Art Hounds: Sweeney Todd and a museum of arms

Sweeney Todd
Mark Benninghofen as Sweeney Todd and Matthew Rubbelke as Anthony Hope in Theater Latte Da's production of "Sweeney Todd."
George Byron Griffiths | Theater Latte Da

This week on Art Hounds we take a look at Rod Massey's paintings, tour the Castlerock Museum of Arms and Armor, and meet the demon barber of Fleet Street.

Theater professional and author Peg Guilfoyle can't wait to see Theater Latte Da's production of "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis. This dark Sondheim musical features some great local talent and is already earning rave reviews. And really, who can resist Mrs. Lovett's meat pies? On stage through October 25.

Lanesboro metalsmith Anna Loney recommends you take a drive along the Mississippi River to Alma, Wisconsin and pay a visit to the Castlerock Museum of Arms and Armor. Filled with hundreds of rare and authentic examples of arms and armor, the collection is the life's work of Gary Schlosstein. Loney says she was surprised by the quality of the little museum, and her son was thrilled that he could try on chainmail. The museum is open 1-4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the year, and Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Painter and teacher Carol Chase is a big fan of Rod Massey's work, and she's particularly enamored of his latest show up at Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis. She finds humor and irony in his paintings which infuse gray industrial buildings with shades of pink and blue, and painstakingly recreate a tagger's casual graffiti. She says he's a master of his craft who finds beauty in the most interesting places. Up through October 17.

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