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SW art crawl

Southwest is blessed with many galleries and art centers; now through Sunday, Oct. 17 you can celebrate them with the "Southwest Art Crawl."

This Southwest-specific part of the Twin Cities-wide "Art on the Town" celebration features many free special events and exhibits at local museums and galleries, including:

– A showing of traditional animal masks, masquerade objects and sculpture from Asia, Africa and the Pacific during this educational event, "Animals in Tribal Art," at Indigo Uptown Annex, 1428 W. 31st St., Thursday, Oct. 14, 4-8 p.m.

– A sneak preview of an upcoming exhibit of Pakistani prints led by guest curator Ali Raza at Lowry Hill East’s Highpoint Center for Printmaking, 2638 Lyndale Ave. S., Thursday, Oct. 14, 7-8:30 p.m.

– A talk with local painter, Tina Blondell, whose works are regularly exhibited at the Shelly Holzemer Gallery, 4810 Nicollet Ave. S. Blondell will speak at the Tangletown gallery about her watercolors and oil paintings Friday, Oct. 15, 6-9 p.m.

Other "Southwest Art Crawl" participants include Fulton’s White Oak Gallery (2313 W. 50th St.) and Xylos Gallery (3020 W. 50th St.), Tangletown’s Sun Gallery (4760 Grand Ave. S.), and Whittier’s Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (both at 2400 3rd Ave. S.). The opening reception for Gregory Euclide’s gallery360 exhibit (see "From Ohms to Avenues" below) is also a Southwest Art Crawl event.

"Art on the Town" is a project of the Twin Cities Fine Arts Organizations, which can be reached for more information at www.twincitiesfinearts.org, info@twincitiesfineart.org or 423-9673.

‘An Empire Disguised as a Nation’

"Let’s Give Back Texas," "Where’s Osama?" and "Go Egg the Hummer" — these are just a few of the original songs featured in "An Empire Disguised as a Nation: A Call to Conscience."

This hit from the 2004 Fringe Festival will be remounted Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 11-12 at Whittier’s Jungle Theater. Written and produced by Uptown’s Dean Seal and Steve Anderson (both students at United Seminary in New Brighton), the play puts a dark comedic spin on American history and current events.

"While the subject matter is a bit heavy, we do it with humor," Seal said. "John Townsend of KFAI radio compared it to ‘Dr. Strangelove,’ and I like that comparison."

In addition to Seal’s politically loaded songs, there will also be sketches and "public service announcements" from Anderson, such as "How to Spot the Government Informer in Your Peace Group."

The Oct. 11-12 performances begin at 7:30 p.m. The Jungle Theater is located at 2951 Lyndale Ave. S. Tickets are $15; $12 for students and seniors. For more information or to order tickets, contact the Jungle at 822-7063 or www.jungletheater.com.

‘From Ohms to Avenues’

Gregory Euclide’s paintings depict the systems of our lives — within them cities, bodies, landscapes and thoughts grow and decay. It is as if Euclide has created visual flowcharts of the possibilities that surround our daily existence; his work even has a multilayered, topographic feel, with fabric applications and secret overlay cutouts.

If you’re curious about what fuels Euclide’s truly original works, find out at the reception and talk with the artist Friday, Oct. 15, 6-9 p.m. at gallery360. The Fulton gallery is presenting Euclide’s work through Sunday, Oct. 25, in the exhibit "From Ohms to Avenues."

Gallery hours are Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Thursday, 10-8 p.m.) and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. For more information, call 925-2400.

Flanders grand opening

Saturday, Oct. 16 Flanders Contemporary Art will celebrate its new Lyndale location, 3012 Lyndale Ave. S., with a grand opening reception featuring work from contemporary artist Robert Natkin, photographer Donald Woodman and graphic artist Judy Chicago.

Natkin, one of America’s premier abstract painters, will be at the event. The Chicago native’s colorful but soft modern paintings can be seen in galleries and museums everywhere from Akron, Ohio to New York City.

Judy Chicago is hailed as a pioneer of feminist art. Her sensuous watercolors, "Fragments from the Delta of Venus," pay homage to her mentor, Ana•s N•n, each painting paired with an evocative phrase from the famous and often controversial author.

Rounding out the opening exhibit is Woodman’s "The Rodeo and the West" series of black and white photos of bull riding and roping. Obviously, this former Warehouse District gallery is not to be pinned.

Music and String will also perform at the opening.

Chicago and Woodman will appear at the gallery for a reception in their honor Saturday Nov. 6, 6-10 p.m. The opening exhibit will continue through Dec. 4.

Flanders can be reached via www.flanders-art.com or 344-1700.