Weekend outlook: well preserved

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This shabti, or funerary figure, is one of 100 artifacts from Tut’s tomb and other notable ancient sites on display in “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

Credit: Sandro Vannini

Evidently the ancient Egyptians believed you can take it with you. The artifacts and treasures found beside the boy king in Egypt pay their first visit to the Twin Cities in “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The exhibition opens tomorrow and runs through September 5.

Speaking of well-preserved, songster Randy Newman brings his wry lyrics and beautiful tunes to the stage of the Guthrie Theater Monday night. While more recently he’s known for his movie soundtracks, I love him for his old songs “Political Science.”

Speaking of politics (I’m just on a roll with segues), Teatro Del Pueblo presents its annual Political Theater Festival featuring two works by guest playwrights. This weekend there’s “Aliens, Immigrants, & Other Evildoers,” a sci-fi Latino noir and multimedia solo by José Torres-Tama, followed next weekend by ¡Gaytino!, Dan Guerrero’s autobiographical, one-man show about his Chicano and gay identities. All performances are at Gremlin Theater in St. Paul.

In a follow-up to its exhibition “The Art of Conflict“, the Iraqi/American Reconciliation Project presents “Navigating the Aftermath” at the University of Minnesota’s Regis Center for the Arts. The goal of the show is to “take a step back, look at the collective and long-term effects of the war, and consider how both countries might start to move forward toward reconciliation and a more peaceful future.”

Do you ever feel like a tragic martyr for your love? THE JOANS, part rock-and-roll concert, part-theater, riffs on facts and fictions surrounding Joan of Arc. Starring Annie Enneking, THE JOANS combines the strange pleasure of religious hysteria, the sanctity of rock-and-roll aggression, and the melancholy of total sexual satisfaction. “Love burns,” as they say.

Performances run this weekend and next at Bryant Lake Bowl.

And if you’re looking for some fun family fare, you can’t beat Rock the Cradle at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Children’s Theatre in Minneapolis. Hosted by 89.3 The Current, kids get to pet the instruments, dance in the disco, listen to radio hosts read storybooks, and just basically go crazy while their parents enjoy the tunes. The event runs Sunday from 11am – 5pm.

So, what are you doing this weekend?

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