Minnesota Public Radio features by Euan Kerr http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=40 en-us Copyright 2014 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:00:03 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Euan Kerr http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 MIA applauds balanced budget, crowd numbers Some 645,000 visitors came through the doors in fiscal 2014, just short of the attendance record set the year before, President Kaywin Feldman told the organization's annual meeting Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/18/mia-applauds-balanced-budget-crowd-numbers?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:23:26 -0500 Twin Cities arts groups find new ways to make sure the shows go on Despite generous support from the public, the government and philanthropic organizations, many arts groups struggle to make ends meet. Traditional approaches to funding the arts aren't working. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/16/arts-groups-creative-funding?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:18:14 -0500 Historic Southern Theater poised for revival In recent years the Southern Theater has been a far cry artistically from its heyday. But the historic institution is undergoing a rebirth. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/07/14/southern-theater?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jul 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra fills out holiday, pops and family schedule The Minnesota Orchestra fills out the rest of its 2014-15 performance schedule by revealing the Live at Orchestra Hall series, its holiday concert offerings, and the family concerts. MPR News Arts Reporter Euan Kerr has the full story. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/11/minnesota-orchestra-fills-out-holiday-pops-and-family-schedule?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2014 08:40:00 -0500 Cube Critic: 'Transformers 4: Age of Extinction' MPR News Arts Reporter and Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Steve Seel and Jade to talk about Michael Bay's latest installment in the Transformers franchise. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/27/cube-critic-transformers-4-age-of-exctinction?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Love, analytically: 'Rosie Project' author probes the geek heart The best-selling comic novel "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion tells of a romance between a socially awkward genetics professor and a free-spirited young woman. The story behind the book, though, is as unexpected as the novel itself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/23/rosie-project-graeme-simsion?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:49:21 -0500 Pixar's musical Minnesotan, animated and onstage this weekend Pete Docter, who wrote and directed the Pixar movie 'Up,' for which he won an Academy Award, is a Bloomington native. He'll be onstage with the Minnesota Orchestra this weekend, in a program that pairs animation with live music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/20/pixars-musical-minnesotan-animated-and-onstage-this-weekend?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:00:00 -0500 Songs of Sufi love from a Hindustani voice anchored in Minnesota Encountering Pooja Goswami Pavan's voice for the first time is startling. It's a soaring sound, slipping between notes with ease, bending with exquisite control, the product of years of Hindustani vocal training that began when she was a child growing up in India. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/20/songs-of-sufi-love?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 06:45:21 -0500 Pixar's musical Minnesotan, animated and onstage this weekend Pete Docter, who wrote and directed the Pixar movie 'Up,' for which he won an Academy Award, is a Bloomington native. He'll be onstage with the Minnesota Orchestra this weekend, in a program that pairs animation with live music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/18/meet-the-minnesota-man-making-music-for-pixar?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 17:59:41 -0500 Movement drives dancing stories about Minnesota in 'Shore' Emily Johnson and her internationally acclaimed Minneapolis company Catalyst Dance will express that philosophy over the next week in performances of her new piece called "Shore," an epic work spread over several days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/16/emily-johnson-shore?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:15:00 -0500 Cube Critic: 'Obvious Child', 'The Clock' MPR News Arts Reporter and Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about a new film he describes as an alt-rom-com, as well as an exclusive screening of a film at Walker Art Center during Northern Spark 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/13/cube-critic-obvious-child-the-clock?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra announces first full season since lockout The Minnesota Orchestra today released a jam-packed 2014-15 season, its first full season since ending a contentious labor-management struggle. MPR News' Euan Kerr has the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/13/minnesota-orchestra-announces-first-full-season-since-lockout-cms?