Arts MN: Art-A-Whirl, an Art-Student Scholarship, and a Play on Bacherolettes

By Naomi Crocker

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Reflection: serious thought or consideration. Although the connections between art and the act of reflecting are evident, this week’s events are those that will allow you to experience reflection in all its forms: a portfolio exhibit for senior graphic design students, who are most likely reflecting on what to do with their lives after graduation; a play which showcases the type of self-reflection that only a drunken bachelorette party experience can produce; two events that offer the chance to meet local artists in person and consequently, to reflect on their philosophies; and finally, a modern dance performance that will demand some serious thought and consideration regarding what exactly it was that the dancers were trying to communicate.

The Reveal

North Star Ballroom, University of Minnesota St. Paul Student Center, 2017 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN

May 15 // 6–9pm


Hosted by the University of Minnesota’s College of Design in the St. Paul Student Center on May 15, The Reveal will feature the portfolios of the 41 graduating seniors from the University’s graphic design program. This year’s graduates have diverse interests and backgrounds in everything from animation and web design to printmaking and fashion, so their portfolio curations are sure to be both unique and thought-provoking. The event is free, open to the public, and runs from 5–9pm.

Beer bonus: If you’re a blossoming homebrewer with dreams of one day opening a brewpub of your own, note that many of the show’s graduating seniors have both the skills and verve necessary to create and implement bottle label designs, business logos, or menu layouts. Make some new contacts!

The Drunken City

The Lyric at Carleton Place, 765 Hampden Avenue, St. Paul, MN

Opens May 14 (Runs through June 7) // 7:30pm


The brainchild of artistic directors, and theater veterans, Sarah Marsh and Bill McCallum, dark & stormy productions’ mission is two-part: to find, develop, and sustain the next generation of theater-goers, and to provide exciting, exceptional theater experiences for current audiences. Their latest production, The Drunken City, which premiers May 14, highlights the experiences of three bachelorette party-crawling, brides-to-be, one of whom begins to question her future after a chance encounter with a recently jilted, and extremely handsome, stranger. Tickets can be purchased online and are $25 for general admission and $15 for individuals under 30. In addition, and due to the fact that many of dark & stormy’s plays take place in found spaces, there is no late seating to any of the shows. All performances begin promptly at 7:30pm.

Beer bonus: Consider treating a friend to dinner and a show, albeit in the most inventive manner ever at the first ever Twin Cities Burger Battle taking place in Mears Park (downtown St. Paul) on May 17.

First Impressions Scholarship

Presented by Posters and Pints, Summit Brewing, & Steady Print Shop

Deadline for Submissions is May 16


Posters and Pints, together with Summit Brewing Company and Steady Print Shop present an unique opportunity for art students to launch their career. The winner of the First Impressions Scholarship will have a poster printed, all-expenses-paid, through the generosity of Summit Brewing Company. Steady Print Shop will print an edition of 100 color posters, it will then be showcased and available for sale at the Posters and Pints event on June 21st, 2014. The recipient is encouraged to make their design reap the most out of this unique opportunity.

Applicants must have a valid student I.D., be at least 21 years in age and enrolled in a local post-secondary arts program. Applicants must present proof of age, a valid student I.D., a letter of intent and at least three portfolio examples of their work no later than May 16th, 2014. Visit the Posters and Pints website for all the requirements and to submit your work.

Beer Bonus: Posters and Pints is not just a art show for the best poster artists in Minnesota, but also a beer tasting event. Tickets for the June 21st show at Uppercut Gym are just $20 and get you samples of beer from 612Brew, Dangerous Man, Day Block, Indeed, Lift Bridge, Steel Toe, and Summit Brewing.

19th Annual Art-A-Whirl

Various locations throughout Northeast Minneapolis, MN

May 16–18 (Friday, 5–10pm; Saturday, noon–8pm; Sunday, noon–5pm)

Art-a-Whirl 2014

It’s back! Presented by the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA), Art-A-Whirl is the largest open studio tour in the country, with more than 60 locations (including studios, both public and private galleries, homes, storefronts, businesses, and restaurants) and featuring the art of over 500 artists in more than 20 mediums (including clay, textiles, glass, metal, furniture, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood, and more). Bottom line, Art-A-Whirl is a great opportunity chat with artists directly, learn more about a particular technique, and purchase original artwork. Best of all, the event is free and open to the public. Go online to find out more about procuring an Artist Directory & Guide or to download a map of Art-A-Whirl featured locations.

Beer bonus: Because Northeast Minneapolis is known for being the city’s go-to district for both art and beer, this year’s Art-A-Whirl aptly features many events that marry the two. One such event is the special release of Indeed Brewery’s L.S.D. Honey Ale at the Indeed taproom. There are also several glass artists who specialize in creating one-of-a-kind, beer drinking vessels. Check the Art-A-Whirl website for more beer-related happenings.

The Interact Party 2014

Pohlad Hall and 2nd Floor Lobby, Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

May 14 // 6–9pm


Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts hosts its annual benefit party this Wednesday at the beautiful Minneapolis Central Library in downtown Minneapolis. The evening will include a silent auction, music, and dance, and will benefit the more than 125 artists with disabilities that Interact helps create opportunities for. Per their website, the focus at Interact “is on the possibilities, not disabilities. This means that people with disabilities work as creators, artists, and actors whose work gives both artist and audience joy, lifts our spirits and teaches us all something about ourselves and the world we live in.” Follow the Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts on Facebook to scope out the silent auction items in advance, or visit the event page to purchase tickets ($40 in advance/$60 at the door).

Beer bonus: Admission includes one drink ticket for the event’s wine and beer bar, but if you’re looking for somewhere to continue imbibing afterwards, know that Butcher & The Boar is located only a few blocks west of the library on Hennepin Avenue. Not only do they have a more-than-sufficient tap list, they also offer some of the best food in the city. Dinner reservations are recommended.

AMP3: Alternative Motion Project

Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

May 16–18 (8pm evening shows; 2pm matinees)


Beginning May 16, Alternative Motion Project returns to The Southern Theater for its aptly titled third season: AMP3. In addition to the AMP company dancers, the program will also highlight a live vocalist (Alyssa Anderson of Minneapolis), four world premiere pieces by AMP’s founders, Kristin Howe and Joanna Lees, as well as a new work by St. Olaf Professor and Twin Cities dance artist, Heather Klopchin. Additionally, and as part of its mission to “become a self-sustaining professional dance company that serves communities in the Twin Cities area and elsewhere lacking in arts education and performance exposure,” AMP is offering a Pay What You Can performance on May 17 at 2:00pm. Tickets are otherwise available online or at the box office and are $15 for general admission, or $12 for children under 12, students, and seniors.

Beer bonus: Acadia Café’s impressive list of beer offerings is worth checking out. Luckily, Acadia is only a four minute walk from the Southern Theater and has happy hour on Friday’s from 4–7pm, as well as late night drink specials on the weekends.


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