Walker’s music and movies returns to Loring


Image courtesy of Walker Art Center

MPR’s chief art hound Chris Roberts has this news on one of the most popular events of the summer.

Twin Citians take their beloved cultural traditions very seriously. Especially a particular warm weather event that pairs the brightest lights in local music with classic films. We’re very protective. We’re sentimental. So when the Walker Art Center put its longest running and perhaps most cherished program, “Music & Movies in Loring Park” on hiatus last year, we were sad and upset. Granted, City Pages admirably filled the breach with a summer surrogate, “4 Nights in Loring Park,” but it wasn’t the same.

Thankfully, the piercing, anguished cries of disappointment that echoed in 2010 will be replaced by joyous hallelujahs because the Walker is back in the game! Today it announced it will host “Music & Movies’ the first four Mondays in August (August 1, 8, 15, and 22).

There’s also a nod to ‘Music & Movies’ 1973 origins, when all the screenings were silent films with live accompaniment. On Aug. 22, the Walker will wind up the series by moving it from Loring Park to its own green space for a silent movie with a live band soundtrack.

Specific films and bands will be announced in May.