Weekend Arts Roundup: Freedom of Choice

Mark Mothersbaugh Myopia; Mark Mothersbaugh; Devo;
Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo, photographed Oct. 16, 1981, at the University of Illinois-Chicago. (Paul Natkin/WireImage.com)
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Weekend Arts Roundup: June 18, 2015
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MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley to talk about plenty of arts events to pick from: a midsummer celebration, a gripping new play and the opening of an art exhibit that is a retrospective of the visual art by Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh.

Midsommar Celebration 2015 — No matter what the weather, the American Swedish Institute will host its summer celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Satuday, June 20. This family-friendly event features arts and crafts, live music, dancing and food from the ASI's in-house restaurant FIKA. Performers include Swedish jazz artist Mary Nelson and ASI artist-in-residence Connie Evingson.

H2O — From the enigmatic playwright Jane Martin comes this drama that follows a young man who descends into Hollywood's sleazy culture of celebrity. The story focuses on the man's desire to find the ideal Ophelia as the match for his Hamlet. This production by and at Gremlin Theatre in Minneapolis runs until June 27.

Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia — This exhibit opens tonight at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. You may recognize the name Mark Mothersbaugh from his work in the band Devo. Also a visual artist, Mothersbaugh has assembled this presentation of his work that spans more than 30 years. The exhibition's title, Myopia, is a reference to Mothersbaugh's own vision problems which, once corrected, opened the doors to his wide-ranging creativity. Mothersbaugh himself we be at tonight's show-opening event; The Current's own DJ Jake Rudh (host of Transmission, is deejaying the opening event. Myopia remains on exhibit at the MIA until Aug. 3.

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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