Art Hounds: Atmosphere, Earth Revealed, and the birth of A.A.

"Minneapolis - St. Paul," Jonathon Wells

This week's hounds dig up a play about the relationship which grew into Alcoholics Anonymous, an art exhibit exploring urban landscapes literally from the ground up, and the state's premier indie hip hop group's statewide tour.

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Writer and poet Juliet Patterson of Minneapolis predicts that if you see photographer and geologist Jonathon Wells' exhibition "Earth Revealed," you'll have a new awareness of the ground you walk on. It's a series of digitally rendered urban landscape portraits which show the city above and its geologic profile beneath. On view at the Minneapolis Photo Center through Feb. 21.

"Bill W. and Dr. Bob" is back on stage at Illusion Theater and Twin Cities actor and writer Shanan Custer couldn't be happier. Shanan says the show was her favorite production of 2010. The remount portrays how A.A. founders Bill Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith used their friendship to cope with and overcome their addiction to alcohol. You can see it at Illusion through March 13.

Atmosphere is coming to Bemidji, which means long-time fan and rapper Junior Jourdain of Red Lake won't have to drive for hours to see them. Junior calls Atmosphere the most influential act in indie hip hop. Atmosphere is getting ready to launch its first ever statewide tour, called "Welcome to Minnesota." The tour stops in Mankato on Feb. 22, Bemidji on Feb. 23, St. Cloud on the 24th, Rochester on the 25th, and Duluth on the 26th.

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