Art Hounds: Mpls. mystery and Granite Falls art

Rehearsing Failure
The cast of Rehearsing Failure by Theatre Novi Most.
Bill Prouty / Theatre Novi Most

This week we travel to Granite Falls for photographs of the prairie, examine Bertolt Brecht's treatment of women, and check out John Gaspard's novel "The Ambitious Card."

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Heidi Jedlicka Halvarson (a member of Savage Umbrella) is super excited to see Theatre Novi Most's production of "Rehearsing Failure," which follows Bertolt Brecht's life and work in the United States, and the women who contributed to his career. Halvarson says that while Brecht was an amazing storyteller, he was also a bit of a jerk, so it should be interesting to see how the theater company portrays him onstage.

Emily Wright, managing director of the Minnesota Guitar Society, reminds us that Granite Falls is only two hours away from the Twin Cities, so it's quite possible to drive up on Friday for the opening of an exhibition at the K K Berge Building. She's particularly interested in seeing John White's photographs of the prairie. She loves how he captures the morning light, and then zooms in on a solitary flower, or a patch of grass.

Writer and performer Joshua Will is a big fan of local author John Gaspard after reading his mystery "The Ambitious Card." Set in Minneapolis, it revolves around a magician who finds himself the suspect in a murder. Will said it felt like he was being told a story by a friend, featuring familiar haunts and events. Now he can't wait to dig into the second Eli Marks novel — "The Bullet Catch."

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