The hounds' curiosity leads them to experimental music from a composer who values silence, a signature Minneapolis ballet company performing in the theater it helped refurbish, and an exhibition about the unsung women in Minnesota graphic design.
James Sewell Ballet presents its inaugural performance at the Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts Oct. 21-30, and dancer and dance historian Judith Brin Ingber plans not to miss it. Judith has long appreciated the playful unpredictability in JSB's dances. This concert will feature an older piece performed to a live rendition of the Mendolssohn Trio, as well as a different twist on Tchaikovsky's Black Swan pas de deux, and the world premiere of a new work. Judith says the Sewell family deserves huge amounts of credit for helping make the Cowles Center a reality.
When St. Paul musical theater performer Sabrina Crews felt a need to expand her comfort zone and knowledge beyond vocal music, she turned to challenging yet innovative experimental musician and composer Michael Pisaro. Pisaro's "Concentric Rings in Magnetic Levitation" is being performed by the Chicago-based group, Haptic on Sunday, October 23 at Studio Z in Lowertown, St. Paul. Sabrina says the piece is inspired by Saturn's rings.
St. Paul writer Ellen Shaffer says a new exhibition at the CVA Gallery in St. Paul about Minnesota graphic designers who happen to be women is generating a lot of buzz in the local design community. "WOMN: Women in Minnesota Design" is another installment of the gallery's "Leaders of Design Series." The show opens on Thursday, Oct. 27. On Wed., Oct. 26, there will be a panel discussion featuring exhibition participants Kelly Munson, Sue Crolick, Cynthia Knox, and moderator Gail Rosenblum of the Star Tribune.
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Posted at 11:33 AM on October 20, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Events
Jan Elftmann's "White Horse" is made from objects most people would throw in the trash can without thinking twice.
Sometimes seeing great art requires getting out of your comfort zone. That's where surprises can happen, where you can see the world in a new light, and maybe even learn a little something about yourself in the process.
So, for your consideration, I present you with three opportunities to challenge yourself and try something new.
Challenge yourself to find beauty in your trash can:
Jan Elftmann and Alan Wadzinski breathe new life into sculptural objects by working with the detritus of a consumer culture instead of adding to the global scrap heap. Check out their show at the Gordon Parks Gallery on the Metro State campus, and maybe you'll look at your own waste with new eyes.
Challenge yourself to see theater in an unusual location:
Written by a poet and performed by some great dancer-actors, "The Picnic" tells the story of a dog and a bird who meet in a city park and fall in love. It's a family friendly production... and it takes place in a garage.
Now the idea of hanging out in a garage in late October to see a play is likely to make many a Minnesota shake their head, but take your kids to see "The Picnic" and they may just start putting on their own plays in your garage, and how cool is that?
Challenge yourself to see beyond sexual stereotypes:
Betty is a transgender woman who has only two wishes in life: to become physically and emotionally female, and to fly a rocket into space. She befriends Ron, a goofy single father who breaks faces professionally, and Trish, a surgeon struggling to conquer her loneliness. Together they build doghouses, bake cakes, make Play Dough creatures and spaceships, and explore the depths of love and friendship in a play that mixes poetic realism with a touch of the fantastical.
The 20% Theatre Company Twin Cities aims to produce new and progressive work by female, transgender, and gender-queer theatre artists, while also supporting the same gender minorities artistically behind-the-scenes.
Art on the Town, a ten day event showcasing Twin Cities fine arts organizations, came to a close on October 16.
But the event is not quite over.
Today the Twin Cities Fine Arts Organization announced the winners of its first ever TCFAO Awards to recognize particular achievements in the gallery/museum scene.
Here are the results - I've added links in case you're interested in checking out the winning galleries in person:
Outstanding art gift shop: Textile Center Shop
Most memorable: A Reasonable Facsimile at Christensen Center Art Gallery at Augsburg College
Outstanding reception: Grand opening of Anita Sue Kolman Gallery
Outstanding artist talks: Mark Allen of Machine Project (The Soap Factory) for "Conversation with Mark Allen"
Most inspiring (tied):
I Am a Link: Pictorial Rugs by Dorothy Sauber at Textile Center
Convergence at Traffic Zone Gallery
People's choice: Minneapolis Institute of Arts(1 Comments)
The folks at Young Artists Initiative in St. Paul say unless things change, they will have to shut the organization's doors.
YAI provides arts education to youth who aren't able to afford more expensive programs. So far it's managed to do this by tapping a large volunteer base, and through donations.
But in a notice sent out to patrons, YAI announced it's calling for a "town hall meeting."
The organization will be presenting a list of needs to those who choose to join us that night. To put it plainly, if we don have enough people step forward to help do the work that will carry the organization forward, YAI will be unable to continue with a 2012 season, and the organization will have no choice but to close its doors.
YAI went on to state that it has "too critically low a number of people running the organization, and we can no longer carry the weight of the company on our own."
The meeting is scheduled for 7pm on November 1 at First Lutheran Church.(1 Comments)