Arts & Performance

Pen Pals Author Lecture: Art Spiegelman

Graphic artist Art Spiegelman, author of MAUS, a Pulitzer-Prize winning graphic novel based on his father’s experience as a survivor of the Holocaust, is the featured speaker for this installment of the popular Pen Pals series, now in its 17th year, benefitting  the Friends of the Hennepin County Library. 612.543.8112.

Crafty Minnesota: Kumihimo Bracelets

What is kumihimo? Take a night to learn all about it. This program, presented in collaboration with the Textile Center, is a unique opportunity for adults to learn this Japanese eight-stranded braid with complex patterns. Materials will be provided; 612.543.6125.

Hidden Talents

Take a special look at the creative side of the Sabes Jewish Community Center staff in this unique exhibit. This event will showcase hidden talent through a variety of media platforms and subjects. 952.381.3400.

Letters to Sala

This moving production tells the story of a young girl’s survival in war-torn Germany, through seven Nazi labor camps, and writing more than 350 hidden letters. The journey begins when Sala’s family discovers her tortured secret. 952.381.3400.

Books Alive! Reader’s Theater

The Books Alive! Reader’s Theater Troupe has collaborated with Maggie’s Farm Theater and the St. Louis Park Senior Program to help youth literature come alive for children and adults. This theatrical performance is a creative way to encourage literacy in young readers. 952.591.1961.

The Scarecrow and his Servant

The Children’s Theatre brings the characters and plot of Philip Pullman’s children’s book to life. Scarecrow’s world drastically changes one afternoon when he is struck by a lightning bolt and brought to life. He sets out on a quest for fame and forms a friendship with a witty peasant boy. Although stubborn, the scarecrow finds a best friend for whom he would do anything. Intended for children in grades three and older.

The Music of Downton Abbey

The musical score is as much a part of the PBS drama as the story for the true Downton Abbey aficionado, and this concert allows for the opportunity to hear it live. Emmy Award-winning composer John Lunn’s tunes will be sung by the Oratorio Society Chorus, along with original British choral arrangements from the early 20th century. Two scenes from the show will be re-enacted, and there will even be sing-a-long opportunities for the audience. 

Amazing Local Comic Book Artist in 1949

Did you know that the lead artist for America’s first weekly comic book was a 19-year-old girl from Minneapolis? Hear the whole story of how Minnesota’s own Vee Quintal overcame the hardships of the Great Depression and wartime rationing to become a pivotal figure in the founding of an American art form, all recounted faithfully by the artist’s daughter, Robyn Dean McHattie. Register online or by phone no later than March 24. 

Over the Rhine

25  Husband and wife team Linford Detwiler and Karin Bregquist make up the core of this Ohio–based band. Over the Rhine has had several members since their founding in 1989, but the quality of their folksy, Americana-influenced music has remained consistently high. With 15 studio albums, five live albums, and performances with the likes of Bob Dylan, Squeeze and My Morning Jacket, there isn’t much in the music business this folk power duo hasn’t done.

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