Weekend outlook: curious


Children’s Theatre Company presents “A Christmas Story”

Already in the mood for Christmas? There are several theaters ready to satisfy your craving. This weekend the perennial chestnut “A Christmas Carol” opens at the Guthrie Theater, featuring a new adaptation by British playwright Crispin Whittell.

The Children’s Theatre Company is turning a movie classic into a stage show for kids. “A Christmas Story” complete with tacky lamp and BB gun, runs through December 31.

And if what you’re really looking for is just a really good laugh at another person’s expense, Brave New Workshop presents Brett Favre’s Christmas Spectacular 2 – The Second Coming.

Think of is as an alternative to traditional Thanksgiving fare; Pangea World Theater presents “Curiosities” by Heid Erdrich. Curiosities moves between centuries to reveal how much contemporary American Indian identity is determined by history from the 1800’s. The performance features dance, visual art, Ojibwe Hymn singing, contemporary and traditional American Indian music, and media to show how much the images of nearly 200 years ago haunt us today. This work is in honor of the Ojibwe men and women who died in Europe while traveling as “curiosities” on display and for American Indian artists and intellectuals who struggle with “performing Indian,” still today. Performances run through Sunday at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis.

There’s lots of great dance on stage this weekend… at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis you can check out Zenon Dance Company show with world premieres by New York choreographer Colleen Thomas and the Uruguayan-born, Brooklyn based Luciana Achugar.

At the Northrop Auditorium, Emily Johnson of Catalyst Dance presents “The Thank-you Bar,” a piece on displacement inspired by her memories of growing up in Alaska.

Over in St. Paul, TU Dance takes over the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium, with new pieces by Uri Sands, including “The Amusement of the Gods,” a full-company piece examining rituals of worship from multiple points of view.  “Long Way Back” reflects on being lost and finding one’s way again.  

So what are you doing this weekend?