Arts Orbit Radar 11/3/11


On the radar

1. Journalist-historian-author Larry Millett chats up Garrison Keillor at the Fitzgerald about his architectural history Once There Were Castles: Lost Mansions and Estates of the Twin Cities.

2. This weekend, the Walker Art Center says both goodbye and hello to the pioneering modern choreographer Merce Cunningham. At Cunningham’s death in 2009, he expressed his wish that his dance company disband at the end of 2011, so their performances at the Walker will be our last chance to see them in Minnesota. At the same time, the Walker opens an exhibit featuring Cunningham’s archive of props and costumes—a major new acquisition for the museum.

3. Art Attack, the annual open studio event taking place at the Northrup King Building, gives the public a chance to see hundreds of artists’ work outside of the Art-a-Whirl hubbub. At Art Attack, one Northrup King artist told me, “there aren’t as many tire-kickers.”

4. When Marijuana Deathsquads, the Twin Cities’ all-time noisiest supergroup, started playing raucous—not to say incoherent—improvised shows a couple of years ago at Nick & Eddie, it seemed hard to believe the experiment would last the winter, let alone go on tour and release a record. Appropriately, the record is being released Friday with a show at Nick & Eddie—and also appropriately, the record’s title is Crazy Master.

5. Starting Saturday night, local laffmeisters Joseph Scrimshaw (here I must insert, possibly to Scrimshaw’s chagrin, “Fringe Favorite”) and Bill Corbett (here I must insert, possibly to Corbett’s chagrin, “of Mystery Science Theater 3000“) present a series of comedy cabarets about cinema under the title Cine-Madness.

Under the radar

1. Minneapolis Indie Xpo—the indie comic-con of the Midwest—takes over the city this weekend at the Soap Factory. More than just a convention though, it’s a chance to network, learn, drink & draw (no, really…there’s a party), and ogle to your heart’s content.

2. Forget about the other two film festivals in the Cities (for now), there’s a new kid in town. The Latin Film Festival features 10 days of films from Spanish-speaking countries starting on Thursday at the St. Anthony Main Theatre.

3. Segue from item number one: The Intergalactic Nemesis Live Action Graphic Novel at the Heights Theatre is a mix of radio, comic-book, film, and live theater, and, according to, “something you simply must experience if you are a fan of awesome.”

4. The traveling Native American exhibit Mni Sota: Reflections of Time and Place starts at the All My Relations Arts gallery on Friday and continues its roaming of the state from there.

5. Savage Umbrella opens The Ravagers, a new play loosely based on Aeschylus’s The Supplicants, at the best ostensibly closed theater in town: the Hollywood Theater in Northeast Minneapolis.

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