Laugh Blood! Long-form improv comedy ensemble Fingergun celebrates its one-year anniversary by showcasing all its talents in this show, an original two-hour, three-act, fully improvised, scene-based comedy show.
Sat. May 18, 7 p.m. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S. $10. 871-4444.
Red Curtain Cabaret with Melissa Birch Contemporary artists challenge the limits of performance and display.
Tues. May 14, 8 p.m. Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St. $10. 825-8949.
"Dykes Do Drag" "Sassy male and female impersonations that ignore the conventions of traditional drag." Featuring The Gentleman King, The Glam King, Muff Daddy and other; come check out some genuinely talented singers.
Thurs. May 16, 7 & 9:30 p.m. Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St. $12. 825-8949.
"Acting Up: Very Different One-Acts by Three Very Different Directors" The plays, by George Bernard Shaw, Pierre Marivaux, Wendy McLaughlin, John Patrick Shanley and Cyrus Sethna, range in subject matter from love to war to racism.
Thru May 25, Fridays & Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Central City Theatre, W. 28th St. and Garfield Ave. S. (in Salem Lutheran Church) $15. 243-3560.
"Lucky Stiff" Based on "The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo," "Lucky Stiff" is an offbeat musical farce about an unassuming English shoe salesman forced to take the corpse of his recently murdered uncle on a week-long vacation to Monte Carlo. Should he succeed, he stands to inherit $6 million. Zaniness ensues.
Fridays-Saturdays thru May 25, 7 p.m. Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St. $17. 825-8949.
"I Don't Have to Show You No Stinking Badges" Luis Valdez, the father of Chicano theater and creator of the hit film "La Bamba," takes aim at Hollywood in this comedic tale.
Fri.-Sun. thru May 19. Fridays 8 p.m., Saturdays 7 p.m., Sundays 3 p.m. Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S. 4th St. $15-$18. 338-6131.
"The Blue Room" Through a series of ten vignettes, "The Blue Room" tells a circular story of seduction in which ten different couples seek intimacy, love and connection. Two actors play a succession of roles.
Wed.-Sun. thru June 16. Wed.-Thurs. 7:30 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sundays 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. The Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale. $18-$27. 822-7063.
"The Play About the Baby" Borrowing from the form of vaudeville, a young couple who say their baby is missing and an older couple who may have stolen it argue, pun, sing and even dance a bit as they explore playwright Edward Albee's witty, mournful soul-stirring language.
Thurs.-Sun. thru May 19. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 7 p.m. The Minneapolis Theatre Garage, Lyndale and Franklin. $10-$20. 728-5859.
"Bushwhacked II: One Nation, Under Stress" The latest production from the Brave New Workshop takes an upbeat look at how we are redefining what it means to be an American including the "Bush mystique," patriotic rage and our country's newfound understanding of Lee Greenwood.
Thurs.-Sat. thru June 15. Thurs.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 7:30 & 10 p.m. Brave New Workshop Theater, 2605 Hennepin Ave. S. $15-$22. 332-6620.
"Treasures from the Personal Collections of Anders Zorn and Carl Larsson" The show offers a glimpse into the lives of two of Sweden's most famous artists, using photographs, artworks and personal items from their homes.
Thru May 19. The American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave. 871-4907.
"Kilims: Weaving as a Tradition" This exhibition explores the ancient weaving traditions in flatwoven rugs from Persia, Turkey and the Caucasus region. The variety of weaving techniques, colors, designs and materials found within these kilim rugs provide dramatic examples of textile art.
Thru May 19. Augsburg College Gage Family Art Gallery, Lindell Library, 630 22nd Ave. S. 330-1524.
MFA Selected Works Works by MCAD MFA candidates and recent graduates on display.
Thru May 19. Soo Visual Arts Center, 2640 Lyndale Ave. S. 871-2263.
"Domestica" Photographer Jaime Carrera has created his new work as a tribute to his mother. Carrerra says his mother was very much the June Cleaver type, but never a slave to household chores and what he calls "self-defeating ideals of wifely
Thru June 6., Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. 5:30 p.m.-Midnight. Flatland Gallery, 208 E. Hennepin Ave. 378-3890.
"At Night's Edge" The Art Underground presents the work of John Colliander. This exhibit focuses on urban landscapes primarily from the Loring area.
Thru June. The Malt Shop, 809 W. 50th St. (near Bryant). Free. 827-5590.
Rebecca Hutchinson/ Judy Onofrio: Installation/Mixed Media Mixed-media sculptures by Judy Onofrio and a site-specific installation by Rebecca Hutchinson.
Thru June 15. Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Ave. E. 339-8007.
"Art Inside/Outside Space XV" This exhibition expands the definition of installation art to include the sidewalks and buses of the Twin Cities.
Thru June 16, open every day, noon-5 p.m. Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave S. $2. 871-4444.
"Lift": Recent Collage Paintings by Jennifer Davis With a room full of cutouts, Davis chooses a photographic image then paints a candy-colored setting to envelop each scene. "5-Foot Show" artists Susan Fryer Voigt, Allen Brewer, Mike Carina and Gita Ghei also showing work.
