Posted at 2:04 PM on April 2, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: News and reviews
John Waters to flood Walker Art Center's galleries with tacky weirdness
As if the splotchy plaid jacket and signature mustache weren't enough, John Waters will bring Pig Latin, car crashes, junk food photos and financial detritus to Walker Art Center this summer when he will tweak the museum's long-running "Event Horizon" exhibition.
- Mary Abbe, Star Tribune
Waters at the Walker
Filmmaker, author and all-around colorful character John Waters is taking on the role of curator at the Walker Art Center this summer.
- Amy Carlson Gustafson
What Follows What Comes Before at MCBA
Tucked in the back studio at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) is an interesting exhibit called "What Follows What Came Before," featuring a number of artists utilizing a vast array of book arts that speak to the concept of sequencing.
- Sheila Regan, City Pages
Mark Doty talks poetry and inspiration at Pen Pals lecture
Doty was everything I expected. Humorous, yet somehow always serious. Wise, yet full of youthful energy and verve. Generous and open.
- Nikki Miller, City Pages
Sontag: A tortured artist
Susan Sontag failed to create the great novels that she thought it was in her to produce. And yet on certain subjects -- such as photography and cancer -- she is quotable and debatable.
- CARL ROLLYSON, Star Tribune
Swedish Institute embraces Nordic thrillers
Rise in popularity of crime novels prompts increase of literary offerings.
- LAURIE HERTZEL, Star Tribune
Before there was 'Dragon Tattoo,' there was Lackberg
The first two in a series of Nordic mysteries by a Swedish bestseller.
- DAVID SHAFFER, Star Tribune
Word from on high
Looking for fires in a remote forest lookout, a Minnesota native (with his dog) discovers natural beauty, the occasional bear and the meaning of life.
- CHUCK LEDDY, Star Tribune
To the light book club
Three generations of women wrestle with marriage, art and family.
- STEPHANIE WILBUR ASH, Star Tribune
Footprints of the [Norse] gods
In a followup to "In Cod We Trust," Eric Dregni examines the history and influence of Scandinavians in the United States.
- CHUCK HAGA, Star Tribune
A poke at the education bubble
An anonymous professor makes a case against college education for all.
- PATRICIA HAGEN, Star Tribune
'Dance' moves toward acceptance
Lucinda Childs and Philip Glass recall their collaboration on a work that initially caused some audience members to bolt.
- CAROLINE PALMER, Star Tribune
"The Music Never Stopped," or, "The Amnesiac Hippie Who Never Lost His Swag"
It's a given that audiophiles will love this movie, but the tumultuous relationship between Gabriel and Henry will still tug at the heartstrings of those who associate the name "Pigpen" with the Peanuts character.
- Chrissy Stockton, TC Daily Planet
Take-Up Productions continues composer series with Bernard Herrmann
Herrmann was a prodigious talent; a conductor of world renowned orchestras, a curator of radio broadcasts, and even the composer of an opera, Wuthering Heights. But for all his diverse accomplishments, it is Herrmann's film work that continues to be most widely praised.
- Brad Richason, Examiner.com
Review: Minnesota Orchestra offers musical sympathies to Japan
Friday's performance of Sibelius' Fifth was filled with mystery and majesty, haunting gentleness and, ultimately, a heart-lifting tone of triumph.
- Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press
Bright Eyes gazing at a supermoon
Conor Oberst, Omaha's biggest (and rock's youngest) veteran, continues his musical and spiritual quest with a new "Key."
- CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER, Star Tribune
British Sea Power crank it up at the Cedar
I have been to more shows at the Cedar in the first three months of this year than I likely did in all of 2010, so kudos to them for booking so many great acts. That said, I couldn't help but feel like the show would have been significantly more enjoyable in a packed 7th Street Entry, as the Cedar tends to bring out the timid and quiet in crowds (which usually is a good thing).
- Kyle Matteson, TC Daily Planet
"Glee's" Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) to kick off tour in Minneapolis on June 18
He will arrive just days after the "Glee" cast performs at Target Center.
- Jon Bream, Star Tribune
Concert news: Matthew Morrison tour stop should make fans gleeful
The kids of "Glee" aren't the only ones who will hit the road this summer. Matthew Morrison -- who plays Will Schuester, director of the show's glee club -- will launch his own solo tour June 18 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Minneapolis.
- Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press
Posted at 3:05 PM on April 2, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Playlists
Musician Patty Larkin performed in studio on Midmorning this past week. (Photo by Jana Leon)
Hildur Victoria perform in The Current studio
Hildur Victoria's classic-sounding name comes from a band member's great-grandmother. They were originally going to be called Herringbone, but that reminded drummer Jeremy Hanson -- also of Tapes 'n Tapes -- too much of ska band Fishbone. So instead, that's what Hildur Victoria named their 2009 EP.
Songwriter/guitarist Patty Larkin in-studio
Patty Larkin's been called both a "contemplative songwriter" and a "whoop-ass guitarist." To celebrate 25 years in the music business, she's put out an album of 25 of her most requested songs, recorded with 25 of her favorite artists.
Minnesota Historical Society soon to have new leadership at the helm
The state agency that preserves Minnesota's history will have a new leader as of May 1st. Steve Elliott will be replacing the previous director, Nina Archibald, who retired in January. Elliott is currently the president of the New York State Historical Association and the Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Elliott about his transition to the Midwest and the challenges he will face as the new director.
Rybak fires back at GOP lawmaker over 'wasteful spending' charge
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak fired back Tuesday after a Republican lawmaker accused the city of wasteful spending. State Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, made the comments during floor debate Monday on a proposal to eliminate local government aid to cities and counties. Drazkowski said Minneapolis is wasting state taxpayer money on a long list of programs, including funding for public art and the Target Center's green roof.
New Classical Tracks: Images of John Adams
A portrait is the image of a person. Most portraits come in the form of a painting, a drawing, a photograph or even a verbal description. French Canadian violinist Angele Dubeau and her ensemble La Pieta have been building a gallery of musical portraits. Their collection started with Philip Glass, then the Estonian composer Arvo Part, and now John Adams has been added to the display.
A Widow's Story: The story of Joyce Carol Oates
After publishing her first book in 1963, Joyce Carol Oates has since published over 50 novels, three of which were nominated for Pulitzer Prizes. Hear the interesting life of a proficient writer raised in a working-class family. (And at the end of the hour, Moira Buffini joins host Kerri Miller to discuss her screenplay for the new film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre.")
British Sea Power perform live in The Current Studio
Famed for their live performances - which often include fake foliage, birds, and a 10-foot-tall stuffed bear - British Sea Power started collecting fans with a series of nightly shows called "Club Sea Power" in their hometown of Brighton, UK. The sextet have come a long way since then, producing three studio albums and the soundtrack to a 1934 documentary about the Aran Islands.
Tom McCarthy's own past inspired 'Win Win'
Writer, director, and actor Tom McCarthy leads a bifurcated life. To indie film fans he's known as the director of three acclaimed movies: "The Station Agent," "The Visitor," and now "Win Win," which opens in Minnesota this week. But McCarthy, who began his career as an actor in the Twin Cities, is still better known for his role in the HBO series "The Wire."
A foodie's delight: eating out, cooking at home
Gabrielle Hamilton is a chef, a restaurant owner, and a writer. In her book "Blood, Bones and Butter," Gabrielle explains there is more to life than just food (really) and calls on her own experiences for her culinary memoir.
Garrison Keillor interviews baseball historian John Thorn
Author and historian John Thorn was just named the Official Baseball Historian for Major League Baseball. He speaks with Garrison Keillor at the Fitzgerald Theater about the early history of baseball and his new book, "Baseball in the Garden of Eden: The Secret History of the Early Game," as part of a series of conversations sponsored by Common Good Books.
As cube mates at Minnesota Public Radio News, arts reporter Euan Kerr and the Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis spend more time than they probably should engaged in cinema small talk. Today, it's box office receipts and mainstream movie gems on Cube Critics.
David Brooks at the Westminster Town Hall Forum
Author and New York Times columnist David Brooks discusses his new book, "The Social Animal," at the Westminster Town Hall forum. Brooks examines discoveries in neuroscience and cognition that reveal how life is shaped by imagination, emotion, and intuition.
Dinner Party Download and the movie 'Bellflower'
The guests of honor on this week's Dinner Party Download are Evan Glodell and Tyler Dawson -- filmmaker and actor, respectively, of a new film called "Bellflower."