'The Man in Pajamas'
Speaking of drama and dining, here a murder takes place in four scenes amid a three-course meal. It's up to you to help solve the case before you finish eating. Employ your powers of detection with some background information from your "clue packet" while you watch "The Man in Pajamas." Film noir meets Comedy Central in this comic mystery performed cabaret-style, complete with a drippy vocalist and romantic piano.
You'll want to pay attention to the enigmatic actions of a weird messenger, a drowsy P.I. and a pajama-clad man in this original play from The Mystery Caf's founder, Lee Adams, who also plays the lead in this four-person show.
The cast will wait on you while you start to piece together the evidence and will mingle with you during the three intermissions as well (in character, of course).
Through Jan. 31;Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Hilton Minneapolis, 1001 Marquette Av. S. $62.50. 763-566-2583.
The 1979 political thriller "China Syndrome" seemed prophetic when it was released shortly before what was then the most troubling reactor disaster in U.S. history, Three Mile Island.
Jane Fonda portrays an intrepid reporter who sniffs out foul play at a nuclear power plant while working on a run of the mill story. Luckily, her accompanying cameraman captures the evidence on film. (To get into her role, Fonda shadowed real-life journalists such as Connie Chung).
Monday, Jan. 17, 8:30 p.m. Grumpy's Bar and Grill, 1111 Washington Ave. S. Free. 340-9738.
Not afraid to talk about religion
The artists showing in "Visions of World Religions" aren't afraid to talk about religion, nor do they hide from the ideas of miracles and other inexplicable phenomenon.
Imagining divine inspiration in all forms, they convey visual prayers and other ties to God. Collectively, they cover Buddhism, Judaism and Christianity. You'll see Jesus and Mary rendered meticulously in bottle caps and angry finger-painted portraits. Or, you'll find more mild watercolor illustrations of pious women of the Bible and other gods 'n' goddesses. There are even bright paintings of blessings and dim scenes of urban life enlightened by the supernatural.
Through Feb. 5; Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, noon-5 p.m., Thursday, noon-7 p.m. Outsiders and Others, 1010 Park Ave. S. Free. 338-3435.