From Northrop’s next dance season to an upcoming Kate DiCamillo benefit night for the Children’s Theatre: Here is a roundup of local arts notes:
Northrop’s 2010-11 dance season has been announced, and part of the news is that it won’t take place entirely at the Northrop — at last the auditorium will undergo renovation (or “transformation,” as the Northrop puts it). After December the concerts will be in one of three other halls: the U of M’s Ted Mann Concert Hall, the O’Shaughnessy at St. Kate’s and the State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis.
Here are the season concerts; for details, visit the Northrop website.
- Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza (Sept. 24, 8 p.m., Northrop)
- American Ballet Theatre’s ABT II (Oct. 9, 8 p.m., Northrop)
- Urban Bush Women (Oct. 24, 7 p.m.,Ted Mann Concert Hall)
- Emily Johnson | Catalyst (Nov. 18-20, 7 and 9 p.m., Northrop)
- Paul Taylor Dance Company (Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. Northrop)
- The Voronezh State Ballet Theatre of Russia (Feb. 3, 2011, 7:30 p.m., the O’Shaughnessy, St. Catherine University, St. Paul)
- Aspen Santa Fe Ballet (March 8, 2011, 7:30 pm, State Theatre, downtown Minneapolis)
More than 600 U.S. museums are offering free admission to all active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The project was announced in San Diego on Monday by Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and Blue Star Families Chairman Kathy Roth-Douquet.
When visiting a participating museum, those elegible are asked to show either a Geneva Conventions CAC ID or a DD Form 1173 ID card at the admissions desk. For more information, see the project’s FAQs page, and for a national map of participating museums, see this page about the Blue Star Museums Initiative.
Minnesota Blue Star Museums:
- Dakota County Historical Society
South St. Paul,
- Goodhue County Historical Society
- Minneapolis Institute of Arts
- The Museum of Russian Art
- Walker Art Center
Best-selling author and Newbery winner Kate DeCamillo will appear in a Children’s Theatre Company benefit event on Wednesday, June 2. She will participate in a conversation with Artistic Director Peter Brosius during “An Evening With Kate DiCamillo.”
The event will begin at 7 p.m.; after the onstage conversation, DeCamillo will autograph her books for audience members. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for children.
The Old Log Theater will close for a few days — from May 31 through June 6 — for the installation of new seats and carpeting. According to theater founder Don Stolz, this will be the first time in the theater’s 50-year existence that there has been a week without a performance.
“The Dixie Swim Club” will reopen on June 9 and will run through Sept. 11. The Sounds of Summer concert series will also begin that week; Russ Peterson’s Big Band will perform on June 7. Also opening soon will be “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” a new musical adaptation for children. It will run during the day from June 22 through Aug. 7.
For more information and reservations call 952-474-5951 or visit the theater’s website.
“Whiteout,” by Brian Duren, has won the Reader Views Literary Award for MidWestern Literature published in 2009 as well as the Independent Publisher Association’s Gold Medal for Best Mid-Western Fiction in 2009. MinnPost’s Amy Goetzman wrote about Duren’s book last summer.
“Osmo Vänskä, Orchestra Builder” has been named best biography in the International Book Awards. The book (Kirk House Publishers, Minneapolis)is by Michael Anthony, a MinnPost contributor and former Star Tribune music critic, and photographers Gregg Helgeson and Ann Marsden.