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The Visitors: The People of #catvidfest

If you weren’t able to attend this year’s #catvidfest, never fear: you can watch the videos on the Walker’s YouTube channel, and if you want to experience the communal viewing (which is what it’s all about), there will be screenings at the Walker Cinema in September. I’m still shocked that so many thousands of people […]

The 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival. Photo: Gene Pittman

The 2014 Internet Cat Video Festival. Photo: Gene Pittman

If you weren’t able to attend this year’s #catvidfest, never fear: you can watch the videos on the Walker’s YouTube channel, and if you want to experience the communal viewing (which is what it’s all about), there will be screenings at the Walker Cinema in September. I’m still shocked that so many thousands of people turned up to collectively watch a series of cat videos and take part in cat activities for an entire evening. Then again, it is the Internet. And cats.

Here are some cat lovers who caught my eye (many of them self-proclaimed “crazy cat ladies”) throughout the night and a snippet of what they had to say about the evening and about themselves.

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Is this your first time attending #catvidfest? Yes.

Do you have any cats? Yes, one, his name is Ching. He’s going to have to wait a little longer for dinner tonight because I’ll be home late.

Do you have a favorite internet cat? No, I don’t go online. I’m still in the 20th century.

Tell me about your shirt: I dug it out for tonight. I just realized I got it in ’92. Michelle Pfeiffer was great as Catwoman.

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Name: Squeaky the cat

Where are you from? Minneapolis

Occupation: Feline foster auntie. Squeaky’s owner takes in foster kitties and Squeaky teaches them the ropes. In other words, how to respect their elders (read: Squeaky).

Most excited for:  The grass. To roam on her leash and eat grass is her version of heaven.

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Where are you from? Clara City, Minnesota. It’s 2 hours away.

What brought you here? Cats. And my daughters.

Is this your first time attending #catvidfest? Yes.

Do you have a favorite internet cat? Grumpy Cat (even though that’s a generic choice).

Are all the kitties on your outfit named? No, not all of them. I do have two live cats with names at home though – Eddie and Emmy.

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Names: Kathy and Katie (yes, those are their real names).

“I’m the (C)at and she’s my Kitten”

Where are you from?: Richfield.

What brought you here? The love of the cats. Our kitten Mei Mei is the cutest.

Kathy: I’m that cat lady. We’re probably over the city limit. I swear I won’t reach an old age because the 80 cats in my house will eat me alive before that happens.

Is this your first time attending #catvidfest? Yes.

Tell me about your outfits: Kathy’s the old cat and Katie’s the kitten (which is why Katie doesn’t have any gray in her ears). We thought there was a costume contest…

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Name: Rudy Fig

When did you start painting? That’s a good question. I don’t know. A long time ago.

What kinds of things do you primarily paint? Female characters. Scenes that are daydream-y and whimsical. A lot of cats.

Is this your first time attending #catvidfest? I painted at the one last year too. Obviously I had fun because I’m back this year!

Do you have a favorite internet cat? The “wiggle” video is my favorite.

Why the extra eye?  I have a 3-year old and once when I painted a third eye he loved it; it sort of grew organically from there and I’ve been playing with the idea ever since. There’s nothing really deep to it, that’s just it.

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So what is that thing? It’s a cat dancer! You have to jump for it.

Tell me about it: I was shocked that this many people could gather without beach balls or cat toys.

How do you use it? You jump for it and if it hits you in the face you might get mad and have to run.

Why a cat dancer? Why not?!

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Where are you from? Minneapolis

Tell me about your outfit: I don’t remember where the shirt is from. The necklace is a memorial for two cats I used to have named Maude and Princess. I got it on Amazon in their “cat jewelry” section.

Do you have any cats now? I have one. Her name is Pride – it’s a combination of Princess and Maude.

Is this your first time attending #catvidfest? I went to the festival at the State Fair last year.

What was your favorite part? The assortment of videos. And when the two cats met onstage.

Do you have a favorite internet cat? I like the video where they built a New York skyscraper and Godzilla cat destroys it.

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Names: They call themselves the “Crazy Cat Ladies”

Where are you from? Bloomington and Minneapolis.

Most excited for: Lil Bub!

Is this your first time attending #catvidfest? Last year was our first time.

