This downtown Minneapolis abode is something Dumbledore would feel right at home in.
Image courtesy Curt Lund
Today's nomination for our Celebrating Minnesota Architecture series is a bit of a magic-themed mystery [Editor's note: not anymore! See below]. Who built it? Who lives there? Curt Lund doesn't know, but the exterior of the building intrigues him:
For a little over four years, I've worked at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, located near the eastern edge of downtown Minneapolis in the Open Book building. And for all those four years, I've walked by this amazing and mysterious fortress, between Open Book and the Metrodome. Turrets, stained glass windows, a walled garden, medieval flags flying -- it looks like a chunk of Ren-Fest dropped into our little corner of downtown. This house has affectionately come to be known as "the Wizard Jail", because of this: an honest-to-goodness wizard (sculpture), breaking out of a barred second-story window. What in the world is this place? The mystery remains -- mainly because I've never worked up the courage to simply go knock on the door and ask!
The "Wizard's Jail"
Image courtesy Curt Lund
Update: Thanks to our dear smart State of the Arts readers, and an article in Twin Cities Metro, we now know much more about the house.
Built in 1911 as a blacksmith shop, musician Jeff Arundel bought the house from Sage and John Cowles (of Cowles Center for Dance), who used the space as a yoga studio/philanthropic office and abode.
That's when he put metalworker Paul Tierney to work converting the space into a home for wizards.
The home is now for sale - for a cool $3.5 million.
You can see many more detailed shots of the home at Paul Tierney's website.
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Yes, it's hot, and it's going to remain hot for a few days, but there is always a certain amount to be said for beating the heat with a hot beat.
For the last decade new York-based Balkan Beat Box has melded modern rhythms and the traditional music of Balkan (and other) cultures. Tomorrow they bring their mix back to the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis and as you can see from the video above, it promises to be sweaty, loud, inventive, and fun.
PBS is launching a new web series devoted to exploring experimental and non-traditional art forms.
Called "Off Book," the 13-part, bi-weekly series debuts Wednesday on PBSArts.org. The first episode focuses on a new generation of photographers who are pushing digital imagery to its limits.
The second episode, set to premiere on August 3, looks at the world of typography, interviewing graphic designers and font creators.
Future episodes will look at steampunk art, video games, fashion, aerial dance, and more.
A release from PBS describes the inspiration for the show's title this way:
Just as actors reach a point at which they're confident enough to go 'off-book' and leave their scripts behind, the visual and performing artists featured in this series are taking the next steps with their talents and training, forging new artistic paths. "Off Book" will offer interactive experiences for each of its 13 online episodes, encouraging further viewer participation and providing additional artistic inspiration.