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 08:20:00 -0500 What's behind the Minnesota Orchestra's new season? The Minnesota Orchestra today released a jam-packed 2014-15 season, its first full season since ending a lockout of musicians. The season will feature a slew of world class visiting performers, a number of musical series, and a completion of the Sibelius recording cycle halted by the recent lockout. MPR's Phil Picardi spoke with Minnesota Public Radio news reporter Euan Kerr, who talked to Music Director Osmo Vanska about the upcoming season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/13/orchestra?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:33:20 -0500 Pinder's Somali runners add speed to Northern Spark The Chicago-based artist Jefferson Pinder makes videos of African-American people working. But for the video shot in Minneapolis, he wanted to add an extra layer and explore the tradition of long-distance running among Somalis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/12/jefferson-pinder-northern-spark?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 06:07:16 -0500 Mapping 24 hours through cinema's watches and clocks "The Clock" is a 24-hour film that acts as a sort of clock itself -- by pairing up each minute with a film clip displaying that time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/11/walker-art-center-the-clock?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 04:00:00 -0500 From driveways to Chinese restaurants, Minn. theaters hit the road In coming weeks a number of Minnesota theater groups are hitting the road, taking shows far and wide in what likely will be big payoffs for little theaters on the routes. They'll be stopping everywhere from driveways to Chinese restaurants. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/05/minnesota-theaters-hit-the-road?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Alec Soth billboard designed to draw attention St. Paul's creative zone The Creative Enterprise Zone features a multitude of creative businesses, including Soth's own studio. Soth hopes the image will attract attention by initially being a little confusing, but then representing the area. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/03/alec-soth-billboard-st-paul?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 19:01:47 -0500 Fact, fiction, truth and the 'Girl Who Sang to the Buffalo' In his new book, Kent Nerburn writes about a plce with "the inconceivable name of 'The Hiawatha Asylum for Insane Indians.'" http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/06/03/nerburn-girl-who-sang-to-the-buffalo?refid=0 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:36:35 -0500 Cube Critic: 'X-Men: Days of Future Past', 'Teenage' MPR's Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about the latest installment in the Marvel superhero series and about a documentary that explores the invention of adolescence. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/23/cube-critic-x-men-days-of-future-past-teenage?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2014 08:31:00 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra names new interim president Former Minnesota Opera president Kevin Smith will take over as interim CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra, the orchestra's board said Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/22/minnesota-orchestra-names-new-interim-president?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2014 16:30:00 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra names new interim president Kevin Smith led the Minnesota Opera for 25 years until he retired in 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/22/minnesota-orchestra-president?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2014 15:05:18 -0500 Love and concrete: Painter sees suburban beauty in 'Paradise Paved' His "plein art" predecessors loved painting beautiful landscapes, but Scott Lloyd Anderson seeks beauty elsewhere. Namely: the suburbs. The Flanders Gallery in Minneapolis is showing his work now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/22/paradise-paved-scott-lloyd-anderson?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2014 12:56:28 -0500 Liquid Music announces third season Liquid Music curator Kate Nordstrum has announced the lineup for the third season of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's new music concert series, which includes such artists as Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche (pictured, above) and The National's Bryce Dessner. MPR News' Euan Kerr has the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/20/liquid-music-announces-third-season-current?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 09:50:00 -0500 Liquid Music announces third season Liquid Music curator Kate Nordstrum has announced the lineup for the third season of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's new music concert series. MPR News' Euan Kerr has the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/20/liquid-music-announces-third-season?refid=0 Tue, 20 May 2014 08:50:00 -0500 British crime writer Philip Kerr's latest explores faith Theology and crime become increasingly entangled as the story unfolds, until agent Martins realizes he is dealing with forces far beyond the human realm. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/16/daily-circuit-philip-kerr?refid=0 Fri, 16 May 2014 09:00:00 -0500 Artist Ralph Steadman: More than just 'Fear and Loathing' British artist Ralph Steadman is best known in the United States for his decades illustrating the work of journalist Hunter S. Thompson, especially in Rolling Stone magazine and the book 'Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.' But a new documentary makes the case for Steadman as an artist in his own right. