Arts & Performance

A Concert of Hope

Sit back and soak in this choral music performance of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. At their winter concert, the National Lutheran Choir hopes to inspire audiences and spotlight the importance of perseverance. Originally an autobiography, published in 1969 by Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings moves audiences in this musical adaptation. $10–$25. 4 p.m. Woodlake Lutheran Church, 7525 Oliver Ave. S., Mpls.; 612.866.8449; nlca.com.

What Is Great Jazz?

To many, the sounds of Jazz are just that—sounds. The intermingling of instruments, with their syncopated rhythms and unpredictable melodies, can seem like gibberish to those who haven’t played or studied jazz. This class will investigate the cultural, historical and personal stories of the jazz movement. You might even be tapping your feet on your way out the door. $5 for Walker Art Center members. 2–3 p.m. Lecture Room, Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; 612.375.7600; members.walkerart.org.

Empty Bowls 10th Anniversary

This annual community service event celebrates 10 years with hundreds of beautiful, handcrafted works by local artists and artistically inclined locals of all ages. Enjoy food and beverage samplings from area restaurants as you browse the pottery bowls and clay creations for sale. All proceeds support C.R.O.S.S. Services’ community aid efforts. Maple Grove Senior High School Choir will take to the main stage as part of a full evening of live entertainment. All ages. Free.

Ole's Last Bow

In the early years of the 20th century, traveling vaudeville shows offered a little taste of home for newly-arrived immigrants from Sweden, Norway and other Scandinavian countries.

The Woman in Black at Yellow Tree Theatre

A dark tale for this bleakest of seasons. A ghost story turned conjuring is the subject of this 1987 horror novella stage adaptation; it’s also the second longest-running non-musical in London’s West End theatre district. Co-stars J.C. Cutler and Nat Fuller, along with director Jon Cranney, bring this suspenseful play-within-a-play to life. $18–22. $3 discount for students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday. Yellow Tree Theatre, 320 5th Ave.

Park Center Senior High Musical: Oklahoma!

Rodgers & Hammerstein's first collaboration remains, in many ways, their most innovative, having set the standards and established the rules of musical theatre still being followed today.

Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.

Rince Nua Irish Dance presents Celtic Seasons

Maple Grove Irish Dance School Rince Nua presents Celtic Seasons: a wide variety of traditional and contemporary show numbers, celebrating the seasons with Irish Dance! A delightful and exciting show for the whole family.

Tickets can be purchased online only.

A Hunting Shack Christmas

You think your winter vacation was a disaster? Playwright Jessica Lind Petersen and director Jason Petersen of Yellow Tree Theatre bring you the gift of perspective this holiday season with a Christmas saga that’s more likely to draw an “awkward” than an “aww” from its audience. With their latest comedy, the husband-wife team responsible for holiday hits Miracle at Christmas Lake and Miracle at Christmas Lake Two delivers another hilarious, original take on the season of hope and joy.

From Age to Age Choral Ensemble Presents "Holy Child of Mine"

From Age to Age celebrates the holy season of Advent at Lord of Life Lutheran with choral pieces emphasizing the Virgin Mary's point of view. 

Join From Age to Age as they sing titles of leading female composers Abbie Betinis and Cecilia McDowall, as well as the most inspired works of the season through Mary’s eyes.

Crimson Choirs

Join Maple Grove Senior High’s Crimson Choirs for one not-so-silent night, as director Beth Hellstedt leads the 200-student chorale through a selection of festive tunes. Members of the school orchestra and band support vocalists as they present songs on the theme of “Celebration.” Recordings of the concert will be available for purchase. Free; donations support choir program. 7-8 p.m. Maple Grove Senior High auditorium, 9800 Fernbrook Lane N.; 763.391.8774; crimsonchoir.com

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