Art Hounds: Christmas music, 'Hatchet Lady' and theater for Puerto Rico

Students sing at the annual "Christmas in Christ Chapel"
Students sing at the annual "Christmas in Christ Chapel" at Gustavus Adolphus College.
Photo courtesy of Gustavus Adolphus College

Organist Jon Kietzer says his tradition for ringing in the holiday season is to head to St. Peter for Christmas in Christ Chapel at Gustavus Adolphus College. The music festival runs Dec. 1 through 3 and features five performances of choral and orchestral work. This year it celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Theater and dance professional Samantha Johns is planning to see Walking Shadow's new show, "Hatchet Lady." Billed as a feminist rock musical, the story follows Carry Nation, a woman with a mission and a hatchet for carrying it out. Performances run through Dec. 16 at the Red Eye Theatre in Minneapolis.

Actor and playwright Adlyn Carreras is worried about her island home of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricanes Maria and Irma. So she's happy to see two fellow performers create an evening of theater to raise funds for hurricane relief efforts. Beliza Torres Narvaez performs "Resabios de Amargura or that bitter cabaret" and Javier Morillo remounts his production "Broken English, Mother Tongue." Performances are at 7 p.m. Dec. 1 and 2 at Strike Theater in Minneapolis.

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