Art Hounds: Patio Nights, felt weapons, and Minnesota Prohibition songs

This week's hounds endorse the resurrection of a summer art and music tradition, a hanging installation of felt guns and knives, and an early music choral group embracing Prohibition.

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Happy days are here again for local musician Mischa Suemnig. Mischa's celebrating the return of "Patio Nights," the Minnesota Museum of American Art's summer-long outdoor music and art gathering. The MMAA has been without a home for a couple years but it's using City House, a former municipal grain elevator on the Mississippi River to revive "Patio Nights" on Friday, June 17. One of Mischa's favorite local bands, Communist Daughter, will be the featured musical entertainment this Friday.

Asia Ward loves installation artist Liz Miller's hand cut felt art works. Asia, a kinetic sculptor herself, says Miller has a provocative new show at the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program Gallery at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. It's entitled "Ornamental Invasion" and contains numerous felt pieces, cut in the shape of items in the MIA's weapons collection, and hung from the ceiling. Tonight, there will be a panel discussion on the current MAEP exhibitions -- Miller's and Paula McCartney's "A Field Guide to Snow and Ice" -- at 7:00 p.m.

Jackie Smith, a singer with the Mila vocal ensemble, is anxious to see the Rose Ensemble shed its medieval attire and grab their tommy guns in their upcoming "Songs of Temperance and Temptation." The show highlights the music of the Prohibition in Minnesota. The Rose Ensemble, which normally specializes in early music, will bring "Songs" to Weber Music Hall at University of Minnesota Duluth tonight at 7:30pm, and the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, June 17-18 at 8:00 p.m.

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