Emily Youngdahl Wright recommends a trip to Winona to see Julie Johnston's exhibition "Rooted in the Land." Johnston's paintings celebrate both the beauty and the strength of women farmers in the region, and the work they do to grow healthy, sustainable food. The show is up through June 10 at the Winona County History Center.
Playwright and dramaturg Gina Musto just saw "The (Almost) Complete and (Mostly) Accurate History of Alcohol," and says it was a blast. The comedy sketches take audiences through time as they explore the origins of the Bloody Mary and sing odes to doing shots. At the Brave New Workshop's ETC Theatre in Minneapolis through April 28.
Florence Brammer is both frustrated by and fascinated with playwright Caryl Churchill, so she was delighted to see that Fortune's Fool Theatre was staging a production of "The Skriker." The title character is a shape-shifting fairy of death. Brammer says the play brings up issues of the environment, feminism and mental health. Churchill plays with language — Brammer advises you not worry about understanding everything, but let the words wash over you. The show runs through April 22 at the Crane Theatre in northeast Minneapolis.