Weekend Arts Roundup: More Than Fair

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Four Humors Theater's production of 'Lolita: A Three-Man Show' stages at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. (Euan Kerr/MPR News)

MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jill Riley and Sean McPherson to talk about two plays, including one that is being performed on the grounds of the Minnesota State Fair, as well as a Mia exhibition of works by Native artists from the Great Lakes region.

Lolita: A Three-Man Show — Presented by Four Humors Theater, this production is described as, "A one-hour stage play by Four Humors, based on the two-and-a-half hour movie by Stanley Kubrick, based on the five-hour screenplay by Vladimir Nabokov, based on the 300-page novel by Vladimir Nabokov, as told by three idiots." The Star Tribune calls this comedy "side-splittingly funny." It runs at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis on multiple dates spanning Aug. 28 to Sept. 27.

How to Have Fun in a Civil War — Written and performed by multimedia artist Ifrah Mansour, this live satire play is about a Somali girl's adventures during her family's escape of the civil war in Somalia. Inspired by the writer's life experiences, the play explores child survivors' perspective and hidden narratives of the civil war. Mansour will perform this show four times daily at the Minnesota State Fair from Aug. 30 through Sept. 1. Shows are performed each hour starting at 3 p.m., and are staged in the Education Building Courtyard along Cosgrove Street.

Arriving at Fresh Water: Contemporary Native Artists from Our Great Lakes — On view at Mia until Feb. 21, 2016, this exhibition presents 14 of the region's most visionary Native artists. The range of artwork tackles the big, universal issues of the day, exploring truth and justice, community and self. The artwork is described as witty and warm, and it may challenge expectations about Native art. All of the works on display come from artists in the Great Lakes region.

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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