Annual Spaghetti Dinner and South Singer Showcase
Thursday, Jan. 9, 5 to 6:45 p.m. (dinner); 7 to 9 p.m. (show)
South High School
3131 19th Ave. S.
The South High Foundation and South Music Department present South Jazz Ensemble & Pop Singers featuring guest artist Rachel Holder. Cost is $20 for dinner and show; student price, $8 (student ID required). Spaghetti or pizza is catered by Carbone’s Pizzeria. To make reservations call 612-668-4344 or visit www.southhighfoundation.org. Reservations taken
until Jan. 5.
Taming the Technology Monster in Your Home
Thursday, Jan. 9, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
4200 W. River Pkwy.
Do your have a student in preschool through grade 8? If so, please join Minnehaha Academy for a special free presentation. Jim and Lynne Jackson of Connected Families will be speaking to parents. This workshop will impart powerful principles and practice tools, equipping parents to address screen time, internet and cell phone use, and their impact on children’s values and beliefs. Open and free to the public. For more information visit Minnehaha-Academy.net or email bergengren@MinnehahaAcademy.net.
10th Annual Book and Bake Sale
Saturday, Jan. 11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
3451 Cedar Ave. S.
All proceeds benefit the community work of CNO. Before the sale, however, we need books, bakers and volunteers! CNO welcomes quality book donations dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. If you have books to donate and are unable to bring them to the office, please contact Elizabeth Logas at corcoranneighborhood.org or 612-724-7457. For those who love organizing, we need help sorting books, running the event, setup and cleanup. Also looking for delicious donated baked goods for the day of the sale. And, finally, for creative-minded individuals, come assist with painting lawn signs to advertise the event. For more details contact Elizabeth Logas.
Potluck: Building a Movement Against Drones
Saturday, Jan. 11, 5 to 7 p.m.
4200 Cedar Ave. S.
Bring a dish to share and come hear from Anti-War Committee members Misty Rowan and Sophia Hansen-Day about the Code Pink Drone Summit they attended in Washington, D.C. Then we’ll have a discussion about what to do to continue to build a grassroots movement against drones. Families welcome. Organized by the Anti-War Committee.
Minnehaha Food Shelf All You Can Eat Pasta Dinner
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 5 to 7 p.m.
Minnehaha United Methodist Church
3701 E. 50th St.
There will be live entertainment and drawings for prizes. The event is catered by Fat Lorenzo’s. Adults (18 and over), $8; ages 13-17, $5; 12 and under are free. For further information call Minnehaha United Methodist Church at 612-721-6231.
Minneapolis Native Katie Heaney Discussion & Book Signing
Friday, Jan. 24, 4 p.m.
U of M Bookstore
300 Washington Ave. S.E.
Author and Minneapolis native Katie Heaney will discuss her book “Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date.” Heaney delivers a Judy Blume meets Carrie Bradshaw memoir about her quest for love as a 25-year-old, college educated, well-adjusted, single woman. Heaney will sign copies of her book following the discussion. This event is free and open to the public. For more info or to order a signed copy visit www.bookstore.umn.edu/genref/authors.html.
All My Relations Gallery
1414 E. Franklin Ave.
Featuring the work of contemporary American Indian artists C. Maxx Stevens and Henry Payer. Both artists’ practices are largely influenced by the use of found and re-appropriated materials. These two artists utilize the embedded pasts of the found objects to create works that draw from history, aesthetics, meaning and stories that the materials carry. They then reorganize the materials to create fresh, thought-provoking expressions.
Through January 18
Gage Family Art Gallery
22nd Ave. at Riverside Ave.
Spirit + Matter
Prints, artist books and sculptures explore the relationship between matter and spirituality—matter a temporal container of spirit, spirit shaping matter.
January 13 – March 7
Highpoint Center for Printmaking
912 W. Lake St.
Prints on Ice
An exhibition of prints by members of its artists’ studio cooperative. This winter’s cooperative show features the work of 40 local printmakers currently working in Highpoints facilities. More than 70 pieces were selected including lithographs, relief prints, intaglio prints and screenprints.
Through January 25
Instinct Art Gallery
940 Nicollet Mall
God’s Sketchbook for Creation
This exhibition reveals the sketches, demo versions and rough-cut designs for earth’s animals that were edited out before creation. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get behind the scenes of creation and observe the working models, preliminary designs, a few outright failures, and some critters that simply did not “play well with others.” The sketchbook contains renditions of creatures that exist today, and perhaps more interestingly, the fantastical ones that might have been.
Through January 11
Jean Stephen Galleries
4911 Excelsior Blvd.
John Stango – Contemporary American Pop Art
With a worldwide following drawn to his distinctive “American Muscle Car” style, John carries the pop art movement into the 21st Century. His work is powerful. John builds upon pop tradition, infusing it with a new vibrant, colorful, testosterone-fueled approach. Musicians, art collectors, politicians, actors and professional athletes alike prize his work, which can be found in stadium, corporate offices and galleries across the country. John is the Bruce Springsteen of pop art.
