If you're interested in an urban, outdoor Shakespeare experience, a sculptor who makes playgrounds out of recycled wood and metal, and what happened to the "Jazz Implosion" series, the hounds are happy to share the deets.
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What's not to like, says musician Claudia Holt, about a band of crazy, cross-dressing thespians who make Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis into a rolling, idyllic Shakespearean stage every summer? Strange Capers only performs the bard's comedies at Powderhorn and this summer it's "The Comedy of Errors." Free shows during the weekend through July 15 with families, children and dogs welcome.
Minneapolis jazz pianist and composer Bryan Nichols is happy to report there's a new haven for JT Bates' revered "Jazz Implosion" series, which used to be a fixture at the Clowne Lounge of St. Paul's Turf Club. "Jazz Implosion" has moved across the river to the restaurant and music venue Icehouse in Minneapolis, which Bryan says is even better equipped sonically for the adventurous improvisational music the series is known for.
Painter Carolyn Swiszcz thinks sculptor Bridget Beck has captured her daughter's heart. The two recently went out to Franconia Sculpture Park in Franconia, Minn. to see two Bridget Beck works and actually played on one for more than two hours. Beck is known for her explosively colorful enamel painted metal pieces people of all ages can climb on or interact with. She's also developed "The Locomotive Sculpture Project," which is a mobile sculpture park she brings to senior living spaces around the Twin Cities.
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Posted at 8:44 AM on July 5, 2012
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Music
This weekend the Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus will be in Denver, Colorado for the GALA Chorus festival, which brings together more than 6,000 GLBT singers from across the country.
Dr. Stan Hill, after conducting his final performance of the TCGMC in the Twin Cities
Photo by Paul Nixdorf
The festival marks the last time Dr. Stan Hill will direct the chorus before he retires at the end of the month. Hill has led the TCGMC for twelve years. In a recent conversation he said he's retiring now because he wants to be closer to his family in California, but also because it's the right time for the chorus.
This is chorus is in a really good place - our season subscribers are up, our audience is great, the support from the community is absolutely amazing. And that was my whole goal - I want it to go on. I didn't spend this much time and work this hard to see the thing go belly up when I leave!
Click on the audio link below to listen as Dr. Hill looks back at his four decades as a choral director, how the GALA movement got started, and at how life for gay men has changed over his career. Particularly poignant was his recollection of his time as Artistic Director of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, and the number of singers that died of AIDS.