St. Paul creator Tommy Sar recommends viewing the play”Cambodian rock bandat the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis, co-produced by Theater Mu. The play follows a Khmer Rouge survivor returning to Cambodia after 30 years as his daughter pursues a war criminal.
Key to the show is its music, as the actor-musicians perform popular Cambodian psychedelic rock music from the 1960s and new music from American band Dengue Fever, whose lead singer is Cambodian.
“A lot of times when we Cambodians are portrayed as survivors and victims of tragedy, and that’s very valid,” said Sar, whose father survived the Khmer Rouge and was also a musician. “But I also think it’s important to see Cambodians not just as survivors, but as rising up and thriving again and rediscovering and creating new music, we have so much to offer. And we’re very proud of our heritage. .
The play runs until July 31 at the Jungle Theater. Single tickets are $45 in value, but people can choose to pay less or more depending on their circumstances.
Jean Marie Durant is a big fan of public art, and she plans to get on a tour bus this Saturday for a Women on Walls tour of murals by female artists. The bus tour is part of Chroma Zones Mural and Arts Festival, which runs through Sunday, celebrating murals and graffiti art by local and international artists. Five female artists will collaborate on a new mural over the five days of the festival.
The 45-minute guided bus tours will explore the stories behind at least eight murals created by women in the University-Raymond Ave. area, including a glimpse of the mural in progress. Tours depart from Workhorse Coffee at 10am and 11:30am on Saturdays.
Tanya Anderson, co-coordinator of the St Anthony Park Arts Festival, loves Louise Payjack-Guillou’s original jewelry. Anderson loves the Duluth artist’s unique way of combining gemstones and metal. his store, Workshop & Stone is located in Duluth, and the trained goldsmith will be at Park Point Art Fair this weekend and at the Grand Marais Arts Festival July 9-10.
Her jewelry “just has this majestic presence. It’s kind of magical in the way you feel when you see it and wear it,” Anderson said.