Jan 25, 2012
Winter Nomads of 'Out There'
Lightsey Darst

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
Beautifully Twisted
Matt Konrad

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

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, hosted by writer Brian Beatty. This installment -- themed "Life Goes On" -- features a new story by Britt Aamodt, "Oh, Hell."
Jan 12, 2012 and RAIN TAXI present: "Living Dangerously"
Stephanie Xenos

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
Everything is Not Beautiful
Lightsey Darst

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.
Jan 6, 2012
Too Many Words
Jeremy Walker

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.
Dec 29, 2011
Putting on the Ritz
Lightsey Darst

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
Stephanie Ash

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
Miranda Trimmier

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
Greek Lessons
Lightsey Darst

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 9, 2011
Of Pastries and Paintings: Phillips and Powderhorn Park, Minneapolis
Maggie Ryan Sandford

Maggie Ryan Sandford continues her ongoing artists' guide to coffee house galleries in Minnesota with this tour of alternative exhibition spaces in the community-oriented Phillips and Powderhorn Park neighborhoods in Minneapolis.
Dec 1, 2011
The Living End
Sheila Regan

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
Linda Shapiro

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

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
Jeremy Walker

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.
Oct 25, 2011
Developing a 'Taste' for Filmmaking
David Oppegaard

Novelist David Oppegaard describes how he briefly abandoned the solitary pursuits of the writer to pursue a couple of forays into filmmaking with his friend and collaborative partner, Todd Wardrope, in this 'tale of two indie films.'
Oct 20, 2011
In the Heart of Darkness
Sheila Regan

Sheila Regan went through the Soap Factory's Haunted Basement this year and lived to tell about it. She says it's definitely dark down there, and more than a little creepy - an ingenious, wildly successful gimmick to get folks to come by the gallery.
Oct 14, 2011
Slouching Towards Pre-Occupied Wall St.
Sean Smuda

Or, "I Was a Governor's Island Art Fair Exhibitor" -'s resident travel writer, Sean Smuda, weighs his experience in the artist-run art fair off the tip of Manhattan during one hurricane-crazed, pre-Occupied week in New York City.
Oct 14, 2011
A Riot, a Firebomb and the Birth of a Mystery Writer
Mary Butler Harpin

Mary Butler Harpin talks with Pioneer Press reporter-turned-mystery-writer Judith Yates Borger about her books, her entrepreneurial publishing foray, and the firebomb in North Minneapolis that started it all.
Oct 10, 2011
Don't Wait - A Look at Cary Waterman's BOOK OF FIRE
Connie Wanek

Connie Wanek gives a close reading of the long-awaited poetry collection by Cary Waterman, BOOK OF FIRE, just published by Nodin Press, situating it within the poet's larger body of work.
Oct 7, 2011
The Things We Don't Talk About
Miranda Trimmier

Miranda Trimmier offers a fearlessly candid critical response to Nathalie Djurberg's violent, libidinally charged stop-motion animated shorts and installation - on view in the Walker's exhibition of her new work, "The Parade," through December 31.
Oct 5, 2011
A Question of Identity
Marsha Trainer

Marsha Trainer digs into Dana Weiser's exhibition, "Who Are You?!?" - provocative, appealing work that addresses the thorny issues of ethnicity and identity inherent in transnational adoption. The show's on view at Burnet Gallery through October 16.
Oct 5, 2011
The Least Predictable Dance Company in the Twin Cities
Lightsey Darst

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.


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