Out Of Office: January 2016

Out Of Office: January 2016

Twin Cities Business' top picks for upcoming arts and entertainment events in January.

Top Tickets

Pericles | In his directorial debut at the Guthrie, artistic director Joseph Haj takes on Shakespeare’s romantic saga about a man who loses it all and endures both hell and high water to get it back. Haj’s production was a hit at last year’s Oregon Shakespeare Festival and features the same cast that performed it in Ashland. On the Guthrie’s thrust stage, the production will have bigger and better special effects, including a shipwreck scene so spectacular that some audience members have reported feeling queasy. In a good way. Jan. 22-Feb. 21, Guthrie Theater, 612-377-2224, guthrietheater.org

2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships | In non-Winter Olympic years such as this one, the U.S. Figure Skating Championship is the most prestigious crown around and offers a compelling preview of current and future superstars. On the ladies’ side, you’ll see last year’s winner, Ashley Wagner, as well as Gracie Gold, Karen Chen, and many others. On the men’s side, Jason Brown is the man to beat. The competition also includes pairs, dancing, juniors and novices. Jan. 16-24, Xcel Energy Center, 651-726-8240, xcelenergycenter.com

Arts Picks

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago | Featuring a company of 18 dancers, Chicago’s Hubbard Street is one of the country’s most energetic and inventive contemporary dance troupes. Pulling from its large repertoire, the company will be performing choreographer Crystal Pite’s Solo/Echo; a pairing of Jiří Kylián’s all-female Falling Angels and William Forsythe’s all-male NNNN; and Nacho Duato’s Gnawa, a piece punctuated by Sufi-influenced Moroccan songs, Spanish guitar and North African drumming. Jan. 30, Northrop Auditorium, 612-624-2345, northrop.umn.edu

Walker Out There Series | The Walker Art Center’s annual Out There series is a month-long introduction to some of the most outlandish and intriguing theater and performance artists in the world. This year’s lineup includes RoosevElvis, by Brooklyn theater troupe, the TEAM (Jan. 7-9); a theatrical tribute to writer David Foster Wallace created by New York director Daniel Fish (Jan. 14-16); Riding on a Cloud, a cross-discipline performance piece by Lebanese artist Rabih Mroué (Jan. 21-23); and Germinal, a theatrical meditation on how we would invent the world if humanity was given a do-over. Jan. 28-30, Jan. 7-30, Walker Art Center, 612-375-7600, walkerart.org

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