Art Condition

‘The Magic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’

In 1947, Betty McDonald created her timeless "Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle" stories. Now a student at Whittier’s Watershed High School, 2344 Nicollet Ave., Celeste J. Busa, is helping to bring this series to life at the Children’s Theatre Company, 2400 3rd Ave. S. Busa, a freshman, plays Mary O’Toole, a girl who hates to wash the dishes. With the help of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s kindness (and a dash of her magic), she just may end up enjoying her chores.

"The Magic Mrs. PiggleWiggle" runs at various times through Sunday, June 20. Tickets are $15-$28. For tickets or more information, call 874-0400 or log on to www.childrenstheatre.org.

‘Red Hot Art’

The Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO) will present the 3rd Annual Red Hot Art Festival Saturday-Sunday, June 5-6, noon-7 p.m. The free two-day event in Stevens Square Park, 1801 Stevens Ave. S., features a variety of family-friendly art, activities and entertainment.

Over 50 local artists will exhibit their work for sale in an outdoor gallery. Interactive art activities will include a 20-foot collective splash-paint canvas. Red Hot Art organizer Melinda Hobbs describes it as a "Jackson Pollock-type deal" sponsored by local group Youth Arts Studio. (Hobbs said the fate of the collective art piece is still to be determined.) Loring-Nicollet High School, a small alternative high school at 1925 Nicollet Ave. S., is sponsoring the creation of a large trash sculpture that individuals can contribute their own junk/"found" items to.

There will be a wide variety of music both days. Saturday’s lineup features California surf rockers Big Surf and folk band Patchouli. Sunday performers include Latin group Rumba Eterna, local hip-hoppers Doomtree and electronica group Oh! Operater.

Stevens Square choreographer Lizbeth Wawrozonek will also stage dance performances both days. There will also be spoken word performances, plus a variety of food as well.

For more information, call 871-7307.

— Bob Gilbert

Highpoint announces newest printmaking residents

Lowry Hill East’s Highpoint Center for Printmaking recently announced the winners of their second annual Jerome Emerging Printmakers Residency. Whittier’s Jeremy Lund, along with Dusty Herbig and Karl Nelson, received grants from the Jerome Foundation and full access to Highpoint’s printmaking equipment.

Lund, according to a Highpoint Center spokesperson, is looking forward to creating work that is "informed by printmaking’s innate aspects of hidden, trace and ‘ghost’ imagery."

Lund is also a member of the collective Rosalux Gallery, 1011 Washington Ave. S. in downtown. He has ethereal prints in the current Rosalux show, "Right Between the Eyes," that include stained Bible and Koran pages. Lund said his aim was to "visualize the unseen" with the ghostly images.

Lund, Herbig and Nelson will all be at the Highpoint Center, 2638 Lyndale Ave. S., until January 2005, when they will exhibit their year’s body of work.

Sacred fusion

Saturday, June 5, bansuri master John Wubbenhorst will perform with keyboardist/composer John Mackay and "world-class" tabla player, Anil Datar.

Wubbenhorst is one of few Westerners to master the bansuri, or Indian bamboo flute. "Hindusim Today" calls his music a "highly successful fusion" of classical eastern music and classic Western and jazz.

Mackay is also dedicated to creating a pleasing mix of Eastern and Western music and has spent the last 20 years composing such hybrid pieces. Datar is well known in the music community for his playing of the tabla, a North Indian percussive instrument.

The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at Linden Hills’ Lake Harriet Spiritual Community, 4401 Upton Ave. S. Tickets are $15. Call 922-4272 for more information.

Learn to act

Ever just know you belong on stage? Ever sit and gaze out the window, recalling your thespian aspirations with a sigh? The Lake Harriet Theater Project can help. The group is about to start its second session of acting classes, and is calling for participants.

Registration for the mid-June improvisation courses for adults and teens closes Friday, June 11 (the fee is $75). For the July 30-31 weekend-long acting retreat, register by July 22 ($75). Registration ends Monday, June 28 for the mid-August theater day camp for children entering 3rd-6th grades ($160, $140 per additional student from the same household).

All classes are at Fulton’s Lake Harriet United Methodist Church, 4901 Chowen Ave. S. For more information, call 926-7645 or check out www.lakeharrietumc.org.

VocalEssence CDs

The Stevens Square-based choir VocalEssence recently released four CDs of their "WITNESS" concerts.

The CDs, a showcase of classical African American composers, are available individually or in a box set. Three were previously released individually as "What a Mighty God: Spirituals and Gospels for Chorus," " Skyward My People Rose: Music of William Grant Still" and "Dance Like the Wind: Music of Today’s Black Composers." The fourth and newest CD in the set, "Got the Saint Louis Blues: Classical Music in the Jazz Age," features music from the period of the Harlem Renaissance.

The four discs sell for $17.98 each or $68 as a set and are available at www.collegiumusa.com or by calling 1-800-367-9059.