Downtown Journal staff writer
Get two Draculas for the price of one in this neoclassical ballet
presented by the Metropolitan Ballet in collaboration with
other dancers titled, \”Dracula: A Ballet of Passion, Life and
Here\’s a lesson in both history and English literature: The
primary character in Bram Stoker\’s famed 1897 novel, \”Dracula\”
and Prince Dracula who ruled over Romania in the 1400s
(a.k.a. Vlad Tepes and Vlad the Impaler) are combined in the
In the first part, travel to Middle Ages Romania where Prince
Dracula\’s wife Sylveta commits suicide after she receives a
phony letter detailing her husband\’s death.
A depressed prince soon succumbs to the \”perils of darkness,\”
taking a quantum leap (like Scott Bakula), turning into a
creepy, centuries-old vampire – Stoker\’s mythic Dracula.
Against a London backdrop, Dracula takes Renfield, whom
he nicknames the \”eater of bugs,\” for his servant.
Now enter the lovely Mina, a heavenly vision of the long-lost
Sylveta. Dracula, crazed by the memory of his long-dead wife,
mistakes Mina for the object of his affection.
The vampire tries to impress her with a regimen of blood
from both her fianc and best friend.
Will he win Mina\’s heart or ever see his wife again? Find out
in the last dance.
As a sideshow, elaborate pumpkin carvings from local artists
will be exhibited in the plaza.
Last, but not least, there will be a blood drive by Memorial
Blood Center with the chance to win airline tickets from Sun
F Oct. 27, Ballet: 8 p.m., Blood drive: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.,
Project Pumpkin: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave. S.
$25-$45 (half-price tickets available for children,
students, seniors. $75 for red tie pre-show). 651-989-5151,
\’Earth from Above\’
Inspired by the extensive Google maps offering aerial views
of your neighborhood, street and even your house, \”Earth
from Above\” places the Soap Factory in the larger context of
the world, according to Executive Director Ben Heywood.
The show features over 20 Soap Factory artists doubling as
There are contemporary paintings, video, installations, and
live performances for an aural and visual experience. Highlights
include a yurt, or a felt tent from Kaitlin Busse-Wolfgram,
ambient sound installation in the elevator shaft (capturing
building noises electronically) by Eric Joas, a wall painting
of ordinary angels and local heroes by Andy Sturdevant, and a
live performance from radio show host Fiona McNeill.
As a special on opening night, the basement will be outfitted
with Chris Pennington\’s nightmarish zoo of strange sounds and
other touches (more of an art project than your typical haunted
Reception and Halloween Basement: Sa Oct. 28, 7 p.m.-midnight.
Gallery: Th-Su Oct. 28-Nov. 19; Th-F 2-8 p.m., Sa-Su noon-5 p.m.
Soap Factory, 110 5th Ave. SE Free. 623-9176, www.soapfactory.org.
Quench your thirst
While YouTube makes headlines in the virtual realm with
people posting their moment-by-moment videos, sound bites
and other extras on the Web, the thespians of Thirst Theater are
still live in the offline world (although they do have a new blog
Thirst Theater is a 200-person-plus network of familiar faces
from the local theater scene (and beyond) presenting barely
rehearsed, in-progress plays they wrote like two months ago.
They\’re not lazy or unmotivated: They want to reveal the nitty
gritty process of producing a show, before any of the directors
and producers get in the way and without the hoopla of a theater,
set and costumes. They come as they are, so you can, too.
In their third season, they\’ve added musicals, period pieces,
adventure serials and dance.
Mondays, 7:30 p.m.
Jitters, 205 E. Hennepin Ave.
$8-$15. 617-1111, www.fringefestival.org/thirst.cfm.