Art Attack: studios, music, food trucks and demonstrations

Courtesy of Northrup King
Cuban art, part of Art Attack

With Thanksgiving less than three weeks away, but still no snow on the ground, fiery leaves clinging to the maple trees and temps in the 60s, it’s way too soon to start thinking about holiday shopping. Except it’s not. Two events this weekend are perfectly timed for those who plan ahead, or just like to wander, look at art made by artists who live and work here, and be amazed by how many there are and how good they are.

The 18th Annual Art Attack at the vast and sprawling Northrup King Building – the largest studio building in the Twin Cities and who knows, maybe the world – starts tonight and runs through Sunday, with open studios everywhere, work by more than 250 artists in nearly every medium, live music, food trucks, activities and demonstrations: glassblowing, large-scale weaving, coaster die-cutting, pottery, painting. Dan Turpening – known to Minnesota Orchestra fans as the Accordion Guy – will stroll the halls on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Good Space Murals leads a community-made and inspired mini-mural to be installed at the Northrup King Building; if you want, you can tie on an apron and take part. (That’s Saturday from noon – 6 p.m. in the second floor gallery, #248.) Vincent Moniz, Jr. (NuEta), Urban Indian and reigning Individual World Poetry Slam, Indigenous Poetry Slam champion, presents his poetry responses to the artwork of boundary-pushing textile artist and designer Maggie Thompson (Fond Du Lac Ojibwe) at 7:30 tonight and also on Sunday afternoon in the second floor gallery.

The Third Floor Gallery (#332) hosts “Resiliencias, de otra Cuba!” a show of contemporary Cuban art by more than a dozen internationally recognized Cuban artists. Four of the artists –Andrian Morales, Ariel Cabrera, Jairo Alfonzo and exhibition curator Ciro Quintana – will be around throughout the weekend.

Kolman & Pryor Gallery (studio 395) celebrates its fifth anniversary with “Shifting Horizons,” a show of new paintings by abstract painter and gallery co-owner Patrick K. Pryor. Each painting began with an iPhone photo Pryor took during a recent visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan, a place of mutable landscapes he has known since childhood. Best time to go: Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., for the artist reception and ice-cream social.

And did you know that former Minnesota Monthly editor and current Mia storyteller Tim Gihring is also a photographer? It’s true. Find him and his work in studio #423.

Art Attack hours: Friday 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday noon to 8 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Free.

If you prefer your art fair-type events a bit smaller and all on one level, 60 Artists on 50th returns to Burroughs School for its 60th semi-annual event. We’ve been watching this show since it was called 16 on the River and held in Nedra Nichols’ home in Bloomington. It’s consistently well-curated, welcoming and warm, with good art by good artists across a wide range of price points. 1601 W. 50th St. in Minneapolis, Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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The restored Minnesota State Capitol will have more public space than the old one, and more room for new art and rotating art shows.

Most of the Capitol’s existing art commemorates the Civil War and Minnesota prior to 1905, and some of it is controversial. Times, attitudes and demographics have changed.

The Capitol Preservation Subcommittee wants public input on new art and existing art and will hold a series of public meetings around the state starting next Tuesday, Nov. 10. How should Minnesota be conveyed through art? What should be the policies that guide future additions to the Capitol? What kinds of stories should the art tell about our state and its people? And what should be done with the questionable art in the collection?

Tuesday’s meeting is in Rochester. There’s another Thursday, Nov. 12 for Northeast, North and Southeast Minneapolis and surrounding suburbs, and one Thursday, Nov. 19, for St. Paul. The two-hour meetings are held in the evenings. Go here and click Public Input Meetings for an updated schedule. Browse the rest of the tabs to learn more before you go.

The picks

Tonight at Hamline Church United Methodist in St. Paul: Christopher Williams. A Nashville-based singer-songwriter known to fans of contemporary Christian music (he has toured with the Grammy winning band Jars of Clay), Williams will give a solo show featuring music from his latest release, “The City Makes the Man,” a stripped-down acoustic outing of heartfelt, engaging songs. 7 p.m. Free/$10 suggested donation at the door. Williams’ appearance is part of an ambitious new music and arts series launched in October by Matthew Mehaffey, the church’s director of music. Here’s the complete schedule. Hamline Church is on the National Register of Historic Places.

