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May 26: “No Blood of Mine” free screening and Q&A with writer, director Wesley Ellenwood

No Blood of Mine

Watch a free film screening of the neo-noir mystery No Blood of Mine followed by a discussion with writer and director Wesley Ellenwood and cast member Larry Yazzie (Meskwaki Nation of Central Iowa).

Time: 7:30 p.m.
Date: Friday, May 26
Location: Film Space, Founders Hall
Free parking for this event is available in Metropolitan State University’s ramp.

Synopsis: The story follows Victoria, a young businesswoman, who accepts a loan from a North Dakota gangster. When her Williston business fails, she flees under the cover of darkness back to her hometown of Duluth, Minn. After a reunion with her wealthy biological father, he meets an untimely demise. An investigation follows, led by the clever Detective Rennie Dupree (played by Larry Yazzie) and his rookie partner Officer Mark Sorenson. Victoria must decide between joining the gangster or face incriminating evidence linking her to the murder.

No Blood of Mine was shot entirely on location in Duluth, Minnesota. More than 75 percent of the cast and crew are from Duluth or the Twin Cities.

This screening is part of an Ordway community engagement series, Oyate Okodakiciyapi: a unique celebration of Native music and dance, guided by Community Coordinator Christal Moose (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe) and an advisory council of Native and Indigenous community leaders. For the full list of happenings, including performances, exhibitions, conversations, and workshops, click here to visit The Ordway’s website.

The event is presented by the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in collaboration with Open Screen Film Series at Film Space, Metropolitan State University. “Open Screen Film Series” is funded in part through a Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

2017 Art Purchase Awards

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The Art Exhibition Committee is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 Art Purchase Awards.  This year, four purchases were made.

One of the purchases supported by the Student Senate was awarded to student Bryan Starry (Mpls.).  Starry’s work is a diminutive cast aluminum and bronze sculpture, titled Time 01 A.  The other purchase supported by the Student Senate was awarded to alumnae Halle O’Falvey (St. Paul).  Her work, entitled Abstract Log Cabin is a colorful free-style quilt, assembled with cotton fabrics and thread.

The purchase supported by Academic Affairs and the Alumni Association was awarded to alumnae Susan Solomon (St. Paul). Solomon’s work is a gouache and India ink painting, executed on a wood panel. The title of her nocturnal landscape is I’ll Name Her Summer.

This year’s competition also included a special purchase by the Library and Learning Center’s Endowment Fund. This award considered the artwork of Studio Arts faculty members, in addition to students and alumni.  The winning work was made by Community Faculty member Ursula Hargens (Mpls).  This piece is a colorful floral earthenware work called Tile Diptych (Falling Tulips).

Each award winner will receive $1,000.  Placement of the work is to be determined.

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April 13: Strange Attractors

On Thursday, April 6, Strange Attractors featured Matt Manowski, Metropolitan State graduate and Chicago-based composer/performer, who performed using several improvised electronic devices and texts.
Strange Attractors will conclude 18 years of new music and intermedia presentations with a festival of Thursday afternoon programs. Presented by Metropolitan State’s Program in Experimental Intermedia Art, the festival concludes with an offering of cutting-edge performances in a casual setting.
The festival will continue its run each Thursday in April in the Fine Arts Studio at the Saint Paul Campus.

Festival line-up:

• 2 p.m., April 13: (Jon Spayde, Georgia Stephens, Marlene Tupy
• 2 p.m., April 20: Michael Croswell w/ Mary Garvie and David Means
• 2 p.m., April 27: Gil Gragert and the Nobles eXperimental interMedia Group
Contact Associate Professor David Means (david.means@metrostate.edu) for  more information.

Photo Gallery

Las Cafeteras performance

Los Angeles-based band Las Cafeteras performed at Metropolitan State,  as part of the Ordway Center for Performing Arts World Music and Dance Series. The performance took place March 23, in the Fine Arts Studio.

The self-described “immigrant children” of Las Cafeteras remix roots music and tell modern day stories with what the LA Times calls a “uniquely Angeleno mishmash of punk, hip-hop, beat music, cumbia and rock.”

The show was hosted by the Program in Experimental Music and Intermedia Arts, School of Communications, Writing, and the Arts.

Photo Gallery:

Photos by Denny Yang

April 22: Haute Dish Spring Reading

Haute Dish, the student arts and literature magazine of Metropolitan State, is hosting the 4th Annual Spring Reading at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 22 at Open Book, 1011 S. Washington Ave, Minneapolis. Open Book is the home of The Loft Literary Center, Milkweed Editions and Minnesota Center for Book Arts.

Student works will be read at one of the most renowned literary centers in the United States. Students who were published during the last year in Haute Dish are encouraged to sign up to read their work at hautedish@metrostate.edu. A proxy reader may be elected if requested by the author.


