Arts & Performance
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
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.
Led by Rey Rivera, the orchestra pays homage to Latin jazz great Tito Puente, who passed away in 2000. Included are classic Puente pieces as well as those inspired by his style. Season ticket passes, Adults $108–$116, students $66. Single tickets available, adults $34-$30 at the door, students, $10. 612.242.4791; jazzmn.org
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.
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.
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.