Looking ahead: Rose Ensemble’s season opener; MIA Print and Drawing Fair

Photo by Michael Haug
The Rose Ensemble will be performing at Central Lutheran Church on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Artscape is on break and will return Wednesday, Sept. 24. Here’s our third and final list of things to do between now and then.

Thursday, Sept. 18 at Central Lutheran Church: The Rose Ensemble: Free Season Opening Concert. Billed as “a little something for everyone,” this concert is designed to whet your appetite for the 2014–15 season, an imaginative line-up of bluegrass, medieval music, plainchant and antislavery music. FMI. Donations accepted.

Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 18-20, at the Cowles: Ananya Dance Theatre’s “Neel: Blutopias of Radical Dreaming.” Kicking off its 10th anniversary season, the contemporary Indian dance company led by Ananya Chatterjea, all women of color and cultural activists, invites you into the work and world of women’s dreams. The word “Blutopia” comes from a short piece Duke Ellington recorded in 1944. The performance features ten dancers, guest artist Shá Cage, music by Greg Schutte, text by Sharon Bridgforth, and vocalizations by Chastity Brown, Mankwe Ndosi and Pooja Goswami. 8 p.m. all three nights. FMI and tickets ($20–$30).

Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jazz Central: Joel Harrison. Touring behind his latest CD, the fun, raw, psychedelic, funky, and intimate “Mother Stump,” the New York City-based guitarist/composer will make a rare visit to Minneapolis, where he’ll perform with bassist Chris Bates and drummer Pete Hennig. Here’s a taste of what will be a night of great guitar. 407 Central Ave. SE, Minneapolis. 8 p.m. FMI. $10 suggested donation. All ages.

Saturday, Sept. 20 at Studio Z: Thollem McDonas and Doan Brian Roessler. Two unique musicians, each on his own path. Here’s McDonas in solo performance in South Bend, Indiana, in 2013. And here’s Doan in solo performance at Studio Z in 2010. Presented by Crow with No Mouth Promotions, this program will be two solo performances, but likely very complementary. 8 p.m. FMI and tickets ($10).

Saturday, Sept. 20 at the Ordway: Opening night of Minnesota Opera’s production of Puccini’s “La Fanciulla del West.” It’s tempting to call this the spaghetti Western opera – it was written by an Italian and set in America’s West – but that would be so wrong. Puccini, who also wrote “Madame Butterfly” and “Turandot,” puts a poker-playing saloon owner (the Girl of the title) in a love triangle with a handsome outlaw and a sheriff. Surprisingly for Puccini, there are no suicides by stabbing. Here’s the charmingly silly “Opera in 60 Seconds” video, which clues you into the plot so you can pay more attention to the singing. FMI and tickets ($25–$200). Also Sept. 25, 27 and 28. Very Big Deal: On opening night only, you can watch an outdoor simulcast in Rice Park for free. Reservations are required.

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 20-21: 2014 Homes by Architects Tour. Try not to drool. This annual self-guided tour showcases new and remodeled homes in the Twin Cities metro designed by AIA (American Institute of Architects) Minnesota architects. Check out the 16 tour homes on the AIA-MN website. The designing architects will be on site, so you can chat them up about your next place. Gas up the car; the tour will take you from Buffalo to Lake Elmo. FMI and tickets ($15, $10 students or youngsters 5–18).

Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 20-21, at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts: Print and Drawing Fair. Buy art where the MIA buys art. Over the years, the museum has acquired a number of works from the annual Print and Drawing Fair. For its 21st year, this popular event has now been moved to the fall, making it the first stop for many dealers and publishers. Come to look, come to buy; admission is free either way. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days. FMI.

Monday, Sept. 22, at Merriam Park Library: “Girl Rising.” The first film in the 11th season of the Women’s Human Rights Film Series, presented by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and the Advocates for Human Rights. The stories of nine girls from nine different countries show the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. 1831 Marshall Ave., St. Paul. 6:30 p.m. Free.

Monday, Sept. 22, at Plymouth Congregational Church: Launch reading for Jim Lenfestey’s memoir, “Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain.” Teacher, journalist and poet Jim Lenfestey brings other poets to town as chair of Plymouth’s Literary Witnesses poetry series. This event puts him behind the podium, reading from his lyrical, deeply felt memoir. The story of his 30-year love affair with the ancient Chinese poet Han-shan (“Cold Mountain”) and his journey to find the place where he lived, “Seeking the Cave,” is prose interspersed with Lenfestey’s own poetry, both open-hearted and clear as a bell. Nicely done. 7 p.m. FMI. Free.

Monday, Sept. 22, at the State Theatre: The Iveys. The annual celebration of our boisterous, bodacious theater community. Everyone who’s anyone in theater shows up, looking good. 5:30 p.m. VIP pre-party, 7:30 p.m. awards. FMI and tickets ($25–$125).

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