Art Hounds: Visual art meets poetry, Dark Dark Dark, and Oklahoma!

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A classic American musical, a live silent film score from a Minneapolis chamber folk group and a group of visual artists interpreting a poem, have all captured the hounds’ attention this week.

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seanbyrd.JPGBloomington Civic Theatre is on a roll, according to actor, director, and Normandale College film and theater teacher Sean Byrd. Sean says not only is BCT staging excellent productions, it’s improved its outreach to the community. Sean is excited about BCT’s upcoming production of Oklahoma!, which marks the return of director Gary Gisselman, who served as BCT’s artistic director way back in 1964. Oklahoma! is on stage Aug. 19 – Sept. 18.

kari.JPGNordic roots artist Kari Tauring is going to the Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts in Fridley on Saturday, Aug. 20th, to watch a cross-discipline artistic dialogue unfold. Poet Kathryn Kysar has published a new book of poems entitled “Pretend the World,” and she’s asked a group of visual artists from different media to respond to one in particular. Kysar plans to continue the call and response in the future. The exhibition, also called “Pretend the World,” is at Banfill-Locke through Sept. 30.

christopher jensen.JPGThe slightly eerie yet elegant Minneapolis chamber folk group “Dark Dark Dark” has long struck a chord with freelance arts journalist Christopher Matthew Jensen. Christopher says the band will truly get to stretch its wings on Monday, Aug. 22, when it headlines the final installment of the Walker Art Center’s popular “Music and Movies in the Park” series. Dark Dark Dark will be joined by 30 to 40 members of the “Modern Times Spychestra” in creating a live score to Fritz Lang’s silent movie “Spies.” The performance will take place in the Walker’s Open Field, not Loring Park.

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