'Aphrodite's Back; A Valentine Reveal'
Here's an interactive Valentine to send to your loved ones. Artists converge for an historical Valentine's Day with an installation, music and literature that explain the genesis of the sweethearts' day, without too much mushiness.
A witty diatribe from lecturer Professor Victoriana (writer/dramatist Nor Hall) leads an informative, ad-libbed discussion of Eros. Accompanied by images from the Minnesota Historical Society, it plies more than love with visuals of cupid's arrow.
In addition to the talk is installation artist Harriet Bart's book launch of "Punica Granatum: A Symposium on the True Nature of the Pomegranate & the Myth of Aphrodite," from which Bart reads. Later, you'll hear the romantic melodies of composer Franz Kamin (also a writer and lyric mathematician). Kamin's 19th-century style sounds debut his original composition, "Coilular Angel."
Produced by the Southern Theater and Rain Taxi Review of Books, enjoy a reception with wine, sparkling water and chocolate confections afterwards.
M Feb. 14, 8 p.m. Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S. $7. 340-1725, www.raintaxi.com.
Artist Reyes Gomez' magical realist paintings appeal to kids and adults alike, with their playful references to the imaginary and ancient cultures of North America. Creatures emerge from kaleidoscopic patterns and descend upon central characters, both humans and other animals. Rabbits chase eyeball-looking stars. People converse with or pray to low-soaring birds.
Gomez' unpretentious paintings hang in such austere places as the Mexican Embassy in Chicago, Milan and Lisbon yet can also be found in the children's section of your nearest bookstore. Gomez is also the illustrator of an adaptation of the Native American yarn, "The Tree of Colors." This busy man has also authored German children's books and poetry collections.
Tu-Sa thru Mar.; Tu-F 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sa 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jungle Red Salon Spa and Gallery, 1362 LaSalle Ave. Free. 870-0653, www.jungleredsalon.com.
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