Art Hounds: Othello, The Bat, and Times New Viking

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James A. Williams as Othello and Stacia Rice as Desdemona in Shakespeare’s classic tragedy, on stage at Park Square Theatre. Photo by Amy Anderson.

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Faye Price is co-artistic producing director at Pillsbury House Theater. Faye says local theatergoers will receive the gift of two “Othellos” less than two weeks apart from each other. Ten Thousand Things’ production, starring Ansa Akyea as Othello, runs at Open Book in Minneapolis Oct. 23-25, Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, and Nov. 6-8. It will also be staged at the Minnesota Opera Center, Nov. 13-15. Park Square’s “Othello,” featuring James A. Williams in the starring role, is on stage Oct. 16 – Nov. 8.

Jessica Pack is executive director of ArtReach in Stillwater. Jessica hankers to get in a halloween mood by watching the silent mystery film, “The Bat,” at the Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. There will be accompaniment by master Worlitzer organist Dennis James. Film experts say the evil bat character in the movie, inspired ‘Batman’ the comic series. The screening and performance gets underway Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:30pm.

Annie Sparrows is a musician who plays and sings in the bands Awesome Snakes, and the God Damn Doo Wop Band. Annie is enchanted by the home recorded songs of the Columbus, Ohio indie rock group, “Times New Viking.” The lo-fi outfit will visit the 7th Street Entry in Minneapolis on Sunday, October 18. Doors open at 8pm, and they perform with Whitesand/Badland.

Meanwhile other art hounds have their tips to pass along. Nick Zdon recommends the Leaders of Design exhibition at the College of Visual Arts, which closes Saturday.

Jann Cather Weaver is going to take in The Bakken Trio’s performance of “L’Histoire du Soldat” with dramatic reading by Stephen Epp at MacPhail Center for Music.

Betsy Mowry dares you to check out the “Intimate Apparel” exhibit at the Textile Center.


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