Matt Harding, the guy known for dancing badly - but happily - around the world, is getting some dance lessons at the Walker Art Center's sculpture garden this Saturday. And he'd like you to join him.
The self-described deadbeat from Connecticut became an internet hit when he produced a video of himself dancing in unique locations. Stride Gum saw great marketing potential, and sponsored Harding to make two more videos. In the third, and probably most inspiring video (above), he invited fans to join him.
Now Harding is on tour with his video camera again, and this time he's decided to learn some new moves.
If you plan to go, he asks that you register as "attending" on his Facebook page so he know how many to plan for.
When people look back at their high school years, not many are thinking about the architecture. But not so for Lynn Falk who, like Robert Zimmerman before her, attended Hibbing High School.
Hibbing High School
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Lynn Falk provides us with today's Minnesota Architecture nomination; here's why she choose her alma mater:
Beyond the beauty of the auditorium and the library, the main entrance has a marble staircase and pillars and additional murals painted on the walls. Being in the high school band, we traveled around the state performing at different schools, and even as a teen, I was able to see how fortunate I was to be able to go to school in a museum. The sad part for me was when they tore down the football field to construct the band and fitness facility. The auditorium has doors on the south side that opened up into the bleachers. All I can say about the auditorium is wow. It is worth the trip to Hibbing to see the beauty of the high school.
Hibbing High School Auditorium
Image courtesy Iron Range Tourism Bureau
A grand staircase leads to the medieval castle-like framework of the historic school, built in the early 1920's for almost $4 million.
Unique hand-molded ceilings in the foyer welcome visitors and accent the breathtaking auditorium designed after the Capitol Theatre in New York City. Cut-glass chandeliers of crystal, imported from Belgium, light the 1800-velvet seat grand auditorium. The cost of each chandelier in 1920 was $15,000 and today they are insured for $250,000 each. The auditorium boasts a magnificent Barton pipe organ, one of only two that still exist in the United States. Containing over 1900 pipes, the organ can play any orchestra instrument except the violin.
Postcard depicting aerial view of Hibbing High School, circa 1940
Image courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society
Hibbing High School was promised to be a "Castle in the Woods" to promote the relocation of the town from North Hibbing. It was funded in large part by mining companies; it was the growth of the mining industry that forced the town to move in the first place.
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It's the writer's equivalent of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
MPR's Euan Kerr caught up with Cabot, who is on tour for her latest vampire novel "Overbite." Cabot says she blames the Twilight series for giving vampires too good an image.
"The sparkle thing is just a disguise to make us think that they're, you know, handsome and non-creepy, but that is not true," she told Kerr.
Cabot, it should be noted, is well aware of the dangers of vampire worshipping.
One of Cabot's early jobs was working in a New York University dorm around the time that Anne Rice published her novel "Interview with the Vampire." Some of the students got a little too enthusiastic about the book, Cabot said.
"And they started biting each other," she said. "And my job back then was to take students to the hospital when the were sick and these students happened to give each other hepatitis from biting each other. So we actually had a hepatitis outbreak. That's when I first realized how popular vampires were."
While Cabots Princess series was aimed at teenagers, the vampire series is geared toward adults. To find out more about the new series, just click on the audio link below, or read Kerr's story here.(1 Comments)
The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded $200k to Hennepin Theatre Trust to revitalize vacant private and public spaces along Minneapolis' main thoroughfare, Hennepin Avenue.
According to a news release Hennepin Theatre Trust, along with the Walker Art Center, the Cowles Dance Center and Artspace, will use the grant to "begin the planning process to re-invent Hennepin Avenue as an arts-inspired cultural corridor stretching from the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to the Mississippi Riverfront."
Hennepin Theatre Trust runs the Orpheum, State and Pantages theaters, all located on Hennepin Avenue. In addition to the Walker Art Center and the Cowles Dance Center, other cultural stops along the the avenue include Burnet Gallery and the Minneapolis Central Library (designed by Cesar Pelli).
Take an ever so brief video break with another installment in the Art Hounds "Small Tales" series. This one features Minneapolis improv actor/musician Courtney McLean.