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/09/artist-ralph-steadman-more-than-fear-and-loathing?refid=0 Fri, 09 May 2014 08:00:29 -0500 Wandering Europe, writer Justin Go built a story that propelled him to success Justin Go says it's tough to describe his book quickly. The book, like Go's life, is complicated. A self-described Europhile who grew up in Los Angeles, Go set aside a career in the law in his 20s to bum around Europe "wanting to have strong experiences." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/01/-justin-go-book?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 17:57:14 -0500 History Theatre's 'Boys' recalls music, street life of WWI Minneapolis "The Working Boys Band" makes its premier this weekend on St. Paul's History Theatre stage. It's a story that looks back at the Twin Cities and family life 100 years ago when there were no child labor laws and many youngsters scrambled to make a living, playwright Dominic Orlando said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/05/01/-working-boys-band?refid=0 Thu, 01 May 2014 16:08:30 -0500 Osmo Vanska hopeful Minnesota Orchestra will return to pre-lockout form The Minnesota Orchestra's music director warned that the leadership, the board and other parts of the organization must come together in recognition that the orchestra itself "is the star." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/29/osmo-vanska-returns-to-minnesota-orchestra?refid=0 Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:01:44 -0500 Fire and art: Forging strong ties at the U of M's iron pour The pour is always a special occasion. Glowing furnaces known as cupolas stand ready to melt metal. This year, the crew is melting radiators scavenged by Wayne Potratz from the Northrop Auditorium remodeling project. Potratz is retiring this year, but with the radiators he leaves behind a 10-year supply of iron for future pours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/25/fire-and-art-iron-pour-at-the-u-forges-strong-ties?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:03:01 -0500 Vanska deal a 'fresh start' Osmo Vanska will return to his old job as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra, the orchestra announced Thursday. MPR News' Euan Kerr spoke to Board Chair Gordon Sprenger, who calls the deal 'a fresh start.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/25/vanska-deal-a-fresh-start?refid=0 Fri, 25 Apr 2014 08:30:00 -0500 Vanska has deal to return as Minnesota Orchestra director The new deal finalizes what many people see as the most important issue remaining from the acrimonious labor dispute between management and musicians at the Minnesota Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/24/osmo-vanska-minnesota-orchestra?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:42:02 -0500 Vanska makes surprise appearance at Minneapolis school When the Minnesota Orchestra arrived in the South High School auditorium today, what was to have been a make-up performance for an event cancelled by snow weeks ago quickly became a huge surprise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/16/vanska-south-high-school?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:00:30 -0500 Cellist Tony Ross staying at Minnesota Orchestra While the larger question of whether conductor Osmo Vanska will return as Minnesota Orchestra music director is still open, another question troubling Minnesota Orchestra fans has been resolved: Principal Cellist Tony Ross will remain with Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/16/cellist-tony-ross-staying-at-minnesota-orchestra?refid=0 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:50:00 -0500 Mack the Knife is back in town for Frank Theatre's 25th anniversary For 25 years, the company, which operates on a shoestring budget, has revolved around artistic director Wendy Knox. Frank Theatre's success is built on the way Knox attracts the cream of local talent to work with her. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/11/frank-theatre-threepenny-opera?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 08:00:00 -0500 Guthrie's Dowling announces his final season After 19 years as artistic director at the Guthrie Theater Joe Dowling is leaving with a splash. In his farewell season, he will both survey some of the best of his tenure, while also presenting his vision of what the Guthrie is capable of in its three-stage complex on the banks of the Mississippi. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/04/guthries-dowling-announces-his-final-season/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:44:31 -0500 Local Somalis cheer Elizabeth Strout's 'The Burgess Boys,' focus on hate crimes Elizabeth Strout's new novel explores cultural conflict in her home state of Maine which, like Minnesota, has a growing Somali population. On Saturday, Strout will meet with members of the Somali community in Minneapolis to talk about "The Burgess Boys." