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This weekend around the Twin Cities: art shows, Broadway numbers, and online theater
Red Wing Arts Festival
Red Wing Arts Festival

Courtesy of Red Wing Arts

42-Artist Gallery Show

What: Call-4-Work
When: Oct. 9-Nov. 13, 7-10 p.m.
Where: Gamut Gallery, 717 10th St. S., Minneapolis

The Gamut Gallery, in south Minneapolis, showcases 42 local artists as part of its annual Call-4-Work (C4W) exhibit, this year curated by Katie Garrett. The gallery waived submission fees for artists of color this year, in a bid for accessibility. The theme, by chance, revolves around optimism and action. (For those who would rather attend from home, a Social WebXR version opens on October 17.)

Red Wing Arts Roundup

What: Red Wing Arts Festival
When: Oct. 10-11
Where: Red Wing, MN

Red Wing continues a 50-year-old tradition, setting up the Red Wing Arts Festival in socially distant form this year, with three open-air marketplaces downtown. Forty artists and craftspeople (a number reduced from previous seasons) will fill out a walkable route. Highlights include mosaics and a photography project done in collaboration with eighth graders. While you’re there, consult our guide to Red Wing.

Iraq, America, and Home

What: Home of Memories
When: Oct. 10-Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, 6666 E. River Rd., Fridley

As part of the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, which seeks to engage Iraqi Americans in the arts, the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts examines the concept of home in portraiture. Photographers Ahmed Alshaikhli and Jaafar Alnabi have captured Iraqi Minnesotans in moving visualizations of what home can mean.

Broadway in the Parking Lot

What: Everything Changes
When: Oct. 12, 6-7 p.m.
Where: Advent Lutheran Church, 9475 Jefferson Hwy., Osseo

Yellow Tree Theatre is that small, northwest-suburban treasure responsible for A Miracle on Christmas Lake and other quirky original plays. Now, it’s entering its 13th season with a COVID fusion of online and outdoor programming, starting on October 12. For one night only, Everything Changes runs through modern-day Broadway fare, including songs from Dear Evan HansenCome From Away, and Waitress. (Patrons will be able to tune in on FM radio.) Based in a strip mall, the Osseo theater will host the event in the parking lot of the Advent Lutheran Church next door.

Ileri Okikiolu as Lisa in "Corduroy"
Ileri Okikiolu as Lisa in “Corduroy”

Courtesy of Children's Theatre Company

Slightly More Bearable

What: Corduroy
When: Oct. 12-25
Where: Online

In 2018, Children’s Theatre Company premiered Corduroy, adapted for the stage from the beloved children’s book about a stuffed bear that loses a button. It earned rave reviews by the Star Tribune and City Pages—and it was recorded, fortunately for COVID-era theatergoing parents. Online, it’ll have a two-week run starting October 12. Buy tickets here.

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