Sample Night Live previews tonight

​It is the first Wednesday of the month again, and in addition to hearing practice tornado sirens, you can also get a preview of upcoming performing art acts around the Twin Cities. A little bit of this, and a little bit of that, from magic, to improv, to classical music, this will be the perfect escape from that post-election night dread.

Hosted by hotdish loving Auntie Jennie and wrench toting Captain Seadog Roberts, Sample Night Live starts at 7 p.m. tonight at the History Theatre in St. Paul. The evening begins a little earlier in the lobby with abstract artist Phillip Noyed and magic by the vaudeville inspired Pizpor Comedy Magic Show. So clearly, with Sample Night Live, all time and space is chock-full of some form of entertainment.

The first act features snippets of performances intended for all ages, including jazz performed by Lee Engele and Chanteuse Diaries, classical music by the Artaria String Quartet, and the band Hip Replacement. Mixed in between the lively array of music will be Betty-Ann (a.k.a. the First Housewife of Magic), improv by the three Bearded Men, and a preview of Commedia Beauregard's upcoming A Klingon Christmas Carol.

The second half of the night will be uncensored and unrated, starting off with a preview of the third annual Minneapolis Underground Film Festival, which kicks off the weekend of December 3 at MCAD. The film festival will screen more than 60 films, and host film director meet and greets along the way. 

Act two of Sample Night Live also features folk music by Heatherlyn and Debra Hadrada, along with classical music by the Apollo Male Chorus, and a performance by the band the Smarts. Intermixed with the music will be the fresh comedy of Amber Preston and a spoken word performance by Dylan Garity.

As always, the evening will pack a hefty punch in the preview arena, giving audiences much to look forward to in entertainment this month. Every audience member will get to vote for their favorites as well, and in doing so will get the chance to win tickets to upcoming performances at the Guthrie.