February 2012 Arts Calendar

What you need to do, see, and hear this month


Crashing the Party Sally Wingert stars in Mixed Blood Theatre’s premiere of this lively dramedy about having money, family, and love—and losing them all faster than you can say Arrested Development. Fans of that irreverent show, slake your thirst with this one. • 2/10–3/4, mixedblood.com

As You Like It • Ten Thousand Things Theater offers a fresh production. • 2/15–3/11, tenthousandthings.org

Beautiful Thing • Theater Latté Da  sings of forbidden love. • 2/24–3/18, latteda.org

American Idiot • Green Day’s musical hits the Orpheum. • 2/21–2/26, hennepintheatretrust.org


Lizz Wright and Kurt Elling: Be My Valentine • In this inspired tomato/tomahto pairing, he’s the cool king of jazz vocalists, she’s the next, more gospel-inflected Norah Jones. See if Elling and Wright can make the vast Orchestra Hall feel as intimate as their music. • 2/18, mnorch.org

Accordo • The quintet tackles Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night at sleek Christ Church Lutheran. • 2/6, schubert.org

SPCO Youth Chamber Music Competition • The state’s next great classical virtuosos compete at the SPCO Center. • 2/25–2/26, spco-ycmc.org

The Pines • The acoustic indie rockers release Dark So Gold at the Cedar Cultural Center. • 2/17, thepinesmusic.com


Fritz Lang: Black, Like My Soul • It’s the official month of brooding. And to celebrate our neuroses, the Heights Theater hosts a month-long tribute to German noir master Fritz Lang (Metropolis), casting a psychologically stark spotlight on five of his late-era films. • Every Monday in February, takeup.org

We Need to Talk About Kevin • The Walker hosts the local premiere of  this highly anticipated drama starring Tilda Swinton as the mother of a boy on a killing spree. • 2/10, walkerart.org  

Chico and Rita • The Edina Cinema screens Fernando Trueba’s animated film about mid-century  jazz artists in love. • 2/22, landmarktheatres.com

The Blue Angel • The sexy Marlene Dietrich vehicle, revived at the Trylon.• 2/3–2/5, takeup.org


Zorro in the Land of the Golden Breasted Woodpecker • Zorro busts some moves, flamenco style, as Zorongo Flamenco Dance Theatre melds the Spanish form with a story about Native American trickster Nanabozho (Zorro) rescuing Ojibwe children from a boarding school. • 2/24–2/26, thecowlescenter.org

Jin Xing Dance Theatre Shanghai • The troupe’s East-meets-West mashup, including tango, comes to the Orpheum. • 2/18, northrop.umn.edu

Mu Daiko • The group holds its biggest-ever dance and drumming show at the Ordway. • 2/9–2/19, ordway.org

Reeling Over Love • The Eclectic Edge Ensemble playfully juxtaposes onscreen romances with those of real life.• 2/16–2/19, ritzdolls.com

Visual Arts

Lifelike • Nothing is what it appears to be in this Walker Art Center show of hyper-realistic replicas of everyday objects. From trompe l’oeil electrical outlets to weeds sprouting from a crack in the floor, many of the objects seem more authentic than the real thing. • 2/25–5/27, walkerart.org

The Art of Oleg Vassiliev • The Museum of Russian Art pays tribute to the underground Soviet artist, now a Minnesotan. • Through 2/19, tmora.org

The Sports Show: Minnesota • The Minneapolis Institute of Arts shows a century’s worth of quirky sports photos. • 2/16–9/2, artsmia.org

Daniel Hartman • The HAUS Salon displays the latest from the vanguard collage artist, curated by Emma Berg. • 2/25–5/5, haussalon.com


City of Lakes Loppet • One weekend a year, it’s easier to find someone in Uptown Minneapolis wearing skis than shoes during this celebration (literally “citizen race”) of cross-country skiing and candle-lit lakes—a tribute to the area’s embrace of winter and its Scando heritage. • 2/4–2/5, cityoflakesloppet.com

Minnesota State High School League Dance Team Tournament • The state’s top precision dance teams compete at the Target Center, a kind of Glee for cheerleaders. • 2/17–2/18 • targetcenter.com

Ely Winter Festival • The scenic small town hosts dog-sled rides, an international snow-sculpture contest, and more. • 2/2–2/12, elywinterfestival.com

International Eelpout Festival • The town of Walker toasts the state’s ugliest fish.• 2/17–2/19, eelpoutfestival.com