Mar 7, 2014
Show Don't Tell
Four years ago, the UK-based Kneehigh Theatre wowed Twin Cities audiences with an adaptation of Noel Coward's BRIEF ENCOUNTER. Their return to the Guthrie stage, TRISTAN & YSEULT, has the same high-octane stagecraft if not quite as much magic.
Mar 5, 2014
Photographer Peter Happel Christian is as concerned with the material experience of his medium as he is its results: that fleeting moment of attention caught by his lens, the tangible effect of time's passage on image, print and paper.
Mar 4, 2014
New York Hodgy Podgy
New York’s jazz scene is bathed in a nostalgic light so soulful and evocative that the storied past those musicians inhabit feels immediate—like, if you could just get yourself there, you might run into John Coltrane on the street.
Feb 19, 2014
Pangaea Station Art Education Video Series: Pilot
mnartists' "fun-ducational" art history web series, hosted by Taylor Baldry, is filmed on location at the Pangaea Station - a subterranean, mobile, geo-practical facility beneath Minneapolis sponsored by the Zorn Corporation.
Feb 4, 2014
A (Cat) Filmmaker's Sundance Diary
What's it like to be at Sundance but not quite inside the golden circle of A-list parties and buzzworthy screenings? Cat filmmaker Alana Grelyak reports back on the swag-seeking hustle at this year's film festival in Park City, Utah.
Jan 27, 2014
Dancing to the Singularity
UK-based Random Dance is known for interdisciplinary forays into "embodied cognition," movement investigations into how the evolving interplay of mind, body and technology are changing the boundaries of what it means to be human.
Jan 24, 2014
Rock of All Ages
Running a music venue is a volatile business, and when you take booze sales out of the equation, you're left with a business model that virtually guarantees hard times. Where does that leave the all-ages clubs so important to budding fans and musicians?
Dec 17, 2013
Our monthly literary podcast is going on hiatus, but we're ending with a bang. December's holiday-themed edition features "The Mitten," a tale by acclaimed storyteller, playwright and author, Kevin Kling.
Dec 13, 2013
A History of Cabin Time
A group of Midwestern artists gets snowed in Up North. They build fires, take hikes, share meals, make art -- and document everything. And a scrappy, nomadic, thoroughly 21st-century artist residency is born.
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.