Posted at 9:07 AM on December 29, 2010
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: News and reviews
Here's a look at the arts stories making news...
For once, the focus is on Ann Marsden
Twin Cities photographer Ann Marsden has always focused on everyone else -- the actors, artists, musicians and creative types who make these towns hum. Now the spotlight is on her as she starts a second round of chemotherapy and radiation following a July diagnosis of cervical cancer.
- Mary Abbe, Star Tribune
African Development Center opens new art exhibit
The art gallery, curated by Oreoluwa Adedeji, a Nigerian-Minnesotan, is a collection of contemporary African pieces from about nine different countries, including artists from Nigeria, Somalia, Ghana and Brazil.
- Yeoryia Christoforides, TC Daily Planet
Reality, fiction converge as Guy floats through life
Jeremy Page's second novel, "Sea Change," is a beautifully sensual evocation of
- Ann Klefstad, Star Tribune
13 Minnesota books you really ought to read
A selection of this year's books by Minnesota writers.
- Amy Goetzman, MinnPost.com
Five unforgettable 2010 dance performances
From the Northrop to the Southern and Walker, audiences enjoyed humor, elegant athleticism, digitized wolf howls and more.
- Camille LeFevre, MinnPost.com
Found Magazine's Jason Bitner on his new film, LaPorte, Indiana
The author explains how he turned thousands of old photos into a love letter to the Midwest.
- Marah Eakin, AV Club
A playful tale of the fight for equal pay
The British film "Made in Dagenham" documents a slice of labor history with an entertaining touch.
- Colin Covert, Star Tribune
'Made in Dagenham' The story is good, the movie is a bit of a labor to watch
"Made in Dagenham" is a black-and-white affair in which the people seem less like human beings than characters playing out roles they've been assigned.
-Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press
Director Nigel Cole talks about "Made in Dagenham"
Made in Dagenham (pronounced Dag-en-um) has been making the fall festival rounds and has been getting great press since its limited release in mid-November in New York and Los Angeles.
- Jim Brunzell III, The Optimistic Pessimist
Year in film: My Top 10 in 2010
Only two of these are American films, and only one has made a fortune.
- Rob Nelson, MinnPost.com
501 Club closing on January 8
Less than two years after opening its doors on Washington Ave. in downtown Minneapolis, the 501 Club will close on January 8.
- Andrea Swensson, City Pages
501 Club to close on Jan. 8
For bar owner Jarret Oulman, the Metrodome's roof collapse not only spelled doom for a miserable football season, but also bad news for his own business, the nearby 501 Club.
- Tom Horgen, Star Tribune
DJ Vaski: Meet the young dubstep king from Minnesota
The producer of hit tracks "Get Down" and "World on Fire" is home for the moment, but will soon be off to another exotic location to spin his drum-and-bass derivative for the next club full of rabid partygoers carrying on the '90s rave spirit.
- Jen Boyles, City Pages
Gorillaz' iPad-Created Album, 'The Fall'
The Fall was created while Gorillaz were on tour, it's 15 songs being written in about 30 days.
- Andrew Flanagan
Eric Lovold talks about stolen gear, upcoming benefit show
For Eric Lovold, frontman of the local and celebrated rock group The Alarmists, what was supposed to be a relaxing and joy-filled holiday turned out to be the antithesis of what Christmas is all about.
- Natalie Gallagher, City Pages
Paper Moose, Jumpsuit & Co: Making Space for Art to Happen
On New Year's Day Paper Moose Jumpsuit & Co will not be hosting knife fights or throwing glitter about. Instead, for their first ever Hangover Show, which takes place at the Paper Moose studio in Northeast Minneapolis, folks will be serving up Bloody Mary's and easing in the new year with a variety of performing arts.
- Sheila Regan, City Pages
Everybody likes to come out with a guide to New Year's Eve events. Well for me, that would be just a tad overwhelming, so instead I thought I'd take it up a level, and provide you with a "guide to the guides" - scroll and pick below to check out the various lists put out by local media outlets. And while you're at it, let us know what you're planning on doing on New Year's Eve...
Name your poison: The New Year's party guide
FYI - Tom Horgen's guide is broking down into "themed parties," "live music," "dance parties," "restaurants." "comedy" and "all you can drink."
City Pages calendar for New Year's Eve
It's a typical City Pages calendar list, though look closely because some of the events aren't actually taking place on New Year's Eve itself (for example, "A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol").
