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Press Releases Target Free Thursday Nights in February Feature Chef-in-Residence Mike Rakun, Fever Songs, and the Screening/Talk: Tresors de Scopitones, With Codirector Michele Collery

Minneapolis, January 17, 2014—The Walker Art Center’s Target Free Thursday Nights in February features a Chef-in-Residence event with Mike Rakun of Marin Restaurant & Bar (Thursday, February 6),and Fever Songs, a night of song-making with LexaWalsh and local music hero John Munson (Thursday, February 6). Target Free Thursday Nights in February also include the Screening/Talk: Trésors de Scopitones, with codirector Michéle Collery, (Thursday, February 27) presented as part of the exhibition Album: Cinematheque Tangier.

Target Free Thursday Nights
Get inspired. Get in free.
February 6, 13, 20, & 27
Galleries open 5–9 pm; special events follow.

Thursday, February 6

Tastings with Chef-in-Residence Mike Rakun
Gather by D’Amico, 5–9 pm
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.
Join chef-in-residence Mike Rakun, executive chef at Marin Restaurant & Bar, who shares tastes from his small plates menu, created exclusively for Gather and featured throughout the month.

About the Chef
As executive chef and partner for Marin in downtown Minneapolis and Mill Valley Kitchen in St. Louis Park, Rakun was the first local chef to take the bold move of printing the nutritional information for all the items on his menus. His fun, flavorful, health-conscious approach to food has earned him a devoted, loyal—and evergrowing—fan following. Rakun discovered his passion for food as a teenager, working in various culinary jobs in the Chicago area. In later years, he helped to open the Mission American Kitchen in Minneapolis. In Florida, he served as executive chef at Truluck’s, a steak and seafood restaurant with its own fisheries and fleet of fishing boats. Returning to Minneapolis, he assisted with the management and development of the concept for Black Sheep Pizza and later partnered with Craig Bentdahl on Mill Valley Kitchen. Marin, which opened in 2013, is the new restaurant in the Le Méridien Chambers hotel.

Fever Songs
Walker Art Center, 6–9 pm

Join artist Lexa Walsh and local music hero John Munson to cocreate collaborative “Fever Songs” about the long northern winters. Participants are welcome to contribute lyrics and melodies to be developed on the spot by the Fever Band, who’ll be writing and recording live. The multiple authored completed songs will be made available on the Walker blog.

About the Artists
An interdisciplinary, socially engaged artist based in Oakland, California, Walsh works with conversation, food, and music to create what she calls “hospitable democracy.” She was recently an artist-in-residence at Portland Art Museum and a community artist-in-residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts. Walsh is currently an artist fellow in San Francisco’s de Young Museum.

Munson is a Twin Cities-based musician, composer, and producer. A founding member of the ’90s cult band Trip Shakespeare, he went on to form Semisonic with Dan Wilson and Jacob Slichter. His recent projects include producing Lucy Michelle’s solo record Attack of the Heart; acting as music director for Wits, an American Public Media radio variety show; and playing in his bands the New Standards and the Twilight Hours.

Walsh and Munson met almost 10 years ago at an artist residency in Taipei. As they ate colorful dumplings while singing Neil Young songs in the Gongguan district, they vowed to someday collaborate.

Thursday, February 27
Screening/Talk: Trésors de Scopitones,
Featuring Codirector Michéle Collery
Walker Cinema, 7 pm

In the documentary Treasures of the Scopitones (Trésors de Scopitones), North African performers and their families and friends reunite in a French café to watch the Scopitone videos they made in the late 1960s when they were struggling new immigrants in France. Made for French television, the film rekindled interest in this lost music form and the Scopitone jukebox. See one in the exhibition Album: Cinematheque Tangier.

Directed by Michéle Collery and Anaïs Prosaic (1999, France, in French and Arabic with English subtitles, 54 minutes).

Album: Cinematheque Tangier, a project by Yto Barrada is made possible by generous support from the Bentson Foundation.

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 February is Eggling.The precious Eggling looks like an extra-large egg, but crack it and discover a garden ready for sowing! The Eggling is made in Japan of white bisque and comes with a peat mixture and seeds already inside, as well as a terra cotta tray and extra seeds. Just crack, water, and grow! The special price for Target Free Thursday Nights in February is $6 (regularly $12), limit one per customer.
Offer valid in-store only and not combinable with other discounts.

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Lexa Walsh

Photo: courtesy the artist

Mike Rakun

Michèle Collery and Anaïs Prosaïc, Treasures of the Scopitones, 1999

Photo: courtesy the artists

Eggling Crack + Grow