BREAST CANCER? POW! WHAP! TAKE THAT! The Breast Cancer Superhero Portrait Project Flies into a Minneapolis Gallery

I had never felt more powerless than when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. My body, this husk that had held me, had betrayed me. While I was blithely going about my business, it was churning out malignant cells.   Cancer consumes so much of your energy; the treatment, yes, but also keeping the scary thoughts at bay. You walk around hoping that you’re one of the Lucky Ones. Even though you’re already an Unlucky One because It got you in the first place. Continue Reading

Wintertide at Public Functionary: Juried and varied visual art

Saturday night, Public Functionary opened their Wintertide show. A biennial art exhibition presented by Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) and Public Functionary. It’s a juried show of mixed visual art forms – photography, mixed media, painting and drawing and sculpture. It was a mix of themes and perspectives. There were more than a few pieces that caught my eye. Wings of Desire by Karen Brown is immediately charming. Continue Reading

This Week in Saint Paul: Monday, January 19 – Sunday, January 25, 2015

Even though the Saint Paul Winter Carnival is creeping up on us, our atmosphere is making its march toward spring. How is this? The calendar still says “January.” I think it may be because the Almanac arts and culture calendar is sharing something else. It’s warming us up. All those hands clapping seems a plausible enough explanation, as opposed to the scientific explanations that get in the way of important things like…well, getting elected to office and gratuitous pollution. Continue Reading

Arty birthday celebrations at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker: Art and Cake – Yum!

How can you have your cake and eat it too? That was the conundrum we solved over the holiday break. The answer is many cakes, done differently for two separate birthdays. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is celebrating their 100th birthday throughout 2015. They started with a birthday brunch and “Master Pieces of Cake” on New Year’s Day. Continue Reading

Dazzling holiday lights and sights in Twin Cities (and beyond)

Now is the time to shine, light-seekers! Holiday sparkle is back, illuminating cold, dark winter streets with bursts of vivid color and community spirit. Below, we’ve made a list – and checked it twice – of a few choice spots to see holiday lights around the Twin Cities and beyond. Scroll down to see how you can share your photos and add light displays in your community to our list!Related seasonal articles below:How to make ice lanterns, a Scandinavian tradition2014 Holiday Arts & Attractions RoundupShop small, shop localTis the Season of Giving & Receiving   <a href=””>When should holiday lights and decor go up?</a> Holiday Light DisplaysTaking in neighborhood light displays never seems to gets old. Whether they’re religious or secular, there’s something captivating about a neighborhood all lit up with holiday cheer, each house putting forth their best designs. We’ve started with a list of residential displays, some of which were submitted by readers. We invite you to add displays to our list by using the comment section or emailing paigelelliott@tcdailyplanet.netThe Beaumont Holiday Light Show229 21st Avenue South, South Saint Paul, MN | 5 – 11:30 pmFeatured are 11,000 bulbs in blue, soft white, and bright white, with wireframe angels, deer, and trees choreographed to music that you can hear by tuning into 97.9 FM in stereo.Glowing Tree in Bloomington9145 Meadowview Road, Bloomington | NightlyThe big, glowing oak tree in Bloomington features over 35,000 glowing lights and is a sight to behold. Continue Reading

ARTS REVIEW | Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker inspires awe at Orpheum Theatre

When a speechless performance can get the crowd at Orpheum Theatre to applaud and give “woos,” there’s something magical about what’s being presented on stage and the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker was no exception.Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker North American Tour (West) stopped at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis on Dec. 6 for three performances (at noon, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.). Minnesota is the 23rd state of 43, on the west side of the United States, to see the 2014 version of this classical ballerina performance. The audience at Orpheum Theatre was in for a treat as they saw local children ranging from ages 7 to 16; perform with the ensemble line-up on tour featuring Anatolie Ustimov and Fedor Zarodyshev as Nutcracker Prince and Alisa Voronova and Olga Pasternak as Masha (in the Russian ballet Clara’s name is changed to Masha). Ustimov and Voronova played their respective roles in the opening show at noon.Uncle Drosselmeyer, played by Andre Litvinov, opens the play and exposes audience to the colorful world. Continue Reading