by aE Issue 27.1: Object Lessons   March 12, 2008

Featuring an essay by author Sam Osterhout on the inventive sculptures made by House of Balls proprietor Allen Christian

Every time you don a "lucky" outfit or wear some bauble as a talisman against the blues, you're betraying a superstitious streak most of us share. This issue's features and artists pay homage to the generations of mojo accrued with time and handling by the things that surround us, invisibly but potently, everyday.

* "History In Your Hands," a funny, perceptive essay by author Sam Osterhout on the inventive sculptures made by House of Balls proprietor, Allen Christian
* MnArts magazine highlights include a juicy conversation with ballerina Sally Rousse about her life as a muse, a substantive look into Piotr Szyhalski's provocative online project Labor Camp by Weisman curator Diane Mullin, and a first-person dispatch from within the audience of the latest TalkingImageConnection performance happening
* A handpicked group of opportunities for artists and arts pros of every inclination
* A slew of fantastic events happening all around the state drawn from the DIY mnartists.org arts calendar, from poetry readings and a new concert by The Rose Ensemble to the very first mnSpin Listening Party and a play about an Iron Man contest for mermaids

PLUS: Boldly stylish wearable art fashioned out of repurposed instrument strings and an invite to the Walker's After Hours party for the upcoming Richard Prince show