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Press Releases Target Free Thursday Nights in August Feature Internet Cat Video Festival, Bad at Sports Broadcast, and Tastings with Chef-in-Residence Beth Fisher

Minneapolis, July 18, 2014—The Walker Art Center’s Target Free Thursday Nights in August feature a Gather by D’Amico Chef-in-Residence event with Chef Beth Fisher of Wise Acre Eatery (Thursday, August 7); the BYOR (Bring Your Own Radio) & Tailgate event with Bad at Sports, (Thursday, August 7); and the Internet Cat Video Festival (Thursday, August 14). Details about special events follow.

Target Free Thursday Nights
Get inspired. Get in free.
August 7, 14, 21 & 28
Galleries open 5–9 pm; special events follow.

Thursday, August 7

BYOR (Bring Your Own Radio) & Tailgate
5 – 8 pm, Open Field


Bring a blanket, a picnic, and a shortwave radio and join us to listen to interviews with Minnesota’s art luminaries. The Chicago-based art podcast Bad at Sports and the Texas-based mobile art residency Cargo Space team up with mnartists.org for a radio broadcast and tailgate event at Open Field.

Bad at Sports
Founded in 2005 by Duncan MacKenzie, Richard Holland, and Amanda Browder, Bad at Sports (B@S) now features over 20 principle collaborators and is a weekly podcast, a series of objects, events, and a daily blog produced in Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit and New York City that features artists and art worlders talking about art and the community that makes, reviews and participates in it.

Cargo Space, Texas, is an idea born out of need. There simply aren’t enough artists visiting that part of the country.

Motivated by the vast, open spaces of the American Southwest, and fueled by a small grant from Rice University’s Humanities Research Center, they have acquired a transit bus and have refurbished it as a mobile arts platform: part rockstar-style tour bus, part utility vehicle and ultimately a blank platform that sleeps six. Cargo Space features cultural workers of all stripes (local, national, international), artists, writers, et al. They take extensive road trips, hold one-night events and host all manner of functions around Houston and around the country.

Since the late 80s the team of Simon Grennan (UK), and Christopher Sperandio (US) have developed community and project-based work at the intersections of mass and museum cultures. More information on their collaborative work can be found at kartoonkings.com

Christopher Sperandio is an Assistant Professor of Art in the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts at Rice University.

Tastings with Chef-in-Residence Beth Fisher
5 – 9 pm, Gather by D’Amico


Thursday evenings at Gather by D’Amico feature $5 small plates and drink specials, and limited-edition dishes from a roster of stellar guest chefs who share tastings each month.

In August, guest Chef Beth Fisher from Wise Acre Eatery takes her signature dishes from farm to table with homegrown, homemade culinary delectables.

About the Chef
Chef Beth Fisher has been cooking up incredible comfort food locally for many years. With partner Caroline Glawe, she is part of the creative team behind the Wise Acre Eatery, which has won 5 “Best of” awards since opening 3 years ago. With a lifelong dedication to homemade, scratch-cooking using the finest local ingredients, Fisher creates culinary adventures with her unique Southern twist on classic American cuisine.

The Wise Acre Eatery connects guests to the source of their food, most of which comes from Tangletown Gardens’ 100-acre farm in rural Plato, MN, where Scottish Highland Cattle, Berkshire and Large Black hogs, and free-range chickens, ducks, and turkeys live stress-free, hormone-free lives with plenty of room to roam. Fresh produce is grown year-round in the greenhouses and fields. Employees of the Wise Acre Eatery are sowing the seeds, nurturing plants, and tending the animals in the morning, then delivering the harvest to the restaurant’s kitchen in the afternoon—it just doesn’t get any more local than that.

Acoustic Campfire
8–10 pm, Open Field


Close out Target Free Thursday Nights with acoustic sets performed by local musicians as the sun goes down on the field. On August 7, enjoy the big Balkan sounds of Orkestar Bez Ime, followed by Father You See Queen, an experimental music duo comprised of Mark McGee and Nicole Tollefson.

Thursday, August 7 &14

Drawing Club
Open Field, 4–8 pm


Open Field’s Drawing Club invites participatory and collaborative drawing and discussion. Led by a team of creative hosts, the sessions are open to artists of all ages, abilities, and aesthetics

Thursday, August 14

Internet Cat Video Festival
6–10 pm, Screening begins at dusk on Open Field


“Move over, Cannes, Minneapolis might just be home to the greatest film festival ever.” —Huffington Post

Celebrate the third year of watching cat videos together when the Internet Cat Video Festival returns to the Walker’s Open Field. This year’s kitty rumpus features a new selection of videos programmed by Will Braden, creator of the Henri Le Chat Noir videos. Braden has hosted several Internet Cat Video Festival tour events and received the first Golden Kitty (People’s Choice) Award. The night also includes live music, food, and feline-themed activities, of course. In case of rain, this event will be held August 21.

Target Free Thursday Nights Special in the Walker Shop
The Walker Shop offers a discount on selected items during Target Free Thursday Nights. The special for August is buy one and get one free Popsicle Spatula’s. These utensils, regularly priced at $12, make baking even more fun with a candy-hued popsicle-shaped “Cool Pop” spatula made of silicone and wood. Limit one per customer. Offer valid in-store only and not combinable with other discounts.

Internet Cat Video Festival 2012

Photo: ©Walker Art Center

Bad at Sports

Photo: courtesy the artists

Beth Fisher

Photo: © 2014 Isabel Subtil

Drawing Club

Popsicle Spatula