Every year, the Jerome Foundation supports residency fellowships for three emerging artists. In 2015, Makenzie Flom, Sam Orosz, and Amira Pualwan were given nine months to learn, experiment and grow at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking. The fruits of their fellowships are now on exhibition there, and 3-Minute Egg went to the opening reception.
Bryan Nichols is a ferocious pianist who can be seen all over the Twin Cities, both in his own combos and with teaming with other jazz, rock and avant garde outfits. But if you drop by the Dakota on May 24, 2016, you’ll see and hear Nichols performing in rare solitude. He’s celebrating “Looking North,” his first album of solo piano music, featuring eight of his own tunes. Nichols illustrates and talks about his music on this 3-Minute Egg.
About a decade ago, the performance collective Live Action Set redefined performance in the Twin Cities. They melded theater, circus, dance and music into abstracted narratives with social consciousness. Today, Noah Bremer is the sole founding member left, and the work is becoming more personal. This Egg comes from the Southern Theater as Live Action Set prepares to open “The Sparrow,” with performances May 6-20.
The latest collective emerging from the University of Minnesota’s dance department call themselves DaNCEBUMS, and they’re teaming up with another collective—a fluid group of musicians called Six Families. Together, they’re developing “Wow”—a Mother’s Day’s-themed show premiering May 7-8 at Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater. Catch a glimpse here from a Northeast Minneapolis rehearsal space that doubles as a magnet for squatting artists.
Desdamona has a long history in the Twin Cities and beyond as an emcee, poet, songstress and feminist—and all of that comes together in one form or another on her new album, “No Man’s Land.” You can take that title literally—Desdamona looked entirely to women in the making of her album. This Egg comes from the album-release show, April 16, 2016, at Bedlam Lowertown.
Shannon Kearns wanted to see social issues explored on stage, so he started Uprising Theatre. It was only a matter of time—two plays into the company’s existence—before Kearns tackled his own story, that of a transgender man at odds with his conservative Christian family. In this Egg, we drop into a rehearsal of Kearns’ semi-autobiographical play, “Who Has Eyes to See,” with performances set for the next two weekends at Andrews Riverside Presbyterian Church in Dinkytown: 7:30 pm April 29, 1:30 pm April 30, 7:30 pm May 6-7 and 1:30 pm May 7
Some might call Minnesota the land of 10,000 orchestras, and at the community level, the Dakota Valley Symphony is one of the best. The orchestra’s 30th anniversary concert happens April 24 at the impressive Ames Center in Burnsville. In this Egg, meet founding conductor Stephen Ramsey and hear some of the orchestra’s music.
James Sewell has always experimented and taken risks with his ballet company, so collaborating with a high school orchestra? All in a season’s work for James Sewell Ballet. This 3-Minute Egg comes from rehearsal at Edina High School of new work set to marching band music and other orchestral pieces. Performances are April 22 to May 1 at the Cowles Center for Dance.
“The Passion of Joan of Arc” is a 1926 silent film that was long thought lost. Now, thanks for a 1994 score by composer Richard Einhorn, the film has seen live choral accompaniment all over the world. The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is the latest to perform “Voices of Light”—it’s premiering alongside the film through the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival. This 3-Minute Egg comes from the choir’s rehearsal. Performances are 8 pm April 15 (Cathedral of St. Paul) and April 22 (Basilica of St. Mary).
One Voice Mixed Chorus has always mixed it up with other artists—dancers, poets and Irish musicians. Now Minnesota’s largest LGBTQ chorus is collaborating with taiko drummers from Mu Daiko. The program is called “Queer Thunder” and it happens April 16-17 in the Hopkins High School auditorium. Let’s drop into rehearsal and meet both sides of the collaboration on this 3-Minute Egg.