Fashion Week MN closes with a Flip Phone drag party: A-List 9.13-19

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This week's top events include a few beer parties, a literary bar crawl, and the grand finale of Fashion Week MN.


Anthony DeVito
Acme Comedy Co.
When Anthony DeVito was 13, his family took a trip to Las Vegas. “I couldn’t go into the casinos, so my mom surprised me with tickets to see George Carlin at Bally’s,” he recalls. “It was the coolest thing. I was amazed.” That started the desire to do comedy. The problem was he was painfully shy. “I wasn’t the funny guy in class. I was more the guy who was working on things, writing them down, and showing my friends. ‘Is this funny?’ I would ask them.” In college, friends recognized his talent. “I grew up in North Jersey,” he says. “The funny kid is usually the bully. When people told me I was funny I was like, ‘Really?’” These days, he mostly focuses on his personal life and occasionally current events onstage. “I don’t want to be too preachy,” he says. “Also, I know my limitations. I’m not very well informed. I have a few ideas, but I feel weird if the country is on fire and I’m talking about bran muffins.” 18+. 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15-$18. 708 N. First St., Minneapolis; 612-338-6393. Through Saturday —P.F. Wilson


Ragamala Dance Presents: An Evening of Bharatanatyam by Alarmél Valli
The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts
For 25 years, we’ve thrilled at the work of Ragamala Dance Company, as founder Ranee Ramaswamy and then her daughters Aparna and Ashwini have expanded Bharatanatyam’s traditional boundaries, its potential for interdisciplinary collaboration on an epic scale, and our understanding of the form’s deep historical resonance and contemporary relevance. Alarmél Valli is their teacher. In this celebratory return performance, Valli will discuss the 2,000-year-old dance form’s timeless relevance and her approach and perspective on Bharatanatyam. Valli will also give a revelatory and breathtaking solo performance. The artist talk is at 7 p.m. Thursday, and the solo performance is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $15 for artist talk; $29 for solo performance; $40 for both. 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-206-3636. Also Saturday —Camille LeFevre

Chris Kraus
Midway Contemporary Art
Hot from the hit Amazon series I Love Dick, based on her salacious novel of the same name, author Chris Kraus has gone and dropped a biography of another female author who doesn’t give a shit what you think: literary punk princess Kathy Acker. Acker escaped the confines of her rich East Coast family to embark on a body of work that layered porn, plagiarized texts, experimental forms, and philosophy, infusing it all with her own diary. While exploring Acker’s inner life, Kraus vividly captures the world she inhabited. Through meticulous research, Kraus brings the downtown New York punk arts scene of the late 1970s to life, as well as the queer feminist community of mid-1980s San Francisco and the snooty London writers’ community that sometimes embraced and sometimes snubbed Acker. With nuance and extreme detail, Kraus illustrates the ways Acker both nurtured a culture of artists around her and threw jabs at anyone who stood in her way. This Thursday, Kraus will visit Midway Contemporary Art to give a reading of her recently launched book. 7 p.m. Free. 527 Second Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 612-605-4504. —Sheila Regan

World of Matter: Mobilizing Materialities
Katherine E. Nash Gallery
and InFlux Space
“World of Matter” is a multimedia project that examines the processes by which natural resources are explored, exploited, used, and moved around the globe. As such, this massive effort is essentially about geopolitics, in the most essential sense of the word. The backdrop for this iteration is the Upper Midwest, including the Great Lakes and the Bakken oil fields. Artists of every medium have created work that delves into the history, industry, and transportation of natural materials, while artists, theorists, activists, geographers, landscape architects, and architects will be participating in film screenings, field trips, and a symposium intended to illuminate and activate. To kick things off, there will be an opening reception on Thursday, September 14, from 6 to 9 p.m. For a full schedule of events, visit Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; 612-624-7530. Through December 9 —Camille LeFevre

Talking Volumes: Sherman Alexie
Fitzgerald Theater
Mothers get a bad rap in memoir, and Sherman Alexie’s new book, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, is no exception. But just because his mother, Lillian, struggled—with alcoholism, with poverty, with violent tendencies—doesn’t mean she didn’t teach her son a thing or two about sacrifice, perseverance, and the importance of cultural heritage. As Alexie retraces his path back to childhood on the Spokane Indian Reservation, both cruel and tender memories of his mother emerge: how she quilted to pay the bills, how she patiently waited for her wandering husband to come home, how she once knocked Alexie out with a full can of pop to the head. Lillian could be abominable, but she also survived unconscionable circumstances. Alexie grapples with the challenge of forgiving his mother in this lyrical yet gut-wrenching read. You’d be wise to catch Alexie in conversation with Kerri Miller as part of Talking Volumes at the Fitzgerald Theater on Thursday because he’s canceled much of the rest of his book tour due to a resurgence of grief and depression. 7 p.m. $23-$50. 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul; 651-290-1200. —Erica Rivera

