A David Bowie tribute, a robot art show and more

The Robo Show at Light Grey Art Lab Credit: Image by Paul Reinwand

The Robo Show

Light Grey Art Lab takes it back to the ‘80s and ‘90s with its latest exhibition, the “Robo Show.” Each participating artist was asked to create their own signature robotic mecha (giant robot) inspired by the cartoons and anime from classic TV. With more than 70 pieces, the show draws from artists with diverse backgrounds, from videogame series like “Halo” and animation studios like Laika, Disney and DreamWorks. The gallery is hosting an opening reception on Friday, Feb. 12 from 7-10 p.m.

Where: Light Grey Art Lab, 118 E. Lake St.

When: Feb. 12 through March 25

Cost: Free

Info: lightgreyartlab.com



Open Window Theatre director Jeremy Stanbary gives a classic play a modern urban twist with his production of “Everyman.” The work, an older medieval morality play, gets a contemporary treatment with live music, a diverse, rotating cast and stunning visuals from SPARK Theater + Dance.  With its prison-like urban jungle setting and calling out of corrupt clergy members, Stanbary says the play is “not afraid to pull punches.”

Where: Open Window Theatre, 1313 Chestnut Ave. Ste. #102

When: Feb. 19 through March 20

Cost: $16-30

Info: openwindowtheatre.org


We Can Be Heroes

Former members of Prince bands and musicians from The Suburbs, Soul Asylum and more are coming together to pay homage to the late David Bowie. The show, “We Can Be Heroes: The Bowie Tribute,” promises a circus-like atmosphere of art, fashion and androgyny with large-scale artwork created by local Jeremi Hanson. The 21-plus event features Michael Bland (Prince, Soul Asylum), Brian Gallagher, (Prince, Greazy Meal), Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum), Phil Solem (The Rembrandts) and many more musicians who were inspired by Bowie.

Where: Parkway Theater, 4818 Chicago Ave. S.

When: Friday, Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $35

Info: theparkwaytheater.com


I AM Kindness

I AM Kindness is an art show unlike any other. The art, all original and produced by local artists, is for sale, but money has no value at the event. Rather, by bidding on a piece of art, patrons pledge acts of kindness chosen by the artists. The free show, founded by Sarah Edwards of I AM MPLS!, is a rare opportunity to get original art and, most importantly, spread positive energy. There will be a free/open bar sponsored by Le Meridien Chambers Hotel, a coffee cart from Spyhouse Coffee Roasters and an after-party in the rooftop space by Fulton beer.

Where: Burnet Gallery, 901 Hennepin Ave.

When: Saturday, Feb. 27 from 6-9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: iamkindnessgallery.com


Coloring Club MPLS

With adult coloring books on the rise, it was only a matter of time until someone combined it with beer. City In a Jar is hosting a monthly coloring club, #coloringclubMPLS. A $5 admission will get you a custom coloring page, coloring materials and beer specials from Eastlake Craft Brewery. Break out the crayons and get your creativity on, beer in hand.

Where: Eastlake Craft Brewery, 920 E. Lake St.

When: Thursday, Feb. 25 from 6-8 p.m.

Cost: $5

Info: jessicaleitch.com


Photo courtesy of Betty Danger’s Country Club

Betty’s Best in Show

Betty Danger’s Country Club is putting its own twist on the Westminster Kennel Club’s 140th Annual Dog Show with a dog show of its own. The Northeast Minneapolis restaurant and bar, famous for The Danger — its rotating dining experience — invites patrons to dress to the nines in their finest clashing tartan plaids and dog handler attire. Instead of showing off their own canine companions, they can show off their favorite stuffed animal dogs in a competition to win a trophy and have their photo on display. For those not competing, there will be plenty of dog-themed drinks.                                                                                                      

Where: Betty Danger’s Country Club, 2501 Marshall St. NE

When: Tuesday, Feb. 16 from 6-10 p.m.

Cost: Free

Info: bettydangers.com


90-Second Newbery Film Festival

The Newbery Film Festival features the work of young moviemakers who retell the stories of Newberry Award-winning books in 90 seconds or less. This will be the second year the festival has come to Minnesota, this time with co-hosts and authors James Kennedy and Kelly Barnhill. The two will perform comedic skits and show their favorite 90-second films from child moviemakers from Minnesota and around the world.

Where: Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall

When: Saturday, Feb. 27 from 3-4:30 p.m.

Cost: Free, free reservation recommended

Info: jameskennedy.com/90-second-newbery

Photo by Daniel Polsfuss

The Story of Crow Boy

In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s latest, “The Story of Crow Boy,” explores the life story of Taro Yashima and his 1956 children’s book, “Crow Boy.” The work, which is three years in the making, tells the story of an ostracized and misunderstood young boy who comes to find his own brave voice. The production draws from Yashima’s haunting, graphic autobiographies detailing his experience wrestling with human brutality, racial discrimination and the ravages of World War II.

Where: In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, 1500 E. Lake St.

When: Feb. 18 through Feb. 28

Cost: $15-22

Info: hobt.org