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. Read more about What Is Great Jazz?
Arts & Performance
Together, Steve Howard and Phil Nusbaum combine voice, guitar and a bluegrass-style banjo to deliver some smooth tunes. From jazz and delta blues to bluegrass to pop, Howard and Nusbaum put a twist on some traditional songs. All ages are welcome. Funded by Minnesota’s Art and Cultural Heritage Fund. Free. 7-8 p.m. The Crossings, 200 South Olive, Waconia; 952.442.4714; carverlib.org Read more about Music with Steve Howard and Phil Nusbaum
In a celebration of 5,000 years of civilization, the Shen Yun Performing Arts brings you on a journey through the art of Chinese dance, music and performance. Watch classical Chinese dance, considered one of the most rigorous yet beautiful art forms; hold your breath as you watch the stunning costumes and visual displays; and experience the magical tales that have inspired a culture. Classic opera or ballet performance attire is recommended. Ages 5 and up. $50–$150. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Read more about Shen Yun
Get in the holiday spirit with a rockin’ show, featuring tribute bands, classic Christmas carols and more. Sing along to the classics with an eight-piece, all-star cast of talented musicians. Bring the kids for a spectacular multimedia night full of Christmas rock-n-roll. $40, $55 with dinner. 6 p.m. dinner. Show at 8:15 p.m. Thursday–Saturday, 7 p.m. on Sunday. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 501 W. 78th St. Chanhassen; 952.934.152; chanhassentheatres.co Read more about Rock ‘N’ Roll Xmas Spectacular
Finish off the holiday season with a night out at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, as they present Martini & Olive in Takin’ Care of Christmas. This show is full of ‘70s music and will have you traveling back in time to swing dancing in the Midwest. Times and prices vary. Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, 501 W. 78th St., Chanhassen; 952.934.1525; chanhassentheatres.com
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The Annual Holiday Boutique is held on the first Saturday of each December. This juried show features a variety of handcrafted items – over 50 artists’ booths, a bake sale fundraiser to benefit our youth, and a luncheon. Don’t miss out on this Holiday event!
This elegant Art venue showcases hand-selected, top Minnesota artists and their works. Here you’ll find photography, ceramics, wood turning, painting, glass, jewelry and more. The history of this art show is as colorful as its art work. Read more about 9 Friends Art Show
Thanks to a new partnership between the Metropolitan Library Services Agency (MELSA) and 3M Library Systems, users of the 100 metro public libraries in the seven-country metro now have free and fast access to thousands of additional eBooks.
To celebrate there will be a demonstration open to the public at the George Latimer Central Library in downtown St. Paul at 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 4 and pop-up stands providing more information at Park and Rides and Farmers’ Markets. Read more about More Free eBooks @ Your Library
Visit the studios of artists at the Eden Prairie Art Crawl. This two-day event features art from the Art Center, Senior Center and other various Eden Prairie residents. Artists will keep all proceeds from the sale of the art. Free. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday Noon–5 p.m. Eden Prairie Art Center, 7650 Equitable Drive, Eden Prairie; 952.949.8304; edenprairie.org Read more about Eden Prairie Art Crawl
Get some fresh air and see the outdoor “walking play” called Nature, presented by TigerLion Arts and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Watch and walk throughout different scenes with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau in this national production about friendship. Select from 29 performances: Thursday and Friday evenings and two shows daily on Saturdays and Sundays. $20, member; $25, non-member; $15, students. Read more about Nature