Image courtesy of the Walker Art Center.
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Sandy Agustin serves as artistic director of the Neighborhood House on St. Paul's west side and is also an arts consultant. You'll find Sandy at the Walker Art Center on Friday, Oct. 2 for "Dhvee," a sprawling production blending the Indian movement of Minneapolis-based Ragamala Dance with the music of a Balinese gamelan orchestra. "Dhvee" opens Thursday night, Oct. 1 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 4.
Heather Meyer is a Twin Cities-based actor, playwright and improvisor. Heather has nothing but praise for the Jose Rivera's absurdist play "Marisol," and the company that's performing it, Theatre Pro Rata. The play focuses on what happens to the main character, Marisol, when her guardian angel leaves to join a plot to overthrow a god who's lost his grip on the world. "Marisol" is on stage at St. Paul's Gremlin Theatre from Oct. 3 - Oct. 18.
Bill Caperton is a musician, talent buyer for the Turf Club and 501 Club, and a graduate student at the University of Minnesota. Bill's gig of the week happens this Saturday, Oct. 3, when singer songwriter Hope Sandoval and her band The Warm Inventions make a stop at the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis. You may remember Sandoval's old band Mazzy Star and its '90s alt rock classic, "Fade Into You."
Still not seeing something you want to check out this weekend? Then you might consider attending Highpoint Center for Printmaking's grand opening celebration on Saturday, or seeing Rob Fischer's new exhibition at Franklin Art Works. Take a look at yesterday's post on Penumbra Theatre's latest production "Radio Golf." And don't forget the music and movies festival "Sound Unseen."
Image courtesy Weisman Art Museum
Construction crews began work this week on the Weisman Art Museum's $14 million expansion. That's two years behind schedule, and for $2.5 million more than originally budgeted. The final design also leaves out a long-sought-after and initially-hyped museum café.
However the main goal of the expansion - to add more gallery space - is intact. The project will create more than 8,000 feet divided into five new rooms. Four will display objects from the Weisman's permanent collection, doubling the number of collection objects the Weisman can display at any given time.
A fifth gallery, funded by a $2 million gift from Target, will be dedicated to cross-disciplinary collaborations between University of Minnesota faculty, other scholars, and artists.
The expansion of the Weisman will require it to close for approximately a year, beginning in October 2010. It's slated to reopen to the public in it's expanded form in fall 2011.
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