A festival of improvisational comedy Twin Cities style, American woodturners uniting in St. Paul, and two dance companies preparing a feast of movement are on the hounds' agenda this week.
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Scotty Reynolds, an actor with Interact Theater and a food performance artist with "Mixed Precipitation," finds a lot of inspiration in the culinary arts. No wonder he's drawn to "Dali's Cookbook: A Gastronomical Inquisition," a joint production of Ballet of the Dolls and Zorongo Dance Theatre in Minneapolis. It's based on a cookbook surrealist Salvador Dali wrote and dedicated to his lover. It's on stage at the Ritz Theater through Sunday, June 26.
Love free form improv comedy? Want to see the Twin Cities' best improv artists matched up with stars from other parts of the country? Shad Petosky, owner of Pink Hobo Gallery and Puny Entertainment in Minneapolis suggests you go directly to Huge Theater for the fifth annual Twin Cities Improv Festival. Shows start tonight and go through Sunday.
Maybe your only exposure to woodturning was in woodshop in junior high. Or maybe woodturning is a completely foreign concept. Amanda Birnstengel says it doesn't matter. Amanda, director of the Hopkins Center for the Arts, predicts you'll be amazed by the progression of the art form and the prowess of the nation's finest woodturners as they converge for the 25th American Association of Woodturners Symposium at St. Paul's River Centre.
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So, I have to admit a personal bias.
I love architecture.
I haven't always loved architecture, but reporting on the transformations of the Guthrie Theater, the Walker Art Center, the Children's Theatre Company, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the MacPhail Center for Music have instilled in me a deep appreciation for a finely designed building.
But of course great architecture is not limited solely to those huge cultural institutions downtown. We have lovely buildings tucked away in our neighborhoods and along old country roads. Even a particularly well designed Dairy Queen or White Castle can become an architectural icon over the years.
So here's the deal - I'd like you to look around your neighborhood and pick out your favorite building (I'm guessing many of you already have one in mind). Take a picture of it, and send it to me (email@example.com) with a short paragraph on why it's your favorite.
I'll post the results, and we can all revel in what a cool state we live in, architecturally speaking.
To get us started, here's my personal pic. You don't need to be Catholic to appreciate the dramatic lines and smooth curves of the Church of St. Columba in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood of St. Paul. Enjoy!
Church of St. Columba, in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood of St. Paul
Posted at 1:56 PM on June 23, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Books
This morning on Morning Edition, book-lover Nancy Pearl offered up her recommendations for some good summer reads.
You can read her full recommendations here, but in the interest of brevity I've condensed the list below. Have you got some favorite summer reads? Add yours in the comments section. The more, the merrier!
By Ben Aaronovitch; paperback, 320 pages; Del Ray, list price: $7.99
By Ally Condie; hardcover, 384 pages; Dutton Juvenille, list price: $17.99
Castle Waiting & Castle Waiting II
By Linda Medley; hardcover, 472 pages and 384 pages; Fantagraphic Books, list price: $29.95 each
By Stewart O'Nan; hardcover, 272 pages; Viking Adult, list price: $29.95
The Watery Part Of The World
By Michael Parker; hardcover, 272 pages; Algonquin Books, list price: $23.95
The White Woman On The Green Bicycle
By Monique Roffey; paperback, 448 pages; Penguin, list price: $16
Evening Is The Whole Day
By Preeta Samarasan; paperback, 352 pages; Mariner Books, list price: $13.95
The Coffins Of Little Hope
By Timothy Schaffert; hardcover, 272 pages; Unbridled Books, list price: $24.95
Tooth And Claw
By Jo Walton; paperback, 336 pages; Orb Books, list price: $15.95