ART CONDITION

Photo exhibit reveals Ptolemy

Philosopher and astronomer Ptolemy, who believed the universe was centered around Earth, is at the center of an exhibit at Gallery 360 from April 6 to May 5. With "L'Indispensable," Minneapolis-based photographic artist Natasha D'Schommer has snapped photos of 15th-century illustrations of Ptolemy she found in Princeton University's library to create an exhibit that

"is an exploration of innocence and obsession," said D'Schommer. An opening reception is set for Saturday, April 6, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the gallery, located at Xerxes and 50th Street. For more information, call 925-2400.

Levity lifts Red Eye's Isolated Acts There's a "surprising levity" in Red Eye's Isolated Acts double bill, on stage March 29-31, said artistic co-director Miriam Must. Joan Calof introduces a detailed portrait of her fearsome maternal grandmother in "Sitting Shivah," set after the woman's death while she waits impatiently for her undutiful daughter to conduct the Jewish mourning ritual. In the second half of the evening, choreographer April Sellers takes a look at what makes us feel down in the dumps in "Between the Blues." According to Red Eye, the discussion of those events--missed opportunities, the demise of a relationship, a journey into the potentially dark side of spirituality, and the mixed messages women receive about their sexuality--are offset by a series of three lighthearted solo vignettes performed by John Munger, Colleen Callahan-Russell and Christopher Watson. For tickets, call 870-0309 or visit www.theredeye.org.

Land of the free and home of the Brave New Workshop The Brave New Workshop closes "We Moved Our Cheese," the troupe's first show since returning to its original home on Hennepin Avenue, on March 30 to prepare for the April 11 opening of "Bushwacked II: One Nation, Under Stress." According to BNW folks, the show takes an "upbeat look at how we are all redefining what it means to be an American…Bushwhacked II promises to give voice to the life, liberty and pursuit of the Axis of Evil that has ended nationwide political apathy and created an obsession for a man living (dying or dead) in a cave." BNW representatives said they are "holding fast to belief that even during the War on Terrorism, our nation's sense of humor will not become a casualty." For tickets, call 332-6620!

Make your own Mayday parade In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is hosting workshops from April 6 to May 2 for anyone interested in working on the 28th annual Mayday Parade and Festival, held Sunday, May 5, at 1 p.m. Workshops will be held Saturdays 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m., and on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7-9 p.m. Artists will be on hand to help participants design a portion of the parade, but participants get to determine their creation and keep it after the parade. Workshops are free and open; children are welcome but must be supervised by an adult. No reservations are necessary. Participants are encouraged to bring plastic tubs with lids, brown paper bags, newspapers, fabric, sheets, latex paint and/or wood to the workshops, held at 1500 E. Lake Street. For more information, call 721-2535 or visit www.hobt.org.