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

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