Weekend Arts Roundup: Inside and Outside

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Walker on the Green: artist-designed mini golf (Walker Art Center)
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MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about arts happenings taking place both inside and outside as the long weekend approaches.

Motionpoems — A "motion poem" is a poem set to film, and Walker Art Center has been pairing great poets with filmmakers since 2008, and the results have been described as glorious, quirky and distinct. Tonight (Thursday, May 22) at 6:30 and 8 p.m. in the Walker Cinema, there are free screenings of the 2014 collection of motion poems.

Walker on the Green — Outside Walker Art Center once again is the Artist-Designed Mini Golf. Artists, architects and engineers submit their designs through open call, essentially answering the question, "If I got my hands on a miniature golf course, what would I do?" Two of the holes have been designed by sculpture students from the University of Minnesota. The 2014 season opens May 22 and runs until Sept. 1.

Dirt Sticks — Presented by Ten Thousand Things Theater Company, Dirt Sticks is a new play by local playwright Kira Obolensky. Containing mythical and ghostly elements, the play is earning great reviews. Ten Thousand Things will be staging this play at Open Book in Minneapolis until June 1.

Rocket to the Moon — Another play garnering rave reviews — Marianne says it's being called a "tour de force" — is Rocket to the Moon, presented by Gremlin Theatre and staging at the New Century Theatre in Minneapolis. Set during a long, hot summer in 1938 New York, Rocket to the Moon is the story of a dentist facing a midlife crisis. The play runs until June 1.

Marianne Combs joins The Current's Morning Show for the Weekend Arts Roundup every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Read about all the latest arts news at the State of the Arts blog at mprnews.org.

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