Category Archives: Past Event

The Stuffed Animal STATE FAIR Show

Sun, Sep 3 at 4:00 p.m.
Run Time: 45 minutes
Age Requirement: Ages 3+
Tickets: $5 (stuffed animals get in for free)


The Stuffed Animal STATE FAIR Show

The stuffed animals, with the help of the kids, act out having a tiny sized BIG day at the Mini-sota State Fair! Plushies will get to twirl on a tilt-a-whirl, enjoy teeny treats on a stick, judge a prize pig contest, and more all while discovering that winning new friends can be the best prize of all!

Hosted by Leslye Orr, The Stuffed Animal Show is an interactive theater experience for children ages 3+ and their stuffed animals. Kids bring their own plushy, or get one from our grab bag, and join Zip the chipmunk and his friends. Leslye Orr animates the whole gang with wacky sounds and voices while also sharing creative ideas for imaginative play. A tiny-sized tea party for all stuffed animals follows each performance.

Photo: Leslye Orr, Zip the Chipmunk and Colonel Beak at the George Latimer Central Library (2016)


Sun, Oct 29 at 4:00 p.m.
The Stuffed Animal HALLOWEEN Show

Sun, Dec 17 at 4:00 p.m.
The Stuffed Animal HOLIDAY Show

Sun, Jan 28 at 4:00 p.m.
The Stuffed Animal WINTER Show

Sun, Mar 25 at 4:00 p.m.
The Stuffed Animal SPRING Show

Sunrise at Midnight

Presented by Taous Claire Khazem
Tickets: $10-$20 (Pay What You Can)
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Dates: Thu-Sun, July 20-30 at 7:30 p.m.
Run Time: 75-90 minutes. No intermission.
Age Recommendation: Ages 16+.

Blending dynamic theater and original songs, Sunrise at Midnight is a rare glimpse into the rich Kabyle Folktale tradition from Algeria, virtually unknown in the United States. A flute that possesses the power to upend life as we know it; a sexy cautionary tale for young men looking to marry too soon; a chilling sacrifice a leader must make interweave to create an electrifying play of lust, wit and adventure.

Directed by Ryan Underbakke, music by Aaron Gabriel, created and performed by Heather Bunch, Taous Claire Khazem, Theo Langason, Nora Montanez and Mohammed Yabdri.

Photo Credit: Tony Nelson

Taous Claire Khazem is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the MN State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of MN through a grant through the MN State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropraition by the MN State Legislature and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Taous Claire Khazem and Aaron Gabriel are recipients of a 2017 Jerome Foundation & the Art and Martha Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation Travel/Study grant.

Children’s Stories from India

Tuesday, August 1 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Anthony Park Library
Saturday, August 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Hamline Midway Library
Thursday, August 17 at 10:30 a.m. at Arlington Hills Library

Enter a world of magic and imagination with Indian-born actor and storyteller Zaraawar Mistry, in his retelling of classic myths, historical stories and animal fables from India. These popular and entertaining stories encourage children to learn about Indian culture, wildlife, food and history. Greg Herriges plays live music on guitar and bouzouki (Greek lute). The program has been performed in people’s homes, at libraries and schools all over Minnesota, and at cultural centers such as the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Minnesota History Center and Asia Society, New York.

Adrianne Greenbaum and Alex Lubet

Fri, Aug 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Run Time: 45-60 minutes
Age Recommendation: Ages 13+
Tickets: Free. Donations welcome
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Massachusetts-based flutist Adrianne Greenbaum and local guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Alex Lubet unite for the first time to perform traditional klezmer as never heard before and probably won’t ever again anywhere else. Two stellar, recognized-in-their-own-fields musicians who will jam it out for their audience – and their own – delight.

Adrianne Greenbaum is the internationally renown pioneer and revivalist of the klezmer flute. Professor of Flute at Mount Holyoke College, touring recitalist and clinician in the US and Europe, Greenbaum specializes in forming rarely known connections to 18th c. music as well as entertaining her audiences with back door stories.

Alex Lubet is a composer and multi-instrumentalist, specializing in acoustic guitar. He also performs on ukulele, mountain dulcimer, dobro, and acoustic and electric bass. His compositions have received hundreds of performances on six continents. His album Spectral Blues received unanimous rave reviews; most notably, critic Ted Gioia named it a “Best Album of 2013.”

Birds Sing Differently Here

NOTE: This is a private event and attendance is by invitation only.
Public performance at the Guthrie Dowling Studio, October 27-29. Thank you!
presented by Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project
Directed by Taous Claire Khazem
Dates: Fri-Sun, Aug 18-20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: By Invitation Only
Ages: Recommended for Ages 13+
Duration: 50 minutes. No intermission.


Based on the true stories of 12 Iraqi-Minnesotan refugees and immigrants, Birds Sing Differently Here weaves together tales of sweetness, sorrow, grief and discovery along the way. Inventively performed in both English and Arabic, participants come together with a cast of dynamic professional actors to tell the story of a thousand olive pits and seven thousand praises; tokens of love and a chilling escape from the desert of death. Birds Sing Differently Here shares the ache of endings and the fullness of new opportunity.


Created by Dylan Fresco, Taous Claire Khazem and the Iraqi Voices Participants: Nada Alabbasi, Sumaya Ameen, Ali Alshammaa, Hannaa Al-Azzawi, Mazin Chilab, Abdullah Flaija, Salwa Mohialdeen, Arwa Naji, Dhifaf Sarhan, Ahmed Al Shaikhli, Bahaa Al Shaikhli, Rawan Al Shaikhli with Mohammed Yabdri, Aamera Siddiqui and Ashawnti Ford.

Iraqi Voices is collaborative art lab operated by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, that gives Iraqi immigrants and refugees in Minnesota an artistic platform to share their stories. In 2017, 12 Iraqi-Minnesotan immigrants and refugees came together under the direction of theater artists Taous Claire Khazem and Dylan Fresco to create an original and innovative theater performance based on their personal stories.

The Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project engages Iraqis and Americans in the arts, education, and cultural and professional exchanges in an effort to counter negative stereotypes, strengthen cultural awareness and understanding, and provide a platform for cross-cultural dialogue.