Thru June 16. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. Noon-5 p.m. Gallery 360, 3011 W. 50th St. (at Xerxes). 925-2400.
"The Other End of the River" An exhibit of oil paintings of the southern end of the Mississippi by the regional artist Dot Turnipseed Svendson.
Thru July 6. Tues.-Sat., Noon-5 p.m. Shelley Holzemer Gallery, 4810 Nicollet Ave. S. 824-0640.
"Three Sisters" An exhibit of the individual works of Julie Buffalohead, Lisa A. Fifield and Carol Ann Smith, three award-winning artists informed by their American Indian cultures.
Thru July 13. Ancient Traders Gallery, 1113 E. Franklin Ave. 870-7555.
"On the Edge of Your Seat" American artists in the early decades of the 20th century found rich inspiration in vaudeville halls, revue theaters and moving-picture houses. This is the first major exhibition devoted to the art inspired by the visual culture of American popular entertainment from 1890 to 1930.
Tuesdays-Saturdays thru Aug. 4. Tues., Wed. & Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., weekends 11 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Mon. The Weisman Museum, 333 East River Road. 625-9494.
"Exploring Nature's Histories and Mysteries" Using rarely seen objects from the museum's own art and scientific collections, the exhibit draws connections between scientific research, museum collections, and new scientific discoveries that are being made every day.
Thru Aug. 4. Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St. SE. 624-7083.
"Environmental Portraits" Two photograph exhibitions featuring Hennepin County portraits by a wide range of local photographers.
Ongoing. The Hennepin History Museum, 2303 3rd Ave. S. 870-1329.
Augsburg College Choir: Bon Voyage Concert Join the choir in this exciting concert before they leave town to go somewhere else.
Fri. May 17, 7:30 p.m. First Lutheran Church, 1555 40th Ave. NE. Free. 330-1265.
The Ashtray Hearts CD Release Party Formed as a three-piece at the end of 2000, the Ashtray Hearts first coined the term "apartment music" to describe their sad and somber sound. The Owls open the show.
Sun. May 19, 8 p.m. Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St. $7. 825-8949.
Film "The Importance of Being Earnest"
Opening Fri. May 17. Uptown
Theatre, Hennepin and Lagoon. 825-6006.
Cartoon and Shorts Order from the tasty brunch menu and enjoy family-friendly animations and shorts from the collection of Backdrop Productions' Rick Hansen and Scott Miller.
Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Suburban World Theater, 3022 Hennepin Ave. S. Free. 825-6688.
Amit Goswami The author of "Self-Aware Universe," "Physics of the Soul" and "The Visionary Window" will be appearing.
Sun. May 19, 2 p.m. Orr Books, 3043 Hennepin Ave. S. Free. 823-2408.
Advanced International Dancing Teaching and review for experienced international folk dancers.
Tues. May 14, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Tapestry Folkdance Center, 3748 Minnehaha Ave. S. $5. 722-2914.
Comedysportz Workshops Comedysportz improv classes help teach games, increase self-confidence and spontaneity, and most importantly, have fun!
Thursdays. Comedysportz, 28th Street and Hennepin Avenue South. 870-1230.
Children and Families Wild Rumpus at the Jungle: A Children's Reading Program
A new reading program for elementary school aged children. Local actors will read kids' books chosen by Wild Rumpus staff in an attempt to spark youth interest in literature and children.
Saturdays thru June 1. The Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale. $5. 822-7063.
Introduction to Celtic Spirituality Session participants will explore Celtic beliefs, relationships with God and prayer. John Reardon, a teacher, counselor, consultant and author, will facilitate the experience.
Tues. May 14, 7-9 p.m. Church of the Annunciation, 509 W. 54th St. 824-9993.
18th Annual Super Garage Sale Items include adult clothing, children's clothing, household goods, antiques, sporting goods, furniture and more!
Wed. May 15, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. & Thurs. May 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, 5025 Knox Ave. S. $3 on Wed., Free Thurs. 926-7651.
5th Police Precinct Open House Including informational displays from the Bomb Squad, K-9 Unit, the SWAT Team, McGruff, the Horse Patrol and more!
Sat. May 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 3101 Nicollet Ave. S. Free.
14th Annual Dandelion Day Celebration at the Historic Ard Godfrey House Dandelion Day celebrates how Harriet Godfrey first brought dandelion seeds to the St. Anthony Falls area in 1849. Learn how to make dandelion necklaces, bracelets and crowns. Tour the house with hostesses dressed in 1850s garb.
Sun. May 19, Noon-3 p.m. University Ave. SE & Central Ave. (one block from St. Anthony Main). $1-$2. 870-8001.
Broders' Cucina Italiana 20th Anniversary Festival An outdoor festival including live bands, Italian street food, games and raffles. The bands include Mandala, with Mary Ann O'Daugherty and Terrence Hughes, The Good, the Bad, and the Funky and Tony DeMarco and the Swing-O-Philes.
Sun. May 19, Noon-6 p.m. Broders', 2308 W. 50th St. (at Penn). 925-3113.