'The Trump Who Stole Christmas'
Presidential contender Donald Trump may be the bane of illegal immigrants and female news commentators, but he is a gift for comedians. The Brave New Workshop certainly is not letting this golden opportunity pass, with a holiday show directed by Caleb McEwen. (8 p.m. Fri., 5 & 8 p.m. Sat., 7:30 p.m. Thu. Ends Jan. 30. $28-$36. 824 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 612-332-6620 or bravenewworkshop.com)
High-energy Collide Theatrical takes over the Ritz for an original murder-mystery musical inspired by the board game Clue. Set in the 1920s, the show invites audience members — "guests" at the Highcrest Mansion — to figure out who the murderer is, and vote to determine the outcome. Created by Regina Peluso and Joshua Campbell, the family-friendly show features six professional dancers, two vocalists, one actor and a three-piece jazz ensemble. The singers and actor provide a kind of parallel performance as dancers unveil the twists and turns of the plot. (7:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat., 2 p.m. Sat. & Sun. through Nov. 22, Ritz Theatre, 345 13th Av. NE., Mpls., $24-$45, 1-877-508-7890, collidetheatrical.org)
ZENON DANCE COMPANY
Fresh from a three-week residency in southern France with choreographer Stefanie Batten Bland, Zenon presents the world premiere of "Appetite," a piece exploring American greed, created by Batten Bland in collaboration with composer Jean-Philippe Barrios. The troupe's 33rd fall season also includes another world premiere, "Rouge," by Joanna Kotze, inspired by French and Italian surreal cinema. With music by Ryan Seaton, the work explores the hum and buzz of modern life. Rounding out the program is audience favorite "Ezekiel's Wheel," the jazz piece by Danny Buraczeski that uses James Baldwin's writings as it probes themes of civil rights and societal problems as well as hope and renewal. (8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. through Nov. 22, Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. $34, 612-206-3636, thecowlescenter.org)S.R.
Ode to Navarathri Kolu Festival
Ragamala Dance transforms Landmark Center into a South Indian living room as it hosts this first-ever festival, funded by the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge. The three-day event includes informal live performances by professionals well as community performers and students of all ages. A film installation by Caitlin Hammel features five South Indian families in the Twin Cities who celebrate the annual festival of Navarathri in their homes. There will be traditional treats by award-winning chef Raghavan Iyer. (5-8 p.m. Fri., 2-5 p.m. Sat. & Sun., Landmark Center, 75 5th St., St. Paul. Free. 651-292-3293, landmarkcenter.org)S.R.