Most Popular Posts of 2015

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A hazy, noirish night in downtown Minneapolis.

Well, winter has finally come to Minnesota, and just in time for the New Year. I’m pretty happy about that, myself!

Wow, it is sure weird that the year is almost over, though! I feel I had a pretty good year here in the Twin Cities and did some really fun stuff I shared with people on MSP-Adventure Time. I thought a bit of retrospective would be in order, so today I will be sharing what turned out to be the most popular posts here on MSP Adventure Time for 2015. I’ll list the top 6 most visited posts, to recognize the coming year of 2016! It seems that they all come from back in the summer, so as the snow starts to pile down on us and the temperatures plummet, take a look back at times when you could ride your bike in Minneapolis with no pants!

#1: House of Balls and the Walker: Imbuing the Everyday with the Bizarre

This one came as a bit of a surprise to me, but for some reason, this entry from way back in May really took off in mid November, rocketing it to the top! I had a fun time checking out these awesome art events as the beginning of summer showed up, though I’m not sure why my exploration of the superb House of Balls and the Walker’s last cool modernist exhibit before their current cool modernist exhibit became so popular this fall.

#2: First Ever Northeast Night Market

It’s easy to see while this one was popular! While I only managed to go once this year, the first ever Northeast Night Market this summer was a blast! I was not the only one who thought so, judging by the ginormous lines that popped up at Bauhaus Brew Labs soon after it opened, making it very difficult to get in if you didn’t arrive a half hour early. This prompted the organizers to issue tickets in the future. I’m hoping it appears again next year!

#3: Freedom From Pants 2015

This has become a Minneapolis tradition, and I had a lot of fun during my first time participating in this hedonistic celebration of cycling, summer, and other fun things! Judging by the stats, the photos here have been particularly popular, for some reason.  

#4: The Floating Library 2015

This might have been my favorite event I went to all year! Kayaking out onto a summer lake, mooring to a cool library raft, and browsing all manner of innovative, interesting zines, books, craft books, and other artistic literary forms, how could summer get better? Maybe I can have something to contribute for 2016? Consider it a goal!

#5: Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival 2015

The second year I’ve recorded my visit to the annual Obon Festival held at Como Park in August, I have now actually been to Japan as well, so I’ll look forward to getting another taste next summer.

#6: Autoptic Festival

A free festival celebrating independent cartoonists, artists, zinesters, and other practitioners of “sequential art,” this energetic program attracted some of the top comic artists and writers from across the country; Gabrielle Bell, Jillian Tamaki, Charles Burns, among others! I can’t wait to see who is on the roster for next year, and maybe I’ll be able to put aside the two full days for it!  

 

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Happy Holidays!

Happy blooming Christmas! A quick reblog from last year, sharing again my favorite holiday cover by Nona Marie Invie, of Dark Dark Dark, currently my favorite band out of Minneapolis.

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A little Christmas cover performed by local band Dark Dark Dark back in 2011.

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Favorite Twin Cities Bookstores

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Interior of The Bookhouse, Dinkytown

There is still a few shopping days until Christmas for those of us who celebrate the holiday in one form or another, and, for me, nothing makes a better gift than a book. For those of us who don’t, the time off can be used to curl up with a book. I’ve been meaning to post a list of a few of my favorite bookstores in the Twin Cities after poking around them all year, purchasing a few more books than I might need.

One of those things that people often cite about the Twin Cities is our high rankings in the “most literate cities” indexes published every other year or so. Both Minneapolis and St. Paul tend to hover in the top five, with Minneapolis often topping the list. Our only rival seems to be Seattle for this coveted spot. In addition to selling books, art, and other needed items, many of these locations offer interesting literary events as well, including author discussions, readings, performances, and more things that help give you fun things to do over the weeks. 

 Being a generally bookish person, this may be one of the reasons I feel so at home here. One of the gauges for judging the “most literate” cities is the number of independent bookstores, and the Twin Cities have our share. In fact, it can be hard for me to decide which to visit whenever I find myself needing to purchase a book. I always check the local stores before falling back on online options, to keep my consumption of literary materials local. Here are a few of my favorites and ones that I’ve visited recently, though they are by no means a comprehensive list, just some that I visit often. On occasion, I’ll also mention a good place to eat/drink nearby as well!

