Weekend Arts Roundup: All Aboard for Arts and Culture

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The Minnesota state capitol stands in the distance as a Metro Transit Green Line train moves south on Cedar Street in downtown St. Paul, Minn. (MPR photo/Luke Taylor)
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MPR News Arts Reporter Marianne Combs joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about a big weekend that features Northern Spark 2014 and the opening of the Metro Transit Green Line.

Green Line Opening Day — On Saturday, June 14, the Metro Transit Green Line celebrates its opening day with free rides and events up and down the line. The Current itself is sponsoring a series of free concerts outside Union Depot. Meanwhile, many stations along the route feature arts, cultural and educational activities to help people get to know the various neighborhoods along the Green Line. Find an entire list of station-by-station activities on Metro Transit's website.

Northern Spark 2014 — The Twin Cities own nuit blanche is Northern Spark, an all-night festival in which artists take over the cities and all can see how the city is transformed by artists overnight. The 2014 theme is "Projecting the City," and many installations will feature projections of artists' ideas about what Minneapolis and St. Paul are or what they could be. Other events include illuminated chess and a 100-course meal (10 seatings of 10 courses each) on the Mall at the University of Minnesota. Northern Spark gets underway at sundown on Saturday, June 14; more information is available at Northern Spark 2014 website. Coincidentally, the Green Line will be open and fare-free during this year's Northern Spark.

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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