Weekend outlook: a riot

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Mary Mack

Friday night local punk poet Paul Dickinson presents his semi-regular Riot Act Reading Series in the Clown Lounge of the Turf Club in St. Paul. He’ll be joined at 8pm by folk comedienne Mary Mack.

A couple of strong and powerful theater pieces open this weekend…

Frank Theatre presents the area premiere of “Eclipsed”, the story of five women thrown together by civil war in Liberia, and how they learn to survive as the “wives” of a commanding officer who took them as loot.

Penumbra Theatre presents “Sleep Deprivation Chamber”, about a college boy who’s beaten by a cop, and his mother’s fight to protect him. It’s the dramatic telling of a true story written by the mother and son who lived the experience.

Looking for ambient electronic music that’s “visceral” “foreboding” and “defiant?” Southern Theater presents two evenings of new music by Ben Frost and Tim Hecker this Friday and Saturday.

Saturday the American Swedish Institute hosts the Minnesota Tile Festival, which brings together more than 40 local and national tile artists, offers hands-on workshops, and includes free tours of the mansion.

Looking on to early next week, acclaimed Norwegian novelist Per Petterson speaks at the Guthrie Theater. Petterson is represented in the United States by Twin Cities publishing house Graywolf Press.

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