Any surprises? The engineers are here?

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“Can I take a picture of you?” “Only if I can take a picture of you”

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Names: Amelia and Natalia

“Strike your best kitten pose!” – Mom

Is this your first time attending #catvidfest? Yes.

Tell me about your outfits: They are dance costumes! We are competitive dancers. Last year Natalia did a Jellicoe Kitty solo. That was a full-body outfit, though, and we figured that it would probably be too warm to wear the whole thing.

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Where are you from? Brooklyn Park

Is this your first time attending #catvidfest? Yes.

What brought you here? Cats, obviously. And we heard there was going to be good food.

Do you have a favorite internet cat? Grumpy cat.

Tell me about your outfits: One already owned, the other was thrifted.

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Is this your first time attending #catvidfest? Yes.

How did you hear about it? Facebook.

Tell me about your outfits: For the girls, these are everyday outfits. Meowington is Deadmau5’s cat.

Do you have a favorite internet cat? The girls like Yoda. He’s a munchkin cat. Also, cats in general.

 

 

 

 

 

The Visitors: The People of Summer Music & Movies

On August 4 we kicked off this year’s Summer Music & Movies. Delicious smells filled the air from nearby food trucks, easily tempting many visitors who came to take in the night. With amazing tunes from The Cloak Ox followed by the film High Noon directed by Fred Zinnemann, it was the perfect way to start the […]

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The crowd relaxing as The Cloak Ox performs Photo: Nehwoen Luogon

On August 4 we kicked off this year’s Summer Music & Movies. Delicious smells filled the air from nearby food trucks, easily tempting many visitors who came to take in the night. With amazing tunes from The Cloak Ox followed by the film High Noon directed by Fred Zinnemann, it was the perfect way to start the week. I took advantage of the brief time in between the band and before the film to ask attendees about their favorite summer pastimes and how they had been enjoying the evening.

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Name: Heather Johnson-Reid. My dog is Pickle.

Occupation: I’m a lawyer by trade, but home raising kids for now.

Describe the evening in three words: Magical, Musical, Summer.

Did you get a chance to try any food truck items? Yes! We had Andrew Zimmern’s gumbo and potato bites, and a red velvet cupcake. The gumbo and cupcake were delicious.

What is one food that reminds you of summer? Lobster and most seafood, probably because I spent my childhood summers on Cape Cod.

Why did you decide to come to Summer Music & Movies? It always has a great vibe, we wanted to see Cloak Ox, and it’s a walk away so we can bring Pickle. I guess that’s three reasons :)

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Name: Tom Hoarty

Occupation: Lab Technician

Describe the evening in three words: Quiet Summer Night.

What is one food that reminds you of summer? Watermelon, because it tastes like summer.

Why did you decide to come to Summer Music & Movies? It’s a relaxing, enjoyable time and a great opportunity to not think about work.

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Name: Loretta Herning & Jordan Ermer

Occupation: Herning—activities coordinator and advocate for clients with mental illness; Ermer—middle school educator, tandem skydive instructor

Describe the evening in three words: Calm, Refreshing, and Comfortable.

What is your favorite thing about Minnesota summers?  Biking and running Lake of the Isles after work!

What is one food that reminds you of summer? Chicken wings, because they are the BEST on the grill!

Why did you decide to come to Summer Music & Movies?  We live in Lowry Hill and needed an outing in our busy week!

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Name: Franny Carroll

Occupation: Art student at Parsons The New School for Design

Describe the evening in three words: Former Substitute Teachers

What is your favorite thing about Minnesota summers? Reading on my porch with a big glass of lemonade and seeing friendly neighbors.

What is one food that reminds you of summer? Definitely corn on the cob. There’s nothing better than Minnesota corn that’s in season.

Why did you decide to come to Summer Music & Movies? I live in the neighborhood and it’s the perfect summer event to enjoy with friends on a Monday night. And High Noon is a classic!

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Name: Jamie Bonczyk

Occupation: Director of Health and Nutrition, PICA Head Start

Describe the evening in three words: Connected, Community, and Fun.

What is your favorite thing about Minnesota summers? Taking my 16-month-old daughter outside. We go to the park, the pool, the zoo, camping, hiking, on a walk around the neighborhood. She loves being able to experience everything through her senses. She likes to touch and smell things and puts more things in her mouth than I would like her to.

