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August 3, 2009 // UPDATED 8:59 am - August 3, 2009
By: Cristof Traudes
Cristof Traudes
Artists, curators and audiences are brought together by exhibitions, but usually only through art. Rarely do the groups meet in a physical setting.

For a month, forget that convention.

Through early September, the Soap Factory’s Common Room plays host to a number of interactive nights where audiences can hang out with artists. Enjoy a game night, a potluck, an interactive video night and a craft fair. On Aug. 8, Common Room will feature the Minneapolis premiere of new documentary “Handmade Nation.” Show up Aug. 22 and spend the night talking music with installation artist Andy DuCett, who will bring along and spin a crate of records from his own collection. Anybody can spin music during guest DJ night on Aug. 29.

Top it off with karaoke on Sept. 5.

Common Room
Thru Sept. 6
The Soap Factory
110 5th Ave. SE


Lively dirt

Dirt on Delight is a much brighter and livelier show than its name suggests. (Anybody else think it evokes images of mud, fall and the need for a shower?)

Representing the work of 22 sculptors, Dirt features simple pots and intricate, large sculptures. Yes, a few of the pieces look like a 3-year-old’s Playdoh creation, but most are fascinatingly intricate and diverse.

Dirt on Delight
Thru Nov. 29
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave.
Free with gallery admission