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The Stone Arch Festival of the Arts is this weekend

2009 Stone Arch Festival of the Arts poster
Jeff Hagen
2009 Stone Arch Festival of the Arts poster

This weekend the Minneapolis Riverfront District will be hopping, thanks to the 15th Annual Stone Arch Festival of the Arts. There will be live performances by an impressive line-up of more than 40 local musicians, dancers, theater folks, and storytellers on four stages, among them the Spaghetti Western String Co., Brad Senne, Dan Israel, Hayor Bibimma Dance Company, Roma di Luna, Cromulent Shakespeare Company, and too many indie rockers to mention here. (Click here to see the full roster of performers.)

In addition to the ambient live entertainment and the usual assortment of food and drink, there will be 250 juried artist booths scattered throughout the festival, displaying a wide variety of artwork — including jewelry, painting, sculpture, textile art, printmaking, photography — all by local artists and craftspeople. (Click here for more information on participating artists.)

Other special activities and exhibits include a LEGO Creation Station for kids, graced by a large model of the Stone Arch Bridge built by students from the American Institute of Architecture at the University of Minnesota; the Magnetic Poetry Post, hosted by the Loft, with a bunch of interactive literary activities for youthful visitors; and the "Art of the Car" showcase of classic automotive design.

Should be great fun — at least, it will be if we get some sunny, summertime skies this weekend. Mr. Douglas, would you see to that?

The Stone Arch Festival of the Arts will be Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days, in the Minneapolis Riverfront District at St. Anthony Main. The festival is free and open to the public.

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