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May 9, 2005 // UPDATED 1:54 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Anna Pratt
Anna Pratt

To be continued

"Undesirable Elements: Ten Years Later" sums up the anecdotes of visitors who've returned a decade after first sharing their immigrant experiences.

There's an especial expression of honesty in these actors, since none of them is trained in drama. Ping Chong, a notable theater director, choreographer, video and installation artist, directed and will perform in the piece that's infused with memory, poetry and song.

Their tales are richly diverse, as perspectives emerge from a Hmong woman, a Russian Jewish woman in her 70s, a young Puerto Rican man, a lesbian woman from an Ojibwe tribe, a Filipino woman and Chinese-American Ping Chong.

All arrived in the U.S. at various stages in their lives. Their anecdotes about births, childhood experiences and cultural disparities offer insight into American life from an outsider's view.

Th-Su, May 13-22, F-Sa 8 p.m., Su 7 p.m. Illusion Theater, 528 Hennepin Ave. S. $16-$21. 339-4944,

Attention, shoppers

Downtown's YWCA wants to create an Artists' Market to mirror the Farmer's Market. Just like in Europe, artists add color to the streets as they set up shop en plein-air. Artists, now's your opportunity to make yourself known to a whole new brand of shoppers Thursdays on Nicollet Mall. You'll take away all of your earnings without any other parties collecting a portion of the cash.

Not to mention, shoppers, here's your chance to pick up some art while buying fresh vegetables and fruit.

To get started, you may rent a banquet table for $15-$25 from the YWCA. Contact Patrick Scully, or Amara Sing, 215-4152 or

'Dora's Pirate Adventure'

Dora is the intrepid, pint-sized explorer whose insatiable curiosity guides her on a jungle safari on special assignment. Who would've guessed that such a youngster could prove to be such a good undercover detective?

This 7-year-old Latina certainly has a nose for leads. In this adventure, she follows her instincts to Treasure Island to discover a lost fortune hidden in the tropical rainforest. Her bilingual skills, ability to read maps, count and sing help fit puzzle pieces together. But she still needs the help of other inquisitive preschoolers.

Give Dora hints throughout the show so that she'll be sure to solve the case. Join Dora and her sidekicks, cousin Diego and Boots the monkey as they traverse the turbulent Seven Seas. They'll confront some obstacles and fight the Pirate Piggies in the colorful live version of the Nickelodeon cartoon. Don't forget your backpack and a notebook!

W-Su May 11-15; W 7 p.m., Th 11 a.m. & 7 p.m., F 7 p.m., Sa-Su 11 a.m., 2 p.m. & 5 p.m. State Theater, 805 Hennepin Ave. S. $17.50-$42. 651-989-5151,

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