Art Hounds: Zenon, Brutes and chasing windmills

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Zenon Dance Company performs Before After by Uri Sands. Photo credit: William Cameron.

This week’s hounds celebrate a production that ‘dreams the impossible dream,’ a dance company at the height of its powers, and an indie rock band that’s big on tight, crafted power pop.

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penny.jpgChoregrapher and dancer Penelope Freeh thinks the Twin Cities has been blessed to have a dance troupe like Zenon Dance Company in its midst for the last 28 years. Penny says Zenon’s 28th Spring Season concert is special, with its veteran dancers performing works by local heavyweights Uri Sands and Wynn Fricke, as well as pieces by New York choreographers Sydney Skybetter and Kyle Abraham. It runs through Sunday at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis.

aditi.jpgMinneapolis playwright, director and actor Aditi Kapil says Ten Thousand Things Theater has a unique ability to take the most ambitious material, be it a Shakespeare play or a musical, and reduce it to its most meaningful form. Aditi says that’s what it’s done with “Man of La Mancha,” on stage at Open Book in Minneapolis April 29th through May 1, and the MN Opera Center, May 6 – 8. The advanced tickets are sold out, but a limited of number of tickets will be available at the door each night.

billiejo.jpgBillie Jo Konze says ‘folkiness’ is everywhere in indie music, which is why “The Brutes” are a beath of fresh air. Billie Jo, a local actor and singer, predicts the Brutes will impress you with their smart, highly crafted, infectious rock songs. The Brutes’ next gig is Friday, April 29th, at the Kitty Kat Club in Minneapolis.

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