Arts & Performance
The Mitten, a classic children’s tale by Jan Brett, highlights curiosity, a chilly winter and a game of finders keepers. When Nicki drops his mitten in the snow, several animals soon take up residence and quickly expand the mitten’s capabilities. Stages Theatre Company created a ballet–inspired stage version of the book years ago and is bringing it back for the theater’s 30th season. Check the website for show times. 952.979.1111. Read more about The Mitten
A heartwarming tale of family tradition and hard work, Fiddler on the Roof showcases the story of Tevye, a poor milkman. He must choose between tradition and his daughters’ happiness. Discounts available for students and seniors. Dinner and lunch seating begins two hours prior to show time. Tuesday–Saturday evenings, 8 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday matinee, 1 p.m. Sunday evening, 6:30 p.m. 952.934.1500. Read more about Chanhassen Dinner Theatres’ Fiddler on the Roof
Ready to showcase your talents to a welcoming audience? Show off your vocal skills, comedic chops or poetic nature every Tuesday night at the Depot. Sample treats and enjoy fresh java while listening to the stylings of fellow artists. The Depot also offers live music every Friday night starting at 6:30 p.m. Free. 6–10 p.m. 952.938.2204. Read more about Open Mic Night
Popular Twin Cities artist G.B. Leighton performs some of his classic tunes at the Mainstreet Bar and Grill. Leighton has rocked the music circuit for more than 15 years with a style some compare to Bruce Springsteen. Enjoy sandwiches, salads and pizza along with some rocking good music. 952.938.2400. Read more about G.B. Leighton with War Poets
Declared a “gospel diva,” Grammy-winner Mavis Staples is a bona fide living treasure. Her newest album, One True Vine, celebrates and explores faith. Jon Bream hosts a pre-concert discussion before Staples takes the stage. Pre-concert talk, 7:15–7:45 p.m., concert, 8 p.m. Hopkins Center for the Arts, 952.979.1111. Read more about An Evening with Mavis Staples
Minnetonka Theatre presents a new adaptation of the musical based on Charles Dickens classic Oliver Twist, just in time for the holidays. It premiered in 1960 and earned a Tony Award for Best Original Score. 7:30 p.m. December 7, 13 and 14, 1 p.m. December 8, 14 and 15, 5 p.m. December 15. 952.401.5898. Read more about Oliver!
Artist Bryan Young depicts classic Minnesota winter activities in his new series, Night Ice Paintings. Young focuses on hockey and broomball, but not in the daylight. He noticed the eerie atmosphere of a rink, and painted his impressions during one year of work. 8 a.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Saturday, Noon–5 p.m. Sunday. Hopkins Center for the Arts, 952.979.1111. Read more about Night Ice Paintings by Bryan Young