This week's hounds have set their sights on a performance series by and about women, a re-discovered collection of beautifully woven Native American bags in Winona, and the co-founder of 'Afrobeat' music, who's playing at the Cedar.
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"It's Women's Work," at Open Eye Figure Theatre in Minneapolis, deserves more attention than it's getting, says Art Hound Levi Weinhagen. Levi, co-founder of the kids/adult theater troupe "Comedy Suitcase," says the showcase features mainly female singers and performers dealing with material that pertains to women. It winds up Thursday, April 21 through Saturday April 23, with "Fearless and Fallen," a performance of 17th, 18th and 19th century folk songs. "Fearless and Fallen" features singer Prudence Johnson, guitarist Dean Magraw and cellist Michelle Kinney.
Retired arts educator Peter Flick of Winona wants to spread the word about a collection of re-discovered woven Native American bags at Winona County Historical Society. Peter says the beautifully woven bags from tribes around the Great Lakes region are gorgeous to look at and provide a glimpse into everyday life for Native people. The exhibition is called "Weaving Culture," and it's on display through May 22.
Minneapolis rapper M.anifest is so excited about this Saturday's Tony Allen concert at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, he got on Skype to tell us about it from his native Ghana! M.anifest says Nigerian percussionist Tony Allen not only co-founded the infectiously rhythmic and influential 'Afrobeat' movement, he's probably the greatest drummer in the world, even at 71!
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Posted at 9:41 AM on April 21, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: News and reviews
MIA cuts budget to reduce expenses by $1.4 million
The museum cut seven full-time and three part-time positions from its staff of 252
- Amy Carlson Gustafson, Pioneer Press
Artists Cope with Stolen and Destroyed Art
The biggest nightmare for any artist is to have their art--pieces often toiled over for months, or even years--stolen, lost, or destroyed. Unfortunately, it's a fairly common occurrence.
- Sheila Regan, City Pages
Comic book stash valued at $1M
Gary Dahlberg of Minneapolis died last year after a lifetime of collecting comic books. They're valued above $1 million.
- MARY LYNN SMITH , Star Tribune
Books & Bars selection "The House of Tomorrow" by Peter Bognanni: Rock on
Eventually, for readers who can remember being a teenager--even the sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wasteoids, dweebies--Bognanni leads everyone to a place where the rebellion pays off, and no one is powerless in the face of the forces in the world. Everyone is a living, adroit thing, rocking out in this world all together.
- Courtney Algeo, TC Daily Planet
Haley Bonar moves back to Minneapolis (whoops! this should have been on yesterday's round-up)
Bonar created the stellar Golder in Portland
- Rob van Alstyne, City Pages
MPR names an insider to replace Kling
Jon McTaggart, currently a senior vice president, will take over as CEO from the network's founder July 1.
- NEAL JUSTIN , Star Tribune
Here's who will play the Basilica Block Party, Rock the Garden and Twin Cities Jazz Festival
It may not feel like it with the weather right now, but summer festival season is just around the corner.
- Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press
TV on the Radio's Gerard Smith passes away
TV on the Radio was slated to perform two sold-out shows at First Avenue this weekend, and those shows were canceled, along with three other dates on their tour.
- Andrea Swensson, City Pages
Basilica Block Party lands Gray, LaMontagne and bunch of party bands
This year's Basilica Block Party has two relatively quiet but popular headliners -- David Gray and Ray LaMontagne -- but arguably its strongest and deepest lineup ever, with beloved acoustic soulman Amos Lee, rising vocal powerhouse Lissie and the high-energy, party-oriented bands Michael Franti & Spearhead, Drive-By Truckers, Fitz & the Tantrums, G. Love & Special Sauce and Gomez.
- Jon Bream, Star Tribune
Seems like "Forever Ago:" Bon Iver sophomore album finally due June 21
Not that he hasn't been busy, what with his globetrotting sidekick duties with Kanye West, his sporadic and sporadically crazy outings with Gayngs, plus a smattering of other projects such as Volcano Choir. But four years is a long time for a highly productive, self-made indie-rocker like Justin Vernon to go between albums.
- Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune
Guthrie Theater's "Arsenic and Old Lace" gets the job done just fine
It's a light comedy, and the best way to produce the show is to round up a crackerjack cast, rehearse them tightly, and point them in the direction of strong characterizations. Director Joe Dowling seems to have done exactly that, because this is a very fine production of this theatrical chestnut.
- Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
And now for something completely different: Urban Samurai's "[title of show]"[Title of show] chronicles the one-act musical's own journey from New York Musical Theatre Festival entry to its off-Broadway stint and ultimately to its run on the Great White Way.
- Becca Mitchell, TC Daily Planet
Adam Turman's artwork, created for a breast cancer campaign
There's an oft-quoted expression that "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."
Well, local graphic artist Adam Turman would love it if you'd just lay off the flattery, thank you very much.
