This week's hounds are pointing us in the direction of an artist whose works emit light, a traveling Twin Cities reading series and a rock supergroup in love with our national pastime.
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Mankato painter and painting instructor Brian Frink is mysteriously moved by the work of fellow Mankato artist Allison Henline. Brian went see Allison's exhibition, "Archetypal Consonance," at Twin Rivers Council for the Arts in Mankato. He was enthralled with Henline's subtle digital prints, watercolors, and pen and ink drawings, which all play with light in some way. Her show in Mankato closed yesterday, but you can see her work next weekend at Ad Hoc Art Gallery in Minneapolis.
The Cracked Walnut Reading Series has piqued the interest of Minneapolis performance artist Diane Anderson. Diane is intrigued by the way the series travels to different, unusual venues around the Twin Cities and brings disparate audiences and writers together to focus on individual subjects. The next Cracked Walnut installment happens Friday, July 27 at 7:30pm, at the Braemer Ice Arena in Edina, with writers such as Geoff Herbach, Michael Kiesow Moore, Alison Morse, and Shannon Schenck reading works about bullying. There will also be a screening of the locally made anti-bullying film, "MN Nice?"
Mix together members of former alt rock stalwarts' Dream Syndicate, Young Fresh Fellows and R.E.M. with an undying devotion to the game of baseball and what do you have? One of Minneapolis musician Jim Bradt's favorite rock supergroups, The Baseball Project. Jim, who's the drummer for local indie rockers The Whole Lotta Loves, says the primary purpose of The Baseball Project is to transform baseball history and lore into catchy, rocking pop songs. The Baseball Project pays a visit to the 400 Bar in Minneapolis on Friday night, July 27.
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The founder of Ragamala Dance is enjoying an exceptional run of accolades and recognition.
Ranee Ramaswamy, founder of Ragamala Dance
Photo courtesy the McKnight Foundation
This week President Obama announced his intent to nominate Ranee Ramaswamy to the National Council on the Arts. The NCA advises the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts (currently Rocco Landesman) on agency policies and programs.
This latest news caps a string of achievements and honors that started in March of 2011, when Ragamala was awarded rave reviews for its performance at the Maximum India Festival in Washington, D.C.
Shortly thereafter, Ramaswamy was named the 2011 McKnight Distinguished Artist.
Ranee and her daughter Aparna Ramaswamy recently received a McKnight Foundation Choreographic Fellowship. Aparna's sister Ashwini Ramaswamy received a McKnight Foundation Dancer Fellowship.
Congratulations to Ranee Ramaswamy and Ragamala Dance!
Looking for something to do? Plan your schedule right and you can make it to all four of these events. Click on the links to find out more.
Annie Enneking and Gretchen Seichrist present Blind Date Saturday night at Open Eye Figure Theatre
Image courtesy of the artist
1. Comedy: The Show
Four Humors Theater and Joseph Scrimshaw have joined forces to create "Comedy: The Show." Hop aboard the Minnesota Centennial Showboat this Friday night at 10pm for a one-night romp through the history of all things laughable, including sketch, improv, and stand-up comedy.
2. Kinship of Rivers
Poet Wang Ping is the creator of Kinship of Rivers, a five year project that uses art to connect people living along the Mississippi and Yangtze rivers. This Saturday you can hang out with her and other artists at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis as you make river flags to be sewn together into banners and flown along the banks of the Mississippi. The flags will be decorated with poems and images about rivers, and will, according to Ping, "release our gratitude and good wishes into the world."
It's hard to believe that FLOW, the Northside Art Crawl, is already in its seventh year, but time flies when you're having fun. Join the folks from Obsidian Arts and KMOJ as they boogy down West Broadway in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest Soul Train.
4. Blind Date
Patches and Gretchen and Annie Enneking and the Bang Bang will perform their respective brands of "darkly dreamy rock, roughish folk and lyrically potent pop" in round-robin style, with lights and video projection by Michael Murnane. This is as much performance art as it is music (Now that we know this, is it still a "blind date?"). At Open Eye Figure Theatre on Saturday at 8pm.