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September 27, 2010
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

The Haunted Basement

The crew behind this year’s Haunted Basement at the Soap Factory promises to “test the limits of what visitors can stomach.”

The art gallery will be home to the freaky exhibit Oct. 1–31. In its fourth year, the Haunted Basement has taken on the theme of “distortion.”

“The disturbing masterminds behind the project will have both new and returning participants reeling from the cold genius and the unforgiving luster of each new terror,” according to a release on the project.

The terrifying narrative for the Haunted Basement has humankind moving underground to avoid “a cancerous infestation” spreading around the globe. While the human population hopes to find refuge underground, they are instead forced to deal with a subterranean culture pulsating with evil forces.

“In the subterranean world of permanent night, man’s worst impulses prove even more powerful than anyone had dared imagine,” promoters of the Haunted Basement wrote. “A new society of violence, fear and evil has begun to fester in these pits of suffering, in which new currencies are based on the refuse of the abandoned world, and a shortage of food has turned humans into livestock.”

The Soap Factory is at 514 2nd St. SE. Tours of the Haunted Basement are available between 6 p.m. and midnight. Tickets are $20 and visitors must be 18 and older and sign a waiver to take a tour. For more details on the Haunted Basement, visit



Interact Gallery’s new exhibit “Evolution” features work by 75 visual artists who reflected on the process of change over time in their artwork.

The artists use portraits, dreams, landscapes and ordinary objects in their art to explore evolutionary forces.

The Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts in the North Loop is a professional-level visual arts studio and theater serving artists with disabilities. It’s the only organization of its kind in the nation.

More than 100 artists are associated with Interact, ranging in age from 22 to 94.

The gallery in the Colonial Warehouse, 212 3rd Ave. N. Suite 140, is open Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.­–4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, visit or contact curator Welles Emerson
at 339-5145.


A multi-faith prayer service for respect

Central Lutheran is hosting a special service, “Minnesotans Standing Together,” on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.

The prayer service was organized in response to anti-Islam speech and anxiety around the state and country.

The service will feature people from many faith traditions, including Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jews and Muslims, according to a news release from the Minnesota Council of Churches.

“We search for the common ground upon which to build the common good,” said Rev. Peg Chemberlin, executive director of the Minnesota Council of Churches and president of the National Council of Churches. “We find that in our shared values.”

Parking is free for the event at Central Lutheran, 333 12th St. S. It runs until 8 p.m. A reception featuring resources that can help build more respect in the community will follow the service.