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The big one, the Twin Cities’ largest independent bookstore, Magers and Quinn is one of my favorite bookstores in Minneapolis, offering new and used books and consistently sponsoring all manner of authors, events, and concerts, so that there’s always something going or coming up there. I’ve written about their participation in the awesome Books and Bars, but last August, for instance, I saw New York researcher Richard Beck present on his new book, We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s, which included a local element that brought some very interesting discussion. Discussing the infamous “Satanic Panic” of the 1980s, I’ve yet to read it yet, but it looks to be an intriguing read with much to tell us today as well. I may not have heard of this book without the promotion offered by Magers and Quinn.

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Big Brain Comics, Washington Avenue

Big Brain Comics

For graphic novels, zines, comics, and any other combination of the literary and visual arts, Big Brain Comics should be your first stop. Definitely my favorite comic shop in the Twin Cities, it’s got everything you might want; from superheroes to my personal favorite, memoir comics. 

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Bookhouse Exterior

The Bookhouse

A maze like warren of used books on all topics, this is the place to go to look for reference material for your various classes at the U. Stocked with an utter sea of books on all topics, fiction and nonfiction, I love looking at all of hidden gems here. In particular, they have a great collection of books on folklore, mythology, history, and local topics, all fields of interested to me.  A fixture in Dinkytown for decades, I recall spending a lot of time browsing for folklore and mythology at its earlier basement location across the street. It’s great that they are weathering the great upset of Dinkytown going on. Last summer, I traded in a pile of my old books here as well!

If you stop by to browse books, you might as well grab lunch at one of my favorite quick lunches in Dinkytown, Lands End Pasties, located in “Dinkydale” right downstairs.

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Moon Palace Books, E 33rd Street

Moon Palace Books

My favorite new (open since 2012) independent booksellers in Minneapolis, Moon Palace Books is a great little store tucked away just south of Lake Street on East 33rd Street in the Longfellow neighborhood, I’ve stopped by a few times to get certain items I’ve needed when I’ve been in the area and I really enjoy the cozy ambiance here. A very fun place to browse a great selection of new and used works!

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Dreamhaven Books Mural, E 38th Street

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A hidden gem in the South Minneapolis Standish neighborhood, Dreamhaven Books is happily back to regular hours since this summer, so I recommend heading down to and checking them out. Offering all manner of rare and mysterious science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other niche materials, they’ll help you track down the most obscure and arcane tomes, old and new, which in my case little known Lovecraftian pulp writers from the Twin Cities. You can really get lost in the shelves here, especially in the marked down sections. There are always surprises to be found at Dreamhaven and you’ll find things you must have that you didn’t even know existed. Make sure you come with plenty of time for browsing.

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Interior of Common Good Books, citing St. Paul’s superiority

Common Good Books

St. Paul’s preeminent independent bookstore selling new books, Garrison Keillor’s own Common Good Books is still a booklover’s paradise in its new location on the intersection of Snelling and Grand Avenue in St. Paul’s Macalaster-Groveland neighborhood, and it still includes Keillor’s old study furniture. They provided the materials for George Saunder’s visit last week!

If you get hungry while stopping by, it is just around the corner from one of my all time favorite Twin Cities restaurants, the Khyber Pass. Their lunch buffet is particularly great and affordable, as is their tea! If you haven’t had Afghani cuisine yet, it is a must try!

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Eat My Words Bookstore, during Northeast Open Streets last August

Eat My Words

A awesome new used bookstore in Northeast Minneapolis, Eat My Words also offers a lot of local authors rarely seen in other bookstores, along with an assortment of handcrafted zines from artists across the country. I’m excited to see the events that they offer here as well! Right across the street from Dangerous Man Brewing, I’d say that enjoying a local craft beer (the Peanut Butter Porter, say) along with a newly purchased local publication sounds like a pretty great idea!

A few other favorites include Micawber’s Books in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul, which I wrote about way back in March of 2014, and some that I’ve only been two once, though I really enjoyed them and can’t wait to return for another favorite bookstore entry, Boneshaker Books, and Uncle Hugo’s. In the end, all of this only scratches the surface of the Twin Cities bookstores and I apologize for totally prioritizing Minneapolis in this entry!

