The Arts

Celebrity Sightings

Marc Hauser may have been the most envied boy among his school chums—at 13, he began working for Playboy as a photo assistant, and had a photograph printed in the magazine at 15. More recently, his striking image of basketball star Dennis Rodman busting out of a sleeveless suit slowed trafï¬c in Chicago as drivers gawked at the larger-than-life photograph printed on the side of a building. Now 53, Hauser hasn’t slowed down, as demonstrated in his Rogue Buddha Gallery show, running through November 18 and featuring images of such celebrities as Woody Allen, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and others. Rogue Buddha Gallery, 357 13th Ave. NE, Mpls., 612-331-3889.

Modern Movements

Over the past 24 years, the Zenon Dance Company has muscled its way to the top of the local modern-dance scene. Their annual fall performances, held November 16 to 19 and 24 to 26 at the Southern Theater, will feature the Twin Cities premiere of The Magician’s Wife by Cathy Young, set to the music of Tom Waits, Joe Williams, and Nine Inch Nails, along with new work from choreographers Wynn Fricke and Seán Curran, whose reputations have ascended along with Zenon’s. Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., Mpls., 612-340-1725.

Photo by Chris Larson

A Smashing Show

Chris Larson is obsessed with collisions—between cultures, and between the real and the fantastical—as demonstrated Crush Collision, opening November 17 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Larson’s short films and sculptural installations of wooden objects (he once depicted a life-size replica of the General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard smashing into a representation of the Unabomber’s shack) are inspired by the surrealism of rural myths, though this particular exhibition owes a special debt to the 1896 planned collision of two locomotives in the town of Crush, Texas. • Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 Third Ave. S., Mpls., 612-870-3131.

Chamber of Delights

How small can a chamber orchestra get? Find out November 24 and 26 when the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra divides its ranks into petite groups to play music by Beethoven, Handel, and others in its relatively new and intimate performance space. • Huss Music Room, Hamm Building, 408 Saint Peter St., St. Paul, 651-291-1144.

The Doc Is Out

Trumpeter Doc Severinsen has entertained Minnesota Orchestra audiences as principal pops conductor since 1993 (and supported the makers of garish suits for even longer). But he’s retiring that post after this year. His swan song begins with a series of shows called Doc’s Gypsy Caravan, featuring gypsy jazz music, from November 17 to 18. He’ll be joined by Roby Lakatos, a Hungarian violinist who puts a gypsy spin on such tunes as “If I Were a Rich Man.” • Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-371-5656.

For Love of Country

Even after 50 years of performing country and rockabilly music, Sherwin Linton can moan about fast women and sloe gin with a twang that’ll curl the brim of your Stetson. Having launched his career in Minneapolis, Linton has toured with country legend Roy Acuff, scored some hits, and befriended the likes of Johnny Cash and Buck Owens. On November 4 and 5, a musical celebration of Linton’s career will be held at the Medina Ballroom, reuniting him onstage with old friends and band mates. • Medina Entertainment Center, 500 Highway 55, Medina, 763-478-6661.

Blue in the Face

Just in time for election day, the Brave New Workshop stages The Left, The Right, and The Ugly; or Blue State Blues, a new sketch-comedy revue satirically examining the fall of liberalism since the Clinton years. Which begs the question: Can an arts organization in the Twin Cities mock the left and live to laugh about it? • Brave New Workshop, 2605 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-332-6620.

Photo by Jeffrey A. Austin

Toe-Tapping Fun

It’s likely you’ve seen Savion Glover before: for years he was a regular dancer on Sesame Street; he also starred in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled as well as the enormously popular musical Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk. The Tony Award-winning dancer comes to Northrop Auditorium on November 8 to tap his way further into our hearts with Classical Savion, his acclaimed solo tap-dance show, backed by orchestral musicians and a jazz band. Big Bird is not expected to appear. • Northrop Auditorium, 84 Church St. SE, Mpls., 612-624-2345.

Above-Average Playwright

Ken LaZebnik was a Twin Cities actor before moving to Hollywood to write for television and film, most recently helping Garrison Keillor script the Prairie Home Companion movie. It’s easy to see why he was tapped for Prairie Home—his play, Vestibular Sense, premiering November 3 to 26 at Mixed Blood Theatre, exudes a Keillor-esque warmth in its look at an autistic man who gets caught up in Fourth of July hijinks while operating a roller coaster at a Nordic-themed park. • Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S. Fourth St., Mpls., 612-338-6131.

A Pigment of Imagination

Grammarians beware: Mrs. Malaprop is back. The hilarious butcher of the English language originated in the 18th-century play The Rivals as a character prone to saying things like, “He can tell you the perpendiculars” (meaning “particulars”). The Jungle Theater revives the witty theatrical from November 3 to December 23. • Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-822-7063.

The Musica Man

Paquito D’Rivera, a Grammy-winning saxophonist and clarinetist, typically performs his symphonic Latin jazz before large crowds in auditoriums, such as Carnegie Hall. But on November 27 and 28, you can catch him in closer quarters at the Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant. A former child prodigy, he’s celebrating 50 years of professional music-making—and he was born in 1948. You do the math. • Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, 1010 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-332-1010.

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