Art-A-Whirl features eclectic mix of offerings


Could it really be that our soggy April-in-Siberia weather pattern has finally moved on to torment some other hapless part of the country? It can only mean that the gods want you all to get outside and enjoy Art-a-Whirl, the annual Northeast Minneapolis art-o-rama. Herewith, an easy-to-use guide to help you have a fabulous weekend.

Fri., May 19, 5-8 p.m.
Sat., May 20, noon-8 p.m.
Sun., May 21, noon-5 p.m.
Art-a-Whirl open studio tour in Northeast Minneapolis.

New this year–the Ritz Theater, 345 NE 13th Ave. (just east of University), is finally renovated and will be open during Art-a-Whirl for tours on Sat., 11 a.m & 1 p.m., and for performances of Doors Opening: A Symphony of Dolls. (4 p.m. Sat., $22-30; 2 p.m. Sun.–special discount showing at $12. But that’s not all–the annual Art-a-Whirl is a showcase of 300 artists hosting open studios, and nearby businesses joining in the fun. Pick up the handsome green-gold handbook where free newspapers are found, or drop in at the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association Web site at for more information like a map and such.

Also, while you’re in the 13th & University area, stop by Gallery 13, 302 NE 13th Ave., for the River Stage Festival, outdoors in the parking lot (isn’t it lucky we’re going to have such beautiful weather?), and bring nonperishable food items for Second Harvest Food Shelves. They’ve got five 55-gallon drums they’re aiming to fill up.

Fri., May 19, 7-11 p.m.
The Rise and Fall of Northeast Civilization
Tyler Street Gallery, 1331 Tyler St. NE (near Central & Broadway, northeast Mpls)

In conjunction with Art-a-Whirl, of course, this is an opening reception for a retrospective of the artists featured in this gallery and performance space since its inception in the fall of 1997. At present this building is in the process of being acquired by a Northeast-based development company, and they’re feeling that their future is uncertain, so they thought this would be a good time to look back and celebrate many of the artists connected with the gallery with two days and nights of art, spoken word, and music. Some aspect of all this will be on display through June 17.

Included in the mix at Tyler Street Gallery, on Saturday beginning at 7 p.m., Poetry with Jules and Friends, a special Art-a-Whirl poetry reading and more with Jules Nyquist, co-host of KFAI’s “Write on Radio”: