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Susan Woehrle is a storyteller and writer from Minneapolis. She usually digs CONvergence, the Twin Cities' annual science fiction and fantasy convention, but she's especially excited about this year's theme: "Tomorrow Through the Past." With its focus on steampunk, she thinks this year's convention will really showcase the imagination and artistic expression of the convention participants.
Minneapolis printmaker Joshua Norton thinks Richard Barlow's mural in Minneapolis is no ordinary mural. The mural, which Barlow painted on the Acme Awning building in Minneapolis' Powderhorn neighborhood through a Clean City grant, depicts a speed skating rink that used to be in Powderhorn Park. Norton loves how this image taken from a photograph from the Minnesota Historical Society manages to be nostalgic and modern at the same time.
Jonelle Moore, a pianist from Winona, looks forward to the Minnesota Beethoven Festival every year. Beethoven is her favorite composer and she feels the Winona festival really captures the depth and diversity of his compositions. The festival is going on through July 17 and features many different performances, including tonight's free Minnesota Orchestra concert at the Lake Park Bandshell.
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Ada Kysar learns to throw pots at the YMCA Camp Warren in Eveleth
Photo credit: David Searl
What are your kids doing this summer? How do you balance letting them enjoy their time off from school with keeping their minds actively engaged? For some, the answer lies in summer camps and classes that are really really fun.
Here's a list of artsy summer programs that come with recommendations from folks in the know. Click on the links to learn more.
2. The Children's Theatre Company offers a full range of classes in the performing arts for kids age 3 to 18.
3. In St. Cloud, Great Theatre also offers an extensive theater arts program for kids 3 and up.
4. Ditto for the Duluth Playhouse.
5. The Brave New Workshop offers week-long improv camps for youth (9-12) and teens (13-17).
6. Several people recommended clay camps at Northern Clay Center.
7. The Loft Literary Center offers classes in writing plays, myths and fairy tales. The Minnesota Center for Book Arts (located in the same building in Minneapolis) offers classes in printing, bookmaking and even creating your own comics.
8. The Walker Art Center offers free first Saturdays and Tuesday playdates with programming designed to encourage your kids' creativity.
9. Your kid can help beautify the community by helping create a mural in Minneapolis with the Aldrich Arts Collaborative.
10. Leonardo's Basement offers its perennial favorites LEGO Robotics and Giant Cardboard Castle along with Scientists in the Kitchen and To Infinity & Beyond!
11. Zenon Dance offers summer classes in everything from ballet to hip hop.
12. The Maple Grove Arts Center offers a five week Art Adventures camp, featuring a new art activity every Tuesday.
13. The Friends School of Minnesota offers a wide array of summer classes, including show choir, weaving, photography and plein air watercolor.
14. Last but not least, several different institutions have banned together this summer to create the Twin Cities Culture Camp this August, which will introduce kids to theatre, printmaking, dance, book arts, and puppetry. Depending on their age, kids will focus on themes of "Monster Jam," "Wild Safari," and "Myths and Legends."
So that's a pretty good start for someone looking to keep their kid creatively occupied this summer. Have something you'd like to add? Share it in the comments section.(7 Comments)
Posted at 2:30 PM on June 30, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Theater
It's that time again - fireworks, flags, bar-b-que and... The Bard.
For some reason, Shakespeare plays abound this holiday weekend - here's just a sampling:
The Great River Shakespeare Festival is underway in Winona. This year's festival includes A Midsummer Night's Dream and King Henry IV, Part 1.
Shakespeare and Company presents its annual outdoor summer fest, featuring King Lear and Comedy of Errors at Century College in White Bear Lake.
Dovetail Theatre Company has come up with a clever idea for a fundraiser - a Shakespeare Smash! "Your favorite characters from the Shakespearean canon fight (to the death?) for the coveted title belt. Richard III vs. Ophelia vs. Iago vs. Joan of Arc. WHO WILL PREVAIL?"
Can't wait for the weekend? Cromulent Shakespeare Company performs its final productions of Julius Ceasar tonight at Kenwood Park in Minneapolis.
(Editor's note: Thanks to Nathan Minor for the photoshop help!)
This week on Cube Critics, Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis talk about the movies Page One and Transformers 3, as well as the DVD release of Barney's Version. Take a listen and find out why Curtis says she won't go see Transformers 3, even though Kerr recommends it.
And here, for your viewing pleasure, are their trailers: