Weekend Best Bets: November 4-6

Welcome November with an art crawl, modern dance, and show-stopping theater

Friday, November 4

Latin love

WHAT: The MSP Latin Film Festival
WHERE: St. Anthony Main Theater, Minneapolis          
WHEN: Nov. 3 to Nov. 13, times vary
The first-ever festival of Latin movies, presented by the Film Society of Minneapolis-St. Paul, offers 41 hot films from Central and South America, Mexico, and Spain. The opening-night film, on Thursday, is the Sundance selection Abel, directed by Diego Luna. On Friday is Perdida, the strange, true story of a Mexican cinema family who built movie palaces and showed uniquely trashy films until their downfall. Learn more at mspfilmfest.org

Friday, November 4

Seduced by art

WHAT: Art Attack
WHERE: Northrup King Building, Minneapolis
WHEN: Friday noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 5 to 10 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
The year’s finest art crawl showcases hundreds of artists showing photography, painting, original jewelry, clothing, and ceramics, all in the funky brick studios of the former Northrup King factory. Get a head start on your holiday shopping! Learn more at northrupkingbuilding.com/artattack

Saturday, November 5

Close encounter

WHAT: The Edge of Our Bodies
WHERE: Dowling Studio, Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis
WHEN: 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
A teen-aged aspiring writer hops a train to New York to see her boyfriend, with nothing more than a short story in her notebook and an uncomfortable truth inside her. An honest and literary coming-of-age story follows. Learn more at guthrietheater.org

Saturday, November 5

Tragic war

WHAT: Frank Theatre’s Ajax in Iraq
WHERE: Playwright’s Center, Minneapolis
WHEN: 8 p.m.
Playwright Ellen McLaughlin has mashed up Sophocles’s classic play of a Greek warrior with the headlines coming out of Iraq—the madness of war as seen through betrayal on the battlefield. Learn more at franktheatre.org

Sunday, November 6

Dance to the end

WHAT: Merce Cunningham Company farewell tour
WHERE: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis
WHEN: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Per Cunningham’s wishes, his famous dance troupe will be dissolved after this last go-round, performing a mix of modern-dance classics like Antic Meet to music by John Cage and other seminal contemporary composers. Learn more at walkerart.org

Sunday, November 6

Married to himself

WHAT: I Am My Own Wife
WHERE: Jungle Theater
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
By popular demand, Bradley Greenwald revives his award-winning one-man turn in this play about a German antiques collector and transvestite who survives the mid-century horrors by remaining true to himself—or herself. Learn more at jungletheater.com