May 24, 2012
The Rules of a Dance Exchange
Carl Atiya Swanson
Carl Atiya Swanson parses a recent, unusually participatory evening of dance at the Walker Art Center: David Zambrano and company's performance of the largely improvised series of solos against classic soul tunes, "Soul Project."
May 22, 2012
A Double-Dip into "Black Water" - Camille LeFevre
We're running two essays on Skewed Visions' new site-based performance, BLACK WATER, showing in an empty storefront on University Avenue through June 2. Read on for Camille's take on the work's disquieting insight into place, seeing and being seen.
May 17, 2012
You Are Hear: Who You Calling a Mother? (May 2012)
For this month's episode of mnartists.org's literary podcast, comedienne and writer Colleen Kruse offers a very funny story about cannibal hamsters and the black heart of motherhood.
May 14, 2012
A Twist of Intellect
Writer and artist Jennifer Nevitt profiles David Lefkowitz, a prolific, award-winning artist who conjures whole worlds with the simplest materials, behind whose work the driving idea, the novel view is primary.
May 10, 2012
Reads Dylan Hicks
Writer Jay Orff reviews Dylan Hicks's new novel, "Boarded Windows," an engaging tangle of competing stories and unreliable narrators with its own soundtrack (the accompanying new album "Sings Bolling Greene"), written by musician and writer Dylan Hicks.
May 8, 2012
"Dance," says our critic Lightsey Darst, "is not merely specialized movement, but also a way of seeing. Dance is a lens." She takes that dance lens outside the theater to the work-a-day world beyond, offering a guided tour through "the undance."
May 3, 2012
The View from Crystal Bridges
Writer Camille LeFevre offers a dispatch from her recent trip down South to Bentonville, Arkansas, reporting back on the recently opened and oft critically dismissed "Walmart art museum," Crystal Bridges.
Apr 30, 2012
The Eternal Moment
Carl Atiya Swanson
Carl Atiya Swanson digs into the film "Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait" - screening for the MIA's "The Sports Show" through May 13 - and unearths death-defying creativity in the soccer-player's game and in the power of the right shared moment in time.
Apr 27, 2012
What Surplus Should Taste Like
Writer Jay Orff wanders the aisles of Ax-Man Surplus, musing on aesthetic evolutions, beautiful ugliness, creative ironies and the irresistible invitation to put old things to new use.
Apr 27, 2012
'Four Aces' at Franconia in the City
Stephanie Xenos reviews "Los Cuatro Ases" - an exhibition kicking off Franconia In the City@Casket's second season in its NE Mpls gallery space, featuring work by Douglas Padilla, Peter Martin Morales, Xavier Tavera and Alonso Sierralta.
Apr 19, 2012
You Are Hear: Fools & Poets (April 2012)
We're celebrating National Poetry Month: featured writers for this episode are poets Todd Boss (PITCH, 2012) and Paula Cisewski (GHOST FARGO, 2010).
Apr 12, 2012
mnLIT Original: "Afterimage"
A haunting new short story by our most recent flash fiction competition grand prize-winner, Hillary Wentworth. Like all of our mnLIT Original offerings, this story is illustrated by artwork handpicked from our vast database of Minnesota artists.
Apr 12, 2012
The Just-Right Work Space
Alison Morse checks out a variety of coworking spaces in operation throughout the Twin Cities metro and beyond, reporting back with info on who's chosen these spaces and why, and she weighs which offers the most to people working in the arts.
Apr 5, 2012
Inverting the Male Gaze
Sheila Regan assesses the Minneapolis Institute of Arts' multimedia exhibition, "The Sports Show," calling sports a surprisingly valuable lens through which to see the larger culture's changing norms and mores, particularly about race and gender.
Mar 29, 2012
The Irresistible Laurie Van Wieren
Lightsey Darst profiles Laurie Van Wieren, a busy independent choreographer who's worn any number of hats in the local dance scene, known as much for her unflagging support of new talent as she is for her own critically acclaimed work.
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.