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Minneapolis gallery owner Martin Weinstein talks photos in a new You Tube video put out by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in connection with a show of his gifts to the museum. Over the past 31 years Weinstein, a former Minneapolis lawyer and long-time trustee of the Minneapolis museum, has given the Institute more than 500 photos about 75 of which are on view through August 31.
On the video, museum director Kaywin Feldman, photo curator David Little and photographer Alec Soth talk about Weinstein's contributions to the Twin Cities art scene along with comments from Weinstein himself.
Looks like people who frequent Hennepin County libraries are loyal to the locals: The top three books checked out in 2012 were, in order: “Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller” by Vince Flynn, “Stolen Prey” by John Sandford, and “Shock Wave,” also by Sandford. So there, “Fifty Shades of Grey” (no. 7).
In the top-25 list, Sandford scored a third title, “Buried Prey,” at no. 19. William Kent Krueger of St. Paul also made the list with “Northwest Angle” at no. 20.
The Jerome Foundation has awarded 10 grants to Minnesota arts organizations, with the largest going to Northern Lights.MN and The Loft Literary Center. The St. Paul-based foundation announced 24 grants totalling more than $790,000 Thursday, with the rest going to New York groups. Northern Lights.MN, which mixes various disciplines and technology to create art in public spaces, got $130,000 for Art(ists) on theVerge, a fellowship program for emerging talents. The Loft received $104,000 for its Mentor Series, which connects acclaimed writers with promising Minnesota writers for intensive study. Other Minnesota groups receiving grants between $68,000 and $9,000 are Forecast Public Art, The Givens Foundation for African American Literature, Pillsbury House + Theatre, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Playwrights’ Center, Tofte Lake Center in Ely, Zenon Dance Company, and Mu Performing Arts.
View of the 2010 book fair
The 12th annual Twin Cities Book Festival will be held at the historic Progress Center Building on the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Saturday, October 13. Among the new attractions: Free Parking!
Events include a giant book fair featuring displays from publishers and literary agents, readings and panels with world-class authors, a used book sale, and storytelling in a children's pavilion. Plus assorted freebies. All sponsored by Rain Taxi Review of Books. Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Go figure: A Minneapolis musician writing about drinking. It wouldn’t exactly be newsworthy, except in this case the musician is a woman and a proven author. Laurie Lindeen -- who crashed the local boy’s club of hard-swilling bands in the late-‘80s with Zuzu’s Petals -- has contributed a chapter to a new book, “Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Up Straight,” and her part is newly excerpted over at the Huffington Post.
“I was crawling on my hands and knees on a filthy concrete dressing room floor in Tijuana, Mexico,” Lindeen’s passage starts. From there, she chronicles an incredibly unsteady gig opening for Adam Ant in the infamous border town (which begs the question if the band’s booking agent at the time was hitting the bottle hard, too).
She also recounts more recent trials-by-alcohol performing at First Ave’s annual Rock for Pussy benefit concert. Her husband’s old band, the Replacements -- which could publish its own anthology of drunk-rocker stories -- is only mentioned in passing alongside other “drinking buddies” of old (Jayhawks, Soul Asylum): “We drank because it was fun and it was how otherwise socially challenged artistic types could comfortably socialize.”
As with her well-received memoir of 2008,“Petal Pusher: A Rock and Roll Cinderella Story,” Lindeen flips the typical rock ‘n’ roller tales of debauchery on end coming from the female perspective. That seems to be the tonic in the entire book, featuring work by other women authors including Jacquelyn Mitchard, Daphne Merkin and Kathryn Harrison. It's now available via Seal Press.
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