Adam Turman Is MN State Fair's 2015 Commemorative Artist

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Over the years, Minnesota State Fair commemorative art has included works that were wholesome... and often a little weird. The art for the 2015 season will probably be a little hip, as it was announced today that print, illustration, and mural artist Adam Turman will be creating the official art pieces for next summer.

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I AM MPLS! and I AM ST. PAUL! Dates Announced

For the past four years, I AM MPLS! has showcased local fashion designers and boutiques with a runway show where the models are local celebs and do-gooders. Today, event organizers have announced the dates and lineup for the annual bash. They're also announced a sister party celebrating all that is glam and good in St. Paul.

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City Pages Seeks Writers for Dressing Room Arts and Entertainment Blog

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Pictured: Some examples of people, places, things, and happenings recently covered on Dressing Room
Do you have strong opinions about the local arts scene and where it's headed? Are you a fashionista who loves to spot trends and can tell the difference between a piece by Emma Berg versus Samantha Rei? Are you dying to talk about books in a way that's fun to read and not stuffy? Do your roommates hardly recognize you because you spend more time out on the town than on the couch?

City Pages is currently looking for talented people to write for the Dressing Room, our arts and entertainment blog. We're interested in sharp thinkers who can interview designers on upcoming events, attend and recap recent happenings quickly, interview big and/or up-and-coming Minnesota personalities, showcase emerging local scenes, come up with new ways to explore the Twin Cities culture, and even cover the occasional breaking news.

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MNfashion Officially Calls It Quits

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It's been a rocky year for volunteer-run nonprofit MNfashion. Last January, the organization stated that it would no longer be hosting its signature local fashion party, the Shows, and that the future of Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week was up in the air. Then in April it was announced that MNfashion would move from curating events to having an online promotional presence. Well, that didn't work out either, as this weekend MNfashion announced that it is closing shop completely.

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MNfashion returns, revives Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week

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Bull Run Coffee to Host a Vintage Pop-Up Shop This Weekend

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Normally, Bull Run Coffee specializes in cold-press brews and other caffeinated treats. This weekend and next, however, the recently expanded Carag-neighborhood haunt will be offering a bit more for patrons as it hosts a vintage pop-up shop.

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St. Paul hosts second Open Streets event this September

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Minneapolis has hosted quite a few Open Streets events this summer. Now it's St. Paul's turn. This afternoon, the city announced that it will be closing University Avenue off to motorized vehicles and celebrating its second-annual event this September.

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Open Streets Mpls to host six events in 2014

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Gamut Gallery holds call for submissions for its annual juried show

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Jade Patrick, owner of Gamut Gallery, firmly believes that everyone is capable of creating important artwork and making a creative impact. The gallery, an intimate space in downtown Minneapolis, is currently preparing to host its third annual juried exhibition, and Patrick is encouraging artists working in any medium to submit their work to be reviewed and considered for a month-long showing beginning October 24.

"There's no theme. There's no limitations, only that it be visual media," Patrick says.

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Wits 2014 fall lineup announced

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We're not ready to think about how fast the end of summer is approaching. However, it's that time of year when fall schedules are announced. This week, Wits has released it's lineup for the coming months. The variety show features comedians, musicians, and actors each installment for a series of skits, musical interludes, and chit-chat.

This season looks as promising as ever, with visits from Neil Gaiman, Maria Bamford, Colin Hanks, and an epic show featuring Weird Al, Paul F. Tomkins, and Paget Brewster. While most shows are still slated to be hosted by the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, the program is also making trips to the Guthrie in Minneapolis, Escher Auditorium in St. Joseph, and the Aladdin Theater in Portland, Oregon.

Take a look at the complete lineup after the jump.

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HOTB to cut programming and staff

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Cartooon played at HOTB earlier this year.
Long a stalwart of the alternative theater community, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre has announced it will cut staff and programming starting in September.

It's another sign of the troubles even well-established arts organizations can face in the early 21st century, as traditional funding sources have dried up and not been replaced. Recent years have seen similar struggles at the likes of Penumbra and the Children's Theatre Company, while the community still stings from the loss of Theatre de la Jeune Lune.

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The smiles of May Day 2014

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St. Anthony Main Theatre honors Robin Williams with free movie screening

Sad news broke earlier this week as Robin Williams was found dead in his home. Over his 40-plus-year career, the iconic actor starred in campy TV shows, Oscar-winning dramas, beloved kid flicks, and quirky comedies.

To honor his enduring career, St. Anthony Main Theatre will be offering a free screening this weekend of Dead Poet's Society, one of his most popular movies.

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