Pick of the Weekend: BIPOC Artists Talk Ancestry and Time to Form + Content, While Rare Book Enthusiasts Gather in St. Paul

The arts in the Twin Cities are exploding this week with gallery exhibitions, book fairs, art events and more. You won’t want to miss the up-and-coming BIPOC artists from PF Studios who talk about their artistic explorations through time in an artist talk led by Form + Content member Chris Cinque and PF Studio Director Leslie Barlow, who co-organized an exhibition together. featuring artists from PF Studio. That show is ending, and meanwhile John Gaunt’s new exhibit at Rosalux opens on Saturday. Also this week, rare book enthusiasts – experienced or not – can enjoy the Minnesota Antiquarian Book Fair. For some New Age fun, check out “Uniquinox,” put together by Interact. Later this weekend, stretch your auditory senses at the Warming Show, then find out what’s buzzing as Japanese Breakfast performs at First Avenue on Monday.

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Artist Talk: ‘Weaving Fragments: Dreams of the Contemporary Moment’

Five artists from PF Studios, an incubator program for BIPOC artists, will talk about ancestry and new ways to understand the past and present during an artist talk at the Form + Content Gallery in Minneapolis this weekend. -end. Artists Alexandra Beaumont, Maiya Lea Hartman, Michael Khuth, Nailah Taman and Satya Varghese Mac are featured in an exhibition on view at Form + Content through Saturday. Chris Cinque, a member of the Form + Content collective, and Leslie Barlow, who runs PF Studios, curated the exhibit and will also be part of the discussion. It’s both in-person and virtual. 7 p.m. on Friday, July 8, at Form + Content or email [email protected] for the Zoom link. The exhibition runs until July 9 (free). More information here.

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Minnesota Antiquarian Book Fair

The Minnesota Antiquarian Book Fair hits St. Paul this weekend, a chance to browse rare books and volumes that offer insight into historic eras. See what gems you can discover by meeting visiting booksellers as well as local merchants. 3-7 p.m. Friday, July 8 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at the University of St. Thomas’ Schoenecker Arena ($5-$7). More information here.

Deception Pass: new work by John Gaunt

John Gaunt, a professor at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, traveled to the Pacific Northwest and spent time in the Great Lakes in search of his latest set of paintings, which use abstraction to reflect on the environmental changes. With grid-like forms and moments of interruption and chaos, Gaunt has a keen attention to form that pairs with observations of our changing natural world. The opening reception is 7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 9 at Rosalux in south Minneapolis (free). Exhibition until July 31. More information here.

Uniquinox: Tarot Alive, an outdoor puppet festival and celebration

Disabled artists from the Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts and staff members have organized a night of carnival games, poetry and tarot-inspired art for this weekend. Browse the art and puppets that bring lovers, death, and the sun to life, and visit an interactive oracle. Alma Andina will be on hand to provide live music, and the El Burrito food truck will also be present. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday July 9 at the Interact Center car park in Saint-Paul (free). More information here.

South Asian folk-contemporary music duo Ritika + Shinjan


South Asian folk-contemporary music duo Ritika + Shinjan

Heating Show: Ritika + Shinjan / Cole Pulice / Patrick Marschke / alone-a

South Asian folk-contemporary music duo Ritika + Shinjan (singer-songwriter Ritika Ganguly and guitarist Shinjan Sengupta) transform genres into sonic melodies, a highlight of this evening of new music for an outdoor concert. They will share a poster with saxophonist Cole Pulice, who has toured with Bon Iver and worked with Godspeed You! Emperor and finds innovative new modalities through jazz, live electronics and augmented sounds. Percussionist/sound technician Patrick Marschke and alone-a, Alana Horton’s experimental solo project of The Controversial New ‘Skinny Pill’, also perform. Doors 6 p.m., music 6:30 p.m., Sunday, July 10, RSVP for location ($5-$10). More information here.

Japanese breakfast

Let your summer roll to the dreamy lyrics of Michelle Zauner, the Korean-American musician and singer of Japanese Breakfast. Sometimes funky, with layers of emotion and a danceable beat, the band floats with good vibes and a smooth, catchy vocal. The Linda Lindas open. Catch them at 8 p.m. Monday at First Avenue ($49.50). More information here.

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