Dec 4, 2013
The Artists' Quarter is closing at the end of the year and, musician Jeremy Walker notes, no one in this arts-generous, cultured city has yet stepped up to say, "We need to save this important home for jazz, and I am willing to write the check." Why not?
Nov 26, 2013
On HIJACK at 20
Dense, sly, rampant with references and footnotes, HIJACK ‘s collaborative dance work marries tight composition and form to a rampage of ideas.
Nov 5, 2013
Being Karen Sherman
Lightsey Darst interviews polymath artist and dancemaker Karen Sherman whose show, "One with Others," makes a Twin Cities stop on its national tour this week.
Oct 30, 2013
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.
Oct 23, 2013
Like anyone else, our music columnist needs a good reason to get off the couch and go out. He offers some requisites that'll lure him to a live show: keep the canned music off, turn down the mic and, for the love of god, play a real piano.
Oct 4, 2013
Farm Accident: A Secret History
Andy Sturdevant investigates the elusive history of Farm Accident, an ephemeral art gallery which lay at the center of the disco era's elite Minneapolis contemporary art scene, notorious for illicit, star-studded exhibitions in the IDS building downtown.
Aug 20, 2013
Reach Out and Touch Someone
On the boundaries of community, both intangible and concrete, the lonesome freedoms afforded by 21st century phone culture, and one deceptively simple question: What, exactly, constitutes a dance?
Aug 9, 2013
FRINGE SHORTS: "Cocaine and Ethel Merman: The New Homo Guide"
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L. Robert Westeen's one-man show features defiantly traditional storytelling about coming out, with a tale strong enough at its center, told so well, that it's compelling for any audience, gay or straight.
Aug 7, 2013
FRINGE SHORTS: "Non Edwards' Bob Fosse Makeover"
There's nothing new here. In the world of post-modern dance, all of the elements of this “makeover”—stillness, repetition, lack of emotion or expression—have been done many, many times before.
Aug 6, 2013
FRINGE SHORTS: "Analog" by Katharine Hawthorne
Hawthorne’s created an intriguing (and too long, by half) complex dance work that eschews 21st-century obsessions—with the digital, the virtual, the quotidian, the ironic—to display the body as a thinking machine alive in the real world.
Aug 1, 2013
Why Venus DeMars' Art Matters More Than Her Audit
An artist becomes a cause célèbre, and it's easy for that cause to eclipse her art. It would be tragic if the strong work by Venus DeMars and Lynette Reini-Grandell became a footnote to the story about “those artists who got audited.”
Jul 24, 2013
Faced with indifference and cynicism, the answer for art's woes isn’t in outreach or better marketing. It's not about reaching the middle, but in going to extremes in zealous pursuit of the work itself.
Jul 18, 2013
You Are Hear: Ooh, Aah
This month, our literary podcast features a Minnesota Fringe Festival preview from Taous Claire Khazem's one-woman play TIZI OUZOU.
Jul 2, 2013
This Art Show Dares You to Participate
If there are no labels on the wall, no readily available didactics, how does a viewer navigate oblique, conceptual art to figure out what they're seeing? A new sculpture show at the Soap Factory aims to find out (with mixed results).
Jul 1, 2013
How is a Dance Film Different from a Movie Preview?
The template - beautiful people, beautifully filmed with a sketch of a story or character - is identical. In feature films, what is all that flying, tumbling and artful fighting among superheroes if not dance? What ground does dance film claim for itself?
Jun 24, 2013
Artists Should Be Disappointing Sometimes
Artists who are on the move, who go on exploring and refining what they do—artists worth paying attention to—have to blunder sometimes. If they don’t, how can they find and feel that edge?
Jun 20, 2013
You Are Hear: Over the Moon
This month's podcast features performed excerpts from WHITE AMERICA, a new play by Reginald Edmund, two-time winner of the Many Voices Fellowship from The Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis.
Jun 14, 2013
Northern Spark Does Lowertown
Lightsey Darst offers a diary from this year's Lowertown iteration of the night-long Twin Cities festival saying, "It’s beautiful and it’s bullshit all at once. What you see depends very much on where you choose to stand.
May 30, 2013
“You will be disturbed, amused, confused,” writes Lightsey Darst of Chris Yon and Taryn Griggs’ new dance work. “You will suffer moments of enlightenment without content; you will surprise yourself by thinking five thoughts at once.
May 30, 2013
Me, Myself and You
Jeremy Walker premiered 7 PSALMS last month. He says he decided to leave the conventions of club play behind to seek inspiration in classical and other forms outside his own -- and the work ended up being the most "jazz" thing he ever done because of it.