Pleasant Avenue Players
The Pleasant Avenue Players will perform a salute to dance in "Feet, Don't Fail Me Now," Wednesday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m. on Pleasant Avenue South off of Diamond Lake Road. The outdoor production is free, but a $1 donation is suggested. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. If it rains on Aug. 20, the play will take place the next day at the same times and at the same location.
The performance will feature 25 youth from Windom neighborhood. Joseph Sadowski and Mary Lamb of Windom established the Pleasant Avenue Players in June 1997 as a summer activity for neighborhood children. The players now entertain 350-400 adults and children in an annual play.
For more information, call Joseph Sadowski at 822-4319.
'Hot August Nights'
Central City Theatre, located in Whittier's Salem Lutheran Church, will host a trio of music concerts and a youth theatrical performance as part of their "Hot August Nights" series Aug. 9-17.
Concerts include: Twin Cities native Laurel Sandberg, singing Broadway show tunes and jazz melodies Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8:15 p.m.; Native Minnesotan Caroline Newsom, playing guitar and singing original folk songs Saturday, Aug. 16 at 8:15 p.m.; and St. Paul's Joseph Sunde, playing original songs on acoustic guitar Sunday, Aug. 17 at 8:15 p.m.
On Thursday and Friday, Aug. 14-15 at 7:30 p.m., Urban Spectrum Theatre Company's youth ensemble will perform "The Fifth and Final Sun," an adaptation of an Aztec tale about how the sun came to be. The production will include various mythical characters, puppets, music and dance.
Concerts are $8 each and suggested donations for "The Fifth and Final Sun" are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 14. For reservations, call 869-5080. Salem Lutheran Church is located at 610 W. 28th St. Enter the theatre on the Garfield Avenue side.
Gargantuan art at Weinstein Gallery
A whopping 9-by-24-foot oil painting depicting fairy tale characters hangs in East Harriet's Weinstein Gallery until Aug. 23, part of "The Circus of the Night" exhibit by painter and sculptor John Snyder.
Two other large oil paintings help fill the gallery: "The Communion," 9-by-20 1/2 feet, and "Judgment and Creation," 9-by-11-feet, and use religious symbols to convey the human condition. A taste of Snyder's carved wood sculptures and drawings accompany the paintings.
The Weinstein Gallery, 908 W. 46th St., is open free of charge Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. and by appointment. It can be reached at 822-1722.
Beyond 'shock and awe'
Gallery owner Shelley Holzemer and curator Tina Blondell wanted to highlight photographs that focus on the positive aspects of humanity in a war-shaken world. Their "Our Globe Through the Lens" exhibit features images of Italy, Mexico, Bali, Ecuador, Indonesia and Alaska shot by a handful of American artists. There's a mix between scenic shots and human faces, color and black and white.
The exhibit runs through Aug. 16. Shelley Holzemer Gallery is located at 4810 Nicollet Ave. S., open Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. The gallery staff plans to start hosting a photography exhibit annually. For more information about the gallery, call 824-0640 or visit www.holzemergallery.com.
East Isles resident Todd Bockley curated a current Soap Factory exhibit, "open forum: encampment," that presents sustainable ways to help the environment.
One project features a "graywater system" that cleans Minneapolis tap water through plant beds. The cleaned water is then pumped into a tank on a tricycle designed to water greenery at parks. The bicycle may end up in the hands of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Bockley said. In another room, there's a wigwam made of wood and billboard vinyl. There's more, Bockley said, but he didn't want to take all the surprise out of it.
"open forum: encampment" runs through Aug. 24 at The Soap Factory, 110 5th Ave. SE. Gallery hours are Thursday and Friday, 2-8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. For more information, call 623-9176.
Music and movies in Loring Park
Beat the Monday, back-to-work blues by catching a free boxing flick and music performances near the tennis courts of Loring Park, 1382 Willow St., Monday evenings through Aug. 25. The annual Summer Music and Movies series coincides with the Walker Art Center's exhibit, "The Squared Circle: Boxing in Contemporary Art."
Here's a schedule of the films and musical entertainers. Music performances kick-off at 7 p.m., and films follow at dusk or around 8:35 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 11
Music: Prog-rockers TVBC
Movie: The 1979 film "The Main Event," starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O'Neal, centers on the interplay between a bankrupt woman and her only asset, a sore-handed boxer.
Monday, Aug. 18
Music: Afro-Cuban group Puro Cubano
Movie: Kirk Douglas in the 1949 film "Champion" provides a realistic performance of a prizefighter's downfall.
Monday, Aug. 25
Music: Pop artists Deerhoof
Movie: Released in 1976, "Rocky" stars Sylvester Stallone and tells the story of a minor local boxer who fights his way to a heavyweight championship ring.
Washington visits Minneapolis
The famous Landsdowne portrait of first U.S. president George Washington remains on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts until Nov. 30.
Minneapolis is one of eight cities in the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery's traveling exhibition through 2004.
The Landsdowne painting is considered on the same historical level as the Liberty Bell and the Declaration of Independence, icons of America's founding years. The 8-by-5-foot portrait shows Washington in a black velvet suit with an outstretched hand, just as he appeared during presidential orations. The painting features a number of symbols, including 13 red and white stripes on an armchair and a rainbow in the upper-right corner that represents relief from the turbulent days of the American Revolution.
In 1796, the then preeminent portraitist Gilbert Stuart was commissioned to paint Washington for American Revolution supporter Marquis of Lansdowne, a British man for whom the painting is named. The portrait stayed in Landsdowne's London mansion until his death in 1805. After exchanging several hands, the painting eventually belonged to a prominent British family until recently. The National Portrait Gallery bought the Landsdowne painting with a $30 million gift in the spring of 2001. The portrait will return to the Washington, D.C. gallery once the traveling exhibition is complete.
Washington's portrait can be viewed free of charge in gallery 203 at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, located at 2400 3rd Ave. S. Hours for the museum are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information about the showing, call 870-3131 or visit www.artsmia.org.