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June 1st, 2011 Issue dayid

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The last time you pulled an all-nighter, you were high on white powder.

Sugared donuts, people.

Whip out the sugar again, this time for Northern Spark, Saturday's all-night cultural extravaganza from 8:55 p.m. to 7 a.m.

The free event -- a smorgasbord of dance, art, music, film, and more -- takes place throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul all night long.

Here's our itinerary:

8:55 p.m.: Odds are you'll hear this one wherever you are in the metro area. At Upper Landing Park in St. Paul, Philip Blackburn has composed a car horn fanfare. It will be accompanied by the lighting of Jim Campbell's "Scattered Light" (pictured, we saw it in New York last fall and it's a must!). More than 1600 suspended LEDs encased in standard light bulbs are programmed to play a video. Then follow "Nightmare" (the vision of a white horse galloping on the Mississippi) will begin it's trek.

11 p.m.: We'll head back over to Minneapolis. There will be 10 art projects on the Stone Arch Bridge such as "MURMUR," which are select photographs that will be projected in large scale on the Gold Medal Flour Silos and "Ceil," a laser that sweeps across the Mississippi River to create a canopy.

12:30 a.m.: Snack time! There will be food trucks scattered throughout the city and free coffee at Black Dog Cafe.

2 a.m.: We'll also be dropping by the Walker Art Center, which will have galleries open until 6 a.m. and a lawn full of projects such as "The Shape of Night" (2 a.m.), you can bring your sleeping bag and be documented creating your own special sleeping position.

2 a.m.: Swing by MCAD, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, The Walker, Art Center the Soap Factory and Soo Visual Arts Center. See listings here

4 a.m.: Feel the heat at a bonfire in Loring Park.

5:30 a.m.: A pancake breakfast will be served at Intermedia Arts. No powdered donuts...that we know of.

Northern Spark, June 4 to 5, free, Minneapolis and St. Paul, pick up printed programs at all locations throughout the night.

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