Welcome to 2023. I'm so amazed with all the wonderful in-person arts and community events that we've seen popping up again in our neighborhoods. It has inspired me to venture out into the snow and cold to be a part of the energy that local artists and their offerings provide. I've been busy over the past few years while I've been focusing on growing my technology skill. Exciting news! I recently completed a coding bootcamp and I'm super excited about putting my new nerd skills to work for the power of good.
I've been feeling a pull towards all things creative, since my arts outing have been on the back burner for a while. Resolved to change this, I rang in the new year seeing Smart Mouth Comedy Co. at the Phoenix Theater, my first time back in the space since a car ran through their front door and windows in November (please support them by donating or showing up to upcoming shows). Sharing laughs, music, and physical presence with artists and audience has inspired me to come back to writing about local creative endeavors and local happenings. Our time is valuable and I want to amplify local artists' voices and work with you to build a stronger Twin Cities arts and theater community. So, I'm back to blogging. I'm starting out with this blog: an interview with author and performer Lorna Landvik! Read my previous interview with her from 2017.
If you want more Lorna after the Q&A, please buy her books at your local bookstore and check out her website: LornaLandvik.com.
I am wishing you a year filled with creativity, intention, and local arts.
Pages and Stages combines derring-do improv, set pieces, music and stories/confessionals about her Hollywood days and writing career.
Kendra's (mini) interview with author Lorna Landvik
Lorna: First of all, thanks for being a fan of PARTY IN THE REC ROOM! I decided to change it up a bit because often people tell me my book talks and events are like shows themselves. I thought I’d incorporate story-telling (tales of my writing, publishing, my time in Hollywood) into the PAGES part. In the STAGES part, I improvise characters and scenes according to audience suggestion.
As in PARTY IN THE REC ROOM, the show changes every night, which keeps it fun and exciting for me.
Describe "Pages & Stages" in three words.
Lorna: Laughs! Entertainment! Fun!
It's a brand new year and time to think about the year ahead! Personally, I took a few years off from arts blogging but now I'm starting to recover from some very rocky years and I'm coming home to my creative pursuits. Do you have any advice for other writers and creatives who are picking up a new project or coming back to an art form after some time away?
Lorna: I’m a big fan of Steven Pressfield and the lessons/ideas he puts forth in his books, THE WAR OF ART and TURNING PRO (to name just two). He doesn’t talk about writers’ block, but resistance and how it can stymie all and any efforts — creative/self-improvement, etc. He’s got a great website -- StevenPressfield.com which I strongly recommend. I also like a long, contemplative walk to think about what I’m working on; even if nothing new comes in your head, at least you get some exercise!
Any last words for Artfully Engaging readers?
Lorna: I so appreciate when people come out to see my shows, just as I appreciate when they choose one of my books to read. I really do believe we're’ all in this together, so my goal in writing and performing is to tell stories and create characters that will touch the reader/audience and make them laugh, ponder/wonder, hope and ultimately be glad they spent some time in these little worlds of mine.
Ticket Information: Pages & Stages at Bryant Lake Bowl
Hot tip: theatre doors open at 6PM for you to choose your seats. Enjoy food and drink and tip your servers well.
Friday, January 13 @ 7PM
Saturday, January 14 @ 7PM
Friday, January 20 @ 7PM
Saturday, January 21 @ 7PM
Friday, January 27 @ 7PM
Saturday, January 28 @ 7PM
Tickets are $20 in advance and $22 day of show when purchasing at the venue
Get your tickets online at eventbrite.com now! Need more information about the show? Contact the Bryant Lake Bowl, 612-825-8949 or online at bryantlakebowl.com/theater.
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 W Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55408
"An evening with Lorna Landvik feels like hanging out with friends or family, if your friends or family were really funny and talented storytellers/entertainers/comedians. A fun, casual evening of togetherness, laughter, singing, and general silliness was exactly what the doctor ordered for me last night."
-Cherry and Spoon
Read the full review