Item World: 'Big Brother' at Mall of America, Turtles visit Mary Tyler Moore house, Joe Dowling's voice

  • Updated: March 28, 2013 - 2:27 PM

Abraham Cruzvillegas has a new exhibit and a new baby.

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Have infant, will travel

Fatherhood has not curbed the peripatetic life of Abraham Cruzvillegas since he shot to international attention at the 2003 Venice Biennale. The Mexican artist was at Walker Art Center last week to oversee a midcareer retrospective of the assemblage sculpture, videos and installations that he has patched together over the past decade during residencies in Europe and his homeland. His wife, Alejandra Carrillo, a lawyer for refugees, was en route with Ana, their 3-month-old daughter who has already visited Paris, Madrid, Warsaw and Lima, Peru. “We’re going back to Mexico City after the opening here and then we’re going to Yucatán for a little break,” Cruzvillegas said.

Mary Abbe

Big Bro at big mall

Anyone interested in auditioning for the next season of CBS’ “Big Brother” will get a bonus this weekend: A chance to meet a former player. Janelle Pierzina, a “Big Brother” All Star who spent 178 days in the house and now lives in the Twin Cities, will be at the Mall of America rotunda Saturday to sign autographs and share war stories from her three seasons on the hit summer show. The open casting call will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Those who want to be on the show —and vie for a $500,000 cash prize — must be at least 21 and willing to be filmed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Neal Justin

Who’s the star?

Frank Theatre’s “Misterman,” a dark and enigmatic play by Enda Walsh, has only one actor (John Catron) but a sound design that includes almost a dozen voiceovers on nine reel-to-reel tape players (children, this is how people used to record audio). Director Wendy Knox credits sound man Michael Cros­well for choreographing all the swirling pieces, and she notes that one of her voice actors is a Mr. Joe Dowling. In an e-mail, Knox wrote: “We considered billing the show as this: JOE DOWLING in ENDA WALSH’s MISTERMAN, with John Catron, but we figured the 10-second voiceover of a not-very-nice Irishman that Joe plays might not merit the top billing, even if it might sell some seats.” The show opens April 5 at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis.

Graydon Royce

Fest of 10,000 sounds

City Pages is throwing a little dirt in the big hole left open by the River’s Edge Festival postponement in June. The local alt-weekly announced details of its inaugural 10 Thousand Sounds, a one-day bash in downtown Minneapolis that will bring East Coast indie-rock darlings the Walkmen and Free Energy to town on June 22 (the same weekend River’s Edge would have happened). Four local buzz acts will round out the bill: the Chalice, Greg Grease, Prissy Clerks and Strange Names. The event will take place 4 to 10 p.m. on one outdoor stage near 8th Street and Hennepin Avenue. Advance tickets go on sale April 12 via for $20, $45 for VIP.

Chris Riemenschneider

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