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August 2, 2004 // UPDATED 2:47 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Anna Pratt
Anna Pratt

'The Judas Cradle'

In his original fantasy play "The Judas Cradle," DJ Sheridan's Fringe Festival show takes us on a tour of the solar system and questions alienation.

A seedy company has merged space exploration with the prison system. And a pioneering trio has been assigned to supervise the new settlers, common criminals considered unfit for society.

But what makes them "criminal," and how do we decide who gets to judge?

These offenders become the subjects of an experiment to breed human life on a faraway planet (a bit like Australia, but set in outer space). Is this evil evolution? Find out when Sheridan sets this weird science in motion in this quirky one-man show.

Aug. 8-15, Monday 5:30 p.m., Thursday 8:30 p.m., Friday 7 p.m., Sunday 2:30 and 5:30 p.m., respectively. Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts, 212 3rd Ave. N. Ste. 140. $5-$12. 604-4466 or www.fringefestival.org.

Loring Park Art Festival

With works by over 130 artists and plenty of food, music, entertainment and hands-on activities, The Loring Park Art Festival features art for the entire family.

Booths throughout the park will showcase artwork of all mediums -- from oil paintings to glasswork, ceramics to jewelry -- Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 7-8.

In the art-making tent, Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., families can craft their own masterpieces from recycled resources, face-paint and catch a sneak preview performance from Circus Juventas, a St. Paul circus school that emphasizes boosting self-esteem.

Loring Park-based Four Seasons Dance Studio instructor Rebecca Trost will hold a Tango mini-class and a demonstration Saturday, noon-1 p.m. The Tango Society of Minnesota will keep the dancing going until 3 p.m. -- then you can flop down on the lawn to catch Stages Theatre Company outdoor production of Shakespeare's "Measure for Measure."

Art Resources Gallery will host an artist demonstration area where painters, sculptors, fiber artists and others talk about their work and disclose the secrets to their technique Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. And between art lessons, you can buy five minutes of fake advice from Brenda Fake for just $1.99 and feel good no matter what she says -- proceeds go to a Minneapolis nonprofit that helps children in crisis.

Sunday the park will fill with music, including: American and British Isles folk music from a capella group Euphonea (11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.); Marvin McCoy on Swiss alphorn, a curved wooden horn about 3 feet long (noon-1:30 p.m.); Uptown singer-songwriter Molly Dean (1-2 p.m.); and accordion music from Just Duet (2-3 p.m.).

Throughout the festival, families can also help build the Art Can Sculpture to benefit Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank. Fashioned from nonperishable canned items, the Edina Art Center's Henry Talley and Diana Hedges will direct the professional-visitor collaboration for a work that intends to prove that art can make a difference. Thousands of cans will be available, and visitors are welcome to supply, donate their own.

Aug. 7-8, Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Loring Park, 1382 Willow St. Free. 203-9911 or www.hometown.aol.com /loringartfest.