Roktim: Nurture Incarnadine
Friday-Saturday: Ananya Dance Theatre is heading to Ethiopia for an international performance festival, but before the troupe goes, it will premiere this work. ADT's journey to the Crossing Boundaries Festival, which coincides with the U.S. Embassy's celebration of 75 years of cultural exchanges in Ethiopia, seems fitting, given its continued commitment to social justice for women around the world. The latest focus of Ananya Chatterjea's new choreography takes on women's roles in the global food system. Investigating farming practices in local communities of color, Chatterjea has collaborated with local farming organizations, exchanging stories about working the land. The work, which includes indoor and outdoor components as well as some audience participation, boasts the talents of visual artist Seitu Jones and behavioral artist Marcus Young and includes original poems recorded by Heid Erdrich and Diane Wilson, plus a sound-and-music score by Greg Schutte. (7 p.m. Fri.-Sat. $13-$27. The O'Shaughnessy, 2004 S. Randolph Av., St. Paul. 651-690-6700, oshag.stkate.edu)
Minnesota Dance and the Ecstasies of Influences (part 5)
Sunday: Next month, tap dancers from all over the country will converge for the inaugural Twin Cities Tap Festival. In preparation, the Cowles Center presents an evening of story sharing from some of the Twin Cities area's top tap artists as part of a series curated by Michèle Steinwald in partnership with dance writers Judith Brin Ingber and Linda Shapiro, videographer Nancy Mason Hauser and archivist Cecily Marcus. The series, which draws on the historic roots of the Twin Cities dance scene, aims to draw on the past as a way to envision the future of the community here. Rick Ausland, Joe Chvala, Ellen Keane, Kaleena Miller, Beth Sartor Obermeyer, Char Weiss and Cathy Wind are just some of the guests who will share their experiences creating rhythmically based dance. (2 p.m. Sun. Free. Cowles Center, 528 Hennepin Av. S., Mpls. 612-206-3600, thecowlescenter.org)S.R.
You Don't Have to be Jewish … But it Couldn't Hurt!
Saturday-Sunday: Gary Gilson, the veteran journalist and TV host, tells stories that constitute something of a spoken memoir of his life. Gilson launched this one-man show in the Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival in 2013 and has brought it back with some new tales. Gilson's family was filled with showbiz types, and in 30 years of working in television, he, of course, came across an interesting character or two. Gilson says the stories reflect the evolution of Jewish humor and what he calls the "Yiddishization of America." (7 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $20. Sabes JCC, 4330 S. Cedar Lake Rd., Mpls. brownpapertickets.com)