What is one food that reminds you of summer? Anything made on the grill. We try to cook and eat outside as much as possible in the summer.

Why did you decide to come to Summer Music & Movies? Experience is the architect of the brain, and my husband and I want to ensure our daughter has as many consistent, positive experiences as possible. The Summer Movies & Music series allows her to see lots of people coming together in one place for the common goal of enjoying the Minnesota summer.

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Michele Braley & Nils Dybvig make the evening a fun date night Photo: Nehwoen Luogon

Name: Michele Braley & Nils Dybvig

Occupation: Social workers

Describe the evening in three words: Braley— Sunshine, Sandwiches, and My Sweetheart; Dybvig— Awesome Date Night.

What is your favorite thing about Minnesota summers? Braley—They are jam-packed with great activities. We biked to the University of Minnesota for a Fringe Fest show before continuing on to Movies & Music. What a city!

Did you get a chance to try any food truck items? Dybvig— No. What would you have tried? I was tempted by the cupcakes.

What is one food that reminds you of summer? Braley— Is white wine a food? Sharing a glass with friends on the porch is pure summer.

Dybvig— Gazpacho. I love it when fresh, local tomatoes and cucumbers are available.

Why did you decide to come to Summer Music & Movies? BraleyWhat’s not to love about music and a movie at a lovely Minneapolis park? The only thing that makes it better is the bike ride home. Biking through the quiet streets of downtown at 11 pm to my home in Seward is a perfect end to the evening.

Dybvig— To get outside, enjoy the summer, soak up some culture, and spend time with my sweetie. All for free, what’s not to love?

The Visitors: The People of Rock the Garden 2014

In the sea of summer concerts, not one could upstage the confetti-raining, swag-stylin’, toddler-dancing energy of Rock the Garden. The 2014 two-day festival, a project of the Walker and The Current, ranged from the rap rhythms of hip-hop trio De La Soul to the catchy harmonics of Spoon. The Walker hillside was filled with colorful […]

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In the sea of summer concerts, not one could upstage the confetti-raining, swag-stylin’, toddler-dancing energy of Rock the Garden. The 2014 two-day festival, a project of the Walker and The Current, ranged from the rap rhythms of hip-hop trio De La Soul to the catchy harmonics of Spoon. The Walker hillside was filled with colorful blankets, enthusiastic concert-goers, and mad spirit. The weather gods seemed to be on our side this year with a sunshine-filled Saturday and on-and-off droplets on Sunday, which ended in a symphony of light.  Audience members showed off their crowd-surfing ways, cat enthusiasm, and groovy dance moves. Nothing peeled back the layers and revealed radiating summer fun more than Rock the Garden. Photographer Carina Lofgren was there to capture the faces and the fun during the festival’s first day.

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Performing Arts Associate Curator Doug Benidt with De La Soul's David Jude Jolicoeur and Kelvin Mercer

Performing Arts Associate Curator Doug Benidt with De La Soul’s David Jude Jolicoeur and Kelvin Mercer

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The Visitors: The People of May’s Free First Saturday

Down in the Art Lab, children dipped brushes and colored pencils in water and created crabs scuttling across white sheets, apples rolling across hilltops, and landscapes bursting off the page. The colors of the sculptures started to warm up in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden as spring sank its green fingers into the landscape. Visitors watched […]

Chue Lor and Soua Vue’s day date included a tour of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden on Free First Saturday. Photo: Emylisa Warrick

Down in the Art Lab, children dipped brushes and colored pencils in water and created crabs scuttling across white sheets, apples rolling across hilltops, and landscapes bursting off the page. The colors of the sculptures started to warm up in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden as spring sank its green fingers into the landscape. Visitors watched the bell in For Whom… sway silently and circled Hare on Bell on Portland Stone Piers until they were dizzy. Everyone marveled at the Walker on the First Free Saturday in May.

