Arts Orbit Radar 4/28/11


What’s happening this week

Thursday, April 28

On the radar: Writer/director/drummer Joseph Scrimshaw and star Anna Sundberg put the “log” in “catalog” and the “o, um!” in “volume” with their new show Sexy Librarian: File Under Rock Musical.

Under the radar: Paul Herwig, co-director of the movement-based theater company Off-Leash Area, has been losing his vision—his physical vision, not his artistic vision. In collaboration with playwright Dominic Orlando, he’s dramatized his challenges in Now Eye See You, Now Eye Don’t.

Friday, April 29

On the radar: The skies have made this a capricious spring, but come rain or come shine, the St. Paul Art Crawl will go on.

Under the radar: Teams of Addled filmmakers will be criss-crossing the Twin Cities tonight as they rush to complete their entries for the 24 Hour Film Race.

Saturday, April 30

On the radar: Tonight at the Entry, Jesus walks.

Under the radar: Taja Will continues to fly the flag for contact/improvisational/interactive dance in the Twin Cities; support the cause tonight at Fallout Urban Art Center, where Will and others will perform as a fundraiser for a new evening-length work currently in progress.

Sunday, May 1

On the radar: In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre presents Minneapolis’s most joyous spring celebration: the MayDay Parade.

Under the radar: The Southern Theater, facing a financial crisis, has named today D-Day for raising $400,000. Will the Southern still be there when we wake up? Will an angel donor come in? Will everyone in Minneapolis donate a dollar? Or will the Southern’s fundraising effort be too little, too late?

Monday, May 2

On the radar: Paul Simon’s performance tonight inaugurates what looks to be a big year for the Minneapolis Convention Center, which will also be home to the Minnesota Orchestra Hall while Orchestra Hall is being renovated.

Under the radar: It’s Hug a Trans Person Day! This could be awky for trans people who aren’t into hugs.

Tuesday, May 3

On the radar: After Monday’s show at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Paul Simon moves tonight to the relatively intimate Mainroom at First Avenue, where he’ll add to the rock club’s already considerable legend with a show that became the fastest sellout in the club’s history.

Under the radar: Album Club is a fun music-lovers’ game for the Twitter era: everyone starts listening to an album at the same time, than live-tweets it with a hash tag. Tonight’s pick of the discs, Björk’s Post, comes courtesy of City Pages music editor Andrea Swensson.

Wednesday, May 4

On the radar: Is Minneapolis ready for “a full-spectrum original theatrical extravaganza of song and dance” inspired by a musical inspired by a movie inspired by The Wizard of Oz? Ready or not, here it comes.

Under the radar: Laura Stevenson, one of the most promising up-and-coming indie singer-songwriters in the country, is at the Triple Rock tonight with her band the Cans.

Daily Planet arts roundup

Atlas Shrugged Part I (blog entry by Dick Bernard)
The Civil Wars make peace—but not too much peace—at the Bryant-Lake Bowl (review by Carl Atiya Swanson, photos by Stacy Schwartz)
Confessions of a white rapper (video blog entry by Kyle Tran Myhre, a.k.a. Guante)
The Rasta Bard returns (blog entry by Dwight Hobbes)
Guestlists are nothing but trouble (blog entry by Jay Gabler)
The Budos Band and Charles Bradley at First Avenue (photos by Eric Petersen)
Low celebrate C’mon release at First Avenue (review by Kyle Matteson, photos by Mandy Dwyer)
Duran Duran spark fevered dreams of dancing angels at Epic (review by Sarah Rattanavong-Wash, photos by David McCrindle)
Janis Ian and Tom Paxton: Live in St. Paul! (blog entry by Mary Turck)
Rusko at First Avenue: O.M.G. is right (review by Sarah Heuer, photos by Jay Gabler)
Black Lips and Vivian Girls throw back at the Varsity Theater (review by Jay Gabler, photos by Meredith Westin)
Robert Plant and Jeff Beck at the State Theatre: Pure joy (blog entry by Dwight Hobbes)

Theater and Dance

At Illusion Theater, Jeffrey Hatcher’s Three Viewings is reasonably entertaining (review by Dwight Hobbes)
Bernard Herrmann’s Wuthering Heights gets a stormy, spotty production by the Minnesota Opera (review by Jay Gabler)
Guthrie Theater’s Arsenic and Old Lace gets the job done just fine (review by Jay Gabler)
And now for something completely different: Urban Samurai’s [title of show] (review by Becca Mitchell)
Paige Collette, Tatiana Pavela, and Samantha Johns prepare Buttercream & Scotch for the People’s Center (blog entry by Jay Gabler)
Jersey Boys in the hood at the Orpheum Theatre (review by Jay Gabler)
Katha Dance honors Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore (preview by Sheila Regan)

Visual Arts

Public art gets street smart (feature by Ruth Weleczki)

Food and Dining

Can money be made with a food truck? We’ll see (feature by Kerry Ashmore)
The Lowry Cafe is looking good and soon to open! (blog entry by John Hoff)
Seward Cafe (blog entry by Jennifer Larson)
Decoding the menu at five elite Twin Cities restaurants (blog entry by Jackie Varriano)
Somali cuisine moves to the mainstream (blog entry by Jeremy Iggers)


Linder’s greenhouse (blog entry by Amy Doeun)
Grunge (blog entry by Erik Hare)
Too early to tiptoe through tulips—but still a great bike ride (blog entry by Steve Date)
MayDay: Moving toward Sunday’s celebration of people working and playing together (blog entry by Alan Wilfahrt)
Greenhouse progress (blog entry by Amy Doeun)

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