Movies and Music in Loring Park this summer

Four organizations have stepped forward to ensure that the summer tradition of movies and music in Loring Park continues this summer.

City Pages, Lunds, Lay’s and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board have organized what they’re calling “Four Nights in Loring: Local Bands, Local Films” which will take place four consecutive Tuesdays this summer, August 3, 10, 17, and 24.

In the spirit of the Walker’s “Music & Movies” series, the festival will showcase bands from the Twin Cities’ music scene followed by a movie. In a twist, the movies will be selected by Twin Cities residents who vote on the City Pages website. The movies will all have a Minnesota connection.

So how does the Walker feel about this new development? Ryan French, the Walker’s Director of Marketing, sent me the following note:

It’s wonderful that the community will have the opportunity to come together for these four nights. We look forward to bringing back the Walker Art Center’s Summer Music & Movies series next year.

And for those who are counting, this will actually be the 33rd year of movies and music in the park, not the 34th, as popularly believed.

So what do you think of the new festival stepping in? And how do you feel about the public deciding which movies make the festival? If you were running the series, what movies would you show?