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March 3, 2003 // UPDATED 9:08 am - April 30, 2007
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"The Lysistrata Project" This staged reading of Aristophanes' comedy will be performed at several theaters in the Twin Cities as a protest to war with Iraq. In the play, a woman organizes a war protest by getting women on both sides to withhold sex from their husbands until they agree to find a peaceful end to their conflict. M March 3, 6-7:30 p.m. Various theaters in Minneapolis. Donations accepted. www.lysistratampls.com for schedule and list of theaters.

"Bhakti" The words of two saint-poets, Andal from India and Hildegard von Bingen of Germany, blend with South Indian dance to show that nothing translates emotion and spiritual expression better than art. Th-Su March 6-9, 8 p.m. Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S. $19. 340-1725.

"Beyond Lysistrata: A Concert for Peace and Justice" After the various readings of "Lysistrata," several diverse headliners will perform as a further protest to war in Iraq. Headliners include Dan Wilson, Wendy Lehr, Ann Reed and others. M March 3, 8:30 p.m. Historic Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave. $10. www.lysistratampls.com.

"How I Learned to Drive" Paula Vogel's coming-of-age drama tells the story of a woman who escapes her family through nightly driving lessons with her kind but troubled uncle. Along the way, she learns that her life, body and identity belong only to herself. Th-Sa March 6-8, 8 p.m. The Minnesota Opera Center, 620 N. 1st St. $12. 210-6834.

"Spider-Man Live!" Spidey comes to thrilling life right before your eyes defying gravity and capturing the bad guys with all the flying, climbing and web-slinging heroics you expect from "your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man." Tu-Su March 4-9, Tu-F 7 p.m., Sa 1 a.m., 2 and 7 p.m., Su 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. Historic Orpheum Theatre, 910 Hennepin Ave. $19.50-29.50. 651-989-5151.

"Disney's Princess Classics" All of your favorite Disney heroines appear in the latest incarnation of the Disney On Ice series. Belle, Jasmine, Ariel and more bring the magic of their stories to the ice. W-Su March 5-9, W 7 p.m., Th 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., F 7 p.m., Sa 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., Su 1 and 5 p.m. Target Center, 600 1st Ave. N. $13-55. 651-989-5151.

"Sunday in the Park with George" If you've seen "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" or ever seen the park/picnic-scene mural at the Mall of America, you're familiar with Georges Seurat's masterpiece, "A Sunday on the Isle of La Grande Jatte." This Sondheim musical will give you a glimpse of Seurat's life at the time of its creation, as well as the life of his descendant a century later. Th-Su thru March 9, Th-Sa 8 p.m., Su 2 p.m. The Loring Playhouse, 1633 Hennepin Ave. $20-25. 343-3390.

"Six Degrees of Separation" It's not just Kevin Bacon. This play tells the story of a rich couple and the man who cons his way into their lives. Opens F March 7. Tu-Su thru April 6, Tu-Sa 7:30 p.m., Su 7 p.m. Guthrie Theater, 725 Vineland Pl. $16-46. 377-2224.

"The Seagull" Four lives dramatically intersect in Anton Chekov's play about an aging actress, her son and their lovers. Opens Sa March 8. Th-Su thru April 27, Th-Sa 8 p.m., Su 7 p.m. $10-26. 333-6200.

Comedy

Randy and Jason Sklar Twins, the Brothers Sklar are a comic team with amazing timing, they don't even need to use their identical faces as a crutch. Don't miss this sidesplitting show. Tu-Sa March 4-8, Tu-Th 8 p.m., F-Sa 8 and 10:30 p.m. Acme Comedy Company, 708 N 1st St. $10, $22 for dinner and show package. 338-6393.

In Concert

The Saw Doctors Though not the most popular of Irish bands, it's hard to find one more beloved by their fans. Check out this fun and bouncy rock band as they celebrate the release of their compilation CD, "Play It Again, Sham!" Tu March 4, 7 p.m. First Avenue Mainroom, 701 1st Ave. N. $10 advance, $12 at the door. 651-989-5151.

Minnesota Orchestra Yan Pascal Tortelier conducts the Orchestra through the works of Strauss and Hindemith. Basil Reeve is also featured in Vaughn Williams' "Oboe Concerto." Th-Sa March 6-8, Th 11 a.m., F-Sa 8 p.m. Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall. $20-74. 371-5656.

Midwest Poetry Slam The Developing Arts and Music Foundation, First Avenue and Midwest Slam League will present the Midwest Poetry Slam 2003 featuring solo spoken word artists Tom Cassidy and Chris Hollister and the Midwest Slam League: Minnesota Blue Death, Team Chicago and Team Iowa City. Acousitc guitarist Ted Vig and folk singer/songwriter Nora Paoli will also perform. F March 7, 6:30 p.m. First Avenue VIP Room, on the corner of 1st Avenue North and 7th Street. $5. 332-1775 or www.first-avenue.com.

Linda Eder - "Broadway My Way" This local singer has gone on to achieve national fame with her love of Broadway. With her new album and tour, she takes a new look at the old classic showtunes she loved growing up. F March 7, 8 p.m. Historic State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave. $34.50-39.50. 673-0404.

Beat Radio's "beatopia" DJs Alex Jarvis, Daveed and Negative spin in the VIP Lounge. Other DJs to be announced. F March 7, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. First Avenue, 2nd Level VIP Lounge, 701 1st Ave. N. $3-8. www.beatworld.com or 763-391-BEAT (2328).

Sevillanas Night Come prepared to dance. The Michael Hauser Flamenco Trio will perform songs that get everyone out on the floor. Tuesdays, 6 p.m.-midnight. Conga Latin Bistro. 501 Hennepin Ave. E. 331-3060.

