The Agenda

What you need to do, see, and hear this month


Disenchanted! • Exactly what you’d expect from ex-Disney dudes exploring what happens after happily ever after. Mark Bergren (former artistic director of Brave New Workshop) and his team have rewritten the classic leading-lady roles to expose the reality of princess life—crash diets, racial prejudice—all to a snappy score. • 9/26–10/13,



Miss Saigon • Anything by the creators of Les Misérables gets our vote of confidence, especially with the Ordway co-producing. • 10/8–13,

Fiddler on the Roof • Tradition is the name of the game at the Chan. • Opens 10/1,

Unraveled • A heart-wrenching mother/daughter tale exploring how to let go. • 10/26–11/10,


SPCO Liquid Music: Jherek Bischoff • Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series continues to pioneer a new path for classical music with Jherek Bischoff’s “Composed.” Joining the producer/performer are some of the best musicians near (Channy Leaneagh of Poliça) and far (Norwegian singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche), all seeking to push their genre beyond its traditional boundaries. • 10/18,


JazzMN Orchestra Featuring Kenny Drew Jr. • The world-renowned jazz pianist plays Hopkins. • 10/5,

City and Colour • The chart-toppers play First Avenue.  • 10/28,

Dave Mason • The classic-rock legend plays Dakota Jazz Club. • 10/18,


Twin Cities Film Fest • You needn’t be Steven Spielberg to walk this red carpet. Between striking poses and watching films, festival-goers can attend panel discussions on topics ranging from hunger in Minnesota to the role of a producer, plus attend mixers and rub elbows with other film enthusiasts. • 10/17–26,


Sam Green and Yo La Tengo • The Oscar-nominated filmmaker and indie band present this year’s “live documentary.” • 10/11,

Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure • Experience 30 of the artist’s best pieces through sight and sound. • 10/10,

Highway 61 Film Festival • A category for every taste (even the K–12 crowd). • 10/4–6,


Aparna Ramaswamy • Three-time McKnight Artist Fellowship recipient Aparna Ramaswamy has long enchanted audiences with Bharatanatyam-style dance (a reworked classical Indian dance). Besides performing at venues around the world, she is co-artistic director for Ragamala Dance—all of which makes her more than qualified to share this elegant art form with a wider audience. • 10/19,


Ballet Preljocaj • An apocalyptic production inspired by the book of Revelations. • 10/30,

Blush • Choreographer Andrea Miller and Gallim Dance’s take on rosy cheeks. •  10/12,

SAGE Awards for Dance • The best of the best are recognized at the Cowles Center.  • 10/15,

Visual Arts

WAM@20: CHOICE • To celebrate 20 years in its iconic building on the Mississippi River, the Weisman Art Museum will be displaying 400 pieces of art during its 2013–2014 season—20 pieces for each year. The first of three exhibitions focuses on objects selected and grouped together by nontraditional measures—a perfect introduction to the museum’s fresh perspective. • 10/6,


Saint Paul Art Crawl • Three days of nonstop art. • 10/4–6,

’13 Gears: An Eclectic Steampunk Bazaar • The name alone is reason enough to attend this stylish fête. • 10/26,

9 Artists • Artists from around the globe chat about their ever-changing roles. • Opens 10/24,


Twin Cities Veg Fest 2013 • A celebration of all things veggie. Free samples will be flowing as experts, chefs, and gardeners talk about vegetarian and vegan lifestyles. Whether you’re already eschewing animal products or considering making a lifestyle change, head to the U of M for an informative and tasty day. Meat-eaters also welcome. • 10/26,


Great Pumpkin Festival • Everything good about autumn wrapped up into  one festive afternoon. • 10/27,

Victorian Ghost Stories • Get your spook on at one of the Cities’ oldest residences—the James J. Hill House. •  10/20 and 27,

Twin Cities Book Festival • Bookworms, unite! • 10/12,