After a punishing contract dispute and a five-month lockout, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra returned to the stage last night for the first time since musicians and management reached a labor settlement. On the surface the concert was all about the music, but underneath, raw emotions remain.
The challenges facing working people make eye-opening subjects for the films of British director Ken Loach and his screenwriter Paul Laverty. And that's unusual in the box-office driven world of modern movies.
The cancellation of the final two weeks of the orcheatra's winter season was not unexpected. However, it is a milestone in the long-running dispute.
Arts reporter Euan Kerr discusses director Sally El Hosaini's background, a new twist on an old tale and the thick London dialect in the movie "My Brother the Devil" in this week's Cube Critics.
Minnesota Public Radio's Stephanie Curtis discusses the visual power, sonic fullness and shortcomings of Tom Cruise's newest movie "Oblivion" in this week's Cube Critics.
Management of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra announced today it has reached an agreement on electronic media rights with the American Federation of Musicians. A tentative local contract agreement with the locked out musicians was dependant on reaching a deal with the AFM. Management says it will end the lockout on Tuesday if SPCO musicians to accept the local deal by 5 p.m. Monday.
Citing frustration over lack of progress in discussions with locked-out musicians over an independent analysis of the orchestra's finances, management at the Minnesota Orchestra today announced it has launched a study on its own. The musicians are however crying foul, saying it's management doing the foot-dragging.
Duluth poet Louis Jenkins never dreamed he'd be in theater. Now he's found himself working at the Guthrie in Minneapolis with an internationally renowned British actor in a world premier production of a play that seems to be about - of all things - ice fishing.
Two more weeks of performances by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra were canceled by management today, despite reaching a tentative labor agreement with musicians last week.
The next Guthrie Theater season will feature a broad range of classics and contemporary plays, as well as presentations by several visiting and local companies.
Minnesota Public Radio's Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr offer three angles on Danny Boyle's newest movie "Trance" in this week's Cube Critics.
The annual Minneapolis binge of cinema from around the world begins Thursday night with two sold-out screenings of a heist movie involving a barrel of rare scotch. By the time the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival wraps up three weeks from now it will have screened over 200 films, and provided a host of opportunities to talk and learn about modern film.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman on Wednesday congratulated musicians and management at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for reaching a tentative labor agreement which could allow for the resumption of SPCO concerts.
After six months of a lockout, musicians and management of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra have a tentative contract deal.
The musicians and management of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra labor dispute have reached a tentative deal. The musicians negotiating committee has agreed to recommend accepting a proposal that cuts salaries and the size of the orchestra but gives them more artistic control.