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Father John Misty to Headline Rock the Garden; Hennepin County Library Offers Free Music Streaming

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Father John Misty to Headline Rock the Garden; Hennepin County Library Offers Free Music Streaming

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Father John Misty (Josh Tillman) will headline Rock the Garden 2018, set for Saturday, June 16, on the hillside outside the Walker Art Center. A second stage for local bands will be set up in the renovated Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

The L.A.-based singer-songwriter has found favor with local audiences in shows at Hall’s Island in Minneapolis, Surly Brewing Festival Field and Icehouse, where he performed a private “microshow” in May hosted by the Current. His smart, witty songs embrace politics, language, religion, love, entertainment, and existence; his performances blend Jim Morrison-style gyrations with 21st-century social commentary.

Tickets are on sale now through Friday at 5 p.m. to Walker and MPR members only. Any remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public in April 2018, when the rest of the lineup is announced. Snooze and you could lose; Rock the Garden 2017 sold out.

General admission tickets are $69. VIP Skybox tix go for $300. No phone sales.

Mia receives $1.25 million for empathy, diversity initiatives

Have we lost our ability to put ourselves in each other’s shoes? To understand and share each other’s feelings, condition, and point of view? Maybe we have, and that’s why we’re in such a mess. Can art help?

“A visitor to our museum has the opportunity to experience works of art made over the course of some 5,000 years, from every corner of the globe,” Minneapolis Institute of Art Director Kaywin Feldman said in a statement. “One of the most meaningful aspects of this encounter is the awareness it can awaken of a common humanity.”

With a $750,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, announced Wednesday, Mia will establish the Center for Empathy and the Visual Arts – the first of its kind in an art museum. In October, Mia met with museum curators and directors, artists, educators, and experts from many disciplines at UC Berkeley to discuss empathy and the role of the art museum. Over the next five years, ideas generated there will be developed, tested, and turned into tools museums can use to build empathy among their visitors.

Also announced Wednesday: a $520,000 grant from the Ford Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation. That funding will be used for Mia’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) program, which strengthens the pipeline of art museum leadership positions for people of color and indigenous people. IDEA expands on Mia’s current Native American Fellowship Program, active for more than 10 years with financial support from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

Two (more) good reasons to have a library card

Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Google Play, Pandora and Tidal, say hey to MnSpin.

It’s free, it’s local and we love it.

Launched this week by Hennepin County Library, MnSpin is a new music streaming and download platform featuring 53 albums (so far) by established and emerging Minnesota artists. The music includes Americana and bluegrass, blues and jazz, pop, rock, rap, hip hop and more. Some examples: the Illicit Sextet, Dan Israel, Fathom Lane, Gao Hong, Tina and the B-Sides, the Belfast Cowboys, Reynold Philipsek, iLLism, Linda Peterson, Dan Newton’s Café Accordion Orchestra, Siama Matuzungidi.

The collection was chosen from 325 contributions by a team of five curators: vocalist Maria Jette; Jessica Rau, program and artistic director for the Cedar; J.D. Steele, a member of the Steeles and director of the MacPhail Community Youth Choir; and Matt Dahl and Chris Latchana, library staff members with deep roots in the Twin Cities music scene. The artists received a $200 stipend from the Friends of the Hennepin County Library, the system’s funding partner.

Anyone can stream from MnSpin, but if you want to download songs, you’ll need a Hennepin County library card.

So, why is the library in the music business? It always has been, making sheet music, vinyl records, cassettes and CDs available to patrons. …

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