‘All You Need Is Stuff’
Uptown’s fearless comedy group, the Brave New Workshop (BNW), 2605 Hennepin Ave. S., is embarking on a new show this month. "All You Need Is Stuff — or — ‘Want’ Is a Four-Letter Word" takes the stage with the Brave New Others, BNW’s "auxiliary" cast. "Want" focuses on the "passion of greed" and whether all those possessions we crave can really live up to our expectations of them.
Promising a "British rock band, a trendy sister and a little lemonade stand that refused to bow to fatherly pressures," the Brave New Others’ latest original comedy creation will surely make you chuckle. Tickets are $7; the show runs Thursdays May 13, 20 and 27, 8 p.m.
Ahoy! Young pirates will storm the stage of East Harriet’s Visitation Catholic School, 4530 Lyndale Ave. S., Thursday, May 27 at 7:30 p.m. The school’s free, spring concert features selections from Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera, "The Pirates of Penzance," and is the culmination of the elementary student’s music classes taught by Tangletown’s Pat Brahmstedt.
In April, 50 students in grades 5-7 performed "Pirates" selections for residents of Walker Methodist Health Center, 3737 Bryant Ave. S. Brahmstedt described it as "a wonderful service project," adding that seniors and students mixed well and that one gentleman recounted tales of his own appearance in a "Pirates" production years before.
Brahmstedt said students enjoyed the experience and are looking for more places to perform. For more information, call 827-3861.
East Harriet’s Loretta Bebeau is heading one ‘hood over to Kingfield’s Anodyne @ 43 to exhibit her artwork, both old and new. Bebeau’s drawings are from 1978, while her collages are products of more recent work.
"Anodyne seemed to be receptive to putting the two ages together," says Bebeau. "The drawings are oil pastel[s] — kind of … realistic but abstract. And the collages are on sheet rock … definitely abstract-conceptual."
Her work will be on display through Monday, May 31. Anodyne @ 43, 4301 Nicollet Ave. S., is open Monday-Thursday, 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fridays, 6:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturdays, 7 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Call Anodyne @ 43, 824-4300, for more information.
Bebeau will also exhibit her work in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association’s Art-a-Whirl Event at the Northrup King Complex, 1500 Jackson St. NE., Friday-Sunday, May 14-16.
Want a sneak peek at some of her work? Type her name into the search box at www.mnartists.org.
With 27 days (only 17 school days!) remaining in the academic year, the music department at Linden Hills’ Southwest High School is going out in grand fashion.
The school’s music department will host five concerts at the Lake Harriet Bandshell, 4135 W. Lake Harriet Pkwy., each showcasing a different group.
The Southwest choirs kick off the free concerts with a performance Thursday, May 20. Monday, May 24, the Southwest Orchestra takes the stage. Tuesday, May 25 is the band’s day to shine. Wednesday, May 26 brings the school’s dance troupe to the lake, and the jazz band finishes this slew of entertainment on Tuesday, June 1.
All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Southwest High School at 668-3030.
Southwest High School Music Boosters will hold two fund-raising events for the school’s music department this month. Volunteers secured over 250 items to be sold in the Linden Hills Silent Auction at Linden Hills Park, 43rd and Xerxes Ave. S., Sunday, May 23, noon-4 p.m. And the group is also holding a yard sale Thursday-Saturday, May 20-22, 4001 Linden Hills Blvd.
Proceeds will support a variety of Southwest High music programs, including student’s transportation costs, instrument purchases and rental, etc.
Lowry Hill East’s Rachel Gaffron and Armatage’s Claire Bischoff are calling for fellow Christian feminists to assist them with a project. They are seeking submissions of essays by women 18-35 on being "cultural Christians" and feminists.
Any Protestant, Catholic or Christian women who chose to "reinvent or leave the church due to conflict" are welcome to send their essays to: "In Search of a Feminist Faith," P.O. Box 3977, Minneapolis, MN 55403.
Essays are due Wednesday, June 30 and will be considered for publication in the book, "In Search of a Feminist Faith: Reflections by Young Christian Women," scheduled for publication in fall 2005.
Interested? Log onto students.luthersem.edu/cbishof or e-mail email@example.com.
Cassie and Rosita
SteppingStone Theater’s newest production, "Cassie the Crab and Rosita the Island Girl," allows one young Southwest thespian to showcase his talents. Bryan Ampaabeng, a freshman at Linden Hills’ Southwest High School, is among the 14 members of SteppingStone’s newest cast.
The show opens Friday, May 7, and has subsequent performances at various times on Saturdays and Sundays through Thursday, May 27. Tickets are $8, and all shows are at the Landmark Center, 75 W. 5th St. in downtown St. Paul. For more information, call 225-9265 or go to www.steppingstonetheatre.org.