Gallery opening: “How Do We Remember”

Metropolitan State University Gordon Parks Gallery “How Do We Remember?” a solo exhibition by Japanese-American artist Kinji Akagawa, opened Thursday, Jan. 26. In this installation, mixed media drawings adorn the walls and vintage school desks occupy the gallery floor to address the subject of learning.

The exhibit encourages viewers to reflect on their personal experiences of education, identity and vocation.

Visitors are invited to interact with the exhibit by sitting at the desks and reflecting on their personal experiences of education, and the shaping of their own identities and vocations. The arrangement of the desks will change from week to week to suggest that learning doesn’t adhere to any particular style or model.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday. The gallery is located at the university’s Saint Paul Campus in the Library and Learning Center, 645 East Seventh Street. The exhibit will be on display through Feb. 24.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Erica Rasmussen, gallery director, at 651-999-5942 or e-mail erica.rasmussen@metrostate.edu.

The exhibit encourages viewers to reflect on their personal experiences of education, identity and vocation.

Haute Dish now accepting digital storytelling submissions

Haute Dish, Metropolitan State’s literary and arts magazine, announces that submissions are open for a new digital storytelling category. Enrolled students, faculty, staff or alumni may now submit their videos for the summer 2016 edition of Haute Dish. The three video submissions that receive the most votes from the editors will be abstracted in the printed issue and posted on the web.

The deadline for summer 2016 issue submissions is April 15. Subject matter is open; Metropolitan State rules on content publication apply. Black and white or color videos less than five minutes long are accepted. File type should be MP4 or MOV. Further submissions details can be found at this link. If you have questions, contact hautedish@metrostate.edu.

Metropolitan State premieres “Righting Home” Dec. 3-5 in Minneapolis

Righting Home, a one-woman play written and directed by Scott Rubsam starring Julie Dafydd will be performed at 7 p.m., Dec. 3, 4 and 5, with a matinee performance at 2 p.m., Dec. 5.

Righting Home is the story of a young man who has sexual reassignment surgery in 1976. After being abandoned by family and friends, her home taken away from her, she is told by doctors to move halfway across the country and assume a new identity. After landing in San Francisco without money or a job, Julie is soon forced to live in a halfway house with people who all have special needs. As their lives and stories become interwoven the house becomes a home for Julie in a touching, hilarious—and sometimes painful—tale set during the holidays.

Righting Home is the second of a trilogy presented by Metropolitan State based on Dafydd’s life. The first in the trilogy, Soderville: Excavation of a Life (also written by Rubsam) won the Kennedy Center Region V American College Theater Festival. Each play in the trilogy is a “standalone” piece.

Performances are at the Stagedoor Theater, located in the Whitney Fine Arts Center on the Minneapolis Campus of Metropolitan State University and Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC), 1424 Yale Place, Minneapolis. Parking is found on-street and in the MCTC ramp at 1501 Hennepin Ave.

Tickets are $5 general admission. Free for Metropolitan State and MCTC students, faculty and staff. Seating is limited. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 612-659-7222.

Oct. 9: Minnesota Sinfonia begins a new season


A free and child-friendly concert is coming to Metro next month. At 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, the Sinfonia takes the stage at Founders Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus with a Romance-Russian style concert featuring Dmitry Kousov on cello. This is the first concert of their 2015-2016 winter series, which will present five programs over the course of five months at various Twin Cities locations.

The Minnesota Sinfonia is a professional chamber orchestra that serves the musical and educational needs of the citizens of Minnesota, especially families with children, inner-city youth, seniors and those with limited financial means. The Sinfonia performs for more than 27,000 people each year, and is the only professional orchestra of its kind, offering all concerts free of admission charges, welcoming children to every performance and dedicating over half its services to inner-city schools. Founded in 1989 by Artistic Director Jay Fishman, the Sinfonia is an independent, nonprofit organization supported by corporate, foundation and individual contributors.

For more information about the Minnesota Sinfonia or upcoming concerts visit www.mnsinfonia.org or call 612-871-1701.

Sept. 5: East Side Freedom Library celebrates arts in labor

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The East Side Freedom Library hosts “Walking the Talk: A History of Arts in Labor,”
1–4 p.m., Sept. 5. Working people have long relied on art such as music, poetry, visual art, puppetry, fiction and theater to share their stories. The East Side Freedom Library is collecting such materials, along with books, and providing a space in which these arts can be embodied and enacted in real time.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event, which includes:

  • A puppet show history of the East Side Freedom Library
  • Megan Marsnik reads from her novel, Underground, currently published in the StarTribune
  • Ta Coumba Aiken and Keith Christensen discuss their painting “Saint Paul Labor History”
  • Javier Morillo, president of SEIU 26 and champion story teller, tells the story of his arrest in Houston, Texas, while supporting janitors there
  • Labor troubadour Larry Long and Hmong spoken word poet Tou Saiko Lee offer original work in music and poetry

The Eastside Freedom Library is located at 1105 Greenbrier Street, Saint Paul. For more information call 651-774-8687 or email info@eastsidefreedomlibrary.org. View the event flyer here.