Art Hounds: Art/Science, Sonnets, Stardust Cowboy

lifeofpetroleum.jpgImage from “The Life Story of Petroleum” by Susan Armington.

The hounds hunt down artists provoked by the mysteries of science, theater performers who transform Shakespeare’s sonnets, and the rowdy, eccentric cowboy who inspired David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust.

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charlene.JPGHow do art and science relate to each other? Charlene Ellingson has spent many years as a science teacher in Minneapolis public schools pondering that question, and she’s hoping a new exhibition at the Phipps Center For the Arts in Hudson will supply some answers. It’s called “Shedding Light: Art Explores Science,” and features paintings, drawings and mixed media installations that illuminate things normally left to scientists. Through June 6.

davidmann.jpgFor many, Shakespeare’s sonnets represent literary perfection, but they certainly weren’t meant for the stage. Until now. Actor, director and playwright David Mann fills us in on the Classical Actors Ensemble’s “Complete Sonnets Festival,” at Intermedia Arts in Minneapolis May 21-23.

amandagullixson.JPGSometimes-painter and musician Amanda Gullixson of Eagle Lake complains about the dearth of interesting music in nearby Mankato. But Amanda will have her hands full with a double bill at the Red Sky Lounge that features the Legendary Stardust Cowboy alongside the Fleshtones. The Legendary Stardust Cowboy led David Bowie to invent his Ziggy Stardust character. The show is a free ‘listener appreciation party’ for supporters of local community radio station KMSU.

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