Dec 22, 2011
The Chat: Minnesota Humorists Talk Shop
Maggie Ryan Sandford
Writer and performer Maggie Ryan Sandford gathers together our favorite writerly wit-erati -- Brian Beatty, Dennis Cass, John Jodzio -- for a free-ranging, entertaining and insightful online chat about what it takes to bring the funny to the page.
Dec 21, 2011
Making Nowhere Into Somewhere
Writer Stephanie Ash profiles the artists of the Rural America Contemporary Art (RACA) group, who are reinventing art made by “country folk” -- and there's not a hay bale-painted saw in sight.
Dec 15, 2011
The Wary Feminist
We recently screened !WOMEN ART REVOLUTION for a panel discussion on feminist art with local artists. Miranda Trimmier offers a contrarian's view, making the case for critical ambivalence in lieu of tidy political messages or cathartic storytelling.
Dec 9, 2011
Lightsey Darst grapples with the innovative theatrical hybrid, "Supernatural Wife" by Big Dance Theater, recently at the Walker, a piece adapted from poet Anne Carson's fresh translation of a rarely performed play by Euripedes, "Alkestis".
Dec 1, 2011
The Living End
Writer Sheila Regan profiles two visual artists, Sean Connaughty and Kate Casanova, who use living material as their medium and embrace the natural life cycle of their organic artworks as an integral part of their creative process.
Nov 16, 2011
Wrestling with Merce
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 16, 2011
A Man Apart
Choreographer and dance writer Linda Shapiro studied at the Merce Cunningham Dance studio in the '60s and offers insights here about what it is to dance "inside the maelstrom" of his movements, sharing her experiences of him as both teacher and artist.
Nov 14, 2011
Us and Them
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
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 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.
Or, "I Was a Governor's Island Art Fair Exhibitor" - mnartists.org'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 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 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 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
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
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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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."