'Burning Patience' Two men of letters, a postman and a poet, are bound by the power of poetry in the story that precluded the film, "Il Postino." Oct. 13-19, Th-Sa 8 p.m., Su 2 p.m. and M 7:30 p.m. The Loring Playhouse, 1633 Hennepin Ave. S. $10-$25. 343-3390.
'Sweet Nothing in My Ear' About the hearing and the Deaf, performed in ASL and spoken English with a cast of hearing and Deaf actors, "Sweet Nothing in My Ear" shows how we overcome challenges. Oct. 8-Nov. 2 varying times, Mixed Blood Theater, 1501 S. 4th St. $10-$22. 338-6131.
'Pageant: the Musical' An all-male cast stars in this Minneapolis Musical Theater's hilarious beauty pageant spoof. Oct. 20-26, F 8:30 p.m., Sa 9:30 p.m., Su 7:30 p.m. and M 7:30 p.m. Hey City Theater, 824 Hennepin Ave. S. $21.50. (952) 544-1372.
'The Trial' Franz Kafka's story about a man who wakes up one day to find himself mysteriously on trial. Thru Oct. 11, various times, Red Eye Theater, 15 W. 14th St. $12-$16. 870-0309 ext. 1.
Cowboy Junkies Hear the sibling band, The Cowboy Junkies, lilt their soothing melodies. M Oct. 6, 8 p.m. Guthrie Theater, 725 Vineland Place, $29, 377-2224.
Ahmed & the Creators A six-piece band performs classical jazz like "So What" from Miles Davis. F Oct. 10, 8:30 p.m. Cafe Luxx, 1101 LaSalle Ave. Free. 332-6800.
Jazztoberfest Jazz, beer and fund-raising for homeless youth, in the first annual Jazztoberfest. Sa Oct. 11, 5:30 p.m. Times Bar and Caf, 201 E. Hennepin Ave. $15. www.jazztoberfest.com
Organ Recital from Raymond Johnston The church's canon musician, Raymond Johnston, plays 20th century English organ music. Sa Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m. St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 519 Oak Grove St. Free. 870-7800.
World Voices Hear music from around the globe. Sa Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., Central Lutheran Church, 333 S. 12th St., $10-$16. (952) 947-0162.
Emmylou Harris Listen to Emmylou Harris' crystal- clear voice. M Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. The Historic State Theatre, $31-$34. 651-989-5151.
Blue Man Group The Blue Man Group play their distinctive strange, multimedia rock. Tu Oct. 14, 7:30 p.m. Target Center, 600 1st Ave. N. $35-$45. 673-0900.
'Noche Escape' Escape to the new Latin night, "Noche Escape," for salsa lovers and get a complimentary dance lesson. Thursdays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Escape Ultra Lounge, 600 Hennepin Ave. S. $12 after 10 p.m. Dress code strictly enforced. 18 and up.
Beat Radio's 'Beatopia'BR>Almost five years' strong, check out this House music mainstay in the VIP Lounge. Fridays, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. First Avenue's VIP Lounge, 701 1st Ave. N. $3-$6. 21+.
At Gluek's Local musicians Hookers and Blow, Wain McFarlane & Zydeco Blue and Sixth Street Sideshow play weekly. Ongoing, various times, Gluek's, 16 N. 6th St. $3-$5. 338-6621.
'Through the lens: National Geographic's Greatest Photographs' National Geographic's own Annie Griffiths Belt appears for a show on the famed magazine's photos. Reception W Oct. 8, 5-8 p.m. Jean Stephen Galleries, 917 Nicollet Mall. Free. 338-4333.
The Last Picture Show: Artists Using Photography Conceptual pop photos spanning from 1960 to 1982. Preview party, F Oct. 10 9 p.m.-midnight, Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl. $7-$14, 375-7651.
'Taking Shape/Taking Form' Seven Minnesota artists' abstract paintings ranging from the 1930s to the present. Thru Oct. 10, T-F 11a.m.-4 p.m. Thomas Barry Gallery, 110 N. 5th St. #401. Free. 338-3656.
'In a Multilayered Dualistic World' Renata Palubinksas' psychological oil paintings are simultaneously realistic and metaphysical. Thru Oct. 11, Tu-Sa 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Kellie Rae Theiss Gallery, 400 1st Ave. N. Free. 339-1094.
Horse Medicine Annette Lee (Dakota Sioux) paints about the mythic symbolism of horses. Thru Oct. 31, M-Th 9 a.m.-8 p.m., F 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Alliance Francaise de Minneapolis, 113 N. 1st St. Free. 332-0436.
