This week the hounds have their eyes on two one-person shows from the adult Korean adoptee perspective, a festival of ten minute theater pieces, and a cadre of refugee musicians from Sierra Leone who've become one of the most joyous live acts around.
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St. Paul composer Mike Croswell will be camped out at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis this Tuesday, June 5th, waiting to get a dose of joy and hope. Mike says Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, which mixes reggae, West African traditional music and pop, and rhythm and blues, formed in a refugee camp in Guinea in the late '90s. He says the band is a testament to music's ability to transcend human suffering.
Having been a performer in Bedlam Theatre's annual Ten Minute Play Festival last year, Minneapolis multi-media performance artist Kelley A. Meister would now like to celebrate it as a fan. Kelley says the festival, which runs through Sunday, June 3 at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, promises a wide-ranging, eclectic performance showcase on stage, with 12 ten minute blasts of theater each night.
Twin Cities theater educator and actor Stephanie Lein Walseth predicts "The Origin(s) Project" will provide a fuller picture of the Korean adoptee experience in Minnesota. It matches the talents of two Korean adult adoptee artists, Sun Mee Chomet and Katie Hae Leo, in two one-person shows about their search for family and identity as adults. On stage at Dreamland Arts in St. Paul through June 9.
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Artist Patrick Scully has lost his most recent battle for the right to swim naked in a public area.
The founder of Patrick's Cabaret, Scully's own performances have often involved nudity. Last July he was ticketed for swimming at Twin Lakes in Golden Valley (it's a misdemeanor offense to not wear proper attire in a public park, with the exception of theatrical, musical and other artistic performances).
Scully had intended to battle the ticket in court on the premise that he is an artist and was performing in the park that day.
Photo courtesy of the artist
But the afternoon before the trial two additional charges were added, including indecent exposure. That meant if Scully lost the case, he would potentially be placed on the Minnesota Sex Crimes Registry. Scully posted on his Facebook page that "I did not feel that what I could gain in this struggle by trying to fight the new charge was worth what I might lose, if I lost fighting that charge."
I will find other ways to work for my goals (resisting encroachment on artistic freedom and obtaining our collective right to be naked in the sun and water). The good news is that I am headed to Berlin in a few weeks where I can enjoy a month of being naked in various lakes without having to worry about such idiotic laws.
Scully pleaded guilty Wednesday, and was fined $378. If he's charged with a similar crime in the next year, he will have to serve 60 days in the Hennepin County workhouse.
Ganymede and the Eagle, by Bertel Thorvaldsen is on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which is visited by 500,000 people each year, including tens of thousands of school children.
Image courtesy of the MIA
All this begs the question, is nudity obscene? Why is it we can stare at sculptures and paintings of naked men, women and children in a museum, but to see the real thing is considered by many to be vulgar?
In San Francisco, nudists recently protested to protect their rite to sit in a restaurant in the buff. While in Barcelona it only recently became illegal to walk the city streets naked.
Each society has its own standards in regard to what's appropriate dress... but why the disconnect between what we are willing to look at in a gallery or a museum, and what we are willing to see "in the flesh?"
Posted at 4:06 PM on May 31, 2012
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Events
I really don't understand people who say "I'm bored." There is absolutely no excuse for being bored in the Twin Cities. Want proof? Here you go:
1. Flint Hills International Children's Festival
This family friendly cultural festival in downtown St. Paul is filled with theater, dance, visual art and fun activities, all either free or just $5. Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
2. Ten Fest
Bedlam's 11th Annual Community Ten Minute Play Festival is at Mixed Blood Theatre this year, and features two hours of drama, music, movement and spoken word, all in ten minute blasts.
3. Standing on Ceremony: the Gay Marriage Plays
Showcasing funny, heartfelt "mini works" that celebrate the courage to be in a relationship-any relationship, Standing On Ceremony's smart and witty vignettes were penned by playwrights whose credits include two Pulitzer Prizes, four Obies, one Emmy and three Tony nominations. With this production, the Hennepin Theatre Trust is working in cooperation with Minnesotans United for All Families, the official statewide campaign working to defeat the constitutional amendment that would exclude gays and lesbians from marriage in Minnesota.
4. Africans in the Snow
Patrick's Cabaret presents an evening of African culture curated by choreographer Kenna Cottman, featuring dance, music, drumming, spoken word, storytelling, fashion and more. Performances are at 8pm Friday and Saturday.
5. FireCliff 3
On the opening of Minouk Lim's first in-depth US solo exhibition at the Walker Art Center, the Korean artist collaborates with Minneapolis choreographer Emily Johnson (Catalyst) on a one-night-only presentation of FireCliff 3. The gallery will be transformed into a theatrical environment, animating Lim's wearable sculptures around themes of nature, myth, and civilization.
6. Katha Dance
Two-time McKnight choreography fellow Rita Mustaphi and her award-winning company of Katha dancers reunite with Susana di Palma (Zorongo Flamenco Dance), Donald LaCourse (Ethnic Dance Theatre), and nationally renowned Gospel singer Robert Robinson to perform critically acclaimed excerpts from their vibrant 25-year history.
7. Dana Gioia
Poet and former head of the National Endowment for the Arts Dana Gioia reads from his long-awaited fourth collection of poetry, "Pity the Beautiful."