Art Hounds: blue paint, Black Dub and acting prowess

Yves Klein, People Begin to Fly, 1961 Oil on paper on canvas 98-1/2 x 156-1/2 in. Courtesy The Menil Collection, Houston © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

This week's hounds treat us to a sparse production with powerful performances, drench us in brilliant guitar licks, and then roll us around in some blue paint for good measure.

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Mike Croswell, a St. Paul composer and sound designer, cannot wait to see his personal guitar hero when he comes to Minneapolis this week. Daniel Lanois gained fame as a producer for acts like U2, Peter Gabriel and Brian Eno, but he's a brilliant, thrilling performer in his own right. You can see him with his band Black Dub at the Cedar Cultural Center on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

Rachael Davies is an actor and administrator at Open Eye Figure Theatre. She plans on taking advantage of the opportunity to see Ten Thousand Things' latest production, "Life's a Dream" at Open Book. This theater company usually performs at jails, homeless shelters and other places where they can reach those who may not have access to the arts. She loves how their minimalistic productions showcase the acting prowess of the company.

Kaywin Feldman, director and president of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, has a big crush on Yves Klein (yes, she's holding a container of the hue of blue paint that he developed). She fell in love with him all over again at the Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers exhibition at the Walker Art Center. It includes over 200 of his pieces that feature drawing, sculpture, film and naked bodies in blue paint. The show will be up through Feb. 13.

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