Art Hounds: Blind Boys, Karen Sherman, and the spirit of Warhol in the City Center

Karen Sherman's "One With Others." (pictured L to R: Joanna Furnans and Karen Sherman, photo by Jeffrey Wells)


This week’s hounds have great enthusiasm for a revered gospel group, a charismatic choreographer and a recreation of Andy Warhol’s Factory in downtown Minneapolis.

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Minneapolis comedian Zach Coulter says he had a lot to think about after he went to see Sandbox Theatre’s “This Is A World To Live In.” The original play was inspired by the art playground and party atmosphere of Andy Warhol’s Factory in the late ’60s in New York. It’s staged in an empty storefront in The City Center in Minneapolis. Zach says the piece asks important questions about the value of art and what the role of an artist is, and involves the audience in creative ways. Through Nov. 16.

JT BatesHow often, wonders Twin Cities drummer JT Bates, do you get a chance to see a group that’s been performing since the late ’30s? The Blind Boys of Alabama will be making a stop at the Cedar in Minneapolis on Thursday, Nov. 7, along with Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond. The gospel group has a new Justin Vernon produced album out called “I’ll Fine a Way,” which features contributions from Worden, Patti Griffin, and Merrill Garbus of tUne-yArDs.

Arwen WilderIt wasn’t jealousy that motivated Minneapolis dancer and choreographer Arwen Wilder to talk up fellow choreographer Karen Sherman’s latest work “One with Others,” it was excitement. But Arwen, one half of the dance collaboration Hijack, admits to being jealous of what she describes as Karen’s ability to provoke an incredibly intense emotional response from the audience, while maintaining an emotional and intellectual distance from whatever she’s exploring. Sherman is performing “One with Others” at the Red Eye Theatre Nov. 7-9.

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