Art Hounds: Learn the meaning of Wee-Woo

Plus art in Fergus Falls and a rocker writes a requiem

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The mysterious "Doctor Wee-Woo Show" opens at the Open Eye Figure Theatre in Minneapolis on March 15
Euan Kerr | MPR News

Phil Schenkenberg is an attorney practicing law in Minneapolis and a resident of New Brighton. He recommends “The Doctor Wee-Woo Show,” although he admits, “I don’t know quite what to expect.”

It’s a call-in show, of a sort, that, according to the website, “follows the eponymous Doctor Wee-Woo and his friends (Mailbag, Mrs. Apple Tree, Sedrick the Sasquatch and more) as they perform their award-winning and long-running children’s television program.”

Audiences were asked to send in their life problems in advance. “DO NOT write about failed dreams, letting go of the past, and/or sasquatch politics,” they warned.

The show was created by Jake Mierva and Danylo Loutchko of an alleged Theatre Company (the proper name of the company, lower-cases deliberate).

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“They have great chemistry on stage together. I always expect to have a lot of fun — and we always do,” Schenkenberg says.

The show plays March 15-24 at the Open Eye Theatre in Minneapolis.

Bruce Gerhardson of Fergus Falls is an arts enthusiast. He recommends the art collection at Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College, which contains more than 400 works, calling it a “hidden gem … I think it really would stack up against any campus art collection in the state.”

Gerhardson is especially excited that the art now features a self-guided tour. Through the use of QR codes that are at various works of art, visitors can access more information about and interviews with the artists.

“The art collection is open to the public. It’s not in a closed gallery setting. It’s really in the hallways of the campus, which creates a vibrancy but also it makes it accessible to anybody who happens to be visiting the campus,” Gerhardson says.

Marie Denholm lives in the Powderhorn neighborhood of south Minneapolis and considers herself to be “a music head of all types.”

The music that has attracted her attention at the moment is a requiem. The composer is Minnesota musician Doug Weatherhead.

“He’s a singer-songwriter, rock and roll guy from lots of different bands,” Denholm explains.

But Weatherhead decided to write a classical requiem, and will perform it with a 32-member choir.

“Requiem” will be performed on Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Judson Memorial Baptist Church in Minneapolis.

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