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 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 19, 2011
Theater critic Christy DeSmith reviews Walking Shadow Theatre's unexpectedly timely production, "After the Quake," adapted for the stage from two novellas by Haruki Murakami reflecting on the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan .
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
An Encyclopedia of Dance Made Flesh
Dance critic Linda Shapiro offers her take on the first weekend performances of Zenon Dance Company's spring 2011 season, with particular kudos to the "homegrown, world-class artists" among the dancers.
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.
Mar 31, 2011
A New Take on ARENA Dances
Lightsey Darst had an epiphany at the latest performance by ARENA Dances, "I hate myself. Will you please love me?" She says she's been all wrong about the company (led by Mathew Janczewski) up to now - read on to find out why.
Feb 24, 2011
A Hymn for Art, Beauty and Faith
Camille LeFevre parses the recent performance, "Devotion," a provocative new dance work with powerful religious and spiritual overtones by Sarah Michelson and Richard Maxwell, recently on stage at the Walker Art Center.
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?"
Feb 8, 2011
Community Supported Art (CSA) - Spring 2011
mnartists.org/Springboard for the Arts
CSA returns this spring! With the same buy-local spirit as Community Supported Agriculture, mnartists.org and Springboard for the Arts seek Minnesota artists, of all disciplines, for our third season of the Community Supported ART (CSA) program.
Feb 3, 2011
10 Reasons to Love the BOMB
Lightsey Darst reports back from this year's 4th annual Best of Midwest Burlesk Festival, on stage last weekend at the Ritz Theater in Minneapolis, an annual event which she says has truly come into its own.
Feb 1, 2011
The Enduring Mystique of "Swan Lake"
Camille LeFevre muses on what fuels the lasting allure of the romantic ballet staple, "Swan Lake"-- from the recent popular film, "Black Swan," to this week's full-length performance of the work at Northrop, by the Voronezh State Ballet Theatre of Russia.
Jan 27, 2011
A Voice for Homeless Youth
Marsha Trainer reports on a new project, "Growing Home: Ending Youth Homelessness," featuring photography by Wing Young Huie and Cathy ten Broeke, alongside artwork and performance created by kids with first-hand experiences of homelessness.
Jan 21, 2011
Conversations on Improvisation: George Cartwright
Pamela Espeland's interview series on the nature and practice of musical improvisation continues with acclaimed saxophonist/composer George Cartwright (of Curlew, Gloryland Ponycat, and others).
Dec 23, 2010
In his fourth essay on jazz for mnartists.org and the Walker, Jeremy Walker gives a free-wheeling rumination on what makes a truly "great musician" - from Beethoven, Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman to the legends playing right here in the Twin Cities.
Dec 23, 2010
The Dancing Camera
Lightsey Darst reports back with some critical reflections on this year's Dance Film Project offerings, part of the annual Minnesota Dance Film Festival (organized by John Koch and Vanessa Voskuil) that took place December 11 - 18.
Dec 16, 2010
Living the Dance
Lightsey Darst reflects on the phenomenon of performance as museum piece, in particular this fall's dance/visual art installation by Eiko and Koma at the Walker, with a brief notation on Laurie Van Wieren's retrospective, "Who Made These Videotapes?"
Dec 15, 2010
The Mesmerizing Involutions of Justin Jones' JIG
Lightsey Darst previews Justin Jones short new dances, JIG, on stage at the BLB. It's a departure for him, with tropes and trappings not typical to his work, so Darst chats with the choreographer to find out more about this intriguing change in direction.
Dec 3, 2010
Some Thoughts on the 2010 Choreographers' Evening
Lightsey Darst reflects on the Walker's 2010 dance showcase, curated by Susana di Palma. Amid the bright spots and crowd-pleasing moments, she found herself wanting more -- more daring, more innovation, more virtuosity -- from the night's performances.
Dec 2, 2010
Dance Without Reservation
Lightsey Darst saw Zenon's ambitious fall season performance recently, and she came away wowed - by the dancers' passionate performances, by the moving choreography, and by the company's sheer voltage on stage.
Nov 22, 2010
A Story to Tell - Emily Johnson/Catalyst + BLACKFISH
Camille LeFevre reflects on the unusually collaborative, evocative performance by Catalyst Dance and the musical duo James Everest and Joel Pickard (BLACKFISH) - "The Thank-You Bar" - on stage at Northrop recently.