Art attack

A&E keeps up with Art to Z to guide you to the U’s best lit. events.

The 26 shows on display in fun-sized poster form. PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

Ashley Goetz

The 26 shows on display in fun-sized poster form. PHOTO COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

At times, there are so many artsy happenings in this modest portion of the metro that itâÄôs easy to lose track of them all. To combat this problem, the University has begun the Art to Z campaign âÄî a diverse, thought-provoking series that aims to shed light on the multifaceted events happening right here on campus. âÄúThe University has some of the richest programming in the Twin Cities, but we were finding that not a lot of students, staff and faculty were completely aware of that,âÄù said Associate Marketing Director Laura Johnson. The series offers a wide selection of exhibitions, running the gamut from a chthonic poetry reading to a lecture on Futhark, the Runic alphabet. Of course, not all of the events are as abstract as those aforementioned, but their inclusion demonstrates this seriesâÄô sprawling diversity. Noteworthy events include a performance of âÄúA Bright Room Called Day,âÄù a work by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner , a conference session on Robert Bly, Minnesota native and mythopoetic men’s movement leader , and a production of âÄúEugene OneginâÄù by the Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg. Those stuck in town over spring break have a couple of remarkable shows to break up the monotony of classless life. On March 19, Northrop Auditorium will play host to a performance of âÄúMissa BrevisâÄù by the LimoÌÅn Dance Company , which was recently awarded the 2008 National Medal of Arts . Science geeks can check out âÄúLIFE: A Journey through Time ,âÄù an acclaimed exhibit by Franz Lanting, whose stunning photographs depict the evolution of life on Earth. Finally, art lovers can head over to the Weisman Art Museum for the âÄúChanging IdentityâÄù gallery , which features artwork by a number of Vietnamese artists. A majority of the events are free to University of Minnesota students, and those that require purchases are low-cost. Ticket prices range from $3 to $23.50. The alphabet now has a new age group to teach.