Week 8: Earth Days

We’re back in Sweden, the sun in shining, the fresh faced flowers are lifting their pretty little heads to beam hello!, the big bumbly bumble bees are buzzing about, the folks are flocking to fika at every park and outdoor cafe, aging rockers are playing love songs on their guitars down at the beach beside the topless septuagenarian sunbathers, and the Tough Vikings are throwing flames at the sky and wrecking havoc on the land in Slottsskogen for Earth Day. But the lantern-laden cherry trees aren’t the only things in full bloom, the artists are at it too! Elin Wilkström is zooming around the Botaniska in a cardboard airplane, interviewing people about their thoughts on the war in Ukraine. Ali Bartlett is painting Hopper-esque self portraits, Kat Skovsgaard is inviting the headache-prone to embroider representations of their migraines, Vanna Bowles is exploring the world of papier maché, Maria Magnusson is celebrating the launch of The Human Animal Connection with DJ Bruce Leenus and friends, Beate Leuthold is OUT OF THE SWAMP at Rya Skog where the primeval forest meets the looming industrial apocalypse, and The Here & Now brings the love to the wonderful Bubblan (Thank you for the invite, Christian & Koloni!) for a night of out of sight California Connections, with the CD sensation DJ Frk Magnusson, Berlin’s 13 Year Cicada (who rocked the speaker right off the wall), and the soulful 2 AM bus stop song stylings of Flora, the Diva of Sing Sing (Karaoke)!

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