Sarah Agnew in "The Syringa Tree" at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis
I've got the jingle for Doublemint gum stuck in my head, because this weekend good things seem to come in pairs.
"The Syringa Tree" continues its run at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis. It tells the story of two families in South Africa, one white and one black, with actress Sarah Agnew performing all the characters (Euan Kerr has a full report on the show, which you can find here).
Lunga Sinuka offers a different take on life under apartheid in his one-man show at Dreamland Arts in St. Paul. "The Cool Train" follows Sinuka in his childhood in a Xhosa village with no electricity or running water, to working as a glass cleaner at one of South Africa's best hotels, and eventually joining the African National Congress in the violent struggle for freedom.
Latin jazz group Tiempo Libre performs for two nights at the Dakota in Minneapolis, and the first of those nights it's a double-header with legendary flautist Sir James Galway. Pairing a classical flautist with a latin jazz group may seem like a stretch, but since Tiempo Libre is known for its riffs on Bach, this could be pretty fun.
It's the second and final weekend of the Minnesota Fringe Festival, the weekend where people try desperately to get in to see the shows that have emerged as this year's faves. Some of the winners? "Alice Unwrapped," "The Harty Boys in the Case of the Limping Platypus," and "Parry Hotter and the Half-Drunk Twins."
Sometimes two just isn't enough, as in the case of this weekend's art fairs. There's the Loring Park Art Festival, the Powderhorn Art Fair and the Uptown Art Fair all in Minneapolis this weekend, with a Target shuttle bus offering rides between them. It's art-loving madness!
Not seeing what you want here? Check out what other art hounds are up to this weekend.
And let us know - what are you doing this weekend?
(Please forgive this act of self-indulgence. Oh wait, this is a blog...)
Blogging about art has made me a member of a rarified group of people, perhaps even more rare than the group "arts reporters." But our numbers are growing, as both traditional media outlets and freelancers find value in talking about art on a more casual, daily basis.
So when I saw that PBS' blog Art Beat had posted a new blurb (that's a technical term) titled "The Art of Blogging About Art," I was immediately sucked into the great naval-gazing void. Would I find myself reflected in their descriptions? Would I agree with my art-blogging compatriots?
Chris Amico talks with three arts bloggers: Lisa Fung (arts editor and contributor to LA Times' Culture Monster), Don Share (contributor to "Harriet," the Poetry Foundation's group blog) and Lee Rosenbaum (arts writer for the Wall Street Journal, aka CultureGrrl).
Here are some of the ideas they raised, with which I heartily agree:
Blogging about the arts allows me and my colleagues at MPR to share news and ideas with you in ways completely different from our traditional radio format. That gives us flexibility to tell a story more creatively, with slideshows and video, if we like. It also allows me to speak in a more personal voice, and engage in a conversation that I don't get to have as a reporter on our air.
Talking about art in a more personal voice in turn makes the conversation more accessible to the general public. No snooty noses in the air here - all opinions are welcome. And the more voices that pitch in, the better the conversation.
Finally, writing a blog - and having a place where people can post their comments - helps me to do my job better as an arts reporter. I hear more now from people who wouldn't have taken the time to hunt down my e-mail address and send me a personal note. Those comments sometimes lead to (valued) corrections, and sometimes lead to new posts and even in-depth stories.
So yea for art blogs. But there is one idea brought forth by the bloggers with which I must disagree, at least in terms of my own writing.
Lee Rosenbaum says in the Art Beat article that she blogs "because I felt I had a lot to say and no place to put it... I can only write so many articles for the Journal but I have ideas everyday that I feel like sharing."
Reporter/blogger Chris Amico goes on to quote Scott Rosenberg, the author of "Say Everything," as saying that most people blog out of "a desire to express themselves, to think out loud, to exult in the possibilities of writing in public..."
In my case, not so much. I may have lots of ideas or thoughts throughout the course of a day, but there are very few I feel are worth typing out. For me, writing is often a very deliberate process, and when I post something here I want to make sure that it's worth my time - and yours. I'm much more excited in hearing what you have to say in response to a post than I am in the idea of simply "writing in public."
So with that, I'll shamelessly plug some of the ways in which YOU can have a say in this blog. As with any blog, you can comment on what you find here. You can also share your favorite work of Minnesota art for our series "We Art Minnesota." And you are always welcome to sign up to be an Art Hound, to help keep me and your fellow Minnesotans in the know about cool cultural events.(1 Comments)
Posted at 3:04 PM on August 6, 2009
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Film
It's called "Apparition."
Pohlad (co-owner of the Minnesota Twins) and his partner, movie producer Bob Berney, created the company several months ago, but only recently came up with its name.
Apparition will buy movies and distribute them to cinemas. According to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Apparition has established a relationship with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group. Movies already on the company's distribution list include "The Tree of Life" and "Bright Star."
Pohlad is a movie producer in his own right. His company River Road Entertainment has its name on such notable films as "Brokeback Mountain," "A Prairie Home Companion" and "Into the Wild." RRE will continue to operate independently of Apparition.
"The Breakfast Club." "Sixteen Candles." "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." Writer and director John Hughes was known best for creating films that connected with young people and defined popular culture in the 1980s.
Hughes' reputation faded in the 1990s and he remained a private figure, penning many scripts under the name 'Edmond Dantès.' He assisted most recently on the scripts for "Drillbit Taylor," "Beethoven's 5th" and "Maid in Manhattan."
According to the Associated Press, Hughes died of a heart attack while on a walk this morning in Manhattan. He was 59.