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“Saint Paul/Imniźa Ska: A Dakota Place” Exhibit at Black Dog

Posted byAlison Aten on 07 Dec 2012 | Tagged as: Arts, Native American

From Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the DakotaOrder your beverage of choice at Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar while shopping at The Lowertown Neighborhood Holiday Bazaar happening tonight and tomorrow and view the “Saint Paul/Imniza Ska–A Dakota Place” exhibit at the cafe.

Based on the book, Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota by Gwen Westerman and Lowertown resident, Bruce White, the exhibit features a ceiling high mural by Owen McBride Platt depicting the history of the Dakota people in St. Paul.

Stay tuned for more info on events related to the exhibit.

Weinstein Gallery Hosts Gordon Parks: At 100

Posted bylucia.randle on 03 Jul 2012 | Tagged as: Arts, Authors, Event

Gordon ParksThis year marks the centennial of the birth of Gordon Parks, accomplished photographer, poet, filmmaker, composer, and novelist. The Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis is hosting an exhibit celebrating Parks’s life and work. The exhibit includes forty of his most influential photographs taken throughout his career, from impoverished teen to artistic legend.

Parks was the first African American photographer for Life magazine and the first African American to direct a major Hollywood motion picture. His work has been influential in many areas, including American Gothic, Civil Rights, and high fashion in Vogue. Similar to his memoir, A Choice of Weapons, the exhibit, open now through July 28, shows his evolution as an artist “from rural Kansas and early years in St. Paul to his decades of work as a Life magazine photographer.”

“In my youth, violence became my enemy . . . Photography, writing, music, and film are the weapons I use against it” –Gordon Parks

Edina Art Fair This Weekend!

Posted byAlison Aten on 31 May 2012 | Tagged as: Arts, Children, Event, Fairs, Music

Edina Art FairThis coming weekend will mark the 46th Annual Edina Art Fair. Friday, June 1, to Sunday, June 3, enjoy a fun family outing at the corner of 50th & France. The Edina Art Fair, the second largest in Minnesota, is the first official art fair of the summer.

This fair showcases a large variety of art from around the Twin Cities and the country. Over three hundred artists will be displaying their unique works, including painting, photography, ceramics, engravings, wood carvings, glasswork, and jewelry. The fair also includes a special collection of GREEN artwork made by artists using only recycled materials. Artists were chosen from over six hundred applicants from around the country.

The Edina Art Fair also offers different events, activities, and performances each day. Throughout the weekend there will be fashion shows and musical performances, and a Kids Art Zone provides activities for the whole family, including face painting and puppet shows. A full list of activities and performance times is available at the Edina Art Fair website.

A fair would not be complete without delicious food: plenty of booths from local restaurants are gathered in two food courts. Enjoy smoothies, kettle corn, tacos, lemonade, and more.

The Edina Art Fair runs from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Friday through Sunday, and admission is free. See the website for parking tips.

Whether you’re an art buff or just want to enjoy good music and great food, be sure to stop by the 46th Annual Edina Art Fair this weekend!

May is Minnesota Museums Month

Posted byAlison Aten on 24 Apr 2012 | Tagged as: Arts, Event, Fairs

Minnesota Museums MonthMinnesota Museums Month is a statewide celebration of museums, their stories, and their communities. This May, visit a new museum in your community, take a road trip, or return to one of your favorites that you haven’t seen in a while. Museums of every type—art, historical, science, arboretums, zoos, and more—are participating.

The Minnesota History Center is one of approximately six hundred museums in the state! Check out as well as their Facebook and Twitter feeds for more information and events.

Minnesota Museums Month launches in conjunction with the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Museums. Being held in Minneapolis/St. Paul, the meeting will welcome more than five thousand museum professionals from institutions in every state and more than thirty countries. Minnesota’s vibrant museum and cultural community provides an ideal setting for this year’s theme, “Creative Community.”

Our new book Building Museums: A Handbook for Small and Midsize Organizations by Robert Herskovitz, David Grabitske, and Timothy Glines was released earlier this year. If you are attending the AAM meeting, please stop by the Minnesota Historical Society Press booth to check it out!

