While Fleetwood Mac takes a break from touring, lead singer Stevie Nicks has decided to spend her leisure time going around the country solo. In 2014, Nicks released 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault, an eclectic mix of previously unreleased songs from her catalogue, some of which were written back in the 1960s. The tour supports it, and also ensures that Stevie remains part of the cultural conversation until F-Mac decides to do another farewell tour. For insurance, Stevie’s opening act is the Pretenders, with the always classy/brassy Chrissie Hynde.
Dec. 6, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, 651-265-4800, xcelenergycenter.com
The best musical you’ve never heard of is based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic novel memoir, Fun Home, about a girl who is trying, in retrospect, to figure out the mystery of her parents’ odd behavior when she was a child. (Hint: Her dad was secretly gay.) Fun Home won five Tony awards last year, including Best Musical. The show’s secret sauce is the charming, heartfelt way it explores many universal experiences of childhood, combined with one of the best scores in recent memory.
Dec. 13-18, Orpheum Theater, Mpls., 612-339-7007, hennepintheatretrust.org
What began as a chance to play a few songs with a few friends has now, after 10 years, evolved into one of the most sought-after holiday tickets in town. Every year, the New Standards (Chan Poling, John Munson, Steve Roehm) put together a joyously nutty celebration of the season, full of guest artists, jokes, camp, dazzle, improv and music—all of which somehow magically works, in a way no other seasonal song-fest can. According the band, this year’s show will attempt to cram 10 years’ worth of highlights into a single evening. Impossible? Yes, but it’ll be fun to see them try.
Dec. 2-3, State Theatre, Mpls., 612-339-7007, hennepintheatretrust.org
Dancer/choreographers Renee Copeland and Genevieve Muench call themselves Hiponymous, a sly bit of wordplay that suggests the surrealism of Hieronymus Bosch, the hipness of exploratory dance and the anonymity of individual performers when they are united in both spirit and purpose. Talking or writing about their work makes it seem abstract and intellectual, but seeing Hiponymous in action is a much more direct, visceral experience. All their pieces tell a story, and they tend to do it with an almost frightening amount of passion and honesty.
Dec. 1-4, Southern Theater, Mpls., 612-326-1811, southerntheater.org