Art Hounds: Pa’s Hat, Jerome Fellows, Soundset

soundset.jpgSlug of Atmosphere performing at Soundset ’09. Photo Credit: Jules Ameel

The hounds preview a Liberian odyssey on stage, emerging printmakers at Highpoint, and Minnesota’s hip hop Lollapalooza.

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sidsolomon.JPGLocal actor Sid Solomon calls “Pa’s Hat: Liberian Legacy,” a compelling drama portrayed by one of the most talented casts on a Twin Cities stage this year. Written by Cori Thomas, the play is about Thomas’ grandfather, who returns to his home in Liberia after losing everything during the coup of 1980. “Pa’s Hat” is at Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis through June 27th.

bethany.JPGBethany Whitehead tells us the Jerome Foundation’s emerging printmakers program has produced another fine batch of artists, whose work will be on view at Highpoint Center for Printmaking in Minneapolis through June 26th. Bethany, who heads the Walker Art Center’s membership department and is a member of the Women’s Art Registry of Minnesota, is particularly interested in Jerome Fellow Miles Mendenhall’s prints. Miles will be featured on Bravo’s new show “Work of Art,” which starts airing next week.

alielabaddy.JPGLooking for a “Coachella” style, hip hop infused concert in your own backyard? Ali Elabbady, CEO and producer for Background Noise Crew, emphatically recommends Soundset, which starts at noon on Sunday, May 30th at Canterbury Downs in Shakopee. Soundset is presented by Rhymesayers Entertainment and Rose, and features such big name local rappers as Atmosphere, Brother Ali, and P.O.S., alongside nationally known acts like Method Man and Redman. There will also be a car show, a DJ tent, and a B-Boy/B-Girl showcase.

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