Art Hounds: Neighbors, Winona photography, and two King Crimson alums

Lake Winona, Drake Hokanson, 2002.jpg“Lake Winona” by Drake Hokanson

The hounds are all about a challenging, incendiary play about race, two Winona photogs whose black and white imagery reflects a time and place in America, and two prog rock magicians who are re-uniting at the Cedar.

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annaesposito.jpgActor, singer and dancer Anna Esposito was so bowled over by Mixed Blood Theatre’s production of “Neighbors,” she’s seen it three times, bringing new audience members with her on every occasion. It’s about an affluent, educated inter-racial family whose world is turned upside down when an African-American family of minstrel performers moves in next door. As Anna will tell you, it’s not an easy play to watch, but incredibly rewarding in terms of what it reveals about the state of American race relations. The show runs through Oct. 9. You can also get into the show for free through Mixed Blood’s new “Radical Hospitality” program, which offers free tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis.

StuartKlipper.jpgStuart Klipper calls the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona a jewel in the state’s cultural crown. And Stuart, a Minneapolis photographer, was transfixed by the museum’s latest exhibition, “Portrait and Place.” It features photographer James Bowey’s sharp, up-close black and white portraits of Winona-area residents alongside photographer Drake Hokanson’s softer, black and white depictions of the local landscape. It’s on the walls of the MMAM through December 4th.

williameddins.jpgSunday, October 9th can’t come quickly enough for Edmonton Symphony Orchestra Music Director William Eddins. Bill, a Twin Cities resident and former associate conductor for the Minnesota Orchestra, has been anxiously awaiting guitarist Adrian Belew and Chapman Stick player and bassist Tony Levin’s visit to the Cedar in Minneapolis. The two former members of seminal prog rockers’ “King Crimson” will play separate sets with their respective trios, then combine their trios and perform some choice selections from the King Crimson catalog.

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