Dec 7, 2012
Composer and pianist Jeremy Walker weighs in on the MN Orchestra and SPCO lockouts: the hotly contested issues of pay for professional musicians, spendy capital campaigns and what we all stand to lose if the concert halls stay silent much longer.
Dec 6, 2012
Out of Context: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst reports back from a dance she saw recently, out of the usual context of stage and theater and situated instead in a private living room alongside performances of poetry, music and informal audience participation.
Nov 30, 2012
The More Things Change: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst is thinking about history in local dance, and its reach into the present, by way of three recent shows: TU Dance's fall concert, Choreographers' Eve at 40 years old and Zenon's 30th anniversary season.
Nov 15, 2012
Before the Big Show: the week in dance
This week Lightsey Darst sits in on a TU Dance rehearsal, a fly on the wall as the dancers and choreographer Uri Sands prepare for the company's fall concert at the O'Shaughnessy, November 16-18.
Nov 15, 2012
What Do You See When You Turn Out the Lights?
Poet, professor and art historian Stephen Tapscott gives a close reading of the bold new photographic work by Tucker Hollingsworth, situating it in the larger context of Modernist "self-consciousness" about creative process, technique and materials.
Nov 9, 2012
A Cat Lady Walks Into a Bar
Katie Czarniecki Hill
Katie Czarniecki Hill - art historian, mnartists.org staffer and an organizer of this year's Internet Cat Video Festival at the Walker -- seriously considers Jaime Carrera's recent "Dummies" exhibition of cat prints at Palmer's Bar in Minneapolis.
Nov 7, 2012
NYC Ballet and 'Super Nature': the week in dance
For this week's column, our dance critic Lightsey Darst talks ballet - specifically, the touring performances by New York City Ballet's MOVES project, recently presented by Northrop Dance.
Nov 5, 2012
Art of the Steal
Sheila Regan considers two shows: recent unauthorized performances of famous choreographers' dance solos and Broc Blegen's conceptual art recreations, now at the MIA. She asks: Is this sort of appropriation plagiarism or homage? Fair use or naked theft?
Oct 26, 2012
Our music columnist, pianist and composer Jeremy Walker, ponders his teenaged son's deceptively simple question about making a career in the music industry -- not about the money or other practical concerns, but this: "Is being a musician a good life?"
Oct 25, 2012
SAGE Awards, Bharatanatyam and Voices of Strength: the week in dance
Our dance columnist has been busy: Lightsey Darst was at the SAGE Awards and on hand for a night of virtuosic bharatanatyam (both at Cowles), and she's still wrestling with an unsettling, powerful performance in the Walker's 'Voices of Strength' series.
Oct 24, 2012
"Nice Fish:" An Interview in Two Acts
Connie Wanek interviews poet Louis Jenkins and Tony Award-winner Mark Rylance about their collaboration on the play "Nice Fish" and its evolutions from page to stage, as they prepare for the Guthrie's world premiere this spring.
Oct 24, 2012
The Art of Play
Art historian Sheila Dickinson reviews Andy DuCett's sprawling funhouse of an exhibition, "Why We Do This," on view at the Soap Factory through November 11.
Oct 18, 2012
You Are Hear: Tricks & Treats (October 2012)
This month's episode of mnartists.org's literary podcast, hosted by Brian Beatty, features a spooky story by writer and humorist Rob Callahan, of Rockstar Storytellers, Cracked.com, l'etoile magazine and others.
Oct 16, 2012
Seeking Judith Howard: the week in local dance
For this week's column, Lightsey Darst profiles longtime Twin Cities dancer and choreographer, Judith Howard -- "there's hardly anyone in the dance scene who influences from so many angles," she says. "Howard's touch shows up all over."
Oct 5, 2012
The Password Effect
Writer Jay Orff parses the spoken word and visual arts experience of Glasgow-based artist Sue Tompkins' current exhibition at Midway, "Its chiming in Normaltown," on view through October 20.
Oct 5, 2012
'Here & After' and 'Slippery Fish': the week in local dance
Lightsey Darst saw Time Track Productions' recent "Here and After," with choreography by Paula Mann, media by Steve Paul and original music by cellist Michelle Kinney. Also up: Penny Freeh's collaboration with composer Jocelyn Hagen, "Slippery Fish."
Sep 27, 2012
A National Conversation About Local Work: the week in dance
Between "McKnight Solo", Joint Project hip hop showcase at Intermedia Arts and following the invite-only circuit for Minnesota Contemporary Dance Platform presented by Northrop and the Walker -- our resident dance critic has had a very busy week.
Sep 21, 2012
From Skin to Desire: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst offers dispatches from two shows, the seductive and provocative "Dim All the Lights" at the BLB, and the much quieter experiment in dance revival - unauthorized performances of Pina Bausch, Deborah Hay and Richard Bull at Ivy Studio 206.
Sep 20, 2012
You Are Hear: All Work, No Play (September 2012)
This month's featured writer is poet, photographer and performer Jeffrey Skemp with a pair of pieces on work and leisure (with music by J.G. Everest and Matt Monsoor).
Sep 19, 2012
There Are No Strangers Here
Lightsey Darst begins a new column on dance for us this week with a lovely piece on seeing Ananya Dance Theatre's recent premiere at the Southern and the differences - in the dance, but also in the viewer - which alter the seeing of work over time.
Sep 13, 2012
My Little Town: Reflections on art and commerce
Jay Orff is still thinking about what he saw at the Minnesota State Fair this year - about life and art, commodity and value, about plastic bags knitted into fish and all that money just can't buy.
Aug 30, 2012
The Family Business: Running Away from Home
Poet Kathryn Kysar writes eloquently about the 21st century juggle of creative work and motherhood in this essay about running away from home, the need for peeling away the responsibilities of domesticity, layer by layer, to reveal the artist within.
Aug 24, 2012
Becoming an Artist All Over Again
Ann Klefstad profiles Duluth-based artist Marian Lansky, a graphic designer who, after 22 years, becomes her own client - and conceives an alter ego, Shy Nimitta.
Aug 23, 2012
What the Body Carries
A number of acclaimed dancers talk candidly with writer Lightsey Darst about what it means to "carry your whole life in your body," coping with the risk of serious injury and the inevitable consequences of age on the pursuit of their craft over time.