'Brave New Girl' Katherine Aoki, Nancy Mizuno Elliot and Isis Rodriguez' feminine characters show girl power. Thru Oct. 11, Tu-Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Flanders Contemporary Art Gallery, 400 1st Ave. N. Free. 344-1700.
Kinetic Sculptures Wire-frame people, fish and even a boat made of pots, pans and platters are Allen Christian's splashy "inflatables" for his kinetic sculpture by the waterfall. Thru Oct. 15, M-F 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Hennepin County Government Center, 300 S. 6th St. Free. 348-3848.
Dogs, Bugs and Spam Kate Pabst's satirical homage to objects, Allison Stout's depictions of canines and Bill Moran's unorthodox use of letterpress printing techniques comprise this quirky show. Thru Nov. 2, T-Th noon-8 p.m. and F-Su noon-5 p.m. Rosalux Gallery, 1011 Washington Ave. S. Free. 252-0124.
Dave Burke Don't miss these quixotic cartoon paintings. Ongoing. T-F 4-8 p.m., Sa 1-5 p.m. Ox-Op Gallery, 1111 Washington Ave. S. Free. 259-0085.
Black and White Infrared Photography Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin's black and white infrared photos showcase fleeting shadows and subtle qualities of light. M-F thru Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. International Market Square, 275 Market St. Ste. 194. Free. 677-1244.
Raku and Fiber Art Collaborative See fine art with function -- Raku-fired ceramics and fiber works including weaving, fabric printing, batiks and hand-painted cloth created by local and visiting artists. Thru Nov. 19, M-F 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sa noon-5 p.m. Inside Out Gallery, 212 3rd Ave. N., Ste. 140. Free. 339-5145.
MNSculptors See works by Kate Christopher, Nancy Harvey and Thomas Zahn, to name a few, in this juried exhibit of 40 works. Ongoing, M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Premier Gallery, 141 S. 7th St. Free. 338-4541.
Local Motion: Dale Gregory Anderson and Robert Voedisch Hear this award-winning author (and Loft instructor) talk about his work. T Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m. The Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Ave. S. Free. 215-2575.
Farming with the Wild Writers, farmers and agro-ecology activists shake hands for this eco book event. W Oct. 8, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S. Free. 215-2650.
Free verse with Gail Scott The Walker Art Center and "Rain Taxi," present novelist/essayist/translator Gail Scott, who'll discuss her work and themes in this free series of poetry readings. Th Oct. 9, 7 p.m. Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl. Free. 375-7622.
'Lingo!!' Spoken word at First Avenue's swank VIP Room. Wednesdays, 9:30 p.m., First Avenue's VIP Room, 701 1st Ave. N. $5. 21+.
'Josh & Sandi' Watch locally grown "Josh & Sandi," a show featuring local actors and production crew, on the only old-school motion picture projector in town. Saturdays, 10 p.m. Grumpy's Bar and Grill, 1111 Washington Ave. S. Free. 340-9738.
Opening at Block E 'House of the Dead Teens get revenge for their spooks in a "House of the Dead." Opens F Oct. 10, various times, Crown Theatres, Block E, 600 Hennepin Ave., 338-5900 or check out www.crowntheatres.com for more information and a complete list of shows.
Q & A with George Crumb Composer, Pulitzer Prize and Grammy winner George Crumb visits with enthusiasts, fans and aspiring musicians. Th Oct. 9 4:30 p.m. Macphail Center for Music, 1128 LaSalle Ave., Free. 321-0100.
Third Annual Firefighter's Cook-Off Six firefighters take over McCormick & Schmick's menu for a cook off. The restaurant will feature winning dishes and the proceeds go to Hennepin County Medical Center's Burn Center. Th Oct. 9 4-6 p.m., McCormick's and Schmick's, 800 Nicollet Mall, Free. 338-3300.
Mental Illness ForumDr. Charles Schulz, psychiatrist, will discuss new trends and local research in the field of psychology. Th Oct. 9, noon-1 p.m. HCMC Pillsbury Auditorium, 701 Park Ave. S. Free. Registration not required.
Mill Ruins Park Historical walking tours of Mill Ruins Park, St. Anthony Falls and Stone Arch Bridge weekly. Every Sa-Su 1 p.m., 3 p.m., Mill Ruins Park, 704 S. 2nd St., $4-$6, 313-7793.