Repetition & Repair
Miranda Trimmier asks, how can we repair the wearisome effects of endless novelty? Her modest but surprisingly transgressive tonic? Simple repetition as a sort of detoxifying reparation for our shared cultural attraction to the easily blurbed.
Listen, there's something unsavory pooling in my joints. I am tired, in a deep way. And I have been thinking about it for some time; I believe I am beginning to know what this weariness is about:I am weary of novelty.I am weary of variety.…
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Jazz columnist Jeremy Walker on the push and pull of artisanal and corporate cultures, politics-as-usual and rebellion, and the increasing sway of the individual, in both civic life and the arts.
It seems impossible to write about anything now without writing about politics, or at least being political. And it’s impossible to do that without coming off as gloomy. There is a lot of bad news.…
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Why Does Minnesota Still Go Crazy for Prince?
Ira Brooker made a 2 a.m. pilgrimage to Paisley Park recently (and paid $50 for the privilege) on the off chance he might hear Prince play. It got him to wondering about the Purple One's enduring (maybe irrational) appeal for the hometown crowd.
I PULLED UP TO THE CURB OUTSIDE A NONDESCRIPT OFFICE building around 1:15 a.m., happy to have found parking within a quarter-mile of Paisley Park.…
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A Voice So Absurdly Truthful
Tim Nolan reviews Connie Wanek’s latest collection of poetry, "Rival Gardens: New and Selected Poems" from University of Nebraska Press.
A short poem by Harvey Shapiro provides the benediction for this review of Connie Wanek’s new collection, Rival Gardens. Here it is in full:…
Remembrance of Things Past, Revived for the Present
27 years after its premiere, now that AIDS has receded in our cultural consciousness, gay marriage is legal, transgender actors, activists, and artists are cultural ambassadors for tolerance, and the first woman is running for U.S. President, what does Mark Morris's once groundbreaking "Dido and Aeneas" bring to an audience?
By the time the Mark Morris Dance Group premiered Dido and Aeneas in 1989 at Thé…
Mark Morris Dance Group performing Dido and Aeneas. Photo: Hilary Scott, courtesy of Northrop
Making It: Musician Chastity Brown
Rob Callahan talks with indie musician Chastity Brown about crowdfunding vs. label backing, hitting her stride on an international scene, and the serendipitous encounters that have smoothed her path along the way.
Chastity Brown has been working steadily on a new album for some time now, having taken a reprieve from the world of music labels and the various corporate concerns therein, choosing instead to revisit her indie roots.…
Photo courtesy of Chastity Brown
Ramble Ramble: Art Shanty Projects
Musician, biking advocate, and rambling art critic Ben Weaver winds his way through the cities' late-winter slush to the not-quite-frozen edges of White Bear Lake for a day at the Art Shanty Projects.
The water levels of White Bear Lake are low. There are arguments about the cause. A lawsuit has been filed against the Department of Natural Resources.…
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