May 7, 2013
Women's Choirs Make Solos Seem Lonely
Deborah Carver explores the burgeoning Twin Cities women's choral scene - Prairie Fire Lady Choir, Twin Cities Women's Choir and Nona Marie's Anonymous Choir.
May 2, 2013
Lightsey Darst profiles dancer Nic Lincoln -- mercurial, candid, deeply talented and soon to be on stage for YES, an evening of solos by five choreographers: Judith Howard, Megan Mayer, Penelope Freeh, Kristin Van Loon and Wynn Fricke.
May 1, 2013
The Lowdown on the Northrop MOVES 2013-2014 Season
Camille LeFevre breaks down Northrop's newly announced dance season for 2013-2014 with a short-list of shows to watch for: Trisha Brown Dance Company's swan song, Gallim Dance, Wayne McGregor, Kate Weare, Ballet Preljocaj and much more.
Apr 24, 2013
Dreaming a World Into Being
Camille LeFevre says the experience of Emily Johnson's latest dance work, NIICUGNI, is like being immersed in the waking dream of a young woman who, with ancestors and friends, navigates the terrain of memory and art-making.
Apr 22, 2013
Contemporary life blurs the boundaries between fact and fiction, reality and fantasy - we're accustomed, even numb to that fact. "More Real?" at the MIA takes a direct dive into this murky territory, where such questions and conundrums abound.
Apr 22, 2013
You Are Hear: Rhymes and/or Reasons (April 2013)
In honor of National Poetry Month, we're featuring three of the scene's notables: Louis Jenkins, Connie Wanek and Freya Manfred, recorded live at Common Good Books.
Apr 13, 2013
Hip-Hop and Race: 4 Things and 5 Things
Toki Wright and Peter Scholtes
Toki Wright, producer, musician; and Peter Scholtes, writer, think about hip-hop--which has been a delightfully complicated meeting ground for a score of cultures and subcultures. This piece ran originally in spring of 2006--have things changed?
Apr 12, 2013
The Exuberance of Young Dance
Ballet, like many classical arts, begins with form, discipline, steps - not improvisational play and feeling. And authority comes lateróso much later that most students (and many professionals) never get there. Not so with Young Dance.
Apr 10, 2013
The Genuine Article
Composer and jazz columnist Jeremy Walker on the conundrum of authenticity, the turmoil behind the disputes at both orchestras and obstinacy turned malignant, and the ironies of twee nostalgia driven by the collective urge toward genuine soulfulness.
Apr 5, 2013
The Disappearing Dance Curator
Both Cowles and the Southern have forsaken curated performance seasons for rentals and bottom line-friendly shows; Walker's dance-focused curator was recently laid off. Lightsey Darst asks, "Are dance curators a luxury we can't afford? Does it matter?"
Mar 29, 2013
The Grocery Store as Gallery
Jay Orff asks, "Is food packaging art?" From Warhol's famous soup cans to the minimalist design of the boxes of tea for sale at his neighborhood co-op, he considers the confluence of aesthetics, commerce and creativity in our grocery aisles.
Mar 27, 2013
Lies Like Truth
Nathaniel Smith explores the illusions and play on perspective in the two shows up in the MIA's MAEP Galleries through March 31: Brett Smith's cinephilic "Superimpostor" and David Bowen's trippy simulation of Lake Superior waves, "underwater."
Mar 22, 2013
Warhol and the Art of Making Money
Inspired by 'Andy Warhol in Minneapolis,' with a medium at his side and a bunch of questions about art, funding and politics, Nathaniel Smith peers into the hereafter to get the Prince of Pop Art's take on how work is bought and sold, in his own words.
Mar 21, 2013
You Are Hear: Madness (March 2013)
This month's episode of our podcast features an autobiographical short, "Idle Hands Could Unsaddle a Mind" by Janice Pettit.
Mar 20, 2013
1001 Buddhas: the week in dance
A dispatch from the rehearsals for Ragamala's world premiere '1001 Buddhas: Voyage of the Gods,' bharatanatyam dance and taiko drumming exploring the cross-pollination between Japan and India as Buddhism spread through Asia.
Mar 14, 2013
Exchange: A Conversation on Painting with Joe Smith
Painters Joe Smith and Ruben Nusz sit down for a far-ranging conversation, about self-help and primal gestures, blankets and childhood, making and seeing things in the unfixed, unnamed moment before language.
Mar 13, 2013
Casting 'Nice Fish'
In the second installment of her Interview in Two Acts, Connie Wanek chats with Duluth-based poet-turned-playwright Louis Jenkins and actor/director Mark Rylance about the casting process of 'Nice Fish,' set to open at the Guthrie in April.
Mar 7, 2013
A Storm of Beats: Zorongo Flamenco Dance
Lightsey Darst visits a rehearsal for Zorongo's upcoming show, March 8 - 10, new dance works by Susana di Palma inspired by the "mad woman" verses by Nobel-winning Chilean poet, Gabriela Mistral.
Mar 6, 2013
Currents of Memory
Writer Sheila Regan reviews Nina Canell's exhibition, "Stray Warmings," at Midway Contemporary Art in Minneapolis through April 6.
Mar 1, 2013
To Dream of a New Kind of Making
Cecilia Ramon and Carla Stetson set out to create a work together, collaborating on every detail from conception to installation. Ann Klefstad writes on the results, on view at the Duluth Art Institute's "Confluence/Confluencia" show.
Feb 28, 2013
Risk and Reward: the week in dance
Lightsey Darst reviews James Sewell Ballet's annual showcase of new ballet works by emerging and established choreographers, BALLET WORKS PROJECT, recently on stage at Tek Box in the Cowles Center for Performing Arts.
Feb 22, 2013
Designing Rural Futures
Camille LeFevre reviews "Rural Design," architect Dewey Thorbeck's innovations in 'design thinking' about sustainable rural planning, based on an exhibit at HGA Gallery in the U of M and Thorbeck's book by the same name.
Feb 21, 2013
You Are Hear: Romance is Dead (February 2013)
David Lynch has nothing on poet Richard Carr, who for this twisted Valentine's Day episode contributes some moody poems from a new sequence, "Dead Wendy," read in three voices by Carr, host Brian Beatty and writer Darci Schummer.
Feb 15, 2013
A Phoenix Rising: Elayna Waxse
Lightsey Darst profiles dancer Elayna Waxse: what happened when she lost her passion for ballet, found a new fire, and came back to dance in a way neither she nor anyone else ever expected.
Feb 13, 2013
Please Touch the Art (As Directed)
Usually the rules of going to a gallery are simple: Donít touch anything, donít even get particularly close. But at the Walker Art Center's "The Living Years: Art after 1989," ways of seeing the art quickly get more complicated.