Art Condition

"Look Closely" at the Bakken West Calhoun’s Bakken Museum will exhibit the botanical art of local artist Wendy Brock in through April 30 in "Look Closely," which features uncommon paintings of common plants usually overlooked.

Brockman has been producing botanical art since the late ’80s. Much of her work features native Minnesota wildflowers, grasses and trees. She is also a teacher at Minnesota School of Botanical Art located in the museum.

The Bakken is located at 3537 Zenith Ave. S. and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The display is free with regular admission: $5 adults, $3 for students and seniors, and free for children under 6.

Once Upon a Crime Two authors, including local author Steve Thayer, will visit Whittier’s Once Upon a Crime bookstore this month to sign copies of their latest mystery novels.

At the Saturday, March 9 open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Victoria Houston will be available to sign "Dead Frenzy." This is the fourth book in her series about a female sheriff who is also a fly-fishing enthusiast. Hot cider and bakery-goodies will be served.

On Monday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. local author Steve Thayer will be at Once Upon a Crime to discuss and sign copies of his book "Wolf Pass." This is Thayer’s sixth novel.

Once Upon a Crime is located at 604 W. 26th St. (near Lyndale Avenue on 26th Street South) and is exclusively dedicated to mystery novels. If you can’t make these sessions, don’t worry. Mystery authors frequent the venue for question/answer sessions and book signings.

Local poetry library now open Saturdays CARAG’s SASE: The Write Place has opened a new library: Poet’s Share, the Minnesota Outreach Poetry Library. The library consists of donated Minnesota poetry publications and is entirely operated by volunteers.

In addition to its 1000 volumes, the poetry library also serves as a center for information about poetry contests, places to submit work, writing groups and classes.

Poets Share is open Saturdays from 12-3 p.m. The library is located in the SASE office, suite 211 of the Calhoun Building, at 711 W. Lake St. Donations of used books and other related materials related to poetry are still needed. For more information, call 822-2500.

Local Holocaust survivor at the Jungle In a collaboration with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota, the Jungle Theater will present the annual "Holocaust Witness: The Legacy of Anne Frank" March 11 at 7:30 p.m. Created especially for middle and high school students, this is the only public performance.

"Holocaust Witness" includes dramatic readings from Anne Frank’s diary, a short documentary film, and a question and answer session with local Holocaust survivor Sabina Zimering. Zimering will also be available in the lobby following the performance to sign copies of her book "Hiding in the Open."

Whittier’s Jungle Theater is located at 2951 Lyndale Ave. S. Tickets for the performance are $12 and can be ordered by calling 822-7063.

Comfort food Lowry Hill East’s SOO Visual Arts Center is now presenting "Comfort Food," featuring the work of six Minneapolis-area artists.

SOO is located at 2640 Lyndale Ave S. and is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 12-6 p.m. and on weekends from 12-4 p.m. Gallery admission is free. Call 871-2263 for more information.

Wild Rumpus for kids If it’s hard to drag your kids to the theater, just ask them if they want to go see a program called "Wild Rumpus." Every Saturday in March Wild Rumpus is presenting a theatrical readings at Whittier’s Jungle Theater.

Actress Wendy Lehr, formerly of the Children’s Theater Company, reads five books that explore the connection between humans and animals, while the illustrations from the books are projected onstage. The program is interspersed with music and a special guest each week.

Each reading will be performed at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for ages 4 and up every Saturday at 2951 Lyndale Ave. S. Tickets are $5 and are available by calling the Jungle Theater box office at 822-7063.

New hours at MIA Beginning Sunday, March 23, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts in Whittier will change open museum hours. With the exception of special exhibits, museum entry is free.

To accommodate record Sunday attendance the new schedule features an extra hour on Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. instead of noon-5 p.m. However, less-popular Friday evening hours will be eliminated. (Thursday evening hours have been retained.)

The new MIA schedule: Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m; Monday, closed; Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m.-9p.m., Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Mia is located at 2400 3rd Ave. S. For more information go to or call 870-3131.