Posted at 9:57 AM on April 6, 2012
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Events
While many families will be preoccupied with Easter celebrations, that doesn't mean you have to put your cultural life on hold. Here are few ideas to get your weekend hopping!
Los Cuatro Ases
Image courtesy the artists
1. The Birthday Party
An innocuous birthday party turns into a totalitarian nightmare in this Harold Pinter production. Director Joel Sass describes it as "David Lynch meets Quentin Terentino through Beckett." At the Jungle Theater through May 13.
2. Shapiro and Smith Dance
This Twin Cities contemporary dance institution celebrates 25 years with a weekend of performances at the Cowles Center for Dance. The show includes two premieres along with three company favorites.
3. Los Cuatro Ases
Four local Latino artists, including painter Dougie Padilla and photographer Xavier Tavera join forces to create two and three-dimensional art. Expect amazing colors and dynamic imagery from this quartet. Opening celebration is Saturday night at Casket Arts in Northeast Minneapolis.
Storyteller Megan Wells distills Bram Stoker's novel into a one-woman show in which she performs all the parts, alive and undead. Tonight and tomorrow at Black Forest Inn in Minneapolis.
Plans to build a new concert hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts have been pushed back to the spring of 2013.
Rendering of the new hall for the Ordway
Image courtesy of St. Paul's Artistic Partnership
The renovation, which was tentatively scheduled to break ground this year, was contingent on the Arts Partnership (the Ordway, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera and the Schubert Club) completing its $75 million capital campaign.
Currently the partnership has raised approximately $55 million.
While only about half of the campaign money is designated for the renovation, and the other half for an endowment, Ordway president Patricia Mitchell says the partnership does not want to move forward until all the funding is in place.
It's easier frankly to raise money for the building piece than for the endowment piece. But this whole project is focused on solving the two major problems at the Ordway for all of us as partners - time and money. The concert hall solves the time part but without the endowment we don't solve the money part.
Rendering of the Ordway's exterior once the expansion is complete
Image courtesy of St. Paul's Artistic Partnership
Mitchell notes that fundraising has its own tempo, and unlike musical compositions you can't necessarily make it go faster:
I think there's a high level of confidence that we will be able to start next spring. One of the things that's peculiar about this project is that we really can only start in a spring, because we cannot - or choose not to- interrupt the activities of all of us in the music theater. So that gives us a construction schedule that is somewhat less flexible than it otherwise might be. So if somebody gave us a check for 25 million dollars on August 1st, that would be lovely - but we still couldn't start until next spring.
Mitchell says the decision to postpone the renovation has opened up opportunities for programming this summer - including a run of Chicago in August - and for the McKnight Theater in the coming year.
You can read more about the planned renovation here.
In just a few weeks time thousands of museum professionals will descend on the Twin Cities for the 106th annual meeting of the American Association of Museums.
The Walker Art Center is one of approximately 600 museums in the state of Minnesota. How many can you name?
Image courtesy Walker Art Center
In order to impress their peers, local museums are getting organized and have declared May "Minnesota Museums Month."
The celebration involves museums of all types - historical, art, science, military, zoos, and arboretums - from all across the state.
It turns out that in the area of museums - as in theater - Minnesota is well above average.
According to the Minnesota Association of Museums, the state is home to approximately 600 museums. That's about one for every 9,000 residents, and twice the national average.
Minneapolis and St. Paul are home to 55 museums.
This year the celebration is more about welcoming the conference and recognizing just what a strong state Minnesota is for museums, but organizers say they plan to create more elaborate programming in years to come. to bring attention to some of the state's many hidden gems.
In conjunction with Minnesota Museums Month, the Metropolitan Library Service Agency will award a free membership at a selected Minnesota Museum to a member of the public, drawn at random. You will be able to enter the drawing soon here.
So which of Minnesota's 600 museums is your favorite?
Editor's Note: The audio version of this story states that this is the first time the AMA conference has been held in Minnesota. This is incorrect: it took place in the Twin Cities in 1996.(6 Comments)