Nov 16, 2011
Wrestling with Merce
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst offers a first-person appraisal of Merce Cunningham's work - in performance, as a legacy, as danced movement, as fodder for fellow feeling (or not) - framed around recent shows at the Walker paying tribute to the storied choreographer.
Nov 14, 2011
Us and Them
Jeremy Walker

Our music columnist Jeremy Walker reflects on impetus of the Occupy Wall Street protests and others like it around the country, the tension between striving and protecting, and the small but potent political power of simply making good work.
Oct 25, 2011
Developing a 'Taste' for Filmmaking
David Oppegaard

Novelist David Oppegaard describes how he briefly abandoned the solitary pursuits of the writer to pursue a couple of forays into filmmaking with his friend and collaborative partner, Todd Wardrope, in this 'tale of two indie films.'
Oct 20, 2011
In the Heart of Darkness
Sheila Regan

Sheila Regan went through the Soap Factory's Haunted Basement this year and lived to tell about it. She says it's definitely dark down there, and more than a little creepy - an ingenious, wildly successful gimmick to get folks to come by the gallery.
Oct 14, 2011
Slouching Towards Pre-Occupied Wall St.
Sean Smuda

Or, "I Was a Governor's Island Art Fair Exhibitor" -'s resident travel writer, Sean Smuda, weighs his experience in the artist-run art fair off the tip of Manhattan during one hurricane-crazed, pre-Occupied week in New York City.
Oct 14, 2011
A Riot, a Firebomb and the Birth of a Mystery Writer
Mary Butler Harpin

Mary Butler Harpin talks with Pioneer Press reporter-turned-mystery-writer Judith Yates Borger about her books, her entrepreneurial publishing foray, and the firebomb in North Minneapolis that started it all.
Oct 10, 2011
Don't Wait - A Look at Cary Waterman's BOOK OF FIRE
Connie Wanek

Connie Wanek gives a close reading of the long-awaited poetry collection by Cary Waterman, BOOK OF FIRE, just published by Nodin Press, situating it within the poet's larger body of work.
Oct 7, 2011
The Things We Don't Talk About
Miranda Trimmier

Miranda Trimmier offers a fearlessly candid critical response to Nathalie Djurberg's violent, libidinally charged stop-motion animated shorts and installation - on view in the Walker's exhibition of her new work, "The Parade," through December 31.
Oct 5, 2011
A Question of Identity
Marsha Trainer

Marsha Trainer digs into Dana Weiser's exhibition, "Who Are You?!?" - provocative, appealing work that addresses the thorny issues of ethnicity and identity inherent in transnational adoption. The show's on view at Burnet Gallery through October 16.
Oct 5, 2011
The Least Predictable Dance Company in the Twin Cities
Lightsey Darst

On the occasion of Minnesota Dance Theatre's fall concert, Lightsey Darst reflects on the storied company's past and present, and checks in with artistic director Lise Houlton about where the company is, has been, and would like to be going forward.
Oct 3, 2011
Regrets Only
Jeremy Walker

Our music columnist, composer/pianist Jeremy Walker, just celebrated his 40th birthday - this month, he reflects on the something and nothing of that milestone, and on his recent trip to NOLA to play with some of the storied town's best musicians.
Sep 28, 2011
Dancing on Sacred Ground
Linda Shapiro

Dancer and critic Linda Shapiro reviews Ragamala Dance's ambitious new bharatanatyam work, "Sacred Earth," which had its world premiere last weekend at the new Cowles Center and, from there, will go on to tour the country.
Sep 27, 2011
Film for All
Marsha Trainer

Marsha Trainer on MNKINO, a monthly meet-up for all walks of life to screen their videos -- whether animated, made on a cell phone, or just a collection of stills "It's not just for film school graduates, MFA candidates, or videographers. It's for you."
Sep 15, 2011
A New Incarnation for the Cowles Center
Linda Shapiro

Linda Shapiro reports back with a dispatch from the performances of last weekend's richly appointed, well-heeled grand opening gala and community open house for the brand new Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts.
Sep 14, 2011
When a Black Box Goes Dark
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst on the entanglements of dance-making and the spaces that house it, how each colors and irrevocably bounds the other, and on the void left by the Southern in the local dance community and the promise of spaces to come.
Sep 8, 2011
Bain Boehlke's All-too Human 'Hamlet'
Sheila Regan

Sheila Regan profiles Bain Boehlke, founder of the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis, and reflects on a production he's waited a lifetime to bring to fruition - his own staging of Shakespeare's "Hamlet."
Sep 8, 2011
A Citizen Artist in a Country at War
Camille Gage

Camille Gage on "choosing the street rather than the studio" and making an artistic life built around "working in support of the common joy and public good." Her new project, "No Glory: 10 Years and Counting," opens today at Form + Content in Minneapolis.
Sep 1, 2011
McQueen's Delicious Delirium
Camille LeFevre

Camille LeFevre reflects on the "delicious delirium" of seeing the Metropolitan Museum of Art's recent NYC exhibition of the fashion, performance art, and fetish objects created by the late "hero-artist" Alexander McQueen, 'Savage Beauty."
Aug 25, 2011
In the Country for Poetry
Connie Wanek

Connie Wanek offers a lovely introduction to Minnesota's newly named Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, in this profile replete with stories, conversation, and observations from Sutphen's fellow Minnesota poets and writers.
Aug 23, 2011
Coming Soon to a Coffeeshop Near You?
Marsha Trainer

Local entrepreneur Lucas Rayala has come up with a new way to get independent film seen, and he's looking for content. Now, he just needs to inspire filmmakers and businesses to buy in on the idea and give ALTSIE a try.
Aug 4, 2011
Freedom Movement
Lightsey Darst

Dance critic Lightsey Darst reports back with a vivid dispatch on both the vibe and gravity-defying moves at the recent hiphop dance extravaganza, the annual Cowles Center "Groundbreaker Battle."
Jul 28, 2011
The Mysterious Department of Public Design
Camille LeFevre

Camille LeFevre investigates the so-called Department of Public Design and its cryptic "Interim Report on the Excavation of Zone 5," on view now at Form+Content Gallery. As details emerge she finds elements of the mystery are both solved and deepened.
Jul 27, 2011
The People You Meet
Jeremy Walker

Composer Jeremy Walker reflects on the notion of "work as both an expression and a point of connection," how the most effective art reveals something true about the artist and, sometimes, unexpected truths about yourself as well.
Jul 20, 2011
Putting on a Show with the Neighbors
Alison Morse

Alison Morse talks with the collaborative team behind "Ku soo Dhawaada Xafadeena (Welcome to Our Neighborhood)" - helmed by Mixed Blood and Bedlam Theatres, with a script by David Grant and the efforts of the Cedar-Riverside East African community.
Jul 18, 2011
Smooth Moves, Toothy Smiles and Shiny Pants
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst weighs in on the recent dance performances of "Send in the Jazz" presented by the Eclectic Edge Ensemble.


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