Newly appointed artistic director Joseph Haj is getting his Guthrie directorial debut with Pericles, the highly anticipated restaging of the show at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The lesser known Shakespeare play begins with pirates setting sale on an epic journey and the titular character wooing a princess, fighting famine and weathering a storm. The adventurous, yet romantic tale features live music composed by Tony Award-winner Jack Herrick.
Where: Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St.
When: Jan. 16 through Feb. 21
U.S. Pond Hockey Championships
Nothing is quite as Minnesotan as donning ice skates and playing hockey on a frozen pond. The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships has drawn thousands of players and spectators to Lake Nokomis each year for more than a decade. While it’s too late to register as one of 250 or so teams vying for the Golden Shovel this year, the championships are something every Minnesotan needs to experience. Spectators can watch games and take advantage of open rinks and other events beginning Thursday, Jan. 28 and ending Sunday, Jan. 31. Due to unseasonably warm weather, the championship was postponed this year.
Where: Lake Nokomis, 4955 W. Lake Nokomis Pkwy.
When: Jan. 28-31
First Avenue’s Best New Bands
First Avenue is once again celebrating all new bands, musicians and talents who we couldn’t stop listening to last year. This year’s Best New Bands event will showcase intoxicating indie rockers Aero Flynn, rapper Baby Shel, St. Paul punk band Bruise Violet, lifelong musician Eric Mayson, rapper Lexii Alijai, Murder Shoes and dreamy Perfume Monster. The 18-plus show is a great rundown of the local music to get to know before it gets big.
Where: First Avenue, 701 N. 1st Ave.
When: Friday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.
Vocalist Jason Harms and a jazz ensemble join forces with the Radio Choir from American Public Media to bring you 7 Psalms. The concert, featuring the work of composer and pianist Jeremy Walker, who is also a resident of Stevens Square, incorporates the full texts of Psalms 3, 6, 13, 22, 126, 130 and 131. The Star Tribune said the piece “cries for help, howls of frustration and shouts of joy.”
Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall
When: Saturday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m.
Minneapolis Skyway Food Tour
Downtown Minneapolis’ skyway can be a never-ending tunnel of office workers and coffee shops, but there’s plenty more to see with the right guide. The Taste of Twin Cities puts on walking tours of the skyway system on Saturdays with plenty of stops to make the 9-5 labyrinth feel like a weekend getaway. The three-hour walking tour features plenty of tastings — from chocolate to pizza — VIP sights of the city’s oldest theaters and all the landmarks most people likely miss on a daily basis.
Where: LaSalle Plaza, 800 LaSalle Ave.
When: Jan. 16 through March 26
Cost: $46.55 per person
The Northeast Farmers Market will once again host its Winter Market at Chowgirls’ space in the Solar Arts Building. The event in Northeast Minneapolis typically runs on the third Saturday of Minneapolis’ colder months from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., on Jan. 16, Feb. 20 and March 19. Fans of the Northeast Minneapolis farmers market, in its sixteenth year, can expect music from DJ The Ring Toss Twins, activities for children and plenty of local vendors and artisans. The regular community-based market is located in the parking lot of the Church of St. Boniface.
Where: Solar Arts by Chowgirls, 711 15th Ave. NE
When: Saturday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Artist Olexa Bulavitsky made a name for himself in Minneapolis as a painter after growing up in Ukraine during World War II. Bulavitsky will display his immigrant story in “Olexa Bulavitsky: Immigrant Experiences and Ukrainian-American Art” at the Museum of Russian Art. From living in a Displaced Persons camp in wartime to learning at the USSR Academy of Arts, the artist has plenty to tell about his history in a far-off land, but also about his home here in Minneapolis. His paintings include still lives, landscapes and portraits in a realist style.
Where: The Museum of Russian Art, 5500 Stevens Ave. S.
When: Jan. 30 through July 3
Cost: $9, discounts available
Instinct Art Gallery is going gorillas until March as part of the Guerrilla Girls’ “takeover” of the city. The Nicollet Mall art gallery is pairing international illustrator and political artist Sue Coe with quirky local painter Nancy Robinson. “Unfiltered” will echo the work of the Guerilla Girls, who are known for exposing sexism through their art, and will end with a video surveying their work over the past three decades. Instinct will host an opening reception Saturday, Jan. 23 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Instinct Art Gallery, 940 Nicollet Mall
When: Jan. 23 through March 12