A few fundamental questions on the on the Chester Ski Jump Memorial Plan City of Duluth RFP.
Is not art, true art — spoken, written, painted, sung, or mixed media — an expression of that which comes from places that are intangible or elusive? i.e.: from within, a collaborative, the Netherlands, the proverbial Vibe?
Yes, the history of a place, lived out by a people is vital — I get that (and the real magic still is to have been there and lived it out) — however, most of us probably don’t have that benefit.
But a request put out on an RFP – a bid – along with city hall upgrades and roofing repairs not only diminishes the call, but is the antithesis of artistic inspiration. Just my opining.
So I thought I would like to write a review of the rock-musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
I am new to writing full-blown reviews so I guess by default this will be the worst one ever… but also the best? I am by no means an expert on anything, nor should you hold my opinion to more or less value than you would hold to someone you just met on the street. My opinion is my own, but I would like to share it.
Photographer Andrew Perfetti has posted an interesting series of photos of his time “discovering the abandoned hospital on the hill.”
For background, there’s a history of Nopeming on Zenith City Online. Also, check out Substreet’s “The Nopeming Stories: Recollecting a Century of Use and a Decade of Abandonment.”
Sometimes larger creative projects beget smaller ones. Here is one such instance. Submitted for your viewing pleasure, a music video for Fred Tyson’s “Free Man,” captured on a cross-country road trip while shooting for the feature film Half Super. What’s captured in the tag at the end can only be explained as the late-night result of three guys punch-drunk from a dozen days together in a small car. Enjoy.
Oh, and Fred has no idea about this. So happy birthday, Fred! What?? It’s not Fred’s birthday you say? Nonsense, every day is your birthday when you’re Fred Tyson!
The Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault is seeking artwork for its annual Art Auction. PAVSA serves victims/survivors of sexual violence throughout southern St. Louis County, offering free services like advocacy, medical-forensic exams, therapy and support groups. The art auction, held every fall, is PAVSA’s largest fundraiser of the year. A wide variety of local art is auctioned off, with proceeds going toward PAVSA programs, which provide crucial services to the people the organization serves.
Painters, potters, jewelers, knitters, or those who would like to donate a gift certificate for a gift basket are encouraged to call the PAVSA office at 218-726-1442 during office hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., for more information. The deadline for art to be collected is the end of October.
Folks interested in attending the auction should mark their calendars for Friday, Nov. 14, for an elegant evening of art, dinner, live entertainment, community ally awards and more. All proceeds benefit PAVSA’s programs and the healing services they provide for survivors of sexual violence.
The online literary magazine, Split Rock Review, recently released the Fall 2014 issue. Also, SRR is now accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, book reviews, graphic narratives, visual poetry, digital literature, and hybrid forms.
For more information about the magazine and submission guidelines, please visit the SRR website.
Various bits for local artists, arts consumers, and art organizations:
Visit Duluth Public Library’s One Book, One Community page and cast your vote for a book to be selected for this reading program. My suggestion: Support, Linda Grover’s The Dance Boots. Grover is the only local author on the shortlist, and this award-winning set of stories is perfect for this honor. (You might also check out Grover’s hot-of-the-press novel The Road Back to Sweetgrass.)
In honor of Labor Day, 4 Track Films would like to share with you its three-year labor of love — the teaser trailer for the new film Half Super. It’s a tale of love, loss and superheroes. It stars Abraham Curran and Tierney Michon and was written and directed by yours truly, Jason Page.
This is just the first taste. Each month for the next four months we will be releasing additional videos as we build to our February 2015 premiere. Stay tuned for more, and please help us raise awareness by passing on the link. Cheers!
Minneapolis-based artist and musician Sean Connaughty has done many wonderful and interesting things. Among them are a series of self contained ceramic biospheres that he sculpts, fills with plant life, and then submerges in waterways to become free floating universes. He wires them with cameras so viewers can hit his website and see what is going on inside. Now he has taken on his biggest version of the project yet, a massive concrete ‘Ark’ biosphere which will be submerged in Lake Superior near the Aquarium. The image is of the Ark being hoisted in place for the Northern Spark Festival in June at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis.