I would like to call this moment in time a “breather”: a time for us to pause and smile after a very huge and successful book release party, a very busy weekend for Storymobile at both the Selby Avenue Jazz Fest and Seitu Jones’s Create: A Community Table, and so many things that have been going on in Saint Paul over the past several weeks. Soon, the Almanac Literary Festival will begin. We will be busy all over town, sharing stories and meeting our neighbors all over again. In this in-between time, we keep busy with other things. I have some ideas here, and you can find more in the Almanac arts calendar.
Twin Cities people: hope you can make it to this show. We're raising money for a very good cause, signal-boosting people through an interactive sign-making/photo-booth kinda thing, and showcasing a hell of a lineup of artists. Facebook event page here.
Sept. 22 marks the official start of fall, offering a bounty of colorful fall foliage, apple orchards, corn mazes, and an endless wave of pumpkin flavors! Below we’ve highlighted an assortment of festivities in the Twin Cities (and beyond) to help you get the most out of the season. Please share with us your favorite thing about fall by taking our poll below!
Stay tuned for Halloween, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), and other seasonal coverage, as we approach the holidays. Also, if you know of great upcoming holiday or seasonal events, spread the word by using our calendar or send an email to paigelelliottt [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net.
September 18th through 20th brought the 5th National RAWI (Radius of Arab Writers, Inc.) Conference to Minneapolis. RAWI partnered with local nonprofit Mizna, an organization that promotes contemporary expressions of Arab American culture through the publication of Mizna: Prose, Poetry and Art Exploring Arab America and the production of the Twin Cities Arab Film Festival. The conference included panels often hosted by academic scholars of Arab American literature, and theater, writing workshops, and performances.
Rocky (Michael Thurston) and an ill-dressed Phyllis (Jennifer Blagen) explore the Antarctic. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp
One of the most transformative movements in 20th-century opera was verismo, which foregrounded realistic depictions of everyday life. This focus on realism, especially in examinations of contemporary lower-class life, opened the floodgates to a rich array of stories that simply had not been told or were previously being swept under the rug. Lake Untersee similarly pulls back a veil, revealing a story that delves into a condition still largely absent from the theatrical limelight.
After a summer hiatus, Real Phonic Radio returned to the James J Hill Library for their monthly show of local and national country-flavored music performed on the third Thursday of the month. This month Augie Meyers headlined.
(Photo: Courtesy of Guthrie Theater) Leigh Silverman: Wendy is one of our major American playwrights, and her Jewishness was a big part of who she was.
Playwright Wendy Wasserstein was the theatrical voice for a slice of women from the Baby Boom generation. In her most popular play, The Heidi Chronicles, the eponymous protagonist, Heidi Holland, moves around in time: from a high school dance in 1965; through feminist consciousness-raising, in the 1970s; and coming to terms with her life and career choices, in 1989.
Soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw as Katharine Wright in Test Pilot. Photo by Jack Dant.
St. Catherine University launched its 2014-2015Women of Substance series on September 12 with Test Pilot, a striking new music and dance piece. The work, billed as a dance opera, delves into the early history of aviation from an unusual perspective: that of the Wright Brothers’ sister Katharine. The explorations of flight, its mechanics, and the build-up to the final flight are engagingly rendered in vocal and instrumental music and in modern dance.
Connect with our communities! The Daily Planet isn't just a news source—it's a tool you can use to connect with artists and audiences. Here's how:
1. Talk to us. E-mail jay [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net (arts editor Jay Gabler) and artsorbit [at] gmail [dot] com (assistant arts editor Morgan Halaska) to let us know what you're up to. The more notice you can give us, the more likely we'll be able to cover your event. You can also meet with Jay in person at one of our Newsroom Cafe meetings—see our classes page for the current schedule.
2. Tell us what you need. Are you confused by social media? Need help writing a press release? Wondering how to make a great video related to your event? We can help—either with one of our regularly scheduled classes or, sometimes, with a special help session. Check our classes page for upcoming classes, clinics, and workshops; and jay [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net (let Jay know) if you have a question or a need you don't see addressed there.
3. Put your event on our readers' radar. Our community calendar is open to all submissions. See the complete calendar here; instructions for adding an event are at the top of the page. Ask Jay about how you can help make your event a TCDP Top Pick.
4. Tell your story. Can you, or one of your artists or constituents, tell the story of your project in writing or video? We want to publish that story! jay [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net (Ask Jay) how you can share your story on the Daily Planet.
5. Map your community assets. We have a page for every neighborhood in Minneapolis and St. Paul, with a map of neighborhood assets (public spaces) on each page. Do you see your venue, office, or favorite local restaurant on our neighborhood page? If not, sign in as a Daily Planet user and add it to our database! If your venue or business is in our database, we encourage you to take ownership of it and keep our readers up to date. jay [at] tcdailyplanet [dot] net (Ask Jay how).
6. Stay in touch! Follow our arts coverage on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and via e-mail. We're all ears via all these networks; let us know what you think, and what you want to see!
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