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The Science of Pixar

Posted Saturday, July 29th, 2017 07:51 pm GMT -5 in Disney,Family,Friends,Movies,Museums,Science at 7:51 PM

Not what I expected, but still cool stuff

A History of Magic

Posted Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 09:55 am GMT -5 in History,Movies,Museums at 9:55 AM

https://www.bl.uk/harry-potter/articles/harry-potter-at-the-british-library

At Home with Monsters

Posted Monday, March 27th, 2017 08:40 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,Movies,Museums at 8:40 PM

When I heard that Mia was doing a Guillermo del Toro exhibition, I immediately thought of Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy and was super excited to go see it. Once I got there, I realized 1) there are a bunch of del Toro movies I’ve never seen and 2) everyone in Minneapolis seems to love the guy – it was absolutely packed.

At Home with Monsters is divided into multiple themed rooms that had a mix of movie props and artwork primarily pulled from his personal collection at Bleak House (his home in Los Angeles). It was easy for me to feel a connection to the director: vintage Disney artwork from Mary Blair (and many others), a comic book wall, Ray Harryhausen props, Marlon Brando bronze bust, Edward Gorey prints and a recreation of his personal “rain room” with an Edgar Allen Poe wax figure. How could I not love all that?

Open now through May 28, get your $20 tickets online here (while they last).

P.S. – Forgot to mention one other thing from the exhibit that really resonated with me: one of the signs said that del Toro was taught from an early age to keep a journal – notes, sketches, keepsakes, souvenirs. This site serves the same function for me – now 7,649 posts and growing…

Great bears of history

Posted Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 12:51 am GMT -5 in Museums,Travel at 12:51 AM

From an amazing section of the Royal BC Museum 

OFF! OFF! OFF!

Posted Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 12:48 am GMT -5 in Museums,Travel at 12:48 AM

More dioramas at the Royal BC Museum

This museum was spectacular

Posted Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 12:08 am GMT -5 in Links,Museums,Travel at 12:08 AM

http://www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/

Life size Mammoth

Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 07:57 pm GMT -5 in History,Museums,Travel at 7:57 PM

Royal BC Museum dioramas rule

BC Totems

Posted Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 12:37 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums,Travel at 12:37 PM

Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria

It must be December

Posted Sunday, December 4th, 2016 12:26 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums at 12:26 PM

British Arrows @ Walker Art Center

Hidden Gem

Posted Sunday, May 29th, 2016 03:50 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums,Travel at 3:50 PM

Huge names in a small city – Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona

Mummies of St. Paul

Posted Friday, April 29th, 2016 07:12 pm GMT -5 in History,Museums at 7:12 PM

Friday at the museum

This is Design

Posted Sunday, February 28th, 2016 03:57 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,Museums at 3:57 PM

Diagrams @ Hippie Moderism

Old school media box

Posted Sunday, February 28th, 2016 02:56 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums at 2:56 PM

MK in the projector deal @ Hippie Modernism

The 38th Puppet

Posted Sunday, February 28th, 2016 02:55 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,Museums at 2:55 PM

One of my favorite items @ Hippie Modernism

Last call for hippies

Posted Sunday, February 28th, 2016 02:53 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,Family,Museums at 2:53 PM

Hippie Modernism @ Walker Art Center

Reflections on a squirrel

Posted Sunday, February 28th, 2016 02:36 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums at 2:36 PM

I spy SK @ Walker Art Center

From sun to snow

Posted Sunday, February 28th, 2016 10:55 am GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums,Weather at 10:55 AM

…in less than 24 hours.

