MN Original

MN Original | Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher

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Watch: With a dry sense of humor and quick wit, Jeffrey Hatcher discusses the art and craft of writing for the stage and screen. 

Hatcher’s stage productions have premiered locally at theaters like The Illusion, Children’s Theater Company and the Guthrie Theater, while nationally his work has been seen on Broadway. Hatcher has also worked on several major motion pictures including Stage Beauty (2004), Casanova(2005), The Duchess (2008) and Mr. Holmes (2015).

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MN Original | Photographer Tucker Hollingsworth

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Watch now: Making photographs since 2009, Tucker Hollingsworth’s work has made quite an impression on the art community and the world of photography, both creatively and scientifically.

His "Noise" series demonstrates how a camera “thinks” — a visual representation of the inner workings of the digital technology — while his landscapes have a moody and ethereal quality to them.

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MN Original | Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies

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Learn how Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) provides rigorous orchestra experiences for young musicians of all ages and abilities.

Under the dynamic leadership of Artistic Director Mark Russell Smith, more than 850 students ages 8-18 from across the Twin Cities region now play in GTCYS’ academic-year orchestras and two summer programs.

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MN Original | Shapiro and Smith Dance

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Joanie Smith, Artistic Director of Shapiro & Smith Dance, is interested in finding the “unique gestures” that become dance. Learn about the history of this modern dance company and the difference between movement and dance. 

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MN Original | Bead Artist Gail Be

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Watch how Gail Be uses her extensive vintage bead collection to fashion intricate clothing, all of it painstakingly hand-beaded and most of it made without fabric. While the red carpet is in her immediate sights, Be’s end goal is to have her dresses showcased in a museum.

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MN Original | The Steeles

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Learn about the musical Steele family. Singing together since childhood, J.D., Fred, Jearlyn, Jevetta and Billy Steele have been entertaining audiences around the globe for decades. Born in Gary, Indiana, five of the six Steele children found their way to Minneapolis where they eventually formed their musical group, The Steeles.

The siblings have performed on Broadway, on stages around the world, and with musicians such as Prince, George Clinton and Mavis Staples.

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MN Original | Made Here Art Installations

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The Made Here initiative puts local art into unused spaces throughout the metro. Design a gallery space for unused spaces in your school or community.

 

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MN Original | Native American Dance and Regalia

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Rooted in tradition and ceremony, dancing is an important part of Native American culture. Hundreds of dances exist, performed by tribes across the United States. Learn about several types of Native American dance and regalia and design your own garment that reflects your heritage.

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MN Original | 318 Cafe Open Mic

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Learn about how when cousins Matty O’Reilly and Tom Peterson took over Excelsior’s 318 Cafe in 2004, they knew they had to keep the open mic tradition alive. They hired Matt Muller to emcee the first Wednesday of every month, when musicians of all stripes show up to hone their craft.

In addition to up-and-comers, musicians such as Dan Wilson, Chastity Brown, Adam Levy, Romantica and Caroline Smith have graced the 318 stage.

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MN Original | Filmmaker Shelli Ainworth

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Learn about how, inspired by her experience of raising a child with autism, writer and filmmaker Shelli Ainsworth premieres her first feature film, "Stay Then Go."

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