Saturday, January 28,
Come to WBCA’s Winter
Open House for fun and
free activities including clay
ice sculpting, and
a penguin ambassador
from Como Park Zoo!
Dress to try some
Saturday, January 28,
Saturdays in February – April, 4:00-7:00 PM
Steve Y. Thao, Executive Director of CHAT
WBCA is excited to partner with the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) to present this series of films by Hmong filmmakers, made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. These evenings will include appetizers prior to each film and a discussion afterwards. All films are in Hmong, two with English subtitles (see below).
Saturday, March 25, 8:00 PM
Malandain Ballet Biarritz
Join a group from WBCA to see La Belle et la Bête at Northrop for a reduced rate! Meet at Northrop or notify WBCA if you are interested in setting up a carpool. Based in the Basque coastal resort town of Biarritz in Southern France, Artistic Director Thierry Malandain has developed a very personal approach to dance that is rooted in classical ballet with a contemporary, full-bodied style. His company of 22 gorgeous dancers makes their Minnesota debut with an ethereal vision of Beauty and the Beast—unlike any other you have seen before. Revealing the humanity at the core of this well-known fairy tale, Malandain says, “I am searching for a dance that not only leaves traces of pleasure, but also revives the essence of the sacred as an answer to the difficulty of being.” With ingenious stagecraft, elegant costumes, and a romantic score drawn from Tchaikovsky’s symphonies, this unique, 70-minute version sweeps us toward an uplifting finale where goodness and love conquer fear and evil. Please register by February 23.
Tuesday, April 4, 7:00-8:30 PM
This presentation will explore the art of papercutting – its history, techniques, and styles. From its origins in China shortly after the invention of paper, papercutting spread to the rest of the world along with the craft of papermaking. Each culture developed its own style and technique for the art so that today we have an amazing array of very different artistic approaches to what is basically a very simple technique. Andrea will also discuss current styles and techniques, and present examples of current papercut art from a variety of well-known artists.
Thursday, April 13, 7:00-8:30 PM
Visual artist, storyteller and performance artist Julie JAO presents a free live demo on her innovative Egg Tempera technique. Layering washes of paint instead of using the traditional dry brush method creates an opportunity to explore these breathtakingly beautiful pigments in a contemporary way. Julie JAO weaves anecdotes from the history of color with her personal experiences of making paint into a highly entertaining, thought provoking, and informative demonstration that will get you excited about trying new things in whatever medium you explore.
Tuesday, April 18, 7:00-8:30 PM
Mary Jane LaVigne
Join us for a public reading for writers of poetry, fiction, non- fiction, and more. Sign up to share your short essay, a few poems, fan- fiction, flash- fiction, or your novel in progress; anything you can present in 5 minutes or less. Or, just come to listen! “Am now writer” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald on his army discharge form, though he’d not yet sold a story. Whether writing is your avocation or vocation, it is our hope that this public reading helps you to claim this title for yourself. Reader registration required prior to the event.
Friday, April 28, 7:00-8:30 PM
Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
With imagination, artistry, and musical mastery, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has made its case as “one of the major guitar ensembles in the world” (Soundboard Magazine) since its formation in 1986. This program will include a wide variety of music from Bach to Jazz pianist Hiromi to Prince. Also featured will be California composer Ian Krouse’s new work “StarWaves”, composed for the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and based on a song by 1970s British rock/pop musician Nick Drake.
Monday, May 15, 7:00-9:00 PM
Mary Jane LaVigne
Join us for an in depth look at the legendary author’s White Bear Lake stories. We’ll examine the literary mechanics that turned the particulars of our suburban town into mythical Black Bear Lake. Writers, readers, and local history buffs are certain to find something that tickles them in this lively discussion.
Saturday, June 3, 4:00-6:00 PM
May Lee-Yang & Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay
How did the daughter of a provincial governor and the daughter of a buffalo-riding gangster become BFFs? The Friendship Play is a comedy turned accidental musical about playwrights, foodies, and real-life BFFs May Lee-Yang (a Hmong refugee) and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay (a Lao refugee). Set to the backdrop of karaoke music and Little House on the Prairie fantasies, Lee-Yang and Vongsay hack their way through stories about refugee life, American pop culture, and empowering their brethren through the Hot Asian Man project.