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FRIDAY 8/3 & SATURDAY 8/4, Ely Dance
Reflections on Water is a multimedia dance production using photos, videos, poetry, and live music. The story, which features new music composed for the production, begins with birth in the bog and ends with swimming to the other side of life. $10. 7pm. Vermilion Community College Fine Arts Theater, 1900 East Camp Street, Ely. Details:

8/16-18, Vernacular Dance
The Rhythmically Speaking 10/2018 performance marks ten years of original works by artists who have been inspired by vernacular dance — developed organically through everyday culture. Dancers include Laura Selle-Virtucio, Leila Awadallah, Melissa Clark, Karla Grotting, Jolene Konkel, and Emma Marlar. Artistic Director Erinn Liebhard will present a new work. 7:30pm, with additional 2pm performance on Aug. 18. The Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., Mpls.

8/16-10/7, A Picnic Operetta Inspired by Mining
Mixed Precipitation Theater Company presents “Dr. Falstaff and the Working Wives of Lake County: A Picnic Operetta.” The show is directed by Kym Longhi, and sets a Shakespeare comedy alongside contemporary questions about industry, job creation, and the environmental impact of capitalism. A small town on Lake Superior is in trouble when a taconite plant goes bust, but three working wives “show the men in town who’s the boss.” Suggested donation $10 and up. Features sweet and savory bites of Minnesota harvest. Various locations and times around the state. Details: 800-838-3006,

8/16 to 10/7, Racism and Housing

“Owning Up: Racism and Housing in Minneapolis” is an exhibit that demonstrates the lasting effects of structural discrimination and aims to counter the enduring idea of Minneapolis as a model metropolis. The exhibit is part of “Racism, Rent and Real Estate: Fair Housing Reframed,” a series of local events in the Twin Cities marking the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act. Hennepin Co. History Museum, 2303 Third Ave. So., Mpls. Opening reception Aug. 23, 6–8pm, free with Museum admission. RSVP and details: 612-870-1329,

See also this video from a July event connected with the series.

SATURDAY 8/18, History on Two Wheels
This special overnight bike ride includes a tour of African American historic sites in Minneapolis, led by Major Taylor Bicycling Club of Minnesota. It isn’t a race, but it is a long ride. Required registration. $65 per person. Details: also our special article about women-focused events at the Fringe Festival.

Women-Focused Fringe Festival

The Minnesota Fringe Festival is the annual mosaic of dance, music, comedy, and more, with shows of every kind, performers of different backgrounds and abilities, and an imaginative range of topics. Here are a few of the women-focused options. Visit Fringe Central at the Red Stag Supperclub for socializing after each day of performances, which is a good way to hear about sleeper hits and surprises of the festival. Details:

A Gertrude Stein Christmas 
Theatre UnBound presents a new work that riffs off of Gertrude Stein’s rarely performed experimental play, “Turkey and Bones and Eating and We Liked It.” 
Where: Augsburg Mainstage, 625 22nd Ave. S., Mpls.
When: Sat., 8/4, 7pm; Sun., 8/5, 5:30pm; Mon., 8/6, 8:30pm; Thu., 8/9, 10pm; Sat., 8/11, 4pm. 

Revolt of the Beavers 
Playwright and producer Kit Bix is back with an adaptation of a Federalist Theatre Project play, about labor, inequality, and organizing. 
Where: Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S. 4th St., Mpls.
When: Fri., 8/3, 8:30pm; Sun., 8/5, 2:30pm; Mon., 8/6, 7pm; Wed., 8/8, 10pm; Sat., 8/11, 5:30pm. 

She says “Enough!” 
Dancers from the faith-based One Dance Company say “Enough!” to sexual violence and patriarchy with this work. 
Where: Augsburg Studio, 625 22nd Ave. S., Mpls. 
When: Thu., 8/2, 8:30pm; Sat., 8/4, 4pm; Wed., 8/8, 10pm.; Sat., 8/11, 4pm. Sun., 8/12, 8:30pm. 

Itchy Tingles
Heidi Arneson is a veteran artist at the festival. Her performance features gothic humor about childhood and classical guitar. 
Where: Rarig Center Xperimental, 330 21st Ave. S., Mpls.
When: Thu., 8/2, 7pm; Sat., 8/4, 5:30pm; Mon, 8/6, 10pm; Wed., 8/10, 8:30pm; Sat., 8/11, 7pm.

Experience Haiti!
Haitian dancer and choreographer Djenane Saint Juste, Artistic Director of Afoutayi Haitian Dance, Music and Arts, brings her dance works from the Haitian dance tradition for this presentation, with a large cast of dancers and live music. 
Where: Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul
When:  Thu., 8/2, 6pm; Sat., 8/4, 3pm, Fri., 8/10, 7:30pm; Sat., 8/11, 1pm, Sun., 8/12, 12pm.

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