Art Hounds: Hamlet, Malena Handeen, and a new arts mag

The hounds are sweeping the state, uncovering a Duluth theater company specializing in Shakespeare, a songwriter in Milan (MN) who personifies creativity, and three artists in Minneapolis who are diving into the print publication business.

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lawrencelee.JPGActor Lawrence Lee tells us about a welcome addition to the growing Duluth theater scene. Wise Fool Shakespeare, according to Lawrence, not only puts its imprint on the Bard’s work, but also other classics. Wise Fool’s inaugural production of Hamlet, is at Scottish Rite Auditorium in Duluth through March 20.

emilywright.JPGEmily Wright says listening to the songs of Malena Handeen will help you let go of your small town Minnesota stereotypes, if you have any. Emily, a folk musician and music teacher in Montevideo, says Milan, Minnesota’s Malena Handeen fuses blues, zydeco and even hip hop on her new CD “Toothsome Favorites.”

jeffkamin.JPGAs founder and moderator of the open book club “Books and Bars,” Jeff Kamin knows the challenge of matching writers with readers. Jeff applauds Meghan Suszynski, Jamie Millard and Regan Smith for venturing into the world of literary arts print publications with their handsome new magazine, Paper Darts. Paper Darts is holding a launch party celebrating its third volume at Honey in Nordeast, Saturday March 5th, from 7-10pm. Music by The Chord and the Fawn, plus readings by local lit heroes, including John Jodzio, Matt Mauch and Michelle Campbell.

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