Arts & Performance

Into the Woods

“Quality theater” and “Stephen Sondheim” are practically synonyms, and East Ridge High School plans to tackle one of his most famous works, Into the Woods. In order to put their spin on the classic story, cast and crew will create a “steampunk”, industrialized set that brings the contrast between romanticism and industrialization to the forefront of the play. $10 adults, $8 students and seniors. Times vary by day; check website for details.

Candle Making at Kiln Kreations

Kiln Kreations, a locally owned business in Woodbury, Minnesota, is proud to announce the opening of Kandle Kreations at their Woodbury Studio. The owners of Kiln Kreations have noticed a renewed interest in candles lately and have decided to expand the candle concept by offering personalized candles at their studios.

More Free eBooks @ Your Library

Thanks to a new partnership between the Metropolitan Library Services Agency  (MELSA) and 3M Library Systems, users of the 100 metro public libraries in the seven-country metro now have free and fast access to thousands of additional eBooks.

To celebrate there will be a demonstration open to the public at the George Latimer Central Library in downtown St. Paul at 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 4 and pop-up stands providing more information at Park and Rides and Farmers’ Markets.

13th Annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival

Visit the Lake Elmo Park Reserve, a 2,200-acre parkland, for an afternoon of free summer music. This year marks the 13th annual bluegrass festival, a gathering of local musicians in an idyllic outdoor setting. The musical lineup includes Blue Hazard, Barley Jacks with Brian Wicklund and Monroe Crossing. The festival is free for annual park permit holders and available to all visitors for $5, or the price of a daily permit. 2-6 p.m. South Picnic Shelter, Lake Elmo Park Reserve, 1515 Keats Ave.

Sunburst Music Festival

Local musical talent takes the stage at this showcase event. The Sunburst Music Festival has grown in popularity over the years, making two separate events necessary, with August as the final opportunity to attend this summer. Each performance will last approximately 20 minutes, and attendees will enjoy a wide variety of music genres. Free. 5-9 p.m. Ojibway Park Bandshell, 2695 Ojibway Drive; 651.714.3500;

Uptown Art Fair

The Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis is the winner of more than 115 International Festivals and Events Association Awards, and it isn’t hard to see why. The Art Fair is three days of creative fun, from art activities to wine tasting to a Culinary Arts competition. There is non-stop entertainment ranging from reggae to magic on the performance stage, and festival food galore. The main star of the show, however, is the art: ranging from limited editions to one-of-a-kind treasures from more than 350 talented artists from around the world. Free. Times vary; check website for details.

Bye Bye Birdie

This summer, the Merrill Community Arts Center presents the classic musical, Bye Bye Birdie. The play tells the story of fictional rock and roll singer Conrad Birdie, who is about to be inducted into the Army. Expect to hear iconic songs What Did I Ever See in Him?, Put on a Happy Face, One Boy and many others. $12-18. July 25, 26, August 1, 2 at 7 p.m.; July 27 and August 3 at 3 p.m. The Loft Stage, East Ridge High School, 4200 Pioneer Drive; 651.200.4610;


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