Art Condition

Political snapshots

Jila Nikpay, adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota, is coming to Linden Hills’ Geesu Art, 2720 W. 43rd St., to discuss issues of identity in her work for "Freedom, Identity and Gender: A Cross Cultural View."

Nikpay, also a photographer and filmmaker is an "Iranian diaspora[n]," and will talk about the effect of the politicization of Iranian women as it relates to her new workshop, "Body Image: An Exploration for Women."

The free event is March 15, 6-7 p.m.

SW High dons Dreamcoat

Linden Hill’s Southwest High School, 3414 W. 47th St., is taking on Andrew Lloyd-Weber and Tim Rice’s breezy Broadway hit "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" for their annual musical. The musical, adapted from the biblical story of Joseph, outlines the story of a young man who rises to power despite the efforts of his 11 brothers.

"Joseph" includes famous songs such as "Any Dream Will Do" and "Close Every Door." The 75-student cast includes Ben Rosenblum as Joseph, Hannah Walker, Emily Muirhead and Lydia Beatti as the narrators and Max Polski as Pharoah. The cast also includes students from Linden Hills’ Carondelet Catholic School and Fulton’s Lake Harriet Upper, in addition to students from Hale and Seward elementary schools.

Performances are March 11-13 and 18-20 in the Southwest High School auditorium. Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. At the door, both prices go up by $2. For tickets or more information, call 668-3030.

Whimsy fest

The new Heart of the Beast show, "Cabaret of New Works," features (among many others) Lowry Hill East’s Bart Buch and CARAG’s Cheryl Willis-Maher, and promises "something new, eccentric and amusing." Shows with unusual attributes — such as puppets made from found objects or shadow puppetry — are featured in this mini-festival of whimsy.

Performances start Friday, March 5 and continue every Friday and Saturday until the final show Sunday, March 21, 2 p.m. at the 1500 E. Lake St. theater All other shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 per seat, or $25 for a cabaret pass. For more information, call 721-2535 or log on to www.heartofthebeasttheatre.org.

Tangletown soulfood

Tangletown writer Nancy Nordenson recently released her first book, "Just Think: Nourish Your Mind to Feed Your Soul," an exploration of new and old ways of thinking and living life to its fullest.

Nordenson said although many men have enjoyed reading it the book is primarily for adult women. That particular demographic group can get so focused on the ‘To Do’ lists; the needs of everyday living."

The book’s main message is about trying to fully engage the mind before life passes by in a mundane-detail-crammed blur. "I want my readers to be inspired to dig deeper into life…"

Nordenson is a medical writer and has lived in Tangletown for 11 years with her husband and two sons. Nordenson said "Just Think" is available at most bookstores and online at www.nancynordenson.com.

Meet Sage Coy

Sage Coy, a 6th-grader at Ramsey Fine Arts Magnet, will make her debut in the Pillsbury House Theater production of "Far Away" which opens March 5 at 3501 Chicago Ave. S.

Coy plays "Joan," a young girl going to live with her aunt, whom she doesn’t know.

The Armatage resident has been doing television commercials for years, including one for the Tiger Woods Foundation and another for Rainbow Foods.

"I am kind of nervous but I think it will be a really good experience," Coy said.

Faye Price, Pillsbury House co-artistic director and Tangletown resident, is more confident in Coy’s abilities. "Sage is great, I cannot believe that this is her first play. She has an innate sense of character. She takes direction very well, listens, processes and then you see it. Give her something to do and she’s all over it."

Tickets are $15 Thursday through Saturday nights, Wednesday is pay-what-you-can night. For more information call 825-0459.