Art Hounds: Ritter, Rosalux, Commonweal


A revered singer-songwriter in an orchestral setting, an important Minneapolis gallery resurfaces in Nordeast, and a Steve Martin play as interpreted by a Lanesboro theater company all get the Art Hounds treatment this week.

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karl.jpgRural Minnesota artist Karl Unnasch made a sojourn to the Commonweal Theatre in Lanesboro recently to see “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” and Karl says it was a fantastic production. The play was written by comedian Steve Martin and envisions Picasso running into Albert Einstein at a pre-WWII Parisian bar and getting to know each other. It’s on stage through September 25th.

crystalnelson.JPGOne of Crystal Nelson’s favorite singer songwriters will be accompanied by one of the world’s great orchestras tonight. Crystal, who writes for the Minneapolis music blog Borangutang, can’t wait to hear Josh Ritter unveil his new record “So Runs the World Away,” with the help of the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall. The performance is at 8pm.

catkins.JPGAs coordinator of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Chris Atkins closely follows what’s happening in the Twin Cities gallery scene. Chris is happy to report that Rosalux Gallery, which used to be housed at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts building before it closed last year, is reopening….in Nordeast! The new Rosalux, which is run cooperatively by member artists, opens its inaugural show in its new space on Saturday, July 17th.

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  • Brittany

    Thanks for reporting on the Commonweal Theater’s production of Steve Martin’s wonderful play, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile”. The script is intelligent, funny and moving, and I’m certain the Commonweal’s production will do it justice.

    However, I was dismayed to hear the French word “lapin” pronounced incorrectly by both Karl Unnasch and Marianne Combs . Listeners expect credibility in your reporting, and this extends to correct pronunciation of foreign words.

  • Karl

    Don’t fret, Brittany…many French often mispronounce “lefse,” “wild rice,” and “pow-wow,” but I don’t think that should be a cause for dismay…besides, that was my mispronunciation, not MPR’s. Let’s give the radio station a bye…eh? It’s called ‘foreign’ for a reason…

  • Barb

    Visited Lanesoboro late last week, saw Picasso and it was delightful! Hope to see it again this season, and return with friends.

    loved the humor and that it was also thought provoking…which is.. typical of steve martin’s humor