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March 29, 2004 // UPDATED 10:25 am - April 25, 2007
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Hopelessly deserted on an island after responding to a fateful advertisement, these careless intellectuals must find the exit out of their ridiculous soap operatic fate. With romance as the epicenter of this spoof based on Evelyn Waugh's comic novel, "Vile Bodies," "Bright Young Things" lampoons the foolish antics of the tabloid press' golden children.

This is also the directorial debut of British actor/author Steven Fry (known for "Wilde" and "Gosford Park"). This cheeky flick is also the opener for the 22nd Annual Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival that runs thru April 17 at area theatres.

'Bright Young Things' opens Friday, April 2, 7:30 p.m. The Historic State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave. S. $12. 331-3134.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival runs April 2-17.

For schedule and other information, check out www.mnfilmarts.org.

'If Andy Warhol Were My Dad: 20 Scenes of Generation X'

Based on the premise that Andy Warhol's intensity, attitude and loud artwork about celebrity idols fostered Generation X, the Rosy Simas Project presents "If Andy Warhol Were My Dad: 20 Scenes of Generation X."

Summarizing one Gen-X life with dance, music and painterly visuals, this multimedia drama paints out the idea of a slovenly do-nothing 20-something deteriorating from couch-potato syndrome, TV and McDonald's. Rather, this company of dancers, visual artists and musicians show that Gen-Xers have become creative problem-solvers and critical thinkers who care about their families and whistle while they work (instead of grunt).

Warhol's force is still well intact. Set to the music of The Fall, Queen, The Pixies, Radiohead and other icons, this production is also filled with the faces from a page of the local talent yearbook: Patrick Maun, Christopher Fleming, Jack Norton, Jane Anfinson, Leslie Brito, Jodi Collova, Britta Hallin, Deborah Jinza Thayer, Colin Rusch, Jane Shockley, Katie Sopoci, Dawn Strom, David Wick and others.

A reception and silent auction/benefit raffle follow Friday and Saturday's performances. All proceeds go to support the production's artists.

April 2-4, Friday-Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 2 p.m. Red Eye Theater, 15 W. 14th St.

$12-$14. 788-0047.