*****Events and Activities*****

Two Photography Exhibitions at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery

December 13 – February 4, 2012

Gallery hours: 11 am -- 7 pm, Tuesday through Saturday

Public lecture by David Little: Thursday, December 15, 5 pm

Public reception for the Artists: Thursday, December 15, 6 – 8 pm

Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota, 405 21st Avenue South

The Katherine E. Nash Gallery in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota presents two exhibitions that explore the relationship of photography and the experience of place -- Paul Shambroom: Power and Place and Regarding Place. Acclaimed Minneapolis photographer Paul Shambroom has been hired as Assistant Professor of Photography in the Department of Art. For over twenty years he has documented subjects ranging from industrial and office environments, the U.S. nuclear arsenal, small town council meetings and post-9/11 "Homeland Security" preparations and training. His Power and Place exhibition brings together several of his projects that investigate the relationship of power and place. In the Regarding Place group exhibition, eight artists currently living in Minneapolis examine the notion of place using still photography, single-channel video and silent film. From otherworldly landscapes to institutional zoos, from personal domestic space to the remote reaches of North America, and from the phenomenal experience of the land to the historical relationship with memory and memorial, these artists reveal a complex range of experiences and perceptions about place. David Little is Curator and Head of the Department of Photography and New Media at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. He will speak at the lecture on December 15 on the relationship of photography and place. All events at the Regis Center for Art are free and open to the public. Parking available nearby at the 21st Avenue ramp; hourly or event rates apply.


Restoring Camp Coldwater - National Park Service Tour

Saturday, December 17, 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Former Camp Coldwater, East of Hiawatha Avenue near 54th Street South

The National Park Service is providing exclusive guided tours of the springhouse, reservoir and natural area now closed as NPS is restoring the site, removing buildings and parking lots. This 27-acre land between Minnehaha Falls Regional Park and Fort Snelling State Park will be re-opened in 2012 with daylighting of part of Coldwater Creek, restored oak savanna/tall grass prairie and trails connecting to state and regional parks and trails. The tour is free. More info on Camp Coldwater: http://www.nps.gov/miss/parkmgmt/bomcurr.htm.


Kroening Interpretive Center Programs (Three Rivers Park District)

North Mississippi Regional Park

For information: 763-694-7693; for map and driving instructions: http://www.minneapolisparks.org/default.asp?PageID=4&parkid=430. For programs that require reservations, call 763-559-6700 or register on-line: www.ThreeRiversParkDistrict.org.

Family Winter Bird Walk

Monday, December 26, 1 – 2:30 pm

Take a family break from the holiday hustle and bustle and stroll along the Mississippi looking for birds that add color to the winter landscape! Binoculars provided for everyone - they have “specially designed" ones so your preschooler can participate. Warm up with hot cocoa after the walk, and make two pinecone bird feeders - one to take home and one to leave as a gift for the birds along the Mississippi. Reservations required; reference activity #116901-41. $5. Ages: All.

Family Activity: Natural Resolutions

Saturday, December 31, 10 – 11:30 am

Time to turn over a new leaf! Participants will walk through the park collecting natural materials to use in decorating a resolution box. Inside the box you will place your resolutions for 2012, including one "green" one, as well as fun facts about your interests in 2011. Close the box, and place it someplace out of the way, not to be opened for a full year. Organizers will provide all the materials, but you provide the resolutions! Reservations required: reference activity #116901-42. Ages: All.

Family Activity: New Year’s Day Snowshoe Hike

Sunday, January 1, 1 – 3 pm

Start out 2012 on the right foot - put a snowshoe on it! Enjoy snowshoeing through the park and view the winter Mississippi. Warm up afterwards with cocoa and bird- and squirrel-watching. The event will include a winter hike if there is not enough snow for snowshoeing.  Snowshoes provided or bring your own.  $5. Ages: 8+.  #116901-43.


Sample of Performances at MacPhail Center for Music

501 Second Street South

For more information about events (including student performances) and classes: http://www.macphail.org or 612-321-0100.

