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Jenny's Picks: Events from the MPR Calendars

Posted at 8:59 AM on May 9, 2012 by Jenny Niedenfuehr

jn-headshot.jpg MPR Digital Media Intern Jenny Niedenfuehr assembles her picks from MPR events and Minnesota Today's Arts and Culture calendars. Don't miss these!
- Julia Schrenkler

* This American Life Live!
* James Morrison at the Fitzgerald Theater
* The Wizard of Oz - The Ballet
* Wits™ with Paul Thompkins and Aimee Mann
* Daughtry Concert

This American Life Live!

On May 10, 2012, Minnesota Public Radio higlights an episode of the popular radio show, This American Life at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. The show will be aired on satellite to more than 500 movie theatres around United States and Canada. The performance will include stories by Ira Glass, writer David Rakoff, comic Tig Notaro, Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington and live music by OK Go. It will also feature a short film by Mike Birbiglia, dance by Monica Barnes and Company, animation and projected illustrations.

The May 10th show will be performed from 7:00 PM CT/ 8:00 PM ET- 9:00 PM CT/ 10:00 PM ET. Tickets are only $20!
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Don't miss this event to see radio brought to life!

James Morrison at the Fitzgerald Theatre

Come listen to James Morrison, winning English singer, songwriter and guitarist, perform his Awakening Tour on May 10, 2012 (8:00 PM) at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St.Paul. His third and best album "The Awakening" which was released on September 23, 2011, is known as "the sound of an artist coming of age".

At the concert, Morrison will sing favorites, "I Won't Let You Go" (the album's lead single), "Slave to the Music" and "Up" (features English songwriter and singer Jessie J), as well as the rest of his collection of modern folk and soul songs with some gospel, country, Motown and Latin.

Morrison is known as one of the "'finest' white soul singers," and is compared to famous Stevie Wonder and Paul Young. All tickets are $25.00 with a facility fee of $2.50. You can purchase tickets from Ticketmaster.

The Wizard of Oz - The Ballet

Want to see something inventive and unique? The Burnsville Performing Arts Center proudly presents "The Wizard of Oz- the Ballet" on May 11 at 7:00 PM, May 12 at 2:00 PM or 7:00 PM and May 13 at 7:00 PM. The Wizard of Oz Ballet tells the generic story of Dorothy and her adventures with her friends through dance and music rather than words. This production presents an original storyline, and creative unusual choreography. There is no music used from the 1939 Wizard of Oz movie.

The dancing is performed by the Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota Company, mostly known for their yearly exquisite Nutcracker. "The Wizard of Oz--the Ballet" is a family friendly production that promises delightful entertainment for all ages, from ballet novices to long time patrons alike!"

Tickets to see the show can be purchased at Ticketmaster online or by calling 1-800-982-2787 or at the John and Betty Adamich Box Office. Ticket prices range from $10- $22 dollars. Hurry and grab them now to see this new production!

Wits™ with Paul Thompkins and Aimee Mann

Come listen to charming comedian Paul Tompkins and songwriter Aimee Mann with host John Moe on Wits™. They will perform on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm at the Fitzgerald Theater in St.Paul.

Host John Moe has been on The Current's Morning Show Broadcast, The Splendid Table and Future Tense. Moe has also been a host of APM's Weekend America and many other public radio programs that feature the arts, politics, business and technology. During this performance, John Moe will bring his guests into a discussion, where audiences can join in on the conversation on Twitter. (@johnmoe)

Paul F. Tompkins is one of the most popular comedians on the scene. He hosts a monthly podcast, "The Pod F. Tompkast," and was voted number one in the Rolling Stone's list of 10 Best Comedy Podcasts. His most recent comedy albums are, "Freak Wharf" and "Laboring Under Delusions. (See his IMDB page.)

Aimee Mann is a modern songwriter. She has worked with the 80s band 'Til Tuesday.' She was also nominated for an Academy Award and a Grammy for the songs that she wrote in the film, "Magnolia".

Tickets will be for sale at a discount for Minnesota Public Radio members. Purchase them at the MPR box office (651-290-1200). There will be a Wits™ Ticket Giveaway from May 10-17, 2012.

The doors will open at 7:00 PM. Feel free to stop by early, tweet (you can get a special on the Wits™ house drink, the Big Ginger), listen to the happy hour talk and hear DJ Barb Abney mix up some songs. You won't want to miss this fun event!

Daughtry Concert

Enjoy powerful rock n' roll music? The band Daughtry includes amazing, season five finalist Chris Daughtry, Josh Steeley, Brian Craddock and Robin Diaz will be performing at The Brick in Minneapolis!

The band has won multiple awards, such as the Top in Rock Award (2007) and World Music Award (2008). They have also been nominated at the Grammy's and People's Choice Awards in the last two years.

Daughtry's most recent album "Break the Spell" (2011) will be played at the Brick, including some favorites from the "Leave This Town" (2009) and "Daughtry" (2006) albums. My favorite songs that this band has written are "No Surprise," and "Start of Something Good," which bring forth sturdy and mighty feelings. Daughtry's music is just a fiddle or pedal steel away from Lady Antebellum on tracks like "Rescue Me," "Start of Something Good" and "We're Not Gonna Fall" (Graff).

Come listen, sing and cheer for these great singers on May 13th at 7:30 pm. Their powerful music will definitely move you.

Purchase tickets at Stubhub or Gigaticket.

Find more events on the MPR Events Calendar and the Minnesota Today Arts and Cultural Calendar.

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