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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
Jay Orff

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

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)
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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"
Hillary Wentworth

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

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

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

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
Alison McGhee

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
Hello Again
Jeremy Walker

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

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
Connie Wanek

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
Britt Aamodt

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

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
THE FAMILY BUSINESS: Our conversation on being both an artist and a mother continues
Carrie Thompson

The second of three installments in our debut "Family Business" column, in which a number of acclaimed artists, all of whom are also mothers, talk candidly about juggling the demands of their art, work and families.
Mar 5, 2012
Art You Don't See
Jay Orff

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
Carrie Thompson

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

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

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
Ruben Nusz

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

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)
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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

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

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

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.

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