Best Of Dressing Room: November 17-21

Categories: Weekly Wrap-up
Folks in the Twin Cities are always up to something exciting. Here are some of Dressing Room's top stories from this week:

-- We learned that House of Balls is moving into the old Medusa space, and it hosting a sale this weekend.

-- We chatted with Keegan-Michael Key about the fate of Key & Peele.

-- We caught up with artist Erik Inkala, who is back in town for a show after relocating to Brooklyn.

-- We found out a little bit about what the official commemorative art will look like at next year's Minnesota State Fair.

Comedians Fight Sexual Violence with Take Back the Mic! Benefit

Categories: Comedy
L-R: Tracey Ashley, Jenn Schaal, Aparna Nancherla
Benefit parties don't always sound like like a lot of fun. However, instead of planning a stuffy black-tie affair with a silent auction, local comedian Jenn Schaal has invited two comedians from out of state to the Twin Cities for Take Back the Mic! Stand Up Against Sexual Violence.

Schaal and some of her cohorts began putting together the show after dealing with the unsettling conclusion to a sexual assault trial that involved a staff member at Rick Bronson's House of Comedy and a touring comedian.

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TU Dance Premieres Work by Icelandic Choreographer Katrin Hall

Categories: Dance
Photo by Brandon Stengel
Dancer: Alanna Morris-Van Tassel
This weekend, TU Dance premieres a new work by Icelandic choreographer Katrin Hall for a commission by the O'Shaughnessy. The evening will also include a work about Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cell, choreographed by TU's co-artistic director Uri Sands; a duet by Sands, called High Heel Blues; and a full-company contemporary ballet piece, titled If and Or, choreographed by Dwight Rhoden.

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The Moving Company Recreates Love's Labour's Lost

Categories: Theater

Photo by Richard Tyler Rowley.
Nathan Keepers, Heidi Bakke, and Steven Epp.
The Moving Company brings Shakespeare's early play Love's Labour's Lost to the Lab Theater starting this week. While it retains the title, you won't find much of the original play inside.

Instead, the fast-paced production includes lines from all 37 of Shakespeare's plays, from the romance of As You Like It to the tragedy of King Lear to the whatever-the-hell-it-is of Titus Andronicus.

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Moving Company Ready to Unload the Lab in
For Sale

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Green Gifts Fair, Sports Parties, Book Arts, CD-Release Shows: Freeloader Friday

This week in Freeloader Friday we have a few great art shows, a party celebrating pups and kitties, a project involving many LEGOs, and more.

Come take a look at our list and plan your weekend.

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Adam Turman Is MN State Fair's 2015 Commemorative Artist

Adam Turman in his studio
Over the years, Minnesota State Fair commemorative art has included works that were wholesome... and often a little weird. The art for the 2015 season will probably be a little hip, as it was announced today that print, illustration, and mural artist Adam Turman will be creating the official art pieces for next summer.

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Has Jennifer Lawrence Outgrown Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games?

Categories: Film and TV

Photo: Murray Close
Jennifer Lawrence in Mockingjay
Can The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 keep up with the first two films? Why was the final book split into two movies? Does Katniss even want to be part of this revolution? On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we discuss all things Hunger Games before moving onto a documentary about Sheffield, England's Pulp, and finishing with a recommendation for Happy Valley, a documentary on the fallout after the Penn State scandal. Be sure to follow our hosts on Twitter: Alan Scherstuhl (@studiesincrap), Stephanie Zacharek (@szacharek), and Amy Nicholson (@theamynicholson).

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A Homecoming for Artist Eric Inkala at Public Functionary

Categories: Art
Eric Inkala's work in studio
This Saturday, Brooklyn-based mural artist and painter (and former Twin Cities resident) Eric Inkala returns to Minneapolis for the opening of a new solo exhibition, "Eric Inkala: Chaos Complex," at Public Functionary. The show will feature 12 to 14 original paintings and a large-scale mural.
Inkala's work has roots in graffiti, but in recent years his graphic style has been further simplified, distilled down to its essential elements of pastel colors and flat, two-dimensional shapes. The upcoming exhibition at Public Functionary marks the debut of a new series of paintings that Inkala, a self-taught artist, has assembled over a two-month period in consultation with the show's curator, Tricia Khutoretsky.

"This is my first exhibit in Minneapolis in five years," says Inkala. "So it's going to be interesting to see people's response to where my work has gone since relocating to Brooklyn. "

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Keegan-Michael Key: "I Think That Key & Peele in Its Current Form Has Kind of Run Its Course"

Categories: Comedy
In the post-Chappelle's Show era of sketch comedy, it's hard to argue that there has been a more influential TV show than Key & Peele

Currently in its fourth season, the Peabody Award-winning show on Comedy Central is equal parts insanely funny and culturally important. The duo have played black Republicans, white face-wearing black men in Nazi Germany, and two guys who have no problem calling their wives "bitch" -- as long as they aren't around and can't hear what they're talking about. Needless to say, the show doesn't exactly limit itself. 

This week, one half of the Key & Peele phenomenon, Keegan-Michael Key, joins John Moe and musical guest Bhi Bhiman as the featured guest of Wits. Before he takes the stage, we talked with Key about sketch comedy, his ventures into feature films, and how we might be seeing the end of Key & Peele sooner than we think.

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CTC's Grinch Still Brings Holiday Cheer

Categories: Theater

Photo by Dan Norman
Brandon Brooks and Reed Sigmund.
The holiday season has plenty of traditions, especially at local theaters. While the Children's Theatre Company doesn't present Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas every year, it is usually a welcome addition to the schedule.

This year is no exception, with a fast-paced adventure that unfolds like a Technicolor-fueled dream, buoyed by a well-honed script and songs, and deepened by a cascade of delightful performances.

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Sonja Parks Makes a Neighborhood Come Alive in

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