By Naomi Crocker
Here’s to “firsts,” all things fresh, and new beginnings in honor of spring! Meet artists in their creative environments at First Fridays at the Lowertown Artist Lofts, learn a new craft for the first time through engaging introductory classes, witness “fashion firsts” by attending your first ever fashion-related event, support overseas artisans exhibiting for the first time in the United States, and start fresh with a friend you’re currently at odds with by inviting them to Theatre in the Round’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore.
First Fridays at Lowertown Artist Lofts
Lowertown Lofts, St. Paul, MN
May 2 // 6:00pm
Lowertown First Fridays (LFF) is an association of artists from the Lowertown Lofts who open their studios on the first Friday of every month. LFF is a great place to meet artists of various media and to see said artists at work. Additionally, it’s also possible to purchase the art on display (Do you have your gift(s) yet for Mothers’ Day?), and to sign up for classes with participating artists. The event is free and open to the public and begins at 6:00pm.
Beer bonus: Go peek in the window at Tin Whiskers Brewing Company located in St. Paul at 125 E 9th St. As the brewery name suggests, Tin Whiskers is the brainchild of three former students of electrical engineering and plans to open sometime in May, 2014.
Learn to Throw Pots: Wheel Throwing 101
Northern Clay Center, 2424 Franklin Avenue East, Minneapolis, MN
Saturdays, May 10–June 7 // 1–4pm
Interested in taking up a new hobby? If so, consider Northern Clay Center—a fantastic art space on East Franklin that offers education programs for all ages and proficiencies, as well as gallery exhibits, a pottery shop, and access to both state-of-the-art facilities and a diverse and talented mix of teaching artists. Wheel Throwing 101 (which has new sessions beginning this May) runs for five weeks and is $150 ($140 for NCC members), not including the $20 studio fee. As an added bang for your buck, adult students will enjoy open access to NCC studios from 9:00am–9:00 pm, five days a week, as well as for additional hours on weekends. Visit the website for more information and note that for classes and workshops marked “sold”, you will need to call to be added to the waiting list. This is the last week to sign up before the new May sessions. Don’t miss out!
Beer bonus: Northern Clay Center is literally a stone’s throw from Zipps Liquors. If you’ve never been, know that it’s one of the best liquor stores in the Twin Cities and that it offers many special events and tastings throughout the week for those who are 21+.
Fashion and Communication Symposium
University of Minnesota, 33 McNeal Hall, Minneapolis, MN
May 2 // 6:00pm (opening lecture)
This week’s Fashion and Communication symposium is the third in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel’s Fashion and Communication Symposium, which aims to connect fashion with other themes of importance to the modern world. Although registration is closed to members for the majority of symposium events, the opening lecture on May 2 is free and open to the public. The lecture will feature two keynote speakers: Annette Lynch (professor of textiles and apparel at the University of Northern Iowa), who will discuss the cultural construction of sexual agency in fashion, as well as Frenchy Lunning (MCAD), whose presentation is titled “Fantasies of Authenticity.” For more information, visit the website, or email Kim Johnson, department contact, at [email protected]
Beer bonus: If it’s been a while since you’ve been near campus or stepped foot in Dinkytown, relive your college days by enjoying a pint at the Kitty Kat Klub. The venue features live music most nights and more often than not, the shows have no cover.
Ceremony: American Association of Woodturners’ Professional Outreach Program
American Association of Woodturners Gallery of Wood Art, 222 Landmark Center, St. Paul, MN
Runs through May 30 // Tuesdays–Fridays 11am–4pm & Sundays 12–3pm
2014 marks the eighth anniversary of the American Association of Woodturners’ Professional Outreach Program’s invitational exhibition. Excitingly, this year’s show brings together an impressive line-up of studio woodturners from seven countries: Canada, United States, England, Australia, Japan, France, and New Zealand. In addition, the featured artists were not only required to adhere their work to this year’s theme of Ceremony, they were also limited to produce pieces within an 8”x8”x8” maximum format. Finally, the works from this year’s exhibition will be auctioned both online and live at the AAW Symposium the weekend of June 13. The Gallery of Wood Art is open to the public Tuesdays–Fridays from 11:00am–4:00pm and Sundays from 12:00–3:00pm. Admission is free although donations are suggested.
Beer bonus: The gallery is only a block away from Great Waters Brewing, located in the historic Hamm’s Building in downtown St. Paul. Established in 1997, Great Waters has made a name for themselves by serving a host of house-brewed, cask conditioned ales. Also, as a head’s up, remember to mark your calendars for next week’s Minnesota Brewery Showcase taking place on May 8 at The Muddy Pig and featuring 48 tap lines of Summit, Bent Paddle, Fulton, Indeed, Steel Toe, and Surly.
Love, Loss, and What I Wore
Theatre in the Round, 245 Cedar Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
May 2–4 // 8pm (2pm Sunday matinée)
Although American playwright Nora Ephron is best known for creating the classics When Harry Met Sally… and Sleepless in Seattle, Love, Loss, and What I Wore is equally as delightful, humorous, and endearing. Co-written with her sister Delia Ephron, the play presents a series of anecdotes about the memories that our clothing and accessories are capable of conjuring. Make an evening of it by treating you and your friends to what has been called “a great chick flick for the stage because of its relatable characters, quotable comedy, and just the right mix of sentimental moments.” Tickets are $22 for adults, $15 for students, and $18 for seniors. Click here to find out more about purchasing tickets over the phone or online.
Beer bonus: Town Hall Brewing is open (finally!) and is located less than two blocks from the theater.