It's a great weekend for music, especially if you like jazz.
Local tenor saxophonist Irv Williams celebrates his 90th birthday this weekend with performances Friday night at the Artists' Quarter in St. Paul and Monday night at the Dakota in Minneapolis. Williams first performed in Minneapolis when he was in the Navy in World War II, and still performs regularly around the Twin Cities. He's released four albums in the past six years alone, and shows no signs of slowing down.
If jazz is not your style, never fear, there's lots more to choose from. Tonight The Cedar hosts a screening of Bela Fleck's new documentary "Throw down your heart," in which he travels through Africa with his banjo, exploring the instruments historic roots. (You can also hear Bela Fleck discuss his documentary on Friday at 10am on Midmorning.)
If all this music seems a little too soft and friendly, have I got just the ticket for you! Bedlam Theater is hosting a hardcore punk fest called "Distortion Days." The line-up includes the local acts "Cognitive Dissonance," "War/Plague," "Animals and Beasts," "Misery" and "Detonate." Sounds like it will be an angry, explosive, angst-ridden affair.
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Andrew Moore is what many academics would call an "outsider artist." He doesn't have traditional training in art, but he feels compelled to express himself using whatever means he has at his disposal. Reporter Nikki Tundel put together a compelling look at his work, and what it means to him.
Outsider artists often make the rest of us feel uncomfortable. Their work is raw, and they don't just hang it on clean gallery walls. Art is their life, and it seeps out everywhere.
Take outsider artist Mari Newman. Like Moore, Newman builds large installations in her front yard in Minneapolis, which inspired some complaints to the city. While some neighbors love the bright colors and creativity of her work, others thought it ruined the resale value of their homes.
While outsider artists may sometimes be difficult to live with, their work often has great value and prestige in the art market. There are collectors who specialize in buying work by such "non-trained" artists, and they do a good business.
Unfortunately outsider artists often don't get the full benefit of the popularity of their work. Local artist Donovan Durham learned that when he discovered that work he made as a child was being sold at a high-profile art show, and he wasn't getting any of the proceeds.
Some work by outsider artists end up becoming cultural monuments. Take Watts Towers in Los Angeles.
Watts Towers was built by Italian immigrant Simon Rodia. Over his lifetime Rodia made a complex of seventeen sculptures, using simple tools. The towers are constructed of steel and mortar, and decorated with bits of broken glass, pottery and see shells. Now people come from all over to visit Rodia's creation.(1 Comments)