Don't let "Grease" slip awayThere's no need to panic: You have until October to see "Grease," now playing at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. On the other hand, there's no sense putting it off. You are definitely going to want to see this show, thanks to its enthusiastic, energetic cast and expert direction. Aleks Knezevich and Caroline Innerbichler breathe life and heart into Danny and Sandy, and the whole ensemble demonstrates just how much fun a goofy musical can be.
"Matilda" brings her magic to townArt Hound Janna Knittel recommends the touring production of "Matilda the Musical" at the Orpheum Theatre. Based on Roald Dahl's book for children, it celebrates the power of literacy and highly literate 5 year olds. Especially the ones with magical powers. Performances run March 28 through April 2.
War as women soldiers saw itAnother Art Hound, Rachel Smoka-Richardson, echoes Star Tribune critic Graydon Royce in praising "She Went to War" at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. The Telling Project brought four female veterans together to create and perform a piece about their own experiences. Royce describes the result as "absolutely riveting, emotional and honorable." The show closes April 2.
Disturbing decor from Guillermo del ToroNot that many people would decorate their homes in the style of Guillermo del Toro. The moviemaker's imagination is vivid and dark, and so is the stuff he's collected for his house. The Minneapolis Institute of Art's exhibit, "Guillermo del Toro: At home with Monsters," will be fascinating to fans of "Pan's Labyrinth," "Hellboy 2" and "Pacific Rim."
Salsa dancing in MahtomediMaybe, instead of sitting in a theater seat, you'd like to kick up your heels. For that, there's salsa dancing at 7:30 Saturday night in the White Bear UU Church in Mahtomedi. The event, with live music by Salsa del Soul, is a fundraiser for the Tropical Wings organization, which works to preserve habitat for migratory birds that travel the St. Croix River flyway. Salsa instruction and actual salsa dip available. Call 612-747-8267 for information.