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Each summer for two weeks in early June tourists flock to Smoky Mountain National Park in Tennessee to witness one of the natural world’s magic shows: thousands of synchronized, blinking fire flies. Photinus carolinus, are the only species of “lightning bugs” in America that can sync their flashing light patterns, according to the National Park Service. Some […]

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We recently talked with Rosemary Williams as she prepared for her project Mom’s Cookies. Mom’s Cookies is a series of short silent videos showing packaged convenience foods prepared from start to finish by a well-coiffed mother figure. The videos will be projected onto mill buildings near St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River. These videos […]

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Imagine riding your bike through the darkened streets of Minneapolis on a warm summer night and coming upon another cyclist with a red blinking light. Alright, that isn’t hard to envision—most cyclists have flashing tail lights. But imagine that upon approaching said bicycle, your light and its light begin to blink in unison. Now picture […]

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What: Northern Spark Bike Community Happy Hour When: Thursday, March 29, 4-6 pm, presentation at 4:30 pm. Where: Midtown Greenway Coalition at the Freewheel Midtown Bike Center, on the Greenway between Chicago and 10th Avenues What kind of free beer: New Belgium Brewery Why? This year we are promoting cycling as the primary mode of […]

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Janaki Ranpura and her team are hard at work constructing The Peloton! This interactive biking project takes its participants on a stationary ride through a South Minneapolis neighborhood. What do I mean by a stationary ride, you might ask. Ranpura asks visitors to pedal on the bikes within this incredible structure to generate the electricity […]

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One of the uncommon things about Northern Spark (aside from our nocturnal timing) is the very structure of the festival.  Northern curates a bunch of artist projects that appear in public space, but good amount of the art and events that comprise the festival are organized by many of the Twin Cities vibrant art, […]

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The printed guidebooks are here! If you prefer flipping real pages to swiping screens on a mobile app, this is the tool for you. Pick one up before June 9 at one of the many festival venues during their regular hours such as Lunalux, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Open Book, Burnet Gallery at […]

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We had a soggy start to the LynLake Street Festival today, but our hearty volunteers stuck it out in the rain with us anyway.  Here they are, sporting the Kuramoto Model lights, corsage style. Thanks Isabel, Birdie, Angie, Sarah, and David!     

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According to Robin Schwartzman, it will take 4,510 LED bulbs to light all the letters of THINK AND WONDER, WONDER AND THINK across both sides of the Stone Arch Bridge. But the plus side? You will be able to see them from everywhere! She is 87% to her goal. Help push her over the edge.  

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  On the designing of Kolam stencils, In Habit’s director Piotr Szyhalski writes: “For the IN HABIT project I have made a set of 16 stencils to be printed during the performances. This unusual aspect of the project is perhaps the most direct reference to the South Indian tradition of Kolam drawing. I found the […]

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