Weekend outlook: Chocolate-creamed

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Jim Lichtscheidl (Captain Bluntschli) and Mariko Nakasone (Raina Petkoff) in the Guthrie Theater production of ARMS AND THE MAN by George Bernard Shaw.

Photo by Michal Daniel

In the war between idealism and pragmatism, it’s clear which side George Bernard Shaw is rooting for. “Arms and the Man” at the Guthrie Theater finds a self-important soldier up against a self-professed coward who carries chocolate in his gun holster; guess which one works his way into the heart of the beautiful girl? Performances run through May 8.

Following a critically acclaimed world premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Ragamala brings “Yathra” to The O’Shaughnessy stage. A visual meditation of the human experience, “Yathra” represents the cycle of one day, metaphoricallytracing a human being’s journey from the dawn of birth to the twilight of life. Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Minnesota Chorale presents a performance of Johannes Brahms’ “Ein Deutsches Requiem” this Friday and Saturday at Sundin Music Hall in St. Paul, with a twist; It’s combined with poetry by visiting Macalester Professor Juanita Garciagodoy.

Socrates’ Oedipus Rex becomes Oedipus El Rey in Luis Alfaro’s modern spin on the ancient Greek Tragedy. The time is the present; the place is a California prison system and a Los Angeles barrio. Oedipus makes his epic journey along Highway 99, venturing from San Francisco to Los Angeles. In this collaboration between Pangea World Theater and Teatro del Pueblo, Oedipus struggles against his tragic fate, all the while accompanied by a chorus of prison inmates. Performances run through March 27 at the Lab Theater.

Banfill-Lock Center for the Arts presents “Geographies.” Together with four guest artists, BLCA Artist-in-Residence Curt Lund plays with ideas of place. Installation, maps, screened prints, altered books and more offer surprising and provocative observations of how we experience where we are on this planet Earth. Exhibition open through April 30.

So, what are you doing this weekend?

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