Art Hounds: Megan Vossler, Brazilian dance, and a Neutral Milk Hotel cover band

Megan Vossler, "South China Sea," 2012. Video stills.

The hounds dig up landscape art that's sensitive to the earth's movements, a new local dance company that moves to Afro-Brazilian rhythms, and a cover band serenading Neutral Milk Hotel fans.

Sarah Moeding wears a lot of hats in the Twin Cities art scene; artist, musician, writer, and producer of the "Literary Death Match." Therefore it shouldn't surprise that Sarah would know about a Neutral Milk Hotel cover band performing the legendary indie rock band's most influential album, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea," in its entirety. It's happening Friday night at Cause Spirits and Soundbar. The group is the appropriately named CVR BND and its performance is partially aimed at folks who couldn't get tickets to former Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum's sold out show at the State Theater this Saturday.

The local dance world, which includes dancer and Cowles Center Education Director Jessi Fett, is buzzing over the premiere of a new dance company. Contempo Physical Dance, led by choreographer and dancer Marciano Silva dos Santos, fuses Afro-Brazilian dance, capoeira, and contemporary dance into a potent mix on stage. Contempo Physical Dance makes its debut this weekend at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis.

Christina Schmid thinks there's a movement of artists trying to take landscape art in more thoughtful, probing, deconstructing directions. Christina, a liberal arts professor at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, would put artist (and fellow Art Hound) Megan Vossler at the forefront of that movement. Vossler's new exhibition is called "Overlook: Landscape Studies," and it's at the Macalester Gallery at Macalester College through March 9th. Here's an essay Christina, who's also an editor at Quodlibetica, wrote about Megan's work.

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