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
Arts & Performance
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
Enjoy a famed holiday tradition. Presented by the Continental Ballet Co., this perennial favorite will delight children and adults alike. $13–$25. Times vary. Bloomington Center for the Arts, 1800 West Old Shakopee Rd., Bloomington; 952.563.8562; continentalballet.com Read more about Nutcracker Ballet