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September 28, 2009 // UPDATED 9:45 am - September 28, 2009
By: Cristof Traudes
Cristof Traudes
There are two ways to describe photographic artist Polly Norman’s new exhibition at Gallery13.

The first, courtesy of the gallery’s official explanation: Norman “strategically places pieces of translucent materials on the surface of the photographic paper at the moment of exposure, adding the photogram as an element in her compositions which is primary in her layering technique. The photograph is blended with the photo print at the time of exposure as a single work. Translucent color, in the form of photo oils and photo oil pencil, are added to select areas of a given works, which acts as a ‘filter’ where color is applied, deepening the optical field of her abstractions.”

The second, courtesy of a much simpler gut reaction: Whoa.

Eye Smack
11:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Mondays through
Saturdays Thru Oct. 9
811 LaSalle Ave.


Better than ‘MMM’

They were the Jo Bros when the Jo Bros were in diapers.

In the late ’90s, then-teenagers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson shot to the top of the world’s music scene with a song nobody today claims to ever have liked, “MMMBop.” The boys wrote the music themselves, and they performed it themselves. It made them the best thing since, well, the Partridge Family.

Today, they’re seasoned musicians (and probably more than a little tired of seeing weekly newspapers describe them as 1997’s Jonas Brothers). Their songbook has grown significantly stronger, and their musicianship has become harder to deny. Combine their young veterans status with a strong interest in philanthropy, and they’re a band no longer difficult to like.

5 p.m. Oct. 3
First Avenue
701 1st Ave. N.
$27.50 advance; $30 door