Arts Calendar

To submit items for the Arts Calendar, email: [email protected].

Giant Step Theatre will hold auditions for children in grades two and above for “Mission to Frostbite Mountain” on Sept. 7 and 8. All who audition will get a part in the play, which will be performed Oct. 18-28. To sign up for an audition and for more information, email [email protected].

The StringWerks Music Program offered through ISD 191’s Community Education will hold placement auditions for string, brass, woodwind, and percussion players beginning Sept. 10. Rehearsals are held on Monday nights and will culminate in a Nov. 17 concert at Burnsville High School. String players of all ages and ability levels are welcome. Youth brass, woodwind and percussion players are needed. To arrange an audition, call Carolyn Axt at (952) 890-1284.

Twin Cities Ballet will hold “Nutcracker” auditions Sunday, Sept. 16, at Ballet Royale MN, Lakeville. Open to the public. Mandatory parent meeting for parents of all students under 18: noon to 12:30 p.m. Auditions for ages 7-12: 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Auditions for ages 13 and older: 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Information: email [email protected].

Steve Sabo with special guest Jake Dickey at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, and Saturday, Sept. 8, at MinneHAHA Comedy Club, 1583 E. First Ave., Shakopee (lower level of Dangerfield’s), (612) 860-9388, Tickets: $13.

Bonfire Music Jam, Saturday, Sept. 8, 9975 W. 194th St., Lakeville. Bring a chair and dish to share. Come at 4 p.m., potluck at 5 p.m., music later. Porta Potty, dinnerware, utensils and beverages supplied. No alcohol, please. Held rain or shine. Hosts: Carol Monter & Wil Kelley, (952) 469-3191, (612) 845-9033, (612) 845-0266. Look for the “Bluegrass Jam” sign.

Exhibits/art shows
A botanical art exhibit by The Great River Chapter of Botanical Artists is on display through Sept. 16 at the Lakeville Area Arts Center, 20965 Holyoke Ave. Information: (952) 985-4640.

Pilgrims and Passages, a joint exhibit featuring art by Anthony Donatelle and Jon Reischl, is on display through Sept. 8 in the gallery at Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. For more information, call (952) 895-4676 or visit

Harvest of Art Community Art Exhibit runs through Nov. 2 at the Eagan Art House, 3981 Lexington Ave. S., and other Eagan locations. Information: (651) 675-5521 or

Festivals/special events
Burnsville Fire Muster runs Sept. 5-9. Information:

Burnsville Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Canvas & Vines will be 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center. Includes wine, craft beer, food, art, music and a silent auction. Admission is $35. Guests must be 21 or older to attend. Call (952) 895-4690 for more information and to purchase tickets, or visit

Lakeville Arts Festival will be Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Lakeville Area Arts Center at the corner of Holyoke Avenue and 210th Street. Information:

“Musical Heart Notes – Treasuring Children,” a musical fundraiser for Children’s Lighthouse of Minnesota, will be held from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Steeple Center, 14375 S. Robert Trail, Rosemount. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Information:

The Chameleon Theatre Circle and Segue Productions will present “Steel Kiss” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7-8 and 2 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave., Burnsville. Tickets are $13 for adults and $10 for students, seniors and groups. Tickets can be purchased at the box office or by calling (952) 895-4680.

The Chameleon Theatre Circle’s 13th annual New Play Festival will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center, 12600 Nicollet Ave. Free.

Homeward Bound Theatre Company will offer “Dr. Seuss and Me” from 3:50 to 5:05 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 17 through Oct. 8, at Rosemount Elementary School where kindergartners through third-graders will act out their favorite Dr. Seuss stories. For more information and/or cost of registration, call District 196 Community Education at (651) 423-7920.

Homeward Bound Theatre Company will offer youths age 8-14 an opportunity to be part of the theatre production of “Aladdin” at Falcon Ridge Middle School in Apple Valley. Rehearsals will be 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, Sept. 22 to Dec. 8, with technical rehearsals from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, and Thursday, Dec. 13, and performances at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15. For more information and/or to register, call District 196 Community Education at (651) 423-7920. Cost is $199. Auditions will be held the first session. Everyone who signs up gets a part.

Adult painting open studio from 9 a.m. to noon the first and third Fridays of the month at the Eagan Art House, 3981 Lexington Ave. S. Fee is $5 per session. Information: (651) 675-5521.

Music Together in the Valley offers classes for parents and their infant, toddler and preschool children in Rosemount, Farmington, Lakeville and Apple Valley. Information: or (651) 439-4219.

The Eagan Art House offers classes for ages 4 through adult. Register now for fall classes. For a complete listing go to or call (651) 675-5521.

Dan Petrov Art Studio in Burnsville offers oil painting classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced skill level painters,, (763) 843-2734.

Teens Express Yourself with Paint, 5 to 7 p.m. Mondays at Brushworks School of Art in Burnsville,, (651) 214-4732.

Drama/theater classes for ages 4 and up at River Ridge Arts Building, Burnsville, (952) 736-3644.

Special needs theater program (autism-DCD), ages 5 and older, Burnsville, (952) 736-3644.

Join other 55-plus adults at the Eagan Art House to create beaded jewelry. The Jewelry Club meets on the third Friday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Information: (651) 675-5500.

Savage Art Studios, 4735 W. 123rd St., Suite 200, Savage, offers classes/workshops for all ages. Information: or (952) 895-0375.

Soy candle making classes held weekly in Eagan near 55 and Yankee Doodle. Call Jamie at (651) 315-4849 for dates and times. $10 per person. Presented by Making Scents in Minnesota.

Country line dance classes held for intermediates Mondays 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Rambling River Center, 325 Oak St., Farmington, $5/class. Call Marilyn (651) 463-7833.

Country line dance classes on Wednesdays at the Lakeville Senior Center, 20732 Holt Ave. Beginners, 9-10 a.m.; Intermediate, 10 a.m.-noon. $5/class. Call Marilyn (651) 463-7833.

The Lakeville Area Arts Center offers arts classes for all ages,, (952) 985-4640.