Mar 26, 2012
THE FAMILY BUSINESS: Plan B
Pulitzer-nominated, best-selling novelist Alison McGhee (SHADOW BABY, SOMEDAY) offers a personal essay about pursuing your art without a safety net, working in a world with no Plan B.
Mar 22, 2012
Our jazz columnist, Jeremy Walker, just moved back to Minneapolis from New York City. He tips his hat to a few of the fine musicians he played with there and thinks on what it's like to come home again, when it's not quite the home he'd choose.
Mar 21, 2012
Roots of Change
Lightsey Darst on "red, black, and GREEN: a blues" by Marc Bamuthi Joseph/The Living Word Project - the show is so far-reaching, it should sink under the weight of its ambitious message - and yet it doesn't. Why? "It's hard to beat engaged honesty."
Mar 13, 2012
Poems Born of Music
Poet Connie Wanek reviews the latest collection of poems by Todd Boss, PITCH, just released by W.W. Norton, likening the felicity of his language, lyricism and narrative richness to likes of e.e. cummings, Kay Ryan and Robert Frost.
Mar 8, 2012
A HUGE Stage for Improv
Writer and performer Britt Aamodt profiles the artists behind HUGE Theater, the Twin Cities only mainstage for long-form improv and now beginning its second year of acclaimed performances by the area's best players in the form.
Mar 6, 2012
Clothes that Made the Man
Camille LeFevre reviews the Goldstein Museum's retrospective of master costume designer Jack Edwards's storied career - at the Guthrie, as a holiday display guru for Dayton's department store, and more. The show is on view through May 20.
Mar 5, 2012
Art You Don't See
Writer Jay Orff says his collection of incidental art - upcycled industrial castoffs, flattened machinery bits left on the roadside - started with a stray 'E' and an open mind, in this essay questioning, what really constitutes art?
Mar 2, 2012
THE FAMILY BUSINESS: A conversation on art, work and motherhood
The first of three installments in an exchange between acclaimed artists, all mothers with children of varying ages, talking about their experiences juggling parenthood and their careers, with all the guilt and epiphany, joy and fatigue that entails.
Feb 22, 2012
A Light Box for Dance
Lightsey Darst continues her reflections on post-Southern dance spaces in the Twin Cities, with an essay on the promising new mid-sized theater opened by James Sewell Ballet, Tek Box.
Feb 21, 2012
A Clean, Well-Lighted Place
Alison Morse reports on Intermedia Arts' new experiment in co-working, ArtsHub, getting down to brass tacks on the workspace rental arrangements and checking in with some of the facility's new occupants to see how it's working for them.
Feb 17, 2012
Beauty with the Charm of a Razor
Twin Cities-based painter Ruben Nusz offers a close reading of haunting new work by Belgian painter MichaŽl Borremans, whose paintings were on view in a recent exhibition, "The Devilís Dress", at David Zwirner in New York.
Feb 16, 2012
A Maelstrom of Human Energy
Lightsey Darst reviews Black Label Movement's recent concert at the Cowles Center, "Visceral," describing the show as intensely physical, with dark psychological undertones -- mesmerizing and exhausting.
Feb 16, 2012
You Are Hear: The Heart of the Matter (February 2012)
This installment of YOU ARE HEAR, hosted by writer/comedian Brian Beatty, features two new stories, about what love leaves behind and superheroes shilling for cereal, by John Jodzio and the comedy duo Pommelhorse.
Feb 10, 2012
Letter to a 'Wary Feminist'
Ann Klefstad responds to Miranda Trimmier's recent essay on feminist art and its rhetorical and aesthetic extremes. Klefstad offers an accounting of her own ambivalence about the cultural foment of those times, when she herself came of age as an artist.
Feb 3, 2012
A Dance Renaissance Man
Lightsey Darst profiles dancer and choreographer Mariusz Olszewski, a colorful personality and voracious artist best known for his work with Beyond Ballroom Dance Company, but who's also made stunning work with Zenon, Minnesota Dance Theatre, and others.
Feb 1, 2012
Dancing It True
Lightsey Darst reviews a recent performance of new dance works by Penny Freeh and Paula Mann with Steve Paul and Time Track Productions, "Far Afield," on stage at the Red Eye Theater last weekend.
Jan 25, 2012
Winter Nomads of 'Out There'
Lightsey Darst has been a regular at the Walker's annual festival of global, contemporary performing arts and offers a dispatch from the scene, observing that when you're Out There -- it's the audience, not the shows that really make the festival.
Jan 24, 2012
Writer and designer Matt Konrad reviews Paper Darts' first foray into book publishing, John Jodzio's collection GET IN IF YOU WANT TO LIVE, calling its marriage of art, fiction and smart layout a "terrific model of a print project for the electronic age."
Jan 20, 2012
Lake Superior: A Character Study
Alison Morse profiles Duluth-based writer Danielle Sosin, author of the new novel LONG-SHINING WATERS, recently published by Milkweed Editions and winner of the press' National Fiction Prize for 2011.
Jan 19, 2012
YOU ARE HEAR: Life Goes On (January 2012)
It's our first-ever episode of YOU ARE HEAR, a new literary podcast by mnartists.org, hosted by writer Brian Beatty. This installment -- themed "Life Goes On" -- features a new story by Britt Aamodt, "Oh, Hell."
Jan 12, 2012
mnartists.org and RAIN TAXI present: "Living Dangerously"
Writer Stephanie Xenos profiles Chinese artist Meng Tang, who currently lives in the Twin CIties and for whom the personal is very political. Pick up a hard copy in the Winter 2011/12 issue of RAIN TAXI, on stands now.
Jan 6, 2012
Everything is Not Beautiful
Poet and dancer Lightsey Darst on her years in ballet class, giving a candid glimpse into what it feels like on the inside of the dance: both the devotion and the ordeal of daily practice, and the human moments of pain, pettiness, and triumph.
Jan 6, 2012
Too Many Words
Our music columnist, composer/pianist Jeremy Walker, on music philosophy and the written word, jazz and nostalgia, the restrictions of genre, fresh starts and belief in action.
Dec 29, 2011
Putting on the Ritz
This time of year, our dance writer Lightsey Darst yearns for glamor, for rhinestones and luxe fabrics, vamp and shimmer -- and so, she brings us along on a whirlwind tour of the Ballet of the Dolls' outrageously fabulous costume closet.