Art Hounds: Gershwin film gems, folkie pop hooks and ARThouse

lisabergh.JPG“Duet” by Lisa Bergh, image courtesy of the artist

An old home in New London that houses new artworks, one of the nation’s premier film archivists shares some gems at the Heights Theatre, and a folkie with a knack for pop hooks, all get the coveted Art Hounds endorsement this week.

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jamielang.JPGIf you have a tank full of gas and maybe a little wanderlust, you can join Jamie Lang’s caravan to New London, Minnesota to experience ARThouse. Jamie, who’s the exhibition director for the Northern Clay Center, says ARThouse is actually the home of artists Lisa Bergh and Andrew Nordin. Four or five times a year, they convert it into a gallery and invite artists from across the region to show their work in a one-night only exhibition. This Saturday, Sept. 25th, 5-8pm, ARThouse owners Bergh and Nordin will be the featured artists.

brittaamodt.jpgElk River arts writer Britt Aamodt calls Bob DeFlores one of the foremost film preservationists in the nation. DeFlores’ personal film archive goes deeper than many of the major studios’ in Hollywood. On Sunday, Sept. 26, you’ll likely find Britt at the Heights Theatre in Columbia Heights to see some of DeFlores’ rare footage of composer George Gershwin, as well as the last movie Gershwin wrote the music for, “Damsel in Distress.” Be there, so you can wish Gershwin a happy birthday.

danisrael.jpgOne of St. Louis Park singer-songwriter Dan Israel’s favorite artists, John Prine, will make a return visit to the Orpheum Theatre on Saturday, Sept. 25th. Dan says Prine’s extensive catalog of material, hook-laden folk songs, heady lyrics, and hilarious banter will make for an incredible evening of music.

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