See you out and about at Minnesota museums next month!

Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers

Posted byAlison Aten on 06 Mar 2012 | Tagged as: Arts, Children, Event, Music, Native American

Larry Yazzy and the Native Pride DancersWorld Champion Fancy Dancer Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers perform this week at Stepping Stone Theatre in St. Paul.

From the theatre’s website: “Rainbow-colored headdresses, pulsating drumming, and fancy footwork are part of the excitement of a Native American powwow. World Champion Fancy Dancer Larry Yazzie and the Native Pride Dancers perform flamboyant movements passed down by their ancestors and sacred songs from the Northern Plains.”

Rock the Cradle 2012

Posted byAlison Aten on 23 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: Arts, Authors, Children, Kevin Kling

This Sunday, February 26, The Current presents Rock the Cradle, a free day of fun for kids and their grown-ups, held at two of the state’s premier arts and cultural institutions, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Children’s Theatre Company. The annual kids’ event brings together families and social groups from all over the Twin Cities to enjoy music, art, books, puppetry, theater, and the community for a fun, entertaining, and engaging day. Check the website for details on planning your trip.

Join Kevin Kling at 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. as he reads his acclaimed children’s book illustrated by Chris Monroe, Big Little Brother, in the MIA’s Pillsbury Auditorium as part of the Rock the Cradle festivities.

Photographing the Wild Program with Layne Kennedy

Posted byAlison Aten on 17 Jan 2012 | Tagged as: Arts

Paddle NorthJoin Minneapolis-based editorial photographer Layne Kennedy for an evening of visual treats as he explores photographing the wild at the REI in Bloomington on Saturday, January 21, from 2 to 4 p.m.

The program will also include works from his most recent book, Paddle North: Canoeing the Boundary Waters/Quetico Wilderness, with text by Greg Breining.

Trained in fine art photography, Layne Kennedy is known for his editorial images that convey a strong sense of place. His work is featured in magazines worldwide on subjects as varied as pink dolphins in the Amazon River and traveling with Polar Inuit hunters by dogsled. His photographs have been published in magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Sports Illustrated, and Smithsonian.

Inspired by Layne’s work? Submit your own photos of Minnesota to TPT’s Capture Minnesota project. The community-based forum encourages people to share their photos for prizes and a chance to be published. Deadline for submissions is February 1.

Lost Twin Cities III

Posted byAlison Aten on 06 Dec 2011 | Tagged as: Arts, History, MHS Author in the News, Videos

Today’s blog post is by Dave Kenney, author of several books, including Twin Cities Picture Show. Find out more about his current obsession at MN70s.

Cooper TheaterEarlier this year, I got a call from Emily Goldberg, a producer at TPT (Twin Cities Public Television). She was putting together a new edition of the network’s popular “Lost Twin Cities” documentary series (based on the book by Larry Millett) and was wondering whether I’d like to be one of the show’s talking heads. She wanted me to talk about two movie theaters—the Cooper in St. Louis Park and the Terrace in Robbinsdale—that I described in Twin Cities Picture Show. She knew perfectly well that authors almost always jump at the chance to drone on about the subjects of their books. I magnanimously agreed to help her out.

Emily had chosen two of my favorite theaters.

The Cooper was one of the first showhouses built specifically to screen Cinerama movies. Located near what is now the intersection of I-394 and Highway 100, it looked from the outside like a huge, orange oil storage tank. Inside, it was all 1960s swank with walnut paneling, black brick, burnt orange furnishings, and blue acoustic ceiling tiles. It was demolished in 1992.

The Terrace was a true gem, one of the finest examples of what became known as ultra-modern theater design. Opened in 1951, it featured a sunken “country club” lounge, a refreshment bar, a television room, and a soundproof nursery where baby boom parents could hide with their crying children. It remained one of the Twin Cities’ classiest movie theaters until the 1980s, when its big auditorium was carved up into three smaller theaters. It showed its last movie in 1999.

