Posted at 8:33 AM on January 21, 2010
by Chris Roberts
Filed under: Art Hounds
This week's hounds track down five Irish sisters on one stage, an arts oasis outside Lester Prairie, and new music from a renowned new music ensemble.
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Jon Skaalen works for VSA Arts of Minnesota, which makes the arts more accessible for people with disabilities. Jon gives his stamp of approval to Torch Theater's production of Dancing at Lughnasa, a play by famed Irish playwright Brian Friel. It's about five sisters trying to make a living on a little Irish farm. You can see it at the Theater Garage in Minneapolis through January 30th.
Margaret Long is a former design student and avid art collector who raises alpacas in Lester Prairie. Margaret discovered an out of the way arts haven in Glencoe called Samplicity Art Hovel. It's the store and studio of Samantha Bohnert, a multi-faceted artist who paints, sculpts, and works with wood and textiles.
Justin Busch is a St. Paul-based composer and writer. Justin raves about "In Bone Colored Light," the new CD from the internationally-known new music ensemble, "Zeitgeist," also based in St. Paul. He says the CD surprises the listener with all the unusual sounds the musicians coax from their ordinary instruments.
The students at the High School For Recording Arts in St. Paul created and recorded this song and video to inspire people to support relief efforts in Haiti.
It's amazing how a disaster thousands of miles away can move people to do whatever they can to help. In the case of artists, that help comes in the form of art. In the wake of the earthquakes in Haiti, many Twin Cities artists have organized events to raise moeny for relief efforts. Here are the ones I know about:
UPDATED FRIDAY, JANUARY 29
On Saturday, January 30, Veteran improv and stand-up comedians from across the Twin Cities give two performances at Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret in Bloomington. All proceeds go to the Red Cross Haitian Relief Fund. There will be two shows - the one at 8pm is booked, but 10pm still has seats available.
"Unite for Haiti" Benefit Concert to Be Held at the Dakota Jazz Club, 6 pm Sunday, January 31. Features Estaire Godinez, Nachito Herrera, IBe, Adam Levy of The Honeydogs, Davina Sowers of Davina & the Vagabonds, and more. Tickets are $20. All door proceeds will benefit Haiti.
Saturday, Feb. 6, 4-7pm : Art Sale for Haiti: Un Object d'Heart
Alliance Française of Minneapolis/St. Paul hosts a benefit sale of work by local artists, potters, photographers, writers and others. All proceeds go to Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) and the American Red Cross for their Haiti relief efforts. Haitian food available for purchase.
The below events have already taken place:
The Minnesota-based Haiti Mission Project is hosting the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fundraiser tonight from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Hopkins Center for the Arts. Tickets are $20 through haitimissionproject.org or $25 at the door, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the earthquake relief efforts of the Haiti Mission Project, Heartline Ministries and Haiti Lutheran Mission Society. The event features live music, a silent auction and food and wine.
On Friday the Cedar Cultural Center hosts "Solidarité Avec Haïti" Starting at 6pm and running til midnight, the line-up includes live Caribbean, Brazilian and African music and dance, as well as an art auction and Caribbean food.
From 2 - 8pm on Saturday, Arnellia's in St. Paul hosts "Haiti Mi Amour Fundraiser" with live performances by One Mic Productions, Desdamona Rox, Toni Paul, Kendra Glenn and others.
At 2pm on Sunday, musicians Robert Robinson, Timothy Frantzich, Jerry Steele and others perform in the Chanhassen High School auditorium, and volunteer Bonnie Steele will talk about the work she does in Bouzy, Haiti. All proceeds will go to Feed My Starving Children as well as the village of Bouzy. Tickets $20 for adults, $10 for teens, free for children under 12,
Later in the afternoon that same Sunday, Open Sing performs Mozart's Requiem at the Church of the Epiphany in Plymouth. All who love to sing are invited to bring their own choral score or borrow one at the door. Participants rehearse for an hour starting at 4pm, break for a bit, then come back and perform the piece once through in its entirety. A donation of $10 is suggested -all money raised will go to CARE, the international relief organization, for their efforts in Haiti.
Are there other artistic performances out there aimed at raising money for Haiti? Let me know and I'll add them to the list.