Art Hounds: SINderella, David Petersen and a holiday opera in Duluth

dpg.JPGPart of the current exhibit at David Petersen Gallery, “City of Seals” featuring work by Kristopher Benedict and Fabienne Lasserre (Image courtesy of David Petersen Gallery)

The hounds have great enthusiasm for an arts instigator in Minneapolis who’s opened a gallery, a saucy, salacious take on a standard fairy tale, and an opera designed to be an alternative to the nutcracker.

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debervin.JPGFreelance stage manager Deb Ervin has long admired the work and vision of Ballet of the Dolls. She’s even studying the group for a course at St. Mary’s University, where she’s getting a master’s degree in arts administration. Deb will attend her first Dolls’ performance ever when she goes to “SINderella,” the group’s new holiday production. Ballet of the Dolls is presenting a family version of the show (Cinderella), and a much naughtier, lustful 18 and older version (SINderella) at the Ritz Theater through Dec. 31.

catkins.JPGChristopher Atkins at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts says Twin Cities visual art impressario David Petersen blazed a trail with his Art of This one-nighter series and The Dressing Room exhibition space, programmed out of his own home. Christopher, who runs the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program at the M.I.A., says Petersen has now opened a contemporary art space called, appropriately, David Petersen Gallery. The gallery will focus on supporting the careers of regional, national, and international artists.

Claire Kirch knows what’s going on in Duluth. When she’s not doing her job covering the midwest literary scene for Publisher’s Weekly, she’s out and about, on the town. Two years ago, she saw Lyric Opera of the North’s production of “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” and was incredibly impressed. The show is back, at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Duluth, and Claire thinks — no, she DEMANDS that you see it. It runs Dec. 14 & 15 at 7:30pm, and Dec. 16 at 2pm.

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