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Performance event showcases St. Croix River

Carol Caouette1 / 2
Laurie Allmann2 / 2

A performance event featuring storytellers and musicians from Jordan, eastern Europe, Japan, Liberia and the St. Croix Valley is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22, in the Black Box Theater of The Phipps Center for the Arts.

One of the performances features environmental writer and spoken word artist Laurie Allmann, who will partner with singer/pianist Carol Caouette for a "view" of the St. Croix River through poetry, images and original music. The piece, which is titled "River of Mystery, River of Home," was created for this event.

Winner of a Minnesota Book Award for her collection of essays "Far >From Tame," Allmann has brought her nature-based prose and poetry to audiences through public radio commentary, television documentary and stage performance. Allmann lives and works in the St. Croix Valley and currently serves as writer-in-residence with the Women's Environmental Institute.

Caouette, a classically trained singer and pianist, has performed around the Twin Cities area for the past three decades, playing in rock bands, big bands, cabarets and local late-night TV music shows. She has taught music privately as well as in Montessori school settings, and has composed soundtracks for documentary films and original music for choir ensembles. She is currently assistant music director at White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church.

Other performers at this event are Jordanian-born dancer and choreographer Saed Kakish with his 12-year old nephew Josiah Kakish on drums, teller of Eastern European Yiddish stories Carla Vogel with Klezmer musician Judith Eisner, Liberian-born filmmaker Catherine Kennedy, and Japanese taiko drumming ensemble Mu Daiko of Mu Performing Arts.

Artists participating in the exhibit "Ordinary/ Extraordinary: The Art and Life of Stories" will be available to discuss their work in the galleries from 1 to 1:45 p.m. the day of the performance and during intermission.

Tickets for this family-friendly event are $5 for adults and $3 for students (recommended for ages 5 and older). To purchase tickets, call The Phipps ticket office at (715) 386-8409 or visit

Exhibit tells stories

"Ordinary/Extraordinary: The Art and Life of Stories," an exhibition of visual storytelling by artists from across the globe, is on view through March 29 at The Phipps Center.

Artists featured are from Liberia, Russia, Japan, the Midwest, the East Coast and Belgium, using painting, drawing, mixed media and video. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4:30 p.m.; as well as one hour before and through intermission of all performances in The Phipps theaters.

  • March 22. At the performance event, artists participating in this exhibit will discuss their work in The Galleries from 1 to 1:45 p.m. and during intermission.
  • March 29. A free roundtable discussion with exhibiting artists is featured at 2 p.m. in The Galleries.

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