Brew up some strong coffee and get ready to stay up all night as Northern Spark is returning to the Twin Cities for its second year. The sprawling event will be contained to five quadrants in Minneapolis — downtown, University, Stone Arch Bridge, Walker Art Center, and the MIA/MCAD/Greenway — and features special performances, parties, bike rides, concerts, film screenings, outdoor art installations, and other fun happenings from sunset to sunrise. The Walker's galleries, patio, and Open Lawn will be open extra late, with acoustic music and storytelling around the campfire. Over at the Ice House Plaza (2540 Nicollet Ave.) there will be performance sets from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. with comedian Mary Mack, spoken-word artist Paul Dickinson of the Riot Act Reading Series, performance artist Jaime Carrera, Patches and Gretchen, and others. Over on Main Street near the Stone Arch Bridge guests will find the Sit and Spin Shanty, which invites users to work together to make the entire shanty whirl around like a fair ride. Nearby is the PixelTron150, a huge LED screen featuring an original arcade game. The Soap Factory will be hosting its annual Ten Second Film Festival. On Lake Street, the Highpoint Center for Printmaking (912 W. Lake St.) will be hosting a luminary promenade. MCAD will be inviting families to enjoy the GLOWaBOUT with neighborhood games and sparkling lights. The list of happenings goes on and on, so be sure to check online at 2012.northernspark.org for a complete list of times, locations, and events. Event hours are 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (Pictured: PUNY Entertainment, Sleepers Awake)
June 9-10, 2012
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