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I joined the Walker as some sort of intern in 2007 and worked in Education & Community Programs and Public Relations until I ended up in as the Walker's social media manager, delivering you e-mails, Twitter updates, Facebook statuses, answers to your questions, and occasional blogs about things I like. Then I left to go make art in Utah and drive around the country. Now I'm back and producing a little event called the Internet Cat Video Film Festival. #cats

Celebrating Out There 25

Old friends from the Minneapolis theater/performance art scene were reunited on Thursday in celebration of Out There’s 25th Anniversary. A photo slideshow highlighted performances throughout the years (you can see it here) as people shared their favorite Out There memories and hopes for the future on a Post-It wall, while a photo booth allowed guests […]

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Old friends from the Minneapolis theater/performance art scene were reunited on Thursday in celebration of Out There’s 25th Anniversary. A photo slideshow highlighted performances throughout the years (you can see it here) as people shared their favorite Out There memories and hopes for the future on a Post-It wall, while a photo booth allowed guests to get wacky with iconic props from past Out There performances—umbrellas from Big Dance Theater’s Another Telepathic Thing and American flags from The TEAM’s Particularly in the Heartland were popular choices. (more…)

#catvidfest: The Recap

The world’s first ever Internet Cat Video Film Festival–held on the Walker’s hillside August 30–drew plaudits from Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak, press from around the world, and a crowd of around 10,000 people. Here’s a rundown of a memorable night.

Photo: Gene Pittman

It seems like every time I do one of these event recaps, I have to start out by featuring a tweet by Mayor R. T. Rybak.

Unknowingly, the Internet Cat Video Film Festival was scheduled to go up another big night in entertainment: Mitt Romney (and Clint Eastwood & Chair) at the Republican National Convention. Thoughts of that gathering were far away on Open Field last night (though often mentioned together in tweets), as over 10,000 cat video fans came to watch 79 cat videos. The videos were divided into categories: Comedy, Drama, Foreign, Documentary, Animated, Musical, Art House, Lifetime Achievement, and People’s Choice. #catvidfest t-shirts sold out in a hot second, but you can pre-order from the next batch here.

When we announced the festival, we thought maybe 100 people might come. Last week, we were estimating about 2,000 people. A few days ago, it wasn’t a stretch to say 5,000 people. Last night, we were dumbfounded. We want to thank everybody who nominated videos, who voted, and who showed up last night and made it a truly memorable event. We couldn’t have done it without you.

Here are some of our favorite tweets & photos from the evening:
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