Animals, Etta and more at ballet opener

The Minnesota Ballet’s “Carnival of Animals” is a whimsical piece choreographed by outgoing director Robert Gardner. It gets its first performance in nearly a decade during the ballet’s fall performance, “Carnival of Animals and Other Dances” on Friday and Saturday at Marshall Performing Arts Center at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

"Carnival of Animals" 2010 file/ News Tribune
"Carnival of Animals" 2010 file/ News Tribune

The first performance of the season is also the first for Karl Von Rabenau, the company’s newly hired artistic director. “Carnival of Animals” has curious creatures, a poem by Ogden Nash and a score by Camille Saint-Saens. Also on the program: “Mendelssohn Piano Trio No. 1,” created by Allen Fields, and accompanied live by Alexander Sandor, Betsy Husby and Penny Schwarze; “Scenes from a Supper Club,” a theatrical piece by LilaAnn Coates White and accompanied by the Twin Ports Wind Orchestra; and the romantic duet “At Last,” a first look at Von Rabenau’s choreography in his new role.

Minnesota Ballet’s “Carnival of Animals and Other Dances” is at 7 p.m. Oct. 18-19 at Marshall Performing Arts Center, UMD. Tickets: Start at $19 for adults, $12 for students, available at the Minnesota Ballet, by calling 218-529-3742 or at the door.

Chastity Brown Courtesy of Red House Records
Chastity Brown Courtesy of Red House Records

Chastity Brown plays Sacred Heart

Chastity Brown, the Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter-activist-rocker who headlined the Water is Life Festival this past summer at Bayfront Festival Park, returns to play Sacred Heart Music center. Brown spent time recently in Sweden, where she recorded a bunch of new material. Her 2017 album “Silhouette of Sirens” was her first on Red House Records and includes the song “Drive Slow.”

Chastity Brown plays at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at Sacred Heart Music Center, 201 W. Fourth St. Tickets: $15 at or Electric Fetus; $20 at the door.

"The Meeting" photo courtesy of Renegade Theater Company
"The Meeting" photo courtesy of Renegade Theater Company

‘The Meeting’ opens at Teatro Zuccone

“The Meeting,” starring Gabriel Mayfield, Carl Crawford and Julian Williams, is the story of a meeting between Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They debate their approaches to social issues — not realizing how soon both will be assassinated. The show is typically one act, but this production directed by Daniel Oyinloye includes an Act II: a 45-minute discussion that covers this time in history and contemporary issues it brings up. Audience members can submit questions for the panel to discuss. The show will also be toured around Duluth and Superior.

Renegade Theater Company presents “The Meeting” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 24-25 and 2 p.m. Oct. 20 and Oct. 26. Tickets: $20 adults, $16 students and seniors at

Chris Young Photo from Facebook
Chris Young Photo from Facebook

Chris Young back at Amsoil

Chris Young, a country musician who got his start on USA Network’s “Nashville Star” and steadily built a bigger and bigger audience in the past decade-plus, brings his “Raised on Country” tour to Amsoil Arena. Eli Young Band opens.

Young played Amsoil Arena in 2016 — a redo after canceling for strep throat the previous month. According to a News Tribune reviewer, he played a solid 90-minute set of 14 songs and walked on stage like “the last full-service gas station mechanic on Grand Avenue.”

Chris Young, Eli Young Band play at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 at Amsoil Arena. Tickets: and the DECC box office.

Darren Franco and Andrea Kuzel  photo courtesy of Superior Ballroom
Darren Franco and Andrea Kuzel photo courtesy of Superior Ballroom


Superior Ballroom’s “Sparkle” is a dance show that will show off choreography by Mariusz Olszewski, whose work was featured on Poland’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Also: Nathan Daniels, Matthew Wagner and Darren Franco.

The performance marks the return of owner Andrea Kuzel and Franco, her former pro partner. The show includes amateurs who have been working in the studio.

Superior Ballroom’s “Sparkle” is at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Lincoln Park Middle School, 3215 W. Third St. Tickets: $20 or $10 with a student ID, available at 21 N. Lake Ave. or online at

April Wine photo from Facebook
April Wine photo from Facebook

April Wine, Great White play Malting Building

Canadian rock band April Wine and Jack Russell’s Great White, a variation on the Great White of yesteryear, play a show Friday at the Clyde Malting Building. (The fresh, new-smell venue is a small scale take on the warehouse concert space at Clyde Iron Works, located just a half a block away on the same campus.) April Wine is known for songs like “Just Between You and Me,” and “Could’ve Been a Lady.” Jack Russell’s Great White is known for “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” and the Station Nightclub Fire in Rhode Island in 2003 that killed 100 people, including a band member. Pop culturist Chuck Klosterman visits the location in his book “Killing Yourself to Live,” a chronicle of a rock ‘n’ roll road trip.

April Wine, Jack Russell’s Great White play at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Clyde Malting Building, 2907 Helm St. Tickets: $30 at or at the door

Flash forward

“Menopause the Musical,” a comedy about aging, starts in a department store where four women meet while lingerie shopping. Cue jokes about hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles and all the rest of it. Boom. Friends forever.

This show has won 44 Tony Awards and features Megan Cavanagh, who was in “A League of Their Own.”

“Menopause the Musical” is at 3 p.m. Oct. 20 at Symphony Hall. Tickets: Available at Ticketmaster outlets including the DECC box office.