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Press Releases Target Free Thursday Nights in March Feature Chef-in-Residence Russell Klein, Teen Art Lounge, Videotect 2 Screenings, Performance by Julianna Barwick, Free Verse: Jaap BLonk and Harry Belafonte’s Odds Against Tomorrow

Minneapolis, February 17, 2012—The Walker Art Center’s Target Free Thursday Nights in March feature the first event of the Sound Horizon music series, in-gallery performances by sonic adventurer Julianna Barwick (Thursday March 8, at 6, 7, & 8 pm,) and a sampling event with Chef-in-Residence Russell Klein (Thursday March 1, 5–9 pm ). Also featured in March is the monthly Teen Art Lounge (Thursday March 15, 5–8 pm) hosted in March by Minneapolis-based photographer Wing Young Huie, and a free screening of the Harry Belafonte film Odds Against Tomorrow (Thursday, March 8, 7:30 pm). Other highlights include the screening Videotect 2: here to there, featuring 30 to 120-second spots on the topic of sustainable transportation (Thursday, March 1, 7 pm) and a Free Verse event with Jaap Blonk, one of Europe’s foremost “sound poets” (Thursday, March 29, 7 pm).

Target Free Thursday Nights

Get inspired. Get in free.

March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29

Galleries open 5–9 pm; special events follow.

Thursday, March 1

Samplings with Chef Russell Klein

Gather by D’Amico, 5–9 pm

Named “One of the Best New Restaurants of the Year” by Mpls./St. Paul and Minnesota Monthly magazines, Gather features a happy hour and full bar with an innovative specialty cocktail menu every Thursday night. Guest chefs unveil specially created small plates at tastings on the first Thursday of each month. Gather by D’Amico will feature Russell Klein, chef and co-owner of Meritage in Saint Paul as its guest chef on Thursday, March 1. Klein is the latest addition to the unique chef-driven sampler series at Gather featuring prominent local chefs.

Guests can sample Klein’s complimentary menu items on Thursday, March 1, with the two featured items being offered for sale on subsequent Thursday evenings throughout March. (Reservations highly recommended.) On the first Thursday of each month, a new featured guest chef serves complimentary samples and is on site to answer questions and meet guests.

Klein, a native New Yorker with over 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry, has worked in some of Manhattan’s most distinguished kitchens, including La Caravelle, David Bouley’s Danube, and Picholine. Chef Klein moved to Minnesota in 2002 to become the executive chef at W.A. Frost and Company in St. Paul, where in 2005 he met his future wife and co-owner of Meritage, Desta. In addition to being nominated for Food & Wine magazine’s prestigious “Best New Chefs in America” in 2011, Klein was nominated for a James Beard Award— the “Oscars of the food world” according to Time magazine. Russell & Desta opened Meritage, a French brasserie, in the fall of 2007.

Screening: Videotect 2: here to there

Walker Cinema, 7 pm

Last year, Architecture Minnesota magazine created a fierce, often funny competition around short videos about skyways. For 2012, Videotect 2 brings to the Walker another set of finalists, featuring 30 to 120-second spots on the topic of sustainable transportation. As the contest’s culmination, this lively event includes an audience vote to award one of two $2,000 prizes. Details at architecturemn.com/am/videotect. Copresented by AIA Minnesota.

Thursday March 8

Sound Horizon: Julianna Barwick

Perlman Gallery, 6, 7, and 8 pm

Visual and aural art come together this spring with Sound Horizon, in-gallery performances by some of the country’s most respected sonic adventurers. In March, take in the soaring soundscapes of Brooklyn-based experimental looper Julianna Barwick.

Barwick turns the Perlman Gallery into a sonic sanctuary with her soaringly beautiful vocal soundscapes. An alternately ethereal and ecstatic one-woman choir, she layers voice and technology with rapturous results. As Pitchfork raved, “We may not need Barwick to go deep into darkness or to write words that mean something, because she has tapped a vein of expression that is rich and powerful and affecting and even useful. And for the time being, the vein seems to be hers alone, though we can visit any time we like.”

Barwick credits a rural, church choir upbringing for her unique sound. She begins most tracks with a single phrase or refrain and then uses a loop station and the occasional piano or percussive instrument to build the song into a swirling mass of lush, ambient folk. She released her first two collections of songs, the full-length Sanguine and the EP Florine, in 2009 and 2010 respectively before issuing her Asthmatic Kitty debut, The Magic Place, in 2011. Her song Anjos is used as the background score for the recent Levis “Go Forth” ad campaign.

Film: Odds Against Tomorrow

Walker Cinema, 7:30 pm

Directed by Robert Wise

In this film noir, Harry Belafonte is a chronic gambler planning a bank heist with an ex-cop and a racist ex-con. The “sheer dramatic build-up” in this film has “an artistic caliber that is rarely achieved on the screen” (New York Times). 1959, 35mm, 96 minutes.

Odds Against Tomorrow is a part of the Walker’s Harry Belafonte: Singing His Song Regis Dialogue and Retrospective.

Harry Belafonte has been an advocate for civil rights and humanitarian causes throughout a career that spans more than six decades, so when he talks about singing his song, it is as much about activism as it is about his acclaimed voice and compositions. After first finding an international audience in the 1950s with Caribbean music, the “King of Calypso” entered filmmaking both as an actor and producer. Along with other civil rights activists, he was blacklisted during the McCarthy era, but returned to both music and film, winning numerous awards. He used his fame on the world political stage to stand for equal rights with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; oppose apartheid in South Africa; undertake numerous initiatives for UNICEF; and even promote hip-hop in Cuba.

This program is made possible by generous support from Regis Foundation.

Thursday March 15

Teen Art Lounge Thursday, 5–8 pm Free

Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab

Minneapolis-based photographer Wing Young Huie hosts this monthly night for young artists to hang out, make art, and meet other artists. Huie uses photographs from his University Avenue Project as a catalyst for creative reflections on communal conversations. Intended for ages 13 to 18, activities are drop-in every third Thursday of the month. Visit facebook.com/walkerteens.

Thursday, March 29

Free Verse: Jaap Blonk

Walker Cinema, 7 pm

One of Europe’s foremost “sound poets,” Jaap Blonk’s riveting performance style can evoke both laughter and tears. Here, his whimsical tour of sound poetry includes excerpts from classics by Hugo Ball, Kurt Schwitters, and John Cage as well as his own songs in invented languages, acoustic/electronic/phonetic soundscapes, and odd snippets from lectures. Cosponsored by Rain Taxi Review of Books and the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Advanced Study and Imagine Fund.

Target Free Thursday Nights Special in the Walker Shop

The Walker Shop offers a discount on a selected item during Target Free Thursday Nights. The featured item for March is the Art-to-go case full of colors for fun on the go! The set includes 12 wax crayons, 8 color pencils and 8 oil pastels. This case is discounted to $5 on Thursday Nights, regularly priced at $10. Special price limited to two per customer and can’t be combined with other discounts.

Walker Teen Programs

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