, No­vem­ber 27, at Olivet Congregational Church, 1850 Iglehart Ave. The free con­cert will feature Poet and Peasant Overture by Franz von Suppé; Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Liszt; “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen; Paean by Charles Reskin; Trois Chansons by Debussy; and “Mouse, pl. Mice” by Ray Dempsey.

Lessons and carols for Advent will be performed by the Mount Olive Cantorei and organist David Cherwien at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 27, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 3045 Chicago Ave. S. in Minneapolis. The program will open with a solemn procession. Admission is free.

Virtuoso American harpist Bridget Kibbey will join acclaimed violin­ist Alexi Kenney in concerts at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 1, and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Decem­ber 2, in the Ordway Concert Hall. The program will include a new work written for Kibbey and Kenney by composer Libby Larsen. For tickets, visit schubert.org or call 651-292-3268.

Folk, jazz and blues artist Claudia Schmidt will celebrate the release of her new CD in concerts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, December 2 and 3, at Ginkgo Coffeehouse, 721 N. Snelling Ave. Tickets are $20. Visit ginkgocoffee.com.

A Baroque Christmas, a concert featuring Marc Levine on violin, Immanuel Davis on traverso and Tami Morse on harpsichord, will be presented at noon Friday, Decem­ber 2, in the Baroque Room, 275 E. Fourth St., Suite 280. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors, $5 for students and $10 for the live stream. Visit lyrabaroque.org.

“East-West/North-South,” symphonic music from around the globe, will be played by the Saint Paul Civic Symphony at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 4, at Saint Matthew’s Catholic Church, 510 Hall Ave. The concert will feature “China Dreams” by Bright Sheng, Symphony No. 8 by Beethoven, “Reedbird” by Emilie Doolittle, and Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4 by Heitor Villa-Lobos. Admission is free and children are welcome. Visit spcsmusic.org.

Hamline University’s A Cappella Choir will present its annual Christmas concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 4, at Hamline Church, 1514 CahooEnglewood Ave. Admission is by donation.

Have Yourself an OK Xmas, a concert celebrating the release of the vinyl “OK Xmas,” will be presented by the string duo OK Factor at 7 p.m. Sunday, December 4, at the Parkway Theater, 4814 48th Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Cellist Olivia Diercks and violinist Karla Colahan have recorded some of their most popular holiday tunes. Tickets are $15-$25. Copies of the limited edition LP will be available at the show.

“What Sweeter Music,” the Singers’ annual Christmas concert, will be pre­sented on December 4, 10 and 11. Along with beloved carols and seasonal favorites, the program will feature compositions by Reena Esmail and B.E. Boykin and new works by Timothy Takach and conductor Matthew Culloton. The music begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 4, at Westwood Lutheran Church in Saint Louis Park; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 10, at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave. S. in Minneapolis; and 2 p.m. Sunday, December 11, at Nativity Catholic Church, 1938 Stanford Ave. Tickets are $35. Visit singersmca.org.

Exhibits

“Threads of Freedom,” the art of veteran Jeffrey Stenbom, is being displayed through Jan­uary 8, 2023, in the North Gallery at Landmark Center. Using primarily glass, Stenbom has created works shaped by his experiences in the Armed Services. Stenbom will discuss his art in the gallery at noon Thursday, December 8. Admission is free.

Christmas in Saint Paul circa 1910 will be recreated from November 25 through December 31 in guided tours of the James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Ave. The hour-long tours highlight holiday memories of both the Hill family and their domestic staff. The tours will step out between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. daily. The cost is $18, free for children age 4 and under. Visit mnhs.org/hillhouse.

Dance

Saint Paul Ballet will present Best of the Nutcracker, close to 90 minutes of crowd-pleasing highlights from the holiday classic, in shows at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, December 2 and 3, in the O’Shaughnessy at Saint Catherine University.  Tickets are $3-$45 or whatever you can afford. Visit oshag.stkate.edu/events.