 

Cookie Exchange at the Hennepin History Museum

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So, last night I attended a new event in Minneapolis I haven’t done before and it was a really fun time! The Hennepin History Museum hosted, for the second time, a holiday cookie exchange, which is a great way to get to know some other people interested in baking and history and break away from that beginning of winter funk of avoiding people. The Hennepin History Museum, a cool, little known museum tucked away in an ornate mansion, the George Christian house, just across the the street from the Minneapolis Institute of Art is, I feel, one of the great hidden gems in Minneapolis. The Museum is currently raising its profile in the city, so expect more awesome events to continue!

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I had only been there once before, but I really enjoyed visiting again and I’d recommend people do too. Focusing on the rich social history of the county, there are always cool special exhibits hosted; currently, the seasonal exhibit explores the background of Hennepin County’s figure skating, which is something I hadn’t even thought of before! Hopefully we’ll be able to do that this year! Also, artifacts from history societies in the West Metro, specifically near Lake Minnetonka were on view as well, which, of course, was pretty interesting to me, given that’s where I grew up.  I’m trying to think of a good excuse for my next MNopedia article to visit again and stop by their exhaustive research library to glean some cool hidden stories of Hennepin County.

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The rules of the cookie exchange are simple; just bring three dozen of your favorite cookies and swap them with other people’s for a tasty, homemade treats. It is also a very Minnesotan type of event! I made some vegan pumpkin oatmeal cookies, which turned out only semi-successful, I feel. Next time I’d try a bit less molasses, and also know what to expect from my oven. The others look delicious, and it always great to have a pile of cookies to enjoy this time of year. Hopefully, the Hennepin History Museum will host again next year. It would certainly be a good choice for a date night!

Hennepin History Museum,  2303 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis

The Night Alive at the Jungle Theater

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I had acquired some gift certificate tickets to a show at Jungle Theater in the LynLake area some months ago, but, as is my wont, I ended up waiting until the last minute to use them. The first show I had the chance to see at the Jungle, it was doozy. The Jungle’s last show of the season, The Night Alive, was definitely a good choice to see. Written by a prominent contemporary Irish playwright, Conor McPherson, and directed by Joel Sass, this was an intense, powerful piece, one that will really stick with the audience. Bleak but funny, philosophic and hopeful, there are scenes that will shock, amuse, and enrapture you.

Set in Dublin and involving a cast of down on their luck characters trying to get by, trying to help out, the actors and the set work really worked together to bring the play to complete life; the gasping of the audience the only thing drawing you back into the theater. The set design of the Dublin apartment where the proceedings go down are so full of detail, and the lighting changes behind the windows capture flawlessly the change of light through a day and through the seasons, it really felt like being there. I’d definitely recommend checking out the Night Alive while it’s still at the Jungle.

The last few shows will be this Friday and Saturday at 8:00 and this Sunday at 2:00 and 7:30.

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Ornate lighting inside Jungle Theater

Mysterious Lakes & Beers

In a city of burgeoning breweries, it seems like every week brings a new location to enjoy a flight, a tulip, or a pint of beer from a mosaic of styles and types. If you like one, buy a growler and take it to your next gathering. With all of the choices available, it can be quite overwhelming. So after a weekend of explorations of Lake Minnetonka in December (really, it’s starting to get creepy warm), I decided to check out some breweries.

Just last week, two new breweries celebrated their grand openings, both recalling Minnesota’s reputation for lakes and eccentricity. Lake Monster Brewing in St. Paul and Lakes and Legends Brewing in Minneapolis, just a block from my apartment! Both of them offered a wide variety of styles, Lake Monster toying with a grab bag of styles, with Lakes and Legends leaning more towards Belgian traditions, with a farm to table mission.

 

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Last Friday, I made it to Lake Monster’s grand opening, which was completely packed. I’ve seen some of their wares sold around town, particularly their Calhoun Claw pilsner, but this would be the first time that they had an open taproom at their sprawling location off of Vandalia Street in an industrial area of the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul, which seems to be a hotbed of new breweries right now.  I had a difficult time finding a place to park my bike, and noticed that others had that issue, too, resigned to chain their bicycles to feeble parking signs and trees. In spite of the expansive parking lot, it looked like a lot of people were having trouble finding a spot themselves. Lake Monster is also huge, the bar stretching down through the old warehouse almost as far as the eye could see (at least in the crowd). While they were not offering growlers on Friday, they will, hopefully, add those soon.

