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'Bell Social' returns April 27 to celebrate science, art and music

Musical guest Chastity Brown and debut works by artists in residence highlight 2013 event

April 9, 2013

The Bell Social returns Saturday, April 27, bringing together art, science and live performance, along with great eats, drinks and door prizes— all in one evening at Minnesota’s natural history museum. This year's Bell Social includes a performance from The Chastity Brown Trio as well as the debut of new works by the Bell Museum's Resident Artist Research Project artists in residence, Laurie Allmann and Sonja Peterson

Musical guest Chastity Brown has made a name for herself in the Twin Cities as a must-see performer with her unique blend of folk, blues and soul. As "Minnesota Monthly" described her, "Chastity Brown can sing the blues off a pair of jeans, then turn around and quietly play the banjo, just to keep you on your toes. Blending folk and soul, she's opened a volcanic seam on the rugged landscape of American song."

The Bell Museum Resident Artist Research Project (RARP) spring 2013 artists Laurie Allman and Sonja Peterson will each be premiering new works of their own. The RARP offers artists an exclusive opportunity to engage with University of Minnesota researchers and scientific collections while exploring the application of art as a medium for interpreting science in the public realm. University researchers will be a part of the Bell Social, leading engaging presentations and discussion on scientific topics in conjunction with the new works.

"The Bell has a rich history of exploring the intersections between art, nature and science," said Leah Peterson, Bell Museum adult programs coordinator. "Bell Social is an excellent way to bring the community into that process. This lively event has become a highlight of our programming."

In addition to science, art and music, the Bell Social includes great food truck eats, a cash bar, door prizes and the chance to explore the museum after-hours.

Event details
What: Bell Social: art + science + music
-    live performance by The Chastity Brown Trio
-    new works by Bell Museum spring 2013 artists in residence
-    engaging science talk with University of Minnesota researchers
-    food truck and cash bar
-    Bell Museum door prizes
When: 6 p.m, Saturday, April 27
Where: Bell Museum of Natural History, 10 Church St. SE, Minneapolis
Cost: $12 for the public, $10 for museum members and U of M students with ID.
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The Bell Museum is part of the university’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and strives to discover, document and understand life in its many forms and to inspire curiosity, delight and informed stewardship of the natural world. For details, visit

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The 2013 Bell Social is set for April 27

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