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  • I still long for the old Bedlam, the one on 6th Street and 15th Avenue in the West Bank with that awesome deck that provided a beautiful view of the Minneapolis skyline. For about two years, until it closed in 2010, I found a second home there. Drinks were cheap and I felt welcome; there was always something fun going on. I’m also nostalgic about Foxy Tann’s Beaverdance, the last holiday show Bedlam Theatre put on before it was ushered out of its old space to make way for a local mosque. My …
  • When I think of business, I think of suits. In college, business majors were the jocks and Republicans, and I wanted to be as far away from anything like that as I could. I wasn’t much interested in science or computers, so I ended up majoring in theater, simply because working on the stage was the thing I actually liked doing. But today, as I try to make my living in the arts, I’m wondering if maybe I should have taken a business class or two after all. In October I attended the Giant Ste…
  • When I think of business, I think of suits. In college, business majors were the jocks and Republicans, and I wanted to be as far away from anything like that as I could. I wasn’t much interested in science or computers, so I ended up majoring in theater, simply because working on the stage was the thing I actually liked doing. But today, as I try to make my living in the arts, I’m wondering if maybe I should have taken a business class or two after all. In October I attended the Giant Ste…
  • The notion that art and culture shape communities and bring people together has probably been around as long as people have been making art, but in recent years the spotlight on the arts’ civic impacts has grown brighter. Creative placemaking -- arts programming undertaken by public, private, nonprofit and community entities with the express purpose of shaping neighborhoods, cities and even regions -- has dominated the field in the arts funding arena over the past few years. Such projects bega…
  • When I first meet Masanari Kawahara and Molly Van Avery in a tiny studio on University Avenue, Kawahara is wearing a cardboard contraption on his head that’s shaped like an atomic bomb. It’s for a new one-man show, Little Boy, named for its central character: the bomb, named Little Boy, that was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 -- the same city where, 23 years later, Kawahara would be born and raised. (This is, in fact, the third such work he’s created exploring Hiroshima.) Onstage t…
  • It's Wednesday afternoon in late winter, and Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) is humming with activity. In the main building, teaching artist Drew Peterson sits with three students as they practice drawing skills as part of the Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) program. Virdell Brown works one room over on a painting inspired by Malcolm X. Next door, in the Screenprinting Lab, a group of apprentices take turns operating the machines, making t-shirts, while up in the Graphic Design Lab another g…
  • When I think of business, I think of suits. In college, business majors were the jocks and Republicans, and I wanted to be as far away from anything like that as I could. I wasn’t much interested in science or computers, so I ended up majoring in theater, simply because working on the stage was the thing I actually liked doing. But today, as I try to make my living in the arts, I’m wondering if maybe I should have taken a business class or two after all. In October I attended the Giant Ste…
  • When I think of business, I think of suits. In college, business majors were the jocks and Republicans, and I wanted to be as far away from anything like that as I could. I wasn’t much interested in science or computers, so I ended up majoring in theater, simply because working on the stage was the thing I actually liked doing. But today, as I try to make my living in the arts, I’m wondering if maybe I should have taken a business class or two after all. In October I attended the Giant Ste…
  • When I think of business, I think of suits. In college, business majors were the jocks and Republicans, and I wanted to be as far away from anything like that as I could. I wasn’t much interested in science or computers, so I ended up majoring in theater, simply because working on the stage was the thing I actually liked doing. But today, as I try to make my living in the arts, I’m wondering if maybe I should have taken a business class or two after all. In October I attended the Giant Ste…
  • When I think of business, I think of suits. In college, business majors were the jocks and Republicans, and I wanted to be as far away from anything like that as I could. I wasn’t much interested in science or computers, so I ended up majoring in theater, simply because working on the stage was the thing I actually liked doing. But today, as I try to make my living in the arts, I’m wondering if maybe I should have taken a business class or two after all. In October I attended the Giant Ste…