Arts & Performance

Northrop Presents Shanghai Ballet: The Butterfly Lovers

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 Read more about Northrop Presents Shanghai Ballet: The Butterfly Lovers

Peter Lerangis Reading

New York Times bestselling author Peter Lerangis published the second novel in his Seven Wonders collection, Lost in Babylon, in October. The series focuses on Jack McKinley, a boy searching for a magical cure to heal his quickly approaching death. The Bookcase, the Twin Cities’ oldest independent bookstore, hosts local and national authors monthly. 952.473.8341. Read more about Peter Lerangis Reading

Rob Meany & Terramara

Minnesota natives Rob Meany, Karl Koopman, James Towns and David Thomas first collaborated as musicians more than 10 years ago. The group has won several awards and received accolades from local and national press. See them at Excelsior’s 318 Café, one of Minnesota’s hidden venue gems. 952.401.7902. Read more about Rob Meany & Terramara

Rancho Mirage

Playwright Steven Dietz sheds light on American relationships in 2012. Starring James Denton of Desperate Housewives fame, the comedy focuses on three couples sitting down to dinner and the revelations that emerge when they share the truth. The show includes adult themes. $28 Thursday, $30 Friday and $35 Saturday. Check website for showtimes. Old Log Theater. 952.474.5951. Read more about Rancho Mirage

Long Lake Art Show

Take part in one of the region’s largest art celebrations. Featuring more than 40 local and regional artists, the 4th annual Long Lake Area Art Show is a great opportunity to recognize and help support these artists by purchasing their work. Numerous gifts are available: glassworks, acrylics, knitwear, jewelry and other crafts, just to name a few. Read more about Long Lake Art Show

Halloween Enchanted Forest

A special night of trail trick-or-treating awaits you and the family at Lowry Nature Center’s Enchanted Forest Halloween. Visitors can enjoy a sweet and salty mix of popcorn and treats while watching live storytelling, a mad scientist skit and puppet show. Costumes are encouraged. Restricted to ages 2 and over. $9. 5–9 p.m. Lowry Nature Center, 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria; 763.694.7650; threeriversparks.org Read more about Halloween Enchanted Forest

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