"Dog Lovers Night Out at Sylvia" to benefit the Minneapolis Dog Grounds Project, sneak preview of The Jungle theatre’s "Sylvia," 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, Pantages Theatre. Set in Manhattan, "Sylvia" follows the travails of Greg (Davis) and Kate (Wingert), a middle-aged couple whose 22-year-old marriage is threatened when Greg brings Sylvia (Frantzich) – a street-smart pooch – home from the park. Lovely and outspoken, Sylvia offers Greg an escape from the frustrations of his job and the uncertainties of middle age. However, to Kate, Sylvia is a rival for Greg’s affection, a major bone of contention. This special evening at "Sylvia" will be complete with exhibit booths and vendors including Fresh Air Training, Doggie Solutions, urbAnimal, Downtown Dogs Daycare and TC Dog Magazine. Tickets must be purchased at www.dogloversnightout.com. General admission seats are $27 per person (dogs are admitted at no charge) or $37 at the door. Reserved VIPet tickets are $55, which includes a pre-show yappy hour appetizer and wine reception at Solera, a bow-tie to dress up the furry ones for a night at the theatre and a goodie bag. Ticket information for the entire run of "Sylvia" can be found at www.hennepintheatredistrict.org.
"Naked Stages: Performance Art Created by Bold Artists for Adventurous Audiences," Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis. How does someone raised conservative evangelical fundamentalist Christian grow up to be a queer liberal vagabond artist? Beyond denial and shame, how can white people confront white supremacy? Has digital communication eroded genuineness and intimacy in human relationships? With media reinforced commercialization of the female body, how do we find true beauty? On October 19-21: Kim Thompson will present "timelineautobiographia: everything that is…," a performance memoir tracing her history from being left on a doorstep in south Korea to leaving home and coming out as queer. Elliot Durko Lynch presents "For Your Eyes Only," which integrates media, movement and object theater in a scrutiny of the digital river’s constant stream of communiques with the lost art of letter writing. On November 9-11: Ellen Marie Hinchcliffe presents "Dirty the Bones: On Being White and Other Lies (History as Medicine), a ritualized performance drawing on 37 years of living as a white person in a white supremacist society. Katie Herron presents "Mirror, Mirror," which takes us through the looking glass of the media’s image of female perfection. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with Q&A sessions after each performance. Tickets are $12 ($6 members, students, seniors and youth under 17). For more information or to make reservations, call (612) 871-4444 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Orchestral Jethro Tull, with Ian Anderson and top classical musicians, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, Fitzgerald Theater, 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul. The show is a chamber music presentation of the music of Jethro Tull. Violinist Ann Marie Calhoun, who has played with Old School Freight Train, Dave Matthews and throughout Europe and the Middle East, is the featured performer. Anderson, front man and flutist for the rock band Jethro Tull, will perform a selection of Tull favourites, solo songs and instrumentals together with a sprinkling of Classical repertoire, all carefully re-arranged for amplified flute, acoustic rock band and, of course, members of top symphony orchestras.Tickets are available for $49, plus a $2 facility fee for each ticket sold.Minnesota Public Radio members can call (651) 290-1221, and the public can call Ticketmaster at (612) 673-0404.
Simple Life, the most recent recording by Minnesota native singer/songwriter Michael Monroe, has been nominated in the contemporary category for the Just Plain Folks Music Awards Show, which takes place Saturday, Nov. 4, at The Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, Calif. Monroe’s album was one of more than 25,500 critiques by judges during the past year. For more information, visit www.jpfolks.com/MusicAwards/2006/AlbumNominees.html. Monroe was nominated once before for this award in 1997 with his "As Far as I can See" album. Michael Monroe will perform prior to Edge Life Events presentation of medium James Van Praagh on October 6 at Earle Brown Center in Brooklyn Center, Minn. Tickets are available at Ticketworks.com, or call (651) 209-6689 or toll-free 1 (866) 390-3343. No additional fees or service charges will apply, and free event parking is available at the site.