Where are the simple joys of maidenhood?

“Where are the simple joys of maidenhood?
Where are all those adoring daring boys?
Where’s the knight pining so for me
he leaps to death in woe for me?
Oh where are a maiden’s simple joys?”

 Explore the myth of King Arthur on Stage this year at the Ordway in St. Paul. Two musicals are coming to town. The first is the classic “Camelot” staring British stage and film Legend, Michael York:

Here is the idyllic and lyrical version of the myth we are all so familiar with: Lerner and Loewe’s Camelot… March 6-17,2007

But wait, there’s more!

July 24-Aug 12, 2007 are the dates to remember for Flying cows, killer rabbits and taunting Frenchmen!  It’s the 2005 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, Monty Python’s SPAMALOT.
Spamelot Picture

Live and in-your-face this musical comedy is a loving rip-off from the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.” If you have any doubts, you can See the Spamalot Video! or for just the info, just visit the Ordway page for Spamalot.

Mystical Exhibitions at MIA

I thought I’d provide a quick rundown on the mystical and magickal exhibits at the Minneapolis Institute of arts since there is a new exhibit opening on Saturday August 26th. From Ancient China, to Renaissance Monsters, and from the Cradle of civilization to the eastern mysticism of Buddhist art, there’s something for all mystical inclinations.

Sacred Sounds: The Bells of Ancient China

Saturday, August 26, 2006-Sunday, April 8, 2007
Cargill Gallery 103
Free Exhibition

The Chinese Bronze Age (c. 1900-221 B.C.E.) is well known by the thousands of ritual vessels excavated from ancient tombs. Bronze bells were used during ceremonies and elaborate rituals of that time.

This exhibition will feature a set of twenty graduated bells–the largest group in a western museum–to explore the technical, artistic, and musical characteristics of late Bronze Age bells. Also included are ceramic substitute sets of the same period excavated from lesser burials.

Monsters and Mayhem: Renaissance Prints from the Jones Collection

Through Sunday, November 5, 2006
Winton Jones Gallery 344
Free Exhibition

This installation takes an unusual look at 15th-century prints devoted to real and imagined beasts, fierce battles, bawdy mischief makers, and general bad behavior of the worst kind. It will feature works by many of the most important artists of the period including Andrea Mantegna, Israhel van Meckenem, Albrecht Dürer, and Martin Schongauer.

Sacred Art in the Permanent Collections

AnubisAncient Art Collection

This is a focused collection of ancient art, comprising works from several civilizations in the lands bordering the Mediterranean Sea, from about 20,000 B.C. to the fifth century A.D. These civilizations were united by trade networks that fostered cultural exchanges. 

The art of dynastic Egypt, unwaveringly directed towards the attainment of the afterlife, is represented by an intact mummy, the false door to a tomb, amulets, and religious burial objects. The collection also includes objects from the ancient Near East countries of Luristan, Sumeria, and Persia including finely crafted domestic objects, glass, and bronzes.

This statue of Anubis is just one of the many ancient artifacts available for viewing.

Asian Art – Buddhism CollectionKuan Yin

Having originated 2,500 years ago, the Buddha’s teachings have formed the core of the religion known as Buddhism. Over the centuries, Buddhism spread from India into all corners of Asia. As it spread, it transformed into a wide variety of beliefs and practices. The artforms it inspired are well represented in the museum’s collection.

The statue of the Bodhisattva Kuan Yin is an amazing example of sacred Buddhist art. Even the eyes are inlaid to provide a an incredible level of realism.

Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

The museum is located one mile south of downtown Minneapolis at the intersection of 3rd Avenue South and East 24th Street.

Admission is FREE every day!

Hours as follows:

Tuesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Monday Closed

Minneapolis May Day Parade

The 31st annual MayDay Parade and Festival will be Sunday, May 1, 2005 beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Whether you celebrate May 1 as Beltane, Floralia, or any of the other spring fertility festivals dating back to pagan Europe; or celebrate May 1 International Labor Day to commemorate the nationwide strikes on May 1, 1886 which led to the 8 hour standard for full-time work, Powderhorn Park in South Minneapolis is the place to be this Sunday. This is the place where 50,000 Minnesotans of all paths gather to celebrate the coming of spring and commemorate this historical day.

The event is a parade and Tree of Life Ceremony where community groups, local non-profit groups, and worker’s rights groups come together. The Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater organizes and leads the annual parade down Bloomington Avenue from 25th street to 34th street and into Powderhorn Park. Four large puppets represent for Sky, Prairie, Woods, and River. The performance ends when the Sun puppet is rowed across Powderhorn Lake followed by the raising of the Tree of Life puppet accompanied by the audience singing “You Are My Sunshine.” Veterans stake out the hillside with blankets in the early hours of the morning to get the best seat for this play. (for Map Click Here)

Sandy Spieler, Artistic Director at the Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater, has said the legendary Minneapolis May Day parade in Powderhorn is about “the twining of two different roots: the red root, the blood of the People’s struggles; and the green root, the ancient, ancient root of the change-bringing of the earth to springtime.”

Music and Entertainment abounds. Vendors provide food and crafts along the shores of Powderhorn Lake. Expect a long walk if you are driving. Carpool or Bus (#14) if possible. The time to get there is EARLY. The parade & ceremony are scheduled for 1-4 p.m. with festivities and socializing continuing until dusk.

Here’s some websites with more details:
The Rake Magazine
About.com’s article
An article of the 1999 celebration