Posted at 9:37 AM on January 7, 2010
by Chris Roberts
Filed under: Art Hounds
The hounds kick off the new year with talk of a jazzy new eatery, some new plays being offered up for audience scrutiny and a hip hop showcase that reaches into Minnesota schools and prisons.
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Laura Zabel is executive director of Springboard for the Arts, an economic development agency for artists and arts groups. Laura can't wait to hang at Honey, a new eatery/venue in Minneapolis that will have a lot of jazz and cabaret music. Honey is located in the old Jitters location, the fondly remembered former coffeehouse and indie music space. Laura is particularly excited about seeing Twin Cities vocalist Jennifer Eckes perform at Honey on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
Bethany Whitehead runs the Walker Art Center's membership department and is involved with the Women's Art Registry of Minnesota. Two of Bethany's favorite arts groups are joining forces as part of the New Eyes Festival. Presented by Theater Mu, it's a new play reading series where audiences have input on how new works take shape. The festival features five readings in four days, from Jan. 7-10, at the 40-seat Dreamland Arts Theater in St. Paul's Midway neighborhood.
Justin Schell is a writer, filmmaker and grad student at the University of Minnesota. Justin is a strong proponent of Amplified Life, a Minneapolis group that seeks to create social change through hip hop. Amplified Life puts on four hip hop showcases a year and the next one is Sunday, January 10, from 8pm-1am at the Artists Quarter in St. Paul. The bill includes Maria Isa and her band, spoken word artist Tish Jones, and DJ Snuggles, among many others.
Posted at 8:21 AM on January 7, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Events
Daniel Defenbacher (center) quizzes panelists during an "inquisition," Walker Art Center atrium, 1940
Tonight, the Walker Art Center revives a 70 year old event. In 1940 it hosted what it called "the Inquisition," a quiz forum on art and art history. Organizers of the remount say it's something akin to "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" for art lovers, designed to award some and shame others. The Inquisition will take place on three nights over the next three months. On tonight's panel? Yours truly, "competing against" local artist/writer Andy Sturdevant. Wish me luck!
Opening tomorrow and running through January 23, 20% Theatre Company presents "Fresh Five," a series of five world-premiere one-act plays, each directed by a local, emerging female director.
Sunrise, sunset... Tevye is back in Paramount Theater's production of Fiddler on the Roof. The two and a half hour musical (hey, that's almost as long as Avatar!) boasts a full orchestra. Performances run tonight through Jan 17.
Did I mention the Mpls Photo Center is hosting a portrait show? Yes, it turns out, I did.
Guthrie Theater presents Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" - the show runs through January in Minneapolis before launching a state-wide - followed by nation-wide - tour.
And who can resist a feast for the senses? The Minneapolis Institute of Arts presents a free family Sunday that engages not just your eyes, but your nose, your ears and your tastebuds. Families will be able to create art based on smells and tastes, made and decorate fans, and even assemble their own Cubist collages.
So what are you up to this weekend?