Minneapolis lost a devoted arts advocate this week with the passing of Carol Daly.
Last June 11, on the occasion of her retirement, Mayor R. T. Rybak declared it "Ms. Carol Daly Day."
Public Arts Administrator Mary Altman had this to say about Daly:
When it came to the arts, Carol was the most enthusiastic and avid participant and volunteer that I have ever met. She was a walking advertisement for whichever event she had most recently attended, and she often went to several a week. She loved her work as a Minneapolis Arts Commissioner and former board member of Forecast, and was a passionate spokesperson for artists, arts groups and public art.
Jack Becker at Forecast Public Art added the following:
Carol was naturally inquisitive, a life-long learner, and she took that spirit wholeheartedly into the arts. But it was her style of sharing her enthusiasm for what she learned and what she loved that made Carol the significant torch-bearer for the arts and humanities here. Her stubborn attitude of "why not?" meant that she would fearlessly challenge status quo and confront leaders to consider the aesthetic and creative and innovative -- not simply the functional or economical. She went to more plays and museums and musical events than anyone I know -- and that's saying a lot! And then she had to TALK about whatever she saw -- to anyone who would listen... How can you NOT be an arts enthusiast after all that?
A memorial service will be held for Daly at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis at 11am this Saturday with a family greeting beginning at 10am. In lieu of flowers, it's requested that donations are made to the Minneapolis Arts Commission.
This week's hounds were captured by a one-woman show about her first trip to Israel, a collection of paintings which take the viewer on an ethnic grocery store adventure, and a folk duo which favors storytelling over confessional songs.
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Betty Tisel, information director for "Minnesota Community Sings," is still processing "The Hebrew Lesson." Esther Ouray's one-woman-show at Dreamland Arts in St. Paul is about what Ouray encountered on her first trip to Israel to spread the ashes of her father. Betty says the performance, which is structured like an actual Hebrew lesson, engages nearly every one of the senses, especially within the confines of the incredibly intimate Dreamland Arts theater. Through Saturday, March 10.
If perusing the products in the ethnic food aisle of Lund's is the primary way you embrace other cultures, local visual artist William Hessian would like to gently nudge you in the direction of "White Noise." William says Cody Kiser's collection of colorful paintings gives a close-up view what's on the shelves in ethnic grocery stores around the Twin Cities. "White Noise" is at Hang It, Inc. Gallery 122 in Minneapolis through April 28. Opening reception is Friday, March 9, 7-10pm.
On their website, the folk duo Moors and McCumber describe their music as "songs full of rich harmonies that take you places," and Mother Banjo can testify to that. Singer songwriter Ellen Stanley, whose stage name is "Mother Banjo," saw the pair perform at a Memphis folk conference a few weeks ago. Ellen, who also works for Red House Records in St. Paul, was taken with the group's ability to weave tales with rich characters, and craft songs with memorable melodies. Moors and McCumber is playing Thursday, Mar. 8, at Ginkgo Coffeehouse in St. Paul, along with Ellis.
And you can get an early sneak peek at the Art Hounds' picks every week by texting the word ART to 677-677.
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Posted at 5:26 PM on March 8, 2012
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Theater
So if you could have someone accompany you on a tour of the Guthrie Theater, giving you their personal tour, who would it be?
A. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman
B. Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak
C. Cities 97 DJ Brian "B.T." Turner
D. News anchor Angela Davis
E. Actress Sally Wingert
F. Storyteller Kevin Kling
Well, the Guthrie Theater doesn't want you to have to choose, so it's offering audio tours featuring all six of the local celebrities listed above.
Now, of course to enjoy them all you'd have to tour the building six times, but just think how well you'll know the building by then...
Each of the guide were given the same script, but were encouraged to embellish with their own thoughts and stories.
The tours are available for free download on iTunes, or you can rent an iPod for $5 at the theater box office.
Unfortunately the tour does not include any of the building's three theaters - you'll need to buy tickets to get a peek at those.