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Art Hounds: The Big Slam, Yo Gabba Gabba art & After the Burial

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Each week Minnesota Public Radio News asks three people from the Minnesota arts scene to be "Art Hounds." Their job is to step outside their own work and hunt down something exciting that's going on in local arts.

Find out how you can be an art hound.

This week:

Cole Sarar is a Twin Cities spoken word artist. She also manages the Twin Cities spoken word blog and calendar, minnesotamicrophone.com. Cole can't wait for "The Big Slam," a poetry slam competition featuring national teams from Minneapolis and St. Paul as well as notable Minnesota slam poets from past teams. The Big Slam happens Sunday, July 12, at 7 p.m. at Pepito's Parkway Theater in Minneapolis.  

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Kate Iverson
Kate Iverson is editor-in-chief for L'etoile Magazine and Secretsofthecity.com.
Photo Courtesy of Kate Iverson

  Kate Iverson is editor-in-chief for L'etoile Magazine and arts editor for Secretsofthecity.com. You're sure to find Kate at the Pink Hobo Gallery In Nordeast,  Minneapolis on Saturday, July 11, for the opening of "The Art Of Yo Gabba Gabba." The exhibit features the sketches, the drawings and video that make Nick Jr.'s "Yo Gabba Gabba" such a zany, psychedelic TV show for kids.  

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Suzy Lee
Suzy Lee is a journalism student at the "U" and will be the performance curator for the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent's summer arts festival.
MPR Photo/Chris Roberts

  Suzy Lee is a journalism student at the U of M and will be the performance curator for the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent's summer arts festival. Suzy is a longtime supporter of the Twin Cities-based progressive metal band, After the Burial. She'll be planting herself in the Mainroom at First Avenue July 9, when After the Burial joins nine other revered bands from the national metal scene for "Summer Slaughter." The show starts at 1 p.m. and goes into the evening. Suzy expects After the Burial will take the stage some time near the end, but before the headlining band.