Weekend Arts Roundup: March 13, 2014

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Laura Esping as Heather Clark and Aditi Kapil as Corryn Fell in Pillsbury House Theatre's production of 'Gidion's Knot'. (Michal Daniel)
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MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jade to talk about three distinct artistic expressions — on stage, in song and in textiles.

Gidion's Knot — This play deals with a topic that touches so many people; specifically, a child's education and what happens when something goes wrong. This play is set over the course of a 90-minute parent/teacher conference, in which a grieving mother and an overwhelmed fifth-grade teacher have a fraught conversation about the mother's son, the teacher's student, Gidion. Reviews call this production incredibly intelligent, and it is staging at the Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis until March 23.

Dvořák: Going Home — Drawing from the folk music of his Czech homeland and, later, the melodies of Native and African Americans, Antonin Dvořák created a legacy that helped define "home" through music. Male vocal ensemble Cantus trace this lineage through works by composers who influenced Dvořák — Brahms, Wagner and Tchaikovsky, to name a few — as well as composers Dvořák inspired, like Gershwin and Copland. Cantus perform tonight at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts in Minneapolis tonight at 7 p.m., as well as in other venues in the metro area in the coming days.

Where I Fit — Maggie Thompson is 24 years old and has just earned her BFA, but as Marianne puts it, she already has a strong artistic voice. Thompson, who is Fon du Lac Ojibwe, has a new exhibition of her textile works opening this week at All My Relations Gallery in Minneapolis. The works utilize a variety of weaving and knitting techniques, printed fabrics and assemblage as a way to contain memory, reflect and convey difficult subject matter regarding Indian identity. And for those interested in meeting the artist, there is a gallery talk with Maggie Thompson on Friday, March 14, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the All My Relations Gallery.

Watch for Marianne's report on the work of Maggie Thompson later today on the State of the Arts blog from MPR News.

Marianne Combs joins The Current's Morning Show for the Weekend Arts Roundup every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Read about all the latest arts news at the State of the Arts blog at mprnews.org.

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