Arts Orbit Weekly: 10/16/08

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This week’s picks

Thursday, October 16
It’s kickoff day for Mizna‘s Fifth Annual Arab Film Festival, at the Heights Theatre up Nordeast.

Friday, October 17
The Soap Factory opens its annual Haunted Basement, in which the Twin Cities’ most creative minds find lots of creative ways to scare the crap out of you.

Saturday, October 18
They’re drunk…dead drunk. Wander Minneapolis with hundreds of your fellow brain-eaters at the Fourth Annual Zombie Pub Crawl.

Sunday, October 19
Join an eclectic mix of performers and personalities at the Pi Bar to support the MonaLisa Project—proceeds help pay the medical bills of a local breakdancer who’s fighting breast cancer.

Monday, October 20
“If you spent Monday grumpy over how fast the weekend went by and waiting for Friday to arrive,” writes Dwight Hobbes, “stopping in at Café Loto’s ‘Swingset’ showcasing Supreme Privacy will be a very welcome relief, just what the doctor ordered.”

Tuesday, October 21
Carleton professor Tom Swift appears at Common Good Books to present his book Chief Bender’s Burden: the true story of a Minnesotan who was by common consensus the greatest Native American baseball player the game has ever seen.

Wednesday, October 22
You have just a few more days to see Plasticgod’s miniature Minneatures show at the Soo Visual Arts Center: celebrities portrayed as Lego figures.

Daily Planet arts roundup

Theater and Dance

Things are finally simmering down at the Southern Theater, reports Sheila Regan: “It appears that audience members will be able to attend Southern shows this year without crossing a picket line.” And Dwight Hobbes writes about the significance of George C. Wolfe’s play The Colored Museum, now the subject of an exhibit at Macalester College.

What’s onstage right now? Sheila Regan recommends taking a look at one or both of the Naked Stages performance art programs at Intermedia Arts. Matt Everett shamelessly plugs Pangea World Theater’s The Chairs and writes about Lamb Lays With Lion’s 10/14, an “unbelievable” play that was read publicly on the titular date. Everett’s own playwriting isn’t too bad either, sez Phillip Andrew Bennett Low.

Music

Jon Behm brought his notepad and his camera to shows by Broken Social Scene and the Fleet Foxes, and gave both acts high marks. Dwight Hobbes recommends checking out Supreme Privacy, jazz musicians who “must be heard to be believed,” and Susan Budig profiles Cape Verdean songstress Lura, who was at the Dakota this week. In the latest installment of his “My Generation” column, Almostred remembers a time “when First Avenue hosted actual rap concerts attended by actual black people.”

Books

In addition to Dwight Hobbes’s glowing review of two election strategy guides he says all candidates would do well to read, we have three dispatches from the literary field (as it were):
• From North Minneapolis, Elizabeth Ellis reports on the Northside Writers’ Group, which has just published its first chapbook.
• From the U of M campus, Kristen Anderson reports on an appearance by Garrison Keillor, who’s flogging his latest Lake Wobegon book.
• From MCTC, Melissa Slachetka describes her first visit to the Twin Cities Book Festival.

Movies

Lydia Howell previews Mizna‘s Fifth Annual Arab Film Festival, which this year includes several films critical of U.S. foreign policy.

Jay Gabler is the Daily Planet’s arts editor.