Art Hounds: Six Mile Grove, Wonder Woman, and…Dzine!

dzine.JPGPart of the Dzine exhibit at Public Functionary in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo credit: Ben Ragsdale. Image courtesy of Public Functionary)

A dose of Americana by way of southern Minnesota, a documentary about Wonder Woman and her lineage in the film, TV and comic book worlds, and an artist who embellishes ordinary objects.

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danisrael.jpgSt. Louis Park singer-songwriter Dan Israel has gotten to know the Minneapolis-based alt-country group Six Mile Grove having been on the same bill with them a number of times over the last few years. Dan’s become a big fan. He likes the sincerity of the songs, which draw from the band members lives growing up in southern Minnesota, and the quality of the musicianship. Six Mile Grove opens for the Honeydogs on Friday, May 24 at Icehouse in Minneapolis. The band will be in Austin, Minn. on May 31, as part of MN Vision 2020.

amandabecker.JPGRoseville filmmaker Amanda Becker says her eternal fascination with the myth of the Amazon women tribe, and her concern about the self image of girls, have propelled her to plug a new documentary about Wonder Woman. “Wonder Women: the Untold Story of American Super Heroines” looks at the impact of the comic character Wonder Woman on the evolution of strong female characters and archetypes in our culture. The film will be screened on Friday, May 31, as part of the Out Twin Cities Film Festival.

julieswenson.jpgTwin Cities makeup artist Julie Swenson says the inaugural exhibition of the new Northeast Minneapolis art gallery Public Functionary is a winner. It features the Chicago-based artist Dzine, who incorporates his Puerto Rican heritage in taking ordinary objects such as jewelry, bikes, cars, and household furniture, and turning them into sculpture. The exhibit runs through May 31.

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