CORRECTION: MacPhail Community Youth Choir Release Party

Saturday, December 17, 7:30 pm

Antonello Hall

Prelude 10th Anniversary Concerts

Friday, December 30, 6 and 8 pm

Antonello Hall

Join the party as MacPhail celebrates the tenth year of the Prelude: Singer-Actor Performance Lab. The concerts will feature current students and alumni. Refreshments will be served, and attendees will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items to benefit the Prelude Scholarship Fund.


Public Tour | Artful Conversations

Saturday, December 31, 1 pm

Weisman Art Museum, 333 East River Road

Free guided public tours are offered each Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Tours are thematic and have topics that relate to current exhibitions or artwork/artists. Works of art are complex visual objects that invite multiple interpretations. Join in on this engaging discussion-based tour that gets you thinking about art from new perspectives. For information: http://www.weisman.umn.edu.


New Year’s Eve on the Riverfront

Saturday, December 31

There will be a variety of activities along the riverfront to help you ring in the new year. Here are a few that were sent to me:

New Year’s Eve at the Crooked Pint Ale House

501 Washington Avenue South

Crooked Pint will offer live music from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m., food and drink specials all night long and movie clips, music videos and the ball drop from New York on their big screen. For more information: http://www.crookedpint.com/.

Skating at The Depot

300 Washington Avenue South

The Ice Rink under the historic Depot Train Shed will be open extended hours (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.). If you’d like to really splurge, they also have several special hotel offers. For more information: http://www.thedepotminneapolis.com/.


Bird Watching on Snowshoes at the Mississippi River Gorge

Sunday, January 1, 10 -- 11:30 am

Meet at parking lot just south of 36th Street on West River Parkway

Join a naturalist for bird watching while snowshoeing at the only gorge along the length of the Mississippi River. Snowshoes provided. We’ll use binoculars and field guides to identify birds wintering in Minneapolis. Bring your own binoculars and field guides or indicate that you need them at registration. Register online at http://www.minneapolisparks.org or call 612-313-7725. $10.



*****Planning Ahead*****

The Dragons Are Singing Tonight

January 26 – February 12, Thursdays to Sundays

Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Avenue South

Welcome to the Year of the Dragon! In collaboration with the Minnesota Boychoir, Puppet Farm Arts and Circus Juventas, TigerLion Arts presents The Dragons Are Singing Tonight ~ the musical tale of a nasty dragon at the Southern Theater. Premiering just after the Chinese New Year in January 2012, The Dragons Are Singing Tonight is a new musical based on the well-loved book of dragon poems by US Children's Poet Laureate Jack Prelutsky. Composer Laurie MacGregor brings the poems to life in a score of sixteen songs, while Markell Kiefer directs actors Isabella Dawis (Minneapolis StarTribune’s “Outstanding Youth Performer” 2004, 2005), Tyson Forbes, Eric Sharp and Elise Langer in the story of an ordinary boy, a magical girl and a nasty, nasty dragon. Thirty singing boys from the Minnesota Boychoir, two dazzling aerialists from Circus Juventas, twelve top-notch musicians and countless puppets both giant and small create a wonderful winged world of dragons. The musical tale inspires us with humor, beauty and the simple message to believe. Tickets and more information available at www.tigerlion.org or call Ticketworks 612-343-3390.


American Premiere

End of the Rainbow

by Peter Quilter

directed by Terry Johnson

January 28 – March 11

Opening Night: Friday, February 3

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South, McGuire Proscenium Stage

End of the Rainbow combines humor and heartbreak to capture both the drama of Judy Garland’s final performances and her controversial life offstage. Set in London in 1968, Peter Quilter’s touching play features some of Garland’s most memorable songs, including “The Man That Got Away,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “The Trolley Song” and “Over the Rainbow.” For tickets: 612-377-2224 or http://www.guthrietheater.org/whats_happening/buy_tickets



