This week's hounds look at unsettling art about childhood nostalgia, listen to new beats and rhymes from a Doomtree DJ, and soak up the oldest story in the world at the Southern.
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University of Minnesota theater and video professor Megan Lewis took her theater class to see Theatre Novi Most's "The Oldest Story in the World" at the Southern Theater, and they were enthralled. Megan calls this re-telling of the ancient epic of Gilgamesh, one of the hottest, sexiest productions she's experienced in a while. You have until this Sunday, October 3, to see it.
Will Lager says Julie Buffalohead's latest paintings at the Bockley Gallery in Minneapolis put him back in touch with his formative years in a somewhat unnerving way. Will, who serves as information and membership manager for High Point Center for Printmaking, says Buffalohead's use of iconic childhood images, such as Snoopy and a Tonka Truck, alongside fantastical forest creatures is funny and slightly dark at the same time. Buffalohead's work hangs on the Bockley walls through Oct. 16.
Egypto Knuckles, aka Ali Elabbady, has high praise for the latest record from the Doomtree Crew. "Legend Recognize Legend" is the debut release from behind the scenes player and Doomtree producer Laserbeak. Egypto says Lazerbeak, who's actually Aaron Mader, former guitarist for the now defunct Minneapolis indie band "The Plastic Constellations," combines rock melodies and sensibilities with hip hop beats to create a fresh sound.
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Interested in seeing a show at a Minnesota theater, but worried it won't be worth the price of admission?
Well, now you have no excuses.
The only catch: you must be trying out a theater for the first time. So if you're in their database as having purchased tickets in the past, no deal.
Still, how many of us have actually been to fifty different theaters? There's sure to be something new for everyone.
While the majority of the theaters are - as you might expect - in the Twin Cities, there are also free performances to be found in Grand Rapids, Fergus Falls, Marshall, and Lanesboro.
Better act fast if you're interested - a quick check of the reservations site saw that many of the shows are already sold out... and reservations opened online only yesterday.
Just got off the phone with Minnesota Theater Alliance Program Director Leah Cooper, who added a few vital details.
1) The reason why so many shows have already been sold out is certain targeted groups were given a week to access tickets before the site was promoted to the general public. Those groups include people who are currently unemployed, recent college graduates and immigrants: i.e. people who probably don't have the means to attend theater regularly right now, but might be inclined to do so in the future if they had a positive experience (the goal of the project is to diversify theater audiences, after all).
2) Many theaters are staggering the release of their tickets to avoid what happened last year. What happened last year, you ask? Over 6,000 tickets were given away to Minnesotans in three hours, and the server to the website crashed. Whoops!
So in other words, keep checking the website throughout the month as more tickets become available.