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This weekend around the Twin Cities: Walker’s ”Sounds for Silents,” new Mia exhibit, farm outing, and more
Electronic duo Beatrix*Jar will feature at the Walker Art Center's Virtual Sounds for Silents
Electronic duo Beatrix*Jar will feature at the Walker Art Center’s Virtual Sounds for Silents

Courtesy of the Walker Art Center

An Virtual Evening of Poetry by Black Writers

What: Serving Black Futures; Loving Black Artists
When: Opening night is Thursday, August 20 at 7:30 p.m. Available to stream through August 30.
Where: Virtual

Opening this week at Illusion Theater, “Serving Black Futures; Loving Black Artists” is an evening of poetry contemplating a more equitable and just future. The virtual event is curated and hosted by Keno Evol of Black Table Arts, a local organization dedicated to uplifting Black artists and creating community. The night includes performances by poets Lester Batiste, Donte Collins, Sarah Ogutu, and Antonio Duke. “Serving Black Futures; Loving Black Artists” is part of Illusion Theater’s virtual event series, Fresh Ink New Work, a response to the Twin Cities’ Black Lives Matter movement and effect of coronavirus on performance. Purchase tickets for the virtual viewing experience here.

Virtual Experimental Film Screening

What: Virtual Sound for Silence 2020
When: Opens 7 p.m. August 20 through 5 p.m. September 8
Where: Watch here

This 50-minute online screening will feature new sounds from Beatrix*Jar, Andrew Broder, Lady Midnight, Cody McKinney, and Dameun Strange. Each artist selected a piece from the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection to score, including works by filmmakers Bruce Baillie, Tom DeBiaso, Rock Ross, Robert Banks, Buki Bodunrin, Mark Bradford, and Kara Walker. Please note this program contains mature content. Learn more.

Window Display Festival by Jungle Theater

What: Shine A Light Festival
When: August 20-30
Where: Jungle Theater, 2951 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis

The Jungle Theater’s exterior is getting a makeover. New, designer-created window displays will fill the theater’s four large lobby windows. The display will feature art by Sarah Bahr, Chelsea Warren, Mina Kinukawa and Catalyst Arts’ Bayou. This project also includes artistic responses from E.G. Bailey, H. Adam Harris, Isabella Star LaBlanc and Eric Sharp. The Jungle recommends viewing the four large lobby window-installations during the daytime and projections on the theater’s north side from 9 to 11 p.m. (they run every 15 minutes on select evenings).

Local Night Market

What: New World Night Market
When: Friday, August 21, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Modus Locus, 3500 Bloomington Ave., Minneapolis

The New World Night Market will have it all: food, fashion, and even a special guest artist. This market is focusing on businesses in the Powderhorn Park area as well as Black and brown vendors. There will be plant-based food options, original clothing, and accessories for sale, plus art, music, and more. Learn more.

Drive-Through Story Time at Sever’s

What: Sever’s Stories, Riddles, & Rhymes
When: Thursday through Sunday, from August 21 through November 1
Where: Sever’s, 3121 150th St. W., Shakopee

Searching for safe, family fun? Sever’s has you covered with its new outdoor drive-through story-time event. The festival has teamed up with Minnesota artist Brian Sobaski to present a fantastical experience that includes a treasure hunt, larger than life chicken samurai and a zany squirrel named Hayley. On the 3/4-mile trail, you’ll pass through tree farms, cornfields, and a rural prairie. This unique take on story time features humorous rhymes, riddles, and large-scale illustrations perfect for young readers. Purchase tickets here.

New Exhibit at Mia

What: “Under the Influence: Early Works by Frank Gaard”
When: August 22 through November 29
Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art, 2400 3rd Ave. S., Minneapolis

Shining a spotlight on the work of Twin Cities-based painter Frank Gaard, “Under the Influence: Early Works by Frank Gaard” tracks how the artist found his iconic style. Gaard, known for his eccentric personality and vibrant color palette, draws on pop culture, drugs, religion, psychiatry, and art history in his body of work. This exhibit includes the artist’s sketchbooks, prints, and drawings from his early days—1964 to 1975—culminating in Gaard’s 1975 large-scale painting Untitled (for John and Alice). Gaard’s work is in the permanent collections of Mia, the Walker Art Center, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. His art has also appeared in exhibits internationally. Learn more.

Visit the Oliver Kelley Farm

What: Explore the Oliver Kelley Farm
When: Saturdays (Aug. 22, Sept. 5 and 19, Oct. 10 and 24), 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Oliver Kelley Farm, 15788 Kelley Farm Rd., Elk River

The Oliver Kelley Farm, a National Historic Landmark, is a great place to enjoy nature and a slice of Minnesota history. The farm is the former home of Oliver Kelley, founder of the first successful national farming organization. Now, visitors can tour the new two-acre victory garden, see the historic 1850s farmstead, and walk the nearby Mississippi River trails. Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling the box office at 651-259-3015. There are also a small number of tickets available on site.

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