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Once Upon a Winter Night

Once Upon a Winter Night

A World Premiere by Michael SommersMarch 3 - 20, 2022 Open Eye Theatre Mainstage 506 E. 24th StreetMinneapolis, MN For tickets and COVID-19 requirements, visit www.openeyetheatre.org An intimate new show celebrating a season of magic, melancholy, and mischief-making. Intended as a fairytale for grown-ups, Once Upon a Winter Night explores the merriment and menace of winter through a child’s eyes, while meditating on the profound mystery which accompanies seasonal change. Audiences will watch the story unfold within a meticulously designed snow globe, where crows take roost, icicles grow, and the moon sings above the forest and the fields. Smoke curls from the bell tower where a lone child sleeps, dreaming of a sister made of snow. Up on the mountaintop, Sister Winter looks down, wishing to steal the little girl’s warmth, so she may melt into the sea and transition into something new. The ensuing adventure–both playful and perilous–begins when Sister Winter sends a mischievous snow fox to lead the girl away from the bell tower and deep into the woods…. Drawing upon multiple literary influences such as Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Match Girl,” Nathaniel Hawthorne’s "The Snow Image", and the tradition of Yuki-Onna, a snow spirit of Japanese folklore, ONCE UPON A WINTER NIGHT will use a variety of puppetry styles to conjure comedic crows, a singing snowman, owls and snow spirits; while projected etchings evoke images from an antique storybook; and beautiful music for cello and grand piano underscores the scenes.

Open Eye Theatre presents The Red Shoes

Open Eye Theatre presents The Red Shoes

Open Eye Theatre presents THE RED SHOESOctober 14 - 31, 2021The critically-acclaimed film noir fairytale returns after a 19-month hiatus in a newly expanded version!  THE RED SHOES takes its title from a classic Hans Christian Anderson story of a young girl and a pair of red shoes, and thrillingly re-imagines it as a retro-urban fairytale. This revised version further explores elements of detective fiction, multiple personality, and psychological mystery. Visit openeyetheatre.org for more information and tickets https://www.openeyetheatre.org/

Bridge Fest

Bridge Fest

By CARZ NELSON Bridge Fest: Celebrating the New 24th Street Foot Bridge Musicians on the bridge Strolling on the bridgeHanging out on the bridgeTrying out the new bridgePhotographer tests the view, with a photograph of the old view to his right hanging on the new fence. The New Viewphotographs by Carz Nelson On August 19, MNDot had a party to celebrate the new 24th Street pedestrian bridge over 35W. The old bridge was removed for the 35W upgrade, which was recently completed. People in the neighborhood were significantly inconvenienced when the bridge was removed. Pedestrians faced a four-block detour to cross 35W at Franklin Avenue or 26th Street. The completion of the new bridge was an occasion to celebrate. Turns out, MNDot knows how to throw a good party. There were artists, performers, and musicians to entertain the crowd gathered on the bridge. Free ice cream was the perfect treat for a summer evening. The old bridge was popular with local photographers because it arced high in the air and provided an excellent view of the downtown skyline. The new bridge is closer to street grade. There was some concern that the new view might not make as good pictures. Many photographers showed up for Bridgefest to try out the new angle for themselves. They discovered that the new bridge is a fine place to shoot pictures of the downtown skyline after all. The celebration spilled off the bridge and into the neighborhoods as groups like Open Eye Theater and Hennepin County Historical Society featured entertainment and activities. Bridgefest recognized not only the new bridge, but also the rejoining of two neighborhoods.

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