Re-Launches This Friday at Public Functionary

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After last year's Art-A-Whirl fashion designer Emma Berg and Kristoffer Knutson, the proprietors of, announced they were moving on from the online arts calendar site, which had been running since January 2005. As Art-A-Whirl once again approaches, the website has got new leadership and a new design, thanks to husband-and-wife team Blaine and Katie Garrett. The two hope to continue the service, which highlights visual-arts happenings in the Twin Cities. They're celebrating with a launch party this Friday. 

See also: Says Goodbye

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Barkhad Abdi Set to Star in Indie Drama

Barkhad Abdi in Captain Phillips
Barkhad Abdi had a breakthrough year in 2013 when he starred alongside Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips, playing a Somali pirate who holds a ship hostage. The role, his Hollywood debut, earned him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting actor.

Variety recently announced that Abdi will be returning to the big screen, as he landed a starring role in The Wolf Who Cried Boy.

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Jungle Theater Names Sarah Rasmussen Artistic Director

Image courtesy of Jungle Theater
This summer, founder Bain Boehlke will be leaving the Jungle Theater after 24 years with the organization. This afternoon, it was announced that Sarah Rasmussen will be filling his shoes starting in July.

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Bain Boehlke to retire from the Jungle in 2015

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Walker Art Center Announces $75 Million Project

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© HGA Minneapolis
This year, the Walker Art Center is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The number 75 comes into play for the museum in more than one way this year, however, as it recently announced that it will be renovating and expanding its building, outside areas, and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden in what will be an extensive, $75 million project.

"As we mark our 75th year, we are thrilled to commence plans to realize a fully integrated vision for the Walker's and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden's 19-acre campus," says executive director Olga Viso via press release. "It is a once-a-generation moment to shape one of the key gateways to Minneapolis's downtown cultural district through the integration of art and landscape."

So what's changing? Quite a lot. The Walker released some mock-ups of what they plan to do.

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Christopher Nolan Featured Filmmaker for Walker Dialogue and Retrospective Series 2015

Director Christopher Nolan on set. Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, 2014. Photo courtesy Photofest ©Paramount Pictures.
Each year, the Walker Art Center selects a director of note for its Walker Dialogue and Retrospective Series, and hosts a variety of screenings and talks celebrating the artist. Past talents have included Ang Lee, Joel and Ethan Coen, Steve McQueen, and Jodie Foster.

This year's featured artist is Christopher Nolan, a filmmaker known for the intense performances he gets from his stars, as well as his mind-fuck storytelling and dark summer blockbusters. His movies include Inception, The Prestige, Interstellar, and the most recent Batman reboot.

Before the screenings start up, Nolan will be in town May 5 to chat about his work with Variety chief film critic Scott Foundas.

So what movies are screening? The lineup looks pretty awesome. Take a look:

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Open Streets Minneapolis Announce Dates, Adds Locations

Athena Feldshon
Since 2011, Open Streets Minneapolis has put together festivals where the streets shut down to motorized vehicles, opening up to cyclists, rollerbladers, and pedestrians. Along the routes, local businesses and organizations host happenings that are free for all, including morning yoga sessions, live music, kids' activities, bike obstacle courses, and theater performances.

The events have been a huge success, expanding each year. This summer will be no exception, as the organization has announced dates and proposed locations.

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Northern Spark 2015 Announces Date, Commissioned Projects

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Kory Lidstrom
Northern Spark 2014, MINN LAB, POSTography
For the past five years, Northern Spark has taken over the Twin Cities to create an evening of pop-up installations, activities, performances, and more. Past happenings have included letter messengers on bikes, short-film screenings on the sides of buildings, yarn bombing by HOTTEA, and giant swing sets.

Last year's event managed to carry on as best as possible despite torrential downpours most of the night. We're hoping for clear skies and nice temps at this year's event. The organization recently announced the festival date and some planned projects for 2015's all-night art party.

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All-night Art Party at Northern Spark 2014 [SLIDESHOW]

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City of Minneapolis Declares April 2015 30 Days of Biking Month

Terminals & Gates
Six years ago, 30 Days of Biking began as a simple challenge, inviting people to pledge to ride their bikes daily, to share their experiences over social media, and to just get out there and enjoy cycling. Since those humble beginnings, the month-long event has grown exponentially. People from all over the world have signed up, including professional cyclists.

While the challenge is global, it also has an impact here in the Twin Cities, as the organization hosts a variety of gatherings, parties, and rides during the 30 days. It also donates a bike to Bikes for Kidz for every 30 pledges made, providing wheels for kids who might not otherwise have money for a bike.

Even more icing on the cake: Today the city of Minneapolis declared April 2015 30 Days of Biking Month.

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Here's Where Minneapolis's New Protected Bike Lanes Will Be

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Walker Art Center's Artsy Mini-Golf Returns This Spring

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Tatiana Craine
Snake Bite! by Kyle Fokken
Summertime at the Walker Art Center isn't just about Rock the Garden, the International Cat Film Fest, and Music and Movies. It's also about mini-golf. Over the years, the museum has invited local artists and organizations to design putt-putt holes to be played on the west side of the Sculpture Garden during the spring and summer months. The results have often paid homage to the museum's permanent collection, and have been whimsical and interactive in a variety of ways.

The 18-hole, two-course fun is returning in 2015. So whether you're looking to get the kids out of the house or for a cute activity for a date night, the Walker on the Green's mini-golf has you covered.

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Awesome Artist-Designed Mini Golf at the Walker 2014

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Diablo Cody Is Working on a Barbie Movie

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Nick Vlcek for City Pages, Mattel product shot
With the success of The Lego Movie, it was only a matter of time before other toy companies sought to develop their own two-hour commercial.... er, cinematic franchise. Mattel is now getting in on the action, with hopes of bringing a thoroughly modern Barbie to the big screen.

For the project, Mattel has teamed up with Sony Pictures and Parkes+MacDonald/Image Nation. Deadline recently announced that Diablo Cody will be joining the crew as well to work on the second draft of the script.

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