Arts Orbit Radar 12/15/11


On the radar

1. The fourth annual Somali Entertainment Awards at The Cedar celebrates the best movies, sports, music and arts of the year (as voted by the SEA Family board) and features a blue carpet.

2. Bedlam Theatre reunites the cast of their cluck-claimed production The Turducken for “the longest cabaret of the year” at the BLB. You have to appreciate that kind of truth in advertising.

3. Just as Bedlam Theatre carries on despite the 2010 loss of their infamously awesome West Bank space, so does the dance night Bomp, the most gloriously shameless hookup hotbed in the Twin Cities.

4.  The Nutcracker According to Mother Goose by Zenon Dance Company combines Tchaikovsky with the timeless nursery rhymes of our collective youth. The show lasts only the weekend with four performances, so Jack be quick.

5.  Stuck Between Stations breaks away from its film festival roots and moves to St. Anthony Main Theatre for its official theatrical release on Friday. The movie was made in the Twin Cities and features a tour of beloved local spots.

Under the radar

1. Sven Sundgaard is saying a white Christmas is looking less and less likely…but nonetheless, the Rockstar Storytellers will still be having a Snow Emergency.

2. Forever Young 90s Holiday Dance party returns to the VFW basement this Saturday after last month’s premiere success, so those who missed out have a chance to see what the cool kids (like us) do on the weekend.

3. David Daniels, the only rasta Republican theater artist in Minnesota ever to be told no, you can’t smoke weed onstage at public venues even if the script calls for it, makes a rare public appearance at a Nicollet coffee shop called (wait for it) The Nicollet with his new music project called (wait for it) The Project.

4. MN Music Holiday Bazaar at the Varsity Theater on Sunday enables you to do two things: finish up (or start) your Christmas shopping and enjoy a holiday happy hour with performances by Chris Koza and Chastity Brown.

5. “Remember last Christmas?” asks a press release. “People couldn’t get enough lutes. They were lined up—in long lines! They wanted 10, 20, 50 lutes!” That’s more lutes than there probably exist in the entire state, but the Lute Cooperative will be at Immanuel Luthern Church in St. Paul this Thursday with a three-lute attack.

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