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November 1, 2004 // UPDATED 4:31 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Anna Pratt
Anna Pratt

'Vacationland'

One night I dreamt that I'd been given a ticket to travel to an unknown place. So I patiently awaited my ship (I didn't actually know what kind of seaworthy craft it was apt to be) from the edge of a long, wooden dock. It was dark and foggy. A man strolled past and asked where I was going. "I don't know," I replied.

In the play "Vacationland," a lump of tourists is ambiguously headed towards some likewise mythic destination. No doubt it lies someplace between here and Never Never Land.

"Vacationland" -- it's the one-word getaway answer for uneasy drifters, families and locals. Yet, the inhabitants of this sunshiny escape steer us to take a closer look at this passage.

In this 15 HEAD theatre lab production, these wanderlust- or "wanderlost-"filled travelers explore the necessity/purpose of baggage and the very idea of vacations themselves. Ultimately, they reveal that no matter where you go, you bring yourself along.

Wednesdays-Saturdays thru Nov. 20, 8 p.m., The Red Eye, 15 W. 14th St., $14-$19. 377-1200.

'I Trust to Be Believed'

As part of the free "First Thursdays" series at Mill City Museum, 94-year-old former Minnesota Governor Elmer L. Andersen will share personal tales of state politics and compassionate action.

"I Trust to Be Believed: Reflections by Elmer L. Andersen" takes a look at the state's political history from the rearview mirror of long-term civic activism. Andersen's speeches and recent talks are placed side by side, showing his lifelong commitment to change in everything from school systems to welfare.

At the talk, Andersen will also speak to the election results. But first, Star Tribune editorial writer and columnist Lori Sturdevant, who edited the book, will read some passages from the book. Refreshments provided.

Thursday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m., Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St. Free. 341-7555.