The music of politics

Tired of Election 2016 yet? For a lighter take on the presidential pitches and party conventions, "Tippecanoe and Gershwin Too!" could be the answer. In what's called a "whirlwind tour of campaign songs from 'Tippecanoe and Tyler Too' through 'Click With Dick,' " singers Maria Jette, Lisa Drew, Vern Sutton and James Bohn, with pianist Sonja Thompson, showcase the sound-bite ditties that candidates have adopted across the decades to enhance their electoral prospects. Also included are selections from "Let 'Em Eat Cake," a rarely aired musical by George and Ira Gershwin (the sequel to their Pulitzer-winning "Of Thee I Sing") lampooning the American political system, especially the antics of President John P. Wintergreen and his erstwhile veep Alexander Throttlebottom. (7 p.m. Tue., Plymouth Congregational Church, Mpls.; free,

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