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February 15, 2010
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

New Land of Milk and Honey

Leave it to the people at the Soap Factory to come up with a compelling reason we should come out of hibernation and head over to the riverfront art gallery this winter.

The gallery is unveiling “New Land of Milk and Honey” on Feb. 20. The project is a  collaboration among artists Brett Smith, Erin Smith and Annie Larson. “In this communal, technicolor installation irony is eschewed through the optimistic insistence that we are arbiters of our own happiness,” the organizers wrote of the project.

The project is an experiment in communal living, art making and other more unusual activities that you will likely have to see for yourself to understand. The organizers say they will be partaking in a wide assortment of projects, including knitting, electronic sleep, ley/tectonic farm acceleration, synesthesia, solar wave exchange, prenatal learning, cryptoceramics, enlargened creativity and chronobiology.

The project will be on display through April 3. The closing party will feature the Portland band Hooliganship.  

The Soap Factory is housed in the former National Purity Soap Company building and is third largest space for contemporary art in the Twin Cities.

When: Feb. 20–April 4
Where: Soap Factory, 518 2nd St. SE


Age: Wide Angle

Mill City Commons, a community-building initiative for seniors, has partnered with the Library Foundation of Hennepin County on a new speaker series that has arts leaders exploring aging issues.

The lectures will be held every Tuesday through the end of March. Speakers for the lecture series include:

— (Feb. 16) Philip Brunelle of VocalEssence reflecting on his singing career;

— (Feb. 23) Photographer Laura Crosby, composer Libby Larsen and writer Marisha Chamberlain will discuss their installation on aging at the Weisman Art Museum;

— (March 2) David O’Fallon, chief executive officer of the MacPhail Center for Music, will explore the transformative power of art;

— (March 9) Dance activist Sage Cowles will talk about her lifelong love of dancing;

— (March 16) Jocey Hale, executive director of the Loft, author Fred Amram, poet Philip S. Bryant, poet Phebe Hanson and novelist Faith Sullivan will discuss the impact of life experience on writing;

— (March 23) Actor Richard Ooms will talk about his path that led him to the Guthrie Theater; and

— (March 30) Kaywin Feldman, director of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, will talk about artwork created by artists in their later years.

When: Tuesdays through March 30, doors open at 6:15 p.m. and programs begin at 7 p.m.
Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall (Pohlad Hall)


Voices of Conscience

The Westminster Town Hall Forum has assembled another impressive list of speakers for its spring 2010 lecture series.

The theme is “Voices of Conscience.”

Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey, will talk about his groundbreaking work with at-risk youth to kick off the spring forums on Feb. 25.

Other speakers include David Lampton, an expert on Chinese domestic and foreign issues on March 25; Brian McLaren, a leader in the emergent church movement on April 15; and Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestinian leader who will discuss efforts to broker peace in the Middle East on May 6. 

When: Monthly forums, Feb. 25–May 6, noon–1 p.m.
Where: Westminster Town Hall Forum, Nicollet Mall & 12th Street