The Agenda

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


Driving Miss Daisy • Alfred Uhry likely didn’t realize the impact his racially charged drama would have when it took the stage in 1987. He got a better idea in 1988, when it won a Pulitzer—and again in 1990, when it won four Oscars. Uhry’s work is now a staple for theaters around the world, like the Jungle, which will stage the classic this month. • 11/8–12/22,




Born Yesterday • A Garson Kanin comedy, starring a corrupt businessman, bimbo blonde, and witty newspaperman. • 11/23–1/5,

The Veterans Play Project • A war drama based on veterans’ stories. •11/15–24,

The Beacon From Belle Isle • A “modern fairy tale” about everything Michigan.  • 11/8–23,


Arabella • Rom coms were around long before Hollywood labeled the boy-meets-girl-plus-complications stories as such. Take this Richard Strauss opera, which includes all the elements of a successful comedic romp: cross-dressing, unrequited love, pushy parents, sibling rivalry—all sung in German, to boot! It’s three acts of romance at its best, told as only an opera could tell it.  • 11/9–17,


John Legend • The guy’s got nine Grammys and isn’t even 35. That’s why. • 11/19,

The Pines • Fresh off a tour with Mason Jennings, these Americana rockers are ready to jam. • 11/22–23,

Jake Shimabukuro • Because how often do you get to see a ukulele prodigy?  • 11/9,


Images of Africa • Despite all the Ole and Lena jokes, Minnesota is truly a melting pot. The Film Society of Minneapolis St. Paul has been exploring the state’s international communities through its Diaspora Project, which includes Images of Africa. The series features 30 films about topics like music, war, and food, all made by Africans, about Africa. • 11/15–21,


RE/MAX Results City and Neighborhood Film Festival • Fifteen filmmakers pay homage to their ’hoods in three minutes or less. • 11/14,

MN Transracial Film Festival • A look at Minnesota’s transcultural and transracial adoptees. • 11/15,

Edina Film Festival • Movies galore, culminating in The Big Lebowski Saturday night. • 11/7–9,


Zenon Dance Company’s 31st Fall Season • Zenon Dance Company has been setting the tone for performance art in the Cities since it first graced the stage in 1982. The company opens its 2013 season in classic Zenon style: with an eclectic blend of modern and jazz choreography, infused with raw emotion and razor-sharp moves. • 11/22–12/1,


Karna: The Abandoned Hero • A passionate dance opera set to a gospel-inspired score. • 11/1–2,

TU Dance • TU turns 10 and celebrates with a world premiere. • 11/15–17,

Jérôme Bel/Theater HORA • Bel and Theater Hora partner to explore identity, discrimination, and the danger of preconception. • 11/21–23,

Visual Arts

31 Years: Gifts from Martin Weinstein • The Minneapolis Institute of Arts wouldn’t be the same without Martin Weinstein: over the past three decades, the lawyer and photography lover has donated more than 500 photos to the museum, plus prints, paintings, and sculptures. This exhibition celebrates Weinstein’s passion for the arts. • Opens 11/2,


An Album: Cinémathèque Tangier • Explore Morocco’s visual and cinematic culture through a host of eclectic media. • Opens 11/21,

Legacy of an Empire Lost • The 300-year Romanov dynasty, and what came after. • Opens 11/16,

Land Available  • Painter Rod Massey exposes Minneapolis’s overlooked nooks.  • 10/25–11/30,


The Moth • Twitter’s got nothing on oral storytelling. To keep the tradition alive in this generation of tech-savvy/conversation-wary texters, The Moth brings together five real people with real stories to share their experiences with a live audience. It’s the 21st-century version of Homer’s ancient Greece, and it sure beats the heck out of blog surfing. • 11/8,


Ira Glass and Two Dancers • The only time dance and radio will logically coexist. • 11/10,

Holidazzle • It wouldn’t be Minnesota winter without walking light bulbs taking over Nicollet Mall. • 11/29–12/22,

Rice Park Tree Lighting • There’s no such thing as too many twinkle lights. • 11/30,