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Best bets: 'Coppelia,' jazz and Finnish art

The Minnesota Ballet last staged "Coppelia" in 2012, with longtime dancer Suzanne Kritzberg closing out her career as Swanhilda. 2012 file/News Tribune

'Coppelia' returns to Minnesota Ballet

A reimagined "Coppelia," a rom-dance-com that the Minnesota Ballet first staged 25 years ago, returns to Symphony Hall this weekend. It's the story of an eccentric who creates the titular character, which he displays on the balcony of his workshop. The rosy-cheeked robot-doll catches the attention of Franz, a young man from the village, whose girlfriend Swanhilda hatches a plan to keep his eyes on the prize. The Minnesota Ballet's production features Emma Stratton and Sarah White sharing the role of Swanhilda and Branson Bice and Sam Neale as Franz. The company last staged "Coppelia" in 2012 — just before a flood damaged a bunch of the ballet's props and costumes. Expect some revamping by set artist Ann Gumpper, costumer Sandra Ehle and original choreographer Allen Fields, who has adjusted the show to add more dancers.

Minnesota Ballet's "Coppelia" is March 22-23 at 7 p.m., March 24 at 3 p.m. at Symphony Hall. Tickets: Start at $19 adults, $14 students, $12 children at the Minnesota Ballet, the DECC box office or other Ticketmaster outlets.

Annual jazz fest showcases pianist and trombone player

Andre Hayward performs Saturday at UMD. Submitted photoThe 47th annual Head of the Lake Jazz Festival will feature a young and in-demand pianist, a drummer who has worked with a mega-list of artists, and a trombonist who has earned comparisons to J.J. Johnson.

Jon Cowherd Trio opens the fest on Friday. The group includes Cowherd, who is among the premiere jazz pianists right now, and Brian Blade, who has worked with artists ranging from Iron & Wine, Steve Earle and Elvis Costello, and bassist Joe Martin, who is also a composer.

Saturday's concert features Andre Hayward, a trombone player who currently teaches at the Austin, Texas-based Eastside Music School. He is known for a gospel touch.

47th annual Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival is: Jon Cowherd Trio at 7:30 p.m. March 22 at Weber Music Hall and Andre Hayward at 5:30 p.m. March 23 at the Marshall Performing Arts Center. Tickets: $20 adults, $15 senior/veteran, $15 UMD faculty/staff, $10 students at or

Exhibition of works by Finnish artist opens at Nease

"Transcription 51 (Of the Stimuli)" is among the pieces by Sirpa Sarkijarvi that are being shown at Joseph Nease Gallery.Sirpa Sarkijarvi is a Finnish artist who is showing more than 20 new paintings at an exhibition at Joseph Nease Gallery. "Transcriptions" opens on Friday and runs through June 1 at the downtown gallery. Sarkijarvi is described as being committed to political and moral questions and described her style as a weaving of ideas. "I don't paint portraits," she said in a news release, "but versions of the aspects of relative with a lot of my inner world also involved." This is the first time the gallery has exhibited an artist from outside the United States.

Sirpa Sarkijarvi's "Transcriptions" opens from 6-8 p.m. March 22 at Joseph Nease Gallery, 23 W. First St. Free, open to the public.

Chorale considers the journey

The Arrowhead Chorale photo by Rachel Mason, R Zana PhotographyArrowhead Chorale's spring concert, "The Journey Home," is set on a theme of finding oneself. Among the highlights: the handbell ensemble Strikepoint will join in for "Northern Lights" by Eriks Esenvald — a song that combines Latvian folk songs with the Northern Lights, from the perspective of two Arctic explorers.

Arrowhead Chorale's "The Journey Home: The Universal Story of Finding Oneself" is at 7:30 p.m. March 23 and 3 p.m. March 24 at First Lutheran Church, 1100 E. Superior St. Tickets: $20 adults, $6 students, free to children 12 and younger.

Beware, more Ides

romancoins.infoIdes of March Bacchanalia — a two weekend fest of bands covering other bands (which last week even dug into the Disney archives) — at a few different venues continues Thursday through Saturday. The lineup includes coverage of, for instance, Nirvana, Traveling Wilburys and Waylon Jennings.

Ides of March is Thursday-Saturday. Tickets: $5.


March 21

Spurs on First, 10 p.m.

The Jerry Brownshirts cover Dead Kennedys

Dugazi cover Fugazi

Crime! As covers Against Me

March 22

Blacklist Brewing, 9 p.m.

Kombucha Mushroom People cover System of a Down

Courtney Does It cover Nirvana

Ska T. McSkaface cover Less Than Jake

March 23

Pizza Luce, 9 p.m.

Shotgun Willie cover Willie Nelson

Cocaine and Hash cover Traveling Wilburys

Bo and the Bandits cover Waylon Jennings

She said, she said

"What She Said" is a festival of one-act plays written by women from around the country, directed by local women and starring local actors.

The third-annual event features pieces by playwrights like Rhea MacCallum, an award-winning writer and Dagney Kerr, a writer-actor who appeared on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and has written solo shows and one-act plays. Kerr's "Initial Velocity" is about two runners who have never met-met, but have wicked imaginations, and are about to collide.

Directors include: Liz Woodworth, Kendra Carlson, Cheryl Skafte, Kate Horvath, Ashlee Hartwig and Christina Stroup.

"What She Said" is 7:30 p.m. March 21-23 at The Underground, 506 W. Michigan St. Tickets: $20.