But Andrea Swenson has a New Year's Eve specific concert guide.
And, Coco Mault offers her ideas for an unusual ending to the year.
Music for the last night of the year
- Ross Raihala of the Pioneer Press gives his best bets for music gigs on NYE, broken down into some unusual categories.
So what are you doing New Year's Eve?
Posted at 11:51 AM on December 29, 2010
by Molly Bloom
Filed under: Art Hounds
We asked our Art Hounds to pick their arts and culture highlights of the year (you can see the first round here; the third and final will air tomorrow). Here is the second round of favorites:
Wing Young Huie's University Avenue Project
The portraits that Wing took were so evocative and provocative. These are the faces of Saint Paul and the words each person chose to express him/herself were so engaging; they invited us to learn more about them. The scope of the exhibit (with portraits placed on the windows of University Avenue businesses, large scale murals on the sides of buildings and the nightly screening with music) filled the city with art in a very big way. We went several times and brought out-of-town friends each time.
-Sharon DeMark, arts administrator
The Great Game: Afghanistan at the Guthrie
The Great Game: Afghanistan cycle of plays from the UK's Tricycle Theatre was equal parts education and art--it provided specific information about the checkered history of the West's relationship with Afghanistan that cast new light on our current situation there. It also provided so many moments of pungent writing, great performances and human insight.
-Elissa Adams, director of new play development at The Children's Theatre Company
The Arts Meander 2010 - The Upper Minnesota River Art Crawl
In one weekend, we had a chance to meet a wide variety of artists who live and work in West-Central Minnesota. One of them was an author, Brent Olson, who read two touching, funny stories to us from "The Lay of the Land," and "Papa, Figuring out what Matters," in a cozy space in Montevideo. The Arts Meander is a testament to the talented, amazing artists who live here.
-Emily Wright, musician
Mark Mallman's Marathon 3
We streamed Mark Mallmans Marathon 3 via the internet. We made a special trip to St Paul during the 48th hour. No other art motivated me with its message more than M3.
-Corey McNally, artist
The Mushroom Picker at the Open Eye Figure Theatre
Patrick Dewane's one-man show is the story of the author/actor and his grandfather, a Czech-American WWII vet. Their relationship expands when the author comes into posession of his deceased grandfather's war memoirs. It is glowing, circling story of a man developing a new understanding of his family, his heritage, and himself.
-Jackie Smith, singer
CSA (Community Supported Art)
The CSA program (an initiative of Springboard and mnartists.org) was a genius way to support local artists, get art into the world, and share excitement about the art being made in our lovely state. I loved getting each shipment and, much like a produce CSA, being surprised with the contents and figuring out how to use the items I received.
-Bethany Whitehead, arts administrator
Bernardo Atxaga reading at the Loft Literary Center
Two great writers--Charles Baxter and Bernardo Atxaga--brought together by an amazing local press, Greywolf Press, for a powerful night of literature. I was blown away by Atxaga's mastery of prose.
-Erik Brandt, musician
The Scottsboro Boys at the Guthrie Theater
The Scottsboro Boys was as courageous, difficult, and enthralling a piece of theater as I've ever seen. It walked a seemingly impossible line between flashy Broadway-style entertainment and the portrayal of a horrific moment in our nation's history, all the while co-opting the historically racist medium of the minstrel show. And yet, despite (and, perhaps, because of) the cognitive dissonance it provoked, the unavoidable sense of unease it elicited in its audience, and the story of humanity it portrayed, it is exactly the kind of work that the American theater should be producing.
-Sid Solomon, actor
The premiere of Urban Bush Women's "Uncensored" works, produced by the Northrop Auditorium
The choreography was sensual, evocative, and easily captured the ability to tell a story via movement and song. The colors and stage setting utilizing only fresh, ripe fruits of the fall season was innovative, while the sparcity of setting leant itself to more imagination. The performance featured works censored by the NEA in the late '80s/early '90s, making the production an important historical marker.
-Janis Lane-Ewart, executive director of KFAI Fresh Air Radio
John Jodzio's book of short stories, If You Lived Here You'd Already Be Home
John Jodzio totally knocked it out of the literary equivalent of Target Field with this quirky, hilarious story collection. More than just Jodzio's debut at bat as an author of quirky, hilarious books, If You Lived Here You'd Already Be Home is also the premiere publication of Replacement Press, a small, scrappy upstart nipping at the heels of the Twin Cities publishing scene.
-Brian Beatty, comedian, writer