Your Weekend Arts Outlook

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‘Corleone: The Shakespearean Godfather’ at Gremlin Theatre
Photo by Jim Clifford

One of the hits of past Minnesota Fringe Festivals was “Corleone” – a Shakespearean re-imagining of The Godfather. The one-hour piece has been expanded into a full evening’s entertainment, with Coppola’s iconic mobsters spouting off in iambic pentameter. It opens tonight at Gremlin Theater in St. Paul.

ChristopherBaker.jpgFranklin Art Works celebrates it’s tenth anniversary tonight with the opening of a new show. The highlight? “Hello World!…” – a large-scale video installation comprised of thousands of unique video diaries gathered from the internet. The work measures 15′ high x 48′ long and featires multi-channel audio. Artist Christopher Baker says the project is a meditation on the contemporary plight of democratic, participative media and the fundamental human desire to be heard.

Walker Art Center went through its storage bins to put together an exhibition that shows how a particular event can shape artistic ideas around that time. Event Horizon features postwar art, from avant-garde film of the 1960s to newly created environmental works.

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Uri Sands and Toni Pierce-Sands are back with their company TU Dance and a new line-up of work at the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium in St. Paul this weekend. The program features the company premiere of Danial Shapiro & Joanie Smith’s “Dance with Army Blankets,” presented in its first full staging since being commissioned by Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble in 1992. Uri Sands presents two premieres: a new duet performed with Marciano Silva Dos Santos; and Sense(ability) Sketch III – Earth, the latest in his series exploring the dynamic synergy between the human senses and the elements.

Photo by Ed Bock

And, can 34 years of packed audiences be wrong? This weekend marks the opening of the Guthrie’s 35th performance of A Christmas Carol.

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