Free Talk: I Love Trash, featuring the Tape-beatles, Wet Gate and Steev Hise. The Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Place, Mpls. 5:30 p.m. Free. (612) 375-7651. Is the character of Lara Croft simply eye candy for male gamers? Can game patches and add-ons created by hackers be considered art? The Walker Art Center will discuss computer gaming and media sampling in its Oct. 4 Free Thursday feature. University of Iowa Professor Kembrew McLeod will mediate a discussion on the history of sampling media images and sounds on the final night of Sound Unseen, the music and film festival, at 5:30 p.m. Anne-Marie Schleiner, writer and gaming artist-designer, will follow at 7 p.m. with a presentation on gaming culture and art.
Seance. Galumph Interactive Theater, 3243 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. Fridays and Saturdays through October 28. 8 p.m. $12/$16. (612) 729-4933. Wear your corsets, boots and bonnets to explore the 19th century underworld in “Seance,” a new play by Galumph Interactive Theater. Written by Erik Esse and starring Christopher Griffith and Jennifer Weaverling, the play turns 12 costumed audience members into characters as the group examines the link between the world of the living and the land of the dead. A candle-lit room in an authentic Powderhorn Victorian house provides the ambience for spirit manifestations, otherworldly communications and personal revelations. “Seance” showings begin Oct. 5 and run Thursday-Sunday through Oct. 28.
When Pigs Fly. The Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Mpls. 7 p.m. $17. Through October 27, call for days. (612) 825-8949. The Minneapolis Musical Theatre will have a full house when pigs fly. No, really, the MMT is kicking off their new season with the musical revue When Pigs Fly, and if last season’s attendance figures hold, this will be one hot ticket. During 2000-2001, the MMT boasted an 88% attendance figure that they hope to beat this year. Conceived by Howard Crabtree and Mark Waldrop, When Pigs Fly is a poke at Crabtree’s high school guidance counselor, who said he would become a successful performer when, well, you know. Filled with zany musical numbers, this revue lets you laugh as you celebrate the person you are.
Idiot Box Mostly Live Comedy. The Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Mpls. 9:30 p.m. $12. Every Friday through October 27. (612) 825-8949. Tired of channel surfing on Friday nights? Why not let someone else do it for you? Minneapolis-based Idiot Box imitates the sensation of flipping through the channels with a lively performance consisting of fast-paced live and pre-recorded segments. No program is hallowed: from infomercials to cable access, the Idiot Box presents parodies of all of the shows we watch on the favorite American medium, our beloved television. So get off of the sofa and let someone else have control of the remote for a while.
on the d’flow. Penumbra Theatre, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul. 10:30 p.m. $9/$12. (651) 224-3180. On the D’Flow features two spoken word artists showcasing their talents at the Penumbra Theatre. Emcee Dennis Kim seems to root himself in hip hop lyrics while the poet/singer Voice combines poetry and a flurry of different vocals and instruments to produce an organic sound. On the D’ Flow is a presentation of Diaspora Flow, a Sri Lankan-American organization specializing in supporting young artists of color. It’s going down on Oct. 6th at the Penumbra and it’s starting at 10:30 so all in all, the late start is pretty darn cool AND as a little bit of bonus: Student discount!
Two Authentic Japanese Rooms. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Ave., S. Mpls. Call for times. Free. (612) 870-3000. Planning to build a chashitsu (teahouse) where you can drink your matcha (powdered tea)? Skip the Home Show and get thee to the Art Institute, where an authentic teahouse and audience hall (shoin) have been shipped over the Atlantic from Japan for your viewing pleasure. The architectural firm Yasuimoku Koumuten Company Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan designed and constructed the two 16th and 17th century rooms to be exhibited in large-scale glory. The rooms will be part of the Art Institute’s permanent collection.
The Vanished Mississippi: Photographs by Henry Bosse. The Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road, East Bank. Through January 20, 2002. Call for times. Free. (612) 625-9494. Henry Bosse was a photographer in the U.S. Army Corps from 1874-1903. His work focused on the river communities and environmental transformation of the Upper Mississippi River during a time when steamboats filled this remarkable river. Bosse’s invaluable photographs from the early 19th century have only recently been discovered. They had been neglected in a pilothouse for almost 90 years. The Weisman has 30 photographs, one very rare glass plate negative, one bound volume of photos, and many historic river maps drawn by Bosse, which makes this collection the largest exhibit of his work since 1893! The opening reception (Oct. 7th) will include free food, music, a lecture on how the river appeared in the Bosse’s day, a visit from Don Shelby, and a walking tour of the riverfront. Experience a part of Minnesota first hand and witness a Mississippi that has long been lost to history.
Sedated: A Tribute to the Ramones. The Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., Mpls. Through October 28, call for dates. 8 p.m. $10. (612) 825-8949. Proclaiming to capture the sights and sounds of the greatest punk band ever, mock-rock band and theater troupe Jerungdu (which means “essence of maleness” in New Guinea Aborigine) presents Sedated: A Tribute to the Ramones every Sunday night in October. The play and musical revue, narrated by the Ramones biggest fan Sheena, takes you on a “humorous musical tour exploring what it means to be a Ramones fan and a punk rocker,” which apparently means a joke band playing Ramones songs and making punk jokes. It might be a good time if you’re a fan of the band; then again, it might be dumb as hell.
Charlie Bethel’s Beowulf. Jungle Theater, 2951 S. Lyndale Ave., Mpls. Through October 31, call for dates. 8 p.m. $10. (612) 822-7063. Writer and documentarian Charlie Bethel presents Beowulf, his one-man play and translation of the ancient English poem, with five shows this October at the Jungle Theater. Bethel describes the stripped-down translation as “new, fast and loose, and chock full of gruesome imagery” for those looking for a good time at an exciting play, but
notes its themes on “the impermanence of life, the certainty of the Ultimate Uncertainty of Morality and the courage required to engage in life” for those of us too deep to just have fun. That said, it sounds like a hip, interesting and important show, perfect for anyone looking for a good night at the theater.
Garrison Keillor will read from Lake Wobegon Summer. Ruminator Books, 1011 Washington Ave., S., Mpls. 7:30 p.m. Free. (651) 699-0587. Intelligent writers actually choose to brave the cold winters in MN for our amazing literary scene. Keillor is one of them. He grew up in Anoka, graduated from the U of MN in 1966 and moved to New York to get a job. It only lasted about a month before he moved back here, so he truly does understand what it means to be a Minnesotan. His Lake Wobegon novels capture the authentic rural midwestern lifestyle of Stearns County where most of his inspiration comes from. Keillor gained experience writing for this rag and now he writes regularly for Time and The Atlantic Monthly. He has written 10 novels and spends his Saturdays hosting the public radio show A Prairie Home Companion for which he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1974. He writes to entertain, so his reading/photography exhibit on his latest novel Lake Wobegon Summer, 1956 should be nothing less than pure fun.