Your weekend outlook: Cranked Up


“Choose The Bike” by Alan Turman, one of the artists whose work will be on display as part of Artcrank’s annual poster show.

Love posters? Love to bike? Then you’ll want to be at Artcrank 2010 this Saturday at Shelter Studios in Minneapolis. Can’t make it? No worries, the show continues at One On One Bike April 12 through May 1st, and appears again at Northrup King Building for Art-A-Whirl May 14-16.

The Walker Art Center has two events worth checking out that open this weekend: “Views from Iran” is a film series focussing on contemporary life in a country that has made American headlines for years, but about which we know very little. And The Talent Show explores our engrossed relationships with reality TV and talent shows, against the backdrop of shrinking personal privacy.

The Cedar Cultural Center presents two evenings of West African music, one from Mali and another from Senegal. Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba perform Saturday night, followed by Senegalese legend Baaba Mal on Sunday.

Looking for dance? Beyond Ballroom Dance Company presents From the Belly of the Wolf and Other Tales at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. And Ethnic Dance Theatre performs “Ports of Call” featuring the music and dance of Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Egypt, Greece, India, Latvia, Lebanon, Norway and Turkey.

There’s just a bunch of theater opening this weekend – in St. Paul! To give you a quick rundown:

Teatro del Pueblo and Pangea World Theater present Federico Garcia Lorca’s “House of Bernarda Alba,” in which five adult daughters are kept in mourning for their dead father, despite their own desires to find love. Performances run April 9 – 25 at Steppingstone Theatere.

Park Square Theater presents “Dead Man’s Cellphone,”billed as a “quirky modern adventure” that finds Jean increasingly annoyed by the ringing cellphone of a man sitting (quietly) next to her.

Iris Shiraishi tracks her journey from a childhood in Hawaii to her work as a taiko artist with Mu Daiko and Mu Performing Arts in the production “Becoming.” Performances run April 9 – May 2 at Dreamland Arts.

Update: Also Theatre Unbound and Green T Productions have joined together to present “Medea: A Noh Cycle“. Performances run April 10 – 25 in the Lowry Lab theater.

On the other side of the river, Mixed Blood Theatre takes the commercialization of race to the mat in “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity,” a look at the world of pro wrestling. Listen for a radio story on the show by colleague Chris Roberts later this week.

So what are you up to this weekend?