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Acme Comedy Co.When was 13, his family took a trip to Las Vegas. “I couldn’t go into the casinos, so my mom surprised me with tickets to see George Carlin at Bally’s,” he recalls. “It was the coolest thing. I was amazed.” That started the desire to do comedy. The problem was he was painfully shy. “I wasn’t the funny guy in class. I was more the guy who was working on things, writing them down, and showing my friends. ‘Is this funny?’ I would ask them.” In college, friends recognized his talent. “I grew up in North Jersey,” he says. “The funny kid is usually the bully. When people told me I was funny I was like, ‘Really?'” These days, he mostly focuses on his personal life and occasionally current events onstage. “I don’t want to be too preachy,” he says. “Also, I know my limitations. I’m not very well informed. I have a few ideas, but I feel weird if the country is on fire and I’m talking about bran muffins.” 18+. Friday and Saturday. $15 $18. 708 N. First St., Minneapolis; 612 338 6393. WilsonThe Cowles Center for Dance the Performing ArtsFor 25 years, we’ve thrilled at the work of Ragamala Dance Company, as founder Ranee Ramaswamy and then her daughters Aparna and Ashwini have expanded Bharatanatyam’s traditional boundaries, its potential for interdisciplinary collaboration on an epic scale, and our understanding of the form’s deep historical resonance and contemporary relevance. Alarml Valli is their teacher. In this celebratory return performance, Valli will discuss the 2,000 year old dance form’s timeless relevance and her approach and perspective on Bharatanatyam. Valli will also give a revelatory and breathtaking solo performance. Saturday. $15 for artist talk; $29 for solo performance; $40 for both. 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612 206 3636. Acker escaped the confines of her rich East Coast family to embark on a body of work that layered porn, plagiarized texts, experimental forms, and philosophy, infusing it all with her own diary. While exploring Acker’s inner life, Kraus vividly captures the world she inhabited. With nuance and extreme detail, Kraus illustrates the ways Acker both nurtured a culture of artists around her and threw jabs at anyone who stood in her way. This Thursday, Kraus will visit Midway Contemporary Art to give a reading of her recently launched book. Free. 527 Second Ave. SE, Minneapolis; 612 605 4504. Sheila ReganWorld of Matter: Mobilizing MaterialitiesKatherine E. Nash Galleryand InFlux Space”World of Matter” is a multimedia project that examines the processes by which natural resources are explored, exploited, used, and moved around the globe. As such, this massive effort is essentially about geopolitics, in the most essential sense of the word. The backdrop for this iteration is the Upper Midwest, including the Great Lakes and the Bakken oil fields. Artists of every medium have created work that delves into the history, industry, and transportation of natural materials, while artists, theorists, activists, geographers, landscape architects, and architects will be participating in film screenings, field trips, and a symposium intended to illuminate and activate. Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis; 612 624 7530. Through December 9 Camille LeFevreTalking Volumes: Sherman AlexieMothers get a bad rap in memoir, and Sherman Alexie’s new book, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, is no exception. But just because his mother, Lillian, struggled with alcoholism, with poverty, with violent tendencies doesn’t mean she didn’t teach her son a thing or two about sacrifice, perseverance, and the importance of cultural heritage. As Alexie retraces his path back to childhood on the Spokane Indian Reservation, both cruel and tender memories of his mother emerge: how she quilted to pay the bills, how she patiently waited for her wandering husband to come home,
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how she once knocked Alexie out with a full can of pop to the head. Lillian could be abominable, but she also survived unconscionable circumstances. Alexie grapples with the challenge of forgiving his mother in this lyrical yet gut wrenching read. You’d be wise to catch Alexie in conversation with Kerri Miller as part of Talking Volumes at the on Thursday because he’s canceled much of the rest of his book tour due to a resurgence of grief and depression. $23 $50. 10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul; 651 290 1200. Erica RiveraDov DavidoffRick Bronson’s House of ComedyDov Davidoff is one of those rare standup comics who has been able to establish himself as a dramatic actor. He currently has a recurring role on the NBC crime drama Shades of Blue, where he plays Internal Affairs Detective Verco. “It’s different,” he says. “Acting is acting. It’s hard for someone to do both in terms of getting the actual work. It’s very uncommon that a comedian does legit drama.” However, he’s proven it can be done. “A comedian can act if they can shut up long enough to listen and not go after a punchline,” he says. “Then they can be very effective, because sometimes they provide unique personalities.” Davidoff has also guest starred on the acclaimed Pete Holmes vehicle Crashing, a sitcom about the latter’s experiences in New York’s standup scene. “I don’t play it like comedy,” he says. “A lot of times when you play comedy like comedy, it’s bad. Drama has a different tone, but it’s still a similar job.” In addition to acting and standup, Davidoff is set to release his memoir, Road Dog, this fall. 18+; 21+ later shows. Sunday. $15 $22. 408 E. Broadway, Mall of America, Bloomington; 952 858 8558. WilsonFlip Phone at Fashion Week MNThis week, Fashion Week MN continues with installations, receptions, and more. The highlight of the week involves Flip Phone. The group is known for its fab dance parties, queer bomb bar crawls, and hangover cure drag brunches. At Fashion Week MN, they’ll be hosting a panel talk at the Foshay on the epic world of drag queen fashion and makeup. Take in tips, ask questions you always wondered about, or just add a little sparkle to your heart as Julia Starr, Genevee Love, Nocturna Lee Mission, and Max Malanaphy (from RuPaul’s Drag Race) chat about the triumphs and tribulations of the art of drag. The Living Room will host a cocktail gathering afterward. Next, head over to Union Restaurant Rooftop as the gang takes the stage, joined by Kim Chi (also from RuPaul’s Drag Race) as they perform, have surprise catwalk moments, and dance to tunes from DJ Fancy Restaurant. The panel talk is free; tickets to Union’s party are $12 $25. party. W Minneapolis The Foshay, 821 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis; 612 215 3799. Union Restaurant Rooftop, 731 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis; 612 455 6690. Jessica ArmbrusterIn contrast to many breweries of the hophead era, kicked off operations earlier this year with an emphasis on traditional, sessionable beers inspired by Europe. For this new world meets classic style facility, Oktoberfest is the perfect time to open the grounds for a weekend long party. For three days, the spacious brewery will pour new, limited edition Oktoberfest style beer. There will also be games, contests, and a Deutschland food truck. Army couple on leave. In addition to Receptional Oktoberfest, they’ll have their core lineup Alt 1848 altbier, Copacetic Klsch, and Ewald the Golden hefeweizen flowing all weekend long. All ages. Sunday. Free. 225 Thomas Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612 249 7800. Through Sunday Loren GreenRogue Buddha Art GalleryIn Caitlin Karolczak’s figurative paintings, nothing is as it seems. In works thick with mood and materiality, her subjects inhabit surreal worlds where bodies are disrupted or distorted, perspectives are askew, backgrounds are abstracted, and characters dwell in the realm of nightmare. In this solo exhibition, she’ll show new work that furthers the intentionality of her explorations into texture, tone, and technique. Friday, September 15. Free. 357 13th Ave. NE, Minneapolis;
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612 331 3889. Through September 30 Camille LeFevre