At some point during the making of the Cactus Blossoms' 2016 album "You're Dreaming," one of the brothers in the harmonious Minneapolis twang duo remarked that the record had a surrealistic vibe. "Maybe David Lynch will call us," they remember saying. Lo and behold, the screen auteur's people gave Page Burkum and Jack Torrey a ring, resulting in an appearance this weekend in the revived "Twin Peaks" (8 p.m. Sunday, Showtime). The duo will perform their ominous gem "Mississippi" in the Bang Bang Bar — and that's about all that the Blossoms would say, in keeping with the show's strict anti-spoiler policies. "They never really told us what the scene was all about or anything else," Burkum said. "And of course we didn't really care." He and Torrey attended last weekend's premiere party in Los Angeles. "We're not really hobnobbing-in-L.A. types," Torrey said, "but the people who work on the show are more on the creative and artistic end of things, so it felt like an honor to be there. It had a nice family vibe to it, and not a cheesy kind of Hollywood thing." At one point, he let slip a comment about their "next time" on the show. When asked if that was just a hope or a reality, Torrey clammed up: "Let's just say we're leaving the door open." By coincidence, the second episode featured another group with a Minnesota connection, the Chromatics out of Portland, Ore., co-founded by Perpich Center for the Arts grad Adam Miller.CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER
Home to roost
Doug Argue's giant chickens painting was hatched in a rundown Tyler Street studio overlooking freight train tracks in northeast Minneapolis. It took Argue two-plus years to complete the 12-by-18-foot image of caged chickens vanishing backward into infinity. Not long afterward, collector and philanthropist Gerard Cafesjian bought it and lent it to the Weisman Art Museum. Over 17 years, it became a favorite, then it went overseas, where Cafesjian displayed it at his museum in Armenia. After he died in 2013, his daughter, Kathleen Baradaran of Minneapolis, decided to bring the painting back to the Weisman, where it was given a reception Saturday night. Argue and his wife, landscape architect Mary Margaret Jones (whose firm designed the new Downtown East Commons park in Minneapolis), beamed and took photos. "I'm glad it went to Armenia," Argue said, "and I'm glad it's back." He revealed that he let his then-5-year-old son paint one of the chickens. He declined to reveal which one.
A light is lost
Samuel G. Roberson Jr., an actor, writer and director who cut his teeth at Children's Theatre, Pillsbury House and Illusion in Minneapolis before moving to Chicago, died there Sunday at 34. Roberson had health problems, including leukemia, and had undergone heart and lung transplants. "He was a remarkable actor — so open, so present and so fiercely intelligent," said CTC artistic director Peter Brosius. "His warmth and generosity infused joy into the entire organization. Sam also wrote plays that were tender, surprising pieces, so nuanced and well observed." Roberson performed on many of Chicago's biggest stages while running the Congo Square Theatre, a plucky, inventive African-American troupe.
No Lena jokes
One of the summer's most anticipated comedy events has been canceled. Lena Dunham had to scrap her limited "Lenny: America IRL Tour" — including a June 3 stop at St. Paul's Fitzgerald Theater — due to health concerns. The creator and star of "Girls" suffers from endometriosis, a disorder in which endometrial tissue grows outside the uterus. Tickets will be refunded in full. Questions can be directed to the Fitzgerald ticket office at 651-290-1200.
A cool half-mil
Penumbra Theatre raised $560,000 at its 40th anniversary gala Saturday — a resounding statement of support for new artistic director Sarah Bellamy, who grew up at the theater co-founded by her dad, Lou. He was among those honored at the party at TPT's studio in downtown St. Paul along with director Marion McClinton, who was given the inaugural August Wilson Visionary Award by Wilson's widow, Constanza Romero-Wilson. Sarah Bellamy was visibly moved as she thanked those who supported the theater through its struggles and triumphs, and urged continued support as she plants seeds for its future: "I can't yet see exactly what will bloom, but I know that I am planting on sacred ground."
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