Weekend Arts Roundup: Dancing Beavers

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'Beaverdance! A Marxist Holiday Fur Trade Musical' is presented by the Bedlam Theatre in Lowertown St. Paul. (Soren Olsen)
Arts Roundup with Marianne Combs: Dancing Beavers
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MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about an allegorical play on modern warfare, an art gallery exhibition inspired by gardening, and a play featuring beavers and a disguised Karl Marx.

Grounded — A one-woman show taking place at the Playwrights' Center and presented by Frank Theatre, Grounded is the story of a passionate fighter pilot who sees her career in the sky interrupted by an unplanned pregnancy. Reassigned to a "desk job," operating military drones, she grows numb as she tracks terrorists by day and, at night, returns home to play with her daughter and her pink ponies. As the pressure to find a high-profile target mounts, the lines begin to blur between the desert in which she lives and the one she is patrolling on the other side of the world. The play runs through Sunday, Nov. 23.

Make Garden — With all the cold and snow, why not go to a gallery where they're talking about gardens in art? Instinct Art Gallery on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis has a new gallery show called Make Garden that opens the night of Saturday, Nov. 22. It features artists who are inspired by gardening and garden-making, bringing out a lot of organic elements and bright colors. This winter escape of an exhibition runs until Jan. 10, 2015.

Beaverdance! — At Bedlam Lowertown in downtown St. Paul, the log line for this play reads, "A lodge of singing, dancing beavers find their idyllic, 1804, soon-to-be-Minnesota wilderness threatened by Ojibwe, voyageurs and capitalists who want all the fur off their backs. Disguised as Santa Claus, Karl Marx comes to help. But can the time-travelling political economist organize the beaver resistance in time?" Recommended for ages 14 and older. This play runs through Sunday, Dec. 21.

Marianne Combs joins The Current's Morning Show for the Weekend Arts Roundup every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Read all the latest arts news from MPR News.

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