OmniFest really packs them in

Posted Saturday, January 23rd, 2016 08:21 pm GMT -5 in Family,Movies,Museums,Science at 8:21 PM

Science Museum of Minnesota was crowded again on a Saturday night

Captain SK

Posted Friday, January 1st, 2016 03:14 pm GMT -5 in Family,Museums,Science at 3:14 PM

Piloting the Mississippi @ SMM

A New Year @ SMM

Posted Friday, January 1st, 2016 02:18 pm GMT -5 in Museums,Science at 2:18 PM

A very crowded January 1 in downtown St. Paul

Winter art in Minnesota

Posted Saturday, December 26th, 2015 03:49 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 3:49 PM

MIA, Minneapolis

So beautiful

Posted Saturday, December 26th, 2015 03:48 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums at 3:48 PM

…and the painting is OK too…

Bubble & Squeak

Posted Sunday, December 13th, 2015 03:43 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums,Television at 3:43 PM

The 2015 British Arrows @ Walker

Picasso + Bellagio = Love

Posted Friday, October 2nd, 2015 05:14 pm GMT -5 in Art,Casinos,Museums,Travel at 5:14 PM

Creatures and Creativity – BGFA

Work of Art

Posted Monday, August 24th, 2015 04:32 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums at 4:32 PM

MK as the Mona Lisa, Mia

Booji Boy

Posted Monday, August 24th, 2015 04:30 pm GMT -5 in Art,Design,History,Museums,Music at 4:30 PM

This mask freaks me out – Myopia @ Mia

Lions Rule

Posted Monday, August 24th, 2015 04:25 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums at 4:25 PM

MK and I outside Mia

Mark’s Myopia

Posted Monday, August 24th, 2015 04:24 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 4:24 PM

Mark Mothersbaugh exhibit @ Mia

Get your free art right here

Posted Monday, March 30th, 2015 03:49 pm GMT -5 in Art,Links,Museums at 3:49 PM

http://www.openculture.com/2015/03/download-422-free-art-books-from-the-metropolitan-museum-of-art.html

Kingsbury Row

Posted Saturday, March 14th, 2015 09:42 pm GMT -5 in Art,Cars,Museums at 9:42 PM

Our favorite spot to park at the Walker

1690 Beavis?

Posted Friday, February 27th, 2015 05:22 pm GMT -5 in Art,History,Museums at 5:22 PM

Minneapolis Institute of Art

A Frozen Spoonbridge

Posted Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 06:21 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 6:21 PM

Walker Sculpture Garden

MK and Gehry

Posted Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 06:20 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums at 6:20 PM

Love this free, warm building at the sculpture garden

Hitler’s Boner?

Posted Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 06:18 pm GMT -5 in Art,History,Museums at 6:18 PM

New York Times article from 1942 @ Walker Art Center

Today’s museum visit

Posted Saturday, January 3rd, 2015 04:42 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums at 4:42 PM

Art expanded @ Walker

Communist Pigs

Posted Friday, January 2nd, 2015 02:20 pm GMT -5 in Art,Holidays,Museums at 2:20 PM

The Museum of Russian Art

A Russian Christmas

Posted Friday, January 2nd, 2015 02:16 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Holidays,Museums at 2:16 PM

Holiday exhibit @ Museum of Russian Art

It’s BAA time again

Posted Friday, December 5th, 2014 07:47 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums,Television at 7:47 PM

2014 British Arrows Awards @ Walker Art Center

Hodges and the cut-outs

Posted Thursday, May 8th, 2014 07:37 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 7:37 PM

Jim Hodges exhibit @ The Walker

Hopper in France

Posted Thursday, May 8th, 2014 07:35 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 7:35 PM

Beware the smoking clowns

Don’t touch the spikes

Posted Thursday, May 8th, 2014 07:34 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 7:34 PM

Jim Hodges sculpture @ The Walker, Minneapolis

Jim Hodges @ The Walker

Posted Thursday, May 8th, 2014 07:33 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 7:33 PM

Give More Than You Take

Burnt Sugar at the Walker

Posted Sunday, April 27th, 2014 11:52 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Museums,Music at 11:52 PM

Social media can sometimes freak me out a bit. I posted on Twitter that I didn’t know what to expect from Burnt Sugar at the Walker on Saturday night. Just before the show started, my phone vibrated – their official Twitter account favored my tweet. I posted a pic from the show to Instagram (and Twitter) and that tweet got re-tweeted, followed by a personal reply too. You never know who’s in charge of their account, but it’s a whole new world in fan interaction, that’s for sure.

