Three free things to do this week

Categories: Free Stuff
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This week's free things to do includes a video-game night featuring classic games from the N64 era, a happy hour celebrating administrators, and a new play at Mixed Blood Theatre. Come take a look.

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For the Water, an homage and a call to action

Categories: Art
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Sister River, produced by Heather Anne
We use water every day to brush our teeth, to wash ourselves and our clothes, and to quench our thirst. But rarely is it something the average person thinks about as an endangered resource. In "For the Water," curated by Camille Gage at Intermedia Arts, artists take on the task of both celebrating water and exploring the things that need to happen to ensure that this vital resource is still around in the ages to come.

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Best of Dressing Room: April 14-18

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:

-- Our theater critic Ed Huyck loved Frank Theatre's Threepenny Opera.

-- MNfashion is bringing back Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week, as well as a handful of new events.

-- Sheila Regan chatted with the folks behind The Shadow War.

-- Tatiana Craine tuned in to the first episode of Fargo.

-- Our Best of the Twin Cities issue came out. Take a tour behind the scenes here, or read up on the big art winners here.

Minnesota Jewish Theatre explores Superman and creators in History of Invulnerability

Categories: Theater
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Dan Beckmann, Jim Lichtscheidl, and Alex Brightwell.
David Bar Katz shines a light on not only one of the greatest fictional heroes of the 20th century, but also the mild-mannered man who helped to create him in The History of Invulnerability. The play, which opens this weekend at the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, takes a look at the life of Jerry Siegel who, along with Joe Shuster, created Superman in the 1930s.

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Record Store Day Block Party, tantric sex, bikes and beer: Freeloader Friday

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Easter is here. While you might family obligations this weekend, there's still plenty of things to do to get you out of the house and having fun. The best part? It's all free. Come take a look at our list and plan your weekend.

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Four unusual Easter events for kids this weekend

Categories: Holidays
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Photo by WillowGardeners via Flickr
One of the benefits of having children is getting to experience holidays like a kid again. Okay, so maybe things have changed a little bit, and instead of hunting for eggs on Easter Sunday, you're trapped inside the stuffy bunny costume while kids pinch and prod at you, but at least you're involved. Right?
 
To spice things up a bit, Dressing Room has compiled a list of some of the strangest, biggest, and most creative Easter egg hunts Minnesota has to offer. Let's just hope the squirrels don't decide to take off with the eggs this year.
 
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All You Can Easter: A guide to the Easter buffet


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Best Ofs 2014: Behind the look of the issue

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City Pages art director Emily Utne prepares models for the cover shot, right
Yesterday, City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities 2014 hit the streets. Each year, we pick a theme to aesthetically carry through the issue. For this edition, we went with old Hollywood glamor, delving into the fashion of the '40s and '50s, and taking a page from entertainment scenes that include burlesque troupes, bellydancers, iconic songstresses, and fashion magazines.

The look of the issue is something we typically plan many months in advance, and this year was certainly no exception. Along the way, our arts director, Emily Utne, created the look of the issue through research, location scouting, and a whirlwind of photo-shoot preparation that included wrangling vintage duds, experimenting with props, and hauling a giant hairdryer up to our sixth-floor office.

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Best of the Twin Cities 2014: Behind the Trailer [slideshow]

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For Ububu, Janaki Ranpura presents a marionette play in a garage

Categories: Theater
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Janaki Ranpura opens a new show this week, one that she's been developing for a number of years, in her garage. The play, called Ububu, utilizes puppetry and the performing talents of Maren Ward, Elise Langer, and Skyler Nowinski, drawing from the historical meeting of St. Francis of Assisi and the Ayyubid Sultan Malik al-Kamil.

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Detroit: Motor city is burning

Categories: Theater
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Angela Timberman, John Middleton, Tyson Forbes, and Anna Sundberg.

Making fun of the American dream is like shooting fish in a barrel. The fading hopes, banal reality, and seedy underside of the suburbs have been fodder for writers for generations. That doesn't mean there still aren't emotional goods to uncover, as Lisa D'Amour's Detroit shows in a funny and often emotionally gripping production at the Jungle Theater.


Under the taut direction of Joel Sass, a quartet of actors go far beyond the facile surface of suburban life and move into the desperation, fears, and hopes of people who have found themselves balancing on a very high and very precarious ledge.

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Fargo recap: There will be blood, don't 'cha know

Categories: Film and TV

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Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard in Fargo
Episode 1: "The Crocodile's Dilemma"

THIS IS A TRUE STORY. The events depicted took place in 2006. At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it occurred.

So begins Noah Hawley's television reboot of the Coen brothers' 1996 film Fargo, with nearly the same disclaimer as its predecessor. The new show, which premiered on FX last night, is taking the same approach to television as one of the network's other popular shows. Like American Horror Story, Fargo will be an anthology, meaning that the storyline and the cast will change from season to season -- assuming it passes this initial 10-episode test.

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Martin Freeman shows off his Minnesotan accent in new Fargo trailer


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