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Stonesfest at the Parkway; ‘King Lear’ at Park Square

ALSO: Delfos Danza Contemporánea at the Ordway; Halloween puppets; ‘Beatnik Giselle’; and more.

Friday, October 19

The Greatest Band

WHAT: Stonesfest
WHERE: Parkway Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 7 p.m. on Friday, continuing all weekend

The first documentary of the Rolling Stones, Charlie is My Darling, was filmed during a 1965 tour of Ireland and went virtually unseen until a recent resurrection. At the Parkway, you have multiple chances to see it in advance of its theatrical premiere along with more classic films about the Stones (alas, no Gimme Shelter). Learn more at

Friday, October 19

It’s Good to be the King

WHAT: King Lear
WHERE: Park Square Theatre, St. Paul
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

Raye Birk takes on one of the great all-time stage roles, fresh from his turn at the Guthrie as one half of the Sunshine Boys. The full cast, including Stephen D’Ambrose, Jennifer Blagen, and Stacia Rice, makes for a who’s who of engaging local actors. Learn more at

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Saturday, October 20

The Beats Go On

WHAT: Beatnik Giselle
WHERE: Southern Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 2 and 8 p.m.

Ivey Award winner Kate Guentzel plays Giselle to Ryan Hill’s Allen Ginsberg and Derek Lee Miller’s Jack Kerouac in Sandbox Theatre’s gritty movement-based production. With music, dance, and a stark set design, it’s a sensual trip through the seedy underside of the 1950s. Learn more at

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Saturday, October 20

Mexico Unmasked

WHAT: Delfos Danza Contemporánea
WHERE: Ordway Center, St. Paul
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.

The contemporary Mexican dance troupe explores the masks we wear to survive and the challenges of presenting and confronting our true selves. Part of a series presenting modern Mexican performers that began earlier in the week with singer Lila Downs. Learn more at

Sunday, October 21

The Next Big Thing

WHAT: Broc Blegen and Binod Shrestha
WHERE: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis
WHEN: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Broc Blegen, one of Minnesota Monthly’s “Artists to Watch” this fall, becomes the youngest artist to receive an MAEP show at the MIA. Titled Coming Out Party, it features meticulous copies of contemporary artworks from Jenny Holzer and others that few people could afford to own. Binod Shrestha’s installations and ceramics comment on the physical and political pressures he witnessed firsthand growing up in war-torn Nepal. Learn more at

Sunday, October 21

Puppetry in the Woods

WHAT: BareBones Halloween Puppet Extravaganza
WHERE: Hidden Falls Regional Park, St. Paul
WHEN: 7 p.m.

This haunting annual evening of aerial stunts, stilt-walking, fire art, and large-scale puppetry reaches back this year to the beginning of time. Called Chicka-BOOM!, it’s a romp through the mysteries of life, death, and the beauty of being here — however it came to pass. Learn more at