A Christmas Carol
The Guthrie Theater presents a reimagined version of A Christmas Carol, Nov. 10-Dec. 27. For the first time since 2010, the theater has invested in reimagining the physical production, with new . scenery, props, costumes, lighting and sound for a fresh take on the holiday tradition. Performances are Nov. 10-Dec. 27 on the Wurtele Thrust Stage, Mpls. Single tickets start at $15 for preview performances (Nov. 10–11). All other performances range from $29 to $134. Accessibility services (ASL-interpreted, audio-described, open-captioned, family-friendly and relaxed performances) are available on select dates. A relaxed performance is 1 p.m. Sun, Dec. 5. All ticket holders must show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 PCR test result and a valid photo ID to attend a performance at the Guthrie. Ticket holders under age 18 may provide a school photo ID or an official school document with the student’s name. Masks that securely cover the nose and mouth are required regardless of vaccination status. (Bandanas and neck gaiters are not considered acceptable facial coverings.) A complete list of Guthrie requirements for masking, vaccination and testing is available at www.guthrietheater.org/health. FFI: 612-377-2224; www.guthrietheater.org
2021 Celebrate Rise Gala
Rise friends, family, and supporters to attend the Celebrate Rise 10th Annual Fundraising Gala 5-8 p.m. Thu, Nov. 4th at the Mpls Marriott Northwest, recognizing Rise’s 50th anniversary. Planned are both an in-person gala with dinner, a program, social hour, games and more, and a free virtual event livestream for those who cannot attend in person. The virtual event starts at 7:45 p.m. on Rise’s Celebrate Rise gala event website, Facebook page, and YouTube page. The stream will begin at
Purchase tickets or RSVP by October 15. Support Rise through an online auction, starting Oct. 28 with the chance to browse items. FFI: www.rise.org
Metro Arts and Disability Forum
Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) hosts the Twin Cities Metro Arts & Disability Forum, 6-7 p.m. Thu, Nov. 18 via Zoom. The public conversation with four Twin Cities artists with disabilities will explore how people with disabilities are making, sharing and experiencing art in the Twin Cities Metro region––and what needs to be done to fully include disability communities in the region’s cultural fabric. The hour-long virtual event is appropriate for arts groups seeking to be more accessible, arts groups serving and/or made up of people with disabilities, and individual artists with disabilities who want to learn from peers who have found some success at MRAC. The event, held on Zoom, will be interpreted into ASL and live captioned, and will be archived on the MRAC YouTube channel for future viewing. Preregister and indicate if additional accommodations are needed, using the registration form or contacting Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-523-6388. FFI. www.mrac.org
Puzzle competition is Nov. 6
The 4th Annual AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition will be offered in both an in-person and virtual format in 2021. Between 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sat, Nov. 6, teams of puzzlers will gather at the Mall of America TCF Rotunda and on Zoom to put their skills to the test while supporting the local autism community.
Organized by the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) in partnership with PuzzleTwist and Games by James, the AuSM Connections Jigsaw Puzzle Competition offers the opportunity for teams of up to four, located anywhere in the U.S., to put their jigsaw puzzling passion to the test by competing for the fastest puzzle completion time. The event will feature two team divisions including the 500-Piece Division (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) and the 1,000-Piece Division (12:30-3:30 p.m.) in both in-person and virtual formats.
Team registration fee is $60, and puzzles will be provided to all participants. Some deadlines have passed, so check to see which categories are open. FFI: www.ausm.org
Steve Martin at PACER
Steve Martin, the accomplished comedian, actor, musician, writer and producer, headlines PACER’s Annual Benefit 7:30 p.m. Sat, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m. CST. Martin co-created and currently stars in Hulu’s smash hit comedy series, Only Murders in the Building. His movies include The Jerk; Parenthood; Little Shop of Horrors; Planes, Trains, and Automobiles; and the Father of the Bride films. For safety reasons, the benefit will be held virtually this year — enjoy it from the comfort of home. A silent auction is offered. Tickets are available. FFI: 952 838-9000, www.PACER.org
2022 Arc Gala
The Arc Minnesota has set its gala date for March 5, 2022 at the Depot, Mpls. Save the date and join in for a night of celebration, acknowledgement, and commitment. Proceeds support Arc and its many statewide advocacy efforts and activities. Plan to attend the Arc Gala in person by purchasing tickets, or attend virtually for no charge. Tickets start at $175. Sponsorships available. FFI: https://arcminnesota.org/
Open Flow Forum
The Artists with Disabilities Alliance meets via Zoom 7-9 p.m. the first Thu of the month. Upcoming dates Thu, Nov. 4 and Dec. 7. Virtually join artists with disabilities and supporters to share visual art, writing, music, theater and artistic efforts or disability concerns. Facilitators are Tara Innmon, Kip Shane and Springboard for the Arts. The gatherings are fully accessible. Anyone needing special accommodations should contact Andy Sturdevant at host organization Springboard for the Arts. Funding is available for access needs. FFI: 651-294-0907, email@example.com
Less to Enjoy!
Restrictions have eased in the entertainment world, but with the spike in COVID-19 cases, arts organizations are making contingency plans. It’s more important than ever to check on events and activities before heading out.
Some of the museums, arts and theater groups that typically have listings in the Access Press Enjoy! calendar have moved to online services or are offering in-person services with social distancing and safety measures. Others are offering their art in-person. Please check with a venue or organization before making plans. Check to see what classes and performances are offered online. See what is available through the Minnesota Access Alliance and its calendar, at https://mnaccess.org/