On the radar
1. Back for fifths, the Twin Cities Literary Death Match returns to the Twin Cities Thursday night for a new round of fightin’ words that usually don’t end up in bloodshed. In the ring this time at the Nomad is Peter Bognanni, Rob Callahan, Cole “Inky” Sarar, and Becky Lang.
3. The largest of its kind since 1996, the Walker’s new exhibition, Graphic Design: Now in Production, explores the profession that’s become so much more than that since the turn of the century.
4. In the new exhibit for the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program, Jennifer Danos, Natasha Pestich, and Marcus Young take “three approaches that play with and disrupt the museum site” while investigating the concept of Semblances. You might just want to see for yourself, starting with the opening reception at the Minnesota Institute of the Arts on Thursday.
5. John Lithgow stops by the Fitzgerald Theater to have a conversation with Garrison Keillor about his new memoir, Drama: An Actor’s Education.
Under the radar
1. The Playwrights’ Center’s PlayLabs is the Fringe Festival’s baby cousin, but still a chance to see four new plays, party with the playwrights and talk art. Oh, and it’s totally free.
2. Puppet master Midiyanto brings his buffalo-leather puppets to life in Wahyu Cakganingrat, a Javanese shadow puppet play at In the Heart of the Beast Theater this weekend. Accompanying the performance is the gamelan orchestra and Sumunar Dance Ensemble.
3. The age-old existential question “What is art?” is finally under investigation with the arrival of The Bureau of Artistic Validation. Attendance to the grand opening at MCAD Gallery 148 on Friday gets you the right to submit your questionable art pro bono.
4. The Southern Touch Fashion Show at Solera in downtown Minneapolis puts the Peruvian culture on showcase via the catwalk.
5. It’s getting cold; drink some wine to warm your blood. The Hennepin-Lake Community Wine Tasting Benefit on Wednesday at Calhoun Square will have over 400 wines for tasting, and food from chef Tim McKee of Il Gatto as an afterthought. Afterwards, dance off your buzz as Phantogram play First Ave.
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