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New Ordway hall throws open its doors this weekend

Scott McCloud explores love, art and death in graphic novel

mprnews.org — In his new graphic novel "The Sculptor," artist Scott McCloud proves that comics can be more than about guys in tights.

Children's Theatre Company heads to the really big screen

mprnews.org — The Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis is celebrating its 50th anniversary on the really big screen. The theater will screen the movie of its Broadway hit "A Year with Frog and Toad" on the Target Field Jumbotron. The screening is scheduled for Aug. 9. The event will be free and open to the public.

Filmmaker explores Native American culture in 'The Jingle Dress'

mprnews.org — When Bill Eigen set out to portray Native Americans on the screen, he knew that as a white filmmaker, he was walking on thin ice. "Really the most important thing was I wanted the Native American culture to like the film," Eigen said. So he asked Native American friends for help.

Walker show celebrates gifts of art

mprnews.org — Bright abstracts draw visitors' eyes to one wall, then life-like full sized figures tucked into a corner might startle them. On another wall, a full-sized truck is caught mid-slither. Such displays will continue to offer visual surprises during the Walker Art Center's 75th anniversary celebrations, especially tonight, when the center unwraps some birthday presents.

Leader hopes tiny St. Paul museum has a big impact

washingtontimes.com — ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - At a time when proposals for new museums in the United States are often accused of "edifice complex," the soon-to-be-opened Smallest Museum in St. Paul is deliberately understated and decidedly tiny. "It is a vintage fire hose cabinet," Shannon Forney tells Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/1BpYSYz ).

Carnegie Hall calls again for Minnesota Orchestra

mprnews.org — The cancellation of Carnegie appearances during the 16 month musicians lockout led to the 2013 resignation of Music Director Osmo Vanska. The orchestra is back on Carnegie's card for 2016.

Big plans for Smallest Museum in St. Paul

mprnews.org — Minnesota is home to grand museums, but its newest -- and smallest -- will find its home in a vintage fire hose cabinet.

'Force Majeure': When a man fails a woman, and everyone else

mprnews.org — In the unlikely event you found yourself in the middle of an avalanche with your family, what would you do? That question is central to the Swedish film "Force Majeure," nominated for the Golden Globe for best foreign language film. "Force Majeure" starts with members of a Swedish family arriving in the French Alps for a ski vacation.

One year after settlement, Minn. Orchestra is in a better place

mprnews.org — Doug Wright will not soon forget the conflicted feelings he had a year ago today, when the Minnesota Orchestra and its musicians announced the end of an ugly 16-month contract dispute that silenced the hall. Although the end of the lockout was celebrated by orchestra fans, the musicians took a 15 percent cut in pay and benefits.
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