STD (Stuff To Do)—5/1/09-5/7/09

The Piano Lesson, Sidecar, and Scarlet Roses.

By Christine Yang

Friday / May 1The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will partner with trumpeter Bernhard Scully for its last concert of a three-concert residence tonight. The nation’s only full-time professional chamber orchestra will perform works by Prokofiev, Strauss, and Beethoven as well as the world premiere of Chen Yi’s “Prelude and Fugue for Chamber Orchestra.” (Mandel Hall, 7:30 p.m., $5)While going to prison is a low point for many, professional homemaker Martha Stewart transformed her stint in the joint into an opportunity to garner even more media attention and become more omnipresent in American culture. Stewart will be at Macy’s to sign copies of her cookbooks and how-to craft books. (111 South State Sreet., 1 p.m., free)As part of the day-long African and Caribbean Student Association cultural show, the ACSA debuts I Will Marry When I Want, a play by Kenyan author Ngugi Wa Thiong’o about the efforts of Kenyan farm laborers to protect their plot of land from the depredations of neo-imperialist corporations. A dinner will be served an hour before the show. (International House, 7 p.m., $10)Saturday / May 2In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the 2009 Organization of Black Students cultural show presents a performance of the play Scarlet Roses. This “R&B soap opera” follows the lives of three siblings as they confront a world of fear, betrayal, and love. Filled with allusions to popular African-American films (Sister Act, Soul Food, etc.), the play also features music by popular artists Jennifer Hudson and Whitney Houston, among others. Dinner will be served prior to the show. (Mandel Hall, 5:30 p.m., $10)Frolic through the mythical land of Arcadia at the Oriental Institute concert “Arcadia Revisited.” The concert, held in conjunction with the Newberry Consort, will feature the music of English composers Henry Purcell, Nicholas Lanier, and John Wilson performed by a string and voice ensemble. (Oriental Institute, 8 p.m., $14)Sunday / May 3Catch the Sunday afternoon matinee screening of Ron Howard’s Frost/Nixon at Doc. The historical drama is an adaptation of the 2006 play written by Peter Morgan about the famous interviews between journalist Peter Frost and the disgraced ex-president. (Max Palevsky Cinema, 1 p.m., $5)Monday / May 4Reggie’s Rock Club will host 3 Inches of Blood and the rest of the Relapse Contamination tour in an evening filled with death metal. Other bands on the tour include German death metal band Obscura, Graves of Valor, Abysmal Dawn, and Lord Mantis. Be sure to watch out for people dressed as Vikings (as fans of 3 Inches of Blood are prone to do). (2109 South State Street, 7 p.m., $10)Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao Hsien explores the plight of Taipei’s youth through the eyes of an unlikely heroine (played by one of Taiwan’s premiere pop stars of the 1980s) in his film Daughter of the Nile. The film is part of Doc’s series on Taiwanese film during the island-country’s transition in the 20th century and its takeover by the Nationalist Party. (Max Palevsky Cinema, 7 p.m., $5)Tuesday / May 5The Early Music Ensemble will perform a collection of Venetian motets, madrigals, and other pieces that fall into the broad genre of early music. In order to ensure authenticity, the music ensemble reads original 16th- and 17th-century musical notation and follows early standards for ornamentation. (Fulton Recital Hall, 7:30 p.m., free)Wednesday / May 6University Theater’s Sidecar, its first full dance production in four years, will feature the work of student choreographers and dancers from various dance RSOs. The show uses dance and music to follow six people who live in Hyde Park as they go about their daily lives. (Reynolds Club Third Floor Theater, 7 p.m., $6)Thursday / May 7The last show of the Court Theatre’s 2008–2009 season will be the Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Piano Lesson. The play centers on two African American siblings in the 1930s who are divided over selling the family piano despite its deep sentimental significance; the piano was sold in exchange for their great-grandfather’s wife and son during the antebellum period. (Court Theatre, 7:30 p.m., $24)