Weekend Arts Roundup: Trains and Treats

Union Depot, St. Paul
This weekend, Union Depot in St. Paul plays host to free ballet concerts. (MPR photo/Luke Taylor)
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MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about a ballet production at Union Depot and about some Halloween arts treats.

Ballet Minnesota Free Concert at Union Depot, called Black Dog CafeBallet Minnesotabrings back a crowd favorite when it opens its 27th Season with a free Fall Concert. The Saint Paul dance company will perform Black Dog Cafe, a contemporary ballet depicting life at this long-standing and popular coffee shop, an anchor tenant of Lowertown. These free fall concerts are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m., in the Waiting Room of the Union Depot railway station.

Twin Cities Horror FestivalThe Southern Theater presents Twin Cities Horror Festival III, expanding this year's lineup to feature nine original productions for Halloween ranging from horror to comedy to psychological thriller. The complete lineup, with showtimes, is published on the Twin Cities Horror Festival's website.

Barebones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza — Since 1993, BareBones Productions has presented The Annual Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza, a community-created spectacle pageant of larger-than-life puppetry, drama, stilting, dance, fire, song, and music that honors the circle of life by celebrating its seasonal arc of death in the Fall. The Halloween Show is an alternative Halloween community arts event, appropriate for all ages and without a commercial focus, that takes place in a Twin Cities urban neighborhood park. Mor than 250 artists, puppeteers, musicians, performers, builders, technicians, ushers, and helpers of all kinds are involved in the creation of each performance. The first shows are Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26, in Hidden Falls Park in St. Paul.

Marianne Combs joins The Current's Morning Show for the Weekend Arts Roundup every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Read all the latest arts news from MPR News.

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