Art Condition

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

Art Condition

Poet-Actor-Rapper-Singer-Musician Saul Williams kicks off the Walker’s Free Thursday Nights season with social charged rhythm and rhyme. Williams was featured in the Sundance Award-winning film "SLAM" and has brought the house down among audience across the country. Thursday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m. Walker Art Center Auditorium, 725 Vineland Pl.

"American Sublime"

Americans like big stuff: think Mount Rushmore, the Grand Canyon, McDonald’s Super Size. If bigger means better, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts’ new show "America Sublime" should be a hit. The visual art show includes epic paintings of American landscapes across the nation. Members can get free passes; admission is $10 for adults, $6 for students and seniors and $4 for children 6-12. Several lectures, two films from the old west and children’s interactive events are scheduled during the exhibit. Check www.artsmia.org for details or call 1-888-MIA-ARTS (642-2787). For the art-loving nightclubbing crowd, MIA is also hosting a dance party in honor of the show on Saturday, Sept. 28 in Target Park, the sculpture courtyard area behind the museum. Dance performances, light installations, salsa dancing and Twin Cities DJs will highlight the evening. Creative attire is suggested, but it won’t get you a discount on the $30 tickets. Call 1-888-642-2787 for tickets. MIA is at 2400 3rd Ave. S.

Sound Unseen

Sound Unseen, a film festival showing independent films about music, has a good mix of arty films on obscure artists as well as docs on John Lee Hooker and Sonic Youth. Southwest locations include Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., and the Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl. Check out http://www.soundunseen.com for the schedule or call 379-0888.

Bryant-Lake Bowl shows

Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St. — one of the few theatres in Southwest that features mostly local artists — is chockfull of shows. The two shows below are carryovers from the Fringe Festival, so you have one more shot at seeing them. Call 825-8949 for tickets.

"Trick Boxing"

This is a tale of an unwilling boxer who dances his way out of a box. The story is told through rapid-fire dialogue, high-energy dance numbers, ridiculous puppetry and of course, boxing. Performed by Brian Sostek and Megan McClellan. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 and 25-26 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12.

"Punk Rock Omaha"

Joey Hardcore and Mike Awesome were finally going places, mainly out of Omaha, as the punk rock duo Supa Punk, but an unexpected shock throws the band apart in this two-man and 15-character comedy. Fridays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

–Compiled by Caitlin Pine