Northern Clay Center
2424 Franklin Ave.
Bianco, Blanco, Blanc
Featured artists are Karin Kraemer (Duluth), Lydia Johnson and Andy Shaw. These three artists work in white: high-fire porcelain, mid-range white clay and white thin background of majolica. The are all new gallery artists, too!
Through February 2
2948 Chicago Ave. S.
It’s Good in the ‘Hood
Thaddeus Jameson’s colored drawings are mosaics of contradiction: What seems to be drawn from life comes from different historical eras and locations. Some of his work is informed by his photographic memory and sometimes gritty ‘70’s movies as they can caricature where you live into something beguilingly far out.
Through January 10
Box Wine Theatre
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W. Lake St.
Raucous Caucus IV: Box Wine Theatre’s Annual 10-minute Political Play Festival
This year there are seven selected ten-minute plays from around the country to be presented. From censorship to government intrusion, to guns in the classroom and rape culture, this festival presents both right- and left leaning views relevant to today’s political climate.
Jan 9, 15-16 & 23, 7 p.m.
528 Hennepin Ave.
A tale inspired by economic hardships past and present and scored by old American spirituals. A story of love and self, lost and found and an innovative re-imagining of the Cinderella story.
January 31 – February 22
In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre
1500 E. Lake St.
Written and directed by Steve Ackerman, the show is a live-action recreation of the fictional animated series “Tummy da Talking Turtle.” Notes and apocrypha from Tummy da Talking Turtle’s imagined run include the following short description: “The controversial animated program ‘Tummy da Talking Turtle Sucks on Piano Keys’ was created by Earl Dives and Gerry ‘Crackjaw’ Sanders while sharpening their lumberjack axes in the fall of 1940. Earl was a balding Protestant with a penchant for soft whiskey. Gerry loved the smell of tar and gasoline. Knowing nothing about animation, children or public decency, the two cobbled together a flipbook of crude dynamic related drawings. Only one episode of the show was created. It was a failure.”
January 17-19 & 24-26, 7 p.m.
2951 Lyndale Ave. S.
On the eve of William Shakespeare’s funeral, his widow, Anne Hathaway, recalls her life with and without the enigmatic poet. It’s the enthralling story of a wife and mother who made tremendous sacrifices for love and life.
February 7 – March 23
The Playwrights’ Center
2301 Franklin Ave. E.
A one-man show with live violin music performed by Larry Greenstein. The solo performance is about a Jewish fiddler in Halifax, Canada, named Samuel, set in 1910. Samuel talks of Jewish immigration and of his friendship with the famous fiddler portrayed in the Marc Chagall painting of a “fiddler on a roof.” Free and open to public.
January 28, 6:30 p.m.
The Woman’s Club of Minneapolis
410 Oak Grove St.
Extreme Theatre Smackdown
Six new plays created in just 24 hours with some of the Twin Cities’ most bad-ass female theater artists. Recommended for ages 12+. At the door $20; advance online $18. One night only!
January 11, 8 p.m.
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave.
Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties
The exhibition presents several major bodies of work from Oldenburg’s formative years. A section he designated The Street features a graffiti-inspired installation focused on the underbelly of urban life; works from The Store include his celebrated sculptures of food and everyday goods. Film footage from various Happenings, which combined performance with many of these sculptural objects, costumes and props, brings audiences into the action of the moment. An area entitled The Home is devoted to sculptures of large-scale domestic objects created in “soft,” “hard,” and other versions. The Monument shows the development of huge public sculptures in drawings and collages from the mid-’60s. Throughout the galleries, sketches, snapshots, home movies and slide projections give insight into the mind, heart and creative process of an artist known for his humorous and profound depictions of the everyday.
Through January 12
3010 Minnehaha Ave.
An open call cabaret featuring performance art, storytelling, music, poetry and comedy. Each show generally consists of six acts with a mix of experience levels. $10 at the door; cash or check only.
January 11, 7:30 p.m.
The Bakken Museum
3537 Zenith Ave. S.
Celebrating Earl Bakken’s 90th Birthday Free Second Saturday
To celebrate Earl’s love of tinkering, The Bakken has partnered with Hennepin County to hold a fix-it clinic in our classrooms between noon and 4 p.m. At fix-it clinics, residents bring in small household appliances, clothing, electronics, mobile devices and more and receive free guided assistance from volunteers with repair skills to disassemble, troubleshoot and fix their items. We will also be celebrating Earl by hosting other tinkering projects, displaying artifacts from our collection, making Hawaiian leis and offering a fun photo opportunity!
January 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Museum of Russian Art
5500 Stevens Ave. S.
The Romanovs: Legacy of an Empire Lost
In 1613, 16-year-old Mikhail Romanov was elected Tsar of Russia, inaugurating a 300-year dynasty. This exhibition provides an overview of the three centuries of Romanov rule, focusing on the tragic end of the dynasty in 1917-1918 and the dispersal of the remaining family members and their treasures after the Bolshevik revolution. The events that led to the collapse of imperial rule in Russia are well known, but what happened to their scattered property after the Bolsheviks seized power is a story still being unearthed.
Through March 23