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Felix and Kelly Allard contemplate and sketch a few apples in the Art Lab. Photo: Emylisa Warrick

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Lochlan and Nathan Allard have the same smile and draw crazy oranges together. Photo: Emylisa Warrick

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Art teacher LeaAnne Jasper encourages her daughter, Adra, with her picture. Photo: Emylisa Warrick

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Veronica Sierra’s daughter, Carolina, spells out her name for me as she colors her artwork. Photo: Emylisa Warrick

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Nathan and Tom Masuda put on their best smiles for the camera. Photo: Emylisa Warrick

Elias Kinfu, Reid Neeser, Patty Decker, and Sandra Neeser rest and take in the view of Jim Hodges’ steel-clad stones in Untitled. Photo: Emylisa Warrick

Lee Jensen and Hae-eun Park admire For Whom… and greenery in the Sculpture Garden. They moved here from San Francisco and, thankfully, skipped the harsh winter. Photo: Emylisa Warrick

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Ama, Daunte, and Tyanna enjoy the cool spring weather while walking around the Garden. Photo: Emylisa Warrick

The wind billows up Paul and Andrew Knoth's coats as they explore Belvedere.

The wind billows up Paul and Andrew Knoth’s coats as they explore Belvedere. Photo: Emylisa Warrick

The Visitors: The People of Avant Garden

Roger Cummings, artist and cofounder of Juxtaposition Arts The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden was transformed the evening of September 21 for a spectacular gala. A colossal tent, with a stunning view of Spoonbridge and Cherry, welcomed dignitaries, artists, and art fans, from Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to artists Claes Oldenburg and Kris Martin to members of […]

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Roger Cummings, artist and cofounder of Juxtaposition Arts

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden was transformed the evening of September 21 for a spectacular gala. A colossal tent, with a stunning view of Spoonbridge and Cherry, welcomed dignitaries, artists, and art fans, from Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak to artists Claes Oldenburg and Kris Martin to members of the Walker’s staff and board. Here’s a look at the faces and fashions of Avant Garden 2013.

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Jim and Donna Pohlad, Elizabeth Redleaf, and artist Kris Martin

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Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and wife Megan

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Muffy MacMillan, with Donna Pohlad (left) and Lisa Denzer (rear, left)

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Lauren Shadford, INCCA-NA’s executive director and a Phillips auctioneer

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Artist Anne Labovitz and Crystal Taylor

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Brendan Bujold and Spencer Cronk, Commissioner of the Department of Administration

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Rob Curran, Andrew Webb, Brian Woolsey

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Avant Garden Committee member Carol Bemis and Walker visual art curator Siri Engberg

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Laurie and Caspar Borggreve

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Kit Dahl; Deb Hopp, vice president of MSP Communications; Laura Taft, and John Taft, CEO at RBC Wealth Management

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Dawn Hillins and Vicki Graves

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Donna Pohlad and Muffy MacMillan

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Designer and Avant Garden Committee member Emma Berg and Kristoffer Knutson

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WCCO-TV’s Frank Vascellaro and Marne Brooks

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Stylist Jahna Peloquin in an Emma Berg dress and necklace by Stephanie Lake

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Jim Fehrenbach, Piper Jaffray’s managing director, and David Sunberg

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Joe Gibbons, a senior financial advisor at Merrill Lynch, with Fredrikson & Byron attorney John Stout

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Peter and Annie Remes with Elizabeth Redleaf

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Art Advisor Kati Lovaas

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Avant Garden Gold Key Co-Chairs Wim Stocks and Amy Kern

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Blu Dot VP Medora Danz with wife Farrell

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Robert Elder and Katie Jones

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Sandy Simmons, Kevin Kunz, David Craigg, and Erin Herney

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Stephanie Prem, director of Abbot Downing

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Bungalow 6 Design owner Todd Pinzuti and FOX-9 reporter Todd Walker

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Irv and Marge Weiser

The Visitors: The People of MSG25

A hot end to summer brought Minneapolis a colorful crowd from all over the globe! India, England, Boston, Chicago, Washington, Atlanta, and Mexico were represented in celebration of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden‘s 25th anniversary and the closing of Fritz Haeg‘s Foraging Circle project. The day was sprinkled with mini-golf, picnics, and DIY floral head wreaths […]

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A hot end to summer brought Minneapolis a colorful crowd from all over the globe! India, England, Boston, Chicago, Washington, Atlanta, and Mexico were represented in celebration of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden‘s 25th anniversary and the closing of Fritz Haeg‘s Foraging Circle project. The day was sprinkled with mini-golf, picnics, and DIY floral head wreaths as visitors ages zero to 100 explored the greenest garden this side of the river.

