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Aug 4, 2008
FRINGE SHORTS: "Deviants" by Live Action Set
Review by Christy DeSmith

Theater maven Christy DeSmith is reporting back on a handful of this year's Fringe offerings for mnartists.org. First up: "Deviants" (a remake of the popular production "Desiderare: Desire the Undesirable") presented by Live Action Set.
Aug 2, 2008
DANCE: The Momentum Continues
Review by Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst assesses two very different "Momentum" performances from the second weekend's line-up of shows--the oblique "La Brea" by Anna Marie Shogren and wildly entertaining "Brown Rocket" by Eddie Oroyan.
Aug 2, 2008
FRINGE SHORTS: Malia Burkhart's "Survival Pages"
Review by Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst is reporting back on a sampling of dance-y productions which are on stage as part of this year's Fringe Festival. First in line: Malia Burkhart's eco-minded multimedia performance, "The Survival Pages."
Aug 2, 2008
THEATER: All Hail the Fringe!
Article by Geoff Herbach

Or, "You Go See 'Audish'"--Novelist/performer Geoff Herbach offers an unabashed ode to the Fringe Festival, the Twin Cities, and especially the teenagers of the Bakery Theatre Company, who are behind the endearingly wacky Fringe production, "Audish."
Jul 21, 2008
THEATER: Chasing Windmills in Lanesboro
Review by Christy DeSmith

Theater critic Christy DeSmith weighs in on Commonweal Theatre's production of "Man of La Mancha" and on what happens when that critical cha-cha-cha, the pizzazz of a beloved classic show, goes missing.
Jul 21, 2008
DANCE: Momentum Right to the Edge of Dance
Review by Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst reflects on the first weekend of Momentum dance premieres (co-commissioned by the Walker and The Southern)--Chris Schlicting's "love things" and Maia Maiden and Ellena Schoop’s dance-theater production "The Foundation, et cetera."
Jul 14, 2008
VISUAL ART: Through Baryshnikov's Eyes
Article by Camille LeFevre

Camille LeFevre weighs in on iconic dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov's exhibition of photography, "Merce My Way", by which he documents the inspired movements of fellow dance legend, Merce Cunningham. (At the Weinstein Gallery through August 2)
Jul 10, 2008
THEATER: Goodnight Moon
Essay by Christy DeSmith

Critic and one-time Jeune Lune staffer Christy DeSmith gives an elegy to this storied, soon-to-close theater, and she offers some frank reflections on the changing audience tastes and company politics that likely hastened its demise.
Jul 8, 2008
THEATER: The Best Local Theater You Never Hear About
Article by Matthew Everett

Playwright Matthew Everett saw the TC Improv Festival, which showcases top-shelf talent from Minnesota and across the country. His newfound admiration for this under-appreciated pool of performers has him thinking about what makes for "good theater."
Jul 8, 2008
DANCE: Something in the Way She Moves
Profile by Lightsey Darst

Performance maven Lightsey Darst looks into the artistic heart of the dancer, with a revealing profile of McKnight dance fellow Laura Selle Virtucio (one of the featured soloists in the upcoming show, SOLO, at the Southern Theater July 11-13).
Jun 23, 2008
THEATER: Shakespeare in the Parking Lot
Review by Christy DeSmith

Christy DeSmith attended the new all-female, circus-themed rendition of the bard's bloodthirstiest tale, "Titus Andronicus," which is being staged in a charter school parking lot. Read on for the pleasures and disappointments she found in the show.
Jun 23, 2008
THEATER: The Patriot: Inside "Jasper Johns"
Review by Lightsey Darst

Skewed Visions' latest show, "Jasper Johns," aims to unpack, via a variety of theatrical forms, the eponymous artist's insights into national identity. Lightsey Darst saw the show this weekend, and she offers up her take on their efforts here.
Jun 23, 2008
COMMENTARY: What is the State of the Arts in Minneapolis?
Commentary by Michael Fallon

Or, "The Future’s So Bright, You Gotta Wear Blinders:" arts administrator and critic Michael Fallon comments on the recent panel discussion about the state of arts in Mpls and makes a case for candor in our civic conversation on the subject
Jun 9, 2008
THEATER: This is the Way the World Ends
Review by Lightsey Darst

Performance critic Lightsey Darst reflects on a new show, "Socktesting," which explores the uneasy terrain between day-to-day reality and the ever-present specter of death.
Jun 9, 2008
FILM: Making Movies That Matter
Profile by Myron Berdahl

"Butter City" producer Myron Berdahl chats with MN documentary filmmaker Emily Goldberg about her newest production, "TCGMC: Reflections on Meth Addiction," which will have its broadcast premiere on TPT June 21 at 8 pm.
Jun 2, 2008
mnSpin: This Week's Playlist: Quarter Acre Lifestyle, Michelle Lynn, and Josiah Wordsworth
mnSpin

mnSpin, a quarterly music contest for Minnesota musicians. This week listen to a playlist of the three winning tracks by Quarter Acre Lifestyle, Michelle Lynn, and Josiah Wordsworth.
May 28, 2008
DANCE: Put On Your Dancing Shoes
Article by Lightsey Darst

Critic Lightsey Darst offers an entertaining and helpful primer on adult dance classes, from ballet to bellydancing: what to look for, where to find a class, and the best kind of dance form for your body type, fitness level, and experience.
May 20, 2008
Not Quite Divine: Jaime Carrera's "Godless"
Review by Lightsey Darst

Performance critic Lightsey Darst took in Jaime Carrera's much buzzed-about new show "Godless," but she found the production couldn't quite bear up under the weight of its lofty ambitions.
Dec 31, 2007
Coming to a Radio Near You: Electric Arc Radio and the Lit 6 Project
Susannah Schouweiler

a+E chats with the writers, actors, and musicians behind Electric Arc Radio about the persuasive powers of malt liquor and their bold reinvention of the traditional author readings. Tune in: It'll be broadcast on MPR's The Current throughout January 2008.
Jan 20, 2007
Parallel Play at Off Leash Area: Maggie’s Brain
Ann Klefstad

Any production by Off Leash Area is an event: this group consistently pulls together extraordinary talents from all over town to produce performance that is dance, installation, theater, and concert in one. “Maggie’s Brain” is no exception.
Jan 19, 2007
Wit and Farce: Boston Marriage
Ellen Sandbeck

Ellen Sandbeck took in "Boston Marriage" in Duluth and recommends the experience highly.
Nov 25, 2006
Wynn Fricke: Fierce and Honest Devotion
Lightsey Darst

The choreographer and dancer Wynn Fricke has worked with both the Minnesota Dance Theater and Zenon Dance Company this fall. Lightsey Darst looks at these perfornances in tthe context of Frick's past work.
Oct 22, 2006
Coming-Out Party: Arena Dances at Ten
Lightsey Darst

Lightsey Darst saw "Ten," the tenth-anniversary performance of Arena Dances, choreographed by Mathew Janczewski at the Southern Theater. It runs through October 22. She posits that this choreographer needs the "freakishly gifted" to do his best work.
Oct 13, 2006
"Gypsy" Almost There
Jaime Kleiman

Jaime Kleiman finds "Gypsy" by Theater Latte Da to be a hell of a show with a major hole through it. Wonderful? Yes-- Awful? That too. The show runs through November 4 at the Loring Playhouse.
Sep 23, 2006
Rites of Fall: James Sewell Ballet with the Minnesota Orchestra
Camille LeFevre

Camille LeFevre attended the premier of "Turf" by the James Sewell Ballet, in concert with the Minnesota Orchestra, at Orchestra Hall, on Sept. 20. It's a courageous and harrowing performance.

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