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Minnesota Fringe Festival Features 'TONS' of Macalester Alumni

The Minnesota Fringe Festival is an annual eleven-day festival of live stage performance and visual arts, including theater, dance and performance art, puppetry, spoken word, storytelling and more. This year two shows include 'tons' of Macalester alumni. Go "fringing" and support your fellow alumni.

My Brother's Pacifier and Other Shorts: A Dance Show at Karaoke Night
produced and choreographed by Emily Potter '04
featuring: Blythe Staley '01, Nell Saunders-Scott '04, Clare Daniel '04,
Cara Delavallade '05, Monica Thomas '05, Theresa Madaus '05, and Anne-Marie '06

Modern dance and karaoke come to battle in a spectacle that just keeps repeating itself.

Intermedia Arts, Saturday, August 6 at 10 p.m.; Sunday, August 7 at 2:30 p.m.; Monday, August 9 at 7 p.m., Wednesday, August 10 at 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, August 13 at 1 p.m.

Bourbon & Butter
featuring: Jesse Ruuttila '05, John Knefel '05, Maggie Sandford '05, Elliot Stapleton '05, and Adrian Kozlow '05

Leading the comic insurgency in the Twin Cities, the FG9 Theater presents a synthesis of live and video sketches that is too hysterical to live and too strange to die.

Red Eye Theater, Saturday, Aug. 6 at 8:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 7 at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 10 p.m., Friday, Aug. 12 at 10 p.m., Aug. 14 at 2:30 p.m.

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Alumni News

This summer, Macalester
invites you to tilt at the windmills...

If you always meant to read Don Quixote, but

  • don't know Spanish
  • think it's too hard
  • wish for reading companions?

here's the incentive! You can join others in the Macalester community and celebrate this delightful work's 400th anniversary by reading the accessible and marvelous new translation by Edith Grossman. Start with the first 10 chapters and ponder the provocative questions.

Enjoy informal discussion in August and September. more>>

Alumni in the news
An article appeared in the Star Tribune July 4 about a 24-foot bus emblazoned with photos by Alison Quito Ziegler's '98. The photos show Somali immigrants to descendants of German farmers. "Minnesota is changing for good, and we have to acknowledge that things are going to be different and figure out how we can make Minnesota the most welcoming place it can be," Ziegler said. more (*pdf)>>
Visit the Intermedia Arts web site.

Amazon River Journey

Join the Alumni Office for the adventure of a lifetime on a cruise down the Amazon to explore the vast rainforests and untamed waters of one of the world's most exotic and mysterious natural realms. more>>

The journey takes place in 8 months. Start planning now. Contact Carol Polk in the Alumni Office for more information.






An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf

Alumnus Kirby Bennett '82 has started a new venture in the world of theater. Her production company, Girl Friday Productions, will run its first play July 15. Read the Star Tribune article.

"An Empty Plate" is a comedy of passion and appetite set in the Café du Grand Boeuf in Paris. Victor quotes Hemingway and consents to his final meal, described course by delectable course, over a series of empty plates.

July 15-30, Monday, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday-Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

Cedar Riverside People's Center
425 South 20th Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55454
Tickets: $12-$15, 612-729-1071


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Bay Area Macalester Alumni
Happy Hour
Wednesday, July 20, 6-8 p.m.
Zeitgeist, 199, Valencia Street
Take BART to 16th and Mission and walk North on Valencia to the corner of Duboce

No-host Happy Hour, cash only. We'll meet outside in the back.

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