Weekend Picks: Moody Nordic music; a reimagined ‘Beowulf’; a cabaret and selection present

Weekend Picks: Moody Nordic music; a reimagined ‘Beowulf’; a cabaret and variety show

Issues get unpredictable this weekend with the artwork of improv. At Big Theater, Jill Bernard brings a world-touring, one-person present, “Drum Machine” — made up on the spot every evening. Gao Hong brings improvisation into the world premiere of her new pipa piece with the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis. In the meantime, on the Black Forest, Strolling Shadow treats to you a “Feast” of Gilgamesh, Norway Home brings out the emotion with Scandinavian music, and Xochi de la Luna debuts their new discuss present and selection present.

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Nordic Unrest

Prepare for some moody Scandinavian classical music when Norwegian pianist Oda Voltersvik visits the Twin Cities for a live performance offered by the Edvard Grieg Society, a program of Norway Home. This system is known as “Nordic Unrest.” Voltersvik is an internationally touring musician, having performed in venues like Carnegie Corridor, Wigmore Corridor and St Martin within the Fields in London, and the Norwegian Opera Home. She’ll be enjoying Edvard Grieg’s Ballade in G minor, Op. 24, a piece the composer wrote quickly after the loss of life of his dad and mom. He mentioned of the work, which is made up of 9 variations plus a coda on a Norwegian folks theme, that it was composed “with my life’s blood in days of sorrow and despair.” The live performance contains different choices by Grieg in addition to work by one other Norwegian composer, Geir Tveitt, and Icelandic composer Atli Heimir Sveinsson. Friday, March 3, at 7 p.m. at Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church ($20). More information here.

Jill Bernard

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Jill Bernard

Drum Machine

Twin Cities comic Jill Bernard takes on quite a few characters in a one-person present crammed with scenes, monologues and songs at Big Theater. After interviewing an viewers member, Bernard launches into a wholly unscripted musical primarily based on the main points of their life, decontextualized in a special historic interval the viewers chooses. A veteran of  ComedySportz Twin Cities and a founding member of Big Theater, Bernard has taken the piece, “Drum Machine” all around the world. For this efficiency, she’ll be accompanied by Kelly Shuda on keyboard. Fridays in March and April (besides March 23) at 9:30 p.m. ($15). More information here.


It’s dinner theater such as you’ve by no means skilled when Strolling Shadow presents Megan Gogerty’s “Feast,” co-produced by the Black Forest Inn. Isabel Nelson will carry out solo within the one-woman present, directed by Allison Vincent. It reimagines the story of “Beowulf,” from the angle of Grendel’s mom, a bathroom witch who seeks justice for the homicide of her son, the monster. The Black Forest Inn is serving a three-course meal of pork ribs, sauerkraut, root veggie pot pie and rooster paprikash with the play, which alludes to the mead corridor of “Beowulf.” You may as well purchase a non-dinner ticket to the present. If you’d like much more Beowulf goodness, come March 4, 18 or 25 at 5 p.m. and see Strolling Shadow’s co-artistic director John Heimbuch’s one-man model of Beowulf earlier than “Feast.” Friday, March 3, Saturday March 4, by way of March 25 ($20-$30 present solely, $55-$65 with dinner). Extra data right here.

“Unpredictable Drawings” by David Goldes

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“Unpredictable Drawings” by David Goldes

Unpredictable Drawings ebook launch

Dreamsong gallery has returned from Los Angeles after a spending per week at Frieze LA to launch a brand new artwork ebook that includes artist David Goldes, “Unpredictable Drawings.” It compliments “Unpredictable” Goldes’ solo present on view, an interesting exploration {of electrical} currents and chemistry with photos which might be without delay stark and stuffed with chaos. The artwork ebook was printed by Radius Books, with textual content by Pavel S. Pyś, curator of visible arts on the Walker Artwork Middle. The ebook launch takes place Friday, Mar. 3 at 5 p.m. at Dreamsong, (RSVP right here). More information here.

The Mirror Palace Premiere

A cabaret and selection present is coming to Blended Blood Theatre, with music, dance, efficiency artwork will get interspersed between interviews with artists of all differing kinds. Xochi de la Luna acts as a number for the night, conducting interviews in between units by the likes of choreographer Noelle Awadallah, musician Anita Velveeta, and the sensible and humorous efficiency duo We Are Married, amongst others. Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5, Blended Blood Theatre (free). More information here.

Musical Journey for Pipa and Orchestra

The Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis celebrates its seventieth anniversary with classics and up to date music, together with the world premiere of Gao Hong’s “Musical Journey for Pipa and Orchestra,” commissioned for the occasion, on the heels of Hong’s personal fiftieth 12 months enjoying the pipa. Hong’s work is infused with hope and optimism, in addition to the overcome wrestle from the lens of journeying by way of life as a musician. She can be utilizing improvisation as a part of the efficiency.  The live performance can even spotlight “Seven O’Clock Shout” by Valerie Coleman, impressed by frontline staff throughout the COVID pandemic, in addition to Adolphus Hailstork’s “An American Fanfare,” and “New World Symphony” by Antonín Dvořák. Sunday, March 5 at 3 p.m. at Ted Mann Live performance Corridor (free). More information here.