Dov Davidoff
Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy
Dov Davidoff is one of those rare standup comics who has been able to establish himself as a dramatic actor. He currently has a recurring role on the NBC crime drama Shades of Blue, where he plays Internal Affairs Detective Verco. “It’s different,” he says. “Acting is acting. It’s hard for someone to do both in terms of getting the actual work. It’s very uncommon that a comedian does legit drama.” However, he’s proven it can be done. “A comedian can act if they can shut up long enough to listen and not go after a punchline,” he says. “Then they can be very effective, because sometimes they provide unique personalities.” Davidoff has also guest-starred on the acclaimed Pete Holmes vehicle Crashing, a sitcom about the latter’s experiences in New York’s standup scene. “I don’t play it like comedy,” he says. “A lot of times when you play comedy like comedy, it’s bad. Drama has a different tone, but it’s still a similar job.” In addition to acting and standup, Davidoff is set to release his memoir, Road Dog, this fall. 18+; 21+ later shows. 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 9:45 p.m. Friday; 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. $15-$22. 408 E. Broadway, Mall of America, Bloomington; 952-858-8558. Through Sunday —P.F. Wilson


Flip Phone at Fashion Week MN

W Minneapolis/Union Restaurant
This week, Fashion Week MN continues with installations, receptions, and more. The highlight of the week involves Flip Phone. The group is known for its fab dance parties, queer-bomb bar crawls, and hangover-cure drag brunches. At Fashion Week MN, they’ll be hosting a panel talk at the Foshay on the epic world of drag queen fashion and makeup. Take in tips, ask questions you always wondered about, or just add a little sparkle to your heart as Julia Starr, Genevee Love, Nocturna Lee Mission, and Max Malanaphy (from RuPaul’s Drag Race) chat about the triumphs and tribulations of the art of drag. The Living Room will host a cocktail gathering afterward. Next, head over to Union Restaurant & Rooftop as the gang takes the stage, joined by Kim Chi (also from RuPaul’s Drag Race) as they perform, have surprise catwalk moments, and dance to tunes from DJ Fancy Restaurant. The panel talk is free; tickets to Union’s party are $12-$25. 7 p.m. talk; 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. party. Tickets and more info can be found at W Minneapolis - The Foshay, 821 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis; 612-215-3799. Union Restaurant & Rooftop, 731 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612-455-6690. —Jessica Armbruster

Utepils Brewing Oktoberfest Celebration
Utepils Brewing
In contrast to many breweries of the hophead era, Utepils Brewing kicked off operations earlier this year with an emphasis on traditional, sessionable beers inspired by Europe. For this new-world-meets-classic-style facility, Oktoberfest is the perfect time to open the grounds for a weekend-long party. For three days, the spacious brewery will pour new, limited-edition Oktoberfest-style beer. There will also be games, contests, and a Deutschland food truck. As a tribute to the wedding origins of the month-long German festival, Utepils will also host a massive, nondenominational vow renewal ceremony on Saturday (11 a.m.; sign up at, and a public marriage party for a U.S. Army couple on leave. In addition to Receptional Oktoberfest, they’ll have their core lineup—Alt 1848 altbier, Copacetic Kölsch, and Ewald the Golden hefeweizen—flowing all weekend long. All ages. Noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Free. 225 Thomas Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-249-7800. Through Sunday —Loren Green

Seeking Arrangement
Rogue Buddha Art Gallery
In Caitlin Karolczak’s figurative paintings, nothing is as it seems. In works thick with mood and materiality, her subjects inhabit surreal worlds where bodies are disrupted or distorted, perspectives are askew, backgrounds are abstracted, and characters dwell in the realm of nightmare. In this solo exhibition, she’ll show new work that furthers the intentionality of her explorations into texture, tone, and technique. There will be an artist’s reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, September 15. Free. 357 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-331-3889. Through September 30 —Camille LeFevre

