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Monday July 22, 2013

An Artistic Swing: Putt-Putt at the Walker Art Center Part 2

After a round of even par on Course A of the Walker Art Center’s new “Walker on the Green” putt-putt course, I knew I was in for a challenge on Course B. If you missed the adventures of Course A, you can find them here in Part 1.

FOR INFORMATION ON HOLE INSPIRATIONS, PRICES AND ADDITIONAL FACTS ON THE COURSE, DOWNLOAD THIS PDF.

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HOLE 1: TILT-A-PUTT

Wow, do they start Course B off with a bang. Remember this game? That’s essentially what this hole is, but BIGGER! Once you hit your ball up the ramp, you run to the middle of the course, grab what appears to be an airplane steering wheel and guide your ball through this huge labyrinth. Just like in the regular game, falling in to a trap hole will severely tack on a couple strokes to your final score. Guide your ball all the way through for a hole-in-one.

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HOLE 2: HOLEY LIGHTED

From the artist, “…the hole attempts to recreate the sensation of a shaded canopy in summer.” And let me say, on the 95 degree day I was there, that was an excellent reprieve. I lined up every shot like a pro, taking minutes per shot to scan every break in the carpet. Was I the most popular person on the course? Most likely not. But did my perfuse sweating cease? Absolutely. For that, I salute this hole.

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HOLE 3: MEGA GOLF

Golfing in the Walker Art Center, meet Walker Art Center in golfing. When I stepped inside the big golf ball that comprises Hole 3, I glanced down and saw a couple obstacles on the ground. Then I really looked at what those obstacles were and realized I was facing down an exact replica of the Walker Art Center grounds. If you want to become more familiar with the complex, you can putt around the whole thing before you reach the hole. I, however, two-putted and promised re-familiarize myself with the grounds when scores weren’t involved.

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HOLE 4: ZEN (ROCK) THE GARDEN

Maybe it was the zen-like attention to detail on this hole, or perhaps it was the nature music I quickly threw on via my phone, but I was definitely feeling the good karma vibes on this hole. I feng-shuied the sand garden, paid homage to the intricate rock stack and let the universe guide my ball into the hole. The Dude abides.

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HOLE 5: ROCK! GARDEN

Ah…ohhhhhh alright I see what you’re getting at, course designers. Rock the Garden occurs in the garden of the Walker Art Center, and here we are at the Walker Art Center. Clever. I’m picking up what you’re putting down now. While the last hole was a more Wheel of Fortune play on words combination, this hole literally combines rocks and music. You can carom your ball off special slots in each rock, and each bounce off those slots creates a different sound. Unfortunately, I only know what one of the sounds are, because I was unofficially closing in on a course record (it’s automatically a record if there was no record before it, right?) and only hit off one of the rocks.

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HOLE 6: GARDEN GNOME FOOSBALL

Remember Hole 2 on Course A? I hope you all made amends with each other after that, because the fate of your score is entirely in the hands of your friends. Once you make it up the first ramp of the hole, your next putt must navigate up another ramp and through……through……..foosball gnomes. Not only do the soulless eyes of the gnomes provide enough intimidation, but you’ve also got your friends manning those gnomes, and they’re ready to either usher your ball through the goal or mercilessly send it flying back down the ramp. And, I must say, nothing gave me more joy than swatting someone else’s ball down the ramp and doing the Dikembe Mutombo “Not in my house” finger wag.

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HOLE 7: BE A SCULPTURE

At first, this hole looks kind of…..bland. It’s just flat, and the hole is right in the middle of the . But then you notice there are footprints scattered around the hole. Guess what those are for? Yep, the people in your group get to place their feet on those prints and act as the obstacles of the hole. Here’s what I determined about these “obstacles”:


Smiling Obstacles- Obstacles will trash talk a bit, but your ball will follow the route you gave it. Good scores all-around.


Smirking Obstacles- Obstacles will seemingly become life-like and kick your ball multiple times. Bad score immanent.

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HOLE 8: 18 HOLES IN ONE

Course A and B share the same last hole, so you’re going to get one more go at this beautiful hole. 

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Par for Course B: 24
Score on Course B: 17

COURSE TOTAL: 40 (-7)

Thanks to some beautiful and inspired putt-putting on the Course B, I managed to close out like a tour pro. This course is fantastic, and absolutely has to be on your “Things to Do” list for the summer. Check it out, have some fun, then wander around and enjoy everything else the Walker Art Center has been offering for the last 25 years.

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Monday December 10, 2012

Catch Me if You Can

It’s no secret that Minneapolis is a city that’s known for its theatres. With all those theatre seats to fill, there is nonstop entertainment from the Guthrie to Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and everywhere in between. This time of year, many of us look to the holiday classics like “A Christmas Carol” or the “Nutcracker,” but Hennepin Theatre Trust is offering something completely different this season with a Minnesota debut of “Catch Me If You Can” at the Orpheum Theatre Dec. 11-16.

Frank Abagnale Jr. is an expert on fraud, scams, deception and beating the system. Between the ages of 16 and 21, he forged and cashed $2.5 million worth of bad checks in the United States and 26 other countries, while successfully passing himself off as an airline pilot for Pan Am, a doctor, a college professor and a lawyer. He was ultimately caught, as he always knew he would be, and served time in French, Swedish and American prisons.

Abagnale’s adventures were immortalized, and somewhat fictionalized, in Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film “Catch Me If You Can,” with Leonardo DiCaprio starring as the young con man and Tom Hanks playing the FBI agent who pursued him. The movie, based on a ghost-written autobiography, inspired a 2011 Broadway musical of the same name – score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, book by Terrence McNally, direction by Jack O’Brien and choreography by Jerry Mitchell – is touring the country, and lucky for us, stopping in Minneapolis.

Abagnale himself will be doing a question and answer session after the opening night performance for all ticketholders who wish to stay and hear more from the man himself. 

Abagnale’s life on the lam is the most entertaining part of his story – but it’s not the best part of his story. It may not even be the most remarkable part of his story. What Abagnale has done since leaving behind his life of crime is both mind-boggling and inspiring. He has used his knowledge as a counterfeiter and scam artist to stop criminals and protect law-abiding citizens, initially working with the FBI – which was part of his parole agreement – and then by developing a host of fraud prevention programs that are used by more than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies.

Put your holiday traditions on hold for a night and spend it entertained by a musical straight from Broadway here on Hennepin Ave. Gift yourself as an early present. Make it a girlfriend’s getaway or a chance to break from the hustle and bustle at home by staying in Minneapolis for the night with a great hotel deal from www.go.minneapolis.org (shameless plug).

Individual tickets for Catch Me If You Can are on sale now. Tickets start at $34 depending on performance time and seating preference. Tickets may be purchased in person at the State Theatre Box Office (805 Hennepin Avenue, Mpls., 55402, no service fees), online at HennepinTheatreTrust.org or through Ticketmaster by calling 1.800.982.2787 or visiting a Ticketmaster Ticket Center. All prices include applicable facility fees. Additional charges may apply. Groups of 10 or more save, and should call 612.373.5665 for information and reservations.

Performance dates for Catch Me If You Can are Tuesday–Sunday, Dec. 11–16, 2012 at Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Orpheum Theatre (910 Hennepin Avenue, Mpls., 55403).

Performance times are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 and 6:30 p.m.

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