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Twin Cities' 5 must-see art shows this weekend

Edgar Heap of Birds

Friday, Sept 22: 1-4 p.m. Art & Activism at the University of Minnesota – Coffman Memorial Union (300 SE Washington Ave, Mpls 55455)

Friday, Sept 22: 7 p.m. Artist Talk at Bockley Gallery (2123 W 21st St, Mpls 55405)

In his newest self-titled solo exhibition at Minneapolis' Bockley Gallery, Heap of Birds showcases art spanning his long career, from text-based conceptual pieces produced in the 1980s and '90s, to abstract paintings from his colorful 2012 Neuf series. Then there's the new signage series titled "Native Hosts for Minnesota" (2017). "Native Hosts" incorporates three large-scale signs, each with white background and light blue letters. One spells out: "ATOSENNIM" (that's Minnesota spelled backward) with smaller text below that reads: "TODAY YOUR HOST IS BDE MAKA SKA," a reference to the renaming of Lake Calhoun. Read more about Edgar’s show here:

MCAD and ArtOrg present Not Far-Far Away: John Berkey

Concourse Gallery at MCAD (2501 Stevens Ave, Mpls 55404)

Opening reception: Fri, Sept 22, 5-7 p.m., Concourse Gallery

You may not have heard of illustrator John Berkey, but you’ve certainly seen his posters and pre-production designs for Star Wars and various other Hollywood films, sci-fi book covers, and postage stamps. This exhibition at MCAD celebrates his work. Berkey went to MCAD back in the early 1950s. Curated by Damon Stanek and presented in collaboration with ArtOrg. Exhibition runs through Oct 6. More info:

Omer Fast

Sat., Sept 23 at 2 p.m. at MIA: In conversation with curator Yasufumi Nakamori on 

Sunday, Sept 24 at 2 p.m. Walker Art Center: Screening of “Continuity” and conversation

How does geopolitical conflict cause psychological trauma? What is the line between fact and fiction when crafting stories and narratives? Berlin-based Omer Fast addresses these questions and more through his film and image-based work.

Minneapolis will host him for the entire weekend, first for a 2 p.m. talk at Mia on Saturday, Sept 23, and then on Sunday, September 24 at the Walker Art Center, 2 p.m. sharp! Fast’s film “Continuity” is about a family reuniting with their son after his term in Afghanistan, an experience that becomes intensely psychological.

Fast is Mia’s current “New Pictures” artist.

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Weekend: Saturday & Sunday

River Vallery Potters Fall Pottery Weekend

Friday, Sept 22 – Sunday, Sept 24

As we dive deep into autumn, the River Valley Potters break out of their nooks with seven independent clay studios along the lower St. Croix River in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Let the sales begin! Visit Guillermo Cuellar and friends, Nick Earl Fall Pottery Sale at Abnet Farm, Western Wisconsin Pottery Tour studios of Mark Pharis and Wayne Branum, Zac Spates Pottery, McKeachie Johnston Studios, and SC Rolf Studio. In Minnesota, studios will be open Friday, Sept 22-Sunday, Sept 24 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. In Wisconsin, studio hours are Saturday 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more info, check out

Dykes Do Drag

Bryant Lake Bowl (810 W Lake St, Mpls)

Thurs, Sept 21 at 10 p.m.

Friday, Sept 22 at 10 p.m.

Saturday, Sept 23 at 10 p.m.

Get it on, people! This is exactly what it sounds like. For the past 16 years, this performance art cabaret has been doing their thing. Some adjectives used to describe them: Kinky, weird, sexy, radical. Take your pick!

'Prairie Home' announces October guests Chris Stapleton, Randy Newman, Margo Price

Randy Newman returns to "A Prairie Home Companion" on Oct. 21. / Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times/TNS

Randy Newman returns to "A Prairie Home Companion" on Oct. 21. / Mel Melcon, Los Angeles Times/TNS

Whatever you think of “A Prairie Home Companion” now that musician Chris Thile has taken over as host from Garrison Keillor, you can’t deny that Minnesota’s renowned public-radio show is getting hotter music acts these days – especially not now that the lineups for this season’s first three tapings in St. Paul have been announced.

Nashville’s coolest mega-star of the moment, Chris Stapleton, will perform for the season kick-off show Oct. 7 at the Palace Theatre, followed by New Orleans’ esteemed Preservation Hall Jazz Band on Oct. 14 and then Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Randy Newman with fast-rising alt-twanger Margo Price on Oct. 21, the latter two shows both at the Fitzgerald Theatre.

As of this writing, tickets to all three shows are still available via ($33-$52). The show will then go on the road after these first three tapings.

While Newman played “APHC” before under Keillor’s reign, he has not performed in town for Twin Cities fans since 2011. His co-star that night, Price, served as Jack White’s duet partner on the show last year but hasn’t done her own thing yet. It will be Stapleton’s first "Prairie Home" appearance and falls the same night as his highly anticipated gig at Xcel Energy Center. The Preservation Hall crew is also pairing their appearance with a local gig two nights later (Oct. 23) at the Guthrie with Irma Thomas.

Here’s a more detailed description of each of those three St. Paul tapings from the “Home” office:

Oct. 7, Palace Theatre: Thile welcomes Chris Stapleton, Julien Baker, and comedian Laurie Kilmartin.  The season premiere will also feature The Royal Academy of Radio Actors—Tim Russell (man of a thousand voices), Serena Brook, and sound effects wizard Fred Newman.  Chris’ duet partner will be Emily King, and tying it all together will be the show’s band with Rich Dworsky, Chris Eldridge, Brittany Haas, Paul Kowert and Ted Poor.

October 14, Fitzgerald Theater: Guests include the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and writer George Saunders — and will also feature duet partner Rachael Price along with Rich Dworsky, Matt Chamberlain, Brittany Haas and  Paul Kowert.  Also on hand to tickle your funny bone, The Royal Academy of Radio Actors—Tim Russell, Serena Brook and Sound Effects Man Fred Newman.

October 21, Fitzgerald Theater: Guests include Randy Newman, and Margo Price.  The final fall show from St. Paul will also feature duet partner Madison Cunningham along with Rich Dworsky, Matt Chamberlain, Paul Kowert and Mr. Sean Watkins.  Also on hand, the acting company—Tim Russell, Serena Brook and Sound Effects Man Fred Newman. 

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