Walker Art Center Events For The Summer

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    Walker’s Target Free Thursday Nights

    MINNEAPOLIS – The Walker Art Center’s Target Free Thursday Nights in July are highlighted by programs in conjunction with the exhibition Diane Arbus Revelations (through September 10). Galleries are open from 5-9 p.m.

    Vince Leo, photographer and professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, will discuss photographer Diane Arbus’ work in the context of both the history of photography and America during a gallery talk at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 6. Elizabeth Culbert, associate photo editor of the New Yorker magazine, will look back at Arbus’ magazine work from a contemporary editor’s perspective and discuss the often fluid boundaries between commercial and fine-art photography during a gallery talk at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 13.

    Walker’s Summer Music & Movies

    Summer Music & Movies, the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board’s popular annual series of free concerts and film screenings in Loring Park, celebrates its 30th year with "Screwball Masters: Sturges, Hawks and Cukor" every Monday from July 17 to August 21. Defined by a breakneck pace, ridiculous situations, witty banter, slapstick, and sexual innuendo, screwball comedies of the late 1930s and early 40s raised the spirits of Americans going through the Depression and early years of WW II.

    Directors Preston Sturges, Howard Hawks, and George Cukor crafted hilarious Hollywood classics famous for the chemistry of their comic pairings: Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn, Joel McCrea and Veronica Lake, and Barbara Stanwyck and Henry Fonda. The films included in this year’s series include Sturges’ Sullivan’s Travels (July 17) and The Lady Eve (July 24); Hawks’ His Girl Friday (July 31) and Bringing Up Baby (August 7); and Cukor’s Adam’s Rib (August 14) and The Philadelphia Story (August 21).

    The films will be paired with a diverse selection of musical acts, including Senegal’s Daara J (July 17), whose infectious blend of old-school East Coast hip-hop, reggae, soul, and Cuban punch turns the tables on gangsta rap through the positive power of rhyme. Other musical performers include avant-jazz trio Fat Kid Wednesdays (July 24); the country-twinged torch songs of Haley Bonar (July 31); local punk rockers STNNNG (August 7); dance-pop maestro Eric Appelwick’s alter-ego, Vicious Vicious (August 14); and Low (August 21), the Duluth rock minimalists who have been internationally lauded for their hauntingly hypnotic harmonies and gentle but powerful orchestrations. Local notables spin music between the bands and films.

    In case of rain, events are canceled unless otherwise noted. For more information, call (612) 375-7600. Summer Music & Movies is copresented by the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board. Summer Music & Movies is made possible by Lunds. Promotional partners City Pages and Drive 105.

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