Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside our own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on this weekend.
Emma Berg is the founder and director of mplsart.com, an online calendar and blog about visual art events in Minneapolis. Berg is looking forward to the opening of an exhibition at Soo Visual Arts in Minneapolis titled "Lost Souls of the Cascade Tunnel: New Work by Deuce Seven." Deuce Seven is a Minneapolis graffitti artist who's developing a national reputation. The show opens this Friday, March 13, and runs through April 12.
Ben Chadwick is a theater and film artist in the Twin Cities. Chadwick enjoyed seeing Commedia Beauregard's production of "R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots)." It's a translation of a forward-looking 1920s-era Czech play about the creation of artificial intelligence and what it bodes for mankind. The play is on stage at The Cedar Riverside People's Center through March 22.
David Evan Thomas is a freelance composer in Minneapolis. Thomas is impressed by the work of conductor Mark Russell Smith. Smith was hired in 2007 to serve as Artistic Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of Minnesota and Director of New Music Projects for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. This week Smith faces the monumental task of conducting two Mahler symphonies in one week. He'll lead the University of Minnesota Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 9, Thursday, March 12, at Ted Mann Concert Hall. On March 13 and 14, he'll conduct the Minnesota Orchestra as it performs Mahler's Symphony No. 4 at Orchestra Hall.