Poetry and Prose

The Carol Connolly Reading Series, presented by Intermedia Arts, will include a number of December events. The Carol Connolly Readings Series are made possible through grants from COMPAS and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The following free events include:

Speculations, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 at DreamHaven Books, 912 W. Lake St., Minneapolis – This reading, hosted by Eric Heideman, will feature Jason D. Whittman, a published game designer whose short fiction has been published in scifi.com and Baen’s Universe. His horror parody, "The Tale of Roderick Rabbit, by Beatrix Stoker," appeared in July in Tales of the Unanticipated #27. Speculations is a co-production with SF Minnesota, a multicultural speculative fiction organization. Readings run until 7:30 and are followed by a reception with free soda pop and cookies. This reading is sponsored in part by DreamHaven Books.

Kissed by the Sun: A Women of Color Reading, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at Patrick’s Cabaret, 3010 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis – This reading, hosted by Sherry Quan Lee, features: May Lee, a former member of the spoken word group FIRE (Free Inspiring Rising Elements) who has been published in Bamboo Among the Oaks, Paj Ntaub Voice, Unarmed Journal and The St. Paul Almanac; and Tiana Newbauer-Hampton, a member of GNO (Girls Night Out) who explores adversity, diversity and the common human experience infusing humor, insight, strength, courage, love, and excitement into the daily grind of a conflama-addicted world. This reading is sponsored in part by Patrick’s Cabaret.

Readings by Writers: Holiday Reading! at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, at University Club of St Paul, 420 Summit Ave., St. Paul – This reading, hosted by Carol Connolly, features a collection of past favorite readers, including: Margo Galt, Cindy Gregg, Phebe Hanson, Linda Back Mckay, Beverly Rollwagen, Joyce Sutphen and others to be announced, for a performance lasting no more than one hour. The 5 p.m. dinner is optional, with reservations required at (651) 222-1751. This reading is sponsored in part by the University Club of St Paul.

GLBT Reading Series, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27, at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis – This reading, hosted by John Medeiros and Andrea Jenkins, will feature Chrissy Henning of Savage, Minn., who was born Christopher Eugene Henning. She was reborn in August 2006 when, after far too many years living in fear, she came out and began life as Christina Eileen Henning. She writes short fiction, poetry and personal essays. Also featured is Antay Bilgutay, who grew up in Minnesota and graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a degree in Theater Studies and English. He is the author of six plays that have been produced in the Twin Cities, including "The Big Hoover" and "Night of the Carmelites." By day, Antay serves as director of corporate and foundation giving for the Guthrie Theater.

For more information, call 612-874-2815 or visit www.intermediaarts.org.

The Grinch returns
MINNEAPOLIS – The Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) gets into the holiday spirit with the timeless "Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas," with performances running through January 5. The Grinch made his debut on the CTC stage in November 1994, after special arrangements had been made with the Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel) estate to exclusively adapt and perform the book. The original production was an enormous success and was remounted again in 1995, 1998 and 2001, playing to sold-out houses every time. Tickets sales so far for this season’s Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas indicate that this production will be just as popular as ever.

"Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas" has been delighting audiences of every age for many years. The Whos down in Whoville are happily preparing for their winter holiday. But, the green, grumbly, grouchy Grinch, whose heart is two sizes too small, seems immune to the joy of the season. He tries to stop Christmas from coming by stealing all the trimmings – stockings, trees, presents, and food – only to discover that the things that matter most – friends, family, love, and acceptance – can’t be wrapped in a box or hung from a tree. It is a delightful story about the power of the holidays to bring people together to celebrate what is truly important.

New to this production are Bradley Greenwald as the grumpy old Grinch, Nathan Barlow as Young Max and Kayli McIntyre as Cindy Lou Who. Greenwald was last seen on the CTC stage as Jafar in Disney’s Aladdin, Jr.; Barlow was last seen on the CTC stage as Kenny in The Watsons Go to Birmingham – 1963; and McIntyre is making her debut on the CTC stage. Reed Sigmund is reprising his role as Old Max. The 24-member company also includes CTC’s resident acting company members, performing apprentices, guest artists, and student actors.

The Children’s Theatre Company is the nation’s leading theater for young people and families and recipient of the 2003 Tony® Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. The CTC mainstage is at 2400 Third Ave. S., Minneapolis. Ticket prices are $17-24 for children, seniors, and students, and $29-39 for adults. Discounts are available for groups of 15 or more. For more information, call the CTC Ticket Office at (612) 874-0400 or visit www.childrenstheatre.org.

Art of Peggy Thompson
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. – The art of Peggy Thompson will be exhibited at St. Paul’s Monastery in Maplewood from January 7 through February 17. Her watercolors highlight the beauty of the wilderness, which she sees as alive and untamed, and which is beginning to reflect the impact of global warming.

"I am fascinated by the cycle of death and rebirth in nature," she says. "My life-long goal is uniting spirituality and creativity, because I believe that both are mystery. You can’t box or define either one by its very nature."

Thompson will also lead a series of four Saturday morning workshops through the Monastery’s Benedictine Center that will help beginning and advanced painters learn how to release the artist that lies within. They will be held February 24 through March 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost for the series is $100.

Thompson has an MFA from the Chicago Art Institute. She has a studio in the Northrup King Building and has exhibited in the Twin Cities, Grand Marais and Australia. She is also a spiritual director, chaplain and director of Pastoral Care at Catholic Elder Care in Minneapolis.

Thompson’s art will be on display every day at the Monastery from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. It is part of the Benedictine Center’s "Arts & Spirituality" series designed to show how art sustains and expands the spiritual imagination and deepens a sense of awe for the beauty of creation. Future exhibits will feature the sculpture of Peter Lupori, Prodigal Son prints and a juried show of young people’s spiritual interpretations of life.

For more information, go to www.stpaulsmonastery.org and follow the Benedictine Center link, or call (651) 777-7251 or e-mail benedictinecenter@stpaulsmonastery.org. The Benedictine Center, a ministry of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery, is located at 2675 Larpenteur Avenue East in Maplewood.

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