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Violinist Daria Adams will perform with several other SPCO members at a benefit concert Sunday. Star Tribune photo by Marlin Levison
A concert and fundraiser by and for the locked-out musicians of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will take place at the University Club (420 Summit Ave., St. Paul) from 2:30-4:30 p.m, with a 40-minute set of music beginning at 3 p.m. Participating musicians include Daria Adams, Christopher Brown, Steven Copes, Kathryn Greenbank, Joshua Koestenbaum, Sarah Lewis, Alicia McQuerrey,Brenda Manuel Mickens and Carole Mason Smith.
A $50 donation is suggested by hosts Margot and Fran Galt, Carol Connolly, Helena Kriel, Ray Hathaway and Michael Stoughton. Please RSVP at email@example.com.
Cantus belts out a number at NPR as part of the popular online "Tiny Desk" concert series. Photo provided by NPR
The local all-male choral ensemble Cantus is getting a big national-awareness bump Monday as the featured performers in the music office at National Public Radio's headquarters in Washington, D.C. The so-called "Tiny Desk" concert series, meant to be consumed as workday breaks on PCs and mobile devices, spotlights musical guests who have come there for interviews and studio recordings. The popular series has hosted a wide variety of musicians ranging from Macklemore to Hilary Hahn. Cantus, who will be on "A Prairie Home Companion" this Saturday, sang a 15-minute set of "Wanting Memories," "Zikr" and "Ave Maria." Check it out here: http://www.npr.org/series/tiny-desk-concerts/
Emily Johnson performs "The Thank You Bar," for which she won a Bessie last year. Photo provided by Cameron Wittig Dance
Choreographer/dancer Emily Johnson and visual artist Seitu Jones, both prominent fixtures on the Twin Cities arts scene, have each won a $50,000 grant from the Joyce Foundation, two of four 2013 recipients of the annual award. Johnson, who won a high-profile Bessie Award in 2012, will present SHORE, the third installment of a trilogy, with Northrop Auditorium at the University of Minnesota, which commissioned it. The work, a multi-day event integrating dance, storytelling, volunteerism and a shared feast, coincides with the Dance/USA conference and re-opening of the auditorium in June 2014.
Jones is collaborating with Public Art St. Paul to present The Community Meal, a Septemeber 2014 dinner stretching a half-mile-long across the city of St.Paul with 2,000 participants. The event explores consumption, marketing and food production, and features performances of spoken-word artists This is the first year that the Joyce Foundation has expanded the award parameters to allow art that takes place anywhere, using any media.
Jones is collaborating with Public Art St. Paul to present The Community Meal, a Septemeber 2014 dinner stretching a half-mile-long across the city of St.Paul with 2,000 participants. The event explores consumption, marketing and food production, and features performances of spoken-word artists
This is the first year that the Joyce Foundation has expanded the award parameters to allow art that takes place anywhere, using any media.
"Gopher Hole," by Locus Architecture
Since its 1988 debut, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden has become a Twin Cities landmark attracting more than 325,000 people annually. To mark its 25th birthday, Walker Art Center is bringing back such popular diversions as artist-designed mini-golf, Monday-night movies and music across the freeway in Loring Park, and an artist in residence.
The annual Rock the Garden street party, co-sponsored with 89.3 The Current, is booked for Saturday, June 15, 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. with band line-up to be announced April 16.
Artist-in-residence Fritz Haeg is on a tear to replace front lawns with productive, edible gardens. He plans to transform a local yard into an organic edible garden and to launch a "Foraging Circle" filled with wild plants native to Minnesota at the heart of the Sculpture Garden. The Walker will also host Haeg's "Domestic Integrities A05" exhibition including a crocheted rug made on site plus local foods and DIY projects. (May 11 - November 17)
A quasi retrospective of Claes Oldenburg's sculpture rounds out the season. Popularly known for the gigantic "Spoonbridge and Cherry" sculpture that he and his late wife Coosje van Bruggen designed for the garden, Oldenburg is the quintessential Pop artist, inventor of soft-sculpture, extreme scale shifts, and unlikely objects including shoestring potatoes made from canvas and a "Mouse Museum." (September 21, 2013 - January 12, 2014)
Two seven-hole mini-golf courses are being designed by local artists, architects and designers. They will share an 8th hole and include such mini-golf classics as a tiered Zen garden and gnomes plus novelties including a giant ant farm, bee hives, spiraling gopher holes, a French bagatelle game and, of course, rocks.
The mini-golf course, open May 23 - September 8, will be designed by Locus Architecture; Makesh!t; David Lefkowitz and Stephen Mohring; Nicola Carpenter, Susanne Carpenter and Bryan Carpenter; Sarah Balk McGrill and Wesley Thayne Petersen; David Hultman and David Wulfman; Aaron Dysart; Tom Loftus and Robin Schwartzman; Sean Donovan; Stormi Balise; Jeffrey and Tyler Whitehead; Karl Unnasch; Alyssa Baguss and Alison Hiltner; Chris Larson and U. of Mn. students.
Joel and Ethan Coen sure love old-timey music. They demonstrated their unerring taste in bluegrass with "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and gospel with "The Ladykillers," whose soundtracks are beyond-the-greatest-hits treasures. Following a two-year absence from the screen the Coens are back with a movie that promises to revive interest in the Greenwich Village scene of the early Sixties while deflating its pretensions.
"Inside Llewyn Davis" stars Oscar Isaac as a hapless New York City troubadour facing trouble in his career ("Folk songs?" snorts John Goodman, "I thought you said you were a musician") and love life (Carey Mulligan offers him some very angry, graphic contraceptive advice involving electrical tape). The turtleneck-and-goatee coffeeshop ambiance comes across with wry nostalgia, and the song that overlays the trailer's action -- the haunting but obscure Dylan demo track "Farewell" -- promises another terrific adjunct album. No release date for the film has been announced, but here's hoping it's soon.