The 2019 National Puppetry Festival is heading to the University of Minnesota campus for performances, workshops, films, live podcast tapings, a puppetry exhibition, a puppetry store, and a National Puppet Slam featuring short-form puppetry. Among the performances will be pieces by national and international companies, as well as artists from the Twin Cities. There will be marionettes, Turkish shadow theater, masks, DIY electronics, hand and rod puppets, and live music, as the puppetry artists ruminate on philosophical themes, question sociopolitical plights, use art to investigate scientific questions, and have some silly fun. With a wide array of styles and artistic traditions, the festival has an intriguing variety of work from award-winning artists. Find details at puppeteers.org. While prices for the full festival experience are steep, many individual happenings and events are free or low-cost. Find more info at www.puppeteers.org.