Art and music gifts at the VERY last minute!

By anne
December 21, 2007 - 00:33.

Hi…okay, so I flew off to Mexico just moments after writing my last blog entry and didn’t write a thing the whole time. Apologies! I had hoped to give you more great gift ideas for arts-lovers. But if you are anything like me, you’ve still got shopping to do in these last few days before gathering with family and friends. So here’s a quick update. And if you give or receive an artsy gift that you’re particularly proud of, email me and let me know!

Destination: Frank Stone Gallery, 1224 Second Street NE, Minneapolis, 612-617-9965. Miniature oil paintings by Mary Bowman Cline are just $8-$50 (they’ll fit anywhere!). A wrought iron candelabra by Dirk DuBois is $275. Turned wood bowls and vases by Otto Gottszche are $20-$70. Jewelry, scarves, and other wearable art pieces are $26 and up. I was able to survey these finds at a party Wednesday night and they’re fabulous. But get to Frank Stone before 6pm on December 23 because that’s when they close for the season. They’ll reopen in March.

Destination: The Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674. Give the gift of music from around the world. Upcoming concerts include New Riverside Ramblers Cajun Dance Band on Jan. 5 ($10), International Guitar Night with D’Gary, Clive Carroll, Brian Gore and Miguel de la Bastide on Jan. 27 ($20-$25), and a favorite of mine, Happy Apple avante garde jazz on Feb. 1 ($10-$15). The Cedar presents more great stuff all year long, of course. Gift certificates good for any upcoming show are available in any amount by calling the Cedar box office, 612-338-2674, ext 2 (ext 0 for more information). Tickets for individual shows can be purchased at the Cedar or at Global Village, Electric Fetus, Homestead Pickin’ Parlor, Roadrunner Records, The Podium, Irish on Grand, Ingebretsen’s, and some at TC Tix. Or pick up the Cedar’s compilation CD, Visionaries, for $12.

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