In Jim Hodges hands old denim becomes an epic skyscape, light sockets and bulbs become sculpture, and ancient boulders become modern art. This weekend the Walker Art Center opens "Give More than You Take," a show featuring a quarter century of Hodge's work.
Osmo Vanska remains popular with orchestra-goers, but his return will be complicated. If the board does remove CEO Michael Henson, as Vanska wants, it looks like it has caved. If it doesn't, it makes a possible Vanska return very difficult.
The Minnesota Orchestra performed its first concert since the end of the lockout. The audience gave a standing ovation when the musicians walked on stage, but questions about former music director Osmo Vanska's future with the organization were on everyone's mind.
When the Minnesota Orchestra takes the stage tonight, its performance will be the musicians' first concert since a hard-fought contract agreement ended a bitter 16-month contract dispute. The concert will be broadcast live on Classical MPR at 8 p.m.
Although musicians, administrators and classical music fans are excited that the orchestra is playing again, the effects of the dispute are likely to be felt for a long time.
Hussein, who led Somalia from 1964 to 1967, lived in Minnesota for the last 20 years. Macalester College Professor Ahmed Samatar said the late prime minister was a great leader largely because of his commitment to ethics.
The Oscar-nominated short films are now in theaters for a limited time. You can catch the live-action shorts at Uptown Theater in Minneapolis, and the animated ones at the Lagoon Theater, just down the street.
Board members chose Sprenger this morning after a phone meeting that reportedly lasted only 20 minutes. Afterwards, Sprenger said his first job will be to rebuild trust between the orchestra's board, musicians, administration and audience.
The new chair replaces Jon Campbell, who led the board during the 16-month lockout.
Instead of a music director, a series of visiting artists lead the orchestra for a few weeks every year. Kopatchinskaja will join the current roster of Roberto Abbado, Edo de Waart, Christian Zacharias and Thomas Zehetmair.
Among St. Paul arts organization that will benefit from the grant: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Penumbra Theater, Springboard for the Arts, TU Dance, and the Arts Partnership, the umbrella organization building the new concert hall at the Ordway Center.
Patrick Ness' new book, "The Crane Wife," is based on the folk tale of the same name. The novel, which moves the story from Japan to London, centers on a divorced American trying to work out what went wrong with his life.
After a 15-month lockout, every public attempt at negotiation had collapsed. But a back-channel conversation between one musician and one board member was the key to starting a dialogue that led to a compromise.
With the opening of "The Invisible Woman," Cube Critics Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis talk about how hard it is to depict the creative writing process and the lives of writers on screen. However, they do recall a couple of successful films about the creative process:
Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to discuss the Oscar nominees.