Weekend Tips: It's open-air art season with Jesus Christ Superstar at Caponi Art Park and Jazz on the Hill at Walker

Weekend Tips: It’s open-air art season with Jesus Christ Superstar at Caponi Art Park and Jazz on the Hill at Walker | Pro Club Bd

The joy of seeing outdoor performances continues this weekend as art, music and theater pop up in city parks, landmarks and natural spaces throughout. Whether you’re ready for some Andrew Lloyd Webber goodness at Caponi Art Park, in the mood for jazz on the hill outside the Walker Art Center, ready to engage with cutting-edge technology while immersing yourself in the culture and history the aborigines at Bruce Connect Vento Nature Sanctuary or excited for International Music Day in and outside the Orchestra Hall, the art is just in the open air. For indoor activities, two exhibitions have opened at the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery featuring people who have been part of the museum’s artist-in-residence program, the Museum of Russian Art is preparing for a Beethoven evening and Theater Mu is working with Theater 45° for a new version of “Death of a Salesman” with a cast of Asian Americans.

“That What Doesn’t Burn” and “A Stone Egg Under the Black Rainbow”

Two emerging black Minnesota artists, both part of the artist-in-residence program at the Minnesota African American Heritage Museum and Gallery, opened exhibitions of their work this week that will be on view through the end of December. In That Which Does Not Burn, Maiya Lea Hartman has created sculptural, multimedia pieces using textiles, found objects and more to explore healing, Black identity and ancestry. Meanwhile, Noah Lawrence-Holder’s “A Stone Egg Beneath the Black Rainbow” consists of three sections that use the artist’s eye-catching digital illustrations to explore themes related to identity, social justice, mental health, queerness, intersectionality and more. Both shows are now open and you can attend (free) at MAAHMG Tuesdays to Saturdays until the end of December. More information here.

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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’

Theater 55, the troupe that highlights the talents of experienced actors and theater makers, returns to Caponi Art Park from this weekend. Last summer they presented a concert version of their hit “Hair” – originally subtitled “performed by everyone who lives!”. — when they produced it as the company’s first show in 2019. Now the company is targeting a rock opera from around the same time: Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar. Richard Hitchler, founder and artistic director of Theater 55, directs the play in collaboration with musical director Raymond Berg and choreographer Patricia Brown. Runs Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 24 at Caponi Art Park in Eagan ($15 or $30 for three to six guests in one vehicle). More information here.

International Music Day

The Minnesota Orchestra offers 12 hours of music inside and outside of Orchestra Hall for a night of summer fun featuring music of all genres and arts of all kinds. In the Heart of the Beast, puppets will be on hand, as will many guest musicians including Lady Midnight, rapper Tufawon and Salsa del Soul, as well as the Minnesota Orchestra itself. After the orchestra performs a work by Mussorgsky, bells ring out from churches across the city including St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, the Basilica of St. Mary, the St. Olaf Catholic Church, the Central Lutheran Church and the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Noon to midnight Saturday, July 16 at Orchestra Hall (free). More information here.

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Artaria String Quartet, left to right: Patricia Ryan, cello; Ray Shows, Violin; Nancy Oliveros, violin; and Annalee Wolf, viola.

Artaria String Quartet performs the Razumovsky quartets

The Twin Cities-based Artaria String Quartet brings to life Beethoven’s quartet series commissioned in 1805 by Count Andreas Razumovsky, the Russian Ambassador to Vienna. The music transcended genres at the time, bringing the string quartet into the concert hall and creating much more sophisticated material for the art form. Enjoy this sumptuous music amidst the reverberant space of the Museum of Russian Art. They will perform the Quartet in F minor, Op.59 No.1 “Razumovsky” and the Quartet in E minor, Op.59 No.2 “Razumovsky”. Saturday, July 16, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., with the galleries and TMORA shop open before the performance ($20-$40). More information here.

Dakota Spirit Walk with artist Marlena Myles (Spirit Lake Dakota)

Marlena Myles, the creative force behind the Dakota Spirit Walk, an augmented reality public art installation, will host a discussion about the project and her work, which uses technology to teach and honor Native American culture and history. Myles created the project using the Revelo app developed by local artist Todd Boss. The site-specific installation uses geolocation, audio and 3D animation to facilitate encounters with spirits and beings from indigenous cultural traditions. 1 p.m. Sunday, July 17 at Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary ($10). More information here.

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Free Jazz: Dave King/Jeff Parker/Chris Speed ​​Trio

Bring your blanket and/or lounge chair up the hill outside of the Walker for a night of jazz music at dusk. Known for weaving in Balkan sounds and unexpected rhythms, saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Chris Speed ​​performs with The Bad Plus drummer Dave King and Halloween, Alaska and Los Angeles based guitarist and composer Jeff Parker. Large Faribault blankets can be rented. Sunday, July 17, 7 p.m. at the Walker Art Center (free). More information here.

Greg Watanabe as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman.

Theater 45°/Theatre Mu

Greg Watanabe as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman.

‘Death of a Seller’

A theater company called Theater 45°, which explores issues of spirituality, humanity and sometimes religious experiences, is collaborating with Theater Mu to present a reading of “Death of a Salesman” with an Asian-American cast. Greg Watanabe, most recently in Mu’s co-production of Cambodian Rock Band with The Jungle, plays the title role of “Salesman” Willy Loman as he grapples with an unattainable American dream. Lily Tung Crystal, the artistic director of Mu, plays Willy’s wife, Linda, while Eric Sharp and Christopher Thomas Pow play Biff and Happy Loman, respectively, in this one-night-only screening. Monday 18 July at 7pm in the Conn Theater of Plymouth Congregational Church (free). More information here.

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