Cultural Cures

Need a remedy for cabin fever? Try a night out at one of these Twin Cities performances.

February 20

B. B. King and Buddy Guy

The “King of the Blues” and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Buddy Guy fill the Orpheum with their legendary hits. Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-373-5600,

January 14–15


Sergei Radchenko and the Moscow Festival Ballet take you on the sentimental journey of a doll that comes to life in this comic ballet. Northrop Auditorium, 84 Church St. SE, Mpls., 612-624-2345,

February 4–6

Mozart, Brahms, and Skrowaczewski

Following the baton of conductor laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski, violin soloist Gina DiBello and the Minnesota Orchestra tackle Mozart, Brahms, and Skrowaczewski’s own Music for the Winds. Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-371-5656,

February 18–March 14

Black Pearl Sings

A musical journey set in the American South, Frank Higgins’s play gives slaves a voice in this regional premiere. Penumbra Theatre, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul, 651-224-3180,

February 19–June 13

Foot in the Door 2010

See Minnesota’s largest art exhibition, a celebration of the state’s visual-arts community that has taken place once a decade since 1980. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Ave. S., Mpls., 888-642-2887,

February 26–March 21


Jeanine Tesori, composer of Caroline, or Change, brings gospel, rock, and country music together in this moving musical based on a short story by Doris Betts. Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St., Mpls., 612-377-2224,

March 6–14

La Bohème

The Minnesota Opera produces Puccini’s Parisian love story, perhaps the world’s most popular opera (and the inspiration for the musical Rent). Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, 651-224-4222,

March 9–April 10

The Iron Ring

This epic Indian adventure of King Tamar and his friends—a milkmaid, an eagle, and a monkey—is told with the help of the Ragamala dance. Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 Third Ave. S., Mpls., 612-874-0400,

March 13

Undiscovered Copland

Philip Brunelle and the Vocal Essence Chorus & Ensemble Singers put the spotlight on beloved composer Aaron Copland’s lesser-known works, such as his opera The Second Hurricane. Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota, 2128 Fourth St. S., Mpls., 612-371-5656,

March 15

Regina Carter

The contemporary violinist brings a blend of world and classical music to the Ted Mann stage with pieces from the African diaspora, as featured on her latest album, Reverse Thread. Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 Fourth St. S., Mpls., 612-626-1892,

March 16–21

August: Osage County

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, this darkly comic play revolves around squabbles arising during a family reunion. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, 651-224-4222,

March 30–April 17

African Music Series

Nigerian-born “Minister of Amusement” King Sunny Adé tops a bill featuring several African performers. Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls., 612-338-2674,