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The Agenda

Theater, concerts, dance, and more—your best bets for January

The Agenda
Photo by Adeline Wright by Vance Gellert

OPENS JANUARY 13  EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

VANCE GELLERT: REAL—ARTISTS AND LANDSCAPES

While many of us still mourn the demise of the Minnesota Center for Photography, the organization’s co-founder and former director, Vance Gellert, has been hard at work demonstrating that the medium is alive and well in Minnesota. This exhibit, with photographs by Gellert, features portraits of Minnesota’s farmers, motorcycle mechanics, and hairdressers, who also double as artists. Tweed Museum of Art, 1201 Ordean Ct., Duluth, 218-726-8222, duluth.umn.edu/tma/
 

OPENS JANUARY 8

THE MIRACLE WORKER

The History Theatre teams up with Torch Theater artistic director Stacia Rice as she reprises her role as Helen Keller’s tutor, Annie Sullivan. Rice, who won acclaim in the role in 2005, plays the blind teacher who works to free her pupil’s mind from tortured silence. History Theatre, 30 E. 10th St., St. Paul, 615-292-4323, historytheatre.com
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JANUARY 8 TO 10

OUT THERE 21: CHAUTAUQUA!

Step right up for an evening of big-top entertainment featuring vaudeville, acrobatics, feats of strength, and scientific experiments by one of New York’s most inventive young theater companies. Inspired by the 1930s Chautauqua Circuit, this act has all the eccentricities of a first-rate circus—minus the animals. Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-375-7600, walkerart.org
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OPENS JANUARY 10

A DELICATE BALANCE

Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize–winning play is a vivid portrait of an American family. In this Guthrie debut, a couple’s adult daughter comes home after her fourth failed marriage, two friends suddenly move in, and repressed feelings erupt, upsetting the delicate balance of their family life. Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis, 612-377-2224, guthrietheater.org
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JANUARY 15 TO 31

BERNSTEIN FESTIVAL

This month’s celebration highlights composer and classical-music conductor Leonard Bernstein’s better-known Broadway contributions, such as West Side Story and Candide. However, his biggest undertaking—and now the orchestra’s—was Mass, a theatrical production that Bernstein composed for the 1971 opening of the Kennedy Center in Washington. The rarely performed piece, commissioned by former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, features nearly 250 instrumentalists, singers, and dancers (here performed by James Sewell Ballet). Following the concert is a Q&A session with conductor Osmo Vänskä and Bernstein’s daughter, who will also perform during the festival’s run. Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, 612-371-5656, minnesotaorchestra.org
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JANUARY 15 TO FEBRUARY 8

PURE CONFIDENCE

Those lucky enough to have seen the odd, crass local cult flick Patti Rocks will be enthused to see its stars, Karen Landry and Chris Mulkey, onstage together again. This historical drama, written by Carlyle Brown, tells of the rise to fame of former-slave-turned-jockey Simon Cato, the unlikely star of post–Civil War horse racing. Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S. Fourth St., Minneapolis, 612-338-6131, mixedblood.com
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JANUARY 16 AND 17

THE SPCO AND LONDON SINFONIETTA

Orchestra members read text from Gertrude Stein’s World War II autobiography against a backdrop of battle music, jazz, and synthesized sounds in the U.S. premiere of Heiner Goebbels’s Songs of Wars I Have Seen. This performance is part of SPCO’s International Chamber Orchestra Festival, a month-long series of concerts with orchestras from around the globe. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, 651-291-1144, thespco.org
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OPENS JANUARY 23

WATER

This exhibit features ancient artifacts, hands-on activities, and innovative technologies—like a fog wall and a 68-inch globe that seems to float on air—to demonstrate water’s importance. The globe, for example, uses projected maps and satellite images to provide a stunning picture of just how much of the planet is covered in H2O, while ancient tools (5,000 years old!) show how human civilizations have utilized Earth’s most valuable resource. Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651-221-9444, smm.org
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JANUARY 25

ROCK THE CRADLE

If your toddler is already banging on pots and pans, give them a day of rhythm with “Rock the Cradle,” hosted by the Current. Recommended for children ages 2 to 8, this free music festival lets kids interact with music through instruments, dance, and live performances. Also fun for adults: story hour with the Current’s DJs. Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis; more info at mpr.org/rockthecradle
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JANUARY 29 TO FEBRUARY 1

JAMES SEWELL BALLET

James Sewell Ballet performs at the Southern for the first time, presenting choreography that was created through the Jerome Foundation–sponsored “Ballet Works Project.” The evening’s program features props, puppets, and a live feed from a Internet radio station. Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-340-1725
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DATEBOOK

More can’t-miss events in the Twin Cities this month

Theater

Frost/Nixon
State Theatre, January 6 to 11
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The Gruffalo
Children’s Theatre Company, Opens January 13
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Goodnight Moon
Stages Theatre Company, Opens January 16
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Lights Up! Series
Illusion Theatre, Hennepin Center for the Arts, January 22 to February 1
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Faust
Minnnesota Opera, Ordway Center, January 24 to February 1
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Spring Awakening
Orpheum Theatre, Opens January 27
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Music

International Chamber Orchestra Festival
Various venues, January 8 to 30
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AC/DC
Xcel Energy Center, January 19
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Adele
Fitzgerald Theater, January 20
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Jewel
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, January 27
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Bobby McFerrin with Cantus
Orchestra Hall, January 30
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Lecture

Jane Pauley
SmartTalk series, Orchestra Hall, January 27
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Dance

Palladium Nights
Ballet Hispanico, Ordway Center, January 11
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Ali Brady and Andrea Wagenknecht contributed to this story. Send event information to agenda@mnmo.com.


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