Cocktails at the Castle
American Swedish Institute
As the temps begin to drop, the American Swedish Institute is throwing one last summer garden party before we retreat indoors. This installment of Cocktails at the Castle will showcase female makers and creatives, with fun activities to be discovered throughout the museum grounds. Women-owned brewery Urban Growler will take over the beer tent, offering pints from St. Paul. Women’s Woodshop and Chicago Avenue Fire Arts Center will come together for demonstrations on woodworking, blacksmithing, casting, and metal stamping. Explore the paintings of Karin Broos, currently on display in the galleries, and take in a pop-up performance from percussive troupe Kaleena Miller Dance. Hands-on crafts will be led by Foxglove Market and Studio, Knitteapolis will be yarn bombing, and My Sister will sell feminist statement tees that go toward fighting sex trafficking. Pop/soul artists Lady Lark and Lady Midnight will play music outside, and DJ Keezy will spin tunes into the night. 21+. 7 to 11 p.m. $20; $17 ASI members. 2600 Park Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-871-4907. —Jessica Armbruster

Shyamali: Sprouting Words
O’Shaughnessy Auditorium
Process, not just performance, is integral to Ananya Dance Theatre’s work. To create Shyamali: Sprouting Words, this community of women warriors (and some men) of color, led by founder and choreographer Ananya Chatterjea, gathered stories of resistance and resilience, offered a choreographic residency, participated in social justice protests, and held workshops with women refugees and immigrants. The piece has an original score, spoken text, and rich sound design. “Shyamali” means “dark green” in Bengali, and invokes the resilience of grass. “Resilient” also describes ADT, which unflinchingly addresses the dark realities of women’s lives across the globe. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. $15-$29. 2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul; 651-690-6700. Through Saturday —Camille LeFevre

Romeo and Juliet
Guthrie Theater
The Guthrie has enacted the works of Shakespeare countless times throughout its storied history, beginning with Hamlet as the theater’s inaugural production in 1963. So it may come as a surprise that the Guthrie has produced Romeo and Juliet only twice over the past 54 years. Under the insightful eye of artistic director Joseph Haj, however, that number is about to go up to three. Haj, who directed last season’s fascinating production of King Lear, has shown himself to be adept at infusing fresh vitality into classic tragedy. Audiences should be eager to see what contemporary perspective Haj and the Guthrie team derive from such well-trodden ground. The quintessential tale of doomed passion remains a cautionary tragedy wherein the obstinate hostility of two bitterly divided families looms over the titular couple’s declarations of devotion. Despite (or possibly owing to) the tragic outcome, audiences never tire of Romeo and Juliet’s uncompromising yearning, sealed with some of Shakespeare’s most memorable verse. The most familiar of lines can sound new when voiced with conviction; Kate Eastman and Ryan-James Hatanaka assume the revered roles star-crossed lovers. The show is in previews through September 14. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 1 and 7 p.m. Sundays. Check online for a complete list of showtimes. $29-$77; $15-$59 previews. 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis; 612-377-2224. Through October 28 —Brad Richason


LoLA Art Crawl
Various locations
How well do you know the art scene in Longfellow? This weekend, you can explore all of its nooks and crannies at the annual LoLA Art Crawl, where more than 103 artists will be sharing works in 63 locations. Stops on this self-guided tour include galleries, private homes, and studios, plus pop-up happenings in restaurants, pubs, and cafes. Artists include painters, potters, jewelry designers, and folks who make greeting cards using letterpress. Figure out your route at 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free. Longfellow, 2727 26th Ave. S., Minneapolis. Through Sunday —Jessica Armbruster

2nd Annual Pints & Purrs
Boom Island Brewing Company
This year’s Cat Video Festival has come and gone. Fortunately, there’s more than one cat-loving party in town—and this one has Belgian-style beers. This Saturday, Boom Island and Feline Rescue Inc. are collaborating for a day of all-ages, cat-themed activities in the north Minneapolis taproom. Pick up a cat coloring book, make kitty crafts, and build a take-home toy for your fur baby while enjoying a beverage. Guests can vote on cutest kittens, and enter a raffle to spend some time in Kitty Kat Therapy (you get to hang out with cats). Adults can partake in the Boom Island bottle pull, with chances to win limited 750 mL bottles. Come for the cats, and enjoy a festive setting with beer, food trucks, and more for a good cause. All ages. 1 to 8 p.m. Free. 2014 Washington Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612-227-9635. —Loren Green

