The cast of “Invisible.” Fourth from right is Mary Easter, who is a former professor of dance and African-American studies at Carleton College. At 76, she is the oldest cast member. (Photo by Galen Higgins)
The cast of “Invisible.” Fourth from right is Mary Easter, who is a former professor of dance and African-American studies at Carleton College. At 76, she is the oldest cast member. (Photo by Galen Higgins)

SUNDAY 2/4, Discussion: Immigration

Susan Weinberg will talk about immigration law in the U.S. from the 20th century to today and the human side of the immigration experience. Free. 10am-12:30pm. Jewish Cultural School, St. Paul Talmud Torah, 768 Hamline Ave. S. FFI: ttsp.org/directions


SATURDAY 2/10, Social Justice

The Women’s Prison Book Project hosts an annual pancake breakfast and book sale, which includes buttermilk, vegan, and gluten-free pancakes and Southern-style grits. $6-10 sliding scale food (children $3). Books $2-3. Kid project: make a Valentine for a political prisoner. Proceeds pay postage to send donated books to women and transgender prisoners around the country. 8am-12pm. Walker Church, 3104 16th Ave. S., Mpls.Take Action: The volunteer organization receives about 600 book requests per month from people in prison. New volunteers are welcome each Sunday to sort book donations and fill requests at Boneshaker Books.

Women’s Prison Book Project reports: “We will train you on the spot and put you to work selecting and packing books. The mailings are lively and informal events. You do not need to contact us beforehand, and you can show up anytime between noon and 3pm. All are welcome.”

Boneshaker Books, 2002 23rd Avenue South, Mpls. FFI: wpbp.org


2/7-2/17, Bryant-Lake Bowl Performances

• 2/7: Queer feminist Theresa Madaus is producing “Magic 8 Ball,” a show of dance and drag. $10-16 sliding scale. 7pm.

• 2/9, 2/10, 2/16, 2/17: Lorna Landvik’s Party in the Rec Room is a solo improvisational show, with characters created on the spot and margaritas created in a blender. 7pm. $18 advance, $20 at show.

Bryant-Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater, 810 W. Lake St., Mpls.

FFI: 612-825-8949, bryantlakebowl.com, brownpapertickets.com


2/8-2/18, "Joy Rebel"

“Joy Rebel” is written by Kanisha Foster, who learned as a child that her cherished grandmother loved her but condemned her parents’ interracial relationship. The show is “a candid look at what it means to find joy in the struggle to be recognized for all of who we are.”

Thursday to Sunday, Feb. 8 to 18. $25 adult, $22 senior, $15 student.

Penumbra Theatre, 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul. FFI: 651-224-3180. Penumbratheatre.org


THROUGH 2/10, Smashing the Invisible

Minneapolis artist Mary Simon-Casati collaborated with astrophysics professor Dr. Liliya Williams to explore what science tells us about the universe. After the death of her mother, she wondered, “Where does energy go when the body decays? How does energy work? How is it that the universe is made of invisible particles?”

An Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board led to a series of conversations between Simon-Casati and Dr. Williams — a dark matter researcher — about how and where art and physics intersect. The artist created eight large-scale abstract pieces for the “Smashing the Invisible” exhibit.

Regis Center for the Arts, Quarter Gallery, 405 21st Avenue So., Mpls. A panel discusson will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, 1-3pm, about art, physics, philosophy, and history. Featuring Mary Simon-Casati, Dr. Liliya Williams, Dr. Kerry Morgan, and Dr. Jennifer Manion.

FFI: cla.umn.edu/art/galleries/quarter-gallery


THROUGH 2/24, Highlight in Greater Minnesota

Skilled Hands: A group exhibition celebrating the work of instructors in weaving, spinning and dyeing. Works by Weavers Guild of Minnesota instructors.

Paradise Center for the Arts, 321 Central Ave N, Faribault. FFI: weaversguildmn.org, #WeavingMN


2/15-2/17, Dancing Away Invisibility

In the time of #MeToo our focus is often on the injustices that women face as they battle objectification. But what about the cloak of invisibility that descends on women as they age, devaluing their identities and sexuality? That is the subject of the new dance piece “Invisible.”

Presented by Time Track Productions and choreographed by Paula Mann, it explores the perspectives of women navigating the aging process.

Southern Theater, 1420 S. Washington Ave., Mpls. FFI: SouthernTheater.org


THROUGH 3/11, Refugee Humor and Healing

Minnesota-based Somali playwright and performer Ifrah Mansour revisits her childhood memories during the 1991 Somali civil war. She confronts violent history with humor, and provides a voice for the global refugee stories of children. "How to Have Fun in a Civil War" is a one-act multimedia play that explores war from the idyllic viewpoint of a seven-year-old girl.

Guthrie Theatre, Dowling Studio, 818 South 2nd Street, Mpls. FFI: guthrietheater.org