Art Condition

Steven’s Square’s Acadia Caf/ and Cabaret, 1931 Nicollet Ave. S., hosts WildeTheater’s newest production featuring magic, juggling, acrobatics and all-around "fun-for-the-whole-family."

Offering family entertainment that "won’t destroy your monthly budget," magician Bob Miller, record-holding juggler Tuey and magician/juggler/ventriloquist Jamie Doyle aim to enthrall and amaze.

This month’s show is Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $6 for kids, and special prices are available for families.

For more information, call WildeTheater’s number 822-3807, the Acadia Caf/ and Cabaret at 874-8702, or mouse over to wildetheater.com.

Can’t make it to this installment of Variety in the Cities? Never fear! Performances are on the fourth Saturday of each month through November — same time, same place.

Hi-speed operatics

Not a fan of the opera? CARAG’s Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., is aching to change that. To accomplish their goal, they have brought back the show that moves at a breakneck pace of seven operas in 90 minutes — "Knock Knock! It’s Your Husband." That’s one opera every 12.8571 minutes!

Directed by East Isles’ Gary Briggle, the Theatrical Music Company’s four-person cast pledge to provide "opera at its most essential, direct and fall-down funny."

To witness this merger of opera and fast-forward fun, head down to the Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater Sunday, Feb. 23. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 per person, and $10 per person for groups of 14 or more. Reservations are recommended; for more information, call 825-8949.

gallery360

Fulton’s gallery360, 3011 W. 50th St., presents artist Yuri Arajs’ recent works in the new show, "Panorama: Modern Landscapes." With seemingly simple composition, Arajs’ works contrast unorthodox textures such as tar, concrete and buckshot tin.

Lyndale’s Olsa Thomason-Kuster, Lowry Hill East’s Matthew Rucker and Lowry Hill’s Melanie Pankau all have window displays in the accompanying "5-Foot Show" at gallery360 as well.

Both shows run through March 14, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Thursdays until 8 p.m.) and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Contact gallery360 at 925-2400 for more information.

‘Women of Mass Destruction’

Those looking for WMD (women of mass destruction) should head down to the Wedge’s Brave New Workshop, 2605 Hennepin Ave S.

On Fridays and Saturdays through April 10, the formidable, mass-destruction-prone Katy McEwen and Shanan Wexler, will present their sketch comedy, ‘Das Bootylicious or Women of Mass Destruction’ on "fear — irrational, neurotic or otherwise," with more than just a touch of satire and irreverence.

McEwen and Wexler are careful to note that, while obviously feminine perspectives are included, this is not an estrogen- overload night. "We really did NOT want to let this be some kind of …feminist treatise about periods and grrrl power," McEwen said.

Shows are Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturdays at 7 and 10 p.m through April 10. Tickets are $15-$19 and are available at bravenewworkshop.com or by calling

332-6620.

 

Art Condition

Bearing 'WITNESS'

Members of the Steven's Squarebased VocalEssence Chorus present their annual "WITNESS" concert in honor of black composers. This year, the concert focuses on the late Undine Smith Moore.

The 100-voice chorus will perform Moore's tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., "Scenes from the Life of a Martyr," as well as pieces by other African-American women and a VocalEssence commissioned work.

The first student to earn a Fisk Scholarship to study at the prestigious Julliard music school, Moore inspired artists such as jazz pianist Billy Taylor, in addition to creating an impressive body of classical music herself.

The "WITNESS" concert is Saturday, Feb. 7 at Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, and beings at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $20-$35 and are available at vocalessence.org or by calling 371-5656.



Lewis and Clark meet Marilyn Monroe

The first new exhibits of the year at CARAG's Minnesota Center for Photography are sure to appeal to a wide range of photography fans. The one-person exhibitions -- from Justin Newhall, Lisa Stanley and Dona Schwartz -- cover three very different subjects, though all invite viewers to take a closer look.

Newhall spent four years following the trail of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and the product of his journey is now on display in "Historical Marker: Photographs Along the Lewis and Clark Trail." The images, such as one of an elaborate monument to the untamed West in the middle of a manicured (and paved!) plaza, slyly suggest that maybe the "legacy of manifest destiny" isn't quite what it seems.

Lyn-Lake's Lisa Stanley's exhibit, "LOGOS," is comprised of over-sized digital prints that provide a fresh perspective on the making of an icon. Using the A's, C's, T's and G's from the human genome -- the building blocks of life -- Stanley reconstructs images from text in startling detail. In "blonde.preference," Marilyn Monroe's face leaps out from the letters so clearly you'd think it was a headshot.

Before Uptown's Dona Schwartz, domesticity never looked so good. Schwartz offers viewers a glimpse into her life as seen through her digital camera, documenting her comings and goings "In the Kitchen" of her Minnesota home.

The free exhibit runs Tuesday-Sunday thru March 14, noon to 5 p.m. MCP is located at 711 W. Lake St. For more info, call 824-5511 or visit MNCP.org.



Jungle Theater's 'Drawer Boy'

Named "One of the Ten Best Plays of 2001" by Time magazine, "The Drawer Boy" by Michael Healey, opens the 2004 season of Whittier's Jungle Theater on Friday, Feb. 6. Directed by Lyndale's Casey Stangl, "The Drawer Boy" features Miles, a young actor gathering research for a play, who uses gentle humor to disrupt the lives of two reclusive farmers -- and uncovers a "tragic secret" in the process.

The show opens Friday, Feb. 6 and runs through March 27. Shows are Wednesday-Sunday at various times; tickets are $20-$30. (Students and seniors receive a $2 discount, and $10 student rush tickets are available a half-hour prior to showtime.) For more information, go to jungletheater.com or call 822-7063.



'Conjure: The Puppet Cycle'

Fuller's Shelley Holzemer Gallery, 4810 Nicollet Ave., presents Mary Kline-Misol's mural-sized paintings of puppets in "Conjure: The Puppet Cycle." While thoughts of Pinocchio may spring to mind, these depictions of puppets are rich, intricate, carefully composed and a far cry from the world of Jiminy Cricket. Kline-Misol's paintings almost seem on the verge of movement and, according to critic Wesley Pulkka, Ph.D., "prompt viewers to imagine what transpired before the picture formed and what will happen next."

Get pulled into the free puppet show; "Conjure" runs Tuesday-Saturday through March 6, noon-5 p.m. For more information call 824-0640 or log on to holzemergallery.com.



High-rise horror

Transplanted North Dakota native Ernest Francis Schanilec pays an interesting homage to his new home state in his second book, "The Towers." Set on the shores of Lake Calhoun, Schanilec's fictional novel stars Tom Hastings, a Minnesota man who has a serious problem: murder follows him wherever he moves.

After a year of living in "The Towers" (a.k.a. Calhoun Towers), Hastings finds himself trapped in a murder mystery. A woman's body found next to the railroad tracks blocks away from he high-rise sparks a manhunt for the killer -- who, coincidentally, shares a parking garage and other areas with the protagonist. Hastings and his neighbors begin to suspect one another as the tale unfolds.

Find Schanilec's book on sale at the Calhoun Square Barnes & Noble, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., and online at www.hastingsnovels.com.