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Oh, 55408

The Minneapolis 55408 exhibit ends Saturday, Aug. 23 at 5 p.m., so catch it while you can. The eighth annual exhibition celebrates the artwork of roughly 70 artists in the 55408 ZIP code, which includes Southwest residents in ECCO, CARAG, Lyndale, Whittier, Lowry Hill East and East Isles. Look for two- and three-dimensional art, film and new media. All artwork is for sale. Head down to the Intermedia Arts gallery at 2822 Lyndale Ave. S., this Thursday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. The exhibition is free, with a $2 suggested donation. Call 871-4444 for more information.


‘Five Women Explore the Figure’

Sensing a resurgence of well-rendered figurative art in the arts community, the Shelley Holzemer Gallery owner and curator organized the gallery’s current exhibit, "Five Women Explore the Figure," which runs until Sept. 20.

The exhibit highlights drawings and paintings of the human figure by five female artists, including curator Tina Blondell of Kingfield.

The Shelley Holzemer Gallery is located at 4810 Nicollet Ave. S. and is open Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information about the gallery, call 824-0640 or visit


Southwest artist receives award

Oil painter Mike Lynch of East Harriet received the McKnight Foundation’s 2003 distinguished artist award, which includes a $40,000 cash prize. The award annually recognizes Minnesota artists who make significant contributions to the state’s culture through their work.

"Receiving this award was a great honor," said 65-year-old Lynch, a recognized Minnesota painter for nearly four decades. "It puts a cap on my career."

Although Lynch works mostly in oil painting, he has dabbled in watercolors and ink drawings. Most of his paintings are of Minnesota cityscapes and country roads at dawn or dusk. Admirers of Lynch’s work remark that his paintings capture the essence of familiar Midwestern scenes with clarity and an awareness of time.

To view samples of Lynch’s work, visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts at 2400 3rd Ave. S., the Groveland Gallery at 25 Groveland Terrace and the Minnesota Museum of American Art at 75 W. 5th St. in St. Paul.


Local U of M faculty to showcase work

Four Southwest residents who teach in the University of Minnesota art department will join 21 other faculty members in displaying their artwork for the inaugural Katherine E. Nash Gallery show in the new Regis Center for Art, 405 21st Ave. S., in the U of M’s West Bank arts quarter. The faculty exhibition runs Tuesday, Sept. 2 through Oct. 22, with no charge to the public.

East Harriet’s Karl Bethke has taught printmaking at the U since 1965. Lyndale’s Thomas Cowette has taught drawing and painting since 1970. For the past three years, Loring Heights’s Erik Geschke has taught sculpture, and East Calhoun’s Lynn Lukkas has taught digital and electronic art. All have had their work shown in reputable art galleries.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturdays.

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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


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

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More than half of the total economic activity comes from spending by arts organizations themselves, and another $100 million comes from event-related spending by arts audiences, excluding the price of admission. Such spending includes an average of $20 spent per person on hotels, restaurants, parking, souvenirs and refreshments. The report said out-of-town visitors spend an average of $15 more than in-town art audiences.

Three hundred local arts organizations were surveyed from a pool of 3,000 arts organizations nationwide.

Southwest band concert

Southwest High School's annual Fall Band concert will kick off a new year of award-winning music and theater productions from a talented pool of musicians on Friday Oct. 24, 7 p.m., at Southwest High School auditorium, 3414 W. 47th St.

The concert will feature the marching band and an ensemble of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. The following Sunday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m., the orchestra and choral groups will debut with renditions of jazz, folk and classical music at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd at 48th Street & France Avenue. Tickets for both concerts are $3 per adult, $1 per child.

This year, there will be dozens of public performances, including a winter concert, performances in the Lake Harriet Bandshell and a spring musical. If you want to help these young musicians, Directors Keith Liuzzi and Nancy Lee are looking for good quality instruments including pianos, tubas, flugelhorns and piccolos.

Other ways to help include attending the concerts, purchasing a Happenings coupon book during the fall fundraiser or making a cash donation. Call Judy Schlaefer at 871-4030 for more information.

Does the lead character mismatch his socks?

Love political intrigue, but tired of NBC's "The West Wing" repeating actual news events verbatim for entertainment? Cheap Theatre company, founded by Whittier resident Erica Christ, is showing a new political play written by one of Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak's campaign volunteers, Mark Rosenwinkel.

The new play, "Three Seasons," is about a burned-out staff assistant to a U.S. Senator who wants to leave Washington and go home to a write a novel, but gets caught in a "nebulous web of false perception and moral ambiguity," said Christ.

Besides Christ, two other Southwest residents are featured: Whittier's Raine Hokan and Cherri Macht of CARAG.

Playwright Rosenwinkel is a past recipient of the Jerome Fellowship, a former Guthrie Theatre company member and producer of the one-man show "Wanderings," based on the life of playwright August Strindberg.

"Three Seasons" is playing at the Waring Jones Theatre at the Playwrights Center, 2301 E. Franklin Ave., on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays until Oct. 20. Tickets are $11 on Thursdays, $16 on Friday and Saturdays, $14 on Sundays. Call 870-6583 for information and reservations.

Local Lions stage benefit

Minneapolis Southwest Lions Club and Minnetonka Old Log Theatre will host their 44th annual "Old Log Theatre Party," a fundraiser to benefit local charities. Beneficiaries include the Neighborhood Involvement Program, Sharing and Caring Hands, Cancer Kids Fund, Boy Scout Troop 100 and others.

The Old Log Theatre will present their opening night performance of "Arsenic and Old Lace." Tickets for the performance are $25, plus $17.50 for dinner. A cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the performance at 8 p.m. Call Minneapolis Southwest Lions Club Board member Paul Hiller to purchase tickets at 763-544-2404.

Grants available for artists with disabilities

Six $1,000 grants are available to Minnesota artists with disabilities through the VSA Arts of Minnesota artist recognition grant program. The program is open to artists in all disciplines -- visual, written and performance. Applications must include a resume, an artist statement and documentation of work created in the last three years. The deadline is Friday, Nov. 15. For an application, call 332-3888.

-- compiled by Caitlin Pine