Venice Film Fest: Joshua Oppenheimer's The Look of Silence is more honest than The Act of Killing

Categories: Film and TV

In 2012, documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer made a splash with The Act of Killing, in which he sought out members of Indonesian killing squads, individuals who murdered thousands of innocent citizens accused of being communists after a military takeover in 1965, and invited them to re-enact their crimes in the style of Hollywood movies.

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Three free things to do this week

Categories: Free Stuff
Free things to do this week include an art party, the return of cat videos, a beer tasting, and rooftop screenings of Bill Murray movies.

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

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Best Of Dressing Room: August 25-29

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:

-- Selfies aren't a new thing. Playwright August Strindberg was taking them back in the late 1800s.

-- Mike Brody came up with five weird celebrities from Minnesota. Which ones would you add to his list?

-- Standup Tim Slagle told us a neat story about finding his birth parents and family.

-- The Soap Factory's Haunted Basement has a new name and big scares planned for this Halloween.

Venice Film Fest: In Birdman, Michael Keaton is haunted by his superhero past

Categories: Film and TV

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The gent at the Delta check-in counter back in New York sighed when he saw where I was headed. "Romantic Venezia!" he said, and the comment stopped me short, because film festivals located in the most beautiful settings in the world have a way of making you forget - almost - that you're in one of the most beautiful settings in the world. The Venice Film Festival - this is the 71st edition - is held not in Venice proper, but on Lido, a summertime island where winter seems impossible, resplendent with dusty pink and ochre stucco villas. It is also the home of the formerly grand Hotel des Bains, where Thomas Mann wrote Death in Venice, and which, sadly, closed in 2010, destined to become a luxury apartment complex that has not yet materialized. I haven't yet walked by the Hotel des Bains on this trip, but I hope it's looking more cheerful than it did last year, when it sat dejected behind its majestic iron grillwork gate, a sad relic of past glory that even a Venetian Miss Havisham might find hard to love.

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Somali pop-up gallery holds performance event this weekend

Categories: Art, Dance
Photo by Robert Stacke 
If you haven't yet had a chance to check out the Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum's pop-up gallery downtown, this weekend is your chance. The space, co-curated by the Museum and Made Here, opened earlier this summer along with other storefront artist displays. However, since the previous launch occurred during Ramadan, the event this weekend will be an opportunity for a bigger celebration for the gallery. 

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ComedySportz Twin Cities ready to celebrate 25 years

Categories: Theater

Image courtesy ComedySportz Twin Cities
For two and a half decades, improv battles have raged on at ComedySportz Twin Cities, with teams of performers entertaining numerous audiences throughout the years.

In September, the Uptown institution celebrates 25 years with a month of events.

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Tomato parties, beer, unusual libraries: Freeloader Friday

L-R: Work by Brian David Downs, Tiny Diner, work by Paige Dansinger
This week in free stuff to do we have two parties celebrating tomatoes, a gallery re-opening, some beer parties, and two libraries that are anything but stuffy.

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

See also:
Freeloader Minnesota State Fair

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The Soap releases new details about its Haunted Basement

Categories: Halloween
Photo by Dan Norman
The Minnesota State Fair may be in full swing right now, but fall is just around the corner. With the changing of the seasons comes Halloween festivities, including the Soap Factory's annual Haunted Basement.

Now in its eighth year, this season the gallery is adding some new elements in hopes of scaring the living daylights out of those who tour the space's unfinished basement.

See also:
Soap Factory's Haunted Basement 2013: There will be crud

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Off-Leash Area launches their annual neighborhood garage tour

Categories: Theater
Off-Leash Area brings their popular neighborhood garage tour back for their fifth season this weekend. The show, Stripe & Spot (Learn to) Get Along, will travel to various suburbs and towns before returning to Minneapolis. The tour is aimed at bringing theater to communities that don't necessarily have a lot of art experiences available. 

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Jungle revisits The Mystery of Irma Vep

Categories: Theater

Photo by Michal Daniel
Bradley Greenwald.
Charles Ludlum's The Mystery of Irma Vep is many things. One thing it is not: easy.

The Jungle Theater revisits the play starting this week. Joel Sass directed the first production in 2010, and this marks his third time in the chair of the play, which tells a fast-paced adventure with only two actors.

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"The Heiress" examines love and loss

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