Weekend outlook: too beautiful?


Twenty Percent Theatre presents "Helen" at Gremlin Theatre in St. Paul

Helen, the woman with the face that launched a thousand ships - can we really blame her for the fall of Troy? What did she do, other than just look good? And what if Helen never made it to Troy? Twenty Percent Theatre presents a modern re-imagining of the cursed beauty January 28 - February 11 at the Gremlin Theatre in St. Paul, in which "we find Helen in a hotsy totsy hotel room, hidden away by the scheming gods while the war and the world rages on. Helen explores, with humor and heartbreak, how our own stories of beauty, of war, and of love have the power to trap or teach us."

This Sunday marks the annual ART SLED RALLY!!! Head to Powderhorn Park with your latest creative not-so-aerodynamic invention, or just go to check out what others made, and how well they do on the slopes. The rally runs from 2-5pm.

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The Walker Art Center presents "The Spectacular of Vernacular" - a look at how modern day craft could become the folk art of the future. It's billed as embracing "the rustic, the folkloric, and the humbly homemade as well as the crass clash of street spectacle and commercial culture." Opens Saturday and runs through May 8.

Need some bright colors to get you through the winter blahs? I've got two exhibitions for you that are sure to warm your spirits and brighten your day:

Jimmy Longoria's paintings - which serve as rough-drafts for his amazing street murals - are on display at Hopkins Center for the Arts through February 27 (see my full treatment here).

Or, check out paintings by Frank Big Bear in the brand new All My Relations Gallery on Franklin Ave in Minneapolis. The gallery is dedicated to showing contemporary art by Native Americans, and fills the gap left when the Ancient Traders gallery shut down last year. I'll have more on this show soon.

So what are you doing this weekend?