Posted at 9:22 AM on December 6, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: News and reviews
Oh my this is a dry Monday morning for arts stories...
Fancy Ray McCloney responds to Comcast's ad ban
- Jessica Armbruster, City Pages
Many Minnesotans know the local comedian best for his bombastic, late-night television commercials. One of those spots is for internet provider USI Wireless. But this is one ad that you won't be seeing on TV anytime soon--Comcast is refusing to air it.
"Ana's Playground," filmed in Cedar-Riverside, advances in nomination process for Academy Awards - Barb Teed, TC Daily Planet
A little movie featuring the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis is making big news in Hollywood.
Gremlin Theatre's 'Burn This' blazes with ferocity
- Quinton Skinner, Pioneer Press
Lanford Wilson's play about Manhattan sophisticates and a rough-hewn restaurant manager who erupts into their midst is nearly a quarter-century old, but director Ellen Fenster has nimbly lifted it from its mid-1980s milieu and come up with a show that evokes contemporary uncertainties and the thorny, evergreen terrain of how exactly we are to proceed next -- at any given time.
Nolan Zavoral is the author of "A Season on the Mat: Dan Gable and the Pursuit of Perfection," and "The Heretic Hotel." He spent three decades as a staff writer for three metropolitan newspapers: USA Today, The Milwaukee Journal and The Minneapolis Star Tribune. Nolan, who lives in St. Paul, teaches at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and the College of Continuing Education at the University of Minnesota.
Young Blond Guy at Piano
Who played after lunch, surrounded
By wheelchairs in the nursing home where
He was rehabbing from a car crash, and who
Would stay a titch under a month, and unfurl
Flapper and big-band ditties because he
Sensed the ache in his audience, and who
Once called up my mother as a duet partner and
Filled behind her melody line to You Gotta See
Mama Every Night (Or You won't See Mama
At All). Her grasping, spidery fingers worked
Their way along some ancient motor-neuron
Path, and impressed the staff, who called me, who
Called her, who said, "What young blond guy?"
- "Young Blond Guy at Piano," by Nolan Zavoral, as it appears in the collection The Wind Blows, The Ice Breaks: Poems of Loss and Renewal by Minnesota Poets published by Nodin Press. Reprinted with permission from the editor.
Starting today, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design has a new look on the web.
The website redesign features a new logo and a new banner. The logo is pretty simple - it's an "X." MCAD President Jay Coogan explains the new logo this way:
The new logo mark shows two arrows that have come together to form an intersection. The Intersection is illustrative of the new MCAD vision statement, "transforming the world through creativity and purpose." MCAD is the place where creativity meets purpose, and increasingly where the student experience will take place at the intersection of the campus and the world at large.
The website banner, which used to feature silhouettes of the Minneapolis skyline, now shows students and their work. Visitors to the website can click on the images and be taken to a virtual gallery of student work.
The new look on the website is the first stage in a three part overhaul; the next two phases will be geared at adding services for students/alumnae and faculty/staff, respectively.
The website and logo were both created by MCAD alums. The redesigned logo was created by MCAD DesignWorks Director J. Zachary Keenan '05; Little & Company, the Minneapolis-based consultancy founded by Monica Little '78, designed the new website.
Posted at 2:00 PM on December 6, 2010
by Euan Kerr
Filed under: Media
MinnPost today launched a new daily arts column Max About Town written by critic/playwright/performer/arts-guy-on-the-go Max Sparber. It replaces ArtsArena which has featured pieces from a number of specialists writers such as Britt Robson on jazz, Camille LeFevre on dance, and Michael Anthony on classical music.
Publisher Joel Kramer announced the new feature, and an expansion of the Daily Glean news round-up this morning. The aim he said is to produce , "a wide-ranging daily column covering the arts, nightlife and other goings-on around the Twin Cities as MinnPost refocuses its arts coverage."
The first column today launched off a recent Facebook post by our own Marianne Combs about the state of arts reporting in Minnesota, and then segues into coverage of the Walker's annual presentation of the British Television Advertising Awards.
Former ArtsArena writers will continue to occasionally write for MinnPost to augment the "Max About Town" column.