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‘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.

Visitation pirates

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.

Loretta Bebeau

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.

Free concerts

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.

Music boosters

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.

To donate items to the yard sale, contact Marta Nelson at martanelson@earthlink.net. To donate items for the auction, or to make a direct donation, contact Judy Schlaefer at schla002@tc.umn.edu.

Christian feminists

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 feministfaith@hotmail.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.

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Byrd meets Screamin’ Jay?

Hauser Dance’s spring concert "Solos, Duos and Trios" offers dance fans a taste of three very different styles of music, as well as original moves.

Set to Charlie Byrd’s lyrical jazz, dance performance "Suite Byrd" promises to sweep and swoon. Set to the music of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, humorous romp "Tongues" is sure to tickle. Finally, eerie solo "Framed," set to the music of innovative American composer George Crumb, will still the scene.

The show, which runs Friday-Sunday, April 30-May 2, was choreographed by the Lowry Hill East’s studio founder and Artistic Director Heidi Hauser Jasmin and several company members.

Dancers and staff will be on hand at the May 1 performance, which doubles as a studio benefit and also features a silent auction and post-performance gala.

Tickets for the Friday, April 30, 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 2, 2 p.m. shows are $11-$13. The benefit performance is $25 and begins with the silent auction Saturday, May 1, 7:30 p.m. Hauser Dance is located at 1940 Hennepin Ave. S. For more information or to make reservations, call 871-9077 or e-mail nhdc@tcinternet.net.

Beyond kilts

Many believe a country’s true culture is revealed through the stories of its people. Scottish folk musician and storyteller Duncan Williamson, a member of the nomadic minstrel-like Travellers, is coming to Lynnhurst to share the rich traditions of his home country.

A national Scottish treasure, 76-year old Williamson is more concerned with sharing Traveller traditions than self-promotion. He once told a BBC reporter, "They call me a national monument, and you know what dogs to do them."

Event promoters promise his stories are "laced with humor, good will and something more… something only you will discover when you hear him."

The free show also includes readings from leading British storyteller Helen East and begins at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 1 at Washburn Community Library, 5244 Lyndale Ave. S. For more information, call 630-6500.

A feast for the eyes

Lyndale resident Mark Larson and Heinz Brummel of South Minneapolis are coming to Fulton’s gallery360 to show their latest work.

Larson merges photography and paint to pull viewers in; his collage-like works alter the perception of surfaces with bursts of color. By rendering found visuals onto a plethora of surfaces, Larson prepares a visual feast.

Brummel, known for his "architetonic" jewelry, is now expanding his art to small tabletop pieces. The result is sculpture that thrives on balance and kinetics.

The opening reception is Saturday, May 1, 7-10 p.m. The show runs May 1-June 14, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Thursdays until 8 p.m.) and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. gallery360 is located at 3011 W. 50th St.

What cocoon?

The Caterpillar Lounge, the back room of Whittier’s Azia restaurant and bar, 2550 Nicollet Ave. S., will put on their first Sunday night drag queen and king show Sunday, May 2, 9 p.m.

Billed as a combination of "Victor/Victoria" and "The Bird Cage," Caterpillar’s drag royalty will actually sing, not lip-synch.

Nathan Yungerberg, the show’s producer said, yes, there will be show tunes, along with torch songs and old rock standards. He said local cabaret singers "Heidi Ho" and "Mistress Victoria" will appear, wearing gowns designed by Carole Bruns.

The new lounge holds up to 70 people. The show is free; audience-members will be able to order food and drinks.

Illumination to go

Churches are known for their stained glass, but this glasswork can be taken home. Through May 5, the colorful works of glass blower Tom Rine will be on display at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1900 Nicollet Ave., during church hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m., and Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings before and after services.

Pieces include handmade glass door pulls ($10-$50), vases ($40-$100), bowls and roundels ($200-$1,000), and a chandelier ($2,500).

Rine runs Island Glass Studios in Southeast Minneapolis. For more information, call the studio, 378-4778.

See you at Soo

Soo Visual Arts Center, 2640 Lyndale Ave. S., is looking for paintings, drawings, photos, etc. (under 24 inches in either direction) and smaller gift-like items for their gallery and store. Send in or drop off slides, along with a resume, statement and self-addressed envelope "Attn: Soo Too" to Soo Visual Arts Center, 2640 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55408. You can also e-mail digitals of your work to emily@soovac.org. Submissions are due Saturday, May 15. For more information, contact 871-2263, or go to www.soovac.org.

‘Pulling for Good News’

Twenty-one poets from the Laurel Poetry Collective, including East Harriet’s Eileen O’Toole, are coming to CARAG to share poems from the collective’s second book "Pulling for Good News."

The poets, along with musical group Beautiful World, will perform at the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis, 3400 Dupont Ave. S., Friday, May 14. Prelude music begins at 7 p.m., and poetry readings begin at 7:30 p.m.