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I drank a pint of the Untethered Sour Brown Ale, which was definitely a good choice. I’ve come to be a fan of the sour beers, and this one, tangy and funky, was a solid one. I liked it’s malty character as well. I’m looking forward to checking the place out again when it’s not so packed.

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While I couldn’t make it to the grand opening on Saturday, Lakes and Legends Brewing is right down the street from me, so I popped in after work yesterday to check it out. Like much of the Loring Park area of Minneapolis, there were plenty of spots for your bike, though car parking is a bit dicier, of course. On a sleepy weekday night, the place was still attracting a crowd and I ordered a flight to sample some of Lakes and Legends Belgian inspired offerings, in particular that tradition’s rustic farmhouse ales.

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Tulip of Boreal winter warmer

Featuring a bouquet of fruit and floral esters from the yeast used, they reflected the best of farmhouse styles, including the use of locally farmed honey, fruit, and smoke flavors. My favorite was probably the seasonal winter warmer, a stout as dark as a Minnesota winter with plenty of coffee and chocolate notes. However, to share with some friends, I got a growler of the raspberry braggot, which was infused with a rich raspberry and honey flavor. Since I’m just about to open up my own attempt at that honey based beer-mead hybrid beer style myself, I thought I’d try some other, more professional stuff to compare.

Both Lakes and Legends and Lake Monster are now open with a regular schedule, with a lot of events planned, too, so visit one of them, or one of the Twin City’s many other new breweries soon, if only to show your disapproval of current rumblings I’ve been hearing about in the beer industry.

Lake Monster Brewing, 550 Vandalia St, St. Paul

Monday-Thursday: 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Friday-Saturday: Noon – Midnight
Sunday: Noon – 10:00pm

Lakes and Legends Brewing, 1368 Lasalle Ave, Minneapolis

Tuesday – Thursday: 3pm – 10pm
Friday: 3pm – 12am
Saturday: 12pm – 12am
Sunday: 12pm – 9pm

MSP Reading Time: Rain Taxi and George Saunders

[Cross post with my Reading Rainstorm blog segment, Land of 10,000 Pages]

On Monday, I was excited to head out to Macalester College see a writer 25893679who has been described as “the best on the planet,” George Saunders, presenting in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the awesome local literary publication, the Rain Taxi Review of Books. Publishing four times a year and offering reviews of independent and obscure works of literature in diverse genres, from poetry to graphic novels, memoir to science fiction, if you see it in the racks at local coffee shops or bookstores, don’t forget to grab a copy. They’re free! Like the City Pages, and the late lamented Vita.mn and Onion papers, they have a tendency to pile up on my couches and in the backs of my friends and family’s cars. Of course, for the low price of $12 a year, you could subscribe and make sure you get all four copies. Always plenty of fodder to pile up on that ever growing reading list!

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Crowd queuing to listen to George Suanders, Kagan Commons, Macalester College

When Rain Taxi began back in 1995, one of their first issues reviewed a book of short stories by a new writer, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline by George Saunders. To help celebrate this, and the new edition of Saunders’ charming and eccentric children’s/adult’s picture book, the Very Persistent Gappers of Frip, Saunders visited the Twin Cities to read a few of his works and talk about his writing style. I don’t think you could choose a better introduction to the wit and style of George Saunders than the Gappers of Frip.  Read to a rapt audience by George Saunders himself, it was great way discover Saunders’ humorous and surreal, yet true to life writing. I can thank my English major sister for introducing me to his work, though I am still trying to complete my reading of his opus. I would also recommend listening to Saunder’s audiobooks, as he has a great, expressive reading voice, which made his live reading even better! Saunders was even kind enough to mention that the Twin Cities is a great place to do readings!

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George Saunders discussing Gappers to rapt attention

There is nothing cynical in Saunders’ work, but it also does not shy away from depicting the dark injustices faced by every citizen in our imperfect world, poverty, prejudice, greed, apathy, fear. Yet these elements are accompanied by a gentle, bright humanism that really shines through as well, making it a great exploration of the world as it is.

I’ve read that one, along with his latest collection Tenth of December and have always been in absolute awe at his writing prowess. More than any other author, I feel, he is able to capture the idiosyncrasies and feelings of everyday life infused with a total oddness that is itself true to life. In both Tenth of December and CivilWarLand, normal, flawed humans deal with absurd and bizarre situations they way we do with all of those inconvenient but normal problems of everyday life. Each story, also, takes a totally different and unique situation and takes it totally unexpected directions. In his discussion of his writing, Saunders mentioned a really interesting thought, that the writer’s job is really to bring their subconscious to the table, to make the richest and most resonant writing.