More free concerts this weekend:

• Saturday at 4:30 p.m., the Como Conservatory celebrates its centennial with an all-ages concert by bluesman Detroit Don King and his band, with music by Muddy Waters, Memphis Slim, Robert Lockwood Jr. and others. Many more events are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday; go here FMI.

• Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Church of Christ the King, the Minnesota-based a cappella choral ensemble Kantorei presents “Music from Many Lands,” an Audience Appreciation concert that includes the world premiere of “Three Psalms,” a new work by local composer David Evan Thomas, who plans to be there. The program also includes music by Herman Strategier and Arvo Part. Axel Theimer directs. A wine and cheese reception follows.

• Sunday at 4 p.m. at Christ Church Lutheran, the Bach Society of Minnesota performs Bach’s Cantata 185, “Barmherziges Herze” (Compassionate Heart), during the afternoon Vespers service. Paul Boehnke conducts.

Saturday at Circa Gallery: Opening reception for “This From There.” Circa’s 25th anniversary juried exhibition features work by 25 Minnesota artists, including Rachel Breen, Tara Costella, Kristina Estell, Alfonso Fernandez, Laura Hallen, Larsen Husby, Andrew Nordin, Lex Thompson and Jane Wunrow. Nearly 600 artworks were submitted, with Christopher Atkins, now Minnesota Museum of American Art’s curator of exhibitions and public programs, former coordinator of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program (MAEP) at Mia, serving as curator. Expect a thoughtful snapshot of art here and now. Opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. Show ends Dec. 5. 

Photo by Travis Anderson
Pegeen Lamb and Terry Hempleman in “Feast of Wolves.”

Saturday at the Southern Theater: “Feast of Wolves.” Workhaus Collective opens Alan Berks’ new play, loosely based on Aeschylus’ “Oresteia,” about a family that loves a good war. When soldier son Eric returns from combat, their manipulations and betrayals escalate. Blood is shed. Terry Hempleman, Charity Jones, Pegeen Lamb, Eric Weiman, Jason Rojas and Jay Eisenberg star; Jeremy Wilhelm directs. 7:30 p.m. FMI and tickets ($15-$24). This is one of the Southern’s ARTShare shows, so members see it for free. The play runs about 2 hours. Ages 15+. Ends Nov 15.

Sunday at Magers & Quinn: “Delacroix and His Forgotten World: The Origins of Romantic Painting.” Nicely timed to coincide with Mia’s big Delacroix show, author Margaret MacNamidhe, adjunct assistant professor of art history, theory and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, discusses her new book with Gabriel Weisberg, professor of art history at the University of Minnesota. 6 p.m. Free.

Monday at the Basilica of Saint Mary: Rabbi Harold S. Kushner: “The Nine Essential Things I’ve Learned About Life.” Westminster Town Hall Forum moves to the Basilica for a presentation and book signing by a man who has taught multitudes a lot about coping with life’s tragedies (“When Bad Things Happen to Good People”) and living a life that matters. In his latest book, he distills nine essential lessons from his years of teaching, study and experience. 7 p.m. Free and open to all.

Monday at the Dakota: Joey DeFrancesco Trio. One of the best Hammond B-3 organ players on the planet will set the place on fire, as he always does. There is no such thing as a dull Joey D show. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. FMI and tickets ($32/$22).

Brando Skyhorse

Tuesday at Highland Park Library: Club Book Presents Brando Skyhorse. The series’ season finale features the award-winning author of “The Madonnas of Echo Park,” set in the Los Angeles neighborhood where Skyhorse grew up, and “Take This Man,” his acclaimed memoir. Skyhorse, who is Mexican-American, was raised by his mother to believe he was Native American, giving him a unique perspective on race and the quest for identity. 7 p.m. Free.

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