The event is free, but audience members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food for the Joyce Food Shelves of South Minneapolis. For more information, contact Mary Junge at 952-934-2092.

 

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Open-micat Anodyne

Webster’s dictionary defines "anodyne" as "something that soothes, calms or comforts." Those looking to release some tension should consider joining Anodyne @ 43rd’s open-mic night, either to watch or participate. All types of performance — from poetry and dance to shadow boxing or juggling — are welcome/shall be seen.

There are some restrictions: presentations may be no more than 10 minutes long, and, according to organizers, "pyramid marketing pitches and yodeling" are strictly prohibited.

Open-mic night is Friday, April 2 and the first Friday of every month thereafter. The fun starts at 8 p.m. (participants must register by 7:50 p.m.).

To reserve your moment in the spotlight, or for more information, contact Anodyne at 824-4300.

’99 Histories’

Theater MU, in collaboration with Lowry Hill East’s Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., is presenting "99 Histories," a play about a woman’s quest to uncover her mother’s past. Eunice, a Korean girl, often saw her mother weep over a box of letters when she was young. Now on the verge of becoming a parent herself, Eunice tries to learn her mother’s history with the aid of three things: a box of photos, a poetry book, and "memories steeped in truth and fantasy."

The show opens Friday, April 9 and runs through April 25, Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. An ASL performance is scheduled for April 17. Tickets are $12-$14 with a $2 discount for students and seniors. For more information, contact 871-4444 or visit www.theatermu.org.

Lynnhurst dancer/writer, 15, published

It normally takes several years for writers to be able to share their personal experiences eloquently and candidly, and it always takes plenty of courage. Lynnhurst’s Maddie Graber, 15, is way ahead of the curve.

Graber recently published an article in the March/April issue of "New Moon," a Duluth-based bimonthly magazine by and for girls 8-14. Graber is a dancer who also has scoliosis, an unusual curvature of the spine.

In the "New Moon" piece, "Passion and purpose," she tells the story of her struggle and ultimate triumph after back surgery, which fused her upper spine with two metal rods and limited her range of motion once she was able to return to her passion.

Once the top of her ballet class, Graber rediscovers what dance is really about. "I can’t do everything I once did, but I don’t have to be a perfect ballerina. . . Dance is about how I feel on the inside."

The national, award-winning "New Moon" magazine is edited by a revolving group of 15 girls. The Girls’ Editorial Board picked Graber’s article from hundreds of submissions.

Copies of the issue with Graber’s article are available at large retailers including Borders in Calhoun Square, 3001 Hennepin Ave. S., and can also be ordered online at www.newmooncatalog.com (click on "New Moon Magazine" on the right, then "Current Issue/Back Issue") for $5.50. For more information on the magazine, including how to contribute articles, go to www.newmoon.org.

‘Persian Silver’

Linden Hills’ Geesu Art is hosting a discussion of modern Iranian photography with University of Minnesota art professor Gary Hallman Monday, April 12. Hallman will discuss his the exhibit he co-curated currently on display at the Regis Center for Art on the U of M’s West Bank — the first survey of Iranian photography in the United States since the revolution of 1979, "Persian Silver: Contemporary Photography from Iran."

The talk begins at 6 p.m. at Geesu Art, in the lower level of 2720 W. 43rd St. Admission is free, but donations are recommended. For more information, contact Geesu Art at 253-0021.

Wild Rumpus cook-and-read

In this place where the scent of garlic is considered a sign of good luck and people sometimes turn into frogs, Precious Pparcel Perkins has a mission. The inquisitive sleuth is trudging through cerulean blue lagoons, soggy swamps, dancing mountains and rainbows of bugs in a quest for life’s essentials: the Giant Stone Monkey Head, honesty, friendship and creative cooking.

Meet children’s book heroine Pparcel. A lot like Harriet the Spy, Pparcel diligently keeps a notebook within which she records archaeological and philosophical observations about the supposed whereabouts of the prophetic Giant Stone Monkey Head.

This children’s story, "Pparcel’s Notebook Presents: The Search for the Giant Stone Monkey Head, Truth, Friends and Strange Food," speaks poignantly to all of our senses. We’re whisked thru a wall of llamas, among other things (including dreams), in a safari filled with the sweet smell of citrus, the song of bubbling streams and creatures, the feel of barnacles, the taste of unimaginable pancakes and other creative concoctions, and bright rainforest colors — all rendered in intricate illustration.

Downtown chef and Pparcel creator/writer/illustrator Dan Graves’ will read from his book and leads a culinary lesson for children, art-lovers, poets and cooks of all ages, Saturday, April 3, 1 p.m. at Wild Rumpus Bookstore, 2720 W. 43rd St. For more information, call 920-5005 or visit www.searchforthegiantstonemonkeyhead.com.