What’s happening this week
On the radar: Gob Squad, international pranksters of performance art, return to the Walker with Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good), a piece that plays on, in, and around three of Andy Warhol’s films—including the infamously disorganized Kitchen (1965).
Under the radar: Recess, the multimedia dance night, returns to the Varsity Theater—with the VJ team Playatta giving partiers their own 15 minutes of fame.
On the radar: This month, the Acting Company and the Guthrie Theater are collaborating to present two Shakespeare plays: Romeo and Juliet and The Comedy of Errors. I’ll be passing on Romeo and Juliet, having been less than impressed with this production’s Guthrie debut last year, but I’ll be checking out The Comedy of Errors tonight. Given how strong the Acting Company/Guthrie production of Henry V was in 2009 (here’s my review, and Matthew Everett’s), great things could be in store.
Under the radar: Shhhh.
On and under the radar: A Christian, a Muslim, and a Jew walk into a bar. Which one do you ask to make up a punchline for this joke? Yeah, me too.
On the radar: With funding help from the Jerome Foundation, the Cedar Cultural Center has commissioned new pieces from a series of local composers spanning genres; recipients of commissions include Dessa, Marc Anderson, Holly Muñoz, and Aby Wolf. Presentation of the new pieces begins today with the Orange Mighty Trio performing a “video game inspired” composition by their violinist Zack Kline.
Under the radar: Joshua Busick brings a one-man adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince to the Bryant-Lake Bowl. We’re promised that “there will be longing, awkward moments, objects of affection, and heart.” Sounds quintessentially BLB.
On the radar: I know I recommended the Triple Rock’s Two Bands One Cup lineup last Monday night too, but if the club keeps bringing in great acts like Leisure Birds—well, the other venues are just going to have to step it up.
Under the radar: Justly lauded singer-songwriter Lucy Michelle plays a show at Bob Dylan’s old house: the beautiful Loring Pasta Bar.
On the radar: So now Lauryn Hill is “Ms. Lauryn Hill”? Well, after all these years since her last Minneapolis show, she could probably advertise herself as “Ms. Lou Bega” and still sell out First Ave.
Under the radar: For those who couldn’t or wouln’t get $55 tickets to see Lauryn Hill, a sweet consolation prize is the Aster Cafe birthday party for the multitalented local musican dVRG, with sets by Blood Electric and the dVRG Singers.
On the radar: We’re throwing a party! A cool $15 gets you into Summit Brewery’s Ratskeller for tasty beer and tasty tunes from Kenn Wanaku’s Sunplug’d and two other bands.
Under the radar: Theatrical comedy fills the Southern for a weekend of brainy, bawdy laughs featuring some of the Twin Cities’ funniest people: Sarah Agnew, Jim Lichtschidl, Joanna Harmon, Kimberly Richardson, Elise Langer, and more.
Daily Planet arts roundup
• “I want it to be relevant”: MJ Kroll’s music takes a turn (interview by Dwight Hobbes)
• R.I.P. The New Congress (feature by Dwight Hobbes)
• Are you sure this is how Richie Havens got famous? Part VIII: Wrapping up the year (blog entry by Dwight Hobbes)
• Ezra Sauter on the history of Soulacious (interview by Dwight Hobbes)
• Carrie Elkin’s Call It My Garden is an unremarkable release from Red House Records (review by Dwight Hobbes)
• Inukshuk Pass’s Patti Ryan on “the struggle and redemption in life” (interview by Dwight Hobbes)
• At the Walker Art Center, Betontanc and Umka.lv command Show Your Face! (review by Jay Gabler)
• Damned spotty: Nightpath Theatre’s Macbeth: Rehearsing (review by Jay Gabler)
• Box Wine Theatre convenes a “Raucous Caucus” at the Bryant-Lake Bowl (review by Matthew A. Everett)
• Are blacks getting jobs on the Schubert Theater project? (feature by Charles Hallman)
• Theatre in the Round does justice to Ed Gracyk’s fine play Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (review by Dwight Hobbes)
• All My Relations Gallery, showcase for Native art, to reopen on Franklin Avenue (feature by Sheila Regan)
• Minnesota’s locavore age (feature by Jeremy Dennison)
• Remedy for New Year bug: Chicken sour soup (blog entry by Amy Doeun)
• Food shelves find need for new food for new Minnesotans (feature by Nekessa Opoti)
• 2011 Lake Harriet Winter Kite Festival (photos by Alan Wilfahrt)