March 2012 Arts Calendar

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

Theater

American Family • Mommy issues are things of the past in Carlyle Brown’s new domestic drama, starring Greta Oglesby. But there are still some coulda-beens to deal with before life can really begin for these folks—already in mid-life. • 3/16–4/7, Park Square Theatre, parksquaretheatre.org
 

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Hay Fever • When friends flake out, Noël Coward advises: walk away. • 3/10–4/22, Guthrie Theater, guthrietheater.org

Memphis • The underground dance-club scene of 1950s Memphis is revived at  the Ordway. • 3/13–3/25, ordway.org

Million Dollar Quartet • Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. State Theatre. ’Nuff said. • 3/27–4/1, hennepintheatretrust.org
 

Music

Punch Brothers • These pickin’ and hollerin’ California boys, performing at the Varsity Theater, play the banjo and mandolin like your granddaddy, but have the haircuts of hipsters. Their songs, with help from the Jayhawks’ Gary Louris, walk the same live wire, at once ancient and cool. • 3/2, varsitytheater.org
 

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Werther and Lotte • Christina Baldwin and Nathan Keepers star in Dominique Serrand’s musical mash-up at the Lab Theater. • 3/23–4/15, thelabtheater.org

Kaivama • The hip Nordic folk duo returns to the Cedar after a North American tour. • 3/11, thecedar.org

New Amsterdam Records show • Nadia Sirota, William Brittelle, and Michael Mizrahi play new music by Nico Muhly and others at the Bryant-Lake Bowl. • 3/29, bryantlakebowl.com
 

Film

Sing Your Song • Harry Belafonte has meant more to music than “Day-o” and memorable appearances with the Muppets, as this new documentary makes clear. At the Walker Art Center’s screening, the King of Calypso himself will be on hand to explain his effective blend of activism and art. • 3/15, walkerart.org
 

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Crazy Horse • As this Frederick Wiseman documentary notes, in the fashion capital of the world, some of the chicest women wear no clothes at all. • Opens 3/2, landmarktheaters.com

Minneapolis Jewish Film Festival • New Hebrew-themed cinema at the Sabes JCC. • 3/15–4/1, sabesjcc.org

Addiction Incorporated • The muckraking story of Victor Noble, tasked by the tobacco industry to create safer nicotine. • Opens 3/9, landmarktheaters.com
 

Dance

Flying Foot Forum’s 20th Anniversary • The pairing of eccentric jazz trio The New Standards and bold dance/theater company Flying Foot Forum makes so much sense we’re not sure why they waited until Flying Foot’s 20th anniversary to hook up—just grateful. • 3/16–3/17, thecowlescenter.org
 

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Ballroom With a Twist • Performers from Dancing With the Stars and American Idol join the Minnesota Orchestra. • 3/2, mnorch.org

Houston Ballet • New moves at the Orpheum Theatre. • 3/23–3/24, hennepintheatretrust.org

Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks • Ballet of the Dolls reprises its spin on fairy-tale classics. • 3/3–3/11, ritzdolls.com
 

Visual Arts

Stand Out Prints 2012 • If you haven’t checked out the Highpoint Center for Printmaking since it moved into its sleek, James Dayton–designed space, here’s the best reason so far: its first nationally juried show, skimming the creamiest of the country’s printmaking crop. • 2/24–4/12, highpointprintmaking.org
 

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Art(ists) on the Verge 3 • The Soap Factory hosts tech-y emerging artists. • 3/3–4/15, soapfactory.org

Jochen Lempert • The German nature photographer has concurrent shows at the Rochester Art Center and Midway Contemporary Art. • Through 4/22, rochesterartcenter.org, midwayart.org

Remembering • Groveland Gallery shows new work from expressionist painter Wendell Arneson. • 3/3–4/7, grovelandgallery.com
 

Events

Michael Jackson: The Immortal World • Can you think of a better tribute to the King of Pop than a Cirque du Soleil show? One spectacle deserves another, as acrobats, jugglers, and clowns contort themselves to the tunes of “Beat It” and “Thriller” at the Target Center. • 3/27–3/28, cirquedusoleil.com
 

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State Hockey Tournament • Eden Prairie defends its title. • 3/7–3/10, Xcel Energy Center, mshsl.org

Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It • William Shatner talks—and talks—at the Orpheum Theatre about his iconic life. • 3/15, hennepintheatretrust.org

Real Pirates • True stories of high-seas treachery at the Science Museum of Minnesota—plus a re-created pirate ship. • Through 5/31, smm.org
 

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