We did the shoot for the Terrace segment outside the theater itself—which survives today in depressingly boarded-up fashion. Since the Cooper no longer exists, we needed a stand-in location that somehow evoked its midcentury aura. Emily settled on the Riverview Theater in South Minneapolis, an inspired choice.

Emily encouraged me to talk in personal terms about the two theaters, but there was only so much I could say. I remember going to only one movie, the original This is Cinerama, at the Cooper, and my memory of that experience has faded considerably over time. I’m sure I saw at least one film at the Terrace (I remember a theater with tons of big picture windows, and the Terrace is the only one in the Twin Cities that matches my recollection), but beyond that my mind is a blank. Most of my “memories” of the Cooper and Terrace are bits and pieces of the past that I’ve gleaned from the surviving historical record. I guess they will have to do.

I haven’t seen “Lost Twin Cities III” yet. I’ll be watching with everyone else when it debuts Wednesday (December 7) at 7 p.m. One thing I do know, though: the likelihood that I’ll look stupid on the air is now considerably less than I thought it would be. Emily had to excise the Terrace segment due to time constraints. Only the Cooper segment made the final cut. I apparently will have to wait for “Lost Twin Cities IV” to find out what I said about that old boarded-up theater in Robbinsdale.

Dave Kenney is the author of several books including Twin Cities Album, Minnesota Goes to War, and Honor Bright: A Century of Scouting in Northern Star Council. He is currently working on a book on the history of 1970s Minnesota with Thomas Saylor. Follow him @MN70s, on Facebook, and on tumblr.

Photograph, showing a promotional prop for the local premiere of Airport in 1970, from the Star Tribune collection of the Minnesota Historical Society.

MCAD Art Sale November 17-19

Posted byAlison Aten on 15 Nov 2011 | Tagged as: Arts, Event, Fairs

MCAD Art SaleLooking for something stunning to fill that empty wall space, a unique piece of jewelry for a friend, a one-of-a-kind piece of furniture? Then head on over to the 14th Annual MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art & Design) Art Sale this weekend. Thousands of original pieces by MCAD students and recent graduates will be on sale, including everything from paintings, prints, and photographs to sculpture, furniture, toys, clothing, jewelry, accessories, and more. Some of the filmmaking, animation, and multimedia students sell DVDs of their work, too. Artists receive most of the proceeds from the sale of their art.

The opening reception is 6 to 9 Thursday night ($150), and Friday evening the sale is on from 6 to 9 for $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Admission is free on Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.

To view some of the artwork in this year’s show, visit the sale’s Facebook page.

Minneapolis Indie Xpo Nov. 5-6

Posted byAlison Aten on 01 Nov 2011 | Tagged as: Arts, Authors, Event, Fairs, MHS press

Minneapolis Indie Xpo 2011Superheroes, Strip Artists, & TalkingThe second-annual Minneapolis Indie Xpo takes place this weekend at The Soap Factory in Minneapolis. Festival founders Sarah Morean and Andy Krueger created the event to celebrate independent comics and midwestern cartoonists. They explain: “Minneapolis is a great place for comics. As one of the most literate cities in the nation, Minneapolis supports several large book and comics festivals each year. The Minneapolis Indie Xpo is proud to call it home.  The Twin Cities metro area is home to at least 11 different comic shops, including a few Will Eisner Spirit of Retail Award winners.  The Minneapolis Indie Xpo welcomes independent cartoonists and publishers, the people whose sweat and cash directly support their creative habits. Admission is free. ”

Check out their lineup of exhibitors, including Danno Klonowski, Zander and Kevin Cannon, Reynold Kissling, Bob Lipski, Brittney Sabo, Barbara Schulz, Tim Sievert, Andy Singer, and Steven Stwalley, a few of the many talented artists featured in Superheroes, Strip Artists, & Talking Animals by Britt Aamodt.  Chris Monroe, illustrator of the new children’s book by Kevin Kling, Big Little Brother, will also be there, displaying her Violet Days comic. Check out an interview with Chris over on the Minnesota Reads blog to find out what fictional character she had a crush on and her favorite book as a kid.

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