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

'Pollen Revolution'

Japanese dancer Akira Kasai's original solo piece, "Pollen Revolution" combines Kabuki theater, street dance, classical Japanese moves, hip-hop and other contemporary choreography. Dealing with the ephemeral, Kasai's physically expressive "butoh" or contemporary dance reviews temporal, cultural and other physical/philosophical states.

The classically trained Kasai has an impressive r/sum/. Not only is he formally trained in both modern and classical techniques, he has also managed to have time to dance, open two schools and to top it all off, reinvent modern Japanese dance.

Furthermore, he's prolific on the subject and his countless publications speak of angels, God and holy spirited "butoh." In addition to the performances, Kasai will divulge his techniques in a special class.

Master class: Tuesday, Oct. 5, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. $8. Performances: Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 7-9, 8 p.m. Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S. $20. 375-7622.

'Category Five'

Local veteran aviator/author Philip S. Donlay steers readers into the eye of a hurricane in his debut novel "Category Five."

Scientific investigator Donovan Nash embarks on a seemingly standard mission, inspecting a developing storm. Things get complicated when lead scientist and (also Nash's lost love) Lauren McKenna's life is endangered, causing Nash to confront his hidden past and his unwavering affection for McKenna.

But that's just the beginning of this protagonist's worries. A reporter is on the brink of exposing a past he'd rather leave alone, and Nash is also the lead suspect in the attempted murder on McKenna and two others. Nash is placed under arrest, leaving Eco-Watch, the group he is with, to finish the storm research when an engine failure occurs in the aircraft wherein all of the scientists have holed up. Now thrust into the eye of the storm, Nash must risk revealing his history in order to rescue the off-course craft and win back McKenna's heart.

Donlay will discuss his thriller at Borders, just blocks from the publishing house he started in the Warehouse District, Nightbird Press. (This is also Nightbird's debut book.)

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m. Borders Block E, 600 Hennepin Ave. S. Free. 339-4859.