The Children’s Theatre Company is proud to present an adaptation of Mark Twain’s classic tale, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Adapted for the stage by director Greg Banks, the audience can join Huck and Jim on their journey down the Mississip’ as the actors bring this entertaining and heartwarming tale to life. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Adults $10–$58; children 4 and up $10–$38; children 3 and under $5. Show times vary; check online. 2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls.; 612.874.0400; childrenstheatre.org.
Arts & Performance
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.
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.
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.
Fine artists and crafters are invited to apply for a booth at Minnesota’s premier art fair, which will take place June 5-7. Portfolio submissions will be judged in 12 categories, spanning everything from fiber art and green art to wearable and two-dimensional art. The event draws an average of 180,000 visitors and 300 vendors annually and was voted Top Fine Arts Fair in Minnesota in 2013. Rent a 10-by-10-foot booth for $440 or a 10-by-20-foot booth for $880. Discounted hotel rates also available to artists. $35 application fee. Application closes midnight CST.
Show your support for more than 200 competitive dancers from the Edina community as they kick off their competition season. All proceeds and merchandise sales will benefit a specific initiative of the Edina Community Foundation’s Connecting with Kids program. Last year, the event raised more than $3,000 for Minnesota Breast Cancer Coalition. Performances by dancers ages 5 to 18 run the gamut of styles, including tap, jazz and hip-hop.
Covenant Village of Golden Valley, a faith-based, not-for-profit continuing care retirement community administered by Covenant Retirement Communities, will bring back the footloose days of Vaudeville and the uproarious spirit of the Carol Burnett show when it hosts the Sutton & Blake Variety Show on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at 1 p.m.
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
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.
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.