Posted at 10:29 AM on February 26, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: News and reviews
Black Books event draws literature fans of all ages in St. Paul
The Givens Foundation seeks not only to showcase the artistic prowess of unsung black authors, but to help up and coming generations to cultivate their creative writing skills also.
- Erica Deanes, TC Daily Planet
Surely, they jest -- as much as possible
The creative process extends well beyond the writing at Literary Death Match, a live game show with authors.
- BILL WARD, Star Tribune
Acclaimed poet Buddy Wakefield to perform at Kieran's
In 2004 and 2005 Wakefield won the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship. He has also received accolades from NPR, HBO, BBC, and CBC, as well as from Norman Lear, Ani DiFranco, and Don Beck.
- Loren Green
Sewell dancers push the envelope
DANCE REVIEW Ballet program includes works fueled by punk rock, hip-hop and West African movement.
- CAROLINE PALMER, Star Tribune
Hispanics and the Oscar
Actor Thomas Gomez was the first Hispanic to win an Oscar nomination, more than 60 years ago.
- GREGORY HEWETT, Star Tribune
(FYI, Def Leppard and Heart are coming to the Minnesota State Fair)
Classical music review: Koopman's joy in music-making bubbles through the SPCO
Ton Koopman might be a bit of a showboat for some tastes, but I found his effervescent joy in music-making to be ideal for the 18th-century repertoire on this weekend's concerts. What could have been dry and cerebral was instead a spirited celebration of the sound coming forth from Germany as the baroque era gave way to the classical.
- Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press
Branford Marsalis talks about his new drummer, jazz families, classical music and more
On Sunday evening, Marsalis will perform at Orchestra Hall with his formidable quartet.
- Pamela Espeland, MinnPost.com
Hell's Kitchen ramps up 'Late-Nite' series
Popular downtown restaurant Hell's Kitchen recently threw their hat into the venue ring, seeking to better utilize their stage and sound system.
- Loren Green, City Pages
Baths, Braids, Houses: Fun with plurals at the 7th Street Entry
It was plural nouns night Thursday night at the 7th Street Entry when pop acts Houses, Braids, and headliner Baths took the stage.
- Sarah Heuer, TC Daily Planet
El Le Faunt Premiers New Album at Turf Club + Whole Band Interview
Led by Thomas Maddux's growling, Tom Wait-inspired vocals, the Traveling Circus spins creepy tales of circus geeks, a man born with crocodile skin & a passion for music, and the heartbreak of being in love with a Russian ballerina.
- Michelle Los, Examiner.com
Hennepin Stages sale moves forward
The Brave New Workshop is getting closer to staking a claim in downtown Minneapolis.
- Graydon Royce
Posted at 2:38 PM on February 26, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Playlists
Doomtree member Sims takes on the comfortably liberal
Amidst unrest in the MidEast and the MidWest, we still managed to do our bit to cover the rich cultural scene. Hip hop gets its share with both a feature on Sims and a full hour on Midmorning. And be sure to check out the sweet one-minute historical riff Classical host Bill Morelock did on "the very model of a modern major general."
Rapper deconstructs critique song and finds himself
Minneapolis rapper Sims has a reputation for being the most overtly-political emcee in the hip hop crew, "Doomtree," and a track on his newly-released CD titled Bad Time Zoo takes aim at "progressive" public radio listeners.
Revisiting Huck Finn
Could Mark Twain ever have predicted that words he used more than 120 years ago would create such a fire storm in 2011? Midmorning profiles educators with different approaches to teaching the classic.
Nightinghales perform in The Current studio
Purposefully misspelled Minneapolis band the Nightinghales draw heavily from American-inspired, British blues bands like the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the also alternatively-spelled Byrds.
Wild Nothing performs live in The Current studio
Wild Nothing is the band from Virginia-born Jack Tatum. Produced entirely in his bedroom, Tatum started with the music before writing lyrics to his Smiths-inspired shoe-gaze songs. While on tour, Tatum brings a long band members to recreate the sounds live.
The Short Version: The Very Model of the Very Model
Not even the most ingenious imaginations operate in a vacuum. They're in the world, and their achievements often hang on how well they transform the fodder of history, gossip, or the headlines. William Gilbert, for instance (of Gilbert & Sullivan fame), found inspiration for one of his most memorable characters in reports of a busy and blustery soldier serving the Empire.
New Classical Tracks: Into the Limelight
As a composer, Frenchman Gabriel Pierne was overshadowed by some brilliant contemporaries, such as Ravel and Poulenc. A new disc of his works reveals music rich in charm and orchestral color.
Anthology of rap and hip-hop
Over the past 30 years rap and hip-hop have emerged as a powerful and influential cultural force. Midmorning examines the power and the poetry of rap music, from the "old school" to the present day.
The Cube Critics take on the Oscars
Stephanie Curtis, The Movie Maven and Arts reporter Euan Kerr sit across the cube at Minnesota Public Radio News, where they have a rapid, running dialogue about movies. For some strange reason, those golden, perfectly postured male statuettes are today's topic on Cube Critics.
Music with Minnesotans
Minnesota Historical Society Director Michael Fox shares some of his favorites
Alexi Murdoch performs live in The Current studio
Born in London, growing up in Greece and moving to Scotland at the age of 10 then going to college at Duke University, it wasn't until singer-songwritier Alexi Murdoch moved to L.A. that his career took off when KCRW host Nic Harcourt began playing his music.
The Dinner Party Download featuring Carrie Brownstein
This week on the Dinner Party Download, why we prefer our french fries served with a side of beach, moose murderers, and Sleater Kinney co-founder Carrie Brownstein.