Aug 25, 2011
In the Country for Poetry
Connie Wanek offers a lovely introduction to Minnesota's newly named Poet Laureate, Joyce Sutphen, in this profile replete with stories, conversation, and observations from Sutphen's fellow Minnesota poets and writers.
Aug 23, 2011
Coming Soon to a Coffeeshop Near You?
Local entrepreneur Lucas Rayala has come up with a new way to get independent film seen, and he's looking for content. Now, he just needs to inspire filmmakers and businesses to buy in on the idea and give ALTSIE a try.
Aug 4, 2011
Dance critic Lightsey Darst reports back with a vivid dispatch on both the vibe and gravity-defying moves at the recent hiphop dance extravaganza, the annual Cowles Center "Groundbreaker Battle."
Jul 28, 2011
The Mysterious Department of Public Design
Camille LeFevre investigates the so-called Department of Public Design and its cryptic "Interim Report on the Excavation of Zone 5," on view now at Form+Content Gallery. As details emerge she finds elements of the mystery are both solved and deepened.
Jul 27, 2011
The People You Meet
Composer Jeremy Walker reflects on the notion of "work as both an expression and a point of connection," how the most effective art reveals something true about the artist and, sometimes, unexpected truths about yourself as well.
Jul 20, 2011
Putting on a Show with the Neighbors
Alison Morse talks with the collaborative team behind "Ku soo Dhawaada Xafadeena (Welcome to Our Neighborhood)" - helmed by Mixed Blood and Bedlam Theatres, with a script by David Grant and the efforts of the Cedar-Riverside East African community.
Jul 7, 2011
mnartists.org and RAIN TAXI present: "The Zine Apothecary"
Writer and book artist Sarah Peters profiles Minneapolis artist Lacey Prpic Hedtke's unorthodox, wide-ranging library of handmade, DIY pamphlets, the Zine Apothecary, accessible to the public but, aptly enough, currently housed in her garage.
Jul 6, 2011
A Shuffling Game
Miranda Trimmier's perceptive essay reflects on the work in two McKnight Photo Fellowship exhibitions, both up through July 24, and on the peculiar "shuffling game" required to piece together a meaningful viewing experience out of such shows.
Jul 1, 2011
Meat: A Slice of Life
Camille LeFevre muses on the art historical phenomenon of the "meat dress" - from Jana Sterbak to Lady Gaga - and in the process, stumbles upon striking and sometimes personal insights into the intersections of flesh, food, family, and femininity.
Jun 21, 2011
Our music columnist, Jeremy Walker, reflects on his complicated relationship with Minneapolis, his home for 38 years -- about feeling like a "jazz guy in a rock town," and how sometimes you have to move away from home to find your place.
Jun 20, 2011
Beyond DIY to Do-It-Together
Regan Smith (PAPER DARTS) offers a personal accounting of a trend she's noticed among Minnesota artists - a shifting focus away from strictly individual accomplishment, or DIY ethos, in favor of collaborative, interactive, "do-it-together" creative work.
Jun 15, 2011
The Memory Palace
Duluth artist and historian Matt Oman lives in his head, literally. He's spent years transforming his otherwise ordinary house into a "machine for mindfulness," a 3-D "materialization of a mind." And Ann Klefstad takes us on a guided tour.
Jun 7, 2011
Force & Matter in Two Dimensions
Lightsey Darst offers an incisive reading of Kira Obolensky's latest collaboration with Shawn McConneloug, "Force/Matter" - a clever, accomplished bit of physical theater with a hugely talented cast that she says, somehow, nonetheless, feels a bit flat.
Jun 7, 2011
A Sleepyhead's Northern Spark
Christy DeSmith is no night owl, but she was determined to take in last weekend's all-night festival, Northern Spark, regardless. Read on for a first-person account of her favorite event of the night, a pre-dusk cruise on the Mississippi Megalops.
Jun 2, 2011
Our jazz columnist, Jeremy Walker, muses on the contributions of two very different, but equally gifted pianists whose playing has left a lasting influence on his own: David Berkman and Marcus Roberts.
May 18, 2011
Regan Smith previews Northern Lights' all-night festival, Northern Spark: Nuit Blanche, featuring dusk-to-dawn interactive art happenings throughout the Twin Cities, with 100 projects by more than 50 regional artists and organizations, on June 4 & 5.
Apr 28, 2011
Dance Us Beyond the Quotidian
Lightsey Darst reviews the recent performances of SCUBA Touring Dance Network at the Southern Theater, and in the process reflects on the bigger question: what do we go to performance for in the first place?
Apr 14, 2011
You and Me
Pianist/composer Jeremy Walker says forget about business models, record label contracts, or dire predictions about the collapse of the music industry - the fundamentals of playing - and the human relationships at the center of it all - haven't changed.
Apr 13, 2011
mnartists.org and RAIN TAXI present: "Appetite for Art"
In this essay, jointly published by mnartists.org and RAIN TAXI, you'll find Betsy Altheimer's (Springboard for the Arts) manifesto for a new paradigm for arts support that emphasizes grassroots patronage and a direct link between artists and consumers.
Apr 7, 2011
The Pleasures and Perils of the Novelist's Craft
Writer Alison Morse talks shop with two seasoned novelists and educators, Mary Rockcastle and Sheila O'Connor (both of whom have new books coming out), about the travails and rewards of working "to get the story on the page."
Apr 1, 2011
Dome Light: At Home with Artist Martin Woodrich
Andy Sturdevant profiles a prolific community-supported Minnesota artist noted more for his unusual home than for his moody paintings: the Metrodome's artist-in-residence since the sports facility's opening in 1982, Martin Woodrich.
Mar 15, 2011
Don't Touch That
Miranda Trimmier reviews the Walker Art Center's homage to folk art, kitsch, "who we are and where we live" - "The Spectacular of Vernacular" exhibition, on view at the center through May 8.
Feb 24, 2011
In the End, Music
For his fifth essay on jazz for mnartists.org and the Walker, composer/pianist Jeremy Walker ruminates on recent turmoil in the Cities' jazz scene - the closing of the Clown Lounge, no more music at Cafe Maude - and asks, "Is anybody really listening?"