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Art Hounds: Jennifer Davis, Rapture, and the world’s foremost Arabic instrumentalist

"lion" by Jennifer Davis. (Courtesy of Public Functionary)

Carousel inspired carnivalesque characters and the artist who paints them, a rapture in which only artists leave the earth, and the beauty and power of an Arabic musical virtuoso.

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The music of oud and violin virtuoso Simon Shaheen is extremely arresting and moving to choreographer and dancer Kathryn Sonja Inoferio. Shaheen, a New Yorker and Palestinian, is regarded as a master of Arabic and western classical traditions. Kathryn says Shaheen is paying a rare visit to Minnesota, with performances Friday night at 7:00pm at the Red Rock Center for the Arts in Fairmont, and Saturday night at 8pm at Hamline University's Sundin Hall.

Kathryn Fumie

Twin Cities actor Kathryn Fumie says Savage Umbrella's latest production, "Rapture," asks so many interesting questions about art, she's been doing a lot of self examination. The play envisions what The Rapture might be like if artists were the only ones picked to go to heaven.


Soo Visual Arts Center board chair Jason Howard has long been drawn to the cartoonish, character-driven paintings of Jennifer Davis, because he finds them refreshingly whimsical and fun to look at. Davis' new show, "Joyride," at Public Functionary in Minneapolis, was inspired by east coast carousel art. The opening reception is March 22, from 7 p.m. to midnight. Through April 25.

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