Minneapolis City Pages May 4, 2016 : Page 29

and culture. As at any good convention, revelers will find oodles of things to experience, whether they’re corralling kids or prefer wild adult offerings. Over the next three days, there will be panels from artists and other creatives, movie screenings, late-night dance parties, cosplay celebrations, karaoke, live music, tabletop gaming, video-game sessions, a formal ball, and room parties galore. Bring friends or proclaim your fandom and make new ones. For a complete schedule, visit animinneapolis.com. $40 daily; $110 three-day pass. Noon to 1 a.m. Friday; 10 to 1 a.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612-370-1234. Through Sunday —JESSICA ARMBRUSTER DA N C E high. There will be horses and ponies on hand for you to pet and pose with, and less traditional fun includes an ’80s dance party, a food truck serving up Tex-Mex treats, and folks racing in person with inflatable horses. $16.95; includes one mint julep. 4 to 9 p.m. 2501 Marshall St. NE, Minneapolis; 612-315-4997. —JESSICA ARMBRUSTER CONTINUED ON PAGE 30 ▲ Volunteer for a Scalp pSoriaSiS Study People ages 18 and older are being asked to take part in a research study using investigational topical shampoo. This study is being conducted at the Minnesota Clinical Study Center located in Fridley, MN. WHO: People ages 18 and older with mild to moderate psoriasis on their scalp WHAT: A topical investigational shampoo vs. placebo shampoo All participants seen by a board certified Dermatologist No cost for study related drugs and procedures Qualified participants will be compensated for time and travel L I T E R AR Y GRE TCHEN M A RQUE T T E U PTOWN CH U RCH ZENON DA NCE C OMPA N Y SPRING SE A S ON TH E COWLE S CENTER FOR DANCE & TH E PERFORMING ARTS This weekend, Zenon returns from a triumphant Cuban tour in a program that showcases the range and vitality of this multifaceted ensemble. A premiere by New York-based Sam Kim explores weight, impact, and other aspects of physics with heavy-breathing physicality and formidable partnering. Reprises include Wynn Fricke’s ritualistic “The Mourning Tree,” set to traditional Bulgarian folk songs; Danny Buraczeski’s ebullient jazz work “Merry Go Round,” with music by Glenn Miller and the Army Air Force Band; and Joanna Kotze’s playfully eclectic “Rouge.” The spring season is dedicated to Stephen Schroeder, who will be dancing his final performance with Zenon, and who deserves nothing less than a military band to honor his abundant gifts. $34. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 15. 528 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, 612-206-3636. Through May 15 —LINDA SHAPIRO For more information, please call 763-502-2941 IMAGE COURTESY THE AUTHOR S A TU RD A Y 5 / 7 PA R T Y K EN T UCK Y DER BATA N T E PA R T Y B E T T Y DANG ER ’ S COU NTRY CLU B You love horse racing, you have a fancy hat, and mint juleps are your summertime lemonade. So what’s the problem? Well, you’re in Minnesota, not Kentucky. So, no horse-race partying for you. But not so fast! This Saturday, Betty Danger’s Country Club is hosting another glam Kentucky Derby party for all. At this celebration you’ll not only be able to watch the races live on big-screen TVs, you’ll also be able to partake in all the traditions. Mint juleps will be poured, crazy hats and fascinators are encouraged (and might win you a prize), and violins will keep things classy and set tensions It’s tough to entice readers to pick up a collection of poetry, much less one that meditates on grief, but author Gretchen Marquette has done just that with her new book May Day . Reflecting on the absence of her Army-enlisted brother during his deployments in Iraq and Afghani-stan, plus the demise of a 17-year relationship, the Minneapolis-based poet invites readers into an intimate, emotionally authentic exchange that avoids the self-indulgence so often associated with the poetry of loss. The title of the book serves dual purposes: as a distress call and as a source of hope for new begin-nings, though Marquette’s poems are heavily weighted on the former. Blunt declarations like “There are places in the universe where time matters / less” or “I’m beginning to understand that parts of me / are wasted entirely” would be hard to swallow if not tempered with lessons learned, like “you have to let love be practice / for what might happen / elsewhere.” By May Day ’s end, hope emerges, not unlike its namesake celebration that welcomes the arrival of spring. A writer since she was a child growing up in a small Wiscon-sin town, Marquette graduated with an MFA from Hamline University in 2012. Her work has been published in Paper Darts, Harper’s, and the Paris Review. Free. 7 p.m. 1219 W. 31st St., Minneapolis; 612-270-5333. —ERICA RIVERA Steven Kempers, MD Minnesota Clinical Study Center 7205 University Avenue NE Fridley, MN 55432 IDENTITY COLORS C M Y K R G B 9 0 43 38 158 163 116 C M Y K R G B 42 8 0 40 931 135 161 PANTONE 5773 U PANTONE 5415 U C M Y K R G B 0 9 50 24 203 182 119 C M Y K R G B 0 15 78 36 177 149 58 PANTONE 4515 U PANTONE 4505 C MAY 4 –10, 2016   CITYPAGES.COM   29  

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