It's the end of June. How can I tell? Well, because most of the theaters in town are dark for the next two months, classical music has gone on holiday, and I'm being inundated with little postcards promoting shows at this thing called the Minnesota Fringe Festival, which is still more than a month away.
However there is quite a bit to choose from this weekend when it comes to your cultural life, especially if your culture runs queer. The annual Gay Pride festival and parade are this weekend. In conjunction with Gay Pride, the Queer Takes Film Festival at the Walker Art Center winds up tonight, and Outward Spiral Theater is presenting Queertopia, a cabaret celebration of queer love. Or, you can check out Robert Mapplethorpe's portraits of women (including a self-portrait) at the Weinstein Gallery.
In the mood for a musical? Theater Mu performs "Flower Drum Song" at the Ordway Center in St. Paul. It's a musical originally by Rogers and Hammerstein, and rewritten by David Henry Hwang of "M. Butterfly" fame. Euan Kerr has more on the show.
If you really need a good laugh this weekend, the Brave New Workshop is hosting its third annual Twin Cities Improv Festival. Local acts include the folks from BNW, Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret and the improv troupe Fingergun, as well as groups from Fargo-Moorhead, Texas and Utah.
Because it's summer, and we're in Minnesota, there are lots of outdoor film series, including Minneapolis Parks and Rec's "movies in the parks." This Friday you can see "Iron Man" for FREE at McRae Park.
If you like new music, and you're anywhere near New York Mills, Zeitgeist is on the road, and will be performing at the NYM cultural center for FREE on Friday night.
And while you wont find an orchestra at Orchestra Hall, you will find Bill Cosby there on Saturday for two performances. Remember Fat Albert? Remember "I Spy?" Sigh...
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Painter Jessie DeCorsey has been fascinated with religious icons ever since she traveled to Greece and saw them everywhere, integrated into everday life. She says she wishes American culture had an equivalent source of inspiration that was as everpresent. So she created her own religious icons for today's youth. She says her goal is to make the actions of the saints seem more attainable by everyday people, no matter what their religion.
DeCorsey's paintings are currently on display at the Dunn Bros coffee shop next to Loring Park in Minneapolis.