Arts & Performance

Chalk Fest at Arbor Lakes

The Arbor Lakes Business Association is proud to announce the second annual Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes, a free, 2-day street art festival with entertainment, food, and family fun! Chalkfest at Arbor Lakes will feature sidewalk chalk art by professionals, amateurs and art enthusiasts from across the world.

The Velveteen Rabbit by Stages Theatre Company & Escalate Dance

Stages Theatre Company & Escalate Dance bring the cherished tale about the transformational magic of love to the main stage this March. “Real isn’t how you are made,” the old Skin Horse tells the Velveteen Rabbit, “It’s a thing that happens to you when a child loves you for a long, long time.” This treasured story of a stuffed rabbit’s desire to become REAL is told through original music and dance. It continues our popular performance collaboration with Escalate Dance that brought you Owl Moon, Twelve Dancing Princesses and The Snow Queen.

Peter and the Wolf

December 1–2 Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra transform the atrium, lobby and mezzanine of Orchestra Hall into a hub of eight to nine activity stations where kids and parents can partake in arts and crafts and learn about this year’s production of Peter and the Wolf, given life and humor on stage by prop-assisted actors, while also trying out the instruments they’ll soon be hearing—no extra charge. All ages. $12. Start times vary; check online for details.

Pillsbury House Theatre’s Late Nite Series

November 12 and 19 For its two remaining Saturdays in November, this series features several up-and-coming artists from Minnesota and New York who show off their stuff at Pillsbury House Theatre in South Minneapolis. Now in its 19th year, the series features different artists and performers each night. This year, the event will include a tribute to former participant and spoken word artists Kirk Washington, who died in a car accident last year. Arrive early at 8 p.m. and share a meal with the artists before the show at no extra cost. Ages 16 and up. 8 p.m.–midnight. $15.

Park Center Senior High Musical: Tarzan

Based on the Disney film and showcasing familiar hits such as "You'll Be in My Heart," this high-flying adventure features the story of an orphaned infant boy, taken in and raised by gorillas who name him Tarzan. You'll follow Tarzan through his childhood adventures with his ape friends and family and through his adulthood as he finally meets Jane, a human compellingly like himself. This musical will lead you to explore some fundamental questions of life: Who am I? Where do I belong? What makes a family?

FREE Art Show - 11/28 open house 6-9pm MG Town Green

FREE Art show Sat., Nov. 28 - open house 6-9pm - held at the Maple Grove Town Green meeting room, located at 7991 Main Street, Maple Grove MN (small glass single room building between the library and the government center). Michael, a senior at Maple Grove High School, has been poured his love for basketball, and other sports, into creating some amazing works of art. Hope you will feel the same after seeing the paintings.

Bunce Backyard Productions Presents: Children of Eden

Bunce Backyard Productions presents the musical Children of Eden (music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by John Caird). This event is free and open to the public. Bring a blanket or chair, mosquito repellent, cash for concessions, as well as cash or canned food donations for various charitable organizations. There is ample parking, but plan to arrive at least 15-30 minutes before show time.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, July 24, 25, 26, 27 at 7 p.m.

A Night to SHINE Bright!

Amara’s Acts of Kindness is hosting, “A Night to SHINE Bright”, an evening filled with hope, love, and light! All ages are welcome to attend this fun, family-friendly FREE event! There will be inspiring live music by Brian Brink & Friends and Harbor & Home! Kids will enjoy character meet n’ greets including Cinderella & Prince Charming, Spiderman, and others! There will also be free face painting, carnival games, and arts & crafts! Come hungry, as Uncle Franky’s Hot Dogs will be there, along with Cold Stone Ice Cream, and MN Snow Ice.

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