This is the stuff that draws me into Saunder’s stories, and into the deep, obsessing world of books in general. As Eric Lorberer, editor at Rain Taxi said in the video celebrating the magazine’s 20 years, books, “as the vital transporters of ideas, and of culture, and of values,” writing as a work of art and books will never leave humanity. Nothing exemplifies this better than the work of George Saunders. 

Holiday Craft Show Madness: A Reflection

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European Christmas Market at Union Depot, St. Paul

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Enjoying some Gluhwein at the European Christmas Market

Along with my family, I went a little wild on the craft shows last Saturday, hitting up a few I mentioned last week, along with another bonus one! In what has become a new tradition for us, it beats heading to the mall, that’s for sure. Here’s a taste of what we saw-

Starting in St. Paul, we swung by Art at Ramsey first. This one seems to be pretty much the same every year, and runs towards the pricier end of stuff.

Heading into downtown St. Paul, we stopped by Union Depot to see the European Christmas Market for the first time. It was the first time I visited the depot since it’s awesome renovation, renewing its place as a hub of travel and exploration. Made me want to jump on the Empire Builder to Seattle, or even a bus to Duluth! The market was held outside, in the unseasonably warm weather, and was quite small, seeming to deal mainly in food items, like some quality maple syrup and Surly brewing’s Glühwein.

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Grain Belt Brewhouse exterior

We then went over to Northeast Minneapolis to check one I missed the other day, the American Craft Council’s Holiday Hop. This was definitely my favorite of the day. Held at the Grain Belt Brewhouse, home of the American Craft Council, it was a great opportunity to visit this great local organization, visit their lovely library, and shop for vintage Minnesota stuff, as well as all sorts of other goodies, from local organic vegan barbecue sauce to local cheese. This one was also free to visit, and will definitely be one I’d recommend for next year.

 

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Finally, we finished up at my favorite, the No Coast Craft-O-Rama, which is always among the most interesting collection of cool stuff. I’m pretty set for gifts now, making for a less stressful finish to the year.

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Shopping at No Coast

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Midtown Global Market

Twin Cities Holiday Craft Market Bonanza

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Minneapolis Craft Market, at Sociable Cider Werks

It may have come as kind of a surprise to me, but it has become obvious everywhere you look that the “holidays” are coming. It is December now, unbelievably, so I feel I can brook the topic a little. It seems like every year, my family is all like, okay, this year we’re not doing presents, alright? Only for people to ask each other what everyone else wants for Christmas by the time Thanksgiving comes around again. I guess traditions die hard, especially for “the kids.” Fortunately, over the next few weekends, plenty of events are popping up all across the Twin Cities to celebrate local makers, artists, and craftspeople and support them through buying their wares.

Last Sunday, I stopped by a new one that just began this year, the Minneapolis Craft Market at Sociable Cider Werks, an event inspired by similar craft markets across the pond in London. Along with cidreries’ hot mulled wine, a few tents were set up in front of Sociable, making for an intimate and cozy little show, in spite of the chilly temperatures. Seriously, though, it’s been super warm this year, so far, hasn’t it? I picked up some nice gifts here, along with some of Sociable delicious Nice Ride rye cider, cider with a bit of body to it! There was plenty of parking available, whether for cars or bikes, and it will be continuing for the next few weekends, so take a look!

This Friday and Saturday in particular, there will be a veritable cavalcade of events around town offering all sorts of arts, crafts, and delicacies. I stopped in last year at a few of them, the Julmarknad at the American Swedish Institute and the Holiday No Coast Craft-O-Rama at Midtown Global Market. This year will be the No Coast’s 10 year anniversary, as it started way back in 2005! Wow, that was the year I graduated college. I’ll definitely be checking that out again this Saturday!  

I’m also planning to head over to St. Paul on Saturday for another one I’ve never visited before, the European Christmas Market at Union Depot, inspired by the Christkindlmarkts in various Germanic countries. It also boasts Glüwein, a spiced mulled wine. Nothing better than a little alcoholic beverage to help you through the madness, eh? It seems if you’re interested in Euro-style Christmases, you’ve got Sweden, Germany-Austria, and the UK to choose from in Minneapolis this weekend. I’ve always maintained the desire to spend the holidays in Europe some time, so this is at least a taste of that.

