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
Arts & Performance
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
With a Tony nomination under their belts, Frog and Toad return to Old Log for a holiday show. An unlikely pair, Frog’s optimistic attitude doesn’t always mix well with Toad’s grumpy nature, but their friendship always triumphs. Frog and Toad devour Christmas cookies and ride a sled in this holiday version. Visit website for showtimes. 952.474.5951. Read more about A Year with Frog and Toad
Local artists showcase their art at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts’ holiday sale each year. Support the Minnetonka community and purchase gifts, most less than $100. Browse pottery, painting and work in other media. 10 a.m–4 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Thursday, noon–4 p.m., Sunday. 952.473.7361. Read more about Arts of the Holidays