Shooting at Subzero: "It Is Literally a Different World Out There in the Winter"

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Photos by Alison Gimpel, Alison Gimpel Photography
Alison Gimpel, who has been taking outdoor photos in Duluth, Minnesota, for about eight years, is fascinated by the way cameras capture light. She especially loves the light this time of year, when the northern winters yield less direct sunlight and produce brilliant skies.

"Winter has to be my absolute favorite season for photography," says Gimpel. "Everything takes on a brand new life."

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Shooting at Subzero: Intrepid Photographers Brave Frigid Weather for Their Art



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Bedlam Lowertown Hosts Visual Art + Music

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Photo by Kevin Haebeom Vollmers
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This Friday, Bedlam Lowertown will host the first in a four-part series that focuses on creative intersections. For Visual Art + Music, artists will collaborate with Shifting Perspectives founder Tyler Cessor and other musicians. There will be improvisation, audience participation, projected images, and live artwork, creating an evening promoting listening to music and seeing art in whole new ways. 


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New Study Ranks Minneapolis-St. Paul's Arts Economy Fifth in Nation

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Minneapolis is the fifth most creative city in the nation, according to the Creative Vitality Index's 2014 report, which was released yesterday. That's one notch higher than last year's ranking, which put us at sixth.

The report, which is statistics-based, states that Minneapolis-St. Paul outpaces the national average 4.1 times over. The Twin Cities was ranked behind major cities Boston, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C., which ranked highest. Just below us are artsy cities Seattle (6th), San Francisco (7th), and Austin (8th).

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Shooting at Subzero: Intrepid Photographers Brave Frigid Weather for Their Art

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John Gregor shoots Christian Dalbec as he sets up his equipment on a cold day
In Minnesota, we know our way around the cold. But when the mercury drops below zero, many of us run for cover. That's not true for winter photographers, who risk dicey conditions in pursuit of a great shot.

Meet Christian Dalbec. The photographer from Two Harbors, Minnesota, has been flirting with frigid photography for about three years now. He loves the work so much that he's turned photography into a full-time job. Work is even better for him in the winter. The cold brings quiet, fewer people, and a dramatic change on Lake Superior.

When temperatures across the state took a dive during the first week of January, Dalbec went out on the lake with his camera in -15 F, with wind speeds around 20 mph.

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Dylan Hicks Hosts WPA Revue at the Walker

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Courtesy Walker Art Center
A mystery photo from 1965. Are you in the picture? Contact wpa@walkerart.org.
Musician, novelist, and former City Pages arts editor Dylan Hicks hosts an evening of music, theater, and history at the Walker Art Center this Thursday. The event celebrates the Walker People's Archive (WPA), an online crowd-sourced collection of photographs telling the story of the museum through the eyes of people who have experienced it. Joined by actors Lara Blackwood Avery, Bill Schoppert, and Jenny Adams Salmela, plus musicians Jayanthi Kyle and Jeffrey Sugerman, Hicks will be sharing songs inspired by the archive, a fictional play that leads the audience through history, and a slideshow of photographs. 


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Fargo Nabs Golden Globes and Rounds Out Its Season Two Cast

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Fargo walked away with top honors at the 2015 Golden Globes.
Last night at the 72nd Golden Globes, Fargo walked away with two big awards, including Best Mini-Series or TV Movie, beating out some fierce competition (ahem, True Detective).

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Bombs Away: The Worst Flicks from Cecil B. DeMille Award Winners

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The best jokes of the last few Golden Globes have come at George Clooney's expense, including last night's 72nd annual boozy Oscar warm-up. The jabs were especially expected this year, as Clooney received the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. Established by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in 1952, the accolade recognizes "outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment."

Between Clooney and DeMille, the award's namesake and first recipient, have come honorees such as Walt Disney, Frank Sinatra, and Judy Garland. Despite the legendary status of these entertainers, no one gets to the Golden Globes stage without making a terrible movie they'll regret forever (well, no one except Quvenzhané Wallis). To prove it, and to make us all feel better, here are the worst films made by Cecil B. DeMille award winners from the last 10 years.


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Lao Diaspora Project Shares Stories Online and at Vine Arts Center

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Chanthala Kommanivanh, Autumn in Chicago
Little Laos on the Prairie (LLOTP), an online news and culture journal, has been collecting stories for its Lao Diaspora Project since 2013. You can currently find photographs and written pieces on the blog. Starting this weekend, however, the stories will be presented as an exhibition at the Vine Arts Center. Titled "Refuge of the InvisibLao: A Visual Essay," the show will highlight the work of expressionist painter Chantala Kommanivanh and others. 


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Last chance to experience "Make Garden" at Instinct Art Gallery

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In this frigid weather we're having, Instinct Gallery's exhibition "Make Garden," which closes this weekend, offers the perfect antidote. With work inspired by all things horticultural, the show is a fresh reprieve from the dismal awfulness outside. This Saturday, the space will host a discussion led by art critic Mason Riddle. 


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Betsy Ruth Byers Captures Fleeting Moments for "Indeterminate Present"

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Betsy Ruth Byers's studio. Photo by Joseph Buchholz
The abstract paintings of Betsy Ruth Byers have a firm connection to colorful recollections, bodily senses, and vast spaces. Each piece is a vibrant record of moments registered. "Indeterminate Present" is her first solo exhibition since 2010. The show expands on concepts she explored in college. Byers graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2008 with her master's thesis centering on abstraction subject to the environment, a topic that she's still delving into today.

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