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Above: Minneapolis Interactive Macro Mood Installation (MIMMI), the 2013 Creative City Challenge winner
A consortium of Minneapolis arts and culture agencies is seeking entries in a competition to produce a $75,000 temporary art installation on the plaza adjacent to the Minneapolis Convention Center for the summer of 2014.
Entrants must be Minnesota residents. All proposals must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. central time, November 18, 2013. Three finalists will be selected by a professional jury and given $2,500 each to prepare a final proposal, due in December. Finalists will be judged by public voting in February 2014. The winner will be announced March 3, 2014.
Contest rules and information can be found online at http://www.minneapolis.org/minneapolis-convention-center/ccc/creative-city-challenge-submissions.
The 2014 Creative City Challenge is sponsored by the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy of the City of Minneapolis, and Meet Minnepolis, Convention & Visitors Association in collaboration with Northern Lights. mn and the Northern Spark festival.
In the 19th century, Richard Wagner was the prime exponent of Gesamtkunstwerk, the concept if integrating music, poetry, dance, and other visual elements into a single medium of dramatic expression. In the late 20th and early 21st, it's David Byrne. From his years with the Talking Heads through his Oscar-winning soundtrack for "The Last Emperor," his score for Twyla Tharp's dance project "The Catherine Wheel," his theater work, journals, and art installations turning old buildings into giant musical instruments, Byrne has employed every avenue of creative expression in one vast ongoing art project.
In 1986 he tried his hand at feature filmmaking with "True Stories," a look at a fictional Texas town and its off-kilter inhabitants. Byrne, who directed and co-wrote the script, appears in a 10-gallon hat as our deadpan tour guide, introducing us to the the optimistic, the lovelorn and the bedridden, the grandiose personalities and the wide open spaces. With a cast including John Goodman, Swoosie Kurtz and Spalding Grey, it's as eccentric as you would expect (well, more so), with a soaring soundtrack including "Radio Head," "Wild Wild Life" and "Puzzlin' Evidence."
Actor Stephen Tobolowsky ("Memento," "Glee"), who co-wrote the screenplay with Byrne will host a screening 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Walker Art Center. It's a rare chance to hear the true stories behind "True Stories." (Tickets $10 - $12; visit tickets.walkerart.org.)
Patti Smith and her son, guitarist Jackson Smith, will play an acoustic show Sept. 12 at the Union Depot in downtown St. Paul. The concert is set for Sept. 12, starting at 6 p.m.
The concert at the train station is part of Doug Aitken's Station to Station, an East Coast to West Coast "artist-driven public art project" underwritten by Levi's that will also stop in eight other U.S. cities for one-night-only concerts and art happenings.
Also on the St. Paul concert bill: Eleanor Friedberger, No Age, White Mystery and others. The art event will include Fritz Haeg and BodyCartography Project, and sculptures by Urs Fischer, Kenneth Anger, Ernesto Neto, Carsten Höller and Liz Glynn. Other music acts en route are Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti (New York, Pittsburgh), Cat Power (Winslow, Santa Fe), The Black Monks of Mississippi (Chicago), Dan Deacon (Los Angeles, San Francisco/Oakland) and a unique performance by Beck (Barstow, Los Angeles) created and composed exclusively for this event.
Tickets to the St. Paul concert are $25, at the Station to Station website, above.
Patti Smith photo by Steven Sebring courtesy of Arista Records.
Minnesota Orchestra management today released details of a proposal to end its lockout of musicians. It is a deal that had been offered previously through the office of Sen. George Mitchell and the release was intended to put the details in front of the public.
Mitchell has been working with board and musicians to achieve ground rules for a mediated negotiation. The board's proposal was an attempt to lift the lockout for two months, allow musicians to work at full pay while they negotiated and if no deal were reached, impose a 22-month contract. Musicians rejected that proposal. Mitchell then offered an idea that the board rejected. It would have allowed for four months of negotations, with a six percent pay cut in the final two months if there is no deal.
The board has been frustrated that in both cases, terms that were offered through Mitchell were leaked to media. CEO Michael Henson said Thursday that "We did not leak them," implying that musicians had done so. Therefore, Henson said, the board was technically stepping outside the Mitchell process and making its proposal public.
Henson said that if musicians agree to the deal, Mitchell would still be engaged to mediate negotations.
Among the terms: musicians would return at their former salaries on Sept. 30 and would "play and talk" for two months.
If no agreement were reached, a 24-month contract would go into effect that would pay the musicians an annual average salary of $102,200. That would represent a 24 percent cut from the average annual salary of $135,000 in the musicians' previous contract, which expired Sept. 30, 2012.
In a contract offer made last September, the board had proposed an average salary of $89,000.
With benefits, the average total compensation will be $135,000, according to a release issued Thursday afternoon.
The new offer also changes overscale pay, reducing it by a 25 percent across the board, versus a range of 22 percent to 40 percent in the previous proposal. Benefit and vacation packages remain the same in the two proposals.
Under the terms of this revised two-year proposal, the Minnesota Orchestra would accrue a deficit of $2.2 million over the course of the contract. “Our aim was to eliminate our deficit entirely,” said Board Chair Jon Campbell, “but the board has put forward this compromise in the hopes of getting musicians back on the stage and audiences back in Orchestra Hall in time to launch a new season.”
The orchestra requested that the Musicians Bargaining Committee present the new terms to the musicians for a vote by Sept. 9.
Musicians issued a statement Thursday afternoon that criticized the board for "abandoning the mediator they recommended." The statement called for political leaders -- including Gov. Mark Dayton and Minneapois Mayor R.T. Rybak -- to step into the fray.
More details of the new proposal are at the orchestra's website.
Chicago artist Nick Cave, creator of multi-sensory "sound suits," will headline the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' 2013- 14 lecture series. Known as a "poet of sight, sound, motion and emotion," Cave is a dancer and urban wizard of cast off materials that he assembles into wearable body-suits made from fake fur or based on colorful old-fashioned crocheted doilies. He turns crazy textiles into vibrant fantasies garnished with rattles, tambourines, toys, drums and trinkets that jitter and clatter during his lively dance performances.
Other topics in the monthly lecture series range from an in depth discussion of African art to 18th century table decoration at the court of French king Louis XV and his official mistress Madame de Pompadour. The African art talk, which focuses on Yoruba culture, coincides with a dramatic reinstallation and reconfiguration of the museum's African collection.
All talks are free and start at 11 a.m. in the museum's Pillsbury Auditorium. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2400 3rd Av. S. 612-870-3000 or www.artsmia.org
September 12, 2013: Nick Cave, "Body of Work."
October 10, 2013: Henry John Drewal, "Making Sense of African Art: Yoruba Arts and Culture."
November 14, 2013: David Lowe, "The Artists of Montmarte."
December 12, 2013: Alain Gruber, "The Splendour of Table Decoration in the Period of Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour."
January 9, 2014: Eric Kandel, M.D., "The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain from Vienna 1900 to Present."
February 13, 2014: Deborah Pierce, "Art Theft and the FBI."
March 13, 2014: Emily Allchurch, "Tokyo Story: Journey in the Footsteps of a Master."
April 10, 2014: Elyse Karlin, "Jewelry of the First Ladies."
May 8, 2014: Kathleen Weil-Garris Brandt, "Michelangelo's Genius: Nature vs Nuture."