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Barebones Halloween 2018 Details

BareBones Community Builds poster

BareBones Community Builds are held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-9; and Saturdays from 1-4 pm-through October 11. All are welcome!

Build location: Behind the Ivy Arts Building, in the old Park Supply Building, at 2637 27th Ave. S, Minneapolis. Parking available behind Ivy. (Just south of the Hexagon Bar on 27th, turn east into the parking lot, look for the cobra on the green door, follow the cobras inside.)

Shows and rehearsals will be at Hidden Falls Regional Park in St. Paul.
  • Final rehearsal: October 14, 1-4pm
  • Tech rehearsals: Oct 15, 17, 19
Halloween Show dates:
  • Saturday, October 20
  • Sunday, October 21
  • Friday, October 26
  • Saturday, October 27
  • Sunday, October 28
  • Wednesday, October 31
Language Accessibility in English, Spanish, and ASL

On the following dates, Audio Description will be available, as well as interpretation in ASL and Spanish.

  • ASL: Saturday October 20 by Alan Farnham
  • Spanish: Saturdays October 20 & 27
  • AD: Friday October 26 by Elana Centor

Questions? Contact assistant production manager Asher at

BareBones Halloween Show Fundraising Blast: $5000

BareBones is in the process of consciously educating and transforming its internal culture of creation and production to become a space that is welcoming of all community members who wish to join.

We want everyone who makes art with us to feel welcomed and safe. Each of the following six initiatives is part of an overall drive to actively educate ourselves about patterns of oppression at work in the culture around us and within our puppetry community, and address them with actionable solutions.

  1. POCI Art/Kitchen Interns $2000.
  2. Radical Empathy; Overcoming Intrinsic Bias. $500.
  3. Mediation / Emotional-Processing Support: $640
  4. Anti-Oppression Space Creation $300
  5. Self-care funds: $1060
  6. $100-500 *: as seed money for next year’s Barebones build

Please visit our GoFundMe page for detailed information.

Statement from 2018 Co-directors

This year we are exploring the theme of “Ancestors”, and experimenting with a different creation-structure. We will open with a ritual of welcoming and initiating, then put together 4 – 5 stories that Staff-Artist-teams and Community-members will be the designers and directors of, honoring or inspired by an ancestors-inspired theme. For example, Ancestors of a common diaspora, culture, or gender-identity; Ancestors recently passed away or from the more distant past; Ancestors with a common message; Ancestors who fought for or birthed or created something in our present world that we are grateful for or inspired by. Rehearsals will be a process of discovery, working independently and coming together for sharing/reflecting with each other. End of performance: A collaboratively-created ritual of closing and gratitude. -Malia Araki Burkhart and Tara Fahey, BareBones Halloween Co-directors, 2018

Halloween Co-Directors Named

BareBones is excited to introduce our co-directors for the 25th Annual Halloween Show:

Malia Araki Burkhart and Tara Fahey

This team of dedicated artists come from rich, multi-disciplinary backgrounds with community focus.

Tara Fahey is a multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on puppetry, textiles, screen printing, and lantern-making. Since 2005, she has choreographed, designed costumes, directed, and performed with Chicks on Sticks. Her recent work includes co-creating the Monarch Migration Shanty and a current installation by the Illuminated Reef Collective. Tara’s lineage is a multi rooted tree from Ireland, Norway, Czechoslovakia and France.

Malia Araki Burkhart is a multi-disciplinary performance artist, producer and director, songwriter/musician, visual artist Somatic Massage Therapist, community artist, arts educator and mother. She is based in Minneapolis and has created art locally and internationally. “Art is necessary for the growth and sustenance of the human spirit. I dedicate my life to saying YES to creative urges and healing creative wounds.”

Venus de Mars, Music Director for 25th Annual Halloween Show

Venus de Mars

BareBones Puppets is excited to announce that Venus de Mars will again take on the role of Music Director for the 25th Annual Halloween Show.

Venus de Mars, leader of the glam-punk/trans-band Venus de Mars & All The Pretty Horses, is a recipient of both the McKnight-Multidisciplinary-Artist and the Bush-Artist-Support fellowships, a core artist from the 1980’s Rifle Sport Alternative Art Gallery, and along with her wife, the subject of rock-doc Venus of Mars [2004] Venus has also been the music director for Barebones Puppets Halloween Extravaganza during their 2015, ’16, and ’17 productions.

BareBones Halloween 2018
BareBones Halloween dates 2018

Storage Space Needed

Do you have storage space in your home? After performances end, BareBones will need places to store puppets. If you can help, contact board chair Peter at

Map to the Build Site (click to enlarge)

Upcoming Events

Sat 20

Halloween Show #1

October 20 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hidden Falls Regional Park
1305 South Mississippi Blvd
St. Paul
Sun 21

Halloween Show #2

October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hidden Falls Regional Park
1305 South Mississippi Blvd
St. Paul
Fri 26

Halloween Show #3

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hidden Falls Regional Park
1305 South Mississippi Blvd
St. Paul
Sat 27

Halloween Show #4

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hidden Falls Regional Park
1305 South Mississippi Blvd
St. Paul
Sun 28

Halloween Show #5

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hidden Falls Regional Park
1305 South Mississippi Blvd
St. Paul
Wed 31

Halloween Show #6

October 31 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hidden Falls Regional Park
1305 South Mississippi Blvd
St. Paul