by Tour Through Shantytown   February 6, 2008

Raconteur and writer Andy Sturdevant gives a whirlwind conceptual tour through this year's ingenious structures on the ice at Medicine Lake.

For this issue of a+E, we're celebrating the frigid depths of winter with a guided tour through what has quickly become a beloved Minnesota tradition, the Art Shanty Projects (now in their fifth year), currently in residence on the frozen waters of Medicine Lake.

     * Writer and Art Shanty Projects tour guide extraordinaire Andy Sturdevant gives a funny, informative inside look at the wacky, ingenious offerings to be found in the ice house community that's taken shape in Plymouth this year

     * Selections from MnArts magazine, including this month's Zoom In artist profile, a short history of "movement theater," a behind the curtain peek into the playwright-driven Workhaus Collective, a look at the career of renegade performer Billy X. Curmano

     * A slew of new artist opportunities drawn from our daily updated list on

     * Arts happenings around the state, including a scratch and dent sale from Aesthetic Apparatus, the Twin Cities Chekhov Festival, and a play by raconteurs Amy and David Sedaris

Also: the final installment of Radio mnartists, an interview with the avant-garde cellists of Jelloslave, which will conclude our long-running series of audio artist profiles hosted by KFAI's Marya Morstad.