A Future Past
"Relics" is a play taking stock of the present day through the lens of a post-apocalyptic future, a natural history exhibit exploring the strange artifacts of long since forgotten 21st-century culture.
Cast yourself 300 years hence, in the wake of some cataclysmic event that’s wiped the world nearly clear of people, after a clean-up crew has erased (almost) all vestiges of life in the 21st century.…
Production photo for Relics courtesy of the Guthrie.
Myths for the Modern Age
On Aaron Spangler's latest body of woodcut prints, which articulate a vision of contemporary myth by way of ancient byways of the human imagination.
In a sense, myth gives us our sense of reality. Before truth, before all arguments about truth, myths serve as both the signposts and collective expression of our most fundamental behaviors and deep-seated urges.…
Aaron Spangler, Separatist, woodcut, 2014. Photo: David Kern courtesy of Highpoint Center for Printmaking.
The Aural Thrill of Ben Frost
Camille LeFevre on the rattle, boom and melodious quiet of Ben Frost's fifth full-length release, A U R O R A, just out from Bedroom Community last spring and for which the artist is now touring.
It’s not enough merely to listen to Ben Frost’s fifth full-length studio release, A U R O R A (or any of his other albums, for that matter).…
Photo: Börkur Sigthorsson
Artspeak and Kung Fu
An exchange between artists Sean Smuda and Nickelangelo (a.k.a. Nick Vlcek, a longtime art director of City Pages) on the intersection of language, contemporary art, kung fu and everyday visual delight .
36CHMBRZ is a sprawling, ambitious investigation into art-of-the-moment that stretches the limits of the domestic setting of TuckUnder Projects.…
Nickelangelo and Sean Smuda aboard their Riff Raft (with a tip of the hat to Chris Larson and Rico Gatson). Photo: Sean Smuda
"We On Some Nonstop"
Every region has its beloved local musicians, but Minnesota is particularly fanatical about the hometown talent. Ira Brooker goes to some high-profile musicians to find out why.
I didn’t go see the Replacements in September. Don’t get me wrong, I like the Replacements, but I’m a casual fan.…
The crowd at the Midway Stadium Replacements concert on September 13, 2014. Photo: Nate Ryan/MPR
Wild Rice, Frybread and the Winding Road Home
Connie Wanek reviews Linda LaGarde Grover's evocative new novel, "The Road Back to Sweetgrass," which centers on the young men and women who are drawn from the Northland's reservations and into the larger world.
‘Home is the place where, when you have to go thereThey have to take you in.’‘I should have called itSomething you somehow haven’t to deserve.’…
Wild Rice Harvest, photoprint by Monroe P. Killy, 1939. Courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society.
The Kingdom of Nah
Matt Konrad explores Lester B. Morrison's edges-of-everything world, as captured in Little Brown Mushroom's "House of Coates," written by Brad Zellar and photographer Alec Soth and just released in trade paperback by Coffee House Press.
Note: This essay was originally published in 2012, on the publication of Little Brown Mushroom's limited-edition series of the book.…
The Pine Bend refinery, as pictured in the limited-edition initial printing of House of Coates.