Posted at 12:15 PM on January 16, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: News and reviews
Well, it's been a quiet night in the Lake Wobegon, my home town... actually about the only news was from Lake Wobegon, with Garrison Keillor taking back seat on his own show. That and several book reviews make up your arts news for the day.
Two remarkable but very different novels by Minnesota authors could lure your teens away from their iPods.
- LAURIE HERTZEL, Star Tribune
GROUND TO A HALT
The dismantling of a Detroit plant - and the repercussions of its demise.
- STEPHEN J. LYONS, Star Tribune
A journey into the heart of Russian history
A view into Russian history through the landscape of Molotov's books.
- KRISTIN THIEL, Star Tribune
Blowing up the solar system
Cal Tech astronomer Mike Brown is the man reponsible for demoting Pluto.
- CHUCK LEDDY, Star Tribune
Kindred souls, a ragtag team and a story of triumph
Residents in a small Montana town learn life lessons from its long-losing high school basketball team and coach.
- JIM CARMIN, Star Tribune
Keillor takes 'Prairie' pause
Minnesota's radio institution pulled himself out of the lineup to "appreciate" the show he started in '74.
- Jon Bream, Star Tribune
Posted at 8:37 PM on January 16, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Playlists
Here's your chance to catch up on the radio stories you might have missed this past week...
Wayzata poet wins Newbery honor
Wayzata poet Joyce Sidman's collection "Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night" took one of the nations top literary prizes and became a Newbery Honor book. The poems grew out of Sidman's interest in nature - and her fear of the dark as a child.
Music with Minnesotans: Matt Wehling
Those who have played their instruments using a Matt Wehling bow compare its playability to driving a Ferrari, but surprisingly Wheling is not a classical musician himself. He's been listening much more regularly to classical music recently - and much more carefully - mostly so he can understand what a client is looking for in a bow - and how to best make a sound.
Tapes n' Tapes performs in The Current studio
Formed out of Carleton College, this local quartet quickly found success and critically positive reviews from Pitchfork and Gorillas vs. Bear as well as signing to a major label within a year of their debut record.
Closing Dinkytown bookstore offers glimpse of the past
For years, students and professors at the University of Minnesota haven't had to travel far to find out-of-print titles and great bargains at used bookstores. But the selection is about to get smaller. Bill Biermaier, who has owned Biermaier's Books for 40 years, has decided it's a good time to retire.
The Kerri Miller Book Club: 'True Grit'
The new Coen brothers movie has brought Charles Portis's "True Grit" back into the public conscience. But the reclusive Portis has a rabid fan club that believes the book isn't his most significant contribution to American literature.
S. Carey performs live in The Current studios
Most notable for his work as the drummer of Wisconsin hailed Bon Iver, Sean Carey -- who goes by S. Carey -- unintentionally started a solo side project while on tour.
The Dinner Party Download featuring Paul Giamatti
This week on the Dinner Party Download, a joke from Singer-songwriter Henry Wolfe, a drink inspired by a famous political symbol, and a chat with the actor who singlehandedly decimated Merlot sales in the U.S. -- Paul Giamatti.