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Performers from the Soap Factory's annual "Artery" festival.

If you've never been persuaded to check out an art gallery before, this is the weekend to overcome your inhibitions. There's a little something for just about everyone on offer at galleries all over the Twin Cities.

Now in its third consecutive year, Artery Twenty Ten offers performances by more than 22 artists over a series of four evenings at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis. The original premise of "Artery" was inspired by similarities between civic circulatory systems (roads, travel, city planning) and our own physical systems.

Fascinated by the Steampunk movement? Stevens Square Park presents "The New Antiquarians," an artistic ode to this imagined alternate fallout from the Industrial Age. The exhibition features a "Cabinet of Curiosities" of retro-futurist paintings; steampunk sculptures; a memory quilt and miniature catacombs made from cast-off, salvaged, and recycled materials.

Tarnish and Gold Gallery presents "The Art of Conflict: Identity in War and Displacement," featuring artwork by both Iraqis and Americans provoked/inspired by the war in Iraq. Organized by the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project, with an opening reception tonight from 7-10pm.

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Want to feel like an in-the-know hipster? Every few months Lisa Bergh and Andrew Nordin open their house in New London, to present a one day artist installation to the public. This Saturday they are hosting Karl Unnasch, who is transforming found/given objects into works of art.

Circus Juventas - our local version of Cirque de Soleil - presents "Sawdust," a salute to the origins of the modern-day circus, Featuring original music composed and performed by Peter Ostroushko.

The creators of "Chicago" and "Cabaret" give you the musical "The Scottsboro Boys."

It's based on the notorious "Scottsboro" case in the 1930s in which nine African-American men were unjustly accused of a heinous crime. Performances run at the Guthrie Theater through September 25.