Posted at 9:00 AM on December 4, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: News and reviews
Here's a round-up of art stories making headlines...
'Prints on Ice'
- Shelby Meyers, City Pages
Highpoint Center for Printmaking's latest winter co-op exhibit, "Prints on Ice" features a solid group of local printmakers.
Wall-to-Wall Walker: Come for the art, stay for the judo
- Coco Mault, City Pages
With its art, performances, film screenings, restaurant, gift shop, and more, the Walker has everything you need to stay the entire day -- and that's exactly what they're inviting you to do this weekend with the Wall-to-Wall Walker celebration.
Underground film festival: three days, 62 films
- Joe Kimball, MinnPost.com
Many are world premieres and, in some cases, the filmmakers will be on hand to talk about their work.
A last hurrah for Orchestra Hall
- Graydon Royce, Star Tribune
Season will be the last one in the current Orchestra Hall, which undergoes a facelift beginning in June 2012.
Superchunk dig deep and pile high at First Avenue
- Jim Brunzell III, TC Daily Planet
It's easy to be nostalgic in everyday life, but for me, rock shows are nostalgic no matter who's on stage.
Open Eye Figure Theatre's holiday with Satan
- Ed Huyck, City Pages
It's safe to say that Open Eye Figure Theatre's The Holiday Pageant is the only seasonal show around town that features Lucifer in a starring role.
Commedia Beauregard's "Klingon Christmas Carol" will draw hard-core Trekkers at Warp 9.985
- Bev Wolfe, TC Daily Planet
Commedia Beauregard's Dickensesque holiday show A Klingon Christmas Carol is a must-see for die-hard Star Trekkers, especially fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation. But if you don't know what a Klingon is, this is probably not going to be the show for you.
Naked Stages artists delve into the personal
- Sheila Regan, City Pages
Artists from Naked Stages, the seven to nine month development program that provides support for performance artists, will show their work this weekend and next at the Pillsbury House Theatre.
Holiday shows for the irreverent
- Claudia Haas, Examiner.com
If dreaming of a white Christmas and sentimental Rudolph-the-reindeer tales have you running, screaming into your homes, there is a holiday show for you. Not every holiday happening includes the Sugar Plum Fairy and "God bless us everyone."
Posted at 12:21 PM on December 4, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Playlists
There's much to trumpet in this week's arts stories...
Check out the week's radio stories, from in studio performances with Mason Jennings and Aaron Neville, to an hour of completely ridiculous holiday tunes and the "lost notebooks of Oz."
On frozen northern campuses, tradition of choral music brings warmth
At this time of year, even those without Scandinavian roots can feel a kinship with F. Melius Christiansen. Commentary by Philip Bryant
A tale of suffering and survival
While researching her best selling book "Seabiscuit," Laura Hillenbrand stumbled across an article on Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who endured incredible hardships during World War II. She reached out to him and forged a connection that she chronicles in her latest book.
The forgettable songs of Christmas
Philip Brunelle and members of VocalEssence give their annual Midmorning performance of ridiculous, ill-conceived, and nearly unsingable Christmas carols.
Superchunk performs in The Current studios
The band Superchunk formed in Chapel Hill, N.C. in 1989 and have done more to promote the indie-pop movement than any other band, including forming their own record label, Merge Records.
Aaron Neville's songs of faith
Grammy-winning singer Aaron Neville has seen good times and bad in more than 50 years in the music business. His new album is a celebration of those five decades and the influence of gospel on his music.
Mason Jennings performs in The Current studiosMason Jennings was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and spent some of his younger years in Pittsburgh before moving to Minneapolis. After Mason's father gave him a series of tapes featuring bands from the Twin Cities music scene, Mason started writing songs and by age 19, booking agencies and record labels starting making offers.
The Jewish festival if Hanukkah begins Wednesday night at sundown. On this perennial National Public Radio favorite, Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors are read by NPR's Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz. Hanukkah Lights celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, with four brand new works: "Finding Golda" by Margot Singer, "Legacy" by Lev Raphael," "Geek Week" by Rebecca O'Connell, and "Moon Landing," by Shira Nayman.
Scarecrow on Fire: The Lost Notebooks of Oz
A special broadcast of Kevin Kling's play, "Scarecrow on Fire." Based on the classic tale "The Wizard of Oz," the play picks up where that story left off. The production was commissioned by Minnesota Public Radio as part of the Fitzgerald Theater's 100th anniversary. The ensemble cast features Dan Chouinard as the Tin Man, Stephen Yoakam as the Lion, the Wizard, and others, Simone Perrin as Dorothy, and Kevin Kling as the Scarecrow.
Art Hounds: Hip Harlem, Toys in the Attic and a night of dance
The hounds follow their art-sensitive noses to a show by, for, and about toys, an exploration of the Harlem Renaissance led by a centenarian and a nonagenarian, and an unforgettable evening of dance.
Longer, raunchier, and with a dash of poetry - The 2010 British TV Advertising Awards
One of the Twin Cities longest running holiday traditions gets underway tonight -- and we don't mean the Guthrie's "Christmas Carol." Even Peter Bigg, who organizes the annual screening of the British Television Advertising awards at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, admits he can't quite explain the popularity.
Dinner Party Download featuring Diplo
This week's edition of Dinner Party Download features a conversation with Diplo -- whose name sounds more like a global brand than a DJ -- and that's fitting.