Join author Sarah Hanley at the Maple Grove Library for a discussion about her novel Matka. Based on the true story of Hanley’s grandmother during and after World War 2, Hanley will discuss how the book was developed and how her grandmother’s experiences have influenced today and the future. 612.543.6450 Read more about Author Talk with Sarah Hanley
Arts & Performance
For this annual open house, the American Swedish Institute opens its museum doors for free to the public. Whether you’re seeing the mansion for the first time or are a longstanding member of the museum, come to enjoy live entertainment, bonfires and holiday themed crafts. All ages. 612.871.4907 Read more about Neighborhood Open House: American Swedish Institute
Join us for a musical exploration of the world through jazz. Curated by Christopher Rochester, newly appointed Jazz Coordinator at MacPhail, this program explores jazz and how it travels through various parts of our planet.
Experience the stark differences, but also similarities, between Bossa Nova, Afro Cuban, Flamenco, Reggae, Irish music, and more. Enjoy the artistry of MacPhail’s phenomenal jazz faculty as they dazzle you with striking textures and harmonies from around the world. Read more about MacPhail Spotlight Series: The World Through Jazz
Come home to One Voice and ignite your winter holidays! Guests include spoken word poet Ellis Perez and a string quartet from the Minnesota Philharmonic (LGBT) Orchestra. In addition to traditional holiday favorites, the concert includes music by current and former Minnesota composers including Abbie Betinis, Marisa Squadrito Geisler and Mari Esabel Valverde. Join us for beauty, levity, dancing sugar plum fairies and holiday sing-a-longs!
Info & Tickets: www.OneVoiceMN.org or 651-298-1954 Read more about One Voice Mixed Chorus presents: Singing Darkness to Light
One Woman. 10 Characters. Viciously Funny.
This critically acclaimed holiday show hits the Bryant Lake Bowl stage at full tilt. Janelle Ranek is a literal one-woman sketch comedy tour de force. “Letters to Santa…ASSEMBLE!” is driven by Ranek’s fearless comedy style. Each character has their own bizarre requests to Santa, some naughty, some nice and some downright ridiculous. This is NOT your ordinary holiday show. Read more about “Letters to Santa… ASSEMBLE!”
Orkestar Bez Ime [or-KESS-tar behz EE-meh], meaning “orchestra without a name” in Bulgarian, was formed in 2002 to recreate the sounds of the village with a presentation as festive as the music itself. Focusing on Eastern Europe and music of the Rom (“Gypsy”) people, OBI’s repertoire reaches from Albania to Ukraine, with plenty of stops in between. Orkestar Bez Ime is a winner of the 2011-2012 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Performing Musicians administered by MacPhail Center for Music and a recipient of a 2012 Minnesota Emerging Composers Award from the American Composers Forum. Read more about MacPhail Free Family Music Series: Orkestar Bez Ime
“Yippee Ki Yay, Father Christmas!" Back for the eighth year comes the holiday treat with all the trimmings: singing, dancing, and bloodshed! Don't miss this yuletide tradition combining the action and suspense of Die Hard with the sentiment of everyone's favorite TV Christmas specials loaded with music, magic, and mayhem! Read more about A Very Die Hard Christmas
Get your holiday gift shopping on at the Old St. Anthony Holiday Bazaar. There will be a bounty of homemade goods including jewelry, apparel, kids wear and body care products. The large indoor craft market will take place at Machine Shop, located in the St. Anthony neighborhood of Minneapolis. Read more about Old St. Anthony Holiday Bazaar
Envious of seeing beautiful calligraphy artwork on stationary and on Pinterest? Now you can learn this art form too. Jessica Chung is holding a workshop to learn everything from the basics of holding a calligraphy pen to mastering drawing letters and building your own style. You’ll leave with your artwork, a tool bag, handouts and resources to continue this at home. Read more about Brush Calligraphy LAB