Guthrie Theater awarded $1 million grant to create a ninth floor “theatrical hub”

The Guthrie Theater today announced it has been awarded a $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to underwrite a groundbreaking initiative for the theater’s entire ninth floor, home to the 200-seat Dowling Studio, the Citizens of Minnesota Overlook—a signature feature of the lobby known as the “amber box”—and a unique retractable wall … [ Read more]

Never-before-seen Beatrix Potter story uncovered

According to the BBC, publisher Jo Hanks has uncovered a new-to-us Beatrix Potter story, “The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots,” which Potter wrote some time before 1914. Hanks found rough sketches of “Kitty-in-Boots” and a partially arranged manuscript in the author’s papers at the Victoria and Albert Museum archives in London. The story stars “a well-behaved prime black … [ Read more]

Dismaland Bemusement Park’s Minnesota Connection

Dismaland Bemusement Park, in the seaside resort town of Weston-super-Mare, in Somerset, England, has gotten a lot of buzz since it opened August 21. The brainchild of famed and mysterious street artist/political activist/film director/painter Banksy, the “sinister twist on Disneyland” has drawn some 20,000 visitors a day and features the work of more than 50 artists from … [ Read more]

Drama with Harper Lee’s lawyer continues

The New York Times is reporting that Tonja Carter, Harper Lee’s lawyer, has further extended her control over the famed author’s life and legacy recently, causing even more controversy after the release “Go Set a Watchman.” Carter is not only Lee’s lawyer. She is also Lee’s spokeswoman, the trustee of her estate, holds power of attorney over the … [ Read more]

Arts MN: The Fall Saint Paul Art Crawl is This Weekend

In the 1970s, Lowertown St. Paul was turning into a ghost town. Empty warehouses abandoned by businesses going under or fleeing downtown Saint Paul fell into disrepair. The affordable rent of Lowertown warehouses attracted artists and soon the area had become the de facto center of the St. Paul arts scene. In 1977, the loose drift … [ Read more]