Ballet Co.Laboratory will reprise its holiday show, "The Snow Queen," in four performances on December 2-4 at the Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Ave. in Min­neapolis. In 2020, amidst COVID-19, the ballet was presented online. This year the Hans Christian Andersen tale has been expanded with new scenes and choreography. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $28. Call 612- 206-3600 or visit balletcolaboratory.org. Pixel Dust Photography

Books

“The Praxis of Love,” a conversation about All About Love: New Visions by bell hooks, the pen name of Gloria Watkins (1952-2021), will be held from 6:30-8:30
p.m. Thursday, December 1, online and in person at United Theo­logical Semi­nary, 767 Eustis St. Moderated by the Reverend Dr. Ry Siggel­kow, director of the Leadership Center for Social Justice at United Theo­logical, the discussion will be led by the Reverend Dr. Jessica Chapman Lape of United Theo­logical, Dr. David Todd Lawrence of the University of Saint Thomas and Milwaukee artist and storyteller Rosy Petri. To register to attend, visit content.unitedseminary.edu/all-about-love-bell-hooks by November 28.

A free poetry workshop will be offered by Cracked Walnut from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, December 3, in the first floor meeting room of the Highland Library, 1974 Ford Pkwy. Participants are asked to bring eight to 10 copies of an original poem to share. For reservations, email Patrick Cabello at phcreate@gmail.com.

Family

The Twin City Model Railroad Museum, 668 Transfer Road, has brought back Night Trains. From 3-7 p.m. on Saturdays (except Christmas Eve) now through February 25, the lights will be turned down and the model trains and the snow-covered villages through which they pass will be softly aglow in holiday cheer. Ad­mission to the museum is $15 for Night Trains, $10 at other times, free for children age 4 and under. Visit tcmrm.org or call 651-647-9628.

Learn the basics of clowning and create larger-than-life characters with help from Cahoot Theatre at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 29, at the Highland Park Library, 1974 Ford Pkwy. Call 651-266-7000 or visit sppl.org.

The Snowy Day, a drama about the joys of the season through the eyes of a child, will be staged from December 1-23 by SteppingStone Theatre for Youth. Written by Jerome Hairston with music by Victor Zupanc, the play is based on the books by Ezra Jack Keats. The curtain rises at 7 p.m. Fridays, 3 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, and 7 p.m. on December 22 at Park Square Theatre, 20 W. Seventh Place. Tickets are $16-$20. Visit steppingstonetheatre.org.

The Chamber Music Society of Minne­sota will present “Movie Matinee,” its annual family concert, at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 4, in Sundin Hall, 1531 Hewitt Ave. The program includes music from and inspired by The Wizard of Oz, Encanto, An American Tale, Bambi and Mary Poppins. It will conclude with the finale of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. Tickets are $25, $20 for seniors, free for students and children. Visit chambermusicmn.org.

Discover what it means to be a hero when Disney on Ice skates into Xcel Energy Center on December 8-11. Mickey, Minnie and the gang will lead this magical adventure through a medley of classic and modern tales. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at the box office or by visiting ticketmaster.com.

Et cetera

Celebrate a German Christmas with authentic food and beverages, imported gifts, live music and craft activities. The free event will run from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4, at the Germanic-American Institute, 301 Summit Ave. Gingerbread cookies, homemade soups and hot mulled wine will be served along with bratwurst, imported beer, artisan bread, pretzels, traditional cakes and roasted nuts. An alpaca petting zoo and German model train will be featured, and Sankt Nikolaus will be there from noon to 2 p.m.

Celtic Holiday Hooley, a two-hour Irish variety show with live music, stories and sketches, carolling, step dancing and more, will be presented from December 9-17 at Celtic Junction, 836 N. Prior Ave. Emceed by comedians Joshua Will and Natalie O’Shea, the all-ages show will feature performances by singer Norah Rendell, Todd Menton of the band Boiled in Lead, multi-instrumentalist Dennis Curley, fiddler Kelsey Gunn, guitarist Dean Magraw and choreographer Cormac O Sé and the O’Shea Irish Dancers. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sunday. For ticket information, visit celticjunction.org.

Circus Juventas flips, tumbles and soars through the seasons in Solstice, the youth circus school’s third annual holiday show running December 9-18 under the big top at 1270 Montreal Ave. From the candlelit opening procession to the snow-cascading finale, the Nordic-inspired adventure is filled with dazzling aerial feats. Written and directed by mother-daughter Betty Butler and Rachel Butler Norris, the whimsical production will be presented at 7 p.m. Fridays, 1 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, and 1 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $35, $25 for children ages 3-12, seniors and active military personnel. Visit circusjuventas.showare.com or call 651-309-8106.

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