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January 4, 2010 // UPDATED 8:34 am - January 4, 2010
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie
Curious what Outkast’s “Hey Ya” sounds like when it’s played by an accordionist?

If so, you might want to get a ticket to “We Gotta Bingo!”

The interactive dinner theatre show is moving across the river for a run at Hennepin Stages. Highlights include performances by the Voekal Chords, a three piece band starring Nancy Lovegrin Lewandoski. She’s known for her versatility since she can nail songs like “Hey Ya” and  more traditional accordion tunes like “Beer Barrel Polka.”

Theater goers will take part in a bingo fundraiser for the show set in a beer hall called Der German Brew Ha Ha.

The fundraiser is for two small Catholic parishes about to merge, albeit begrudgingly. One parish is Italian, the other Irish.

Bingo players will get the chance to win some funny prizes and be treated to appetizers and a lasagna dinner.

Some of the notable characters for the show include: Bucky Fuller, the bingo fundraiser emcee/ladies man; Mary Ed Sullivan, who moves around in a fancy bingo-mobile wheelchair; the crazy Dimini family; and Irish Father Duncan.

When: Jan. 8–31
Where: Hennepin Stages, 824 Hennepin Ave.


Stones in His Pockets

Two Twin Cities comic stars — Jim Lichtscheidl and Steven Epp — bring life to more than a dozen characters in Ten Thousands Things production of “Stones in His Pockets,” a play about a small Irish village overrun by a Hollywood film crew.

It’s a humorous look at an odd juxtaposition of cultures.

Artistic Director Michelle Hensley called it a “quintessential Ten Thousand Things play.”

“It’s done with no things, relying hugely on the talents and skills of the actors,” Hensley said in a statement. “It is a play that deals with class, people with those who have lived their lives in a small Irish farming community and are now largely disposed of their land and culture and those who have spent their lives in the frenzied, moneyed world of
Hollywood and film-making. In its skillful way, the play asks us to consider how can those who are disposed re-claim what is rightly theirs: their lives, their dignity, and their stories?”

The original play had its debut in Belfast. It later made its way to Broadway and was nominated for three Tony Awards.

“Stones in His Pockets” has performances at Open Book for the last three weekends of the month. Tickets are $15–$25. There will also be several free public performances throughout the Twin Cities (reservations are required). Downtown venues include the House of Charity, 714 Park Ave. S., on Jan. 4, and the Mill City Clinic, 901 S. 2nd St., on Jan. 21.

For more information, visit

Weekends, Jan. 15–Jan. 31
Open Book, 1011 Washington Ave. S.


The Inquisition

We can’t get enough trivia in this town.

The Walker is hosting its own trivia night of sorts with the return of Inquisition, a quiz forum the art museum originally hosted in 1940.

For Target Free Thursday Nights, Walker curators, joined by guest panelists Marianne Combs of Minnesota Public Radio and artist Andy Sturdevant, will test their arts prowess. They will answer questions submitted by the public at about art history, the Walker’s history and contemporary art.

Thursdays, Jan. 7–March 4, 7 p.m.
Where: Walker Art Center, Perlman Gallery, 1750 Hennepin Ave. S.


Free acupuncture

Northeast Community Acupuncture (featured in the Journal’s Dec. 21–Jan. 3 issue) is hosting a Free Acupuncture Day on Jan. 17.

Community acupuncture clinics throughout the country are offering free treatments that weekend.

If you’re interested in checking it out, contact Noah Frohlich or Deborah Owen at Northeast Community Acupuncture at 709-5872.

Jan. 17, noon–6 p.m.
Where: Northeast Community Acupuncture, 1224 2nd St. NE Suite 200