Field Trip
Silverwood Park
This Saturday, Minneapolis Craft Market will be teaming up with Three Rivers Park District for a day of hands-on fun, nature, and performance for all ages. Take a stroll along the trails to discover poetry installations and new sculptures, or take to the lake with free canoe and kayak rentals. At the Field Trip market, you’ll be able to meet with and shop from Minnesota makers offering candles, soaps, jewelry, and art. Out on the grassy lawn there will be giant Jenga, bubble blowing, and hula hoops, or watch stilt walkers make their way around. Authors and musicians will take the stage throughout the day, and sustenance will be available from food trucks and Insight Brewing. All ages welcome. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. 2500 County Rd. E W., St. Anthony; 763-694-7707. —Jessica Armbruster

The Nether
Jungle Theater
Emerging from The Nether, one might have a newfound wariness of the escapism promised by virtual-reality utopias. As suggested in playwright Jennifer Haley’s provocative work, these fantasy spaces can provide an arena for acting upon the most aberrant of impulses. Rife with twists and mounting suspense, the piece fulfills the fundamentals of a sci-fi thriller, focusing on a detective who, tasked with investigating crimes in the Nether (essentially a technologically evolved internet), discovers a virtual reality known as the Hideaway wherein users are encouraged to engage in behavior that would be condemnable in the outside world. That these acts involve child avatars only amplifies the distressing questions at the story’s core. Headlined by two of the Twin Cities’ finest performers, Mo Perry and Stephen Yoakum, this Casey Stangl-directed regional premiere at the Jungle Theater also features supporting turns from Craig Johnson, JuCoby Johnson, and Ella Freeberg. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays; 2 p.m. Sundays. $35-$45. 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis; 612-822-7063. Through October 15 —Brad Richason

Man of La Mancha
The Ritz Theater
Even though he’s delusional, Don Quixote’s madness in Man of La Mancha is depicted as a freedom from the prison of reality. This new production from Theater Latté Da plans to amplify this inspiring theme by placing the tale in a contemporary context (while retaining the core book and music). The musical take on Cervantes tells the tale of a middle-aged gentleman who becomes convinced of his true identity as a medieval knight. After cobbling together some armor, saddling up his weary horse as a noble steed, and enlisting a farmer, Sancho Panza, as his loyal squire, Don Quixote sets out in search of chivalrous acts such as defeating roving giants (which are, in fact, windmills) and preserving the honor of his flawless beloved Dulcinea (who is actually far from innocent). Directed by Peter Rothstein, the production stars Broadway vet Martín Solá alongside local standouts Meghan Kreidler as Dulcinea and Zachary Garcia as Sancho Panza. For tickets, go to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $37-$45. 345 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis; 612-361-6960. Through October 22 —Brad Richason

Lit Crawl MN
Various locations
This Saturday, Lit Crawl MN returns for a night of beer, books, pop-up shopping, and performances in a variety of locations (mostly) in south Minneapolis. Bryant-Lake Bowl will host a slew of happenings throughout the evening, including literary quote-themed bingo with Coffee House Press, “speed-dating” sessions where folks will be paired up with books, a Books and Bars reading group meet-up, and a talk hosted by the Current on Minnesota music history with local authors Andrea Swensson, Jim Walsh, and Cyn Collins, moderated by Jay Gabler (who is also City Pages’ theater critic). Barbette will host competitive storytelling, as well as a few readings from poets and other POC writers, including one notable talk, titled “Black Poets on Building a Spaceship to Get the Fuck Out.” Other participating businesses include Magers & Quinn, Soo Visual Arts Center, and the Soap Factory. For a full schedule and more info, visit 3 to 10 p.m. Free. —Jessica Armbruster


Sever’s Fall Festival
Sever’s Corn Maze
For the past 20 years, Sever’s Fall Festival has been encouraging people to get lost in a field of corn. This year’s maze is Aussie-inspired, with trivia and fun-fact signs to discover along the way from start to finish. Once you make it out, there will be plenty to see and do. That includes petting zoos, a giant corn pit, pig races, and zip lining. Take a hayride or explore the pumpkin patch. There will also be plenty of seasonal food options, plus beer and wine for adults. For more info, visit 1 to 8 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays. $15; kids 3 and under free. 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee; 952-974-5000. Through October 29 —Jessica Armbruster