Art Hounds Live is a showcase celebrating the rich diversity of Minnesota’s art scene. The evening brings together artists from across the state for a cabaret style performance featuring live music, dance, theater, and comedy as well as film, visual art, and animation. The event is also a big “Thank You” to the hundreds of Minnesotans who have been Art Hounds over the years, volunteering their time to share their enthusiasm with MPR audiences. Hosted by Marianne Combs the evening will be a big celebration of the amazing arts community we have here in Minnesota.
The line-up includes:
Ananya Dance Theatre, a professional, Contemporary Indian American Dance company comprised of women artists of color. They describe themselves as cultural activists, working through dance and artistic processes to engage audiences, build community, and move towards justice and beauty.
Hmong-Lao Friendship Play OR Lao-Hmong Friendship Play, a comedy-turned accidental musical about playwrights, foodies, and real-life BFFs May Lee-Yang and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay. In this new theatrical work, they explore the connections between themselves and their cultures through stories, hot Asian men, and popular culture.
Gaelynn Lea, a musician from Duluth, MN. She has been playing violin for more than 20 years. First classically trained, she began learning traditional Celtic and American fiddle tunes at the age of 18, and later ventured into songwriting. She recorded her debut solo album, “All the Roads that Lead Us Home” in November 2015. Lea was recently named the winner of NPR Music’s second-ever Tiny Desk Contest. Her music video entry rose to the top of more than 6,100 entries from around the nation, chosen as the unanimous favorite among the contest’s six judges. The very next week, Lea performed a moving Tiny Desk Concert, at which the show’s host Bob Boilen said “there was hardly a dry eye.” Her selections will include “Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun” (the winning song for NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest) and Southwind (a traditional Celtic fiddle tune). Lea will use her Memory Man looping pedal to create winding layers of sound underneath these melodies.
Reina del Cid, a folk rock artist based in Minneapolis. Faced with the question of influences, del Cid cites literary rather than musical heroes: Virginia Woolf, Robert Frost, and Sylvia Plath. Known for her agile lyricism, she blends storytelling with musicality, packing an emotional punch. Led by virtuoso guitarist Toni Lindgren, the band moves comfortably between rollicking rock anthems, flat picking bluegrass burners, and confessional ballads to tell del Cid’s stories.
Commonweal Theatre Company will present an excerpt from Souvenir by Stephen Temperley, a charming comedy with music based on the improbable career of opera diva Florence Foster Jenkins. Based in Lanesboro, Minnesota, Commonweal has offered professional live theatre in the heart of historic Bluff Country since 1989.
Joe Sinness, an artist based in Minneapolis who makes photorealistic colored pencil drawings. His most recent solo exhibition, “Fey,” was in Macalester College’s Law Warschaw Gallery in September 2015.
Joy Spika, a multidisciplinary artist focusing on social justice and self expression. She seeks to bring attention to, and share the variety of experiences she has as a black woman artist, activist, and musician in Minneapolis, and how she interacts with the world.
Mizna’s Twin Cities Arab Film Fest seeks to provide Arab American and Arab film artists support and exposure, build the local Arab American community, and present to the general public the diverse ways in which Arabs view themselves and the world they live in through the powerful and accessible medium of film.
Marianne Combs reports on the arts for MPR News. Combs joined Minnesota Public Radio in 1993. Since then, she has worked as a reporter, producer and anchor at stations in Duluth, Rochester and St. Paul. For five years she wrote the MPR blog State of the Arts.
Tickets for the Fitz show: $15 general admission BOGO with password “culture”
Tickets available through The Fitzgerald Theater Box Office, 10 East Exchange Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101.
Infrared Listening Devices
For patrons with impaired hearing, listening devices are available free of charge. Please see the usher staff for details.
The Fitzgerald is wheelchair accessible. For information about wheelchair access and other services, call the Box Office, (612) 290-1200.