Posted at 8:32 AM on November 9, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: News and reviews
Here's a look at the arts stories making headlines... shout out to TC Daily Planet for dominating the theater section this morning!
Sandbox Theatre's "Unspeakable Things" haunt Red Eye Theater
- Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
If you're a brilliant composer or writer or artist, chances are good that after your demise--or even, if you're really good, before it--there will be one or more scripts or songs written about you.
"Fully Committed" at the Jungle Theater: So good, it's like printing money
- Matthew A. Everett, TC Daily Planet
On the surface of it, there are three primary reasons I shouldn't like Fully Committed, the returning comedy hit currently rounding out the Jungle Theater's 2010 season. It's a one-person show. It's about a struggling artist. It's about somebody's day job. These three things instead turned out to be the reasons I loved Fully Committed.
Classical Actors Ensemble's "'Tis Pity She's a Whore": Isn't it, though?
Matthew A. Everett, TC Daily Planet
Writers of Jacobean tragedies are individuals with deeply sick imaginations. And I mean that as a compliment.
"Spring Awakening" at the Orpheum: If you slept through it, don't worry
Becca Mitchell, TC Daily Planet
"Wasn't it just here?" a friend asked when I told her I was going to see Spring Awakening on Saturday.
A literary landscape Photographer Joe Rossi finds the alphabet in nature.
By Maja Beckstrom, Pioneer Press
The letter "Y" is the easiest to spot in nature. It pops up everywhere -- in the fork of a trees or a crack in rock. The most elusive is the letter "Q," according to photographer Joe Rossi, who spent 18 months roaming the state's woods, bogs and prairies taking the pictures that appear in "Minnesota's Hidden Alphabet," published this month by Minnesota Historical Society Press.
Pinetop Perkins delivers the Delta goods at the Dakota
By Dan Emerson, Pioneer Press
Delta blues pianist Pinetop Perkins and his band performed only one show at the Dakota jazz club Monday night rather than the two shows the downtown Minneapolis club usually presents. The Austin, Texas-based Perkins has cut back a bit on his touring workload, which at the age of 97 seems a wise move.
Trylon Premiere Tuesdays begin with "Valhalla Rising," the first good Viking movie. Ever.
Erik McClanahan, TC Daily Planet
Take-Up Productions continues to spread the filmic love for Minneapolis cinephiles with its latest new series, Trylon Premiere Tuesdays, which showcases a Twin Cities premiere of a new film on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.
A free screening of 'Animal House' to launch TV series 'Glory Daze'- John Ervin
The new TBS comedy series Glory Daze will be given a local debut celebration this Thursday with a sneak peak of the first show, followed by a screening of the movie that most influenced it and the last 32 years of comedy, National Lampoon's Animal House.
Doug Stanhope rants, 'blorts,' and more at the Varsity
- Nate Patrin, City Pages
Doug Stanhope is not interested in your approval. He might be owed some -- at least if mortified horror can fuel approval -- but he will not make it easy for you.
This past weekend Twin Cities Public Television screened a new documentary on Latino artists working in Minnesota. Latino Arts: A Community Vision features twelve artists, including such local luminaries as Doug Padilla, Maria Isa and Sandra Benitez, talking about the importance of heritage, culture, education and multigenerational relationships.
It doesn't take long to figure out that there are champions of the arts in Fergus Falls. In fact you don't even have to get out of your car to get a sense for it. Take this series of road signs:
Roadside Poetry is the brain child of Paul Carney, English teacher at the Minnesota State Community and Technical College.
Inspired in part by the old Burma-Shave signs posted along highways during the 1950's, roadside poetry's mission is to "celebrate the personal pulse of poetry in the public landscape."
Each season a new poem takes its place on Tower road; Carney is hoping to expand the project to other rural roads throughout Otter Tail County. Everyone is welcome to submit a poem for the project. Local artist Scott Gunvaldson designed the logo, template, and lettering for each sign panel.
It's the sort of praise every first time author dreams of.
Published by the Twin Cities own Milkweed Editions, the book is about "a wayward yet devout young priest who struggles to reconcile his faith with longings of the flesh."
A former journalist and newspaper editor, Reimringer teaches at Augsburg College, and lives with his wife, the poet Katrina Vandenberg, in St. Paul.
Earlier today I mentioned author John Reimringer's book "Vestments" was named by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of 2010.
Well, he's not the only St. Paul author on the list.
Set in a maximum security prison in the Midwest, the story revolves around the relationship between a female corrections officer and a young male inmate serving a lengthy sentence for murder.
Publishers Weekly writes "Hollihan combines a labyrinthine plot with a nuanced, character-driven narrative that provides insights into prison life in his impressive debut."
Published by Thomas Dunne Books, Four Stages of Cruelty is due in stores December 7.