When lawnmowers fly (and a singing dog)

What does a video I made last year of some guys in Hugo hurling running lawnmowers with a trebuchet have to do with a snowblower ballet?

Nothing, except somehow I wish I could find a way to get these guys involved in our performance. Plus trebuchet rhymes with ballet. But I doubt that hurling a snowblower with a siege engine would help us get a sponsorship from Toro. Maybe we’d click if we threw an Ariens.

Speaking of sponsors, we’re still looking for an angelic corporate sponsor or individual donations to make this thing happen next winter. Just click on the GiveMN button on our home page. Or give me a call at 651-336-6975 if you know of a company that would like to be involved as in, “The St. Paul Snowblower Ballet presented by _____.”

Also, I realize that an operatic dog has nothing to do with a snowblower ballet either. I just think it’s awesome.

Finally, the students from our artistic partner, the St. Paul Ballet, are performing this weekend at Macalester College at the ballet’s spring showcase. Check it out if you have a chance.

Thanks for reading!

St. Paul Ballet has a knockout show

Saw a preview sample of St. Paul Ballet’s “The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet.” performance at Lake Como Saturday evening. The full Knight Arts Challenge-funded show combining boxers and ballet dancers coming up on June 17 in St. Paul by our artistic partner the St. Paul Ballet and  Zoé Emilie Henrot should pack a real artistic punch. Be sure to catch it.

And if you want something to do on Mother’s Day, catch our other artistic partner, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, at 4 p.m. at the Roseville Lutheran Church, 1215 Roselawn Ave. West. They’ll be presenting a free performance of  Benjamin Britten’s  Russian Funeral (1936) for Brass & Percussion and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 4 in C minor, op. 43. Rush over to see this Russian-themed program.

Free outdoor ballet!

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We’re looking forward to a free evening of dance this Saturday, May 13, 7 p.m., at Como Dockside in St. Paul presented by our artistic partner and fellow Knight Arts Challenge winner, St. Paul Ballet.

The performance will feature a sneak peak of St. Paul Ballet’s unique, Knight Foundation-funded show called “The Art of Boxing. The Sport of Ballet,” which will have its full performance June 17 at the High School for the Recording Arts, 1166 University Ave. W. in St. Paul.

The boxing/ballet show is the result of a partnership between the St. Paul Ballet and its neighbor in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood, Element Boxing & Fitness, featuring professionals from both the dance stage and the boxing ring exploring the discipline, athleticism and art in both worlds.

A boxing/ballet mashup? We’re expecting something creative, surprising, dynamic and beautiful. Like what you might get if you combined ballet and snow removal.