Art Hounds: Spring Awakening, VocalPoint, and a gender mash-up in Bloomington

Nicholas Harper_Astrea.jpgTina Blondell_Mr. Van Madrone.jpgPaintings by Nicholas Harper (left) and Tina Blondell (right), part of the “Lace and Gunpowder” exhibition at the Bloomington Art Center

The hounds lead us to the premiere of an alt-musical in Duluth, a charitable community choir in St. Paul, and an exhibition that pairs up male and female artists.

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rebeccakatzharwood.jpg“Spring Awakening succeeds as musical theater, by breaking the rules of musical theater.” That’s according to Rebecca Katz Harwood, who’s heralding the premiere of the broadway sensation Spring Awakening at Renegade Theater in Duluth. Rebecca, who teaches theater and dance at the University of Minnesota Duluth and is a dancer and choreographer, says the musical is about German teenagers in the late 19th century trying to emerge from an oppressive childhood. It’s not suitable material for children, though. On stage at Renegade Feb. 9 – 25.

anne-marie.JPGAnne-Marie Wagener paid her first visit to Bloomington Art Center and was wowed by its current exhibition “Lace and Gunpowder.” The show puts the work of male and female painters, sculptors and illustrators side by side to demonstrate unlikely contrasts and similarities. Anne-Marie, who directs public relations at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, wasn’t drawn so much to the gender divisions as the sheer power and beauty of the art. You can see the show through Feb. 17.

shahbazshah.jpgVocalPointhas a dual purpose, to create the most compelling choral music it can while raising money for humanitarian causes. St. Paul choral singer Shahbaz Shah says the choir has one of the most dynamic directors in the Twin Cities in Jennifer Anderson. VocalPoint is singing this weekend (2/11 & 2/12 at 3pm) at its home base of Central Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. Maria Jette is the guest soloist.

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