Arts Orbit Radar 6/16/11


What’s happening this week

On the radar

The weekend forecast suggests that music fans might have to bring umbrellas to two of the year’s biggest outdoor music festivals: Rock the Garden and the Stone Arch Festival. Another of the summer’s highest-profile shows is outdoors, though at a much smaller venue: at the Zoo (did anyone else grow up calling it the “New Zoo”?), Florence and the Machine make their Minnesota debut. Ironically, the musician most famous for singing about her umbrella will be the one playing indoors: Rihanna is at Target Center.

Under the radar

Music fans who aren’t resting up (or drying out) can pop in to the Entry Sunday night for Australian chanteuse Lenka, playing with Elizabeth and the Catapult.

Also this weekend, Wing Young Huie, the local photographer who made a splash most recently with the University Avenue Project, holds a party to open his new studio in Minneapolis’s Phillips neighborhood.

Lots of intriguing shows on stage: The RMS Duchess of York, of which a very funny sneak peek was offered at Bedlam’s 10 Minute Play Festival, plays for just one night at Paper Moose Jumpsuit & Co. At the Red Eye, acclaimed dancer Taja Will debuts Awaken Absurdity—which I loved as a work in progress last year—as a full-length piece. And at the Loring Theater, transgender star Alexandra Billings makes her Twin Cities debut with what will surely be a pair of shows to remember.

Daily Planet arts roundup


After Acadia (blog post by Dwight Hobbes)
Architecture in Helsinki and Hooray for Earth at the Varsity Theater (photos by Jeff Rutherford)
Okkervil River, Titus Andronicus, and Future Islands at First Avenue: A dream come true (review by Katie Sisneros, photos by Meredith Westin)


Eat Street Players’ The Red Tureen: Come watch a musical try to decide what it wants to be when it grows up (review by Matthew A. Everett)
Guthrie Theater’s God of Carnage: Bless this mess (review by Jay Gabler)
20% Theatre Company’s That Face: “This has a nightmarish quality about it that I don’t like” (review by Matthew A. Everett)

Visual Arts

John Waters’s Absentee Landlord enlivens the Walker Art Center (review by Jay Gabler)


Farmers markets grow in popularity in Minneapolis (feature by John Hageman)
A funny thing happened on my way to a haircut (blog post by Sylvia Burgos)
TEDxTC—All about food (blog post by Ann Treacy)
Totino’s closing after 60 years (blog post by Mary Treacy)


Mini golf at the Science Museum (blog post by Ann Treacy)
Minneapolis pilot program lends some dirt to community gardening (feature by Lisa Gonzalez)
What would Minnesota be like if… (op-ed by Lee Egerstrom)
Celebrate Freedom Day at Juneteenth (feature by Vickie Evans-Nash)
Mommy needs a cocktail (blog post by Melanie Danke)
A side salad (blog post by Mirra Fine)
Going for gold (blog post by Lisa Gray)
Bike Walk Week celebrations continue (feature by A.J. MacDonald)
Buried treasure (feature by Sharon Parker)
The Lake Calhoun Sailing School (feature by Bill Morton and Larry Salzman)
Yes. You can buy love. (blog post by Melanie Danke)
Open Streets Minneapolis makes Lyndale lively (photos by Jay Gabler)
Harmon Killebrew: The Minnesota Twins say goodbye to a legend (blog post by Jean Gabler)
Northeast Minneapolis, get rid of all these freaking turkeys! (blog post by Christopher Vondracek)

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