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News Shanty on thin ice

In the arts world, things come, things go. Inspiration. Funding. Ice. This all comes together at the Art Shanty Project on Medicine Lake, where artists let their shaggiest ideas proliferate in a community of ice house installations.

I especially like the News Shanty, which seems symbolically poised to take newspapers down to the bottom of the lake. It was awfully warm last weekend. Anyway, this shack distributes a special Art Shanty newspaper insert, which you can enjoy while sipping a coffee, or you can peruse a large collection of zines on loan from the currently homeless Belfry Center.

Call me a curmudgeon, but the slow death-by-blogging that’s afflicting the zine world seems less than tragic, and visiting this museum of quaint communications only reinforced that. On to the karaoke shanty! The Art Shanty Project closes Saturday (Feb. 14); everybody off the ice at 4:30 p.m.

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