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Nostalgia in November: Our Monthly Arts/Culture Picks

This month’s feature highlighting arts, entertainment and culture not to be missed in MSP brings into focus the region’s most notable dance company, photographic visions of Minneapolis’ past and an art sale for all to enjoy.
TU Dance
Friday-Saturday, November 20, 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 22, 2 p.m.
The O’Shaughnessy, St. Paul

TU Dance founders Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands were recently named USA Fellows for 2015 by United States Artists — just the latest in an ongoing list of accolades the Afro-modern dance company continues to receive. Attached to this honor is an award of $50,000 to support the company’s practice and professional development, and there’s no telling where TU Dance will go next. Meanwhile, the company’s concert this weekend includes a new work by Italian-Canadian choreographer Gioconda Barbuto, who is also the 2015 McKnight International Choreographer. Barbuto worked collaboratively with the dancers to draw movement from their bodies while crafting it with her impeccably tuned eye.  TU Dance will also premiere a new work by Sands inspired by the ways in which we behave when we think we’re being watched.
Downtown: Minneapolis in the 1970s
Through April 3
Mill City Museum, Minneapolis

Minneapolis in the 1970’s was a happening scene, as photographer Mike Evangelist’s new book, Downtown: Minneapolis in the 1970s, and an accompanying exhibition demonstrate. Evangelist was a 17-year-old kid from the suburbs when he began capturing the hustle, the bustle and the burgeoning sense of urbanism occurring along Nicollet Mall and Hennepin Avenue in the 1970s. He just recently rediscovered those images, which encapsulate a city on the cusp of change. Local cultural observer and author Andy Sturdevant wrote the text for the book, which includes images in both color and black and white.
MCAD Art Sale
Thursday-Friday, November 19-20, 6-9 p.m.
Saturday, November 21, 9-5
Minneapolis College of Art and Design

$150, $25, Free

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) has been training generations of MSP artists since 1883. The college currently is home to nearly 800 students from 13 countries and nearly 30 states. The annual art sale showcases their work, giving new and established collectors an opportunity to discover new talent. Proceeds go to the artists and toward the MCAD Art Sale Scholarship Fund. A $150 ticket provides access to the sale’s opening night with more than 7,000 original artworks available for purchase, along with free valet parking and complimentary beverages.

David Rue is a dance artist and writer infatuated with the companionship of arts and academia.
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