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/09/elizabeth-strout-book-burgess-boys?refid=0 Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0500 Knight Foundation to accept applications for Arts Challenge The Knight Foundation will start accepting applications Monday for its $1.5 million Arts Challenge in St Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/06/knight-foundation-to-accept-applications-for-arts-challenge?refid=0 Sun, 06 Apr 2014 14:28:24 -0500 In 33rd year, MSP International Film Festival tries to find its lighter side A festival this large and complex means many things to many people. The program swings from feature films to shorts, from documentaries to edgy late-night spine tinglers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/04/02/arts/minneapolis-st-paul-international-film-festival?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra CEO Henson to step down As the public face of orchestra management during the 16-month musicians lockout, Michael Henson was a lightning rod for criticism both from players and audience members. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/20/minnesota-orchestra-ceo-henson-to-step-down?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 06:20:49 -0500 Pianist Denk wants 'variety show' feel to concerts with SPCO When award-winning pianist Jeremy Denk joins the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra next year as its new artistic partner, he promises to create "Mozart's iPod shuffle." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/18/arts/jeremy-denk-spco?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2014 15:14:19 -0500 'Scarecrow' at Children's Theatre blends slapstick and social awareness The Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis is debuting an original adaptation of Philip Pullman's book "The Scarecrow and his Servant." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/14/arts/scarecrow-and-his-servant?refid=0 Fri, 14 Mar 2014 08:00:00 -0500 McClinton, best known for directing August Wilson's works, tackles 'Othello' "Othello" is a notoriously difficult play, a tragedy laced with love, deceit, and murderous jealousy. Underlying the work is the inescapable issue of race, as Othello the Moor faces the malevolence of all-white Venice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/03/11/arts/guthrie-othello-marion-mcclinton?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra board meets, no word on Henson, Vanska The board of the Minnesota Orchestra met Friday for three hours without taking public action on the futures of president and CEO Michael Henson and former Music Director Osmo Vanska. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/02/minnesota-orchestra-board-meets-no-word-on-henson-vanska/?refid=0 Sat, 01 Mar 2014 16:19:28 -0600 'Omar' director's Oscar-nominated film explores love and betrayal The story about Omar and the complicated relationships with his childhood friends Amjad and Tarek, and Tarek's sister Nadia, who both Omar and Amjad love, play out in a community divided by the Israeli built security walls. However Abu-Assad says he wants audiences to focus on the universal theses in the story, rather than the specific location. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/02/omar-directors-oscar-nominated-film-explores-love-and-betrayal/?refid=0 Sat, 22 Feb 2014 11:10:47 -0600 Composer and conductor Skrowaczewski, 90, is not slowing down Minnesota Orchestra Conductor Laureate Stanislaw Skrowaczewski turned 90 years old in October without missing a beat. Classical music fans will applaud him again Sunday afternoon when they meet at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis to celebrate the living legend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/21/composer-and-conductor-skrowaczewski-90-is-not-slowing-down?refid=0 Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:30:00 -0600 Composer and conductor Skrowaczewski, 90, is not slowing down Classical music fans will applaud Skrowaczewski Sunday afternoon when they meet at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis to celebrate the living legend. Gov. Mark Dayton has declared Sunday Maestro Skrowaczewski Day in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/21/arts/skrowaczewski?refid=0 Fri, 21 Feb 2014 06:00:00 -0600 Archdiocese names more priests credibly accused of abuse The list, posted on the Archdiocese website, includes nine names. All but two of the men are already known to the public. Three are dead. Only one was accused in the past decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/17/news/catholic-priest-list?refid=0 Mon, 17 Feb 2014 11:23:33 -0600 Cube Critics review 'Robocop' and 'About Last Night' Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis and arts reporter Euan Kerr tell the tale of two remakes: "Robocop" looks good but lacks depth, while "About Last Night" gets a qualified endorsement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/14/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 14 Feb 2014 15:56:35 -0600 Artist Jim Hodges makes the mundane extraordinary In Jim Hodges hands old denim becomes an epic skyscape, light sockets and bulbs become sculpture, and ancient boulders become modern art. This weekend the Walker Art Center opens "Give More than You Take," a show featuring a quarter century of Hodge's work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/13/artist-jim-hodges-makes-the-mundane-extraordinary?refid=0 Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:27:56 -0600 Minn. Orchestra returns, but will Vanska? Osmo Vanska remains popular with orchestra-goers, but his return will be complicated. If the board does remove CEO Michael Henson, as Vanska wants, it looks like it has caved. If it doesn't, it makes a possible Vanska return very difficult. