MN Original wants to help you get out in the community and experience art throughout Minnesota.

Visit each week this summer to find various events and happenings from  MN Original alums. Then get out there and support some art!

ORCHESTAR BEZ IME: MN History Center’s 9 Nights of Music

July 7, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

ORCHESTAR BEZ IME: Balkan and Gypsy. The popular series, now in its 18th year, presents the rich and vibrant rhythms and sounds of Minnesota’s multi-cultural community at free outdoor performances at the Minnesota History Center. 9 Nights of Music is held each Tuesday evening in July and August from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket and a picnic, or purchase food from the History Center’s Cafe Minnesota. Admission to museum exhibits is free on Tuesdays from 5-8 p.m. In case of rain, performances will be held inside the History Center’s 3M Auditorium.

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Secret Colors Revisited: A Dialogue on Race & the Arts at The Loft Literary Center

July 10, 7 p.m.

Writers Alexs Pate and David Mura are long time collaborators who have written fifteen books between them, in multiple genres, all examining the issues of race and African American and Asian American identity respectively. This conversation will explore their work as Minnesota writers of color; the creative writing workshop they co-teach, “Writing on Race;” the relationship between their communities; and other current issues regarding race and the arts. They will also discuss Pate’s work on the Innocent Classroom, a program designed to address the racial achievement gap in education by training teachers to improve their relationships with students of color.

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Momentum: New Dance Works Week 1 at the Southern Theater

July 9 – 11, 8 p.m.

Nic Lincoln’s as yet untitled new work will be an all-male quintet that explores societies’ primal tendencies, examining group behaviors in animals and hyper-sexualized individuals in order to encircle around subjects of gender and power. As a gay man Lincoln has historically found artistic comfort collaborating with women. This piece will be his first time working choreographically with men, a switch that he says equally excites and terrifies him. The change in gender, although a simple idea, presents endless new artistic variations. Dancers from James Sewell Ballet, TU Dance, and Zenon will be featured in this work. Music will be composed and performed live by Venus De Mars, lead singer from the band All the Pretty Horses.

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Eighth Annual Art At St. Kate’s One Day Outdoor Art Fair  

July 11, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Artists’ Circle presents the Eighth Annual Art at St. Kate’s one-day outdoor art fair. The event is free to the public.

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Caponi Art Park Summer Performance Series: Dakota Valley Summer Pops Orchestra and Chorale

July 12, 6:30 p.m.

Since 1986, the Dakota Valley Symphony has brought together skilled volunteer musicians to perform and promote diverse symphonic musical experiences of all periods and styles. Performing concerts around the south suburban Twin Cities area, the symphony has a 60-member orchestra, a 40-member mixed chorus and a 90-member summer pops orchestra and chorus, all under the direction of founder and music director Stephen J. Ramsey.

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Girl Friday Productions: The Matchmaker at Park Square Theatre

July 9 – 26

When wealthy merchant Horace Vandergelder engages the services of legendary matchmaker Dolly Levi, he gets much more than he bargained for. Under Dolly’s clever guidance, a swirl of innocent clerks, spirited millineresses, snooty waiters and other eccentric characters become delightfully entangled in 19th century New York. Thornton Wilder’s hilarious farce about love, money and adventure features the signature humanity, wit and relevance of one of America’s greatest playwrights. A tonic for our troubled times, The Matchmaker celebrates the spirit of generosity and living life tothe fullest.

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Cornbread Harris & His Quintet

Friday, July 3, 6 – 8 p.m.

Catch legendary Twin Cities blues player Cornbread Harris perform with his quintet every Friday from 6 – 8 p.m. at Loring Pasta Bar in Dinkytown.

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Mad Vax: Beyond Measledome at Brave New Workshop

Now through August 1

In ‘Mad Vax: Beyond Measledome’ at Brave New Workshop, the cast will tackle some tough questions about modern society, like: Where does personal freedom begin and end? Why do we look to celebrities instead of scientists for information? Could you take a look at this rash on our leg? These sketches and songs will skewer these issues and more in this satire of epidemic proportions.

