Picks: The Louvre; 101 Dalmatians

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October 12, 2009 // UPDATED 8:04 am - October 12, 2009
By: Cristof Traudes
Cristof Traudes
MIA meets the Louvre

This fall, Minneapolis is welcoming with open arms a long-time pro considered one of the best in the field.

Move over, Brett Favre — we’re talking about the arrival of “The Louvre and the Masterpiece.”

The collection, on loan from the Louvre, will be a hard one to pass up. It’s not every day that the Minneapolis Institute of Arts puts on display a 341-year-old Vermeer.

The exhibition is billed as an exploration of the definition “masterpiece” — how it and people’s tastes have changed over time. Three themes will be covered: the changing definition of “masterpiece,” authenticity and connoisseurship, and the evolution of taste. The collection features pieces as old as 4,000 years, which should make Favre’s 40 years seem minute.

Some of the world’s finest art just arrived in your neighborhood. No excuse to miss it.

The Louvre and the Masterpiece
Thru Jan. 10, 2010
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 3rd Ave. S.
$16; free for members


Woof, 101 times

We can’t decide what’s more of an attraction — seeing a “rolling doggie palace” parked outside of the Orpheum or going to the debut of the “101 Dalmatians” musical.

On the one hand, the doggie palace is one of the most extravagant kennels on wheels out there, painted a bright purple and screaming the musical’s title. On the other, witnessing a cackling Cruella DeVille and a cast of 15 canines on stage sounds like pretty great entertainment, too.

The 101 Dalmatians Musical

Oct. 13–19
Orpheum Theatre
910 Hennepin Ave.