Sep 11, 2014
A Secular Sanctuary for Play
The Creative City Challenge-winning installation, "Balancing Ground," in downtown Minneapolis takes its cues from barn-raisings, playgrounds, and chapels to create a site for both play and quiet contemplation. Is it trying to do too much?
Sep 10, 2014
The Warp and Weft of History
Handmade Finnish ryijy rugs offer an alternative to tech-driven cultural futures, showcasing the fertile vein of aesthetic possibilities that are, coincidentally, rooted in the myth and artistic traditions of the deep past.
Sep 9, 2014
The Problem of the Pole
Should a dancer never outline an audience member with a 15-foot phallus? We wouldn’t want to be so narrow! However, if you do, you must at least make the interference pay. Does John Jasperse?
Aug 21, 2014
What are the Real-World Impacts of Creative Placemaking?
NEA, ArtPlace and others have poured millions of dollars toward creative placemaking projects in the Twin Cities in recent years. Sheila Regan looks into a few such efforts in Minneapolis, asking: What are the street-level results of those investments?
Aug 19, 2014
Sex, Death and David Bowie
Tracy K. Smith's poems function as a kind of confessional for humankind, resounding at once with the echoes of our worst deeds and our collective striving to forgive them, fueled by a hunger for faith and moral clarity.
Aug 14, 2014
Is This the Future of Ballet?
Lightsey Darst reviews new and repertory work by Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, recently on stage at the 2014 American Dance Festival.
Aug 11, 2014
Keeping the Dive Alive
400 Bar, Artists' Quarter and now Turf Club: struggling neighborhood venues are being purchased and reborn under new management by the music scene's bigger players. Ira Brooker on the trend, and a regular's slippery sense of loss when a dive bar upgrades.
Aug 4, 2014
Paying it Forward in Pittsburgh
Minneapolis-based artist and curator Sandra Teitge reports back from Pittsburgh, PA, on the Transformazium and Conflict Kitchen and Carnegie's legacy, in the latest of her occasional dispatches from outposts at the periphery of the art world.
Aug 4, 2014
Almost Too Familiar
Nathan Young looks closely at the new abstract paintings and installation by Shawn Kuruneru, parsing the tangle of novelty, theory and art historical homage that informs the work.
Aug 1, 2014
American Dance Festival: What's Love Got to Do With It?
Lightsey Darst continues her dispatches from the 2014 American Dance Festival in Durham, NC, this time on Ishmael Houston-Jones and Emily Wexler's "13 Love Songs: Dot Dot Dot" and Adele Myers' "Einstein's Happiest Thought."
Jul 24, 2014
Walking in Dyani White Hawk's Moccasins
Iterated in a seemingly endless variety of colors and configurations, White Hawk’s “moccasin” paintings and prints offer sure-footed entry into the tangle of Native and European histories and traditions that still mark the Midwest.
Jul 23, 2014
All Dance is Local Somewhere
Plenty of elements distinguish a thriving dance scene from one in which the occasional dance gets made: funding, available space, good schools, an active demimonde. But a local language, a conversation to join—that might be the most important.
Jul 14, 2014
What's So Funny? - With Lauren Anderson
A monthly podcast on the craft of comedy hosted by Levi Weinhagen. For this episode, Brave New Workshop veteran, Lauren Anderson, talks shop about writing sketch comedy and improv.
Jul 1, 2014
Takeaways from Dance/USA 2014
Dancers and presenters from around the country talked of money, innovation, the business of embracing change. With audiences in decline, it's clear the dance world needs to continually make a case for social and cultural relevance. But how?
Jun 30, 2014
Vertigo at the American Dance Festival
Lightsey Darst reports back from opening night at this summer's American Dance Festival in Durham, NC: a glittering mix of the rich, the arty, the young and a US premiere by Israel's Vertigo Dance Company.
Jun 26, 2014
On a Distant <em>Shore</em>
Emily Johnson/Catalyst wrapped up her ambitious trilogy of dance works with SHORE, premiered recently Northrop. It's less a summing up or resolution of the prior two installments than it is a cri de coeur, our reviewer says. But to what end?
Jun 20, 2014
A Spark in the Rain
Like an outdoor wedding rain forced into a church basement, the 2014 Northern Spark fulfilled its purpose, but between the torrential storms and project sprawl, the night-long festival wasn’t all it might have been either.
Jun 10, 2014
What's So Funny? - With Ben San Del
A new monthly podcast on the craft of comedy hosted by Levi Weinhagen, featuring interviews with all kinds of artists in business of being funny. First up: stand-up comedian and storyteller, Ben San Del.
Jun 10, 2014
A Tree in the Forest
Musician Jeremy Walker calls out the best venues for jazz in the Twin Cities and asks for more, please. There's been a culinary revolution in farm-to-table, artisanal fare around here. Why not start one for homegrown live music, too?
May 30, 2014
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 27, 2014
A Most Eloquent Dance
Ragamala Dance's collaboration with saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa is the company's most sensual, thrilling work to date and, fresh from a premiere at the Walker, it's about to hit New York City's Lincoln Center.
May 20, 2014
The American Dream in Flames
Lisa D'Amour's "Detroit" takes on the disintegration of the middle-class American Dream, the ravages of urban neglect and white flight to the suburbs in this Motor City fable of two families on the verge of eruption.
May 16, 2014
Meet the New Wave of Contemporary Artists Redefining 'Rural'
Rural America Contemporary Artists (RACA) aims to draw attention to artwork that goes well beyond bufflehead portraits and gentle landscapes in a playful, eclectic exhibition by Greater Minnesota artists on view now in Minneapolis.
May 9, 2014
Unsung Alchemist: Hollis MacDonald
In the '60s Hollis MacDonald enjoyed the recognition of critics and gallerists alike. On the verge of hitting it big he disappeared mysteriously from view--until Sean Smuda ran into the reclusive artist living in the apartment downstairs from him.
May 8, 2014
Pangaea Station: The Allure of the Mona Lisa
Host Taylor Baldry explores the enduring allure of DaVinci's famous painting in this episode of our art history video series, taped on location leagues beneath Minneapolis in the Pangaea Station.