This week the hounds are more than charmed by some lunchtime Japanese opera, some centuries old klezmer music, and some psychedelic folk that may put you in a dream state.
Don't roll your eyes if your kids want to see "The Lego Movie," says Stephanie Curtis. It's witty and fun, with great voices from Chris Pratt, Liam Neeson and Will Arnett.
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.
This week's hounds are very favorably impressed by Theatre Latte Da's interpretation of the musical that made Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey famous, a collection of meticulously stylized fashion photographs, and the majesty of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.
Stephanie and Euan are pretty excited about the coming year in film, even though it's been labeled "the year of the sequel."
Is it possible to review four movies in a four minutes? Not a problem for the Cube Critics.
Orchestra musicians from across the nation have sent donations to Minnesota Orchestra musicians, who are struggling to pay their mortgages, rent and health care. But the fund the American Federation of Musicians set up for striking and locked out musicians has long since run out.
The 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination has provided an opportunity for Metsa, a Minnesota folk musician, to dust off one of his most haunting songs. He wrote "Jack Ruby" more than 21 years ago, but the questions at the heart of the tune still plague the nation.
"Carrie," a remake of the 1976 horror classic of the same name starring Julianne Moore and Chloe Moretz, comes to theaters this weekend. Should you see it? Euan Kerr has some opinions on the topic. Also: Stephanie Curtis takes a look at "A.C.O.D." starring Adam Scott and Amy Poehler.
The Cube Critics issue a split opinion on this week's movie, "Don Jon." The film, which Stephanie finds to be a delightful romantic comedy, follows a man addicted to pornography who is trying to deal with the real women in his life.
The start of July marks ten months for the Minnesota Orchestra lockout, with no end in sight for the musicians, management and audience. Many opinions are swirling in the classical world about what's happening at the orchestra. Few predict sweetness and light, but rather a gloomy outcome.
This week, an open air venue in a refurbished downtown Park Rapids, viewing art in book form, and an indie women's choral group interprets master songwriters.
A combination of factors have conspired to make it a real challenge for local visual artists to forge a living selling their creations to commercial art buyers. Still, some artists and galleries are trying to beat the odds.
If you feel that 14 lines is the ideal poem length, that surveying Twin Cities history through song and dance sounds appealing, and that love is not just a matter of the heart, but a subject for scientific exploration, you'll be especially intrigued by what the hounds have to say this week.
One hundred years ago today, the world premiere of "The Rite of Spring" in Paris shook the orchestral world and, according to some, launched the modern dance movement. It also sparked a riot in the Parisian streets. The collaboration between composer Igor Stravinsky and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky is the subject of a new children's book by Minnesota author Lauren Stringer.