Art Hounds: The Bombay Sweets, Altsie, and making art in a condemned home

"thisisdisappearing" installation in progress (image courtesy of Lauren Herzak-Bauman)

The hounds make their feelings known about a new way to see somewhat obscure but decent indie films, an art installation in a home destined for demolition, and Minneapolis indie rock that's a stylistic smorgasbord.

The Red Sky Lounge in Mankato has come through again for area musician and visual artist Amanda Gullixson. This Saturday night, May 12, there will be a free concert featuring a trio of Twin Cities bands; The Evening Rig, The Prissy Clerks and The Bombay Sweets. Amanda is especially interested in The Bombay Sweets' unique blend of '60s surf rock and bossa nova melodies.

Minneapolis writer and occasional filmmaker Ben Van Santen says Altsie serves a dual purpose by presenting hard-to-find indie films at local coffeeshops and bars he had previously been unfamiliar with. Altsie partners with Twin Cities establishments to present weekly screenings of a new indie movie every month. On Thursday, May 10, at The Crooked Pint in Minneapolis, you can see "Silver Tongues," about a psychotic couple who terrorize everyone they meet.

Twin Cities artist Jehra Patrick admires the guts and ambition of fellow artist Lauren Herzak-Bauman. For her installation "This is Disappearing," Herzak-Bauman leased a soon-to-be-demolished home in North Minneapolis and asked a handful of artists to make art inside the house that responds to its existence and destiny with the demolition crew. You can see the work by appointment or go to a public closing on Saturday, May 26 from noon to 4pm. For more Art Hounds' recommendations, check us out on Facebook and Twitter. Art Hounds is powered by the Public Insight Network.

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