Horses of a different color

Soundset, the world’s biggest hip-hop festival, is leaving Canterbury Park in Shakopee after seven years for the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on May 29, 2016. The Soundset folks had to depart from the horse-racing track because of a $200 million development that will occupy the space where the festival has been staged. At the fair, Soundset will set up either on the huge asphalt space where the midway operates or just north of there, in the newly developed West End Market. The new location will be more accessible by bicycle, bus, light rail and Uber. “We don’t know what the capacity will be, but it might be a little bigger,” Soundset co-organizer Randy Levy told I.W. Another unknown is how hip-hop music will play with a horse show being held in the fair’s Warner Coliseum that weekend.

Jon Bream


Bill Murray’s no-hitter

Less than 24 hours after appearing on David Letterman’s last show, Bill Murray was back in the Twin Cities for the first official game at CHS Field, the new Lowertown home of the St. Paul Saints. He stayed through the weekend, too, taking in a few more games by the minor-league team, of which he’s a co-owner. We wish we could tell you the actor/comic widely recognized as the most fun guy in the world did something hilarious and memorable to help promote the fancy new digs, but he actually just sat and watched baseball the whole time in the Securian VIP area. He proved very not fun when a Star Tribune photographer with credentials to shoot all facets of the taxpayer-co-funded stadium’s opening tried to snap his picture from a section over, resulting in some shouting by Murray and the summoning of police. It’s impossible not to love the guy, though.


Sisqó’s Minnesota kids

Kudos to North Community Television on landing what the Twittersphere treated like the biggest local music scoop since Lady Gaga hung out at the Turf Club: R&B singer Sisqó, whose passionate 1999 underwear-fanboy hit “The Thong Song” will be stuck in your head for days after reading this, now calls Maple Grove home. Originally hailing from Baltimore and the group Dru Hill, the real-life Mark Andrews moved to the Twin Cities a few years ago around the birth of his first of two children, whose mother, Elizabeth Pham, has family in town. “No thongs out here!” Sisqó joked to the Channel 12 crew, which visited him at his home adorned with platinum record plaques. The singer’s old platinum hairdo is no longer with him, though. Alas, the couple said they don’t plan to live here (sing it!) long, la-long, long, long.


Wet canvas

As part of its 2015 centennial celebrations, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is wrapping three Minnesota water towers with reproductions of popular images from its permanent collection. Vincent van Gogh’s “Olive Trees” will be found in Chisago City’s Water Tower Park through Sept. 28. Frank Stella’s “Tahkt-I-Sulayman Variation II” will be on a tower at 4537 Williston Road in Minnetonka through Sept. 29. And Katsushika Hokusai’s “Under the Wave Off Kanagawa,” which has been printed on everything from fingernails to shirt collars and T-shirts, is going to pop up on a water tower in New Hope, where it will remain through Sept. 30.

Mary Abbe

Free movie screening

At I.W.’s first Twins game of 2015 on Tuesday night, we were surprised to see a super-short trailer for the Brian Wilson biopic “Love and Mercy” play on the Jumbotron not once, but twice. We don’t recall seeing a film — certainly one that has not one iota of relation to baseball or sporting endeavors in general — being plugged during a game. But the film about the Beach Boys’ guiding light, which opens next Friday, is directed by Bill Pohlad. Yes, those Pohlads, of Twins ownership. Must be easier to call up a favor at Target Field than to buy a movie-theater chain.

CJ Sinner


Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) photo curator David Little is heading to Massachusetts, where he will become director and chief curator of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College as of Aug. 31. In his seven-year tenure at the MIA, Little organized more than 20 exhibitions, including “The Sports Show,” a pioneering 2012 examination of the history of sports photography. His 2010 show, “The Embarrassment of Riches,” brought together contemporary photos — many of them subtly critical — of the world’s uber wealthy. He also added more than 1,000 photos to the museum’s collection, which now numbers 12,000 images. At Amherst, he will have an even bigger canvas, with a $10 million endowment and a collection of 19,000 objects. Plus he’ll be closer to his two teenage daughters and wife, Darsie Alexander, a former Walker Art Center curator who last year was named director of the Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, N.Y., a suburb of New York City. Leaving the MIA and his Minnesota friends is “bittersweet,” Little admitted to I.W., but the past year “has been a long commute.”