Out Of Office: November 2016
Keith Urban Ripcord Tour
It’s fashionable to rip on Keith Urban because he’s a 49-year-old country-pop superstar hitched to Nicole Kidman, and he still writes songs about teenagers getting drunk and trying to get laid. But when it comes to seeing Urban live, here’s the thing: The man knows how to rock an arena. A great showman, he’s a consummate professional, and his prowess on guitar (often underrated) finds its true expression at 120 decibels in front of 15,000 people.
Nov. 5, Target Center, 612-673-0900, targetcenter.com
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Author Mark Haddon never thought his best-selling novel could ever be adapted for film or the stage, because much of it takes place inside the mind of a boy with Asperger’s. But in 2015 the Broadway adaptation won the Tony for Best Play, due in large part to the miracle of digital media and an immersive staging that places the audience inside the mind of the 15-year-old protagonist as he unravels the mystery of a murdered dog—and discovers himself in the process.
Nov. 29-Dec. 4. Orpheum Theatre, 612-339-7007, hennepintheatretrust.org
Question the Wall Itself
Some of the best Walker exhibitions are ones that remind us that art is potentially everywhere and in everything. Question the Wall Itself addresses the political and social subtext of interior spaces and architectural norms through a series of room-sized installations by an impressive coterie of international artists. A symposium held in conjunction with the exhibit, Avant Museology, asks similar questions about the role of the museum itself as a place for presenting and recording cultural memories.
Nov. 20-May 21, Walker Art Center, 612-375-7600, walkerart.org
Polica & Stargaze: Music for the Long Emergency
n The SPCO’s Liquid Music series has assembled one of the most anticipated collaborations in its history by partnering Europe’s celebrated Stargaze orchestral ensemble with the local synth-pop supergroup Polica. Stargaze likes to match musical wits with artists with different musical styles, and Polica definitely has one. What will happen when Polica’s dueling drums and slinky bass lines blend with Stargaze’s orchestral firepower to lift Channy Leaneagh’s huge and haunting vocals skyward? World premiere.
Nov. 18, Fitzgerald Theater, 651-291-1144, liquidmusicseries.org