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/10/minn-orchestra-returns-but-will-vanska?refid=0 Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:32:38 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra audience: 'Bring back Osmo' The Minnesota Orchestra performed its first concert since the end of the lockout. The audience gave a standing ovation when the musicians walked on stage, but questions about former music director Osmo Vanska's future with the organization were on everyone's mind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/08/the-minnesota-orchestra-performs-to-applause-but-audience-wants-former-music-director-bac?refid=0 Sat, 08 Feb 2014 09:07:01 -0600 After 16-month lockout, Minnesota Orchestra returns to the stage When the Minnesota Orchestra takes the stage tonight, its performance will be the musicians' first concert since a hard-fought contract agreement ended a bitter 16-month contract dispute. The concert will be broadcast live on Classical MPR at 8 p.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/07/after-16month-lockout-minnesota-orchestra-returns-to-the-stage?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 08:55:00 -0600 After 16-month lockout, Minnesota Orchestra returns to the stage Although musicians, administrators and classical music fans are excited that the orchestra is playing again, the effects of the dispute are likely to be felt for a long time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/06/orchestra-return?refid=0 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 04:00:00 -0600 Former Somali Prime Minister Abdirizak Haji Hussein dies Hussein, who led Somalia from 1964 to 1967, lived in Minnesota for the last 20 years. Macalester College Professor Ahmed Samatar said the late prime minister was a great leader largely because of his commitment to ethics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/02/01/former-somali-prime-minister-abdirizak-haji-hussein-dies?refid=0 Sat, 01 Feb 2014 12:07:53 -0600 Cube Critics: The Oscar-nominated shorts worth seeing The Oscar-nominated short films are now in theaters for a limited time. You can catch the live-action shorts at Uptown Theater in Minneapolis, and the animated ones at the Lagoon Theater, just down the street. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/01/cube-critics-the-oscar-nominated-shorts-worth-seeing/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 18:27:18 -0600 Gordon Sprenger elected chair of Minnesota Orchestra Board Board members chose Sprenger this morning after a phone meeting that reportedly lasted only 20 minutes. Afterwards, Sprenger said his first job will be to rebuild trust between the orchestra's board, musicians, administration and audience. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/01/gordon-sprenger-elected-chair-of-minnesota-orchestra-board/?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:28:35 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra board elects new chair The new chair replaces Jon Campbell, who led the board during the 16-month lockout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/31/minnesota-orchestra-board-elects-new-chair?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:50:09 -0600 SPCO names Patricia Kopatchinskaja as new artistic partner Instead of a music director, a series of visiting artists lead the orchestra for a few weeks every year. Kopatchinskaja will join the current roster of Roberto Abbado, Edo de Waart, Christian Zacharias and Thomas Zehetmair. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/01/spco-names-patricia-kopatchinskaja-as-new-artistic-partner/?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:03:19 -0600 Knight Foundation awards $8M to support arts in St. Paul Among St. Paul arts organization that will benefit from the grant: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Penumbra Theater, Springboard for the Arts, TU Dance, and the Arts Partnership, the umbrella organization building the new concert hall at the Ordway Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/29/knight-foundation-awards-8m-in-arts-grants-in-st-paul?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jan 2014 07:02:24 -0600 Young adult author Patrick Ness writes for an older audience in 'The Crane Wife' Patrick Ness' new book, "The Crane Wife," is based on the folk tale of the same name. The novel, which moves the story from Japan to London, centers on a divorced American trying to work out what went wrong with his life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/28/patrick-ness-the-crane-wife?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:42:30 -0600 Inside the Minnesota Orchestra negotiations: A key conversation avoided an impasse After a 15-month lockout, every public attempt at negotiation had collapsed. But a back-channel conversation between one musician and one board member was the key to starting a dialogue that led to a compromise. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/24/minnesota-orchestra-negotiations?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:18:18 -0600 'The Invisible Woman' and how to capture writers' lives on film With the opening of "The Invisible Woman," Cube Critics Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis talk about how hard it is to depict the creative writing process and the lives of writers on screen. However, they do recall a couple of successful films about the creative process: http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/01/the-invisible-woman-and-writers-lives-in-film/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:00:58 -0600 Cube Critics: Oscar Preview Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to discuss the Oscar nominees. