Jackie Renzetti

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Day in the life: Dueling Pianos at the Shout House

Two singing pianists face each other, interacting and cracking jokes with audience members, for the Shout House’s featured entertainment event — dueling pianos. The 10-year-old Minneapolis establishment features dueling pianos every night except for Mondays. A mix of first-time and returning guests belted “Sweet Caroline” at the Shout House downtown on Saturday night. Owner Joe Woods started the event after watching a dueling pianos show in South Carolina.


Day in the life: Dueling Pianos at the Shout House

Two singing pianists face each other, interacting and cracking jokes with audience members, for the Shout House’s featured entertainment event — dueling pianos. The 10-year-old Minneapolis establishment features dueling pianos every night except for Mondays. A mix of first-time and returning guests belted “Sweet Caroline” at the Shout House downtown on Saturday night. Owner Joe Woods started the event after watching a dueling pianos show in South Carolina.


Huck Finn to open at the Children’s Theatre Company

Three actors are reviving the story of raft-fording companions Huck Finn and Jim in director Greg Banks’ adaptation of the classic novel this month. Banks’ adaptation of Mark Twain’s story stars Ansa Akyea, Dean Holt and Reed Sigmund, along with a bluegrass duet. The play premiered at Children’s Theatre Company and toured regionally in 2006. This week, “Huck Finn” returns for another run during the Children’s Theatre Company’s 50th anniversary season.


Coffee, halibut and whiskey: Davey Steinman's world of puppets

As a mechanical engineering freshman at the University of Minnesota, Davey Steinman wandered into the Rarig Center and found a spiral staircase, beckoning him to explore his first catwalk. When he was a sophomore, free food attracted Steinman to a former art professor’s lecture, where he saw a professor work with moving art, helping him realize engineering and art can mix. By the time he graduated in 2010, Steinman was leaving the University with a degree in theatre arts.


From engineering to the stage

As a mechanical engineering freshman at the University of Minnesota, Davey Steinman wandered into the Rarig Center and found a spiral staircase, beckoning him to explore his first catwalk. When he was a sophomore, free food attracted Steinman to a former art professor’s lecture, where he saw a professor work with moving art, helping him realize engineering and art can mix. By the time he graduated in 2010, Steinman was leaving the University with a degree in theatre arts.


Spotlight on Sophia Shorai

As an 11-year-old, Sophia Shorai saw jazz-infused musical comedy “Babes in Arms” and was awestruck. The jazz-pop artist, who’s a University of Minnesota alumna, has been performing throughout the Twin Cities for about 10 years and released five albums. On Thursday, she will perform at the Dakota Jazz Club. Right after high school, Shorai visited local bars and asked staff for a spot in their performing lineup. Most said yes. And her music career began. James Buckley, who often accompanies Shorai on bass guitar, said he remembers her early days.


What the Dickens?

The play “To Begin With” reimagines the life of Charles Dickens and spotlights one of his lesser-known works. Written by Jeffrey Hatcher, it will premiere at the Music Box Theatre this weekend. The fictional, one-man show illustrates why Charles Dickens adapted the gospels in “The Life of Our Lord,” which he wrote privately for his children and requested to remain unpublished until after his death. Dickens’ great-great-grandson, Gerald Dickens, plays the part of the British novelist in the production.


A visit with Lynn Nottage

Lynn Nottage will unveil the first scene from her unreleased work “Sweat” at the University of Minnesota on Wednesday. Penumbra Theatre  actors Carl Atiya Swanson, James Craven and H. Adam Harris join her in the reading. Nottage, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, has achieved commercial and critical success with her plays, including “Ruined,” “Intimate Apparel,” and “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.”


Putting pizzazz in public policy

Brandon Boat and Tane Danger are taking the script out of politics. The duo leads the Theater of Public Policy, an improv group that combines skits and interviews with local leaders and politicians, combining serious issues with comedy.


Belly dancing for a cause

Robin Kaehler clapped to the music’s beat as her fellow dancers in the Dans Askina Turkish Dance Ensemble  rehearsed. The 11 members of the troupe lit up the studio. And this weekend, they’ll present their fourth annual “Dans Senlik,” which translates to “dance celebration.”