Arts & Performance

The Author’s Studio

Local author Colin Nelson leads a discussion with other local authors about their work, styled after the television show Inside the Actors Studio. This month, Dean Alger, who wrote a biography of Lonnie Johnson, the legendary blues guitarist, will be speaking about his book. Nelson and Alger will cover a wide range of topics during their conversation. Free. 10 a.m. Edina Art Center, 4701 W. 64th St.; 952.903.5780; edinaartcenter.com

Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet

Enjoy the music and dance that's captivated the world since the beginning of the 20th century with the Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet from Buenos Aires in concert.

This concert will take listerners on a journey, beginning in Buenos Aires in 1882 with a style full of grace and liveliness, evolving through the "Golden Age of Tango," and ending with Piazzolla.

The concert and peformance will take place from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a reception and social dance from 7:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m.

Taste of Greece - Minneapolis Greek Festival

The Taste of Greece is held on the eastern bluffs of Lake Calhoun at St Mary's Greek Orthodox Church.  Join for food, drinks, live music, Greek dancers, homemade desserts, Church tours, cultural demonstrations, a marketplace and a kids' area.  Bring 3 non-perishable food items for 2 tickets ($2) to benefit a local food shelf. 

Fall into the Arts Festival

An abundance of sculpture, handcrafted jewelry, photography, wearable art and more will be on display, with over 200 vendors attending. Crowds have topped 20,000 in past years so be prepared for a lively weekend full of art. Proceeds from the festival go to the Edina Crime Prevention Fund. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Ave.; 952.903.5729; fallintotheartsfestival.com

Movies in the Park

 Take your sweetie, your friends or your family to Centennial Lakes Park to enjoy a movie outdoors. August is the last month to take advantage of this outdoor activity until next summer. Check online for upcoming movie titles. Movie begins at sunset. Free. Centennial Lakes Park, 7499 France Ave. S.; 952.833.9580; edinamn.gov

Uptown Art Fair

The Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis is the winner of more than 115 International Festivals and Events Association Awards, and it isn’t hard to see why. The Art Fair is three days of creative fun, from art activities to wine tasting to a Culinary Arts competition. There is non-stop entertainment ranging from reggae to magic on the performance stage, and festival food galore. The main star of the show, however, is the art: ranging from limited editions to one-of-a-kind treasures from more than 350 talented artists from around the world. Free. Times vary; check website for details.

Summer Music Series

Spend your Saturday afternoon at 50th & France and you’ll get a special treat: three hours of live music.  Check website for list of performers. 12-3 p.m. 50th and France; 952.922.1524; 50thandfrance.com

Color Drawing Workshop

Learn color gradation techniques through simple blending exercises with a color pencil that you will later apply with pastel, pen, ink and watercolor. Dr. Mary McNaughton leads this fun, informative workshop, and offers materials for adult students to try before purchasing. Bring a medium-sized drawing pad and materials of your own you would like to try, as well as a bag lunch. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $84-93. Edina Art Center, 4701 W. 64th St.; 952.903.5780; edinaartcenter.com

Summer Art Academy

This is a fun, five-week program for focused youth artists. Instructor Anne Spooner covers the basics of drawing and painting, while offering individual guidance to each student. All supplies provided. Ages 7-10. 4:15-6:15 p.m. $81-90 + $10 supply fee. Edina Art Center, 4701 W 64th St.; 952.903.5780; edinaartcenter.com

Music in Edina

A working group of the Edina Arts and Culture Commission has worked long and hard to bring residents a summer concert series during the month of July. On July 4, John Phillips Sousa Memorial Band will perform at 8:30 p.m. On July 18, Patty Peterson and Friends will be featured from 6–9 p.m. Rosland Park, 4300 W. 66th St.; edinamn.gov

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