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Larry Long dons an expertly crafted and appropriate floral ensemble strolling through a very hot and blooming greenhouse.

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Little St. Paul resident Nica Kolar soaked up the sun, twirling about in a very chic Ralph Lauren polo dress.

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“We’re from India and, contrary to international opinion, we love America.”

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“You look very dapper.”
“Thanks! It’s all about the kicks.”

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Carol from New Jersey scoped out the entire grounds, indulging in the weather and treats.

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Bostonians Maggie, Cecelia, and Sammy brought their grandma out to see what the hype was all about, sporting a freshly picked array of flowers from the garden.

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Bloomington baby Claire Rickert hopped around in a fury of giggles. I’m surprised I managed to snag a pic!

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Atlanta natives Emily and Calvin ventured into new territory with local tour guide Elvira.

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Walker member Jane Olson perches artfully, noting, “I have a very Minnesota generic name. You won’t remember it.” I remembered!

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Some very hippie-chic moms, Alexandra and Kelly, ventured into the sunshine, trotting through the garden with their little buds, Bellen, Zachary, and Madeline.

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Washington resident Travis and Georgia native Katie explore the Walker’s artist-designed mini golf course and its playground of artistic indulgences.

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Locals Chris and Kristin take in the cherry on top of it all.

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Minneapolitans Isaiah, Kara, Alisha, and Elijah were all laughs and smiles wandering through the sculpture jungle.

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“Viva la Mexico!”

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Illinois natives Brittany and Stephen take in the green Minneapolis scene!

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The art of Leisure: 1 picnic, 3 dolls; Adrianna, Becky, and Eloise.

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Swingin’ fam: tots bask in the sun. J. Crew kids catalogue, anyone?

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Minneapolis native Jocelyn treats her Cincinnati visiting father to a day of leisurely walks on an, albeit scorching hot, beautiful day.

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St. Paul residents Lathan, Evan, Isaac, Maggie, and Bryan soak in a round of mini-golf.

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Mary Jo and Bob keep it shady, taking a break from the fiery energy that filled the air.

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Kristina, Mary Anne, and Jeff show us how Chicago does mini-golf.

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Locals Lauren and Danny soak up the shade and lovin’ summer vibes!

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Camille and Margaux explore the terrain with their mother Katherine in a very Parisian fashion.

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Local mini-golfer Amanda takes a swing in a seriously sequined lucky cap.

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Alennah Westlund and Emily Swanberg flaunt perfect summer garb in green and blue garden attire.

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The British are coming! Dads Jim and Eric take their boys for a stroll through the garden to scope out the buzz across the pond.

The Visitors: The People of the 2013 Internet Cat Video Festival

The second annual Internet Cat Video Festival, brought around 13,000 people to the Great Minnesota Get-Together this week. Here’s a look at some of the cat fanciers we met in the crowd. “Visiting from San Francisco in honor of my cat Spanky, aka Spankenstein!” “Turning people into felines one face at a time!” “I had […]

The second annual Internet Cat Video Festival, brought around 13,000 people to the Great Minnesota Get-Together this week. Here’s a look at some of the cat fanciers we met in the crowd.

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“Visiting from San Francisco in honor of my cat Spanky, aka Spankenstein!”

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“Turning people into felines one face at a time!”

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“I had a custom-made Grumpy Cat mask hand-done by Platymorph Masks, if you ever need a replicated cat face!”

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The Cat Entourage: Nyan Cat creator Chris Torres, Grumpy Cat distant relative Mike Adkins, and Keyboard Cat creator Charlie Schmidt.

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Some cats get all the babes… like Pudge! Owner Kady Lone with “cat manager” Ilsa Burke.

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Pudge rep Ilsa dons some cat-tastic slippers by Charlotte Olympia.

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“Bedazzled brace on or off?”

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Rebecca, proud owner of six felines. Purr.

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“We love cats so we got some cat tats!”

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“Cats, eh? Yeah you could say we’re frenemies.”

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“I actually don’t even like cats.”

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Locals Sophia and Erin in true feline form.

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“Our cat Gato is the scariest cat ever. He makes Scar from The Lion King look like a kitten.”

