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Changes for Levitt 2020

I first want to say that Nancy Halverson and crew knocked it out of the park. I think only 2 concerts had to be completely cancelled, and a couple, including Friday night’s show had to end early due to weather. We expected that.

While they planned on 30 concerts this year, they plan to have 50 next year, I’m excited about it.

Here are some changes I would like to see made next year to make Levitt even better;

Allowing people to bring their own beer or wine. I think it should be limited to that and NOT liquor. I also think that if people bring their own, they should have to get an ID badge. While JJ’s did a fine job, I think the city council could change the very simple ordinance that says Falls Park West (where the Levitt resides) to allow this. It really is as simple as an ordinance change.

Put in permanent bike racks. I think they could be easily be put in along the sidewalk on the West side of the restroom. I do know that FAB is working with the city to do something better and I appreciate it.

• Plant more shade trees around the grounds. I also think that they should get a sponsor to put an awning coming off the restroom to the East.

Take down bag search signs. You can’t search people’s bags without a warrant of probable cause. Maybe a sign that says “Suspicious bags subject to search.”

• No pets allowed. This of course would require a city ordinance that basically says pets are not allowed to the Levitt grounds area. JazzFest has NOT allowed pets for years. It’s not good for their health and they don’t want to be there anyway.

Have Friday and Saturday night concerts from 8-10 PM. It was disappointing to see a concert end at 9 PM right when the sun was going down. As I understand it noise ordinance is 11 PM.

• Move the restroom drinking fountains to the Eastside of the building. Those fountains sit in the sun ALL day long, I have never gotten a cold drink of water from them, at best tepid.

• Don’t bring a lawn chair if you don’t need to. This of course will be something people who are attending will have to do on their own. I never sat in a chair all season long and only sat on the ground a few times. Dance and enjoy yourself.

I think with some minor tweaks (I think Levitt will propose some of their own) the 2020 season will be fantastic.

Kory & the Fireflies played the last show of the season last night.

Another great week at Levitt

Four great shows in a row this week.

Val Halla opening for the Wanderers
Pistol Whipping Penguins
Annie Mack

Covering up the Bunker Ramp mistake with a mural is insulting

As a fine artist and graphic artist I have been asked to do some unusual projects. Most of the time, you are asked to sell something. I told a frequent SculptureWalk artist last year that was kind of the purpose of SW, to promote Downtown and sell more beer and pizza. He didn’t take kindly to my words. I’ve gotten to do some fun projects like creating logos and t-shirt art for Jazzfest or designing posters for ZombieWalk and the SF Roller Dollz. Most of the time, these projects are not only fun, but for the betterment of the community, then I read this;

Erica Beck, chief of staff in the mayor’s office, said the TenHaken administration is taking “more intentional focus” on culture and arts through all of downtown, including murals.

The south side of the city’s new parking ramp, which faces one of the busiest thoroughfares downtown and sits on the busiest corner in the neighborhood, is an ideal candidate for a mural, she said.

I have been very vocal for years that DTSF needs to implement a public art/mural program. I have even went so far to say that spending millions on one sculpture was shortsighted and the money could have been more wisely spent on implementing hundreds of small art projects and murals downtown. Where I draw the line is when government wants to use the talents of artists to essentially cover up a massive mistake. If we paint a mural on one the most incompetent decisions our city government has ever made, what kind of message are we sending to the public and artists? When government screws the pooch, we’ll just paint over it?

If the city chooses to spend a large chunk of money on a mural for the bunker ramp (something that could cost between $30-60K) we are sending the wrong message to taxpayers. What’s next? A mural on the Denty to cover up the bad siding?

I think we should leave the ugly Southside of the bunker ramp ‘as is’ for a constant reminder of how badly things can get when our supposed leaders are not paying attention. In fact, I think we should paint the names of the city councilors, mayors, and city employees responsible for this huge mistake.

A more appropriate solution would be a temporary large scale banner wrap, you could even make it cost neutral by selling advertising on it or to put out important public service announcements, historical images or even just artistic in nature. While they used to be quite expensive, they are very reasonable these days.

NEW Art Site

I finally got up a site dedicated to my art.

Was the Arc of Dreams misplaced?

I will admit, I have looked at the Arc of Dreams several times at different angles from far away and up close. Depending on how you look at it you find something unique each time. It is quite the structure and engineering feat. But one of the things you will notice is that the only place you can really get a good view of the entire structure is from the North standing on the 6th street bridge or river greenway. You would also miss it if driving in a car over the bridge unless you happen to look over at it.

Some have questioned it’s location. First off, since it was privately funded they had to situate it on private property yet putting it in a public space. While the structure is mounted on private property, it crosses a public waterway.

As you can see below, most large sculptures, like the FLAMINGO in Chicago is placed in a large courtyard area so it can be viewed from 4 directions. I actually think a great place for the Arc would have been on North Minnesota Avenue coming into town from the airport, or others have suggested over the Levitt yard. Obviously the limitation was placing this on private property, but I think an easement could have been figured out.

It will be interesting to read reviews of it’s placement over the next couple of years.

Oh, the irony

A foot soldier sent me this photo he took today of the Arc of Dreams and the Crane over the bunker ramp debacle.

Dreams not realized?

Poetry Club w/Charles Luden

Greetings poetic compadre: Below is a quickly penned short poem from yesterday.  – C.L.

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Untitled Poem – Number Lost

Sitting reading diagrams

on December window frost

I shiver then bark

back at the neighbor’s

small dog

  Charles Luden • 6-27-19 • at Granite City

The end of this transmission.

Sioux Falls Arts Council still hasn’t found a director

An organization that has struggled ever since they have changed their name still hasn’t found an executive director since the last one quit in March of 2018;

The role has been vacant since March 2018 when former executive director Kara Dirkson left the council to go into self-employed fine arts services. President Alex Hagen said the organization has continued to carry out its mission during this year of transition.

“We’ve relied heavily on Angelica Mercado,” Hagen said of the council’s operations manager. “She’s been very instrumental on continuing our programming. The board has also chipped in and contributed a lot.”

I actually heard that Angelica has been busting her ass to work two positions. They really should have appointed her to the position when Dirkson quit. Maybe she doesn’t want it? After being CENSORED by the Pavilion (not allowing her video to play at her exhibit – I’ve noticed the video has disappeared on YouTube) I’m sure she probably has the same flavor in her mouth as Dirkson did when she left about the local-yokal mucky-mucks and their ‘idea’ about arts organizations.

Sioux Falls’ Greatest artist has died

So many things I could say about Carl Grupp. He passed away today. I met him when one of my friends was going to Augie for art and I was so amazed by not just his versatile talent, but his stories and infectious sense of humor. I have always said when it came to Sioux Falls artists, there was Carl and then the rest. He embodied being an artist, there are not too many of those people around these days anymore.

I always laughed about this quote Carl gave to the Argus after one of my paintings were vandalized at NitWits;

“A lot of (Ehrisman’s) art is protest art to begin with. It’s weird that they would protest the protest,” Grupp said.

Somehow, I think there was a joke in there.

We will miss you Carl!

Arc of Dreams has arrived

I went over and snapped some pictures. It was interesting to watch them piece it together. While this will be a ‘neat’ sculpture, I still think that the $2.6 million spent on this project could have have been put to better use doing HUNDREDS of art and beautification projects all over Sioux Falls, hiring local contractors, landscapers, artists, artisans and craftsman. Instead we spent it on a fabrication shop in Colorado. At least the artist was from South Dakota. As I have stated in the past, this is just a monument to egos.