Art Condition

Japanese animation takes over the World, Ready for a crash course in anime?

The Minneapolis Anime Festival, a collection of eleven Japanese animated feature films, is coming to The Suburban World Theater, 3022 Hennepin Ave. S., in early May.

"A lot of places around town show one a week, but as far as a collection of this many theatrical prints together, we had the opportunity and thought it would be a neat thing to offer," said Kevin McLaughlin, publicist for The Suburban World, which is working with Asian Media Access to bring the series to the Twin Cities.

The series will focus on the works of anime masters like Mamoru Oshii, Katsuhiro Otomo and Yoshiaki Kawajiri, but will also include newer blockbusters like "Perfect Blue" and "Ghost in the Shell." Other films screening include the classic "Akira," as well as "Jin-Roh," "Spriggan," "Patlabor II," "Wings of Honneamise," "X," "Transformers -- The Movie," "Vampire Hunter D:

Bloodlust" and "Ninja Scroll."

To get you in the mood, Suburban World will be adding sushi to its dinner menu for the entire run of the festival, May 2-21.

Festival passes cost $30 and are available at the Suburban World box office or at Source Comic & Games, 1601 W. Larpenteur Ave. in Falcon Heights. Call 825-6688 for the film schedule.

Give mom your art

Celebrate Mother's Day by sipping tea and making art with your mom at the Walker Art Center, May 12, 1:30-3 p.m.

Start with a tour of "Vital Arts: American Art and Design in the Atomic Age 1940-1960" -- which ends on May 12th -- and then retire to the Art Lab to design and construct sculptural place settings.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for Walker members.

Call 375-7622 to reserve a spot.

May Day alert

It must be spring. On Sunday, May 5 in Powderhorn Park, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre will host our local version of carnivale -- the 28th Annual MayDay Parade and Festival.

Around 50,000 people are expected to turn out for the parade of towering puppets and colorful characters, which features dancing, music and food.

The parade begins at 1 p.m. at Bloomington Ave. S. and 26th St. and will proceed south to 34th St. before it turns west into Powderhorn Park.

The rain date is scheduled for May 12, 1 p.m.

Over 2,000 participants will march in the storytelling section of the parade, which this year carries a peacemaking theme.

The MayDay Festival and Parade is free and open to the general public. For more information, call In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre at 721-2535 or log on to

Pieces of peace quilt at Calhoun Square

Several segments of The Children's Cloth of Many Colors, modeled after the nearly mile-long peace quilt "Cloth of Many Colors" are on display at Calhoun Square. Project founder James Twyman -- affectionately known as the "Peace Troubadour" -- will hold a free peace concert and educational talk May 1, 7 p.m. at the mall.

Hundreds of thousands of children from the world over have contributed small swaths of cloth to the peace quilt that detail their interpretation of "peace on earth."

The quilt has been presented at the United Nations and wrapped around the U.S. Capitol and is scheduled to return to Washington, D.C., this September 11 for a peace conference.