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TC Weekend | Uptown, Loring Park & Powderhorn Art Festivals and much more!

Art enthusiasts will be pleased with the slew of art festivals in Minnepolis this first weekend of August. The Minnesota Fringe Festival is starting, as well as a host of other engaging events around town. See this weekend's lively roster below.

Let us know how will you spend this busy weekend by sending your photos, tweets, comments to editor [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net or tag them with #tcdpic and we'll add them to the Storify over the weekend.  If you know of an event fit for TC Weekend, use our calendar to upload the event or send an email to tcweekend [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net

 

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The 2014 Minnesota Fringe Festival is nigh

Once again, the spring/summer has flown by, and tomorrow already we'll be checking out some of the out-of-towners at the Touring Artist Showcase at Mixed Blood Theatre at 7. The touring shows are always a fairly safe bet, because, as someone said recently, who tours a shitty show? And unless the Minnesota Fringe is the first stop on the tour, chances are that these performances will be polished and have their major kinks worked out.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" at the Guthrie Theater serves up laughs, falls short in message

(Photo credit Joan Marcus)

The first five minutes of Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike starts off deceptively boring. Then, in the tranquil quiet of a living room full of wicker chairs, quilted throws and mismatched socks, Sonia hurls a white ceramic coffee mug to the ground in a fit of wild unhappiness. It’s loud, physical and absurd—much like the rest of the play.

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SOUNDING OFF ON SOUNDS | New Indian series at Pangea World Theater transcends language barriers

(Photo courtesy of Pooja Pavan)

Splendid offerings by gifted Twin Cities based vocalist-composer Pooja Goswami Pavan, Piyaa Basey Kaun Des? (In What Land's My Beloved?): Songs of the Sufis on Blind Eye Records and kaise keh duuN (How Shall I Say?) on Innova Records are proof positive that you don't need to understand artform to greatly appreciate it. The songs are sung in her native tongue, Hindustani, yet delivered with universally compelling appeal.

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TC Spotlight | Outdoor tours: Segways, trolleys, riverboats and more!

(Photos by Paige Elliott except where noted)

Summers in Minnesota are beautiful but short. A great way to savor the summer days is to take a tour of all the gorgeous rivers, lakes, and historical sights the Twin Cities has to offer. So, for TC Spotlight this week we’ve highlighted just a few of the many outdoor tours around town to help you get out and soak up the rest of the summer. Share your favorite summer tours and activities in the comment section below.

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Fringe Previews - Battle of the acoustic guitars

There were also a whole lot of guitars being plucked and strummed over both nights of previews. One showed up in the previously mentioned Tales At Twilight to add a little musical color to the storytelling. Struggling as I am personally to coax some music out of my own guitar, my appreciation for the level of difficulty involved in being a good guitar player has only grown in the past couple of years. I always knew it took nerve to get up on stage and act. Music feels like even greater act of bravery these days. I know I’m not up to it, so my hat’s off to those that are. If you’re looking for some music with a folksy feel, you could take a look at the following:

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More than art: FLOW Northside Arts Crawl promotes healthy eating

(Photo by Sagirah Shahid)

This year’s FLOW Northside Arts Crawl brought more than just great art. Organizers promoted healthy eating as one of the main messages of the festival.

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Despite financial lull, St. Paul Promise Neighborhood advocates remain hopeful

(Photo by Katie Nelson) St. Paul School Board member Keith Hardy greets the students of Freedom School on July 25. The Freedom School is a component of the SPPN initiative, which provides holistic academic and social support to children and their families living within a 250-square block area of St. Paul. 

It’s early Friday morning and students from the Freedom School on Concordia Ave. are greeting each other over the rumbling of a djembe drum. Staff members are playing loud, kid-friendly hip-hop music from gym speakers while little ones are eagerly expending their morning energy with some impromptu dancing, call-and-response and a little bit of reading aloud.

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