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In this Issue: Gods and Monsters

For this issue, in addition to an already-plush selection of upcoming arts events, we've handpicked a selection of Halloween festivities for you – from gentler, kid-friendly outings to fright-filled grown-up fare and zany themed costume parties. Whether your taste tends toward literary spoofs, avant-pop spectacle, spooky puppets, scary movies, or creepy haunts, we've got you covered.


PLUS: It's quite a mouthful - Non Consensual Post Dada Constructivist Cerebral Warts

News You Can Use: a selection of current artist opportunities on mnartists.org

Artist Opportunities




»CLICK HERE for a daily-updated list of many, many more opportunities for Minnesota artists in every discipline on mnartists.org

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Northern Lights is taking applications for a second round of Art(ists) on the Verge commissions. AOV2 is an intensive, mentor-based fellowship program (sponsored by the Jerome Foundation) for five Minnesota-based, emerging artists or artist groups working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture.

Application deadline: November 16

There are two remaining informational meetings: October 26 (noon, MCAD) & October 27 (1 pm, Common Roots "common room")


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: The end of ARP! is nigh, and editors are taking submissions/proposals from writers and artists interested in contributing to the final issue

Proposal deadline: October 23

CALL FOR ARTISTS: Dooryard Gallery, a SE Wisconsin art and fine craft gallery, has issued its inaugural open call for new artists


CALL FOR CERAMISTS: The Duluth Art Institute is taking submissions from emerging MN ceramics artists for an upcoming exhibition

Submission deadline: November 6

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Smitten Kitten seeks submissions for its upcoming Sexy Craft Fair

Submission deadline: November 19

CALL FOR ARTISTS: FEAST, a recurring public dinner designed to use community-driven financial support to democratically fund new and emerging artmakers, is taking artist proposals for grant funding, which will be awarded according to a popular vote at the next FEAST dinner

Proposal submissions deadline: October 29


CALL FOR YOUTH FILMMAKERS: The Twin Cities Youth Media Network is taking submissions for its annual Film Showcase

Deadline: October 26

SEEKING ARTS REPRESENTATIVE FOR MILLE LACS COUNTY: The East Central Regional Development Commission is seeking an individual to represent Mille Lacs County on the East Central Arts Council (ECAC) Advisory Committee

Nomination deadline: November 1

Credit: Photo by k0a1a.net (courtesy of the Walker blogs)

Homepage: Featured arts journalism and online collections from mnartists.org

Everything and Nothing, All at Once

Ruben Nusz weighs in the ongoing Rob Fischer exhibition, Few Landmarks and No Boundaries, at Franklin Artworks through October 30, calling the artwork "challenging, but wholly worthy of your attention."



Related exhibition details:

Rob Fischer: Few Landmarks and No Boundaries will be on view at Franklin Artworks in Minneapolis through October 30. There will be a closing performance and reception, with live music by Dark Dark Dark, at the gallery on October 29, beginning at 7 pm.

Credit: Artwork by Rob Fischer, courtesy of Franklin Artworks

Old-Time Radio 2.0

Writer David Doody profiles the creative team behind Radio Happy Hour, two guys who have been refashioning playfully zany old-time radio shows for hip, young audiences -- first in Minneapolis and now, New York City.




Upcoming shows:

If you're in New York City this fall, you can see new episodes of Radio Happy Hour at Le Poisson Rouge on Bleecker Street: November 14, with guests Craig Finn and Tad Kubler of the Hold Steady; and on December 12 (guests TBA).


Some Assembly Required (October 2009)

Recent episodes of Some Assembly Required include a food-themed program and an informal look at the history of litigation in the world of sound collage, not to mention some brazen examples of appropriation-based collage music, as practiced by pop artists. It was an as-always odd assortment of styles and genres this past month -- take a listen.

Start listening >>

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mnLIT presents

Each week, mnartists.org publishes a story or poem by one of this year's winners in the What Light Poetry Project and miniStories flash fiction competitions. Read below for a winning piece in each category.

