'View Like Memories'
It's fair to say Instagram, Hipstamatic and other mobile photo apps have changed the nature of photography, for better or for worse. But whether you believe they're inauthentic or a democratization of the artform, this exhibit should spark discussion. Featuring the Instagrammed, Hipstamaticized work of two photographers -- Emilie Hitch and Nikolas James Perez -- who also own and use traditional SLR cameras, the show explores an emerging kind of photographic storytelling via the creator, who visually captures memories, and the recipient, who can share those experiences instantly. While you can argue about the merits of such photography until your face turns blue, one thing is sure -- the smartphone just may have taken the place of the journal. (Free opening reception 7-10 p.m. Fri. Through Nov. 10. Gallery 122 at Hang It, 122 NE. 8th St., Mpls. 612-874-7222 or www.hangitinc.com.)JAHNA PELOQUIN
Franconia Art & Artists Celebration
After a summer of sweaty creativity, the 40 artists at Franconia Sculpture Park kick back and celebrate the season's new sculptures in a daylong, family-friendly bash that's a glorious excuse for an early-autumn St. Croix Valley outing. Besides tours of the new sculptures dotted about Franconia's 20-acre landscape, there is entertainment galore including music by the Eclectic Ensemble (improv), Big Surf (surf rock), Platypus (kid rock), L'Assassins (all-women rockabilly) and the 4onthefloor (four-by-four rock). Other diversions include magic and kid-friendly comedy, a live amphibian program, poetry readings and a youth theater performance. Plus a hot metal pour, roving stilt-walkers, face-painting, spin art and a food-truck court. (10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. Free. Parking $5 before 6 p.m., $10 afterward. Franconia Sculpture Park, 29836 St. Croix Trail, near Taylors Falls at the intersection of Hwys. 8 and 95. 651-257-6668 or www.franconia.org.) MARY ABBE