*****Reminder of Ongoing Activities*****

Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpacks

Check out a free, fun Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpack at three Metro river parks. The backpacks include everything needed to explore the park and the Mississippi River including activity cards, binoculars, magnifying lenses, bird calls, easy-to-use nature guides and more! Discovery Backpacks are great for families, friends and individuals. Scouts and other groups can check out the special “Group Pack” which includes additional activities and supplies to help groups of 10-20 people have fun and learn while exploring along the Mississippi River. Check-out a Mighty Mississippi Discovery Backpack at the North Mississippi Regional Park (763-694-7693), Mississippi River Visitor Center of the National Park Service (651-293-0200) at the Science Museum of Minnesota and Fort Snelling State Park (612-725-2724). Call any check-out site for more information. The Discovery Backpacks were made possible through a grant from the McKnight Foundation and the Mississippi River Fund. The packs are developed by the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area of the National Park Service and offered in cooperation with partner sites. Visit http://www.nps.gov/miss to learn more about the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area.


Guthrie Theater Self-Guided Audio Tours

Guthrie Theater, 818 Second Street South

Narrated by Joe Dowling and several familiar Guthrie actors, this fascinating 40-minute audio experience takes visitors on a tour of the theater’s public spaces. Learn more about the Guthrie’s history and the unique architectural elements of the Jean Nouvel-designed building. Headset rentals are available at the Box Office from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. for $5 per person. (Sunday rentals end at 6 p.m.)

Guthrie Theater Virtual Tour

The Guthrie Theater now offers an online virtual tour, offering a new way to explore the acclaimed Minneapolis cultural destination designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel. Opened in 2006 along the banks of the Mississippi River, the 285,000-square-foot theater center is open to the public daily at 8 a.m., and has served as an anchor in the rebirth of Minneapolis’ historic Mill District, while attracting visitors from around the globe. Created by Minnesota-based CircaVista, the new interactive journey lets visitors explore five floors of public spaces, offering a great preview of the sweeping panoramic views enjoyed from the Guthrie’s signature Endless Bridge, as well as a look inside each of the three performance spaces. To take the virtual tour, visit www.guthrietheater.org/virtualtour.


Monthly Triple Feature Comedian Event

Comedy Corner Underground, 1501 Washington Avenue South

The Triple Feature Show is a brand new Stand Up Comedy Show presented by The Comedy Corner Underground, featuring three experienced stand-up comedians each month. Tickets: $7 with reservations, $10 at the door. $5 with college Id. For information: http://www.comedycornerunderground.com/.


Music at Red Stag Supper Club

Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 pm; Sundays at 9 pm

Red Stag Supper Club, 509 First Avenue NE

The Red Stag Supperclub offers live music three nights a week. For more information on their various special food and libation offerings and a music schedule, visit http://www.redstagsupperclub.com.



*****Informational Resources*****

Bridge Number 9 Blog

A writer living in SE Minneapolis writes a fun and informative neighborhood-focused blog that includes topics from history to wildlife to contemporary urban life. To check it out: http://bridgenumber9.com/?author=1.


Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

The stretch of riverfront through the Twin Cities is a unit of the National Park Service – the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. To learn more about the Mississippi River’s National Park, visit http://www.nps.gov/miss


Great River Road Explorer's Guide

Most of the Great River Road Explorer's Guide for Minnesota is now available on-line and can be downloaded in PDF format - just go to http://www.mnmississippiriver.com/mnmississippiriver.comguide.cfm.


River-Friendly Landscaping Tips and Resources

As rain barrels, composting, native plants, raingardens and other eco-friendly landscaping practices have grown in popularity, so have the number of websites offering information on them. In fact, there are now so many online resources it can be difficult to wade through them all to find what you need, when you need it. This is where the new Friends of the Mississippi River “Landscape for the river” webpage comes in. This resource offers selective listings of the most-requested local and practical resources, in as brief a fashion as possible. Read more »



*****Riverfront News and Articles*****

Lowry Avenue Bridge





Dog Rescued on Mississippi River






Water Works Site Community Meeting



Weisman Expansion



Silver Carp




Guthrie Theater Finances in the Black





River Shipping



Mississippi River Trail



I-35W Noise Walls



Element Wood Fire Pizza



Holiday Light Show at University



Grain Belt Office Building and Housing Development


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