Cum On Feel The Noize at MMAA

With all due respect to Quiet Riot, gettin’ wild at a rock concert may feed one’s vibrational cravings for a day—but learning how to listen to the sounds of the stones, and of the earth, wind and fire, will help nourish both intellect and soul for a lifetime.

Eleven artists who are interested in sound (but who don’t wear leather vests and tight pants) are represented at Minnesota Museum of Art’s Sound in Art/Art in Sound exhibition (through July 1). It’s worth a visit.  read more »

Acting becomes you, my dear...

Twenty-one years ago, as the mother of a newborn, I stayed home for a while on maternity leave, and I got hooked on daytime television. At first it was idle entertainment. Then it became important for me to find out whether Erica Kane would discover her daughter Bianca’s secret, and if the knowledge would cause a rift between them, and what gallant knight would finally ride to their rescue, but only after destroying the one piece of evidence that could reveal his true identity.

Family members noticed the unwarranted drama with which I responded to questions like, “Hey, could you grab the ketchup?”

Ketchup? What are you saying? That my meatloaf isn’t good enough? What else have you been hiding from me?

The weird part was that I could feel it happening—feel my head tilting upward and ever so slightly to the side. Feel my chin twitch and my eyes go steely. Feel my body whirling around to face my accuser. I allowed it. I had let Days into my life.  read more »

Art changes everything (from joy to pain and back again)

All weekend long, I’ve had a lump in my throat. I’ve been feeling as if I’m going to burst because there is so much pain and so much joy swirling around in the atmosphere, and I have been dipped into both of them at once.

I am awash in the vicarious experience of being black and gay and a teenager whose father can’t be found, and of a Jewish immigrant from Russia to America three generations ago…

Patrick’s Cabaret founder Patrick Scully (photo by Terry Faust)

…of men in skullcaps studying brightly colored paintings and of artists with no money forking over five dollars to support other artists with no money. Let me explain.

Saturday night, my friend Matt took me to Patrick’s Cabaret. In the converted firehouse and stables (from the days when horses pulled the fire wagons) in the Longfellow neighborhood, we were treated to six bittersweet slices of experience.  read more »

Enough shovels of earth: a mountain. Enough pails of water: a river.

To that Chinese proverb, I would add, Enough snowflakes: a blizzard. Fortunately, despite winter weather that threatened to keep Twin Citians at home on a Friday night, the snow stopped falling and the plows hit the highways in time for last night’s opening of Behind the Gate: China in Flux After the Flood of the Three Gorges Dam at Macalester College.

Photographer/storyteller/ professor Wang Ping was there to debut her latest work, including a video juxtaposing provocative photos of the Three Gorges Dam project against interviews with residents displaced by the massive construction site.

Local luminaries lining up to view Ping’s work included Catherine Reid Day, executive director of Minnesota Campus Compact and an artist in her own right, as well as a singer and the executive producer of public TV’s Mental Engineering (pictured at right with Wang Ping), and painter Jim Kielkopf, who lives just up the way from the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center Gallery and whose gentle presence always seems to bless the space he’s in.  read more »

Ni hao! Gung Hay Fat Choy! (snort)

Can you imagine a cuter confection? Thanks to Shanghainese friend Heidi, our little group at Seafood Palace last night found ourselves in possession of desserts that smiled back. We couldn’t bring ourselves to bite them! Instead, we satisfied ourselves with juicy, traditional peeled oranges to finish off our over-the-top Chinese New Year feast, and carried our piggy-pans home in takeout noodle boxes. Mine’s coming to work with me to bring me good luck and prosperity throughout the Year of the Pig!

Gung hay fat choy! Happy New Year! What is your Chinese Zodiac sign? Click here to find out.

Hot Spot alert!

Returning home from vacation can be a downer, but not if your friends are waiting to join you for a romp through the new hot spots in town! Always ready with cab fare (no drinking-and-driving) and something cute to wear, girlfriend Jill was rarin’ to go Saturday night when I pulled out my “must see” list….

First we headed for Uptown, parked next to Bryant Lake Bowl, and walked one block eastward to Liola, the contemporary Italian lounge beside tapas restaurant La Bodega. We had our hopes up, and just to be Italian, we ordered espresso with a lemon twist—but we didn’t like the place. White plastic chairs and bright red sofas made us feel like we were sitting in a Target store. And the service left much to be desired. After one jolt of lukewarm espresso, we were outta there.  read more »

Mision de San José del Cabo Anuití

Today, Padre (Father) Juvencio Gonzalez says the Mass in this cathedral founded by Jesuit priest Nicolas Tamaral in 1730. In 1734, Tamaral was tortured and killed by native people who did not appreciate the rules that Catholicism imposed, such as monogamy. The present building, reconstructed in 1940 after it was largely destroyed in the hurricane of 1918, preserves the original structure and some of its walls. Its façade features a mosaic depicting the martyrdom of the Father Tamaral. How can you tell this is a cathedral and not a church? It has two towers!

Address: Main Square, San Jose del Cabo, BCS, Mexico. Services: daily 7pm Mon-Fri; 7:30pm Sat; 7am, 10am, 12noon 6pm and 7:30pm Sundays . English Mass every Sunday at 12noon.

The road to Todos Santos

If you are interested in art, and if you should find yourself in Cabo San Lucas, you will want to visit Todos Santos, about an hour to the north along the only available highway, Interstate 1. Everyone will tell you to drive that road only in daylight. Heed their warnings!

The road to Todos Santos is fraught with danger, from perilous curves to lumbering semis and various ruminants grazing on the shoulders. If there is rain, the arroyos (dry river beds) become rivers washing over the asphalt. If an animal is hit, or something falls from a truck bed, the heavy traffic can be stopped in both directions for miles.  read more »

Silent splendor on the Sea of Cortez

I am vacationing in Los Cabos, Mexico. Like every trip I take, this one is in part about art (the little Bohemian village of Todos Santos awaits) but is equally about relaxation. For me, relaxation most often means communing with nature—in the form of therapeutic massage (the human body being just as much a part of nature as are flora and fauna), or by digging my toes into hot sand and erasing all thought (replaced anyway by surf-borne sunlight, scent and sound).  read more »

Color My World...

Minnesota Public Radio today aired a phone call from a listener recounting her most memorable New Year’s Eve. Her husband, a defense attorney for inmates on death row, had won a case for a man who’d been in prison for 22 years.

Upon his release at midnight on that New Year’s Eve, the attorney and his wife took him to Perkins (for a hamburger and “freedom fries,” perhaps?). The man ordered, but when the food came, he fled the table. They found him out on the sidewalk in tears. “It’s overwhelming,” he told them. But he didn’t mean the dozens of items on the menu, the money in his pocket, or the ability to come and go as he pleased. He meant the colors. For 22 years, his eyes had witnessed only blue and grey.  read more »

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