Shannon Gibney will discuss her latest young adult novel, The Girl I Am, Was and Never Will Be, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 18, at the Red Balloon Bookshop, 891 Grand Ave. Part memoir, part speculative fiction, the book delves into the often surreal experience of growing up as a mixed-Black transracial adoptee. Special guest Sun Yung Shin will take part in the free program. Call 651-224-8320.
Poets Thomas R. Smith and Klecko will read from their verse in a free program at 6 p.m. Thursday, January 19, at Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave. Smith’s work has reached national audiences on Garrison Keillor’s radio show, “Writer’s Almanac.” His latest collection, Medicine Year, tells of his and his wife’s recovery from serious health issues in the midst of the pandemic. Klecko’s latest work is The Dead Fitzgeralds, a memoir in verse that reflects on the literary legacy of Saint Paul. Call 651-225-8989.
Minnesota Dance Theatre will join the Minnesota Chorale, singers Anthony Potts, Linh Kauffman and Gary Ruschman and musicians Bob Adney, Barbara Brooks, David Hagedorn and Tom Linker in six performances of Carmina Burana on two weekends in January at the Luminary Arts Center, 701 N. First St. in Minneapolis. Loyce Houlton’s original choreography is set to Carl Orff’s brilliant score in the production. Show times are 7:30 p.m. January 13, 14, 20, 21 and 22 and 4 p.m. January 15. Tickets are $40. Visit my.luminaryartscenter.com.
The new Twin Cities group Cumar will introduce its fusion of the traditional music and dance of West Africa and Ireland in shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, January 27 and 28, at the Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S. in Minneapolis. The group, whose name means “confluence” in Gaelic, is an ensemble of dancers and musicians co-directed by Fodé Bangoura, former lead drummer for the national ballet of Guinea and artistic director of Minneapolis’ Duniya Drum and Dance, and Cormac O’Sé, founder of the Celtic Junction Arts Center in Saint Paul and a member of the original Riverdance cast. Tickets are $25, $20 for students. For reservations, visit southerntheater.org.
CAAM Chinese Dance Theater will perform classical and contemporary choreography on February 4 and 5 in the O’Shaughnessy at Saint Catherine University. Entitled “Radiance,” the concert will feature world premieres by CAAM artististic director Jinyu Zhou, retired artistic director Lili Teng and performance director Ao Liu. Liu will also perform a new dance in honor of her mentor, Yang Liping, aka “the Peacock Queen.” The curtain will rise at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30-$5. Visit oshag.stkate.edu.
Proving once again that creativity does not contract in the cold, Art Shanty Projects returns to Minneapolis’ Lake Harriet Park from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, January 21 through February 12. Due to unusually thin ice on the lake, the displays and activities will be held on land around the bandshell. Eighteen art shanties will be featured along with a rotating schedule of 20 performing arts groups. Among the attractions are the American Ice Theatre, Twin Cities Native Lacrosse, snowsuit yoga Saturdays, Sunday dance parties and the live music of Frigid Airs, Taiko on Ice, Klezmer on Ice, and Good Trouble and Sarina Partridge and their Subzero Singalongs. Rounding out the entertainment will be live plein air painters, puppet shows and other theatricals, and the solar-powered Archive of Collective Memory and Techno from the Sun music project. Admission is by donation with $10-$20 suggested. Kicksleds will be available as mobility aids, and there will be ASL interpreters and audio describers daily between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information, visit artshantyprojects.org.
Experience Mexico without traveling any further than downtown Saint Paul when Landmark Center opens a new season of Urban Expeditions from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, January 22. Enjoy authentic Mexican music, dance and crafts in this immersive program. Admission is free. Visit landmarkcenter.org.
The Twin City Model Railroad Museum, 668 Transfer Road, has brought back Night Trains. From 3-7 p.m. on Saturdays, now through February 25, the lights will be turned down and the model trains and miniature villages through which they pass will be aglow in holiday decor. Admission to the museum is $15 for Night Trains, $10 at other times, free for children age 4 and under. Call 651-647-9628.
I Was A Stranger Too, a new drama by Cynthia L. Cooper, will be performed on January 26-29 at Neighborhood House, 179 E. Robie St. Drawn from dozens of interviews, the play tells of a woman who decides to help asylum seekers in memory of her mother’s rescue from the Holocaust and encounters a rich mosaic of people. Directed by Carolyn Levy, it stars Bethmari Márquez Barreto, Kirby Bennett, Nicole Frethem, Mahmoud Hakima, Megan Kim, Jasmine Porter, Shona Ramchandani, Abigail Ramsay and Phasoua Vang. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $10 or whatever you wish to pay. Visit strangertoo.weebly.com.
“The Bohemian Connection,” a concert featuring the works of Neruda, Telemann, Benda, Reichenauer and Myslivecek, will be performed by Lyra Baroque Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 15, in Sundin Hall, 1531 Hewitt Ave. Tickets are $5-$35. Visit lyrabaroque.org.
An evening of jazz and finger-style guitar will be presented by the Minnesota Guitar Society on Tuesday, January 17, in Fingal’s Cave at MetroNOME Brewery, 385 Broadway St. Kevin Carlson will open the show at 6 p.m. followed from 7-9 p.m. by the masterful Pat Donohue. Call 651-317-9080 or visit metronomebrewery.com.
Ramsey Hill drummer Peter Kogan will return to the MetroNOME on Thursday, January 19, with a band featuring Dave Graf on trombone, Geoff LeCrone on guitar, Ted Godbout on piano and Kameron Markworth on bass. The music begins at 7 p.m. at the Lowertown brewery, 385 Broadway St.
Stephanie Arado and Pitnarry Shin of the Bakken Ensemble will be joined by Cece Belcher on violin, Jenni Seo on viola and Gao Hong on pipa in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, January 22, in Antonello Hall at the MacPhail Center for Music, 501 S. Second St. in Minneapolis. The program includes John Corigliano’s The Red Violin Caprices for solo violin, Billy Childs’ string quartet Unrequited, and Zhao Lin and Zhao Jiping’s Red Lantern for pipa and string quartet. Tickets are $25. Visit bakkenensemble.org.
Baritone Justin Spenner and pianist Carson Rose Schneider will perform Schubert’s monumental song cycle, Die Winterreise, in recital at 4 p.m. Sunday, January 22, at Hamline Church United Methodist, 1514 Englewood Ave. An exploration of the human need for connection and acceptance, the music is performed to the poetry of Wilhelm Müller, who asks, “what drives a person to be convinced they are unloved.” Admission is by donation.
Mother Banjo and her trio will present a free concert of acoustic music from 4:40-6:30 p.m. Sunday, January 22, in the Como Conservatory.
“The Last Waltz,” the 18th annual tribute to The Band and the star-studded concert it presented in 1976, will be performed by Big Pink and an all-star cast of Minnesota musicians at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, January 27 and 28, at the Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St. Tickets are $25-$50. Visit first-avenue.com.
Ginkgo Coffeehouse, 721 N. Snelling Ave., will host the following concerts: guitarists Sam and J from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, January 13; open mic with emcee Neal Dimick, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, January 18; country and bluegrass artist Becky Schlegel, 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, January 20; eclectic singer-songwriter Jesse Anderson, 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, January 27; and soulful blues artist Dan Rumsey celebrating the release of his CD, “Faith in Tomorrow,” with special guest Sarah Morris, 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 28, (tickets are $15). Admission is by donation unless otherwise indicated. Call 651-645-2647 or visit ginkgocoffee.com.
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