The Agenda

Art, music, sports & more—the best events in October

Opens October 4

Brave New Worlds

Frida Kahlo may be the main draw at the Walker this fall, but don’t miss the exhibit down the hall: 70 pieces from 24 artists in 17 countries around the globe with one theme—our varied perceptions of the planet. Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-375-7600

October 2

Eroica Trio

The Grammy-nominated chamber-music trio has impressed audiences with their technical skill and gorgeous renditions of classical arrangements. Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, 651-224-4222

October 3

Minnesota SAGE Awards for Dance

The local dance scene trades tutus for tuxes, celebrating itself with awards and performances by past SAGE honorees Brian Sostek, Morgan Thorson, and the Minnesota Dance Theater. Ritz Theater, 343 13th Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-436-1129

October 5 and 6

Fall Color Chairlift Rides

What’s at the top of Hennepin County? Ride up the chairlift at Hyland Hills and get a grand view of the rust-hued treetops below. Then, enjoy some barbecue, check out the event’s featured raptors, or tour the 1,000-acre park. Hyland Lake Park Reserve, 8800 Chalet Rd., Bloomington, 763-694-7676

October 5 to 14

King Lear & The Seagull

Tickets for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s performances of King Lear and The Seagull at the Guthrie Theater have pretty much vanished—thanks to the magic of Sir Ian McKellen, who catapulted to fame as the wizard Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. But even if you can’t wrangle a seat to see the show, you can catch a lecture by the actor on October 8. Just don’t ask to see his elf tattoo. Guthrie Theater, 818 S. Second St., Mpls., 612-377-2224

October 5 to 28

Jerry Springer: The Opera

Oh no he didn’t!

Kevin Hansen’s Minneapolis Musical Theatre did, indeed, get rights to present this adaptation of Springer’s wild talk show, a production the New York Times has called “a brilliant, hilarious crowd-pleasing musical.” Hennepin Stages, 824 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 952-544-1372

Opens October 6

Meanwhile Back at the Ranch

Before the Warehouse District arts scene, there was the Ranch—a hive of wood-stove-heated studios that sprung up along a derelict Washington Avenue in early 1970s Minneapolis. This retrospective recaptures the bohemian magic. Gallery 13, 302 13th Ave. NE, Mpls., 651-592-5503

October 6

World Championship Booya Cook-off

Workingman’s stew or witch’s brew? You decide, sampling from pots stirred with spoons the size of oars and perhaps bumping into loyal booya booster Governor Pawlenty. Eighth Ave. and Southview Blvd. S., South St. Paul, 651-451-6441

October 10

David Beckham and the Los Angeles Galaxy

See Becks play football with soccer players when the Minnesota Thunder welcomes the Galaxy for an exhibition game. Bonus points if you catch Posh eating a Dome dog. Metrodome, 34 Kirby Puckett Pl., Mpls., 651-989-5151

October 12 and 13

2007 Ice Breaker Invitational

Gopher hockey kicks off in this annual tradition at Xcel, where the men’s team will defend the goal from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the first round as Boston College takes on the Wolverines. Xcel Energy Center, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, 651-989-5151

October 15

David Sedaris

Bestsellers aside, the mark of stardom in writing is now demonstrated by sold-out appearances, as Sedaris consistently proves. The humorist and contributor to NPR and the New Yorker talks pretty this month with select readings of his essays. State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-673-0404

October 19 and 20, 26

Off to Africa

Before Cantus takes off for a 13-day tour of Cameroon, the all-male ensemble performs three concerts from their international hits series, as well as songs from their forthcoming album. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave., Mpls.; Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 301 County Rd. 19, Excelsior; First Lutheran Church, 1555 40th Ave. NE, Columbia Heights; 651-209-6689

October 21

Moving Pictures Film Festival

Short films on Minnesota’s Greatest Generation—part of a competition to document the World War II era—are screened and honored with cash prizes from the Minnesota Historical Society. Minnesota History Center, 345 Kellogg Blvd. W., St. Paul, 651-259-3000

October 27

Bill Frisell

Inspired by Mike Disfarmer’s photography of a postwar community in Arkansas, guitarist Frisell weaves jazz, classical, and Ozark fiddle music to create a soundtrack for Disfarmer’s work, which will be projected on the walls of the McGuire Theater. Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-375-7600

Opens October 27

Frida Kahlo

Get to know Frida Kahlo through her numerous self-portraits in this show curated by the Walker. An After Hours Preview Party on October26 kicks off the exhibit—and marks the 100-year anniversary of Kahlo’s birth. Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-375-7600

Through November 3

YouCube: This Company Loves Misery

Office Space

meets Saturday Night Live in the Brave New Workshop’s painfully accurate sketch comedy skewering motivational seminars, the eternally perky coworker, and other facts of life from the cube farm. Brave New Workshop, 2605 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-332-6620

Compiled by Tim Gihring and Courtney Lewis. Send event information to