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. Read more about What Is Great Jazz?
Arts & Performance
Teddy Holidays is one of the Twin Cities’ most celebrated cover bands, bringing energy to every venue they grace. They play the Beatles, Van Morrison and all the rest of the good stuff. Nights of nostalgia like this don’t come along often; be sure to indulge in this one. All ages. Free. 8 p.m. Jake O’ Connor’s, 200 Water St., Excelsior; 952.908.9650; jakeoconnors.com.
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There’s great mystery surrounding Mozart’s Requiem, from the speculation regarding who commissioned it to Mozart’s death before finishing the work, it’s a musical masterpiece steeped in the unknown. Now, the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra and Wayzata Community Church Chancel Choir to perform the famed score that is as magnificent as it is mysterious. All ages. Free. 3 p.m. Wayzata Community Church, 125 Wayzata Blvd. E., Wayzata. Read more about Mozart’s Requiem
Just as nature sheds its heavy winter coat to give way to a certain lightness in the spring, we crave lighter, cleaner and brighter sights as well. The Minnetonka Center for the Arts presents the Minnesota Watercolor Society Spring Show in this spirit. Some of the region’s top watercolorists will be sharing their work in the exhibit. All ages. Free. Open during center hours. Read more about Minnesota Watercolor Society Spring Show
There’s a lot going on in the brain—the way it works, how it is influenced and makes connections are topics both neuroscience and philosophy are steeped in. Art and creativity are often thought of as a realm beyond these subjects, but all are, in fact, inherently linked. In this lecture, Nicola Demonte will explore the interplay between neuroscience, art history and philosophy through paintings by de Kooning, Pollock, Mondrian and Warhol, and photography from Charcot. Creative efforts as a counter to disabilities and neurological disorders will also be discussed. Pre-register online. Read more about Art and the Brain
Skating exhibition performances, silent auction event and holiday treats offer fun for everyone on Sat. Dec. 6th from 12:45-4:30 p.m. Read more about Winter Extravaganza Features Skating Fun On & Off Ice
MAME revolves around the antics of Mame Dennis, a fun-loving, wealthy eccentric with a flair for life and a razor sharp wit. Her life is suddenly changed when she becomes the guardian of her late brother's only child, Patrick. Read more about Minnetonka Theatre presents Mame!
Urinetown is a musical satire of capitalism, politics, the legal system and more. The comedy will leave you laughing and crying with musical numbers and a thought-provoking underlying message. Tickets $18 adult, $16 senior and $12 youth. Minnetonka Theatre, 18285 Highway 7, Minnetonka; 952.401.5898; minnetonkatheatre.com Read more about Urinetown