Arts MN: The Wizard of Oz, Craft Cage Match, and a Fire Tiger

By Naomi Crocker

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LIMINAL /ˈlimənl/ adjective: Occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.

This week’s events all have a bit of the liminal in them due to their relation to transitional stages of various processes. First up is the namesake for this week’s theme: an exhibition featuring the work of both former and current Form + Content Gallery’s interns. Next, a re-mastered showing of The Wizard of Oz: a film that explicitly represented the cinema industry’s transition from black-and-white to Technicolor. Also on the docket is a cage match featuring artists most likely on the threshold of smack talking one another, a kid-friendly event at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and an exhibit featuring the work of a metal caster whose creations are seemingly positioned at the boundary of the impossible.


Form + Content Gallery, 210 2nd Street N, Minneapolis, MN

Runs through July 5


Form + Content Gallery presents Liminal, a group exhibition featuring interns of FCG, both past and present, all of whom find themselves, and their art, existing upon conceptual, personal, or professional thresholds. The nine featured interns’ work will highlight a variety of media, ranging from photography to oil painting to sculptiral installations. To find out more about the artists, visit the event’s website. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Beer bonus: It’s only a 10-minute walk to Fulton Brewery from Form + Content Gallery, so if you find yourself on the threshold of thirst after the show, know that you can make it to a state of satisfaction without much effort.

The Wizard of Oz

The Heights Theater, 3951 Old Central Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

June 5 // 7:30pm

Wizard of Oz

Although Dorothy may insist that there is “no place like home”, this week’s showing of The Wizard of Oz will have audiences proclaiming “There’s no place like The Heights.” As one of the Twin Cities’ oldest and longest-running theaters, the intimate, one-screen setting of The Heights Theater is perfect for showcasing the 1939 cinematic classic. Complete with a pre-show, old-time organ concert, this magical Technicolor production is not to be missed. Doors open at 7:00pm, all seats are $8, and tickets can be purchsed online in advance, or at the box office.

Beer bonus: Just down Central Avenue from The Heights Theater, you’ll find the newly-opened Aki’s Bread Haus, as well as the soon-to-be-opened Fair State Brewing Cooperative. These adjacent establishments plan on creating products that compliment each other in every way. As Aki’s owner, Joachim “Aki” Berndt states, Fair State will bring the beer, while he’ll bring “the pretzels and dip, and other stuff that pairs with beer.”

Craft Cage Match

American Craft Council Library, 1224 Marshall St NE, Suite 200, Minneapolis, MN

June 4 // 7:00–9:00pm


A cage match? In a library? And with artists? While the results of such an event are unknown, what is known is that the American Craft Council’s upcoming, annual Craft Cage Match will pit Twin Cities arts luminaries—Mike Haeg, Noah Keesecker, Nicole LaBouff, Liz Miller, Sarah Schultz, and Marcus Young—against each other in a two team format that will include multiple rounds of trivia, two rounds of craft-related physical challenges, and a round of debate. The match will take place on the gorgeous rooftop of the historic Grain Belt Building and is free and open to the public. Space however is limited, so arrive early. Doors open at 6:30pm. Check out the information from last year’s event.

Beer bonus: Just across the river and a quick jaunt down Hwy 94 is the soon-to-be-opened Sisyphus Brewing. Go check out the space, add yourself to their mailing list, and keep them in mind for the future—not only are they scheduled to feature weekly beer rotations, their space will also house a 100 seat comedy theater.

Free First Saturday: Parks and Rec

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, 725 Vineland Place, Minneapolis, MN

June 7 // 10:00am–3:00pm

Walker Art Center Free First Saturday

Located just across the avenue from the Walker Art Center is the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden: a Twin Cities staple filled with everything from delicate flowers and tiny insectes to Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s iconic Spponbridge and Cherry statue. For those of you unfamiliar with the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the Free First Saturday series—hosted collaboratively by Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park, the Minnesota Mineral Club, North Mississippi Regional Park/Kroening Interpretive Center, Silverwood Park, and Westwood Hills Nature Center—can serve as the perfect introduction. Bring any little ones you may know and enjoy free gallery admission, as well as kid-friendly activities designed for children ages 6–12. For more information on the types of activities that will be offered, or to view a map of the garden, visit the Walker Arts Center’s website.

Beer bonus: Walker Art Center shop features both glass and ceramic works by local artists that make perfect beer-drinking vessels. The online store has a limited selection, but you can see the full range by visiting the shop itself. Could be a good idea seeing as Fathers’ Day is just around the corner.

Fire Tiger II: Wayne Potratz

Law Warschaw Gallery, Macalester College, 130 S Macalester St, St Paul, MN

Opening reception June 6 // 5:00–7:00pm

Artist’s Talk June 7 // 1:00–2:00pm


For the past 45 years, Wayne Potratz (Macalester class of ’64) has been a faculty member in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Art. In addition, Portratz is a 2014 Macalester Distinguished Citizen award recipient, has been shown in more than 25 solo exhibitions and more than 340 group exhibitions since 1966, and is represented in 23 public and corporate collections and more than 165 private collections nationwide. From June 6–7, his work will also be on display at Macalester College’s Law Warschaw Gallery. The free exhibition, Fire Tiger II, will afford audiences the opportunity not only to view Portratz’ beautiful cast metal pieces, which were created from a “diverse set of inspirations, including canoeing and fishing, Native American culture, Asian culture and the history of spiritual practice,” but also to participate in a talk-back with the artist from 1:00–2:00pm on June 7. The opening reception is from 5:00–7:00pm on June 6. For more information, visit the event’s webpage.

Beer bonus: It’s less than a three-mile walk, drive, or bike to The Muddy Pig. We’d recommend taking advantage of the spring weather and using leg-power to get there.


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