Check it out: Newman Rocks

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July 20, 2009
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie
Got some love for Paul Newman?

Then you’d better head to the annual Summer Music & Movie Series: Newman Rocks, which kicks of July 20 in Loring Park.

The annual outdoor film and concert series, co-presented by the Walker Art Center and Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, will pay tribute to the late actor every Monday through Aug. 10.

The series will kick off with Newman and Elizabeth Taylor in the classic 1958 film, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” Other films include Newman as a cowboy in “Hud” (July 27), as a prisoner in “Cool Hand Luke” (Aug. 3) and a pool shark in “The Hustler” (Aug. 10).

The bands lined up to perform include: Halloween, Alaska (July 20), Roma di Luna (July 27), Gospel Gossip (Aug. 3) and Times New Viking (Aug. 10).

The music starts at 7 p.m. and films begin at dusk, about 8:45 p.m. Lunds, an event sponsor, will sell picnic fare, and DJs from 89.3 The Current will spin music between the bands and films.

When: July 20–Aug. 10
Where: Loring Park



The Inside Out Gallery in the North Loop will unveil its “FAME” (Fine Arts Mentorship Experience) show July 24 — an exhibit featuring work by four Interact artists.

The Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts is the only organization of its kind in the nation. It has a professional-level visual arts studio and theater that works with artists with disabilities to help them develop their creative potential. More than 100 artists are affiliated with the Interact Center, ranging in age from 22 to 92.

The FAME show, now in its fifth year, provides Interact artists with a special opportunity to work with a mentor — a professional artist in the community. One of the pairs featured in the exhibit is local artist Jay Heikes who mentored Interact artist Chris Mason. They collaborated on a hand-drawn screen print of Elvis, among other things. Other FAME participants include Interact artist Abbie Johnson and mentor Rachel Orman, William Tomaszweski (artist) and Amy Toscani (mentor), and Janice Essick (artist) and Janet Lobberecht (mentor). 

When: July 24–Sept. 8
Where: Interact’s Inside Out Gallery, 212 3rd Ave. N.  


Born of Fire

Three clay artists — Marjorie Wade, Rhonda Willers and Kathy Wismar — are the curators of a new show called “Born of Fire” at the Traffic Zone Center for Visual Art.

The artists have unique takes on the craft, which involves a fairly elaborate weeklong process. The pieces are placed in a Anagama styled kiln set (an Ancient Japanese-style pottery kiln) at the McKeachie-Johnston Pottery Studios in River Falls, Wis. They are stoked with oak and pine wood for 100 hours and then cooled for more than 150 hours.

Featured artists include Randy Johnston, Jan McKeachie-Johnston, Arin Davis, Dan Ingersoll, Mark Lambert, Jon Neuse, Tyler MacNeal, Paul Moeller, Marjorie Wade, Rhonda Willers and Kathy Wismar.

Thru Aug. 26
Where: Traffic Zone Gallery, 250 3rd Ave. N.