Park Square’s new Sherlock Holmes play hasn’t even opened yet, but the run has been extended another full week. The new play opens in previews this Friday. Originally set to close July 19, it will continue through July 26. It’s already selling that well.
“Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders,” adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from Larry Millett’s novel, is the fourth Holmes play to open on Park Square’s proscenium stage and the second written by Hatcher. “Ice Palace” has a twist Minnesotans will love: it’s set not in London but in 19th-century St. Paul, during Winter Carnival. (A former Pi Press reporter, Millett has written five mysteries about Holmes in Minnesota.)
Steve Hendrickson, a Holmes fan since the sixth grade, returns to play the deerstalker-sporting sleuth; he’s been Park Square’s Holmes from the start. The cast also includes Bob Davis as Watson. Peter Moore directs. Previews continue through June 25; June 6 is opening night. FMI and tickets ($27-$60).
Stuck at home with a barking cough (curse you, summer cold), we did Saturday’s Northern Spark vicariously through Twitter, which lit up the beautiful night like the LED lights on top of Target’s HQ building. (The Target lights were part of Northern Spark. People could control them through their smartphones.) Many tweets came with Instagrams showing huge crowds, seas of parked bikes, the launch party at Mill City Museum, Mayor Betsy Hodges at the Convention Center plaza, Cloud Cult performing (you can see that in the future on TPT’s “Lowertown Line”), giant projections of people on the Gold Medal silos, some guy dressed as a character from the movie “Tron,” events in the Mill City ruins, at Northrop and the Weisman, the Walker, MIA and MCAD, at the Stone Arch Bridge, on Peavey Plaza and all around town.
Sample tweets: “Rule #1: do not wait in line for anything.” “Disco roller skating in the MCAD cafeteria!” “So many bikes!” “River of iron throwing sparks!” “Bell Museum has dung beetles.” “Human foosball!” “This is the hipster state fair.” “The closest Minneapolis gets to Burning Man.” “OMG The cheese truck gave me a grilled cheese sandwich filled with macaroni and cheese. HEAVEN.” “Cubes!” “Bubbles!” “The entire city is alive tonight.”
Many tweeters thought the silo projections (artist Luke Savisky’s “E/x MN”) should become a permanent piece of public art. One of the most popular attractions turned out to be the Water Bar on the Northrop Plaza, where people tried flights of tap water from three different local sources. They ran out of cups after 2,000.
It sounds as if the Northern Spark mobile site had a few problems (the new site took the place of last year’s app, so the staff could make updates more easily), there weren’t enough bike parking spaces, some lines were too long, and Cranky’s sold out of ice cream at around 2 a.m. But mostly, people stayed up late and had a great time.
In poetry news: The film “Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy” has been finished, director Haydn Reiss announced on Facebook. Screenings and DVDs are forthcoming. … The United States has its first-ever Hispanic Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera. The son of migrant farmworkers, Herrera is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Riverside, and is the author of some 30 books, only some of which are poetry. Announcing the appointment, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington said, “I see in Herrera’s poems the work of an American original – work that takes the sublimity and largesse of ‘Leaves of Grass’ and expands upon it.” Herrera succeeds Charles Wright. You can read several of his poems on the Poetry Foundation’s website. … Herrera’s next poetry collection, “Notes on the Assemblage,” is due out in September from City Lights, the independent bookstore-publisher founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, now 96, still vital, still writing. NPR did a piece on Ferlinghetti just last week that’s worth a listen.
Now at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts: “Arriving at Fresh Water: Contemporary Native Artists From our Great Lakes.” Works by 14 regional artists including Carolyn Anderson, Frank Big Bear, Julie Buffalohead, Andrea Carlson, Jim Denomie, Star Wallowing Bull and Dyani White Hawk, curated by Jill Ahlberg Yohe. Gallery 255. Free. Closes Feb. 21, 2016.
Tonight (Tuesday, June 16) at the University Club of St. Paul: Carol Connolly Hosts a Reading by Writers. Your last chance to catch one of these popular evenings before the series goes on hiatus (to resume Sept. 15). Following music by violinist Mary Scallan and flautist Jim Miller, the readings begin: by Emily Buchwald (co-founder of Milkweed, publisher of The Gryphon Press, poet, award-winning author); James Crnkovich (“Atomic America”); Molly Culligan, poet, actor, tango dancer; Franklin Knoll, poet, retired Hennepin County district judge; Madelon Sprengnether, poet, memoirist (“Rivers, Stories, Houses, Dreams”); Dan Sullivan, journalist. 7 p.m. music, 7:30 readings. Free. P.S. This is Bloomsday, so respect may be paid to James Joyce.
Tonight, Wednesday and Sunday in St. Paul libraries: Jazz at the Library. The 2015 Twin Cities Jazz Festival starts next Thursday, June 26. Before and during the three-day event, festival artists will travel to three St. Paul community libraries for a mini-series of free, family-friendly concerts. 6:30 tonight at the Sun Ray Library: Ticket to Brasil. 6:30 tomorrow (Wednesday) at Hamline Midway Library: Chris Bates’ Good Vibes Trio. 2 p.m. Sunday at the George Latimer Central Library: Francisco Mela Trio. Mela is the festival’s artistic director.
Wednesday at the Dakota: LP Music. Grammy winner Eric Leeds (sax, flute, keyboards) and St. Paul Peterson (bass, guitar) worked together in the Prince spin-off band The Family and later F-Deluxe. With drummers Stokley Williams (Mint Condition) and Petar Janjic, and Peter Schimke on keys, they played a series of concerts at Icehouse that led to a First Avenue jam with Questlove and D’Angelo. Their influences come from all over: Miles Davis, 1970s fusion, funk, world music. This will be their Dakota debut. With guest Ricky Peterson. 7 p.m. $10 at the door. Reservations at 612-332-1010.
Wednesday at Bryant-Lake Bowl: “Radar: Exchanges in Dance Film Frequencies.” An evening of short movement-based films curated by Adam Sekuler and choreographer Shannon Stewart. The program includes films by local artists Kevin Obsatz, Kenna Cottman, Missa Kes and Dolo McComb and ends with a live performance by Stewart. Doors at 6 p.m, program at 7. FMI and tickets ($6-$12 sliding scale).
Friday and Saturday at the Ted Mann: Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus Presents “Popular: A Broadway Cabaret.” The award-winning chorus wraps up its 34th season with a program of songs from classic and contemporary Broadway hits. Some examples: “Wilkommen” (“Cabaret”), “If I Were a Rich Man” (“Fiddler on the Roof”), “Summertime” (“Porgy and Bess”), “Send in the Clowns” (“A Little Night Music”), “Popular” (“Wicked”), “Not My Father’s Son” (“Kinky Boots”). 8 p.m. FMI and tickets ($25-$53). Pre-show cabaret at 7:30.