The Root Beer Lady, a one-woman show about Dorothy Molter, the last person to have a home in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, will open on January 28 at the History Theatre, 30 E. 10th St. Bucking the social norms of the 1930s and ’40s, Molter moved into a cabin on Knife Lake and became famous for the root beer she brewed with lake water and served to thirsty canoeists. The play, which was written and is performed by Kim Schultz, explores Molter’s independence, fortitude and love of nature and pushes back against the notion that she was the “loneliest woman in America,” as the Saturday Evening Post claimed in 1952. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through February 19. For tickets, visit historytheatre.com or call 651-292-4323.
The Book Club Play, a light-hearted comedy about books and the people who love them, is playing through February 19 at Theatre in the Round, 245 Cedar Ave. S. in Minneapolis. Comedian Shanan Custer directs this play by Karen Zacarias about a tightly wound bibliophile who has it all until her cherished club becomes the focus of a documentary film. Show times are 2 p.m. Sundays and 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and Monday, February 6. Tickets are $25, or $18 for book clubs of six or more who come as a group. Call 612-333-3010 or visit theatreintheround.org.
Rent, the popular rock opera loosely based on Puccini’s La Boheme, will be performed from February 3-11 by Theatre 55. Twenty actors ages 55-75 will turn this angst-ridden, youth-focused drama into an equally thought-provoking production about the impact of aging in America. Show times are 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Gremlin Theatre, 550 N. Vandalia St. Tickets are priced at $10-$40. Visit theatre55.org.
A Soldier’s Play, an award-winning drama about the murder of a Black sergeant on a Louisiana Army base in 1944, will be staged by the Ordway from February 8-12 at the Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St. Written by Charles Fuller, this story of sacrifice, service and identity stars Eugene Lee as Sergeant Vernon Waters. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets start at $43. For reservations, visit ordway.org or call 651-224-4222.
’Til Death: A Marriage Musical returns from February 3-18 at Art House North, 793 Armstrong Ave. A production of Jeremiah and Vanessa Gamble’s Bucket Brigade Theater, the musical comedy tells of a couple in mid-life whose marriage is further strained when they get snowbound in a remote cabin with a young couple that is head over heels in love with each other. Joining the Gambles on stage are two real-life couples who alternate as the newlyweds: Nathan and Stephanie Cousins and Damian and Anna Leverett. Show times are 7:30 p.m. February 3-4, 10-11, 13-14 and 17-18, and 3 p.m. February 11. Tickets are $30, $25 for students and seniors, $20 on opening weekend. Visit bucketbrigadetheater.com or call 612-547-9839.
Ginkgo Coffeehouse, 721 N. Snelling Ave., will host the following concerts: eclectic singer-songwriter Jesse Anderson, 6:30 p.m. January 27; soulful blues artist Dan Rumsey celebrating the release of his CD “Faith in Tomorrow,” with special guest Sarah Morris, 8 p.m. January 28 (tickets are $15); traditional Irish and American folk artist Emmett Boyle, 6:30 p.m. February 3; singer-songwriter Steffi Brill, 6:30 p.m. February 10; and finger-style guitarist Pat Donohue, 8 p.m. February 11 ($20). Admission is by donation unless otherwise indicated. Call 651-645-2647 or visit ginkgocoffee.com.
Works by Strauss, Dvorak, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and others will be performed by the Saint Paul Civic Symphony at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 29, at Landmark Center. Admission to the concert is free.
Internationally acclaimed organist Stephen Hamilton will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Cesar Franck with a playing of the Franck Pastorale at 4 p.m. Sunday, February 5, at Hamline Church United Methodist, 1514 Englewood Ave. The recital will also feature works by Reger, Lidon, Bach and Dupré’s Prelude and Fugue in B Major and Variations on a Noel. Admission is by donation.
The Baroque orchestra and choir, Bach Collegium Japan will make its Schubert Club debut on February 7-8, performing with founder and harpsichordist Masaaki Suzuki and British baritone Roderick Williams. Works by Bach, Janitch and Telemann will be featured at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Ordway Concert Hall. Tickets are $28-$61.Call 651-292-3268 or visit ordway.org.
“Rondo ’56,” a portrait in music, stories and archival photos of Saint Paul’s once thriving Rondo neighborhood before it was eviscerated by the construction of I-94, will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday, February 5, at Hamline Church United Methodist, 1514 Englewood Ave. Filled with popular music from the 1940s and ’50s, the revue captures the heart and soul of the largely Black neighborhood that extended two miles west of the Capitol along old Rondo Avenue. It was written by Dan Chouinard in collaboration with cohosts T. Mychael Rambo, Thomasina Petrus and Charmin Michelle. A reception will follow. Admission is by donation. Reservations are recommended. Visit tinyurl.com/rondo56.
