Immigrant Status: Contributions
Sept. 28 – Jan. 6
Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis
Contributions is the final installment of the series Immigrant Status,
visual, performing, media and literary artists who now call Minnesota
home. This multi-disciplinary arts series sheds light on the many
variations of the new immigrant experience and includes: Hend
Al-Mansour, textile installations (Saudi Arabia); Betto Limón, sculptor (Mexico); Shakun Maheshwari, painting and photography (India); Toto Sugiarto, painting and batik (Indonesia). Opening reception, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., includes international cuisine and cultural performances.
Free and open to the public Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Intermedia Arts,
2822 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, www.intermediaarts.org (612) 873-2803
the U.S. v. John Lennon
Sept. 29-Oct. 5
Edina Theater, Edina
With dissent against another U.S. war, immigration laws and “celebrity
culture” currently hot topics, this new documentary is a must see! One
of the least well-known aspects of the most political Beatle, John
Lennon, was his fight against deportation for dissent against the
Vietnam War. Ending up on Richard Nixon’s “enemies list,” with an FBI
file, Lennon and his artist-wife Yoko Ono used music, performance
art and their own lives from the late ’60s on to galvanize the anti-war
movement. The film features interviews with Walter Chronkite, Gore
Vidal, and Noam Chomsky and also includes some delightful surprises: Watergate
investigative journalist Carl Bernstein, who before that explosive
expose with Bob Woodward, was a music critic; UK activist Tairq Aziz
remembers Lennon singing “Power to the People” to him over the
phone; Black Panther Bobby Seale and radical scholar Angela Davis; even Sen.
George McGovern breaks into a Lennon song.
“In the years since we started making this documentary, the U.S. role in the world has changed dramatically,” says the film’s co-director, John Scheinfeld.”But, one
thing continues to speak to all of us is the campaign for peace.” (You
can read an interview w/Scheinfeld and his co-director, David Leaf at
7:20 and 9:40 nightly; Sat. and Sun. matinees 2:20 and 4:50, Edina Theatre, 50th & France, Edina, (651) 649-4416
Impeach Bush for Peace Concert
Loring Park, Minneapolis
A free concert following an 11:30 rally at the Federal Building in Minneapolis will feature Voice, a synthesis of traditional music of India with rap and porgressive rock; Cadillack Kolstad, locla bues piano man; Harsh Reality, hardcore/metal/gothic rock; Tristan James, trip rock/hip hop fusion; and Donal Hinely, acoustic folk-rock.
Free, 3 p.m. at Loring Park, Minneapolis, www.impeachforpeace.org.
Master and Margarita
Oct. 5 – 14
University of Minnesota Theater
Inspired by Mikhail Bulgakov’s masterful anti-Stalinist novel, this performance is more proof that the U of M trancends ‘college drama’, by taking risks and daring to push boundaries. This time they’ve created an outdoor spectacle, collaborating with more than 30 theatre, dance and music students. Co-directed by Luverne Seiffert and Michael Sommers, “Master and Margarita” is set in 1930 Moscow, where Satan and his band of tricksters come to make chaos. A young subversive writer and his secret
lover Margarita find themselves at the center of this vortex propelled by witchcraft, eternal love and sacrifice.
Free,but, reservatons encouraged. Meet at Rarig Center, 19th Ave. on the U of M’s West Bank campus. prior to the performance. Oct. 5, 9, 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14 at 8 p.m. 612/625-4001.
Global Women’s Network Heritage Night: Ode to Holiday and Parks
Falcon Heights United Church of Christ, St. Paul
An evening of history, storytelling, song, music and dance featuring the remarkable Thomasina Petrus as Billie Holiday, Trena Bolden Fields as Rosa Parks, and Amoki Kubat.
$15 in advance; $18 at door, half price for member of GWN and the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce. 6:30 p.m., Falcon Heights United Church of Christ, 1795 Holton Street, St. Paul. Reserve now. firstname.lastname@example.org or call
the GWN hotline 651/224-0400. www.gwnv.org.
New International Films
Oct. 7 – 8
Walker Art Center
Here are two debuts likely to become classics: Sat. Oct.7, 8 p.m.:The Hero is a
universal story of a soldier coming home from war–set in the African nation of Angola torn by a long civil war. A decorated solider deals with losing a leg, adapting to civillian life, and romance. Winner of Grand Prize, 2005 World Dramatic Competition at Sundance.This was Angolan directo, Zeze Gamboa’s first feature after a career as a documentary film-maker. On Sun., Oct. 8, 8 p.m.: Collossal Youth, a Portugese documentary filmmaker follows Ventura, a cape Verdean laborer who gets new housing but, can’t forget the slum that’s been his home for 34 years. Many are drawn to Ventura, connecting with him and sharing their own burdens. The film-maker shot 320 hours of footage, condensed into this 2 1/2 hour film, one of the most debated at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
$8 gen/$6 members, Walker Art Ctr, 1750 Hennepin Ave.(next to Sculpture Garden), Minneapolis (612)375-7600 www.walkerart.org
Homewood Studios, Minneapolis
Twin Cities youth perform their poems as part of the kick-off for a phtogpraphy exhibit documenting the 90-year-old Sheltering Arms, which gave shelter to homeless kids since the early 1900s. Exhibit through Nov. 10 (watch for review)
Free, Homewood Studios, 2400 Plymouth Ave. North, MInneapolis, (612) 239-1079, www.homewoodstudios.com
Irv Williams and Peter Schimke
Artist’s Quarter, St. Paul
A CD release concert featuring songs from the Duo, the latest from jazz balladeers Williams and Schimke. The nine tunes on the CD include original compositions by Williams and Schimke, as well as the Rogers and Hart standard “My Funny Valentine,” and also takes on classical composers. For Irv Williams, a local
legend known as “Mr. Smooth” for his sheer grace on the tenor sax, Duo is his third recording since turning 85! Together, as close friends and collaborators, Williams’ and Schimke’s jazz approach to chamber music is a departure for the two musicians, who have worked together so often in the Irv Williams Quartet. Schimke got his start as a 1970s rock drummer and besides playing in the Irv Williams Quartet is also a member of the adventurous group How Birds Work.
$10, 4pm, Artist’s Quarter, 408 St.Peter St., St. Paul (651) 292-1359
Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West
Through Oct. 7
Bell Museum, Minneapolis
This contemporary classic of the propaganda film has been extended through Oct. 7.
Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 SE Church St., Minneapolis, (612) 331-3134, www.mnfilmarts.org