Author Archives: R. Furlong

Blue Grass and Chickens and Hogs, Oh Num!.

I can’t believe my two favorite annual “food fests,” the St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Hog Roast and the Randolph-Hampton Fire District Chicken Barbecue, are just weeks away. Both are 25 minutes south of the Twin Cities and feature cowboy-boot kickin’, … Read more

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Grandstanding the State Fair

It’s well into summer and the Minnesota State Fair is just six weeks away. I hit the fair at least twice each year and catch a grandstand show once every few years. I’ve seen Rod Stewart, Emmy Lou Harris, Poco, … Read more

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Bruno Mars at Glamorama 2011

The 2011 Macy’s Minneapolis Glamorama, Aug. 8 will offer its usual artsy and outlandish high-fashion. This year’s headliner for the event benefiting Children’s Cancer Fund is the multi-talented singer/songwriter Bruno Mars. Tickets for the fashion show and concert at Orpheum … Read more

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Hospital Art

I had an appointment at the Rehab Institute at Regions Hospital in St. Paul the other day. It was the first time I’d been there since Regions built a new entrance, wing and parking ramp. After parking in the ramp, … Read more

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Spread the Word to End the Word

I went to see “God of Carnage” June 3 at the Guthrie Theater, on the McGuire Proscenium Stage. For wheelers or those who cannot maneuver steps, an usher takes you past the main stage door and down a hall, onto … Read more

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Judy Blue Eyes on Her Son’s Suicide and Her New-Found Advocacy, Part Two

After her son’s suicide Judy Collins read My Son, My Son, A Guide to Healing After a Suicide in the Family by Iris Bolton. “Iris is one of the people who called me after my son’s death,” she said. “Joan … Read more

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Judy Blue Eyes on Her Son’s Suicide and Her New-Found Advocacy

Singer and activist Judy Collins knows all too well what mental illness and suicide can do to the family and friends left behind. Collins is a charming, quick-witted and intellectual woman who, since the loss of her only son to … Read more

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Freedom to Shop ‘til my Battery Runs Out

This past Saturday, I headed out on my usual errands, which for me includes a stop at a Big Box craft store so I can purchase supplies. I’ve been creating art since I can remember … I have to, it … Read more

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A Rendezvous with Fur Traders and the Mdewakanton Dakotas

My latest Accessible Arts post is a trip back in history. On May 15, my husband Bill and I attended the Fur Rendezvous in Mendota, where the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers meet. This year the Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota Community joined … Read more

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In the Red and Brown Water

Tarrell Alvin McCraney’s play, In the Red and Brown Water, opened at the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio on May 6. It was like no other play that I’d seen before, in an intimate studio where wheelers sit in the front row, … Read more

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