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Performance Tour encourages discussion about frac-sand mining


Fri, Feb 21st, 2014
Posted in All Arts & Culture

The Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative of Wykoff in collaboration with Heart of the Beast Puppet Theatre of Minneapolis presents a public tour of “Let’s Talk About Sand,” a performance event encouraging discussion about the frac-sand mining industry. The tour takes place in public venues throughout southeastern Minnesota the last week in February. All events are free and open to the public.

Let’s Talk About Sand features a fun, 15-minute performance of “What the Frack?”, “What the Frack?” is done as a “Cantastoria,” a performance style using hand-painted imagery and live music. The show is both informational and poetic, and includes time for audience input. Performers are Spring Valley/Wykoff residents and Heart of the Beast veterans.

“Let’s Talk About Sand” also includes a screening of excerpts from the documentary “The Price of Sand”, by Jim Tittle (www.thepriceofsand.com). Focusing on community actions in the Mississippi River Valley in eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin, regions contending with recent frac-sand mining ventures, The Price of Sand exposes many of the human and environmental issues the industry raises.

The event winds up with an open forum discussion during which participants will be invited to express views on or ask questions about the issues raised in the performance and the film. This is a family-friendly event lasting 60-90 minutes.

For more information, please contact your local venue. The Dreamery Rural Arts Initiative is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and expanding arts experiences in rural Fillmore County. Visit the website at www. dreameryruralartsinitiative.org.

Where/When:

•Zumbrota Public Library, Zumbrota, Minn. February 24, 4 p.m.

•Cannon Falls Public Library, Cannon Falls, Minn. February 24, 6:30 p.m.

•Commonweal Theatre, Lanesboro, Minn. February 25, 7 p.m.

•Decorah Public Library, Decorah, Iowa, February 26 6:30 p.m.

•Spring Valley Public Library, Spring Valley, Minn., February 27 6:30 p.m.

•Chatfield Public Library, Chatfield, Minn., February 28 4 p.m.

Cost: none

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