Students and recent graduates of the creative writing program at Hamline University will read from their poems and stories from 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, February 5, at Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave. Taking the podium will be Emma Harrington, Elena Laskowski, Austin Malberg, Arielle Newfield, Remi Sherman, Tara Westerlund and Luqa Martins. Call 651-225-8989 or visit nextchapterbooksellers.com.
Next Chapter Booksellers, 38 S. Snelling Ave., will host a reading and discussion with author and Carleton College professor Deborah Appleman and her book, Literature and the New Culture Wars, at
6 p.m. Tuesday, February 7. Admission is free. Visit nextchapterbooksellers.com or call 651-225-8989.
The Stories Whiteness Tells Itself: Racial Myths and Our American Narratives will be introduced by author David Mura from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, at the Minnesota Humanities Center, 987 E. Ivy Ave. The new book tells of how white stories about race attempt to erase the brutality of the past and underpin systemic racism in the present. Mura will read selections from the book and discuss the issues raised with author Alexs Pate. A book signing will follow. Admission is free, but registration is required. Visit mnhum.org/events/.
Beginner square dance lessons will be conducted by the Triple T Square Dance Club from 6:30-8 p.m. on Mondays beginning February 6 at Saint Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, 550 W. Seventh St. Solos, couples, families and children are welcome. No partner is necessary. The cost is $5 per evening, but the first night is free. For information, call 651-503-7040.
Proving that creativity does not contract in the cold, Art Shanty Projects has returned to the frozen shore and parkland of Minneapolis’ Lake Harriet on weekends through February 12. Eighteen art shanties are featured from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays along with a rotating schedule of 20 performing arts groups. Among the performers are 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, Sarina Partridge and Their Subzero Sing-Alongs. Live plein air painters, puppet shows and other theatricals will entertain, and so will the solar-powered Archive of Collective Memory and Techno from the Sun music project. Admission is by donation with $10-$20 suggested. Visit artshantyprojects.org.
“Defying Sameness,” 56 works by 56 artists who disrupt expectations and allow their imaginations to break free, is being displayed through March 26 at Argyle Zebra Gallery, 308 Prince St., Suite 130. A reception for the artists with live jazz and light refreshments will be held from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, February 18. Admission is free and open to all. Visit theazgallery.org.
Artists Angela Two Stars and Jaime Black will open new exhibits with a public reception from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, February 4, in the Catherine G. Murphy Galleries at Saint Catherine University. In “(Re)Connected,” Two Stars addresses issues that have caused trauma among Native American women and highlights their strength, beauty and resilience. She will perform “Healing is a Process” at 6:30 p.m. February 4 and at 6 p.m. February 16, March 2 and 16. Black, in her installation “She Holds Water,” seeks to dissolve the borders between body and land, between inner and outer geographies. The exhibits will remain on view through March 19. Admission is free. The artists will also participate in a screening of the videos “She Draws a Circle” and “Bring Her Home” from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 7. The video program is free, but ticket are required. Visit oshag.stkate.edu/events/.
Lee Fields: Faithful Man will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, at Trylon Cinema, 2820 E. 33rd St. in Minneapolis. The documentary tells of the blues and soul singer who toured the legendary Chitlin’ Circuit in the 1970s alongside some of the biggest names in music and then disappeared, only to enjoy hard-won success decades later. Tickets are $13. Visit soundunseen.com.
“Bonhoeffer’s Cost Of Discipleship” will be discussed on Friday, January 27, in a free program sponsored by the Institute of Theological and Interdisciplinary Studies. The evening will open at 6:30 with a buffet supper in the Hearth Room of the Anderson Student Center at the University of Saint Thomas. The program will follow at 7:30. For reservations or more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651-983-3846.
More than 200 felines in 26 breeds will compete for top honors at the Saintly City Cat Club’s championship and household cat show on January 28-29 at Saint Paul RiverCentre. The show will run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10, $7 for seniors and children under age 10.
The work involved in racial healing will be discussed at 7 p.m. Monday, January 30, at Penumbra Theatre, 270 N. Kent St. The first of four monthly conversations on social justice, equity and wellness will begin at 6 p.m. with light refreshments followed at 7 p.m. by the 90-minute panel conversation and Q&A. Tickets are $25. Call 651-224-3180 or visit penumbratheatre.org.
District 64B Representative Dave Pinto invites constituents to take part in an informal conversation about the current legislative session on Saturday, February 11. The free program will run from 12:30-2 p.m. at the Palace Community Center, 781 Palace Ave.
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