Turman just found out that a person claiming to be a graphic artist, using the name "Ben Hur," has been selling one of Turman's images on baseball caps and t-shirts. This morning I was able to check out the plagiarist's site myself, and saw Turman's "Second Base" image all over the home page. Here's how Turman explains it:
My partner on the Second Base Breast Cancer campaign, Brian Erba, is well connected in the online poster collecting scene, and randomly patrols for the image I made for the campaign. He came across Ben Hur's stuff, and immediately alerted me to it. I posted about it on FB, sent Zazzle (where he was selling merch) an email, sent Ben Hur an email to his site, sent my lawyer an email, and have been letting everyone know what's going on.
Luckily for Turman, he saw swift results. Hur's site is now down, and all the images have been taken off of his Facebook page and Zazzle. Turman says the best defense is swift communication to as many people as possible, letting them know what's a fake and what's an original.
I've had this happen multiple times before, and it's been my fans, clients, customers, friends, that have really helped to put a stop to this sort of thing. Plagiarizers should know that if they do what they do often enough, it's going to get back to them.
Turman says the worst part of this latest incident is that Ben Hur was stealing art that was used for a not-for-profit campaign.
Stealing work can be flattering to a point, but when that person stealing work uses it for personal gain, it's a totally different ball game (pun intended).(1 Comments)
Did you miss Jeremy Messersmith's "Works for Words" show on April 9th?
Evidently it was quite the event, featuring performances by Dessa, Chris Koza, Lucy Michelle, Brian Tighe, and others.
Now you can listen back to the entire show, at your leisure:
Editor's Note: This post comes to you courtesy of MPR colleague Marc Sanchez - thanks Marc!
Some of you may have driven to Wrenshall, Minn. for the annual, summer Free Range Film Festival. Well, the barn doors are opening early this year. Next Tuesday owners, Annie Dugan and her husband Janaki Fisher-Merrit, are hosting their first concert. The show is part of the Barnstorming tour sponsored by the website Daytrotter, which shares live recordings of bands that stop by their Rock Island, Ill. studio.
Daytrotter mastermind, Sean Moeller dreamed up the tour in the summer of 2009, when he asked, then unknown, Local Natives to play a few shows in Midwestern barns. Moeller says it was pretty apparent, in those first shows, that the audience behavior was strikingly different compared to seeing a show in a bar or club. He thinks having bands play in barns "forces attention a little bit, or maybe people come already willing to give their attention. People are quiet and they're there to listen... the bands appreciate that and feed off it."
The bands love it too. Moeller says that being able to play in a place where everybody is respectful of the music and not having to kowtow to promoters or club owners makes the bands want to never go back to the club circuit.
This is Daytrotter's fourth Barnstormer Tour, but the first that's ventured into Minnesota. On the bill for the evening: Sondre Lerche, Guards, The Romany Rye, Hellogoodbye, and Keegan DeWitt. The barn only holds about 100 people, and as of this posting there are still tickets available.
Here's a clip of Dawes performing in the Barnstormer Tour last year:
This evening the leaders of the Southern Theater sent out an e-mail to its supporters, with an empassioned plea for help. The bottom line: the performing arts venue needs to raise $400,000 by April 30th - a mere nine days away - in order to keep the doors open.
The plea comes in the wake of news that the McKnight Foundation asked for the return of $300,000 it gave the Southern to fund a dance grants program after concerns were raised about mismanagement.
Here's what the e-mail had to say:
Dear Friends and Patrons,
We come to you with heavy hearts, filled with hope. The financial difficulties that have beset the Southern Theater for the past few years have reached a state of emergency. That emergency now threatens the very existence of the Southern and we must raise $400,000 by April 30, 2011 to keep the doors open.
The $400,000 we seek will help bring The Southern out of the financial mire in which it has been sinking for the past decade. It will give the new board of directors, collaborating with staff, the time needed to put a sustainable operating model in place. This operating model will include funding for a development position, a position sorely lacking in the last few years.
Beyond an immediate resuscitation of this historic establishment, this new operating model will allow The Southern to continue the exciting trajectory it has begun in the past several months:
- Innovative programming that brings an astounding array of artists to the stage, garnering local and national acclaim for the Theater;
- An award-winning, state-of-the-art green design for revitalizing the building that has been embraced as a paradigm of economic and ecological sustainability; and
- The Theater serving as an anchor for the renaissance of the Washington Ave corridor, linking Downtown Minneapolis and Seven Corners/University of Minnesota.
If you love the arts and the quality of life we've come to enjoy here--and others come here to enjoy--in Minnesota and specifically in the Twin Cities, you know how important it is to have an institution like The Southern. In fact, the incredibly fine arts community in the Twin Cities is due in large part to organizations such as The Southern, for it serves as a feeder of new and emerging talent for organizations nationwide.
Please, we need your financial support.
If you enjoy the dance, music and theater The Southern presents, please give now.
If you appreciate the importance of the arts to the well-being of the Twin Cities, please give now.
If you believe in investing in the sustainability of a theater that has been a landmark in the Twin Cities for over a century, please give now and please encourage others to do the same.
Please, we need you to be part of the legacy in keeping this 100 year old Theater and its contribution to the arts community thriving. Every donation, no matter what size, will make a difference.
Anne F. Baker, Chair, Board of Directors
Brian Sostek, Director, Board of Directors
Gary Peterson, Executive Director
So, what do you think? Should the Southern be rescued from its financial meltdown? Or should its mismanagement of funds be cause enough for the institution to close?