Put those feet on the ground
When Georgia art gallery owner Robert Lowery chose pieces for the new outsider exhibit, "Take Me to the River," he didn't judge the art with a content-oriented theme in mind.
This eclectic exhibit features paintings, photos, drawings and sculpture from 48 artists. These works from marginalized, atypical or emerging artists are pretty traditional, with figurative and landscape pieces - which may be what's so different about the show. Usually, outsider art is framed in the context of spirituality or as something created for therapeutic value.
Here, the work seems to defy such preconceived notions. There's a mixture between abstract, sculpture and mixed media. Some of it is colorful while other pieces are monochromatic. About half of the artwork comes from artists new to Interact's Inside Out Gallery.
According to Inside Out Director Jennifer Schultz, Lowery is very tapped into work from outsider artists and has nurtured a whole scene based on his gallery business.
M-Sa thru Aug. 12, noon-4 p.m.
Inside Out Gallery, 212 3rd Ave. N. Ste. 140.
Free. 339-5145, www.interactcenter.com.
'Moon Over Buffalo'
George and Charlotte Hay, a husband-wife dramatic team, are quintessential entertainers, despairing as they struggle to find a job as they tour with their theater company in 1959.
Part of the problem is that George is always intoxicated (which doesn't make for the best reviews). However, they get a chance to really prove themselves when a renowned Hollywood face comes to town with the intention of locating a new star or two.
"Moon Over Buffalo" is a farce that jabs at the theatrical sport - it tells about the nature of theater itself and its discriminating characters (on both sides of the stage).
F-Su thru Aug. 7; F-Sa 8 p.m.,
Su 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. (alternately).
Theatre in the Round, 245 Cedar Ave.
$20. 333-3010, www.theaterintheround.org.
Fanning the flames
I'm not "multitalented." I'm not trying to make this a group therapy session. I've always found art or English classes to come much more naturally than math or science.
In fact, I was pretty stereotypically abstract in school. I also wasn't athletic at all, to the point of being pathetic.
Consider in contrast, Minneapolis firefighter Alex Jackson, who just happens to juggle two careers that lie at opposite poles. I mean, um, could a comedian possibly be more different than a firefighter? What brought those two together? Which came first, comedy or firefighting?
Admittedly, I'm so used to my narrow field of view that I didn't actually believe that Jackson was a firefighting comedian when I first read it in a brief bio. I thought maybe there was an error or it was a joke. It definitely demanded a background check. After I "Googled" it, I got what was coming to me - several good references to both of his vocations.
Tu-Sa July 19-23; Tu-Th 8 p.m.,
F-Sa 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m.
Acme Comedy Co., 708 N. 1st St.
$13-$27. 338-6393, www.acmecomedycompany.com.
Anna Pratt can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.