Arts Orbit Radar 8/5/10

What’s happening this week Thursday, August 5 On the radar: As our blogger Matthew Everett pointed out to Downtown Journal, even if you see a different show in every single slot at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, you’ll still miss two-thirds of the shows on offer. So get started early: the Fringe starts today. (JG) Under the radar: If Sophocles were a Southern Baptist preacher, he would have written shows like The Gospel at Colonus. Even though he didn’t, you’re still in luck, because Lee Breuer did and the show opens tonight at the Ordway, featuring the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Legendary Soul Stirrers, and the Steeles. (OSJ)  Friday, August 6 On the radar: Nervously optimistic about the effect of the Central Corridor, the neighborhood surrounding the University-280 intersection has decided to rebrand itself as “MidCity.” Continue Reading

St. Paul tries pilot compost pick-up program

“Recycling alone is not gonna get us to the bottom of that trash can,” Dianna Kennedy said about Eureka Recycling’s new composting project. The program, which includes collecting food waste and soiled paper products from three groups of 200 households each and turning the waste into compost, is part of Eureka’s effort to fulfill the city of St. Paul’s goal of becoming a waste-free city by 2020. An additional group will receive education about composting and a fifth group will serve as a control group. 

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VISUAL ARTS | At Intermedia Arts, “40 x 5” spotlights neighborhood communities

The 40 x 5 exhibit at Intermedia Arts, which opened officially on Tuesday, aims to build communities and inspire dialogue on social change through artwork. The project features the work of five photographers who document the changing communities in 20 different neighborhoods across the Twin Cities. The show exhibits the work of photographers Xavier Tavera, Dusty Hoskovec, Dick Ott, Michael Dvorak, and David Eberhardt, and is the third part in a series called What’s New? funded by OverExposure Media, a nonprofit that engages communities through photography projects.Susan Boecher, the curator of the show and founder of OverExposure, identified the goals of the show as to “use photography to define the growing diversity and reflect social change in the Twin Cities,” to “strengthen neighborhood identity,” and “to create bodies of work that are used and intended to engage the community. I do think,” she continued, “those goals have been met.”Beyond representing communities in a positive light through photography, OverExposure uses shows like 40 x 5 as the focus of open forums for communities which are often held to discuss topics like “how community art projects engage the community,” and “how art projects build community,” said Boecher—the next dialogue being held next Wednesday at the gallery. Continue Reading