7 events not to be missed at Art-A-Whirl 2014

Categories: Art
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Detail of unnamed painting by Caitlin Karolczak 
This weekend, Art-A-Whirl is here once again, a sure sign that spring has arrived "for real this time" in the Twin Cities. The festival, which features over 500 artists in over 60 locations throughout northeast Minneapolis, is a chance to visit artist studios, but also take part in a diverse array of events that pop up for the weekend.

Here's a list of some of the coolest things that are whirling this weekend while you're bopping about Northeast. 

Photo courtesy Duniya Drum and Dance 

Duniya Drum and Dance takes over the Ritz Theater during Art-A-Whirl this year for its seventh annual Fakoly Dance & Drum Project, presented with support from Ballet of the Dolls. The project includes three days of workshops, taught by master drummers and dancers from Guinea, and a performance on Saturday night. The group started about eight years ago as a way to bring guest artists in order "to offer a caliber of African drum and dance that isn't represented in the Twin Cities," says Whitney McClusky, director of Duniya. Eventually, Duniya grew into a performance group, with drummer Fode Bongoura acting as host. The performance on Saturday features master African drummers and dancers from the National Ballet of Guineé, along with local artists from Duniya Drum and Dance, Voice of Culture, and ShapeShift.

Where: The Ritz Theater (345 13th Ave NE)
When: 8 p.m. Saturday (workshop times vary)
How much: $18/$25 at the door; classes are $18 with a $5 drum rental fee

Untitled (Branch), Bronze, railroad tie, cinder block, 2014
Alexa Horochowski's "Mundane Train"

Franconia will be hosting an opening reception for Alexa Horochowski's new exhibition, "Mundane Train," this Friday night at its Casket Arts Building space, Franconia in the City. The body of work will include sculptures made out of everyday objects that take on a more formal, monumental appearance as they are cast in iron or stacked up on top of each other to create architectural forms. Traffic cones, cinder blocks, and railroad ties will become the makings of an imaginary archeological site visitors can walk through during their Art-A-Whirl adventures. The exhibition will be on view throughout the weekend, and will run through June 8. 

Where: Franconia in the City (681 17th Ave NE)
When: Public 5-10 p.m. Friday (on view through June 8)
How much: Free
Traveling Museum with Franconia in the Casket Arts Community Complex

Franconia will also take up shop throughout the weekend in the Casket Arts Community Complex, where New London-based artists Lisa Bergh and Andrew Nordin will display their Traveling Museum, presenting excerpts from their rural aesthetic initiative exhibit, "Holus Bolus," which the duo have been taking all around the state. Franconia's outdoor festivities also include music by DJ Elise Bremer and fortune telling by Franconia's artists in residence on Friday night; spin art, face painting, and zine making on Saturday and Sunday; and food and beverages provided by Taco Taxi all weekend. 

Where: Casket Arts Community Complex (681 17th Ave. NE)
When: All weekend
How much: Free

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