Check it out: Waving at Hennepin

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October 12, 2009
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie


Minneapolis native Matthew Bakkom has had art exhibits all over the world, but he’s most thrilled with his debut on Hennepin Avenue at the Burnet Gallery in the Chambers Hotel.

“Having a show on Hennepin Avenue is an aspirationial achievement for me,” Bakkom said in a prepared statement. “Hennepin Avenue has such history. It’s a landmark for the city that holds so many personal memories for me and public memories for all of us. Having a show here somehow connects you to all of that.”

For his exhibit, “Strange Victory,” he uses a scanner as an artistic tool.

“I’m struck by the scanner’s capabilities,” he said. “As an artistic tool, it’s something new and unexplored. A scanner can actually take in vastly different and more detailed information than either film or photography. But just like those other instruments, the most important issue is what is within its range of comprehension, and how the artist can contextualize that for others.”

In one of his pieces, “Waving with My Right Hand,” Bakkom used a scanner with a nine-minute exposure and his own hand to create a image. It’s part of his “9 Basic Gestures” series for his show.

“Historically, the majority of Western art is figurative,” he said. “It seemed important to explore that area. While all my art is obliquely personal, this is very specifically personal. I love the idea of ‘Waving With My Right Hand’ in the gallery window facing Hennepin Avenue. In my mind it’s a wave to all the parades and people that pass by on that street.”

When: Thru Nov. 1
Where: Burnet Gallery in the Chambers Hotel, 901 Hennepin


Laramie Project: 10 Years Later

The Guthrie Theater will join more than 120 theaters around the world on Oct. 12 for a reading of “The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later.”

It’s a one-night only reading of the epilogue to the play “The Laramie Project,” which was written after the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard. Shepard was beaten to death in Laramie, Wyo., for being gay.

“The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later” explores the long-term impact of Shepard’s death on the Laramie community and includes new interviews with Matthew’s mother Judy Shepard and the man who murdered him, Aaron McKinney. McKinney is serving dual life sentences for the crime.

After the global reading, there will be an interactive talkback live via satellite from New York’s Lincoln Center. The interactive community created for the event can be found at

When: Oct. 12, 7 p.m.
Where: The Guthrie Theater, 818 S. 2nd St.


The Haunted Basement

The Soap Factory is gearing up for another season of freaking folks out at its Haunted Basement.

It only allows people 18 and older in the basement and participants have to sign a waiver to enter.

“Now in its third year, the artist-designed performance project has an uncanny knack for manifesting and magnifying your worst fears,” organizers wrote in a statement. “Shifting from last year’s theme of disorientation, The Haunted Basement 2009 takes a darker turn toward the disturbing. In addition to the total absence of natural light, the bone chilling dank and the subterranean maze of lurid apparatuses, the Haunted Basement crew had added a few new things to the mix.”

A group of artists and designers — Ben Amel, Benji Conklin, Will Grant, Liseli Polivka, Chris Pennington, Gabe Shapiro and Eric Veldey — created the spooky basement.

When: Thru Nov. 1
Where: The Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE


Ingrid Michaelson benefit concert

Singer Ingrid Michaelson will be performing a special set before her sold out show at the Fine Line on Oct. 21 to benefit One Heartland, an organization that serves youth and their families living with HIV/AIDS.

Doors open at 5 p.m. for the event, which will also feature a live auction. Tickets for the show are $100 (only 100 tickets will be sold). For more information on One Heartland, go to

Oct. 21, 5 p.m.
Where: The Fine Line Music Café, 318 1st Ave. N.

Swing Down Memory Lane

Noted entertainer Tony Sandler will sing tunes from his extensive international songbook. He's performed all over the world and will be in town for a benefit for the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Tickets are $49.95 for dinner and the show or $29.95 for just the show. Order tickets at 952-583-5305 or online at

When: Oct. 23, 7 p.m.
Where: Minnesota Shrine Center, 2540 Park Ave. S.