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