Posted at 1:25 PM on July 23, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Events
Check out music, storytelling and art at the 5th annual FLOW Northside Arts Crawl.
This is a great weekend for festivals of all sorts, as well as some mind-bending modern dance.
The 5th Annual FLOW Northside Arts Crawl takes place Saturday from 3PM to 8PM along West Broadway. Highlights include: Asian Dance and storytelling, performances by the Black Storytellers Alliance, live music, live music, theater and spoken word. (My favorite - recognition ceremony for Northside High School graduates who are going to college.)
Lumberjack Days in Stillwater has got all sorts of old-time fun: amateur talent contests, ice cream socials, a petting zoo and even a treasure hunt.
Minneapolis Acquatennial continues through this weekend, with world wakesurfing championships, the coronation of the Queen of the Lakes, fireworks, and special events at the Bakken museum featuring scientific discoveries by inventors young and old.
Rosie Simas Dance presents "It's Strange to Be Here, The Mystery Never Leaves You" featuring new dance work inspired by the words of John O'Donohue. Performances are at Bedlam Theatre(heads up: This production contains nudity).
The Southern Theater presents
Chris Yon's "The Infinite Multiverse," a set a of high energy dances featuring Taryn Griggs, Justin Jones and Kristin Van Loon. In the same evening Johanna Meyer and Judy Bauerlein offer up "Stroll," a "humorous, post-modern pantomime."
The Mpls Photo Center presents "Stars of India: Its People and Places," a photographic exhibition by Indian native Robi Chakraborty. The exhibition opens tonight with Indian food, music and even a henna artist.
So what are you doing this weekend?
Posted at 9:00 AM on July 23, 2010
by Euan Kerr
Filed under: Film
Who is Salt? Well, Angelina of course, which really says as much as you need to know. (Image courtesy Columbia Pictures)
Want to know how to really wreck a CIA super-agent's day? Walk into the Agency HG and announce said spook is really a double agent, trained from birth by the Russians to take out heads of state.
The world will know this to be true if it believes the central premise of "Salt" the relentless new action thriller starring Angelina Jolie. She plays Evelyn Salt, the agent accused by a loose-lipped Russian informer who knows enough to convince. Salt takes off, saying she wants to make sure her husband is safe. Soon everyone is chasing her including her longtime friend and colleague Ted Winter (Liev Schreiber) and counter-intelligence agent Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who is charged with shooting first and asking questions later when it comes to possible foreign agents wandering around the nation's capital.
So is she a Russian agent or not? Kurt Wimmer's script keeps us guessing by repeatedly lobbing red herring into the series of frenetic chases which become a central feature in Salt's life. Her loyalties may be open to question, but Ev Salt's amazing ability to run, jump, drive, crash and any other possible ways of getting out of trouble cannot be challenged. She's pretty darn amazing, constructing large ordinance weapons out of household objects, and leaping across lanes of speeding traffic from truck to truck. And she does most of it with ne'er a grimace.
In other words it's classic Jolie. The day after I saw the preview I was astonished to see the movie being shown on the TVs at my local gym. Taken aback by the speed of this jump to video, even in this day and age, I paused to take in a couple of scenes. It was only after a short while that I realized this wasn't "Salt" on the telly, but "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" where Ms Jolie played exactly the same character.
As with most summer films "Salt" is best enjoyed by sitting back and not thinking too hard. There are some great thrills and spills during the epic chase scenes. There is even some tangible angst portrayed by Schreiber and Ejiofor as they wrestle with what to do as a colleague apparently goes rogue.
It's hard to stave off those glimmers of curiosity and wonder. How can someone blast away at a wall at short range with a machinegun without being worrying about ricochets? Can we really believe the intelligence services would be unaware of a decades long effort to plant huge numbers of moles inside Washington?
It can be done with a little effort (although I did start at when Ms Jolie, who is after all a United Nations Goodwill ambassador, growled "I will kill them all" at one point) and it's an effort that's probably worthwhile if only for the sake of summer fun.