Art Hounds: Small Dances, Maurice Manning, and a new art center in New Ulm

A scene from Small Dances. (Courtesy of Laura Holway)

Marking five years on MPR News, this week's hounds found a new haven for arts and culture in south central Minnesota, a living room dance series designed to warm your bones, and a Kentucky poet who's bringing Appalachia to a northern clime.

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An Appalachian poet who's part southern preacher, country singer, and professor. That's how Kathleen Roberts, literary director of the Prove Collective in Duluth, describes one of her favorite living poets, 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist Maurice Manning. Manning will be reading at the College of St. Scholastica's Somer Lounge on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m.

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gwen ruff

South central Minnesota has an abundant supply of artists, says Gibbon painter Gwen Ruff, but they're pretty isolated from each other. No longer, with the grand opening of the Grand Center for Arts and Culture in New Ulm.

laura brown

Printmaker, book artist and art teacher Laura Brown thinks that dance performances don't always have to be on a distant stage in some cavernous hall. That's why Laura is drawn to choreographer Laura Holway's "Small Dances." It's being performed in Twin Cities living rooms and small studios this winter, and is devoted to helping patrons survive a particularly brutal season this year. Through March 9. To RSVP for exact locations click here.

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