Quinton’s June Picks

The Drunken City 6/7/14
Late last year The Receptionist, performed by Dark and Stormy Productions in an empty North Loop office suite, was the kind of small, rich theater experience the Twin Cities unveils for those willing to seek it out. Now The Drunken City, also by playwright Adam Bock, promises to be equally fascinating and unsettling—located this time in a luxury St. Paul apartment building, it’s the story of three bachelorettes on a bar crawl gone weird. through 6/7, darkstormy.org

Documerica 6/3/14
The New York–based string quartet ETHEL delivers an intriguing new multimedia work with video and projections (from a 1970s photo archive) plus music delivered with electric energy and resonance aplenty. A planned tour is in the works; for now, this is the first Documerica performance outside NYC. 6/3, schubert.org

Art Expanded, 1958-1978 6/14/14
The Walker digs into its vaults for an exhibit celebrating that heady time in the previous century when artists of all disciplines were itching to shatter labels, boundaries, and notions of what they should and shouldn’t be doing. With interactive elements and oddities galore, it reminds that “high art” was what these folks were fighting against, and for, alongside and out of this world. • opens 6/14, walkerart.org

Rufus Wainwright 6/24/14
While he’s recently returned to the finely wrought pop with which he first made his name, and released a Best Of (he’s only 40, but his ample body of work makes a worthwhile retrospective), Wainwright’s always somehow more than of the moment. His work bridges the worlds of pop, opera, and theater music with wit, whimsy, a great set of pipes, and one of the distinctive musical sensibilities of our time. mnzoo.org

Sights, Sounds and Soul: Twin Cities through the Lens of Charles Chamblis (Ongoing)
Chamblis documented the life of the north Minneapolis African American community with a warmth and heart that permeates the photos in this exhibit of his work from the 1960s to the ’80s—many of them snapshots capturing ephemeral moments of joy and limitless details of the period, from individuals well-known and others (for now) unidentified. ongoing, minnesotahistorycenter.org