Art Hounds: The Mayhem Poets, The Minnesota Eye, and Jazz Implosion

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The Mayhem Poets

This week the ‘hounds’ are hunting down a showcase of the state’s best photographers, some east coast slam poets who are capitivating local teen audiences, and a premier jazz event held in the basement of an iconic rock club.

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Sarah Smith is a sophomore at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, a performing arts high school in the Landmark Center. Sarah fell under the spell of the Mayhem Poets when she saw them at the Childrens Theatre Company. The Mayhem Poets are a slam poetry and theater troupe from New York known for its high energy, in-your-face spoken word and audience interaction. It’s on stage at the CTC through November 7.

Jay Burke is a Twin Cities realtor and amateur photographer who takes in a lot of shows. Jay strongly recommends “The Minnesota Eye: Contemporary Photography” at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul. It features 17 of Minnesota’s best known photographers, who are on the cutting edge of their art form. “The Minnesota Eye” opens with a reception on Saturday, Oct. 31rst, and runs through Nov. 14 at the CVA Gallery. Check back later today when I’ll have a more in-depth look at “The Minnesota Eye.”

Cameron Wittig is the Walker Art Center’s staff photographer. He’s also a big music fan, and often makes his way to the Clown Lounge in the basement of St. Paul’s Turf Club on Monday nights to listen to jazz. Cameron says the weekly “Jazz Implosion” at the Turf transports him like few other shows in town. It’s curated by members of Fat Kid Wednesdays and regularly features some of the most forward thinking players in local jazz. The music starts pretty late so make sure you get your naps in.

Looking for more to do? Carin Bratlie recommends checking out Ben Folds with the Minnesota Orchestra. Maggie Passmore wouldn’t pass up the chance to see the Renegade Ensemble at Inver Hills Community College.

For all of you Halloweeners out there, Kathryn Grimes recommends getting an organic scare at the ArBOOretum, while Billie Jo Konze suggests getting a whiff of the disturbing smells at The Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement. Both Betsy Mowry and Heather Meyer think it’s worth braving the chilly weather to check out BareBones Halloween Outdoor Puppet Extravaganza. The name of this year’s show? “Devoured.” Mwahahaha!


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