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Art Box celebrates pup this weekend. Kari Mosel

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BARK!ART Dog & Art Festival

Sept. 15
12-8 p.m.
Sept. 16
12-5 p.m.
Free; $10-$25 suggested donation for the show
Art, Benefits,Parties,Receptions, Family Events, Festivals, Theater

Off-Leash Area (meaning Jennifer Ilse and Paul Herwig, proud owners of various hounds) has also been entrepreneurial when it comes to theater. Having long produced profoundly humanist and/or hilarious work in their garage, Ilse and Herwig recently rehabbed a Nokomis-area building into Art Box. Their newest production, Paws ’n’ Effect, is the tale of a young girl and her stray dog. Love, understanding, and acceptance are the emotional underpinnings of the narrative, blending Ilse’s choreography and Herwig’s multimedia set design with a dog-friendly aesthetic. The celebration also includes a community talent show and a pop-up shop specializing in canine gifts.