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Jul 6, 2011
A Shuffling Game
Miranda Trimmier

Miranda Trimmier's perceptive essay reflects on the work in two McKnight Photo Fellowship exhibitions, both up through July 24, and on the peculiar "shuffling game" required to piece together a meaningful viewing experience out of such shows.
Jul 1, 2011
Meat: A Slice of Life
Camille LeFevre

Camille LeFevre muses on the art historical phenomenon of the "meat dress" - from Jana Sterbak to Lady Gaga - and in the process, stumbles upon striking and sometimes personal insights into the intersections of flesh, food, family, and femininity.
Jun 21, 2011
Hometown Blues
Jeremy Walker

Our music columnist, Jeremy Walker, reflects on his complicated relationship with Minneapolis, his home for 38 years -- about feeling like a "jazz guy in a rock town," and how sometimes you have to move away from home to find your place.
Jun 20, 2011
Beyond DIY to Do-It-Together
Regan Smith

Regan Smith (PAPER DARTS) offers a personal accounting of a trend she's noticed among Minnesota artists - a shifting focus away from strictly individual accomplishment, or DIY ethos, in favor of collaborative, interactive, "do-it-together" creative work.
Jun 15, 2011
The Memory Palace
Ann Klefstad

Duluth artist and historian Matt Oman lives in his head, literally. He's spent years transforming his otherwise ordinary house into a "machine for mindfulness," a 3-D "materialization of a mind." And Ann Klefstad takes us on a guided tour.
Jun 7, 2011
Force & Matter in Two Dimensions
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst offers an incisive reading of Kira Obolensky's latest collaboration with Shawn McConneloug, "Force/Matter" - a clever, accomplished bit of physical theater with a hugely talented cast that she says, somehow, nonetheless, feels a bit flat.
Jun 7, 2011
A Sleepyhead's Northern Spark
Christy DeSmith

Christy DeSmith is no night owl, but she was determined to take in last weekend's all-night festival, Northern Spark, regardless. Read on for a first-person account of her favorite event of the night, a pre-dusk cruise on the Mississippi Megalops.
Jun 2, 2011
Piano Life
Jeremy Walker

Our jazz columnist, Jeremy Walker, muses on the contributions of two very different, but equally gifted pianists whose playing has left a lasting influence on his own: David Berkman and Marcus Roberts.
May 25, 2011
Of Pastries and Paintings: Mac-Groveland/Crocus Hill, St. Paul
Maggie Ryan Sandford

Maggie Ryan Sandford continues her artists' guide to MN coffeehouse galleries with this breezy tour through alternative exhibition spots in St. Paul's Macalester-Groveland/Crocus Hill neighborhood.
May 18, 2011
White Night
Regan Smith

Regan Smith previews Northern Lights' all-night festival, Northern Spark: Nuit Blanche, featuring dusk-to-dawn interactive art happenings throughout the Twin Cities, with 100 projects by more than 50 regional artists and organizations, on June 4 & 5.
Apr 28, 2011
Dance Us Beyond the Quotidian
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst reviews the recent performances of SCUBA Touring Dance Network at the Southern Theater, and in the process reflects on the bigger question: what do we go to performance for in the first place?
Apr 14, 2011
You and Me
Jeremy Walker

Pianist/composer Jeremy Walker says forget about business models, record label contracts, or dire predictions about the collapse of the music industry - the fundamentals of playing - and the human relationships at the center of it all - haven't changed.
Apr 13, 2011
mnartists.org and RAIN TAXI present: "Appetite for Art"
Betsy Altheimer

In this essay, jointly published by mnartists.org and RAIN TAXI, you'll find Betsy Altheimer's (Springboard for the Arts) manifesto for a new paradigm for arts support that emphasizes grassroots patronage and a direct link between artists and consumers.
Apr 7, 2011
The Pleasures and Perils of the Novelist's Craft
Alison Morse

Writer Alison Morse talks shop with two seasoned novelists and educators, Mary Rockcastle and Sheila O'Connor (both of whom have new books coming out), about the travails and rewards of working "to get the story on the page."
Apr 1, 2011
Dome Light: At Home with Artist Martin Woodrich
Andy Sturdevant

Andy Sturdevant profiles a prolific community-supported Minnesota artist noted more for his unusual home than for his moody paintings: the Metrodome's artist-in-residence since the sports facility's opening in 1982, Martin Woodrich.
Mar 15, 2011
Don't Touch That
Miranda Trimmier

Miranda Trimmier reviews the Walker Art Center's homage to folk art, kitsch, "who we are and where we live" - "The Spectacular of Vernacular" exhibition, on view at the center through May 8.
Feb 24, 2011
In the End, Music
Jeremy Walker

For his fifth essay on jazz for mnartists.org and the Walker, composer/pianist Jeremy Walker ruminates on recent turmoil in the Cities' jazz scene - the closing of the Clown Lounge, no more music at Cafe Maude - and asks, "Is anybody really listening?"
Feb 18, 2011
Kinji 101
J. Kevin Byrne

Designer Kevin Byrne offers an engaging, philosophically-minded primer-cum-tribute to his longtime friend and colleague at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, acclaimed artist and educator Kinji Akagawa.
Feb 17, 2011
The View from Here
Camille LeFevre

Camille LeFevre reflects on two photography shows with distinct views on place-making, both at the Mpls Photo Center through February 21 - "Jonathon Wells: Earth Revealed" and the group show, "Urban View - Rural Sight."
Feb 10, 2011
Magic is Important
Miranda Trimmier

Writer and West Bank Social Center co-founder Miranda Trimmier reflects on the recent retrospective of the Parisian art space, castillo/corrales, at Midway Contemporary Art, and on the necessarily slippery nature of experimental art spaces.
Feb 3, 2011
10 Reasons to Love the BOMB
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst reports back from this year's 4th annual Best of Midwest Burlesk Festival, on stage last weekend at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis, an annual event which she says has truly come into its own.
Feb 1, 2011
The Enduring Mystique of "Swan Lake"
Camille LeFevre

Camille LeFevre muses on what fuels the lasting allure of the romantic ballet staple, "Swan Lake"-- from the recent popular film, "Black Swan," to this week's full-length performance of the work at Northrop, by the Voronezh State Ballet Theatre of Russia.
Jan 27, 2011
A Voice for Homeless Youth
Marsha Trainer

Marsha Trainer reports on a new project, "Growing Home: Ending Youth Homelessness," featuring photography by Wing Young Huie and Cathy ten Broeke, alongside artwork and performance created by kids with first-hand experiences of homelessness.
Jan 26, 2011
From the Rez, to the Hood, to the Lake
Sheila Regan

Sheila Regan profiles Frank Big Bear upon his recent return to painting, the fruits of which are now on view in All My Relations' new gallery space on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis.
Jan 25, 2011
Brave Words
Connie Wanek

Connie Wanek urges you to read Lucille Broderson's debut book of poems, BUT YOU'RE WEARING A BLUE SHIRT THE COLOR OF SKY (Nodin Press, 2010), calling the 94-year-old poet's work a thrilling achievement, bold, direct and moving from beginning to end.

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