Weekend Arts Roundup: Reconfiguring Casta, You for Me for You, The Averagers

Audrey Park and Sun Mee Chomet
Audrey Park, left, and Sun Mee Chomet star as North Korean sisters in Mu Performing Arts' production of "You for Me for You." (Rich Ryan)
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Weekend Arts Roundup: March 3, 2016
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MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Jade and Sean McPherson to talk about a range of arts happenings, including a print-and-painting exhibition that looks at race identity; a play that follows the lives of two North Korean sisters, one of whom chooses to emigrate to the U.S.; and a Minnesota spoof of The Avengers.

Reconfiguring Casta — The Guerilla Girls have been doing a Twin Cities takeover, and this is the culminating week of their takeover, and there are many activities, events and exhibitions inspired as part of it. Guerrilla Girls are feminist artist activists; the group got started in New York about 30 years ago, and they wear gorilla masks wherever they go. They take on a number of social-justice issues, all through the lens of the arts. One of the events inspired by Guerrilla Girls is a show at Augsburg College Gallery called "Reconfiguring Casta". Local printmaker Maria Cristina Taverna has put together an exhibition of prints and paintings that explore social concept of race, socio- and race classifications, and contemporary concepts regarding race identity; it runs to the end of March.

You for Me for You — This is the last weekend to see this production by Mu Performing Arts, staging at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. You for Me for You looks at two North Korean sisters and one's journey to escape from North Korea. One sister is able to leave, the other cannot. The audience get to see one of the women adapting to life in the United States while the other remains in North Korea; both sides of the story explore what is strange about life in North Korea and what is strange about life in the United States. "It's really well done," Marianne says, "and it's also very funny."

The Averagers!Comedy Suitcase created this show for last year's Fringe Festival, and it's coming back to the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in March. This Minnesota spoof of The Avengers includes Iron Range Man (instead of Iron Man), Bulk (instead of Hulk), the Black Wood Tick (instead of the Black Widow) and Paul Bunyan (in place of Thor). "It's a really fun production, and great for kids," Marianne says.

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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