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‘New Land of Milk and Honey’: a communal experiment at the Soap Factory

“The New Land of Milk and Honey” (NLMH) at the Soap Factory is all over the place — it’s a collaborative performance-art experiment in 21st century communal living and art-making, rife with New Age-y pronouncements about better living thr

“The New Land of Milk and Honey” (NLMH) at the Soap Factory is all over the place — it’s a collaborative performance-art experiment in 21st century communal living and art-making, rife with New Age-y pronouncements about better living through a blend of smorgasbord spirituality, eating locally, and fanciful knitwear. Oh, and for some reason Segways are involved.

If you’d like to check out the spectacle for yourself, mark your calendars: The closing party for this show will feature an all-day community bazaar, which “will engage all five senses through activities scheduled in the Zen Center, Exploration Center, Creation Center, Dining Center, Library, and Inspiration Center.” After a day spent in group yoga exercises, crafting demonstrations, a community-supported agriculture Q & A, and periodic performances (including a reprise of the opening night “ritual”), the bazaar will conclude with a potluck dinner.

“The New Land of Milk and Honey” closing party and bazaar will take place at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis on April 3 from 1 p.m. – 11 p.m.

On a related note: More than the NLMH exhibition’s big finale, I’m looking forward to this weekend’s reading by Talking Image Connection: “Back to the Garden,” an evening of stories, poems, and dance created in response to the ideas raised in the NLMH show. A line-up of terrific local poets and writers —  Brian Beatty, Heid Erdrich, Geoff Herbach, Jen March, Cheryl Reitan, and Andy Sturdevant — will, along with dance artist Sarah Jacobs, perform new pieces about modern communal living. Given the roster of participants, I’ve no doubt the night’s offerings will be as witty and entertaining as they are trenchant.

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“Back to the Garden,” a Talking Image Connection, stories, poems, and dance in response to “The New Land of Milk and Honey” will be Saturday, March 27, at 8 p.m. at the Soap Factory. Admission is free.