Your Weekend Arts Forecast: Things are warming up

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Battle Cats and Kenna Sarge perform an evening of hip hop music and movement at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis

After the deluge of holiday shows, followed by a couple of dead weeks as people came to the mind-numbing realization that yes, this is 2010, a new burst of creative activity is hitting Twin Cities stages and galleries. Here’s just a sampling…

Local hip hop artists Battlecats and Kenna Sarge join forces to create an evening of music and movement inspired by both urban and West African traditions. At the Southern Theater in Minneapolis Thursday through Sunday.

Guthrie Theater hosts a mini-fest of plays by emerging local theater companies, called “Singled Out.”

Andrea Stanislav presents her latest body of work, “lightning struck itself” in the Burnett Gallery at Chambers Hotel in Minneapolis. In it she continues her exploration of the darkness hidden beneath shiny surfaces (check back here Friday for a look at the show and a conversation with the artist).

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra continues its Stravinsky festival with two performances of “The Rake’s Progress,” an opera in three acts.

The Moscow Festival Ballet presents Coppélia – one of the first comic ballets – about a doll that comes to life.

And Open Eye Figure Theatre in Minneapolis presents “The Mushroom Picker,” a solo performance by Patrick Dewane about the heroics of his grandfather

during World War II.

So, what are you up to this weekend?