Artscape is on break and will return Wednesday, Sept. 23, with our usual mix of news and picks. Between now and then, we’ll keep you current on events worth going out for.
Tonight (Friday, Sept. 18) at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester: “Two Bachs – Two Harpsichords.” The Lyra Baroque Orchestra, which earlier this month named Johanna Lorbach its new executive director, starts its fourth decade of music-making this weekend with a program that includes two double-harpsichord concerti by Johann Sebastian Bach and his son Carl Philipp Emanuel. The two harpsichordists are Lyra’s artistic director Jacques Ogg and Indiana University’s Elisabeth Wright. Both studied with Gustav Leonhardt. 7:30 p.m. Also Saturday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. at Hamline’s Sundin Hall. FMI and tickets ($25/$20/$10).
Saturday and Sunday, various locations: 8th Annual AIA Minnesota Homes by Architects Tour. Who doesn’t love looking at well-designed houses? New homes, historic home remodels, and green homes are all featured on this year’s tour, which also seems to have a smaller-is-better subtheme. The designing architect of each home will be on site to answer questions. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. both days. The 20 homes in this year’s tour are mostly in the metro area; the farthest out are in Waconia and Hastings. FMI and tickets ($15/$10); includes admission to all homes all weekend.
Saturday and Sunday at the Sabes Jewish Community Center: “You Don’t Have to Be Jewish … But It Couldn’t Hurt!” Gary Gilson’s one-man show sold out at the JCC Humor Festival in 2013. A former reporter (for the Minneapolis Star), five-time Emmy-winning broadcast journalist (in New York and Los Angeles), host of TPT’s “NightTimes Magazine,” executive director of the Minnesota News Council, college teacher and workshop presenter, he suddenly decides he wants to write for theater? He can’t just retire like a normal person? Full of stories gathered over the years about people who had a big influence on his life, accompanied by live music and photos projected onto a giant screen, Gilson’s show is, in his words, “designed for people of all backgrounds to identify with, and they do.” Basically, it’s about mensches. 7 p.m. both nights. FMI and tickets ($20).
Sunday at the U’s Ferguson Hall: Faculty and Guest Recital: Erin Keefe, Wilhelmina Smith, and Lydia Artymiw. The Minnesota Orchestra concertmaster and violinist, the cellist and McKnight Artist Fellow, and the acclaimed, in-demand, award-winning pianist will perform a program of trios by Beethoven, Paul Schoenfield and Brahms. If there’s a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon, please let us know. 3 p.m. in the Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall. Free.
Monday at the Fulton Brewery Tap Room: Housequake: Shaking Up Publishing. A party in honor of Coffee House Press, publisher Chris Fischbach’s 20th year there (he started as an intern), and the fall season of new Coffee House books. Your $20 ticket gets you a Fulton beverage of your choice, an exclusive print from Printerette and illustrator Eric Hanson (that’s a link for a reason BTW), and the chance to buy a CHP subscription and get all 10 books from their fall list at a big discount, shipped to you the day they’re released. That’s a cool idea and other publishers should do it. Tickets here ($20 general admission).
Tuesday at Northrop: “Why Does She Book What She Does?” Have you ever wondered how a performing arts curator puts a season together? Less than two weeks before Ballet West opens the 2015-16 Northrop Dance season, Northrop’s director Christine Tschida takes us inside her process. In the Best Buy Theater. 6:30 p.m. Free.