Read Todd Pederson's What Light poem, Flatiron - Market Sunday >>

Read one of the 2009 grand-prize winners, Furious by Kris Woll >>

You Are Here: A handpicked sampling from the events listed on mnartists.org/calendar
Classes and Workshops


CLASS: "Photography as Personal Language"

Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Minneapolis, classes run through December 3


WORKSHOP: Dia de los Muertos annual "Free Ink Day" at Highpoint

Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, October 24


CLASS: "Writing an Artist Statement"

Minneapolis Photo Center, Minneapolis, October 20 - November 10


WORKSHOP: Studio Bricolage presents "Performance Sculpture – Kinetic Art" with Tim Fort

Leonardo's Basement, Minneapolis, November 6


CLASS: "Pine City Writes" a series of writing classes by local memoirist and poet, Angela Foster

Pine City Elementary Reading Center, Pine City, through October 29

Credit: Photo of some kinetic sculpture gadgets created by Tim Fort (courtesy of the artist)


Moving Works by James Sewell Ballet, including a world premiere of The Bad Plus Us

The O'Shaughnessy, St. Paul, October 22 - 25


Ballet of the Dolls presents Pas de Quatre

Ritz Theater, Minneapolis, October 15 - 25


The Great Pumpkin Rescue - a Halloween adventure by the Academy of Russian Ballet

Eden Prairie High School Auditorium, Eden Prairie, October 24


Martha Graham Dance Company presents Clytemnestra

Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, November 12

Music | Video | Film

Russian Seasons in Minnesota

Park Square Theatre, St. Paul, October 25


Osso & Sufjan Stevens' The BQE

Southern Theater, Minneapolis, October 29


Strange Attractors 20 – a festival of new music and intermedia

Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, October 30 - December 4


Screening: Klownboy Circus of Gore

Riverview Theater, Minneapolis, October 24 (midnight)


Flyway Film Festival

Various venues, Pepin and Stockholm, WI, October 22 - 25


Patrick's Zombie Cabaret

Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis, October 22


Peace Cabaret - a Mississippi Civil Rights Project fundraiser

Carmody Irish Pub, Duluth, October 27


The Crossing – a short film collaboration between performer Anika Eide, dancer Toni Tinetti and filmmaker Todd Wardrope

Airs every Tuesday @ 6 pm on the Minneapolis Television Network (MTN), Channel 16, October 6 - 27


Indie Film Night – a selection of short films from Greater Minnesota, presented by IFP's Cinema Lounge

Zinema 2, Duluth, November 7


Credit: Still (top) from The Crossing, airing on MNTV, Channel 16, Tuesdays in October; (Bottom) photo for Sufjian Stevens' The BQE (Photo: Denny Renshaw)

Lectures, Symposia & Literary Events

MAEP ANNUAL MEETING: The annual Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program's meeting to elect a new panel of artist/jurors

Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Pillsbury Auditorium), Minneapolis, October 24 (10:30 am – 1 pm)

Internationally acclaimed painter Amy Sillman to speak in Mankato

Minnesota State University – Mankato, Ostrander Auditorium (Centennial Union), October 26 (7 pm)


Turtle Quarterly Public Reading

Coffee Grounds Coffee House, Falcon Heights, October 25

A Benefit for Hunger Relief in the Twin Cities

Coffman Union Theater, Minneapolis, October 27


Rain Taxi Reading Series presents a reading by two landmark poets, Dara Wier and Ed Sanders

Rogue Buddha Gallery, Minneapolis, October 28 (7:30 pm)


A Tribute to Bill Holm – co-presented by Milkweed Editions, Birchbark Books and Plymouth's Literary Witnesses

Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, November 2 (7 pm)


Artist talk for The Precious Object: "By Hand: Craftsmanship, Labor, and the Handmade"

Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, October 27 (7 pm)


Credit: Image of Amy Sillman courtesy of Elle Decor (December 2006)

Festivals & Special Events


BareBones Halloween 2009 – Devoured

Hidden Falls Park (North Gate), St. Paul, October 24, 25, 30 & 31


Minnesota Death-Songs and The Rats in the Walls

Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis, October 24 (7 pm)

Halloween Haunted Basement

The Soap Factory, Minneapolis, ongoing through November 1


Bunny Clogs & Friends Halloween dance and costume party, with special guests Lucy Michelle, Aby Wolf, and Jeremy Messersmith

Southern Theater, Minneapolis, October 31 @ 11 am & 2 pm


The Loft's "Dead (Poe)ts and Writers Halloween Party"

Kieran's Pub, Minneapolis, October 31 (8 pm)

