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Stand by for outrage, people. Also lightening bolts from Heaven, assuming God the Father wields such things. Zeus was very good with a lightening bolt, but GTF, who knows?
In any case, Minneapolis performance artists Jason Wade and Jaime Carrera are about to test the proposition that God is Not Yet Dead. If He is still perking about, He is likely to be extremely peeved by their performance on Easter Sunday.
Wade, pictured here, has apparently drawn the star straw and will assume the role of First Son in this new performance piece designed, choreographed, and otherwise slapped together by Carrera. In it, Carrera "continues exploring his recent obsession with terribleness."
As the press release helpfully explained, "Cheesus shoves the traditional story of the passion through a wood chipper of pyschedelia & ridiculous blasphemy. Aided by the unnatural talents of shock rock celebrity & filmmaker, Jason Wade, this performance piece promises to be horrifyingly sacrilicious."
(7 p.m. Sunday, March 31, $5. Soolocal (next to Pat's Tap), 3506 Nicollet Av. S., Minneapolis. www.soovac.org)
Forgot to pick up a cellophane-wrapped rose at the gas station? There's still time to impress that special someone, especially if they're really "special."
Valentine's Day kicks off the Horror for the Holidays series at the Theatres at Mall of America. Tonight at 7:30 there's a special one-time-only screening of 1981's slasher epic "My Bloody Valentine," which no less an authority than Quentin Tarantino called his favorite serial-killer exploitation flick of all time. Tickets are only $5 but you don't have to tell your date that.
The lineup for the rest of the year:
March 14th (St.Patrick's Day) - "Leprechaun" (1993, starring Jennifer Aniston and Warwick Davis)
April 1st - "April Fool's Day" (1986, starring nobody you've ever heard of)
April 22nd (Earth Day) - "The Happening" (2008, with Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel attacked by wind and tress, get it?)
May 12th (Mother's Day) - "Rosemary's Baby" (1968, Starring Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes and Ruth Gordon)
October 31st (Halloween) - "Trick 'r Treat" (2007, starring Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker and Brian Cox)
December 5th (St. Nicholas Day) - "Sint" (Saint, 2010, a Danish chiller that depicts St. Nick as a murderous ghoul who rides an undead horse over rooftops and picks off hormonal high schoolers one by one)
December 12th (approximately Christmas) - "Rare Exports" (2010) (Another savage Santa seige, this time set in snowy rural Finland)
Everyone loves photographer Cindy Sherman it seems, so much so that Walker Art Center is adding hours on the Sherman show's final weekend. (It ends Sunday, February 17).
Here's the deal: The popular show will open to Walker members one hour early, i.e. at 10 a.m., on Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17. And it will remain open for everyone two hours longer at the end of those days, i.e. until 7 p.m. General adult admission to the Walker is $12 and includes the Sherman show.
But, wait, there's more! Savvy art shopers know that the Walker is always free on Thursday evenings and that it always stays open 'til 9 p.m. Thursdays. Couple those fab facts with Valentine's Day, which just happens to fall on Thursday this year, and you've got a huge February 14 bonanza for your sweetie.
Other Valentine nite fun stuff:
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Valentine's Day three-course prix fixe menu at Gather by D'Amico, plus Love Potion cocktails.
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Party People Pictures photo booth (dress up in Sherman drag, please)
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Social/Brief: The Love Version (share your own Hallmark-style love poems in 20 seconds or less)
8 p.m.: Take a "Love and Heartbreak" tour of Cindy's show.
Holiday decorations at the castle-like American Swedish Institute are always a traditional treat with gaily ornamented trees, sparkling lights and greenery swagging the balustrades and fireplace in the two-story entrance hall. Throughout the mansion, tables are set in styles typical of each of the five Nordic countries -- Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. This year the decorations include traditional and contemporary handicrafts from each nation.
The Swedish dining room, above, features the same table settings as used at the Nobel Dinner, including specially designed linen from Klassbol, crystal from Orrefors, a dinner service designed by Rorstrand and cutlery from Gense. All the firms are Swedish, of course. The alcove at right showcases a traditional holiday costume and a contemporary rug.
The Norwegian display emphasizes rosemaling, a traditional style of flower painting, and acanthus carving, bas relief leaf designs cut into wooden boxes and other containers. Judy Kjenstad, who decorated the exterior of Ingebretsen's Norwegian deli and gift shop on Lake St., did the rosemaling. Norwegian-born Hans Sandom did the acanthus carving.
Danish decorations emphasize Danish Modern designs from the 1930s and '40s including the popular blue Chistmas plates from Bing and Grundal. Iceland's room includes a handicraft display as does the Finnish room where traditional birchbark weaving is contrasted with colorful contemprary fabrics from Marimeko. Local jewelry designer Tia Keoboungphang of Silvercocoon design is showing contemporary earrings, necklaces and other ornaments made of wood, acrylic and felt. Watch for possible architectural influences as her father is famed Minnesota architect David Salmela.
Holiday decorations are on view through Jan. 8. Extended holiday hours: noon - 5 p.m. Sun. - Tues., Thurs, Fri.; noon - 8 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat. Closed Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1, 2. Admission $6, adults. American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Av., Minneapolis. 612-870-3342 or www.americanswedishinst.org)
Looking for a unique Yuletide keepsake? Head over to the Parkway Theater tonight or tomorrow and take part in a filming of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew’s newest live shows. Then buy DVD copies for all your friends.
The funniest, most scathing film critics in Twin Cities history will heap burning coals of scorn on the defenseless “War of the Insects” Friday and “Rattlers” Saturday. The ensemble – rechristened Cinematic Titanic -- reunites much of MST3K’s original cast. The pranksters are Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, J. Elvis Weinstein, Frank Conniff and Mary Jo Pehl. It’s a virtual Manhattan Project of comedic brainpower. Each performance will be filmed for a special 2011 holiday DVD release, so your shout of “Watch out for snakes!” can entertain your loved ones for generations to come.
(MST3K writer/performers Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett work separately, offering their wonderfully warped commentaries through Rifftrax, a library of downloadable MP3 audio files, and occasional live presentations.)
Hodgson and his company, unpretentious types that they are, invite the audience to meet up in the adjoining Pepito’s Restaurant bar, so get those autograph books and fawning compliments ready!
A limited number of tickets (general admission $28, reserved $35) are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or at the door. The Parkway Theater is located at 4814 Chicago Avenue South, Minneapolis. Call (612) 822-3030 or visit www.theparkwaytheater.com