Arts Orbit Radar 9/23/10


What’s happening this week

With a flurry of theaters opening their seasons this month—not to mention the Ivey Awards—I’m abbreviating this week’s edition of Arts Orbit Radar to make time to cover it all. Here are a few of the most notable events happening this week.

Schoolgirls and Mobilesuits. MCAD becomes a manga mecca for the annual gathering of anime fans and scholars.
The Global Roots Festival at the Cedar, featuring Khaira Arby and many other premier artists from diverse musical traditions.
The Soap Factory $99 sale. A piece of my own will be among the hundreds for sale at this fundraiser, but I can’t tell you what it is—all works are anonymous until purchased.
Readings of plays by Mark Anthony Rolo at the Minneapolis American Indian Center.
A Prairie Home Companion season premiere. Yep, Minnesota’s signature cultural creation is still going—a guilty pleasure for hipsters, and an open delight for just about everyone else. The White Bear Yacht Club Orchestra is on the bill; don’t expect any Horas.
Uptown VFW Block Party. Summer ain’t over ’til the block parties are over.
War of the Worlds and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. In the first installment of a series of Monday night screenings of sci-fi classics, Take-Up presents a thrilling double bill at the Heights.

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Daily Planet arts roundup


News to Me (blog entry by Amy Rea)


The last days of Lookbook (photos by Jay Gabler)
Matt Johnson of Matt and Kim: “Playing music is the most steady job I’ve ever had” (interview by Jay Gabler)
Swaying to the hidden melodies (feature by Mordecai Specktor)
Khaira Arby sings of women’s rights at the Global Roots Festival (feature by Sheila Regan)
The Flaming Lips make a mess at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium (photos by Jeff Rutherford)

Theater and Dance

2010 SAGE Awards honor Twin Cities’ best dancemakers (feature by Jay Gabler)
Native playwright Mark Anthony Rolo to be showcased in readings at the Minneapolis Native American Center (feature by Dwight Hobbes)
A behind-the-scenes look at Frank Theatre’s production of Eclipsed (feature by Denise Rouleau)
Sleep Deprivation Chamber at Penumbra: A mournful meditation (review by Jay Gabler)
An overstuffed Last Seder at Park Square Theatre (review by Matthew A. Everett)
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins at the Children’s Theatre: It’s 1979—or, rather, 1938—all over again (review by Jay Gabler)
Joking Envelope’s Deadwood: The Last Bleeping Episode is strictly for those who’ve been to Deadwood before (review by Becca Mitchell)
The Master Butchers Singing Club makes sweet, melodramatic music at the Guthrie (review by Jay Gabler)
Sheila Regan: Artist of stage and page (profile by Karen Hollish)
2010 Ivey Awards sail smoothly into the hands of their grateful recipients (feature by Jay Gabler)

Visual Arts

At 1419, Jonathan Bruce Williams’s Light and Color wows (review by Jay Gabler)

Food and Dining

Flavors of Asia: Learn to cook with tea at Tea Source (feature by Phyllis Louise Harris)


Is there such a thing as “good hair”? (feature by Stephanie Perry)

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