Cocktail Hour with Jason Richards Jazz vocalist and pianist Jason Richards performs every week. W-F 5-7 p.m. The Times Bar and Caf, 201 E. Hennepin Ave. Free. 617-8098.

"Jazz After Work" Need to unwind after work? Every Thursday, the Millennium Hotel hosts a relaxing evening of music and fun. Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. Millennium Hotel, 1313 Nicollet Mall. 332-6000.

On Exhibit

Premier Gallery Gallery artists Jeff Barber and Kate Christopher display their latest pieces. M-Th March 3-6, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Premier Gallery, 141 S 7th St. 338-4541.

"Celebrating Black History Month" This exhibit features the works of historical and contemporary African-American artists including Clementine Hunter, Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden and more. Tu-Sa thru March 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Flanders Art Gallery, 400 1st Ave. N. 344-1700.

"Narratives" Painter and collage artist India Cruse-Griffin uses bold shapes and bright, vibrant colors to create pictures of her childhood memories. Tu-Sa thru March 8, Tu-F 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sa 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Kellie Rae Theiss Gallery, 400 1st Ave. N., Ste. 318. 339-1094.

"New Explorations in Curvism" Steve Firkins presents a bold new series of wall sculptures that give a voice to the conflicts between material and spiritual elements. Tu-Sa thru March 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Flanders Art Gallery, 400 1st Ave. N. 344-1700.

"Images de France et d'ailleurs" Valrie Jardin displays black and white photographs from a life in France. M-F thru March 13, M-Th 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., F 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Alliance Franaise de Minneapolis/St. Paul, 113 N. 1st St. Free. 332-0436.

Charles Thysell Everything in Thysell's latest collection is a little off kilter, but this makes everything all the more charming. This is his first time using glazes of acrylic paint; this medium suits his expressive brush strokes well. Tu-Sa thru March 14, Tu-F 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sa 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Circa Gallery, 1637 Hennepin Ave. 332-2386.

Film

"Women With Vision" This film festival, celebrating its 10th year, features woman filmmakers from all over the world. Celebrate a world on the move with their unique visions. W-Sa March 5-8, W-F 8 p.m., Sa 7:30 p.m. Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl. $7, Free on Thursday. 375-7622.

Etc.

ARC Annual Rose Sale March is National Mental Retardation and Related Disabilities Awareness Month. Help raise money for their advocacy and support by buying dozens of roses. M Feb 24-F April 11. $16 per dozen. 651-523-0823 or www.arcminnesota.com for locations and times.

Rollerdome Even though there's finally snow blocking the sidewalks, don't let that get in the way of your in-line skating fun and exercise. Enjoy the fun of summer in the cover and warmth of the Metrodome. Many dates scheduled thru April. Metrodome, 900 S. 5th St. $6, $5 for students w/ID, $4 for preteens and seniors. 825-DOME or www.roller-dome.com

Priority Associates Lecture Series Can business and faith co-exist? This new marketplace ministry would like to answer all kinds of questions about business and faith in this lunchtime series. Wednesdays, noon. City Center, 33 S. 6th St. Free. www.ipriority.com.

HAPPENING ELSEWHERE

"Macbeth" Shakespeare's darkest and most intense tragedy, complete with bloody ambition and three witches, is presented in-the-round -- an unconventional style for modern theaters but true to the original O-shaped setup of Shakespeare's Globe Theater. F-Su March 7-9, F-Sa 8 p.m., Su 7 p.m. Theatre in the Round, 245 Cedar Ave. $16-18. 333-3010.

"The Shape of Things" On a scale of one to ten, Adam is about a four, and quite comfortable with it. He is safe, routine and middle-of-the-road, until Evelyn walks into his life and turns him into a ten. But is it all worth it? See this play by Neil LaBute and find out. Th-Su March 6-9, Th-Sa 8 p.m., Su 2:30 p.m. Minneapolis Theatre Garage, 711 Franklin Ave. $12-25. 343-3390.

"Martha Stewart -- Prison Vixen" In their 240th comedy revue, the Brave New Workshop presents this biting political satire written, directed and performed by the theater's mainstay, Caleb McEwen and (now back from Second City) Matt Craig. F-Sa thru March 22, F 8 p.m., Sa 7:30 and 10 p.m. Brave New Workshop Theater, 2605 Hennepin Ave. S. $19-22. 332-6620.

On Exhibit

"Eternal Egypt" Thirty-five centuries of Ancient Egyptian art, on loan from The British Museum, illustrate all aspects of Ancient Egyptian culture from the Pre-Dynastic Period to the time of Cleopatra. Most items have never been seen outside of London. Tu-Su thru March 16, Tu-W, Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Th-F 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Su noon-5 p.m. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave S. 870-3131.

"In the Spirit of Martin: The Living Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King" In this first major Smithsonian exhibition to celebrate the life of the American hero, 115 works serve as a visual testament to the enduring power of King's life and work. Tu-Su thru Apr. 6, Tu-F 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Th till 8 p.m., Sa-Su 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Weisman Art Museum, 333 E. River Rd. 625-9494.

"Up the Nile" See ancient Egyptian monuments through the eyes of 19th-century photographers. This exhibit features 75 albumen prints of sites located along the 800 miles of the Nile River. Tu-Su thru April 13, Tu-W, Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Th-F 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Su noon-5 p.m. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Ave. S. 870-3131.

"Skin" This two-part, multi-media exhibit features more than 100 exhibits from around the world, showing the art of the human body. Tu-Sa thru April 19, Tu-F 10 a.m.-6 p.m., open till 9 p.m. on Th, Sa noon-5 p.m. Icebox Quality Framing & Gallery, 2401 Central Ave. NE. 788-1790.