Weekend Arts Roundup: May 8, 2014

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The American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis (Paul Crosby)
Weekend Arts Roundup: May 8, 2014
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MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about a range of arts offerings this weekend.

Cocktails in the Castle — The American Swedish Institute (ASI)'s Cocktails at the Castle happens Friday, May 9, to celebrate Europe Day, the annual celebration of peace and unity on the Continent. Activities include a European-inspired dance party hosted by DJ Jake Rudh (heard on Transmission on The Current), live local music from Still Pacific, and DIY paper art with the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. ASI's galleries will be open with exhibits that showcase transcontinental talent. Visit the ASI's website for full description of events and opening hours.

"Fight Like a Mother!" 2014 — This event, in the run-up to Mother's Day, features work by artists who are mothers themselves, expressing their passion through painting, collage, textiles, photography, jewelry, sculpture, poetry and spoken word. The event celebrates the power of women as activists for change. It takes place at the Color Wheel Gallery in Minneapolis on Saturday, May 8, from 2 to 8 p.m.

TU Dance at the OrdwayTU Dance founders Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands are presenting their 10th anniversary dance concert, featuring master Alvin Ailey's duet Twin Cities from his legendary The River (1970) as well as repertory favorites and world premiere, a new commissioned work by Uri Sands in collaboration with master wood block print artist Hiroki Morinoue. The program will also include the Minnesota premiere of Uri Sands' One, recently commissioned by Dance St. Louis to honor the legacy of Henrietta Lacks and the discovery of HeLa cells. This performance is Saturday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m., at the Ordway Center in St. Paul.

The Three Musketeers — The Guthrie Theater presents Walking Shadow Theatre Company's production of a new adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' novel. This swashbuckling adventure opens May 9 and runs until May 25 in the Guthrie's Dowling Studio.

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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