On Tuesday I took a look at the fall arts season, and put together a list of what I'm most excited about in the coming months. The list was so long I decided to break it down into two parts. So while on Tuesday you got my picks for September, here's my list for October and November (FYI many venues have yet to book November, so that list is a bit short).
The Walker Art Center presents "Dark Matters" October 14 - 16, a blend of dance and puppetry. The title refers both to astrophysics and human impulses, exploring the idea of undetectable forces at work in cosmology. In it an artist creates a puppet with fateful results...
Ballet of the Dolls choreographer Myron Johnson asks "Whatever happened to... Swan Lake?" and gives us his own answer October 15 - 30 at Ritz Theater in Minneapolis. Continuing his pursuit of high drama and larger-than-life personalities, Johnson has created his own hybrid of "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" and "Swan Lake."
Billed as a dark tale of two sisters who let jealousy and career ruin their lives, I'm thinking Johnson should have been brought in to consult on the new movie "Black Swan."
Strife, love, class conflict, murder and canned peas - this is what happens when a University brings together wildly creative people from different disciplines onto the same staff. The Woyzeck Project features the talents of Luverne Seifert, Carl Flink, and Michael Sommers along with the dancers of Black Label Movement. On October 22, the Southern Theater will be transformed into the tangled mind of Georg Büchner, author of the play Woyzeck, and audience members will have the opportunity to create their own stories as they wander from room to room.
Is it possible to defy the fate that the universe, and society, have consigned to you? Starting October 29, Ten Thousand Things presents Life Is a Dream by Pedro Calderon de la Barca, in which a prince must do just that. It's a storyline that's bound to resonate with TTT's audiences, whether they're in homeless shelters, prisons, or the Minnesota Opera Center.
Want to listen to some of the brightest young talent in the world of classical music? Osmo Vanska conducts "future classics" on October 29.
Disclaimer: this is by no means a comprehensive list, and yes, it reflects my personal taste. Want to give a shout out to a show not listed here? You can always leave a comment. The more, the merrier!(1 Comments)
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Wadena artist Kent Scheer says the Whiskey Creek Film Festival has spiced up the cultural life in his neck of the woods for the last five years. This year the festival runs September 10-16 at Wadena's art deco movie house, the Cozy Theatre. All six films being screened are brand new, including "Winter's Bone," "The Kids are Alright," and "Around a Small Mountain." It also includes short films from Minnesota filmmakers. Kent Scheer has even offered to help with your travel arrangements; contact him here.
Jane Froiland thinks the Phoenix Theater Project has chosen a great play for its inaugural production: "Proof." It's about a daughter who's wondering and worrying about the genetic legacy of her recently deceased father. Jane, a Twin Cities actor, says the characters of the father and daughter will be played by an actual father/daughter duo, Kurt and Amy Schweickhardt. The show will be at the People's Center Theater in Minneapolis through September 25, with a pay-what-you-can performance on September 13th.
How about a salon done the old fashioned way, with less talk, more music? Minnetonka Civic Orchestra Music Director Scott Winters recommends Muse Salon's next installment at the Schubert Club in St. Paul's Landmark Center. It'll feature the music of Quilter, Schumann, Argento, Shostokovich and others performed by such standouts as vocalist Maria Jette, cellist Tom Rosenberg and violinist Orieta Dado. There'll be lots of room for discussion as the performance proceeds on Wednesday, September 15th at 7pm.
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David O'Fallon, CEO of MacPhail Center for Music, has accepted the position of President of the Minnesota Humanities Center, beginning November 1.
O'Fallon is a Minnesota native with a distinguished career in the arts, from creating several arts leadership programs for the University of Minnesota, to serving as director of arts education for the National Endowment for the Arts, to his role as staff director of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
O'Fallon returned to Minnesota in 1995 to head the Perpich Center, then joined the MacPhail Center for Music in 2002. Under his leadership the student enrollment more than doubled in seven years, the center entered into several community partnerships and satellite teaching centers, and added a music therapy program. It also moved into a brand new building.
O'Fallon fills the position previously held by Dr. Stanley Romanstein, who joined the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra as president and CEO in May after serving nine years as president of the Minnesota Humanities Center.
The MHC works directly with teachers, schools and communities statewide to create more engaging and meaningful learning experiences for all students. It also works with schools to make sure the curriculum connects with students from a variety of cultures, ethnicities and experiences.
MacPhail's directors are in the process of determining a succession plan; O'Fallon will remain with MacPhail through the end of October.
A rendering of the proposed I-35 memorial
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak today unveiled a new plan for a memorial to the August 1, 2007 collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis.
A donation of $1.5 million by the lawyers who argued the settlement for victims of the crash has helped speed up what was for months a stalled project.
The memorial was originally intended for Gold Medal Park, where many people gathered to gaze upon the wreckage of the bridge collapse, and to mourn their loved ones. However,"leasing issues" compelled the mayor's office to move the memorial across the river.
Mayor Rybak said he was committed to building the Remembrance Garden within budget, including an endowment for ongoing maintenance, and to completing it in time for a formal dedication on August 1, 2011, the four-year anniversary of the bridge collapse.
Here are some architectural details of the planned memorial, and their symbolic meanings:
The garden presents 13 I-beams which are illuminated during the evening. The names of the each of the people who lost their lives are engraved on opaque glass faces that cover the inside face of the I-beams.
Also included in the garden is a water wall element that frames the walkway space as one of the memorial's focal points.
The I-beams line an 81'-long linear plaza space with the water wall incorporated to one side. The water wall is very quiet and incorporates a sheet flow of water over its polished surface, offering a visual and auditory meditative focal point to the space. Names of all individuals who were on the bridge that day will be engraved into the surface of the wall, along with an inspirational quote and a dedication.
Benches bookend the linear plaza space, offering places to rest and contemplate the garden.
A path leads from the fountain to the bluff edge, where an observation deck allows views of the river and the bridge through the trees.
The linear dimension of the space (81') references the date of the bridge collapse -- 8/1.
The width of the space (13') references the 13 people who lost their lives.
The distance of the path to the overlook (65') references the time of the collapse -- 6:05 p.m.
The memorial will likely be the most expensive memorial ever erected in the state, including the $1 million World War II memorial installed on the State Capitol grounds in 2008. For reference, 6,255 American servicemen from Minnesota gave their lives for their country in World War II.(2 Comments)