Posted at 8:03 AM on April 25, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: News and reviews
If Berg's books seem familiar ...
it's because she has family in Minnesota and a longtime St. Paul friend inspired a character in her latest novel
- Mary Ann Grossmann, Pioneer Press
Haley Bonar at the Cedar Cultural Center, 4/22/11
Minneapolis could not be happier to have Haley Bonar back in town after her stint in Portland--that much was evident by the warm crowd that had assembled for Bonar's CD release show at the Cedar Cultural Center on Friday night for her new album, Golder.
- Natalie Gallagher, City Pages
Pixies kick up 'Doolittle's' dust
REVIEW: The influential alt-rock band played one of its best albums straight through, but still messed around.
- Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune
Tony Allen brings 'Kindness' to the Cedar stage, 4/23/11 "Monumental," "transcendent," and "unbelievable." These were the words I kept hearing in my head in between all the horn vamps, polyrhythmic shuffles, and body movements that were born of the powerful display on the Cedar Cultural Center's stage this Saturday courtesy of Tony Allen and his seven-piece band.
- Danny Sigelman, CIty Pages
This 'Jersey Boys' nails it
The tweaked Broadway tour has returned to the Twin Cities for another engagement. It's the best yet.
- Rohan Preston , Star Tribune
Kathryn Kysar is the author of Dark Lake, a book of poetry, and editor of Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers, a collection of essays. Her newest book of poetry Pretend the World, was published earlier this year by Holy Cow! Press. Kysar teaches at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis. She lives with her family in St. Paul. You can find out about her upcoming readings here.
St. Paul, 2002
At the grocery store,
the moms of Highland Park
in hastily-pulled ponytails bend
under the weight of the car seats
holding well-fed babies, struggle
to control their straying toddlers.
Stuffing bundled babies into carts,
we babble bright words, only hint
at the shadows that gather in our days:
He's having a bit of trouble toilet training.
In the checkout line, your children whining,
her tired eyes meet yours and say,
It is not your fault.
But the baby hasn't been bathed,
the preschooler watched TV
while, in a sleepless haze,
you stumbled around the house -
laundry, breakfast, wastebaskets,
mail, phone calls, laundry -
unable to focus, prioritize.
The eyes of the grocery store manager
skip over your unwashed hair, your
postpartem body. You are invisible;
you are a checkbook, a credit card,
the major household shopper.
Sometimes, when you do get a chance
to catch the sleep that eludes you,
you think in the dark about
the untidy house, the weeds in the garden,
the fallen flowers crushed by last night's rain.
All the faults in this little world are yours,
the foundation cracking under the weight of the house,
the weight of the family, the weight you cannot carry.
- "Faultlines" by Kathryn Kysar, as it appears in her collection of poetry Pretend The World, published by Holy Cow! Press. Reprinted here with permission from the publisher.
One of the casualties of the Southern Theater's financial meltdown will go ahead in a different form (and a couple of days later.)
Tomorrow's International Contemporary Ensemble show was cancelled five days ago, but ICE has decided to perform the concert in its Brooklyn studio instead, and then provide the show as a webcast for ticketholders on April 29th.
The release from ICE, sent out this afternoon continued: We are saddened to have this performance canceled so suddenly, and want to do everything we can to follow through on our commitment to perform for our loyal Minnesota audience, said Claire Chase, executive director of ICE, This webcast will give ticketholders in Minnesota and new music lovers everywhere a taste for what they would have seen and heard at The Southern on Tuesday.
The program features hot-off-the-press works commissioned through ICElab, a new program that places the ensemble in close collaboration with emerging composers and multimedia artists to develop boundary-pushing new work. Among the pieces included on the webcast are the would-be Minnesota Premieres of Aurum II (2010) and The Flesh Needs Fire (2009) by Mario Diaz de Len, Manifold (2011) by Steve Lehman, and the World Premieres of Glass Clouds We Have Known (2011) and Beneath a Trace of Vapor (2011) by Phyllis Chen.
Details for viewing the concert will be released through the ICE website on Thursday.
Other shows also cancelled are:
Shara Worden with yMusic - May 4 & 5
Mx. Justin Vivian Bond - May 6
Tandem - June 2-4
Johannes Wieland - June 10 & 11
However Southern staff are seeking an alternate venue for the Tandem show