David O'Fallon named new president of MacPhail Center for the Arts
MacPhail Center for the Arts has appointed David O'Fallon as the organization's new president. O'Fallon comes to MacPhail from the Perpich Center for Arts Education, the agency that houses the state Arts High School. MacPhail board chair Teresa Bonner said, "O'Fallon is an experienced arts educator who has worked at both the national and local levels to develop innovative programs to improve education through the involvement of the arts." Bonner noted in particular that O'Fallon played a key role in building a recent $6.9 million addition to the Perpich Center, a skill that MacPhail will need as it moves forward with plans to build a new facility in downtown Minneapolis. O'Fallon begins his new position at MacPhail in March.
Try "Weird Romance" for Valentine's Day Just in time for Valentine's Day, Minneapolis Musical Theatre presents "Weird Romance," written by Alan Menken, composer of "Little Shop of Horrors" and the Disney hits "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin." "Weird Romance," in two one-act musicals, ponders the meaning of love in the 21st century, a time when fantastical future technologies intertwine with human relationships. "These pieces speak volumes about love and the human condition," said artistic director Steven J. Meerdink. "I think one of the reasons this show works so well is the masterful blending of speculative fiction with the often poignant, often funny music and lyrics of Alan Menken and David Spencer. Their music helps bridge the gap between reality and the make-believe world of 'Weird Romance.'" The musical plays through February 23 at Bryant Lake Bowl Cabaret Theater. For tickets, call 612/825-8949.
What makes you feel safe? That's the question at the center of a new project at Intermedia Arts. Five local artists are inviting south Minneapolis community members to contribute
to a safety map in "On the Map II: Discovering Safe Places." The project is part of the "People Places Connections" program, which over the next year will pair five artists (Ta-coumba Aiken, Douglas Ewart, Marilyn Lindstrom, Wendy Morris and Victor Yepez) with people of all ages in Lyndale, Powderhorn, Corcoran, Central, Phillips and Whittier neighborhoods. The purpose of the project is to "create art, make connections, and instigate change in communities," according to Intermedia. "On the Map II" runs through March 17. For more information, call 612/871-4444.
Southwest faces at the Weisman Two Southwest residents are featured in the new "Time Take" installation at the Weisman Art Museum. Composer Libby Larsen and photographer Laura Crosby have joined writer Marisha Chamberlain in creating a collage of black-and-white photos, sound and poetic text about the impact of time on women's lives. The age of those
photographed ranges from newborn to 100, "ordinary" faces combined with everyday expressions and a collage of jazz, lullabies and poetry reading. The exhibit is on display through April 7. For more information, call 612/625-9494.