Art Hounds: Honey, New Eyes Festival, Amplified Life

New Eyes Festival, photo courtesy Mu Performing Arts

The hounds kick off the new year with talk of a jazzy new eatery, some new plays being offered up for audience scrutiny and a hip hop showcase that reaches into Minnesota schools and prisons.

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Laura Zabel is executive director of Springboard for the Arts, an economic development agency for artists and arts groups. Laura can't wait to hang at Honey, a new eatery/venue in Minneapolis that will have a lot of jazz and cabaret music. Honey is located in the old Jitters location, the fondly remembered former coffeehouse and indie music space. Laura is particularly excited about seeing Twin Cities vocalist Jennifer Eckes perform at Honey on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Bethany Whitehead runs the Walker Art Center's membership department and is involved with the Women's Art Registry of Minnesota. Two of Bethany's favorite arts groups are joining forces as part of the New Eyes Festival. Presented by Theater Mu, it's a new play reading series where audiences have input on how new works take shape. The festival features five readings in four days, from Jan. 7-10, at the 40-seat Dreamland Arts Theater in St. Paul's Midway neighborhood.

Justin Schell is a writer, filmmaker and grad student at the University of Minnesota. Justin is a strong proponent of Amplified Life, a Minneapolis group that seeks to create social change through hip hop. Amplified Life puts on four hip hop showcases a year and the next one is Sunday, January 10, from 8pm-1am at the Artists Quarter in St. Paul. The bill includes Maria Isa and her band, spoken word artist Tish Jones, and DJ Snuggles, among many others.

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