Experience the thrill and grace of the Shanghai Ballet in this production, blending classical ballet and Chinese folk style. The story centers on two young classmates, Liang and Zhu. As the pair falls in love, they face disapproval from their families and community. The lively dancing, combined with spectacular costumes and sets, makes this a performance to remember. $42–$70. 7:30 p.m. Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; 612.339.7007; hennepintheatretrust.org
Arts & Performance
There’s no shortage of bands that hit it big, only to disappear into a haze of other one-hit wonders in radio station archives. The Fabulous Armadillos have put together a two-hour show of just such No. 1 hits, and each is sure to bring back special memories of a very specific time and place. 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 952.934.1525.
Head back to a simpler time at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres with this tribute to the Carpenters. Aimee Lee and a host of other musicians bring new life to old favorites such as “Close to You” and “We’ve Only Just Begun” in this two-night concert, part of the venue’s concert series. 6 p.m. dinner, 8 p.m. show.
Head out to Canterbury Park to discover all that the artisans of the Autumn Festival show have to offer. Talented crafters and small business owners will be selling their handmade wares, including original home décor, artwork and gifts that can be personalized on the spot. Each piece has a story, and each of those stories has a creator behind it at this event. Times vary, check website for details. 952.445.7223.
Start your holiday shopping early and find handmade gifts at the fifth annual Eden Prairie Lioness Art and Craft Fair. From watercolor paintings to flavor-infused olive oils, there’s certainly something for everyone on your list. The event raises funds to support such causes as the PROP Family Stability Program and Leader Dogs for the Blind, putting money spent back into the community. Free. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 952.934.8170.
Contemporary Christian musician and Grammy Award-nominee Matthew West is headed to the Twin Cities, and he’ll be performing at Grace Church as part of his “Into the Light” tour, inspired by stories from fans who have overcome adversity. He’s headlining for Sidewalk Prophets and American Idol vet Jason Castro, giving plenty of reasons to attend the feel-good concert. $20–$40. 7–10 p.m. 952.926.1884.