August 2012 Arts Calendar

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


Minnesota Fringe Festival • Choose wisely, my friend. Your choices include Joseph Scrimshaw’s bid for a third straight attendance award—Nightmare Without Pants, featuring Anna Sundberg—and this play about a play: Joe Dowling’s William’s Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet” on the Moon, featuring Kate Mulgew as Lady Capulet. • 8/2–8/12,


Chicago • The “Cell Block Tango” still has legs at the Ordway. • 8/7–8/12,

Waiting for Godot • Good things will come to those who wait at the Jungle Theater. • 8/24–9/30,

Theatre in the Round’s Fall Preview • It’s the ultimate teaser, the ADHD of theater: nine plays in one night. • 8/25,


Stillwater Music Festival • No beer cups. No Porta-Potties. This is summer music in name only, featuring several performances from innovative banjoist Béla Fleck and the hip string quartet Brooklyn Rider, the latter joined by Kayhan Kalhor (master of the Persian kehmancheh, an ancient stringed instrument) at the Cedar Cultural Center. • 8/15–8/23,


Patio Nights • Bands, beer, and riverside relaxation, hosted by the Minnesota Museum of American Art Thursdays at City House. • 8/2–8/30,

Sharon Van Etten • The year’s biggest indie-rock star brings her shimmering venom to First Avenue. • 8/4,

Mary Chapin Carpenter • The topical folkie plays the zoo. • 8/1,


Music and Movies • Inspired by the idea of dreams, the Walker Art Center’s Loring Park pairings range from surreal to silly: Afropop pioneer Oliver Mtukudzi with Artists and Models (a Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis retro romp), Rogue Valley with The City of Lost Children, and, on the Walker’s hill, Brute Heart backing the silent classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. • 7/30–8/20,


Minneapolis Underground Film Festival (MUFF) • The unknown and unusual at St. Anthony Main. • 8/17–8/19,

Two’s Funny, Three’s a Riot • Classic comedy teams that still make us LOL, at the Heights. • 8/2–8/30,

August Music and Movies • Mike Myers at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. • 8/3–8/24,


Minnesota State Fair • This year’s Grandstand acts, taken together, mimic food on a stick, with KISS, Blake Shelton, and Wiz Khalifa bound together by sheer democracy. The free stages are your best bet, offering veterans like Bettye LaVette and Wanda Jackson, along with indie up-and-comers like Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps. • 8/23–9/3,


Minnesota Renaissance Festival • Hear ye, hear ye, your leg of turkey is ready. • 8/18–9/30,

Irish Fair • Kilts and corned beef. Need we say more? Maybe two words: amateur rugby. • 8/10–8/12,

Twin Cities Beer Fest • Beer and food trucks…at Mall of America? Take the light rail. Please. • 8/11,

Visual Arts

Art Fair Weekend • This is one shopping experience the Internet can’t ruin. In fact, this triptych of the Uptown Art Fair, Powderhorn Art Fair, and Loring Park Art Festival has only benefited from a growing interest in face-to-face retail. Any bargains, though, are in the eyes of the beholders. • 8/3–8/5,,,


McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship Exhibition • The next big things show at MCAD. • 7/13–8/17,

Art in Bayfront Park • Breezy, beautiful browsing beside Lake Superior. • 8/18–8/19,

Albrecht Dürer’s Melencolia • Greatest engraving ever? Judge for yourself as the MIA exhibits a recent acquisition etched in art history. • 8/11–11/11,


Macy’s Glamorama • He’s not British, but Robin Thicke is about the bonniest singer/reality-TV star that Macy’s could have gotten to play its U.K.-themed fashion show, along with the similarly sexy band Karmin. Hey, it’s only rock ’n’ roll. Expect the designers here—Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan—to be just as loosely inspired. • 8/3,


Rhythmically Speaking 2012 • The work of nine jazz-inspired choreographers at the Southern Theater. • 8/16–8/18,

African Summer • The summer-long music festival wraps with Malian stars Amadou & Mariam. • 8/7,

Red House Barnfest • Guitars, toted by Lucy Kaplansky and others, flood Red Wing. • 8/4,

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