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WEEKEND PICKS: Have a Love Affair with Avenue Q, Roméo et Juliette, or Women and Money

Atim Opoka (bottom center) as Gary Coleman, surrounded by the puppet residents of Chameleon Theatre Circle’s production of Avenue Q. Photo by Kari Elizabeth Godfrey.

Rain may be dogging the Twin Cities until Sunday morning, but there’s plenty going on to do. Here are our staff’s weekend picks:

Chameleon Theatre Circle presents Avenue Q

A promotional image for Chameleon Theatre Circle's Avenue Q showing what the Internet is for.
A promotional image for Chameleon Theatre Circle’s Avenue Q showing what the Internet is for. Photo by Kari Elizabeth Godfrey.

Can’t get enough of puppets after Game of Thrones: The Musical closed? Do you think what Sesame Street needs is more cursing, adult subject matter, and life-after-elementary school advice? Then head on down to the Ames Center for the Performing Arts in Burnsville, MN for the opening weekend of Avenue Q. This musical was written by veteran Sesame Street writers Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, and has all of the authentic feel with a whole lot more adult humor. Richard William Kopf directs.

Chameleon Theatre Circle’s production of Avenue Q opens Friday, Sept. 23 at the Ames Center for the Performing Arts in Burnsville, and plays through Sunday, October 16.

Minnesota Opera presents Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette

Joshua Dennis and Angela Mortellaro as star-crossed lovers Roméo and Juliette in Minnesota Opera's production of Gounod's Roméo et Juliette. Photo by Brent Dundore.
Joshua Dennis and Angela Mortellaro as star-crossed lovers Roméo and Juliette in Minnesota Opera’s production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Photo by Brent Dundore.

Soprano Angela Mortellaro (Juliette) described Charles Gounod’s opera as having some of the most beautiful music ever written, which has delighted audiences across the world since its debut. As The Musical World noted, “Seldom has a musical event of equal and similar importance been received with such unanimous favor.”

Minnesota Opera’s production of Romeo et Juliette opens Saturday, Sept. 24 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and plays through Saturday, Oct. 2.

The Women and Money Project – A Visual Arts Exhibition

This group art exhibition and public discussion series investigates and explores popular and personal understandings of the relationships of women, art, money, exchange, and social hierarchies.

Free. The Women and Money Project exhibition can be seen now at the Regis Center for Art at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities-West Bank campus at 405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455. Runs through Saturday, Dec. 10.

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