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Music at Franconia – Roe Family Singers and more

July 11, 1 – 7 p.m.

Bring a blanket, grab a bite or beverage from onsite vendors, and enjoy the afternoon of song, dance, and sculpture in the idyllic Earthen Amphitheater. Franconia’s sixth annual music series will feature a wide variety of musicians. And make sure to participate in a guided tour during band breaks to meet artists-in-residence to learn about works-in-progress. All events are family and dog friendly, please pick up after your furry friends. Parking is $5 per vehicle.

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Nastinctive at Rosalux Gallery

Open now through July 26

“Nastinctive” – The natural instinctive process with which artist Jack Dale creates his exciting acrylic paintings merges with the animals in nature that Michael Sweere builds with his stunning recycled tin collages.

Rosalux Gallery is proud to announce the opening of “Nastinctive” a portmanteau of nature and instinct. The show will run from Sunday, July 5th through Sunday, July 26th. An artist’s reception will be held on Saturday, July 11 from 7 to 10 p.m.

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2nd Saturdays – California Building Open Studios

Saturday, July 11 – 12 – 4 p.m.

The California Building in Northeast Minneapolis is a former grain mill turned studio building for working artists. As the first art studio building in the NE area, artists began renting studios here in the 80′s. The tenants include emerging, mid and late career artists in a variety of disciplines.

A haven for a diverse group of artists, the building is now open to the public for open studio tours and sales every month on the 2nd Saturday. Enjoy free parking.

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Laura Hallen “standstill” Installation at Silverwood Park

Open now through July 31

Laura Hallen‘s “standstill” installation is on display in Silverwood Park’s gallery space.  The show is Laura’s first site-specific installation, in which she suspended over 5,500 artificial lunaria seedpods. Looking upwards, these pearlescent ovals resemble a cascading mass of stars. It creates an intentional space to reflect on being still. This kind of clarity requires a keen self-awareness in order to remove distractions. “standstill” is an invitation to listen to ourselves and be in the present moment together. There will also be a free yoga class under my installation on July 12th from 11-12:15 am, taught by Amy Patee.

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‘Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders’

Open now through July 13

Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher‘s production of “Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders” runs now through July 13 at the Park Square Theatre.

He’s back, and he’s here! When a slain body is found in the Ice Palace, Saint Paul’s own J.J. Hill calls the only man to call. The world’s slyest sleuth returns to Park Square to solve his strangest—and closest—murder yet! 

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Summertime Exhibit: Minnesota Museum of American Art Project Space

Open now through August 2

There’s something for everyone in this wide-ranging thematic exhibition featuring both emerging and established artists. Summertime will feature 30 pieces from the Minnesota Museum of American Art’s permanent collection, as well as the work of three additional local artists. Fans of celebrated sculptor Paul Manship will be pleased to see his name among the exhibiting artists, as well as Jim Denomie’s acerbic political and social commentary work. Not surprisingly, photography is well represented with images of the quintessential American pastime, the road trip, and souvenirs of travel, by photographers such as Wing Young Huie, Peter de Lory, and Kenda North.

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SPACE & TIME B-Girl Be 10-Year Reunion Exhibit at Intermedia Arts

Now through August 22

2015 marks the 10-year anniversary of B-Girl Be, the first international festival showcasing and celebrating women artists in the elements of Hip-Hop. Encompassing MCing, DJing, breakdancing and graffiti, B-Girl Be influenced thousands of artists and audience members since its inception in 2005, challenging and changing the perceptions and roles of women in this revolutionary art form. To commemorate this anniversary, Intermedia Arts presents “Space & Time,” a visual art exhibition that will include new work by artists from previous B-Girl Be exhibitions as well as emerging artists from Hip-Hop scenes around the world.

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