Art Hounds: Jomama Jones, The New Monarchs, and a rooftop bog at MCAD

IMG_2133_7897.JPGChristine Baeumler’s installation “Reconstituting the Landscape: A Tamarack Rooftop Restoration.” (Photo courtesy of Minneapolis College of Art and Design)

The hounds have uncovered a “soul sonic superstar” diva, an anthemic electro-rock band, and a reconstituted wetland just above the entrance to the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.

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bonnieschock.JPGJomama Jones’ aura is too strong for Twin Cities theater director, producer and educator Bonnie Schock to resist. Bonnie says Minneapolis native and performer Daniel Alexander Jones is bringing his alter ego, the soulfully smooth chanteuse Jomama Jones to Pillsbury House Theatre as part of her comeback tour, “Radiate Live.” Jomama fronts a five piece band with back-up singers and performs all original music. “Radiate Live” is on stage through June 24.

20090603_greg_swan__33.jpgGreg Swan likes to crank up Minneapolis electro-rockers The New Monarchs when he’s stuck in traffic, or looking for music to make the blood move in his veins. Greg, founder of the local music blog “Perfect Porridge,” says The New Monarchs are releasing its appropriately titled new album “Stay Awake,” at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis on Saturday, June 17.

aarondysart.JPG“Giddy” is the word Minneapolis sculptor Aaron Dysart uses to describe how he feels about artist Christine Baeumler’s installation “Reconstituting the Landscape: A Tamarack Rooftop Restoration.” It’s an actual bog, an artist’s recreation of a wetland with tamarack trees and other plant life, and it sits one floor above the entrance to the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. Aaron appreciates its beauty, metaphoric power, and how the piece brings a somewhat invisible but fragile ecosystem into view.

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