Art Hounds: Blissful harmonies, a cabaret for improvisers and a solo tour-de-force

fullycommitted.JPGNathan Keepers appears as Sam Peliczowski (and many others) in The Jungle Theater’s FULLY COMMITTED: Nov. 5 – Dec. 19

This week’s hounds sniff out a cabaret where improvisation rules, an actor ‘fully committed’ to over 40-roles and a pair of vintage country crooners who harmonize like they came out of the same womb…and they did.

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ruppenthal.JPGAs an arts-based psychotherapist and music lover, Nancy Ruppenthal has a keen interest in jazz and new music. For Nancy, the annual Fall New Music Cabaret at Studio Z in downtown St. Paul is an autumnal highlight. It’s sponsored by the ensemble Zeitgeist, and features a gathering of some of the best improvisers in the Twin Cities. The cabaret runs Nov. 4 – 6 and features three hours of live, local music each night.

danette.JPG“Fully Committed,” a one man show at the Jungle Theater where the lead actor plays more than 40 parts, has drawn the intense interest of Danette Olson. Danette, executive director of St. Croix Festival Theatre, once directed the play herself, and is really anxious to see how actor Nathaniel Keepers tackles his role(s). The Jungle first staged it in 2002. You can see it Nov. 5 – Dec. 19.

peterkarman.jpgSt. Paul musician Peter Karman isn’t shy about heaping praise on his favorite group in the world right now, the Cactus Blossoms. Peter says the brotherly duo incorporates exquisite Louvin Brother-style harmonies in its original songs and resurrect the sound of 1950s AM radio. The Cactus Blossoms will hold down happy hour at the 331 Club in Minneapolis, Monday, Nov. 8th, 6-7pm.

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