Constellation returns to south Minneapolis neighborhoods this weekend

Categories: Art, Theater
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Constellation, a DIY festival of art, performance, skill-sharing, and community in south Minneapolis, returns for its second year this weekend. The event takes place in various backyards, garages, porches, and other residential spaces in Powderhorn, Seward, and surrounding neighborhoods.

Lacey Prpić Hedtke, who founded Constellation along with Kevin Loecke, says there are some new artists this year, as well as a mobile component that includes the Rolling Revelry (Sooline Serenade) along the Greenway presented by Mike Hoyte. Starting at 7 p.m., bikers and walkers will be treated to a self-contained karaoke system behind a bicycle that will travel along the streets and bike paths of Minneapolis.

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Another mobile activity is Little Miracles at the Big Dipper by Ryan Pusch and Ben Merrill. Starting at 2021 31st Avenue, the hosts will lead a walk to the Mississippi to watch the sun go down with a guided meditation experience. 

An important component to Constellation is skill-sharing, where you can learn something new, be it artistic or practical. For instance, Kristin Grieve, Alicia Dvorak, and Catherine Reagan will be hosting a space for learning and collaborating about fermentation from noon to 7 p.m. on Sunday. There will be a table of fermented foods to taste, as well as opportunities to work collaboratively on a zine about fermentation. At dinner, participants will sit down together for a meal and discussion (you can reserve a spot for the dinner at creagan@thecedar.org, or stop by during the day to get on the list). Fittingly, the band Fermentation will play during dinner and at lunchtime.

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In front of Hedtke's home will be Street Stories, where Joanna Solotaroff will set up a table and record people telling tales about anything, including role playing. So if you want to practice breaking up with someone or have a mock job interview, you'll have the opportunity to do so. 

Hedtke is also excited about an exhibit of paintings and drawings by Venus DeMars, and an open mic featuring Lynette Reini-Grandell and members of the Bosso Poetry Company. Other highlights include a performance of Picnic by Off-Leash Area, acupuncture from Southpoint Acupuncture, a sign-making activity where Peter Haakon Thompson will help you create a personalized sign at Phillips West Sign Shop, and abstract iPhone videos and paper acorns by Jenny Jenkins and Henry Monplaisir at Jim's Roofing, where there'll also be a graffiti wall. 

The feedback from last year's Constellation was very positive. "We learned that the city really wanted it to happen," says Hedtke. While the first celebration took place on Memorial Day weekend, organizers decided to move it to the fall this year. "We liked the weather better," she says, "and in the summer people are always out on weekends. In September, people want to pack in the last couple of fun things before they go into hibernation."

Hedtke says she and Loecke are happy to once again create an event where people can make things happen, where artists don't have to apply to a gallery in order to have their work be seen, and where you don't have to pay for everything that's fun.

IF YOU GO:

Download a full schedule and find out more about participating artists at the Constellation: Community. Culture. Resources website. 

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