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Press Releases Target Free Thursday Nights in January Feature Chef-in-Residence Sameh Wadi, Out There 25 Kick Off Celebration, A Cindy Sherman Ball, An Evening With Bill Morrison, and Screenings of The Third Man and Seconds

Minneapolis, December 14, 2012—The Walker Art Center’s Target Free Thursday Nights in January feature a Chef-in-Residence event with chef Sameh Wadi of Saffron and World Street Kitchen (Thursday, January 3); a party to kick off the 25th season of the Out There performance series (Thursday, January 10); a Cindy Sherman-selected screening of Seconds, directed by Robert Frankenheimer (Thursday January 3); the film event A Celebration of Still Dots: The Third Man directed by Carol Reed introduced by Matt Levine and Jeremy Meckler (Thursday, January 17); and an evening with filmmaker Bill Morrison featuring short films and conversation (Thursday, January 24). Target Free Thursday Nights in January also feature Perform/Fashion: A Nomadic Gallery Tour, (Thursday, January 31).

Target Free Thursday Nights

Get inspired. Get in free. January 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 Galleries open 5–9 pm; special events follow.

Thursday, January 3

Tastings with Chef-in-Residence: Sameh Wadi

Gather by D’Amico, 5–9 pm

Top talents from Twin Cities restaurants create limited-edition small plates exclusively for this ongoing series—meet them on the first Thursday of every month for a tasting. On January 3, join Sameh Wadi of Saffron and World Street Kitchen and enjoy his unique twist on modern fare. As with the first Thursday of every month, guests can sample two complimentary menu items. Chef Wadi will be present throughout the evening to chat with guests and answer any questions. Named “One of the Best New Restaurants of the Year” by Mpls./St. Paul magazine, Gather features a happy hour and full bar with an innovative specialty cocktail menu by mixologist Josh Rigert.

Cindy Sherman Selects: Seconds Directed by Robert Frankenheimer

Walker Cinema, 7 pm

Get a deeper understanding of ways that film has inspired the work of photographer Cindy Sherman. For this screening, the artist has selected the identity-shifting feature Seconds, which follows the miraculous transformation of frumpy businessman Arthur Hamilton (John Randolph) into a bohemian painter who suddenly looks like Rock Hudson.

Director Robert Frankenheimer, best known for his iconic The Manchurian Candidate and Oscar-winning Grand Prix, crosses genres with this downbeat sci-fi thriller that has become a cult favorite. 1966, 35mm, 107 minutes.

Thursday, January 10

Celebrating Out There 25

Skyline Room, 6:30 pm

Get together with Walker performing arts curators and the artists from Rude Mechs to kick off the 25th anniversary season of Out There. Join a series of toasts from special guests and participatory activities that take a look at the past, present, and future of experimental performance. A presentation of images highlights 25 years of Out There shows. Cash bar available.

Thursday, January 17

A Celebration of Still Dots: The Third Man Directed by Carol Reed

Introduced by Matt Levine and Jeremy Meckler Walker Cinema, 7:30 pm

A yearlong project micro-analyzing Carol Reed’s cinematic masterpiece The Third Man—in increments of 62 seconds each—the blog Still Dots caught the attention of audiences and critics worldwide. According to Indiewire, “What’s remarkable about projects like Still Dots… is the amount of variety, texture, and inclusiveness possible when the focus of a piece of writing, or any other work, is reduced by somewhat arbitrary constraints.” With the final installment #102, Matt Levine and Jeremy Meckler, interns in the Walker’s film/video department, wrap up the venture begun in December 2011. A free screening of the film is presented in celebration of the completion of this epic undertaking.

Ranked as the best British film of the 20th century by the British Film Institute in 1999, The Third Man blends decisive visual style, tremendous acting performances, and a complexly plotted screenplay—penned by Graham Greene—to produce a deceptively sweet cocktail of spies, lies, and murder in postwar Vienna. Notable for its on-location shooting, canted angles, and brilliant cinematography, it manages to make the city of Vienna a character as important as any of the actors. “Of all the movies that I have seen, this one most completely embodies the romance of going to the movies” (Roger Ebert). 1949, 35mm, 104 minutes.

Thursday, January 24

An Evening with Bill Morrison: Short Films and Conversation

Walker Cinema, 7:30 pm

Known for his work with rare footage and for collaborating with the great musical composers of our day, Bill Morrison hosts a program of screenings that shows his range of styles and includes a discussion of his work with the audience. Running time 84 minutes.

The Film of Her
Based on the story of a Library of Congress clerk who saved a vault full of some of the very first films from being burned, this film is a gorgeous tribute to the earliest days of cinema. Music by Bill Frisell. 1996, 35mm, 12 minutes.

The Mesmerist
Made by re-editing a deteriorated nitrate print of The Bells (1926), starring Lionel Barrymore and Boris Karloff, this work shows the fragility of the film image while foreshadowing the Holocaust. Music by Bill Frisell. 2003, 35mm, 16 minutes.

The Highwater Trilogy
Divided into three sections, The Highwater Trilogy examines our relationship to the threat of natural disaster by combining archival footage of icebergs, hurricanes, and floods with a soundtrack by David Lang and Michael Gordon. 2006, 35mm, 31 minutes.

Just Ancient Loops
Pulsing with life, Just Ancient Loops employs high-resolution scans of ancient nitrate footage as well as newly created CGI renderings of space. These depictions of different views of heaven are replete with an original musical score by Michael Harrison. 2012, video, 25 minutes.

Thursday, January 31

Pick Your Persona: A Cindy Sherman Ball

6:30 pm

Discover ways that performance and fashion are intertwined throughout the Walker. Fashion designer Emma Berg and choreographer Mathew Janczewski join forces with Xavier Rucker from the local “Ball” community on a walk-off inspired by the Cindy Sherman exhibition. Expect kitsch, wit, gender-bending style, and social commentary.

Target Free Thursday Nights Special in the Walker Shop

The Walker Shop offers a discount on selected items during Target Free Thursday Nights. The January Shop special is a pad of Giving Notes. Giving Notes is an adhesive memo pad that is shaped like a tree trunk. This creative concept pays tribute the essence of what paper truly is. As you peel away the notes, the trunk gets smaller - a reminder of the environmental impact of using paper. Available in two colors, Giving Notes will add a touch of nature to any desk! A part of the proceeds is donated to planting trees. Regularly priced at $9, Giving Notes are buy one get one free during Target Free Thursday Nights in January.

Special price can’t be combined with other discounts.

January Target Free Thursday Nights