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Dudley Riggs vet reflects on trading 'Nurse Jackie' for life with Melissa Etheridge

Melissa Ethridge and Linda Wallem

Former University of Minnesota student Linda Wallem hasn't written for television since leaving her hit series,"Nurse Jackie" in 2013, but she could be lured back with the right project for her and her wife.

That would be Melissa Etheridge who the Dudley Riggs vet first met 15 years ago when she tried to snag her for an appearance on "That '80 Show." That didn't work out, but the two hit it off and were married three years ago.

Wallem had been busy raising the couple's twins and lending her support to Etheridge on the road, but she confesses that she's working on a secret project that would bring the Grammy winner to the small screen.

"We've been dying to work together for so long," Wallem said backstage Friday at Treasure Island Resort and Casino where Etheridge was performing. "I've been on tour with her all summer and got to see her genius. She's playing guitar like no other woman ever has at her age."

One thing Wallem hasn't found time for is watching the three seasons of "Jackie" that were produced by Clyde Phillips after she and her writing partner, Liz Brixius (who attended the U of M and St. Kate's) departed.

One reason: Phillips decided not to use Wendy & Lisa anymore.

"I understand he wanted his own sound, but I can't watch without their music," said Wallem, who will appear with Etheridge on an upcoming episode of "Long Island Medium." "You understand. It was my baby."

She hasn't watched an episode despite the fact that her brother, Stephen Wallem, continued on in the role of Thor, opposite Emmy winner Edie Falco.

Wallem did say she is obessed these days with "This Is Us." Just don't tell her brother.

Twin Cities' 5 must-see art shows this weekend

“Mere Bellies”

Video and installation by Christopher Corey Allen

HAIR and NAILS Gallery (2222 ½ E. 35th St., Mpls 55407)

Friday, August 18 7-10 p.m.

Gallery hours:  Saturday, August 19 – Monday, August 21, 1-6 p.m. or by appointment

Mpls/Detroit-based artist Christopher Corey Allen uses the body as a way to understand personal mythology and ritual. Inspired by a wide range of subjects, from film and popular culture to mythology and anthropology, his work explores contemporary archetypes that question the gender binary. The work for this exhibition was produced during his recent time in residency at Hair and Nails.

Above: Hassan Nor (b. 1936). “Untitled (Refugees II),” marker and colored pencil on poster board. Collection of the artist. 

“I Am Somali”

Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Av. S., Mpls.

Opens Saturday, August 19th

Minneapolis is home to one of the largest populations of Somali refugees in the United States, so it's only right that the Minneapolis Institute of Art would host this exhibition featuring Somali artists Hassan Nor, Aziz Osman and Ifrah Mansour. Their work spans various media, from drawings and paintings to video, that will be shown alongside traditional objects depicting daily life in Somali as part of a collaboration with the Somali Museum of Minnesota. The show represents different generations from the Somali diaspora: Nor and Osman were born and raised in Somalia and came to the United States in the late 1990s and early 2000s after the outbreak of civil war, and are in their 80s and 60s, respectively. Mansour is in her 30s, was born in Saudi Arabia and raised in Minnesota. Runs through April 29, 2018.

Mia’s hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Wed. & Sat.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thu.-Fri.; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun.

“We the People”

Minnesota Museum of American Art (141 E 4th St, Saint Paul, MN 55101)

August 17 – October 29, 2017

There couldn’t be a better time for this large group exhibition, organized by four different curators: painter Christopher Harrison, MMAA’s Johnnay Leenay, Maggie Thompson of Two Rivers Gallery, and Mary Anne Quiroz of the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center. A wide range of artists, both local and national, explore contemporary and historical LGBTQA identities, native/indigenous identity, activism/dissent in the digital age, and many other pertinent questions. Featuring work by Marlena Myles, Holly Young, Cannupa Hanska, Ria Brodell, Nooshin Hakim Javadi, Zackary Drucker, Star Wallowing Bull, Steve Ozone, and many others.


Yeah Maybe #20 (2528 E 22nd St, Mpls)

Saturday, August 19th from 7 – 11 p.m.

Conversation with the artists on Sunday, August 20 at 3 p.m.

"Code/Switch" is a group exhibition featuring artists Martin Gonzalez, Christopher E. Harrison, Carolyn Hernandez, Li Kirpalani, Mary Lodu, Victoria Martinez, and Lara Mimosa Montes.

Borders: A 2017 juried exhibition of work by MCAD alumni

Public Functionary (1400 12th Ave NE, Mpls)

Opening reception: Friday, August 18 from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Viewing hours: Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20 from 12 – 5 p.m.

In this juried exhibition of work by MCAD alumni from various years, ranging from 1960 – 2017, the theme is “border” – either symbolic or literal – and the time is now. Work in this show by Hend Al-Mansour, MFA '02, Sarah Evenson '16, Tom Gormally '77, Gale Jorgenson '89, Colin Kopp '06, Greta Kotz '16, Nick Kovatch, MFA '13, Josh Meillier '13, Shelly Mosman '95, Shiraz Mukarram, MFA '17, Emmett Ramstad, MFA '07, Sandy Resig '60, Lindsay Splichal '12, Sara Suppan '15, Nicole Thomas '15, Megan Vossler, MFA '02, and Mary Welke '76. This exhibition runs for two days only. 

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