Zoo Boo - a fright-free Halloween festival for kids

Como Zoo, St. Paul, October 23, 24 & 25 (4:30 - 7:30 pm)

STOP HOMELESSNESS Art Sale and Benefit

Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art, Minneapolis, October 30 & 31

Art Attack 2009 – an annual open studio and gallery crawl

Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, November 6 - 8


Ox-Op Arts presents: Non Consensual Post Dada Constructivist Cerebral Warts – Art, Music, and Film Festival

Soo Visual Arts Center, Minneapolis, October 22 - 25


Singing the Legacy of Sekou Sundiata – potluck dinner and community sing

Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, October 24 (6 – 10 pm)


Weekend Trunk Show: Todd Reed and Kiss of the Wolf

Grand Hand Gallery, St. Paul, October 23 – 24


Ruined by Lynn Nottage, 2009 Pulitzer-winner for Drama, presented by Mixed Blood Theatre

Mixed Blood Theater, Minneapolis, October 16 – November 2

Workhaus Collective's The Sense of What Should Be, written and directed by Dominic Orlando

Playwrights' Center, Minneapolis, November 6 - 21


Steve Epp & Dominique Serrand present The House Can't Stand

Southern Theater, Minneapolis, October 22 - 25


Big Love

Rarig Center - U of M, Minneapolis, October 16 - 24


Shakespeare's Othello presented by Ten Thousand Things

Open Book, Minneapolis, October 23 - November 8


Nights of the Living Fringe – five of this year's hottest Fringe shows are back on stage

Minneapolis Theatre Garage, Minneapolis, on stage through November 1

Credit: Photo courtesy of Steve Epp

Visual Arts


mnartists.org's ARTmn exhibition, The Precious Object, a juried show with work by 14 Minnesota artists

Hennepin Country Library, Minneapolis, on view through January 3, 2010

To Have It About You: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection

Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, October 23 – January 10, 2010


Three new shows at Midway: 800 Numbers by Ned Vena; Bingo, Wait a Minute… by Alex Hubbard; The Ground by Felix Culpa, Todd Norsten, Conny Purtill, and Josh Rickards

Midway Contemporary Art, Minneapolis, on view through December 5


Citizen – new work by Alex Roche and Page Whitmore

They Won't Find Us Here Gallery, Minneapolis, October 24


The Minnesota Eye – Contemporary Photography

College of Visual Arts Gallery, St. Paul, October 29 – November 14 (opening reception October 31, 5 – 8 pm)


Lucia Hwang -What's Up?

Augsburg College, Minneapolis, October 29 - December 18


Minnesota Women Ceramic Artists

Northrup King Building, Minneapolis, October 30 - December 11


Thomas Allen: Afterword

Thomas Barry Fine Arts, Minneapolis, October 24 (reception from 5 – 8 pm) – November 28


Momentary Performances and Things that Last Longer – Lee Walton

Bethel University (Olson Gallery), St. Paul, on view through December 13


Icons for the Bereaved – traditions and artifacts of mourning

Hennepin History Museum, Minneapolis, opens October 24 (reception from 6 – 8 pm)


The Louvre and the Masterpiece

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, on view through January 10, 2010


War Work: Artists Engage Iraq and Other Wars

Carleton College Art Gallery, Northfield, October 22 – November 18


Credits: Bottom image, Thomas Allen, Aroused, chromogenic print, 2009

You Are Here event listings are drawn almost entirely from the mnartists.org calendar, so if you want to improve the odds that you'll see your happening linked here, you'd better start posting your events!

We've made it super easy to begin: here's a step-by-step guide that'll show you how to promote your own events on the site's DIY arts calendar.

Walker Art Center

One for the Road

Soo VAC is hosting a four-day, interdisciplinary extravaganza around a large retrospective of the printwork and flatstock design by two noted homegrown outfits: Aesthetic Apparatus and Burlesque of North America. Look for short films by Chris Mars and nightly performance art, including live sets simulcast in "security cam vision" by Gay Witch Abortion, H.O.F., and The Melvins.

Editor, mnartists.org & access+ENGAGE:  Susannah Schouweiler

Project Director, mnartists.org: Scott Stulen

Community Liaison, mnartists.org: Will Lager

mnartists.org interns : Jamie Sandhurst, Joshua Sjogren, and Marria Thompson

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