The more high tech our culture becomes, the less we need our folksy traditions. But in some special instances, people keep them going strong. Such is the case for Amanda Lovelee, the artist behind the Call and Answer Project, who will be bringing square dance to the Walker Art Center. This Saturday, she's hosting a folk-dance party that will feature down-home local talents, including caller Ann Cater, plus a live band. During the festivities, people who don't even know each other will be grabbing hands and having a hoedown to the music. "We hear so much about 'bad touch,' but where do we actually touch in contemporary society?" says Lovelee. She has been creating "good touch" opportunities since her first hootenanny during the all-night art fest Northern Spark, where she hosted more than 1,000 dancers at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. This time around, she is hoping for at least 500 to attend. If you pose inside the photo booth holding hands with a complete stranger, you will receive a letterpress book about life lessons learned through square dance, handmade during the Northern Spark event. Lovelee's new documentary, Call to Answer, about connection and Minneapolis's Monday Night Square Dance, will be streaming inside the museum. The event is family-friendly and runs concurrent with Free First Saturdays. For more details, visit www.callandanswer.wordpress.com.
Sat., Sept. 3, 1-3 p.m., 2011