We know that our enthusiasm for certain Arts & Culture events can lead to hyperbole, but any pre-praise we have for the No Fiction Festival will be worthy—or even come up short. The type of series that would easily be at home in downtown LA or the Lower East Side on NYC, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Liquid Music Series performances at venues throughout MPLS + STPL mix intimacy with innovation in avante-gard music and showcase the work of renowned composers and performers as they take on the theme of sisterhood.

On Wednesday, flutist and composer Nathalie Joachim and the SPCO fill up the Amsterdam with boundary-pushing music that explores Haitian song and the role of women’s voices in Haitian music culture. Then, starting Thursday and into the weekend, the SPCO celebrates the life and works of Nadia and Lili Boulanger, the most famous sisters in classical music at the Turf Club, Capri Theater, and St. Paul Academy. Next week Liquid Music continues with composer Brian Harnetty’s musical portraits from Appalachia. Many of these shows will fill up, so we recommend getting tickets ahead of time, and try to go to more than one of the performances to more fully appreciate the festival vibe. —Betty M.J. Stacks

Wednesday, 7:30 PM. $20 general, $16 SPCO/Liquid Music subscribers.
Amsterdam Bar & Hall, 6 W 6th St, STPL; amsterdambarandhall.com

Thursday, 6:30 PM. $20. 
Turf Club, 1601 University Ave W, STPL; turfclub.net 

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