Colleen purchased tickets to this show after she read that Living Color guitarist Vernon Reid would be the conductor. I was initially reluctant to go, since the last time she bought tickets to the Walker (Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche), it was just plain weird. Living Color was the first band we ever saw live at First Avenue, but when you read the intro on the Burnt Sugar web site, it makes you wonder exactly what you will see:

BURNT SUGAR THE ARKESTRA CHAMBER is a ter­ri­tory band, a neo-tribal thang, a com­mu­nity hang, a soci­ety music guild aspir­ing to the con­di­tion of all that is molten, glacial, racial, spa­cial, oceanic, mythic, antiphonal and telepathic.

There was really nothing to worry about – this was just a group of very talented musicians interpreting the songs of Steely Dan (read more in this Star Tribune preview article). I was never a big Steely Dan fan growing up, so I’m not sure if all the songs they did were covers, but the big hits like Deacon Blues and Kid Charlemagne jumped right out as songs from my 70s childhood.

I loved reading the program notes and the bios of all the performers. There are some serious Kevin Bacon connections going on with this group: V. Jef­frey Smith played saxophone on all the big Billy Ocean songs, bass player Jared Michael Nick­er­son recorded and toured with Bernie Wor­rell and Freedy John­ston, while trombonist Dave Smith was listed as being on the cast of Treme.

Vernon Reid was a very enthusiastic group leader – both of the band and of the audience. He unfortunately played very little guitar over the course of the evening, but the other musicians more than made up for that. The vocalists were all very strong and it was fun to see Leon Gru­en­baum play the “Sam­chillian Tip Tip Tip Cheeepeeeee.”

Still trying to figure out what a freak-a-phone is, though…

Cold and red

Posted Sunday, December 29th, 2013 05:04 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 5:04 PM

The “best” Claes, if you are from Minnesota

Sushi and the fish

Posted Sunday, December 29th, 2013 05:02 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums at 5:02 PM

Kid one and the Frank Gehry sculpture, Walker Art Center

Poster swag

Posted Sunday, December 29th, 2013 04:11 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 4:11 PM

Claes poster at the Walker

More Claes mice

Posted Sunday, December 29th, 2013 04:10 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 4:10 PM

Claes Oldenburg at the Walker

Spoon bridge model

Posted Sunday, December 29th, 2013 04:06 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 4:06 PM

The novelty spoon in the Mouse House, Walker Art Center

Fri Fry

Posted Sunday, December 29th, 2013 04:02 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums at 4:02 PM

The old lady at the Walker

Sunday art day in the city

Posted Sunday, December 29th, 2013 04:01 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 4:01 PM

Claes Oldenburg at the Walker, Minneapolis

Atisokanigamig

Posted Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 05:09 pm GMT -5 in Museums at 5:09 PM

Today’s afternoon meeting at the Bois Forte Heritage Museum

Turn off your mobile

Posted Saturday, December 14th, 2013 08:47 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums,Television at 8:47 PM

The British Arrows 2013, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Rainy on the River

Posted Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 09:29 am GMT -5 in Museums,Weather at 9:29 AM

Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis

Take the hound to Little Six

Posted Thursday, October 10th, 2013 01:00 pm GMT -5 in History,Museums at 1:00 PM

Greyhound Bus Museum, Hibbing, Minnesota

Dessa’s Chapbook

Posted Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 09:49 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums,Music at 9:49 PM

With Aby Wolf, Sims and two of the Taj Raj guys at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

Charlie at MIA

Posted Thursday, May 16th, 2013 06:55 pm GMT -5 in Concerts,Museums,Music at 6:55 PM

Charlie Parr, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

2012 British Arrows Awards

Posted Friday, December 7th, 2012 11:36 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums,Television at 11:36 PM

Fun as always – BAAs in the Walker Cinema, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Missing my travel buddy

