Art Hounds: Anais Mitchell, Snowflakes, and a very ‘Die Hard’ x-mas

Anna Weggel (left) and Josh Carson (right) in "A Very Die Hard Christmas" at Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis, Minn. (Photo credit: Meghan Kangas-Lindsay)

The hounds uncover an authentic, heartfelt singer-songwriter from Vermont, snowflakes projected on a skyway and, just in time for Christmas, Rudolph, Frosty, and John McClane sharing the stage.

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Scott PakudaitisTheater photographer Scott Pakudaitis’ side split when he saw “A Very Die Hard Christmas” a few days ago. The creation of “Mainly Me Productions” and “Dana Boys,” this spoof of the Bruce Willis franchise and virtually every holiday TV special ever made, somehow still didn’t come across as campy to Scott. Through Dec. 22 at the Bryant Lake Bowl in Minneapolis.

nicola demonteThe psychic burden of winter was lifted for Twin Cities art therapist Nicola Demonte when he saw “Snowflakes” at Gallery Paige in downtown Minneapolis. Artist Paige Dansinger designed an app which enables her to draw snowflakes with her finger on an ipad. She then projects the snowflakes on the outer facade of the Minneapolis Skyway during the Holidazzle parade. Through Dec. 21.

bethany valentiniIf you require sincerity, authenticity and originality in your music, and Bethany Valentini does, you’ll probably dig Vermont singer songwriter Anais Mitchell. Bethany, one half of the duo “The Ericksons,” says Anais Mitchell will be in St. Paul on Dec. 19 for the Real-Phonic Radio Hour at the James J. Hill Library.

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