Finally, the Art at Ramsey event in St. Paul, held at Ramsey Middle School will be returning on Saturday as well, which I talked about last year. This one seems to have the “highest end” crafts, though plenty of affordable gifts as well.

Art at Ramsey, Saturday December 5th, 10-5, free

Ramsey Middle School, 1700 Summit Ave, St. Paul

European Christmas Market, Friday December 4th 2 – 9, Saturday December 5th, 10-9, Sunday December 6th 10-3, plus the next weekend at same times, free

Union Depot,  214 4th St E, St Paul

Holiday No Coast Craft-O-Rama, Friday December 4th, 3-8, Saturday December 5th, 9-5, free

Midtown Global Market, 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis

Julmarknad- ASI Christmas Market, Saturday December 5th 10-5 and Sunday December 6th 12-5, $10 admission

American Swedish Institute, 2600 Park Ave S, Minneapolis

 

Minneapolis Craft Market, Sundays in December, 11-5, free

Sociable Cider Werks, 1500 Filmore St. NE, Minneapolis

 

 

Free Art and Black Fridays

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Still recovering from hammering out slightly more than 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo over the month of November, I find some of the most relaxing places to visit to unwind are some of the Twin Cities art museums. There are a couple of very interesting exhibits in town right now that you should definitely take the chance to see, both exploring very different but equally creative times in art history- the shift into impressionist and modernist art in France between the 1860s and the 1900s, and the rise of contemporary art a century later in the 1960s. Both of these exhibits, Delacroix’s Influence at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Hippie Modernism at the Walker, explore shifting ideas of artistic expression, whether through painting or through other creative pursuits.

Celebrating their 100th anniversary this summer with a huge bash last August, the Minneapolis Institute of Art re-branded itself as Mia, and slated all sorts of awesome programs in the coming months, including Delacroix’s Influence: The Rise of Modern Art from Cézanne to Van Gogh, a unique and exhaustive celebration of the work of Eugene Delacroix, a painter from the Anglo-French Romanticism school whose groundbreaking work in color and optical effects inspired much of the next generation of European painters, who in turn revolutionized the art world by the 20th century; people like Cézanne, Manet, Renoir, and all of those other big names.

Following the my new personal holiday tradition described last year, Black Friday at Mia, so much more relaxing a reason to get up early on the day after Thanksgiving. For those who still needed to do some holiday shopping, the museum store was 20% off, but the real draws were free coffee and cookies from Agra Culture, and, of course, free admission into the special exhibit. I would definitely recommend taking advantage of the event next year.

I personally do not know too much about art history, but as a history major, I enjoy looking at pieces from certain periods and imagining how they fit into the cultural and social world of the time, and the curators at Mia did an awesome job putting together an informative and thought provoking collection, drawing in works from Delacroix and those he influenced from museums and private collections throughout the United States and Europe, including Mia’s own collections. It seemed that none other than James J. Hill himself, in that mansion over in St. Paul, was among the foremost collectors of Delacroix’s works in the US and many of the pieces in his collections made their way to Mia. While you’ve got to buy tickets for Delacroix’s Influence during the rest of its run, until January 10th, the rest of the museum is, of course, always free.

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Meanwhile, the other week I took advantage of the Walker Art Center’s Free Thursdays to visit the latest cool looking offer organized by the Walker, Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia. Centered around a decade’s worth of artistic output from the North American and European counterculture from 1964-1974 Hippie Modernism is a pretty stimulating exhibit. Showcasing artistic takes (or aesthetic radicalism) on how to live in the contemporary life, whether an idealized future and the nostalgic past, it is easy to see the tense period of history reflected in these myriad works. The sheer variety of items and ideas shared, from vehicle diagrams, to plastic suits, to orange trees reflected a truly creative era. It was amazing how innovative and strange the represented works were, and I especially enjoyed the vintage furniture you could relax on.

The Walker Art Center, including its special exhibits, are always free every Thursday night from 5-9, as well as on the first Saturday of every month. Oftentimes, these times coincide with other events as well. Hippie Modernism will be at the Walker until February 28th.