Painter and Ridgewater College professor Andrew Nordin is interested in Northfield Arts Guild's new exhibition "Sacred Space," featuring the work of painter Michon Weeks and photographer Patrick Judd. Weeks juxtaposes everyday tools with the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel's visions of a wheel. Judd investigates rural decay with infrared photography, giving the landscape a ghostly appearance. "Sacred Space" runs from Sept. 29 through Oct. 29 at Northfield Arts Guild. There's a reception for the artists on Friday.
Dancer and found-object artist Kathryn-Sonja Inoferio recommends Jawaahir Dance Company's new production "Shoma," an evening of Middle Eastern dance and music. This performance focuses on dance and music from the Gulf region. The dance follows a narrative — women are gathered for a pre-wedding henna party, to which the storyteller Shoma has been invited. Someone plots to ruin the wedding; Shoma attempts to use her storytelling skills to avert disaster. Performances run Sept. 29 through Oct. 2.
Jay Peterson, co-editor of "Sky Blue Water: Great Stories for Young Readers," is looking forward to this weekend's Arab Film Fest, put on by Mizna. Peterson says the Arab Film Fest is an opportunity to see captivating works of art while also gaining a better understanding of a region that's dominating the news. Peterson is particularly excited to see "Iraqi Shorts + Iraqi Voices," which pairs short films from Iraqi filmmakers with some made here in Minnesota. The Arab Film Fest runs Sept. 29 through Oct. 2 at St. Anthony Main Theatre in Minneapolis.