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?
Dec 3, 2013
Painting a Place Between Invention and Memory
Scott Murphy's paintings are uncanny, resonant and utterly unconcerned with art world trends. For him, paint serves as a mode of communion, his own distinct way of seeing and showing the surrounding world and its almost-but-not-quite knowable inhabitants.
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 21, 2013
Lumber and Lutheran Grit
Andy Sturdevant reflects on the peculiarly Minnesotan virtues of Chris Larson's work, marked both by "a plenitude of lumber" and old-fashioned Lutheran grit.
Nov 21, 2013
Pass the Wishbone
This month's edition of the podcast features a moody road trip tale, "The Driving Hour," by writer Darci Schummer.
Nov 14, 2013
Deborah Keenan: Prompts, Poems and Pictures
Both author and publisher simply call FROM TIGER TO PRAYER a writer's workbook, a volume small enough to fit in your palm, with 79 writing prompts by poet and teacher Deborah Keenan. We say, in that case, you'd have to call it a workbook on steroids.
Nov 13, 2013
Lovely Meeting Places for Terrible Pain
National Book Award finalist Matt Rasmussen's genius with language and image is sufficient to turn even impossibly painful subject matter into fiercely honest and deeply resonant poetry.
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 8, 2013
Remnants and Curiosities of the Natural World
Seven established artists explore intersections of the human and animal worlds, the technological and organic spheres, and compress those stories into a harrowing, exhilarating archetypal narrative.
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.
Oct 4, 2013
Love is Where You Find It
Andy Sturdevant offers a love story of sorts - about a Minneapolis bar, its many regulars, and a certain moody landscape painting with mystery and loads of apocryphal tales, which he argues may just be the most beloved artwork in the city.
Sep 19, 2013
You Are Hear: Schooled
This month's podcast features a new bit on the worst day of school ever, by comedy improv duo Ferrari McSpeedy (Mike Fotis and Joe Bozic).
Sep 19, 2013
The Silverwood Exception
After a trip to Three Rivers Park District's newest addition, writer Stephanie Xenos is convinced that even inveterate urbanites will find plenty of reasons to venture beyond the city limits to visit the arts-focused Silverwood Park in St. Anthony.
Sep 17, 2013
Confessions of a Craft Show Organizer
Are you an artisan or craftster ready to dip a toe into the craft show waters? Trish Hoskins, owner of Crafty Planet, answers your burning questions and offers step-by-step advice for making a successful go of selling your work on the craft show scene.
Sep 13, 2013
Using the lens of scientific scrutiny and the emotional possibilities of re-scaling everyday waste for public view, two artists invite a reconsideration of "natural" adaptations in the contemporary world.
Aug 28, 2013
Corndogs and Trembling: This Sickness Unto Fair
Sean Smuda was the judge for the 2011 photography class of the State Fair's 100th annual Fine Arts exhibition. Read on for his no-holds-barred behind-the-scenes take on the experience.
Aug 28, 2013
The Escape Artist
Consider Samantha French's bright, Impressionistic paintings of a summer idyll: When so much contemporary art seeks to shock and surprise, to push boundaries, is such an unabashedly pleasant, familiar style of work still relevant to the conversation?
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 15, 2013
You Are Hear: Get Together
This month's state fair-themed edition of the podcast features Paper Darts editor Courtney Alego, with a story about the "idiots she hath loved."
Aug 13, 2013
Exchange: A Conversation on Painting with Bruce Tapola
In this informal, artist-to-artist interview on studio practice, originally published in 2010, Ruben Nusz and Bruce Tapola chat about painting - the uncertain terrain of critical value and success, material inspirations and the benefits of "slow looking."