Posted Tuesday, November 6th, 2012 09:30 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums at 9:30 PM

Kid two in front of Mouth, 7, 1966, Tom Wesselmann, MoMA, NY

Meet James Ensor

Posted Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 03:10 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 3:10 PM

Masks Confronting Death, 1888, MoMA, NY

Monet and the Water Lilies

Posted Friday, November 2nd, 2012 04:15 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums at 4:15 PM

Kid two in front of Water Lilies, MoMA, NY

Matisse’s Dance

Posted Friday, November 2nd, 2012 03:58 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums at 3:58 PM

Henri Matisse, Dance (I) 1909, MoMA, NY

The Scream

Posted Friday, November 2nd, 2012 03:44 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums,Travel at 3:44 PM

The Scream, Edvard Munch, MoMA, NY

We’re in

Posted Friday, November 2nd, 2012 03:02 pm GMT -5 in Museums,Travel at 3:02 PM

MoMA, NY

Target Free Friday Nights at MoMA

Posted Friday, November 2nd, 2012 02:38 pm GMT -5 in Family,Museums,Travel at 2:38 PM

Kid one outside the Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York

Art from my twentieth birthday

Posted Thursday, October 18th, 2012 09:58 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 9:58 PM

TODAY series, artist On Kawara, 1989, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

The spoon at night

Posted Thursday, October 18th, 2012 09:38 pm GMT -5 in Art,Family,Museums at 9:38 PM

Kid one and two, Walker Sculpture Garden, Minneapolis, Minnesota

On the way to Rembrandt in America

Posted Friday, September 7th, 2012 11:25 pm GMT -5 in Family,Museums at 11:25 PM

Kid two before Rembrandt in America, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Mother’s Day lunch at Gather

Posted Sunday, May 13th, 2012 07:02 pm GMT -5 in Family,Food,Museums at 7:02 PM

Several weeks ago, Colleen requested Mother’s Day lunch reservations at Gather, the new D’Amico restaurant at the Walker Art Center. Located in the same space as Wolfgang Puck’s old 20-21, we secured a noon reservation and headed over today.

The space is mostly unchanged, although the Warhol paintings are gone from the entry and there are a line of nice padded leather chairs in the bar and lounge area. The view of Hennepin out the window is still spectacular and a lot of people decided to sit outside on the balcony patio (we decided to skip that this time).

I thought the food was pretty good before, but it looks like the new place is in good hands too. Gather has a guest chef program that brings in people for one month at a time – local heros like Steven Brown (Tilia), Isaac Becker (112 Eatery & Bar La Grassa) and Tim McKee (La Belle Vie).

The current menu on their website was a little different from the one they used today. My non-alcoholic cocktail, the “spring fever,” wasn’t on the web version, but the kid’s drinks were (the push pop – blood orange, cherries and pear nectar). Colleen had a mimosa and there were several Mother’s Day specials, including a sweat pea and shrimp risotto with watercress pesto that she ordered.

I ordered another special, soft scrambled eggs with chive Mascarpone, bacon and baguette (above), but it looked like they were serving a lot of Eggs Benedict (and Champagne) today. Kid one had the buttermilk-marinated chicken, while kid two ordered the grilled cheese with white cheddar. Both added french fries, that came with an awesome truffle aioli (at least I thought it was awesome).

Everything was very good and service was outstanding. Prices were reasonable for this type of restaurant, but it was still nice to have the Walker member discount. I recommend checking it out, but make sure to be mindful of their strange hours (open for lunch Tuesday – Sunday, 11:30am – 2:30pm and dinner Thursday evenings, 5pm – 9pm).

The Walker’s new rock collection

Posted Sunday, May 13th, 2012 02:39 pm GMT -5 in Art,Museums at 2:39 PM

Untitled (2011), by Jim Hodges, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Umm – When did this happen?

Posted Saturday, April 28th, 2012 12:24 am GMT -5 in Museums,Photography at 12:24 AM

The old Science Museum of Minnesota Building, Saint Paul, Minnesota

 

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