Art Condition

When young Prince Hamlet learns of his father’s murder and his uncles’ treachery, he sets out to seek high-flying, spin-kicking, judo-chopping revenge.

The last performance of "Kung Fu Hamlet" is Monday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door or at 825-8949.

MIA’s first Inuit exhibition

Whittier’s Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) is showing the first Inuit art exhibition in its history, "Northern Visions: Art and Life of the Inuit," Feb. 22 through June 1. The exhibition will include Inuit sculpture and prints lent by the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

"Northern Visions" will be exhibited in the "Art of the Americas" gallery on the third floor of the museum, 2400 3rd Ave. S. Museum hours are Sunday, noon-9 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The exhibit is free.

Award-winning local author

Southwest resident and winner of the Minnesota Book Award Alison McGhee will read from her newest novel, "Was it Beautiful?" Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.

The reading will be at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church on the corner of Lake of the Isles Parkway and West 21st Street. Following the reading, McGhee will sign books at East Isle’s Birchbark Books at 2115 W. 21 St.

"Was it Beautiful?" is the story of one man’s midlife struggle and the those who wouldn’t let him give up.

The book reading and signing are free. For more information, call

374-4023.

Global Change

"Women with Vision" is back for its tenth annual run, March 5-22, at The Walker Art Center. This month-long festival will feature the work of local, national and international women filmmakers.

This year’s theme is "Women with Vision: On the Move," which features works about global change as seen through the eyes of filmmakers. Opening night will feature a Danish film entitled "Open Hearts (Elsker dig for evigt)" directed by Susanne Bier, preceded by "Water from the Moon" directed by Jenny McCracken.

All programs cost $7 unless otherwise noted and take place at 725 Vineland Pl. in the Walker Auditorium. To purchase tickets in advance or for a detailed brochure of films and videos, call the Walker Box Office at 375-7622. For previews of selected works, visit www.walkerart.org/calendar/womenwithvision.html.

Bees to take the stage

Whittier’s Jungle Theater will present "INSIDE THE HIVE: A Life Among Bees" — a theatrical reading of Nick Flynn’s "Blind Huber," a poetry collection exploring the lives and behaviors of bees.

On Monday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. actors Stephen D’Ambrose, Nathan Keepers and Carolyn Pool will take on the roles of the bees and Huber, the 18th century beekeeper who uncovered most of what we know today about the insects. Jungle composer Roberta Carlson performs the accompanying music.

"INSIDE THE HIVE" is a one-time show followed by a desert reception. Tickets cost $7 but are $5 for students and seniors by calling 822-7063. Whittier’s Jungle Theater is located at 2951 Lyndale Ave. S.

— Compiled by Carmen Bartley

Art Condition

When young Prince Hamlet learns of his father’s murder and his uncles’ treachery, he sets out to seek high-flying, spin-kicking, judo-chopping revenge.

The last performance of "Kung Fu Hamlet" is Monday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door or at 825-8949.

MIA’s first Inuit exhibition

Whittier’s Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) is showing the first Inuit art exhibition in its history, "Northern Visions: Art and Life of the Inuit," Feb. 22 through June 1. The exhibition will include Inuit sculpture and prints lent by the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

"Northern Visions" will be exhibited in the "Art of the Americas" gallery on the third floor of the museum, 2400 3rd Ave. S. Museum hours are Sunday, noon-9 p.m.; Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The exhibit is free.

Award-winning local author

Southwest resident and winner of the Minnesota Book Award Alison McGhee will read from her newest novel, "Was it Beautiful?" Thursday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.

The reading will be at Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church on the corner of Lake of the Isles Parkway and West 21st Street. Following the reading, McGhee will sign books at East Isle’s Birchbark Books at 2115 W. 21 St.

"Was it Beautiful?" is the story of one man’s midlife struggle and the those who wouldn’t let him give up.

The book reading and signing are free. For more information, call 374-4023.

Global Change

"Women with Vision" is back for its tenth annual run, March 5-22, at The Walker Art Center. This month-long festival will feature the work of local, national and international women filmmakers.

This year’s theme is "Women with Vision: On the Move," which features works about global change as seen through the eyes of filmmakers. Opening night will feature a Danish film entitled "Open Hearts (Elsker dig for evigt)" directed by Susanne Bier, preceded by "Water from the Moon" directed by Jenny McCracken.

All programs cost $7 unless otherwise noted and take place at 725 Vineland Pl. in the Walker Auditorium. To purchase tickets in advance or for a detailed brochure of films and videos, call the Walker Box Office at 375-7622. For previews of selected works, visit www.walkerart.org/calendar/womenwithvision.html.

Bees to take the stage

Whittier’s Jungle Theater will present "INSIDE THE HIVE: A Life Among Bees" — a theatrical reading of Nick Flynn’s "Blind Huber," a poetry collection exploring the lives and behaviors of bees.

On Monday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. actors Stephen D’Ambrose, Nathan Keepers and Carolyn Pool will take on the roles of the bees and Huber, the 18th century beekeeper who uncovered most of what we know today about the insects. Jungle composer Roberta Carlson performs the accompanying music.

"INSIDE THE HIVE" is a one-time show followed by a desert reception. Tickets cost $7 but are $5 for students and seniors by calling 822-7063. Whittier’s Jungle Theater is located at 2951 Lyndale Ave. S.

— Compiled by Carmen Bartley

Art Condition

"Medea, Medea" is Bernard’s classic show about a misunderstood woman who rages against the middle class through inventive combinations of set pieces, puppets and music. Performances will be Saturday, Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 14, 9:30 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.

All shows take place at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S. Admission is $10 on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays and $12 on Fridays and Saturdays. A three show pass is also available for $25. Reservations are suggested for all shows and can be made by calling 871-4444 or visiting www.intermediaarts.org.

Linden Hills’ first Poet Laureate Linden Hills Neighborhood Council’s poetry committee selected Brent Terry as the neighborhood’s first Poet Laureate. Terry will organize poetry programs for various age groups in the community, beginning with a spring poetry slam.

Terry has a Masters of Fine Arts from Bennington College in Vermont and is now teaching Continuing Education at the College of St. Catherine.

An excerpt from Terry’s poem, "Burritos as Big as Your Head":

"In my college town the food is cheap and plentiful, there’s rodeo, rain changing over to snow, the young people the older people standing out on their brown November lawns holding their skis their boards their rolled-up plastic sleds, their eyes saying please to clouds boiling blue-black

behind the mountains, noses scanning the wind for a crispness –for winter’s coming and downtown the big, big burritos…." — Caitlin Pine

Teen’s photos of war-torn Africa at MCP CARAG’s Minnesota Center for Photography (MCP) will present "Kakuma/Turkana–Dueling Struggles: Africa’s Forgotten Peoples," an exhibition of Cheng Yang’s photographs of the conflict between the indigenous people of Kenya and the families of the Kakuma Refugee Camp. The show runs through March 2, Tuesdays-Sundays noon-5 p.m. and Thursdays noon- 8 p.m.

Cheng Yang will be at MCP on Sunday, Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. for a gallery talk and book signing. The shows and book signing are free and open to the public but donations are requested.

MCP (formerly pARTS Photographic Arts) is located at 711 W. Lake St.. For more information, call 824-5500 or check out www.partsphoto.org. — compiled by Carmen Bartley