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September 13, 2004 // UPDATED 4:01 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Anna Pratt
Anna Pratt

Action-packed shadows

"From Shadows to Light" elegantly fuses shadow puppetry and live human action to tell Asian and Asian American women's stories of hardships, desires and endurance. Mu Performing Arts' (previously Theater Mu) illusory performance narrates the passage of a bride-to-be as she sojourns to her arranged marriage. Her crossing is characterized by both historical and contemporary tragedies.

Along the way, the bride-to-be picks up a rather famous poet, and together they confront the truths and fears that reveal the collective resilience of Asian women. Ultimately, as the title suggests, this sad tale reflects these women's courage in light of crises.

Thru Sept. 26, Thursdays-Saturdays 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., Mixed Blood Theater, 1501 S. 4th St., $12-$14. 338-6131. muperformingarts.org.

Poetry slam

What does "your moment" look like? Is it possible that this is it, the night you'll hit your stride?

The lights dim, you take the stage and suddenly every beer is held just so, glistening in the wood-paneled lounge of greasy appetizers and attentive listeners. As you pour out your tirade/confessions/one-liners and/or long-tucked-away revelatory prose, everyone seems to recognize your utter brilliance! (Cue soundtrack.)

Attention aspiring poets and drama-inclined souls, if you've got notebook pages full of lyrical verses, share your spoken word insights in this SlamMN! poetry contest. It's open to the first 15 poets who sign up at Kieran's Irish Pub. (The rest of us will applaud your bravery.)

Hosted by experienced poetry slammer Shane Hawley, tonight's contest also features performances from CR Avery of Vancouver, Canada -- a practiced slammer who's played poetically on the Canadian Slam Team for four years; contributed to numerous hip-hop operas; and showed off his poems, hip-hop, harmonica, piano and beat boxing skills across the United States.

Still, if you're not keen on performing, there's plenty of opportunity to be an integral part of the fun: Five audience members will be arbitrarily dubbed judges to evaluate these emerging poets/dramatists' original works.

Tuesday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m. (sign-up for slammers begins at 7 p.m.), Kieran's Irish Pub, Titanic Lounge, 330 2nd Ave. S., $5. 651-442-5986.