Directed by Jacie Knight, "The Twits" will be presented at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center at 1900 Nicollet Ave. (The annex of Plymouth Congregational Church.) The play is recommended for children 6 and up. It runs Friday, Sept. 26-Sunday, Oct 12. Tickets are $8-$10. For more information, call 623-9080 or go to www.youthperformanceco.com
The Central Standard Film Festival This up-and-coming film festival returns to Minneapolis Sept. 17-22. The Second Annual Central Standard Film Festival (CSFF) will present 31 feature-length and 41 short regional documentary, narrative, animated and experimental films.
Of these, 26 have been made in Minnesota in the past year. In addition to offering this wealth of regional visions, the festival has expanded to include two Southwest venues: Lowry Hill East's Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S. and Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater, 810 W. Lake St. Other venues include downtown's St. Anthony Main, the Weisman Art Museum theaters (at the University of Minnesota's East Bank campus) along with the Historic Heights Theater in Columbia Heights.
Last year's festival presented the documentary "Spellbound" months before its Oscar Nomination and appearance in theaters. Perhaps one of these locally playing flicks will become famous.
"Black Picket Fence," Sergio Goes' portrait of life in Brooklyn's East New York Housing Project, shows at Intermedia Arts Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 p.m.
"Easy Listening" Pamela Corkey's comedy about trying to find oneself in the 1960s runs at the Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater Saturday, Sept. 20, 2 p.m. Corkey herself will introduce the film. Tickets for individual shows are $6. An all-access pass (this gets you into the parties and special talks, in addition to tix for all the flicks) is $36. Festival brochures can be found at all Dunn Brother Coffee shops. For ticket information, go to the CSFF Web site:www.centralstandardfilmfest.com.
'The Night of the Iguana' Lowry Hill's Guthrie Theater presents Tennessee Williams' classic "The Night of the Iguana" Sept. 26-Oct. 19. Directed by the John Miller-Stephany, it is the Guthrie's first staging of the play.
Written in 1952, "The Night of the Iguana" is considered by many to be Williams last great work. It tells the story of Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon, an estranged Episcopal minister who has lost his faith. Shannon arrives at a bohemian Mexican seaside resort during World War II, seeking counsel and succor from an old friend. What Shannon finds instead is Maxine, the earthy widow of his deceased friend, playing casual hostess to a group of German tourists.
Shannon's increasingly erratic behavior compounds the problems he is having with the tour group of disgruntled Texas schoolmarms he has brought to the resort. In the midst of his turmoil, Shannon discovers a kindred spirit in Hannah Jelkes, a penniless spinster who arrives at the resort with her grandfather, an aged poet.
Shows are Tuesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m., Sundays, 7 p.m. Call for matinees. Tickets are $13-$48. Contact the Guthrie Theater Box Office located at 725 Vineland Place, 377-2224, 1-877-44-STAGE or www.guthrietheater.org.
Antitoxic tunes The Walker Art Center presents pianist/vocalist Robin Holcolm's theatrical song cycle "O, Say a Sunset" at Friday and Saturday, Sept. 19-20, 8 p.m. at Lowry Hill's Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place.
Inspired by the life and work of Rachel Carson (1907-1964) a marine biologist and author of the best-selling book "Silent Spring," Holcolm created a theatrical song cycle that explores the transformation of Carson's personal convictions into public policy. This story of raising public awareness of environmental issues is conveyed via songs of many musical genres -- Baptist hymns, Appalachian Folk songs, rock and country music.
Joining Holcolm on stage will be Guy Klucevsek on accordian, Doug Wieselman on clarinet, Eyvind Kang on viola, Aiko Shimada singing. Tickets are $18. Call 375-7622.
'Amber Waves' Whittier's Children's Theatre Company presents James Still's drama about farm life on the Minnesota prairie in "Amber Waves" until Oct. 11.
The play features the Olson family -- Mike, Penny, Scott and Deb -- and their struggle to maintain the family farm in the face of financial problems and harsh weather.
This play is relevant due to drought-like conditions currently accosting Minnesota's farmers like the fictional Olsons. This family is continually pressured by overdue bank loans, and a farm auction looms on the horizon. The beans are in trouble and they need rain. But, they persevere. The Children's Theatre Company's main stage is at 2400 3rd Ave. S. For tickets, $15-$28, call 874-0400 or go to www.childrenstheatre.org.