Arts

Southern Lady Code, Helen Ellis

In her fabulous new book, Southern Lady Code, Helen Ellis writes with a staccato humor about thank you notes, her mother’s quirky and completely pragmatic etiquette lessons, the secrets behind her long and happy marriage and how she went home one evening in a Burberry trench coa

While it looks like they live in an ordinary house on an ordinary Edina street, don’t be fooled by Dawn and Jonathan Rundman. They breathe the rarefied air of a compatibly married couple sharing creativity, curiosity and extraordinary artist-community citizenship.

In January, former advertising copywriter Megan Maynor published her first children’s book, Ella and Penguin Stick Together. Part of the inspiration for the book came from some of the fun dialogue Maynor had with her own children when they were young.

Edina High School (EHS) has a leg up on the University of Minnesota—spats and all. Both schools trumpet marching bands, but guess who has more members? Ski-U-Mah Edina! EHS features nearly 350 marchers, compared with the U of M’s 300.

Stella Sick wanted her boys to learn to dance. She believed it could not only teach her sons athleticism and grace, but how to work with a partner and talk to members of the opposite sex. “I think dance is a necessary social grace,” says Sick.

Plunging mercury and towering snow piles are the co-parents of invention, especially when winter nights stretch longer than our imaginations.

Looking for a way to beat the winter blues? Use nature to create art with ice lanterns, says Bachman’s floral horticulturalist Jeanna Smith. Ice lanterns are created by freezing water in a hollow orb and then placing a candle in the middle.

Every other Saturday morning, Suzanne Klein pulls out of her driveway at 9:30 so she can make it across town by 10. Her violin in tow, she’s headed to orchestra rehearsal. Not because she has to be there, but because she wants to be there.

The annual Fall into the Arts Festival fills Centennial Lakes park with even more color each year as artists and food vendors set up along the waterfront for art fans from across the Twin Cities.

How the individual players came to join Wild Prairie Brass in Edina is an exercise in six degrees of separation.

Ariana Song, a senior at Edina High School, was selected for the 2015 High School Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, which took place in February in New York City.

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