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“Meow!”

The Visitors: The People of Summer Music & Movies

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The official launch to the Summer Music & Movies started off with a bang in Loring Park Monday night! With the crowd swooning to the Prissy Clerks while gearing up for an Abraham Cruzvillegas–selected film, Pasolini’s The Hawks and the Sparrows (Uccellacci E Uccellini), the night was filled with a fiery energy with plenty of street-chic visitors to top off the evening glow.

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Locals loving and laughing to the sounds of the Prissy Clerks.

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Minneapolites love their mutts! Ryan and Jennifer brought out their favorite little trouble-making, table cloth-prancing pup, Smith, to enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells.

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Models Mary and Mackenzie stopped by to strut through the park grounds. Pretty girls seemed to be growing on trees all night!

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Local music-lover Rachel brought some Haight-Ashbury flavor to the midwest.

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Food trucks added to the evening’s decadence with beautiful ambiance and delicious grub!

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Local Ilsa Burke made an appearance, reminding us that ’tis the season for True Love.

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Twin Cities’ favorite sartorialist Scott Seekins brought out his swanky summer beige for the night!

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Tiny tots bouncing amok.

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“I’m saving seats!”

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This lil cutie caused a very excusable ball-bouncing ruckus.

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Adorable dogs were the perfect accessory to an energy-filled night of sweet summer vibes.

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Sylvia and Rich Miller sealed off the evening’s eccentricities with a serving of elegance, proving you’re never too young to enjoy the beauty of a Minnesota summer night!

The Visitors: A Serious Affair

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Summers in Minnesota are a serious affair not to be taken lightly. From the seasonal and seriously conceptual mini-golf course to the serious hobbyists and lovers, passion is all the rage this season, and I got a first row peek at the sights and scenes during these extraordinary summer days.

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“My name is Vincent, my friends call me Vinnie, but you can call me Vince.”

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“No, I’m not an artist. I paint in my free time. I guess you could call me a ‘serious hobbyist.’”

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“I was supposed to meet my friend for mini golf here, but today I’m running on African time, so I’m two hours late.”

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“We’re just some art-stalkers stalkin’ some art.”

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Anisa and Yasin: Perhaps the most adorable brother-sister duo of the Sculpture Garden scene.

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A community immersion group from Kasson, Minn., gathers to promote the spirit of the arts through games and group talks.

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“I’m Abbey, this is Kennedy. We have never been to the Sculpture Garden before. We’ve fallen in love and can’t go back!”

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The Visitors: People of Target Free Thursday Nights

A mostly soggy summer gave way to a much-needed sunny evening at last week’s Target Free Thursday Night, so we ventured out onto the green at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and the Artist-Designed Mini Golf course to see what the weather did for moods. Behold the results as The Visitors continues to investigate the characters that […]

A mostly soggy summer gave way to a much-needed sunny evening at last week’s Target Free Thursday Night, so we ventured out onto the green at the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and the Artist-Designed Mini Golf course to see what the weather did for moods. Behold the results as The Visitors continues to investigate the characters that add to the spectacle of it all.

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“What brought you out to the Sculpture Garden today?”

“Stumbled down the rabbit hole. Ended up here.”

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“You two look so cute!”

“Thank you! I’ve taught him everything he knows.”

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“Do we look like we’re at a museum yet?”

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“What brought you out to the Walker tonight?”

“I got lost looking for the grocery store!”

“Did you ever find it?”

“No. Spent all my money at the Walker Shop.”

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Asked these two for a pic mid-trek into the gardens. Didn’t have time to talk. Assuming they had to execute a grand plan before sundown.

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“Mini-golf may just be my new favorite sport if a photographer comes with the deal!”

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I asked this little one for a pose and she gave me about 300 good ones to pick from. I think this is the winner.

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“Are you gentlemen enjoying your evening?”

“Yeah, we’re trying to come up with our ninja names.”

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“How about a smile, ladies?”

“A smile? Oh I don’t know about this…”

“Oh what the heck. Let’s do this, Mary Anne.”

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“How long have you two been together?”

“Four years. Our anniversary is next week, and I’m expecting diamonds!”

“How about a nice hat instead?”

“I’m getting diamonds.”

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