At the precise moment Carey Netherton's molten bronze hit its ideal temperature of nearly 2,100 degrees, the outdoor temperature settled at 5 degrees, with a -13 degree windchill.
Needless to say, things were cooking in the sculpture studio at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Netherton and his team were working on the culmination of around 40 hours of preparation to create bronze pieces of art.
The process used by Netherton is estimated to be 1,000 years old, with its history dating back to the Greeks and Romans. Pieces of bronze are heated in a crucible until the molten liquid is ready to pour into casts, which are submerged into a pit of sand. Monday, March 3, 2014
"RoboCop" takes place in the not-so distant future, 2028, in the city of Detroit - which seems to be in need of a few actual RoboCops at the moment.
The story is about Alex Murphy (Kinnaman); he's a cop and a loving husband and father. One day he is seriously injured while in the line of duty, and a robotics corporation, OmniCorp, sees the perfect opportunity to create a part-man, part-robotic police officer using the remnants of Alex Murphy. Monday, February 17, 2014
I went into "Ride Along" anticipating a certain type of movie: Ice Cube is probably a stern bad-boy cop who drips intimidation, and Kevin Hart is most likely an annoyingly clumsy goofball who always says the wrong thing. Both of those predictions were correct.
That being said, the movie exceeded my expectations. "Ride Along" has a predictable plot and some suspect acting, but it also has a couple belly-laugh moments - that's all you can ask for in a comedy like this. Not to mention, it is pretty entertaining throughout. Monday, January 20, 2014
Purgatory Park, located in the southwest corner of Minnetonka and boasting several miles of trails and paths in its 155 acres, despite its unusual name, has been quite lucky over the past few years.
In 2010, Bill and Renate Sperber, a couple who lives near the park and has enjoyed its nature for 40 years, became involved with the city's Adopt-a-Spot program, where volunteers can, after guidance from the city's restoration specialist, work independently on city land.
The couple chose to focus their volunteer work in the area in the northeast corner of the main trail loop, which they said "feels like an extension of their own yard," according to a post on the city's website. Monday, January 6, 2014
Recently known for their purchase of the Old Log Theater, Marissa and Greg Frankenfield hold Children's Hospital near and dear to their hearts. Their experience with Children's Hospitals more than 20 years ago left a lasting impression on the Frankenfields - so much that Greg is currently serving on the hospital's Foundation Board, an entity that was created to serve the fundraising needs of the hospital. Friday, December 20, 2013
You can ring in 2014 at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres with an act that harkens back nearly four decades.
The theater's annual New Year's Eve blowout features a performance from the popular retro duo Martini & Olive, who will unleash the likes of the "Xmas Disco Medley" and a tap-dance rendition of "Convoy" during their performance.
Chanhassen's regular evening entertainment - the current production of "Fiddler on the Roof" and Stevie Ray's Comedy Cabaret - are also options for patrons. All three include a special dinner for the evening. The event concludes with a variety of options leading up to the New Year's Eve countdown, including a dance party led by Michelle Barber and the Chanhassen Big Band. Friday, December 20, 2013
Last weekend the Westonka Library in Mound welcomed a few new furry friends - three therapy dogs.
The dogs came in as part of the Paws to Read program at the library. Westonka Library has been hosting the Paws to Read program for a number of years.
Volunteers from North Star Therapy Animals bring in therapy animals to libraries around the metro to help put young readers at ease. Therapy animals include dogs, cats, Guinea pigs and rabbits. Monday, December 9, 2013