Best of Dressing Room: July 28-August 1

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

-- The Women's Prison Book Project is hosting a sale this weekend.

-- We chatted with North Dakota/Minneapolis standup Amber Preston about her move to Los Angeles. She's back in town this weekend.

-- Tech crews working on the Fringe Fest shared some funny stories of things gone awry on previous productions.

-- Envision announced a date, location, and designer lineup for its fall bash.

Fringe Day 1: Running into inanimate objects

Categories: Theater

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Image courtesy Live Action Set
Wandering around the Soap Factory Thursday evening, the biggest fear wasn't Live Action Set's spellbinding Crime and Punishment. No, it was whether or not my glasses were going to slip off and leave me blind in the show's confusing underworld.

The audience, you see, has to put on masks that are not to be removed under punishment of expulsion from this year's hottest Minnesota Fringe Festival show. I was able to get my somewhat chunky glasses on over the mask. It seemed fine at first, but then they started to slip off while I explored the labyrinth in the art gallery's already creepy basement.

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Tech crews keep Fringe running behind the scenes


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Last Comic Standing recap: Final 5

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NBC/Ben Cohen
This season of Last Comic Standing has been an overwhelming success for NBC. In addition to the show's having strong summer ratings and earning itself a subsequent ninth season, this past week it was announced that the final five comedians would hit the road this fall for the Last Comic Standing tour, which will stop at Mystic Lake Casino on November 15.

But before all that, this week began the final sprint toward crowning a brand-new Last Comic Standing champion.

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Don't You Feel it Too? Dancing for Marriage Equality

Categories: Dance, LGBTQ
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Photo by Zoe Prinds-Flash
Can you believe it's been a year since Minnesota passed Marriage Equality? How does it make you feel? Perhaps you feel like dancing? Well, you're in luck. To mark the occasion Don't You Feel it Too? (DYFIT), a group organized by artist Marcus Young and Grace Minnesota, will be dancing today in celebration in a public act where participants bring their own music to listen to on headphones. 


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Zines, Uptown Art Fair, block parties: Freeloader Friday

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L-R: Work by Garrett Perry, Jimmy Malone
This week in Freeloader Friday we have three huge art fairs, a few great small ones, plus dance parties, outdoor movies, ice-cream socials, and more.

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

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Film podcast: The over-stuffed end-of-summer edition with Guardians, Lucy, and Get on Up

Categories: Film and TV

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Chadwick Boseman works up a sweat as James Brown
On this week's , Stephanie defends her Guardians of the Galaxy review against internet trolls who tell her to go suck eggs, and we touch on Scarlett Johansson in Lucy and the excellent James Brown biopic Get on Up. There's a lot to be had in this one. Enjoy.


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City Pages live tweets the Fringe

Categories: Theater

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For theater critics around town, the Fringe Festival is a little like college finals: lots of studying, planning, writing, and late nights ending in exhaustion. While City Pages ran its festival preview in this week's issue, the paper writing and exams have only just begun.


Starting tonight our theater critic, Ed Huyck, is set to take in a butt-numbing (but hopefully exciting!) number of shows. He'll be sharing his experiences, tips, gossip, buzz, and moment-to-moment thoughts during his epic journey through the best, worst, and most bizarre plays in the Fringe.


Sound like fun? You can follow us at cpdressingroom. Or click here:



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"Tracks in the Snow" highlights Muslim experience in Minnesota

Categories: Art
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Photo courtesy Islamic Resource Group
Razina Motala
A traveling exhibit about the Muslim experience in Minnesota opens today at the Walker Art Center for a week-long run in the museum's Medtronic Gallery. Called "Tracks in the Snow: The Minnesota Muslim Experience since 1880," the exhibit features the stories of 25 Muslim individuals living in Minnesota, and is put together by the Islamic Resource Group (IRG). 


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Envision Fall announces date, location, designers

Categories: Fashion
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Envision (formerly Envision Artopia) hosts a glam party twice a year showcasing looks from local designers at a posh location. This coming season will be no different, as event organizers have announced the details of their fall celebration.
 
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Tech crews keep Fringe running behind the scenes

Categories: Theater

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Image courtesy Comedy Suitcase
Kafka Nuts is one of 169 shows in the 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival
Making order out of the potential chaos -- and loss of blood -- are the hard working technical and house staff at each of the Minnesota Fringe Festival venues. They are in charge of keeping the clock running from show to show. Ten minutes to load in. Sixty minutes on stage. Ten minutes to load out. Boom! Next.

That's the only way to keep the Fringe running smoothly. Between tomorrow and August 10, 169 different shows will be presented at 15 locations around the Twin Cities. Each production will be presented at least five times. Everyday, each theater (apart from four site-specific pieces) will play host to four to seven different productions.

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There will be blood and chaos behind the stage at this year's Fringe

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