Art Hounds: Schoenfield, rivers, Bard in a car park

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Visitors participate at "We Are Water" at The Soap Factory (Photo credit: Sarah Fiedler)

This week, a special blend of klezmer and classical, the kinship between the Yangtze and the Mississippi rivers, and Shakespeare in the Park...ing Ramp.

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Minnesota soprano Maria Jette heralds the return of pianist and composer Paul Schoenfield to his old Twin Cities stomping grounds. Schoenfield will perform, among other pieces, his most popular work, the klezmer-flavored "Cafe Music," as well as the regional premiere of his Holocaust-inspired, narrated composition, "Sparks of Glory." At Hamline University's Sundin Music Hall, Sunday, June 1 at 4 p.m.

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The Mississippi River runs deep in the personal history of Twin Cities arts writer Amanda Pierre, so of course she was drawn to "We Are Water" at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis. "We Are Water" is a month-long curatorial collaboration between the Soap Factory and Chinese artist Wang Ping, whose "Kinship of Rivers" project celebrates culture along the Mississippi and China's Yangtze River. Through June 7.

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Mankato playwright Greg Abbott is an admirer of Mankato Mosaic Theater Company, which is bringing Shakespeare to the park, the parking lot...and the parking ramp.

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