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Aaron, Andrea, Catherine and John Schoenherr are standing in front of their Woodbury home on what will become a big organic garden after being chosen for artist Fritz Haeg's "edible estate" project. Photo by Gene Pittman.
The Schoenherrs have just "hired" what could be the coolest landscape service ever.
The Woodbury family of four was chosen by artist Fritz Haeg from more than100 applicants to transform their front yard turned into an "edible estate" of organic produce. Haeg is doing a six-month residency at Walker Art Center.
"I think we were chosen because of the location of our yard, getitng good sunlight, lots of open space and because our family loves to garden," said Catherine Schoenherr.
Haeg, who is based in Los Angeles, is a Minneapolis native. This will be his 15th and last installment in his Edible Estate project.
Catherine Schoenherr, and artist and massage therapist, says she's not worried about being too conspicuous in Woodbury, a place she "affectionately" calls "Beigeville," but she is "looking into" city ordinances to make sure they won't be running afoul of any.
Her husband John, an engineering manager at 3M, hopes they can make a community bread-baking oven part of the deal. Look in the Star Tribune's Home & Garden coverage later this summer for a report on their progress.
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Sheryl Crow, a singer for all functions, will headline Macy’s Glamorama on Aug. 2 at the State Theatre. Other entertainment will be provided by performers from Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas production.
Fashions will come from various designers to be announced later.
Crow, a regular visitor to the Twin Cities, has performed at various charity functions, including the Pacer Center benefit in Minneapolis. A breast cancer survivor, she has been active for many causes -- social, political and health-related. Glamorama is a fundraiser for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund.
The Missouri-bred, Nashville based, nine-time Grammy winner, who is headlining her own concert June 28 at Mystic Lake Casino, will be releasing her first country album in September.
Tickets for Glamorama’s “Fashion in a New Light” event will go on sale June 6 at the State Theatre box office and Ticketmaster outlets. There is a pre-sale for American Express cardholders from May 30 to June 5. For information, call 952-893-9355.
Actor Whoopi Goldberg (above) will be one of the headliners of the Guthrie's 50th anniversary gala, the Minneapolis theater announced Monday.
Goldberg, a co-host of "The View," has done stand-up engagements at the old Guthrie on Vineland Place. She did a five-night stand there in 1988 and a one-night gig in June 2001.
Golberg won an Oscar for her role in "Ghost." She also was a producer of the Tony-winning show "Thoroughly Modern Millie."
Golberg joins a roster of actors and entertainers that includes T.R. Knight ("Grey's Anatomy"), Patricia Kalember ("thirtysomething"), Tony nominee Tracie Bennett ("End of the Rainbow"), and the vocal group Cantus.
The gala, planned for June 22, wil be co-hosted by Greta Oglesby and Sally Wingert.
Call 612-225-6350 for more info.
The sun is setting on Don Stolz's ownership of the Old Log Theater.
The deal that had been percolating for a couple of years is nearing completion. The Stolz family announced Friday that it had signed a purchase agreeement with Excelsior Entertainment, LLC, which is headed by software developer Greg Frankenfield and his wife, Marissa.
Don Stolz started as an actor at the Old Log in 1941 and bought the theater five years later. At 95, he has continued to direct shows and keep tabs on the daily operations. His sons have also spent most of their working lives at the Old Log.
"This theater has given our family and the community great joy...but we finally came to the conclusion that it's time to pass the torch on to a new generation of leadership," said Don Stolz in a statement released by the theater.
Frankenfield got interested in the Old Log two years ago. He previously had signed a purchase agreement to take over Chanhassen Dinner Theatre but that deal fell apart. Frankenfield always has indicated he intends to keep the theater running in its current building, which is undergoing rehabilitation.
"Our only interest has ever been to ensure that the Old Log remains a vibrant regional and artistic community asset," Frankenfield said in the Old Log's statement.
The Old Log, located on 10 acres near Lake Minnetonka in Greenwood, is one of the oldest theaters in the country. The 600-seat theater building includes a restaurant.
Frankenfield is cofounder and CEO of Magenic Technologies. He and Marissa are theater enthusiasts who have supported Mu Performing Arts and Mixed Blood Theatre among others. He has also invested in a London production of "Lend Me a Tenor" and in the Broadway staging of "Peter and the Starcatcher."
Former Walker Art Center director Martin Friedman was never shy in talking about art with museum visitors, on the radio, during interviews, in the board room or anywhere else. Always well informed, witty and self-deprecating, Friedman was a champion promoter of the new and the avant garde throughout his 30 year tenure at the helm of the Walker. His voice was never silent.
So it's no surprise that the institution is honoring him in June with a new sculpture on the 25th anniversary of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, whose design and construction he oversaw.
But why a silent, voiceless bell? The sculpture, by Belgian artist Kris Martin, consists of a large clapper-less bronze bell suspended from a 16 ft. tall steel saw horse. Originally cast for the tower of a German church, the bell in the sculpture will be "swinging continuously without emitting a sound," according to a Walker statement.
It's name "For Whom" alludes to English poet John Donne's famous celebration of human fellowship and mourning: "any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."
In the Walker's interpretation a tolling bell "alludes to the preciousness of life and its endless cycles from birth to death," but because the bell-sculpture is silent, "all of these associations come to life in the viewer's imagination."
So maybe they just wanted to keep peace in the neighborhood and avoid antagonizing nearby residents with a potentially noisy sculpture that teenagers and other art enthusiasts could ring at all hours?
"For Whom," will be the second bell sculpture in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, joining Barry Flanagan's 1983 "Hare on Bell," which consists of a lanky bronze hare leaping over a big bronze bell.