Weekend Arts Roundup: Boise, beauty and bicycles

A Bright New Boise
Cast members of Loudmouth Collective in 'A Bright New Boise' by Samuel D. Hunter. (Justin D. Gallo Photography)
Weekend Arts Roundup: Jan. 22, 2015
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MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about arts events this coming weekend, a couple of which are this weekend only.

A Bright New Boise — Set in the shabby break room of a craft store in Idaho, this play seems to set up stereotypes before dismantling them. One character really, really wants the Rapture to happen now, setting up a whole conversation about faith, human connections and meaning. Working in a hobby store, where does one find meaning in life? This play has received positive reviews, but it only has a two-weekend run, the second of which is this coming weekend, Jan. 24 and 25. The play stages at the Open Eye Figure Theater in Minneapolis, and is a Loudmouth Collective production.

U/G/L/Y — Shá Cage presents part two of a three-part series that examines identity. The first part was "N-Word", which premiered in March 2013. With U/G/L/Y, Cage seeks to challenge stereotypes of beauty in a mixed-media presentation that involves drama, poetry, movement and music. really powerful performer in the Twin Cities. She's a real force in this community. It's this weekend only at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis.

Design Cycles: A Bike Show — Goldstein Museum of Design has tapped into everyone's love of bicycles with Design Cycles: A Bike Show. The show features frames by regional builders, gear and tools, a history of early bicycles and a history of Surly's fatbike. The opening party is Friday, Jan. 23, at the Goldstein Museum of Design on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota. The show runs Jan. 24 to May 10.

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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