While many art events are being canceled or scaled down due to financial issues, it's great to see that the Saint Paul Art Crawl is expanding its scope. Now in its 28th year, what was once a festival limited to the Lowertown area has grown to include downtown, Grand Avenue, University and Raymond Avenues, and Harriet Island at over 310 studio galleries. In addition to artists opening up their spaces and selling their art, which ranges from paintings to computer art to sculptures and everything in between, there will also be special performances and events throughout the weekend. Stop by the Union Depot (214 E. Fourth St.), where Tacoumba Aiken will be creating a mural on canvas live out on the lawn. Student helpers will be on hand to direct guests who would like to participate. The Northern Warehouse (308 Prince St.) will be busting at the seams with performances, including musical theater, jazz and guitar music, DJ tunes, and fire- and stilt-walkers outdoors. Lowertown Wine and Spirits (262 E. Fourth St.) will have music, a magic show, and wine tastings. Looking to purchase some ridiculously cheap art? Check out the art vending machine at the Northern Warehouse lobby, where you can buy cigarette-pack-sized artwork by local artists for $5 from an antique vending machine. For a complete list of locations and activities, visit www.artcrawl.org or call 651.292.4373 with questions.
Fri., Oct. 9, 6-10 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 10, 12-8 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 11, 12-5 p.m., 2009