http://www.mndaily.com/rss/%2A en Word of Mounds: Trenton Doyle Hancock’s preachy creatures http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/12/09/word-mounds-trenton-doyle-hancock%E2%80%99s-preachy-creatures By: <a href="/users/jhemmingmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jared Hemming</a><br/><p>Artist Trenton Doyle Hancock did not get along with vegans during college.</p> <p>&ldquo;I was confronted with some vegans when I was in grad school,&rdquo; Hancock said. &ldquo;I didn&rsquo;t like their attitude, and I started making paintings about them.&rdquo;</p> <p>Hancock painted those characters years ago. But now, he&rsquo;s bringing one to real life and performing the live show for free at the Walker Art Center on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/12/09/word-mounds-trenton-doyle-hancock%E2%80%99s-preachy-creatures" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Tue, 09 Dec 2014 23:20:38 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 88784 at http://www.mndaily.com The animal in our imagination http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/12/04/animal-our-imagination By: <a href="/users/rlarson" title="View User Profile">Robb Larson</a><br/><p>For millions of years, humans have evolved alongside animals, hunting them, domesticating them and driving them to extinction. Their flesh has fed us, their presence has inspired us and their diversity has mystified us.</p> <p>Alison Hawthorne Deming, a poet and essayist who teaches creative writing at the University of Arizona, makes a compelling case for the importance of animals in our spiritual and emotional lives in her book &ldquo;Zoologies.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/12/04/animal-our-imagination" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Thu, 04 Dec 2014 20:46:19 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 88492 at http://www.mndaily.com Personalizing puppets http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/12/04/personalizing-puppets By: <a href="/users/jrenzettimndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jackie Renzetti</a><br/><p>The Ridiculous Puppet Company helps people get up close and personal with puppets.</p> <p>Jeff Neppl and Megan Culverhouse founded the company in 2012 with the goal of taking puppetry beyond the theater realm. Neppl serves as the company&rsquo;s creative director and lead puppeteer, and Culverhouse specializes in building the puppets.</p> <p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not a performer, so that&rsquo;s why I like working with Jeff &mdash; he makes [good suggestions for] these crazy creations that I bring to life,&rdquo; Culverhouse said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a really good partnership.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/12/04/personalizing-puppets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Thu, 04 Dec 2014 20:44:20 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 88491 at http://www.mndaily.com Ballet by Balanchine http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/12/02/ballet-balanchine By: <a href="/users/ldevinmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Laini Devin</a><br/><p>Suzanne Farrell had a close relationship with choreographer George Balanchine. After his death, she sought out some of his rare works to build a unique repertoire.</p> <p>Balanchine, a St. Petersburg native who died more than three decades ago, was one of the most prolific contemporary ballet choreographers during the 20th century.</p> <p>Farrell, now the artistic director for the Suzanne Farrell Ballet company, was one of Balanchine&rsquo;s most prodigious muses. She joined Balanchine&rsquo;s company in 1961 and has since endeavored to preserve his opuses.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/12/02/ballet-balanchine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Tue, 02 Dec 2014 21:32:51 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 88443 at http://www.mndaily.com Illustrator by day, surrealist by night http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/11/20/illustrator-day-surrealist-night By: <a href="/users/ldevinmndailycom" title="View User Profile">Laini Devin</a><br/><p>American writer and artist Theodor Geisel is known for his children&rsquo;s books, many of which serve as books for children when they&rsquo;re just learning to read, but most know him as Dr. Seuss.</p> <p>A collection of Seuss&rsquo; surrealist paintings is on display at the Jean Stephen Galleries in St. Louis Park as part of a traveling exhibit.</p> <p>&ldquo;[Seuss] told his wife, &lsquo;When I&rsquo;m gone, share this with the world,&rsquo; and she did,&rdquo; said Bill Dreyer, curator of the Dr. Seuss exhibit.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/11/20/illustrator-day-surrealist-night" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:46:17 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 88274 at http://www.mndaily.com Hailing from Afghanistan, poet faces adversity as a gay Muslim http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/11/19/hailing-afghanistan-poet-faces-adversity-gay-muslim By: Robert Larson<br/><p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">Faced with the desolation of a war-torn Afghanistan and the isolation of an oppressive America, Qais Munhazim creates his own world in poetry.</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/11/19/hailing-afghanistan-poet-faces-adversity-gay-muslim" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:10:18 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 88233 at http://www.mndaily.com Just jugglin' http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/11/16/just-jugglin By: <a href="/users/jrenzettimndailycom" title="View User Profile">Jackie Renzetti</a><br/><p>Chatter and the occasional thump of a plastic club hitting the floor filled the annex of Northrop Auditorium as members of the University of Minnesota Juggling Club practiced their craft.</p> <p>The casual atmosphere will carry into the club&rsquo;s Flip Fest this weekend. The three-day affair involves open juggling in Coffman Union&rsquo;s Great Hall &mdash; where anyone may watch or join in &mdash; and a show on Saturday. Like typical juggling festivals, Flip Fest allows jugglers to connect, teach and learn with each other, but it also has a unique focus on teaching newcomers.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/11/16/just-jugglin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:39:29 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 88137 at http://www.mndaily.com Dancing for devastation http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/11/16/dancing-devastation By: Robert Larson<br/><p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">About three years ago, Gadu Fukasawa Schmitz discovered what devastation sounds like.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;I turned on the TV, and there was this crazy news about a tsunami hitting Japan,&rdquo; Schmitz said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s amazing how fragile everything is. A wave comes and crushes houses like papier-mâché. The sound of that is just incredible, that force of nature.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/11/16/dancing-devastation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:30:17 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 88132 at http://www.mndaily.com Reading the rainbow http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/11/16/reading-rainbow By: Robert Larson<br/><p><span style="line-height: 20.3999996185303px;">In 2010, Dannielle Owens-Reid founded the blog Lesbians Who Look Like Justin Bieber for no special reason other than pure silliness. Some people weren&rsquo;t so keen on the idea.</span></p> <p>&ldquo;I was getting all these negative comments from people within the community saying that I was contributing to a negative conversation surrounding lesbians, and that obviously wasn&rsquo;t the point of the website,&rdquo; Owens-Reid said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/11/16/reading-rainbow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Sun, 16 Nov 2014 21:21:25 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 88129 at http://www.mndaily.com The dance of one thousand years http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/11/23/dance-one-thousand-years By: <a href="/users/rlarson" title="View User Profile">Robb Larson</a><br/><p>&ldquo;Life in a Day&rdquo; is a millennium in the making.</p> <p>The Minneapolis Katha Dance Theatre is performing an original production inspired by Persian poet Omar Khayyam&rsquo;s &ldquo;Rubaiyat.&rdquo; The original piece is &nbsp;an 894-year-old work of visionary poetry, and the inspiration behind the music and dance for the theatre&rsquo;s newest production, &ldquo;Life in a Day.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Katha Dance Theatre practices the centuries-old tradition of Kathak, a form of classical Indian dance that uses elements of Persian dance.</p> <p><a href="http://www.mndaily.com/ae/2014/11/23/dance-one-thousand-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> A&E Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:22:18 +0000 jkellen@mndaily.com 88286 at http://www.mndaily.com