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."
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
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 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 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.