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 Michaël Borremans, whose paintings were on view in a recent exhibition, "The Devil’s Dress", at David Zwirner in New York.
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 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 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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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 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.