Right on Lake Street

Constructed about 150 years ago, Lake Street was built as a road that would lead to the lakes. For those in the community, Lake Street has become so much more—a boundary between neighborhoods, an economic boom for businesses in the area, a blending of many ethnic cultures, and a (sometimes) sore spot in the debate on gentrification. The Minnesota Historical Society, in collaboration with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and Macalester College, has created a whimsical, informative, and colorful look at the diverse road traveled by many Minnesotans over the years. The Heart of the Beast people will do what they do best—create a miniature Lake Street out of papier-mâché, felt, wire, and talent. Entering through Lake Street's MetroTransit 21A bus, visitors will discover a Science of Sleep-like world where reconstructed Lake Street landmarks (ranging from 8 to 14 feet tall) feature video interviews and mini-documentaries in unexpected places, such as building windows. On the technological side, kiosks host mapping programs created by Mac students, including categories such as community gardens, bicycle culture, and public art. The exhibit opens this Tuesday, September 18 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a celebration featuring humorist Kevin Kling, beat poetry, and live music, as well as Wing Young Huie, the award-winning photographer who created the nationally recognized exhibit, "Lake Street USA."
Sept. 18-March 9, 2007

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