Flying Foot Forum's Alice in Wonderland Goes Deep into the Rabbit Hole

Categories: Theater

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Photo by Rick Spaulding
Joe Chvala and Laurel Armstrong.
As Flying Foot Forum finished up a rollicking two hours of Alice on Wonderland Saturday afternoon, a gent sitting behind me leaned over, noticed my notebook, and asked if I had gotten it all written down.

Hardly.

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Joe Chvala and the Flying Foot Forum: "Three and Three"


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MNfashion Officially Calls It Quits

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It's been a rocky year for volunteer-run nonprofit MNfashion. Last January, the organization stated that it would no longer be hosting its signature local fashion party, the Shows, and that the future of Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week was up in the air. Then in April it was announced that MNfashion would move from curating events to having an online promotional presence. Well, that didn't work out either, as this weekend MNfashion announced that it is closing shop completely.

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MNfashion returns, revives Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week


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Best of Dressing Room: September 22-26

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:

-- Despite the lovely 80-degree days, fall is technically here! We gave our top 50 reasons why we love fall. What are yours?

-- We chatted with Lizz Winstead on voting, vaginas, and feminism.

-- Dan Savage shared his thoughts on the amateur porn featured at HUMP! An endearing and adult film fest coming to St. Anthony Main this weekend.

-- Bobby Kahn chatted with Tim of Tim and Eric about performing on the road, their old show versus the new one, and what to expect from their live production this weekend at the State Theatre.

Puppeteers Converge on Minneapolis for Handmade Worlds

Categories: Theater

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Photo courtesy Larry Hunt.
A moment from Love Is..., part of the Handmade Worlds puppet festival.
A gaggle of puppeteers from around the country are in the Twin Cities this weekend for Handmade Worlds, a national festival held at Open Eye Figure Theatre and In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre.

It opened Thursday night with performances at both venues. Open Eye featured the final two performances of the revival of Strumply Peter. Heart of the Beast hosted Connecticut artist's Larry Hunt's mask-based Love Is...

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"Strumply Peter" recreates the madcap imagination of childhood


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Podcast: In The Equalizer, Denzel Kills, Summarizes Hemingway, Kills Again

Categories: Film and TV

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Denzel Washington in The Equalizer: "It's about a guy who is a knight in shining armor, except he lives in a world where knights don't exist anymore." He's talking about Don Quixote but he's really talking ABOUT HIMSELF.
As Bob McCall in The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays a regular Joe who turns into an eye-gouging, brain-drilling nightmare for Boston's Russian mob. At first Washington "toodles about a Home Depot-like store, helping customers, decked out in New Balance shoes and jeans so last-century you'll be looking for pleats," writes the Village Voice's Alan Scherstuhl. That's before he turns DIY crime-fighter in Antoine Fuqua's latest crowd-pleaser. Scherstuhl, along with the Voice's Stephanie Zacharek and Amy Nicholson of the LA Weekly discuss that movie, along with kiddie-charmer The Boxtrolls, which will make you laugh, cower and think of Hitler, naturally. The trio also dive into the Jimi Hendrix biopic starring Andre Benjamin, Jimi: All is By My Side, plus Amy gives us the highlights from Fantastic Fest. It's all on this week's episode of the Voice Film Club podcast.


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Walking Shadow's Gabriel Aims for Mix of Tension, Drama

Categories: Theater

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Ross Destiche and Miriam Schwartz.
Walking Shadow Theatre Company has had Moira Buffini's Gabriel on its radar for a long time. The time was right for the World War II drama to make its Midwest premiere, says company member and director Amy Rummenie.

"It's a very realistic story. It has 100 percent realism, with a hint that there is something not quite right and there is a larger force at work," Rummenie says about the show, which opens Friday at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage. "It asks a lot of questions about the nature of evil and the nature of good. It is delightfully ambiguous at times, so it is perfect for Walking Shadow."

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Walking Shadow fires up "Schiller's Mary Stuart"

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Lizz Winstead, Rauchfest, Oktoberfests: Freeloader Friday

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L-R: Farida Hughes, Adam Turman for ARTCRANK, Morgan Clarence at Form + Content
This week we have a ton of free Oktoberfest parties, a party with Lizz Winstead celebrating vaginas and voting, and the return of ARTCRANK.

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

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Explore Beauty in Abandoned Storefronts with the Made Here Walking Tour [Video]

Categories: Art

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If you've spent time in downtown Minneapolis over the past few months, you may have noticed previously vacant storefronts with photos, paintings, puppets, or projections. These works of art are part of the Made Here initiative, which is headed up by Hennepin Theatre Trust, the Walker Art Center, the city of Minneapolis, and ArtPlace in partnership with the Downtown Cultural District, a City Council-sponsored initiative.

The initiative was formed "to make a more artful and pleasant pedestrian experience from the Walker to the river along First Avenue, Hennepin, and Nicollet Avenue," says Joan Vorderbruggen the Cultural District arts coordinator at Hennepin Theatre Trust.

We joined Vorderbruggen on a walking tour during the last weeks of Made Here's summer exhibit to find out more about the pocket galleries and installations we've been seeing all over the downtown area.

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Made Here launches a second round of projects tonight

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Ralph Lemon's "Scaffold Room" at the Walker

Categories: Performing Arts
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Okwui Okpokwasili at MANCC residency
In "Scaffold Room," which has its world premiere this weekend at the Walker Art Center, Ralph Lemon funnels pornography, violence, pleasure, and gaze into a series of solo pieces taking place in and around a large scaffolding structure in the Burnet Gallery. The multimedia work, which includes video and a live score by composer/DJ Marina Rosenfeld, features Okui Okpokwasili and April Matthis in restrained, often distant performances that quell the explosive material. 


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Dan Savage Brings HUMP! Amateur Porn Festival to Minneapolis

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Seattle's annual amateur porn festival, HUMP!, has grown in reputation since its inception in 2005. This year, host and curator Dan Savage is taking the show on the road. Friday and Saturday, you can catch the festival at St. Anthony Main, and it will be hosted by Savage himself. The program consists of homemade short erotic films, handpicked by Savage and associates, representing a wide range of human sexuality in ways both arousing and amusing.

We caught up with Dan Savage to talk about HUMP!, the process of deciding the festival's winners, and how watching porn in public can change people's perceptions of sex:

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