Songs From a Room
Music writer Youa Vang talks with Nicole Breidel on the roving underground concert series, SoFar Sounds, and carving out a career in the music business.
“My greatest fear is that no one will show up,” Nicole Breidel ruminates as she readies water bottles and snacks for guests in the currently-empty home of a Minneapolis resident.…
A recent venue for SoFar Minneapolis. Photo by Youa Vang.
Kevin Obsatz on his education as an artist, both as a student and teacher of filmmaking, and in his experiences outside the classroom.
The school system today performs the threefold function common to powerful churches throughout history.…
All stills from the author's student films made for "290," his class in Super 8 during his time at USC.
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.…
Photo: 3rd Eye Girl website
Where Paths Cross
Fresh from a winter biking trip through the North country, musician Ben Weaver returns to the political and cultural fray, asking: What do we value? How do those values define our culture? How could we cultivate systems of value that stem from being in relationship to things, rather than consuming, extracting, and taking from them?
I’d rather build a fire. Rather have cold hands from gathering wood. Rather sleep in the dirt, wake up with frost and coyotes, confuse the day moon for a fish eye or scale.…
Into the woods. Photo courtesy of the author.
Killing the Choreography
Camille LeFevre reviews the latest incarnation in Morgan Thorson's "Still Life" series, this time made for the Cowles Center in Minneapolis: an inventive choreographic amalgam, punctuated by simple, gorgeous movement.
"Everyone exit but KVL," calmly intoned the voice, as audience members took their seats on the Cowles Center’s stage.…
Still Life for the Cowles Center, presented by Morgan Thorson. Photo: Mena Burnett
An Exquisite Preeminence of the Body
In the Walker's expansive exhibition, "Merce Cunningham: Common Time," artistic disciplines effortlessly traverse conventional boundaries, in much the same ways the influential choreographer did with his many collaborative partners.
When does a ragged leotard become a work of art? A silver mylar balloon? An inflated plastic box? A freestanding industrial floor fan? When they were created or re-contextualized by visual artists Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Bruce Nauman, respectively.…
Merce Cunningham and company performing TV Rerun at Westbeth, January 1975. Photo: Jack Mitchell. Copyright Jack Mitchell/Getty Images
The Believing Game
Filmmaker and educator Kevin Obsatz on art experiments, the freedom in making "unmarketable" work, exercises in belief, and practicing porousness in an impermeable age.
In the believing game we return to Tertullian’s original formulation: credo ut intelligam: I believe in order to understand. We are trying to find not errors but truths, and for this it helps to believe. […]…
Amy Halpern, still from Falling Lessons, screened recently at Cellular Cinema. Courtesy of the artists and Cellular Cinema.