Art Hounds recommend tales for young audiences

An actress on stage.
Olivia Lampert in The Children's Theatre Company production of "Bina’s Six Apples."
Glen Stubbe Photography for Children's Theatre Company

Sheena Janson Kelley of Minneapolis watched the world premiere of “Bina’s Six Apples” as soon as it opened at the Children’s Theatre Company.

Set in 1950 Korea, the story follows Bina on her journey to find her family during the war. On her way, the young girl encounters a number of characters — some are humorous, others have heartbreaking roles.

Recommended for audiences ages 9 and up, the play was written by Lloyd Suh, inspired by his parents’ experience during the Korean War; and directed by Eric Ting, Artistic Director of California Shakespeare Theater.

Two people on stage.
Lloyd Suh, "Bina’s Six Apples" playwright and Olivia Lampert, who plays Bina in the Children’s Theatre production.
Glen Stubbe Photography for Children's Theatre Company

“It was thrilling to see such a robust and well-cast cast of characters,” said Kelley, who is Asian-American and a freelance casting director. “I think there are moments where audiences will also start to discover new parts of themselves through this young girl … It absolutely made me laugh and cry in the same moment. I could not recommend this show more.”

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The show, 75 minutes without intermission, runs through Feb. 13 at the Children’s Theatre Company’s Cargill Stage in Minneapolis. Patrons are required to wear masks and show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours.

Artist Erica Spitzer Rasmussen of White Bear Lake loves gathering with friends around a table set with eclectic, handmade ceramics. A longtime collector, she’s planning to attend the Hot Dish pottery sale at Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, Minn., this weekend.

Twelve potters from Minnesota and Wisconsin — some established and some emerging — will have a range of pottery for sale, including mugs and bowls, plates and serving platters.

Outside, Franconia’s 50-acre sculpture garden will be open for exploring. Visitors can also gather around a bonfire or bring ice skates to enjoy the ice rink.

Inside at the sale, masks are required, and Rasmussen says all the potters have committed to getting COVID tests prior to the event. The artists’ work is also available online. Hot Dish runs Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Eveleth musician Thomas Frichek of the band Horse Fzce has enjoyed watching the evolving career of fellow Iron Range musician Josh Lubovich.

A Hibbing, Minn., native who now lives in Duluth, Lubovich has been a drummer for the bands Average Mammals and Heroes of Heartache, but at the end of 2021 he dropped his first solo EP of original work.

Lubovich plays all the instruments and performs vocals on the indie rock recording  “ADHD.”

As a 90’s kid, Frichek loves Lubovich’s “quiet-loud-quiet-loud” song dynamic, reminiscent of the Pixies. 

This activity is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment‘s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.