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‘Metropolis'

&#8220Sometimes I start a painting with just a color or spatial idea. Other times I start out with a thumbnail sketch.

&#8220As I paint, I am thinking in terms of space, rhythm, movement as related to form, and of feelings associated with color, tone and texture. Often, as the painting evolves, I find suddenly and unexpectedly that the city image has a character and life that resonates with my thought and the work's abstract character.” - Mark Horton

Horton is a Minnesota native now living in Eau Claire, Wis. He's also a former lawyer who is now an artist.

Horton's latest work is gathered together as part of an exhibit titled &#8220Metropolis,” now on display at the Groveland Gallery.

Horton will be at the opening reception on Friday, Sept. 8 from 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

The event also welcomes the opening of Jeanne McGee's &#8220Woven” exhibition at the Groveland.

Both shows continue through Oct. 14. The gallery is open Tuesday-Friday, noaon-5 p.m.; Saturday, noon-4 p.m.

F Sept. 8, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.Groveland Gallery, 25 Groveland TerraceFree. 377-7800, www.grovelandgallery.com

Hot time in Uptown

Summer is winding down, as are the number of festivals not involving the words &#8220ice” or &#8220snow” or &#8220frozen fingers.” It's a perfect time for a celebration of the joyous jazz known as &#8220hot club” and gypsy jazz.

The first-ever Uptown Row Django Jazz Fest promises to be a party worth attending. The free festival is named, naturally enough, for Jean Baptiste &#8220Django” Reinhardt, who with his Quintet of the Hot Club of France (along with master jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli) revolutionized in the 1930s what had been almost exclusively an American music.

Though Django himself is unlikely to make an appearance (he died in 1953), his spirit and style of music will be present in Parisota Hot Club, led by guitarist Robb Henry. The band will play selections from their debut CD, &#8220Swing in Djune,” as well as other tunes when they take the outdoor stage at 3 p.m. at Uptown Row, 1221 W. Lake St.

At 4 p.m., the Twin Cities Hot Club takes the stage. The band is led by Robert Bell and Reynold Philipsek on guitars, Gary Schulte on violin and Matt Senjem on bass.

They're followed on stage at 7 p.m. by The Hot Club of Sweden with Connie Evingson. The Hot Club of Sweden is an all-string trio instrumental in making hot club, or Gypsy jazz, popular in Scandinavia.

Local jazz singer Evingson released &#8220Stockholm Sweetnin',” a bright, swinging CD recorded with the group, earlier this year.

At 9 p.m., the Clearwater Hot Club takes over. The pride of Grand Rapids, Minn., Clearwater is led by father and son team, Matthew and Sam Miltich.

Sa Sept. 9, 3 p.m.-9 p.m.Uptown Row, 1221 W. Lake St.Free. 824-7000, ext. 29,www.track29uptown.com

East, fly-over, West

Three artists from Minneapolis, New York and Los Angeles, respectively, scrutinize culture in a new Walker Art Center exhibit open through Nov. 19.

Jay Heikes (he splits his time between New York and Minneapolis) explores culture by using well-known images of celebrities such as Sharon Tate (murdered by the Charles Manson family) and rock bands in conglomerations of myths, jokes, icons and symbols.

New York's Adam Helms calls himself an ethnographer intrigued by &#8220the ethos of violence and the romanticization of extremist ideology.” His graphite drawings depict a fictitious militia group.

Los Angeles-based Rodney McMillian employs a variety of methods from classic painting to reworkings of found objects in his examinations of history and aesthetics.

&#8220Ordinary Culture: Heikes/Helms/McMillian” brings the work of the three emerging artists together in one place.

You can contact the Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave. S., for more information by calling 375-7600 or visiting www.walkerart.org.

Michael Metzger can be reached at mmetzger@mnpubs.com and 436-4369.