Art Hounds: Rush Hour, Barbaric Yawp, Picnic Operetta

Sarah Jordet
Sarah Jordet is an arts events coordinator in Minneapolis.
MPR Photo/Chris Roberts

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:

Sarah Jordet is an arts events coordinator in Minneapolis. Sarah is heading over to Stevens Square Center for the Arts Saturday, August 29, to see "Rush Hour."

It's a one-night-only exhibition from 7 to 10 p.m. featuring five local artists who've turned more than 400 bus transfers into art. There will also be a few transportation-themed short films and music from Samwell Rowan and The Vignettes.

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Alonso Sierralta
Alonso Sierralta teaches sculpture and painting at Concordia University in St. Paul.
MPR Photo/Chris Roberts

Alonso Sierralta teaches sculpture and painting at Concordia University in St. Paul. Alonso plans to catch the last 2009 installment of "Barbaric Yawp," a reading series which has been running at Mackenzie Pub in Minneapolis from April through August.

The name "Barbaric Yawp comes from Walt Whitman's famous poem, "Leaves of Grass." It's a gathering of writers who read their poems, short fiction and short creative nonfiction.

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Molly Balcom
Molly Balcom is direct mail manager for MPR and a food performance artist.
Photo Courtesy of Molly Balcom

Molly Balcom is direct mail manager for MPR and a food performance artist. Molly's excited about an event where food and performance definitely intersect -- Mixed Precipitation's production "Orpheus and Euridice, A Picnic Operetta.

It's being performed at community gardens around the Twin Cities. The next performance is Saturday, August 29, at Birchwood Community Garden in St. Louis Park. The company describes its production as "a celebration of the sustainable food system with locally sourced food creations and a multi-lingual journey to the underworld."

Food is provided.

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