The Twin Cities are home to many nationally and internationally known arts-related organizations. These include the Playwrights’ Center, the American Crafts Council, Northern Clay Center, Springboard for the Arts, the Textile Center, Arts Midwest, the Loft Literary Center, Artspace, HighPoint Center for Printmaking – and Forecast Public Art, now in its 40th year.
Founded in 1978 by Jack Becker, the St. Paul-based nonprofit has a global reach. Forecast works with communities of all sizes to plan and develop public art projects of all kinds. It supports hundreds of artists each year with grants, professional development and technical assistance. It publishes the biannual Public Art Review, the world’s leading magazine on the subject.
Recently, and locally, Forecast worked with artists Greta McLain and Drew Peterson to involve students at Sheridan School in northeast Minneapolis in creating a vivid, community-driven mural for the building’s exterior. It led the project to commission HOTTEA’s massive yarn installation at the Mall of America in 2017. Forecast helped Hopkins enliven a three-block street that connects its downtown Mainstreet with the future LRT station on Excelsior Blvd. And it awarded grants to artists including Philip Espinoza Day, whose Lowrider Garage Project will teach Twin Cities youth the discipline of the Chican@/Latinx art car form; Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, whose “In the Camps: Refugee Musical” will be given two public staged readings; Ifrah Mansour, whose “Ayayo’s Dream” will lead to an art installation on the West Bank; and Lacey Prpic Hedtke, who will research lost buildings of each Minneapolis neighborhood.
On Sunday (Nov. 11), Forecast will celebrate its anniversary with a party at Can Can Wonderland, the multipurpose arts space and indoor mini-golf course on the eastern edge of St. Paul’s Creative Enterprise Zone. There will be signature cocktails, appetizers, complimentary copies of the latest Public Art Review (a $30 value) and music by DJ Just Nine. Plus a behind-the-scenes tour of Can Can’s new expansion-in-progress, the artist-designed, 5,000-square-foot “Strange Paradise.” 4-7 p.m. FMI and tickets ($20-40). Proceeds support the Forecast Future Fund.
Tonight (Friday, Nov. 9) through Sunday: New Native Theatre: “Red Running Into Water.” Directed by Rhiana Yazzie, Blossom Johnson’s play deals explicitly with sexual assault as it tells of a young Navajo woman named Nana who refuses to be a statistic. 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Takoda Institute, 7:30 p.m. Saturday at All My Relations Gallery and 2 p.m. Sunday at Public Functionary. Pay-what-you-can at the door. Continues next week in other community venues. FMI.
Tonight (Friday, Nov. 9) and Saturday at the Walker: Thurston Moore: Moore at 60. The cofounder of Sonic Youth will celebrate a milestone birthday with two different evenings of music and poetry. Collaborators will include guitarist Nels Cline, poet Anne Waldman and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, with local artists Dameun Strange and Danez Smith (Friday) and Sun Yung Shin (Saturday). Buy a ticket, be surprised. 8 p.m. both nights in the McGuire Theater. FMI and tickets ($30/24).
Sunday at Macalester’s Mairs Concert Hall: Chopin Society: Shai Wosner. Born in Israel, Wosner moved to New York at 21 to study with Emanuel Ax at Juilliard. He’s that rare classical pianist who gets improvisation – the risk and thrill and freedom of it. At this solo recital, he’ll present works by composers who captured the spirit of improvisation in their written music: Schubert, Chopin, Gershwin, and Ives. The selections he’ll play are on his latest recording, “Impromptu,” which Gramophone called “a veritable feast of spontaneity.” A renowned Schubert interpreter, Wosner will conclude with the Sonata in G Major. 3 p.m. in the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center. FMI and tickets ($30).
Sunday on your teevee: Minnesota Original. In the fifth broadcast episode of MNO’s new season, TPT’s crew visit Al Milgrom at his home on his 95th birthday. May we all be as sharp, vital, and opinionated, but less messy, when we turn 95. This profile of the outspoken cinephile who founded our Film Society is filled with clips and history. Somali artist Ifrah Mansour performs her poem “I Am a Refugee” as images of colorful people fill the screen. It’s incredibly moving. When Devin Wildes, a young man with autism, is told the crew wants to know his story, he replies, “True story: Making art.” He’s a very good artist. He also loves to talk about his art – in front of hundreds of people. Jocephus Lomax, aka Music Man Joe, plays his horn on the streets of Minneapolis. “People say I lift them up a little,” he says. Indeed he does. Watch Sunday at 6 p.m. on TPT or view individual stories online.
Monday at Bryant-Lake Bowl: The Theater of Public Policy: A Brief History of Seven Improvs. Honest, we don’t spotlight T2P2 events as often as we do because MinnPost is a media sponsor. It’s because they keep doing interesting things, darn them. Like featuring Marlon James as a guest, which is what they’ll do Monday. James is the Man Booker Prize winning author of “A History of Seven Killings” whose next book, “Black Leopard, Red Wolf,” is already being hailed as the next “Game of Thrones.” T2P2 will give him their usual treatment: interview him nicely, then make fun of him (but not in a mean way) in improv comedy sketches. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7. FMI and tickets ($12/15).
Tuesday at the Westminster Town Hall Forum: Michael Beschloss: “Presidents of War; 1807 to Modern Times.” Beschloss is the award-winning author of nine books on presidential history, the presidential historian for NBC News and a contributor to “PBS NewsHour.” He’s written about so many U.S. presidents he may be able to give us some perspective on the current one. Noon at 1200 Marquette Ave. in Minneapolis. FMI. Free. Come early (11:30 a.m.) for a sing-along with Dan Chouinard, with Bill Chouinard on Westminster’s pipe organ.