Your Weekend Outlook: transformative

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Frank Theatre presents Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis. Photo by Tony Nelson.

They say art has the power to transform people. What they didn’t mention is that sometimes it transforms them into really disturbing oversized insects. Take, for example, Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka, in which one man wakes up to find himself now in the shape of a cockroach, but nobody seems to take his predicament seriously. Find out just how bad things can get in this Frank Theatre production at Open Eye Theatre in Minneapolis. Performances run through May 1.

There’s a ton of great music that blends classical training with modern sensibilities and a love of folk music at the Southern Theater in the coming days. Tonight and tomorrow you can see Nico Muhly and Sam Amidon. Friday and Saturday yMusic joins singer, composer and pianist Gabriel Kahane (for more on Kahane, check out this story). If you haven’t had enough already, come back Monday night for a show by local chamber group Accordo.

The Loft Literary Center continues its spoken word series Equilibrium Thursday night at 7pm with guest Anida Yoeu Ali. Also performing will be Tatiana Ormaza, Tish Jones, Kohl Miner, Tou Saik, Marisa Carr, and Preeti Kaur.

The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival gets underway tomorrow. You can find out about some of the 145 films it will feature in Euan Kerr’s lovely story.

Patrick’s Cabaret presents the “Somewhat Sci-Fi Variety Show,” an evening of hip-hop modern, singing, waacking, performance art, comedy and freestylin, all inspired by science fiction culture.

Bryant Lake Bowl has two shows running this weekend: the annual Dykes Do Drag show, and a remount of “The Harty Boys and the Case of the Limping Platypus.”

Update: And if you’re in Lanesboro this weekend (great little town, 30 minutes south of Rochester – heard of it?) check out the Commonweal Theatre’s Ibsen Festival, featuring a world premiere adaptation of the rarely-produced John Gabriel Borkman by Minnesota playwright Jeffrey Hatcher.

Still not found what you’re looking for? Check back later for posts on MIA’s “Until Now” exhibition of contemporary art, Bedlam’s Ten Minute Play Fest, and Gallery 13’s latest show. And if you’ve got other plans this weekend, let us know what they are.

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