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/24/cube-critics-oscar-preview?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 08:31:00 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra announces concerts, including six with former director Vanska After the bitterness of the orchestra's lengthy labor dispute, the season is meant as a crowd-pleaser in a newly renovated Orchestra Hall. There will be 41 concerts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/24/minnesota-orchestra-season?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:01:01 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra to play Feb. 7-8 in first post-lock out concerts The Minnesota Orchestra today announced its first post-lock out concerts will be Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 at Orchestra Hall. The events are being described as "homecoming concerts." http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/01/minnesota-orchestra-to-play-feb-7-8-in-first-post-lock-out-concerts/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 14:44:30 -0600 Cube Critics: 'Jack Ryan,' and why most reboots fail "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," a reboot of the old Tom Clancy series, inspired just a tiny quiver of interest from Cube Critics Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis. But it spurred a debate of which Hollywood reboots are worth a watch -- and which aren't. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/01/cube-critics-jack-ryan-reboots/?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jan 2014 10:32:19 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra rushes to re-start season, fill seats After the settlement, the Minnesota Orchestra must meet crucial deadlines to keep their lease with the City of Minneapolis and to sell tickets for 37 concerts over 12 weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/16/orchestra-rushes-to-restart-season-fill-seats?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 18:16:46 -0600 Hard work for the Minnesota Orchestra is just beginning While the focus is on restarting the music, the overriding issue may be how to fill the vacant music director position left by the resignation of Osmo Vanska. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/15/minnesota-orchestra-next-steps?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 18:00:46 -0600 Orchestra labor dispute is over; musicians back to work Feb. 1 Under the terms of a three-year contract, the musicians will have to take a 15 percent pay cut in the first year. But the musicians said the orchestra will remain in the nation's top 10 in terms of pay. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/14/minnesota-orchestra-settlement?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 07:00:54 -0600 Back from the brink, Penumbra charts new course with new, but familiar leader After almost collapsing a little more than a year ago, Penumbra Theater in St. Paul, the nation's largest African-American theater, has announced a leadership transition. The biggest change: Sarah Bellamy will take over from her father Lou, who founded the company almost 40 years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/14/arts/back-from-the-brink-penumbra-charts-new-course-with-new-but-familiar-leader?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 07:33:35 -0600 Ruth Ozeki's book is a love story between writer and reader Ozeki's "A Tale for the Time Being" effortlessly weaves together issues of family and tradition, of bullying and suicide, of time and quantum physics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/13/arts/ruth-ozeki-a-tale-for-the-time-being?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jan 2014 16:30:21 -0600 Jonze's 'Her' makes artificial intelligence look natural Can a story about a man falling in love with an operating system be touching? Yes, it can, director Spike Jonze proves with "Her." http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/01/the-cube-critics-on-spike-jonze-latest-film-her/?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jan 2014 11:03:03 -0600 Project Opera tackles 'Griffelkin' with all-teen cast Minnesota Opera's Project Opera hopes to create the opera singers -- and opera fans -- of tomorrow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/01/07/minnesota-opera-project-opera-griffelkin?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 19:47:08 -0600 Cube Critics' most anticipated movies of 2014 Stephanie and Euan are pretty excited about the coming year in film, even though it's been labeled "the year of the sequel." http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/01/cube-critics-most-anticipated-movies-of-2014/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jan 2014 19:06:52 -0600 Mpls. urged to take over Orchestra Hall Save Our Symphony Minnesota is calling on the City of Minneapolis to assume control of the Orchestra Hall - and the Orchestra's multi-million dollar endowment. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2014/01/group-urges-minneapolis-to-take-over-orchestra-hall/?refid=0 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 15:30:00 -0600 And the Cube Critics' pick for best movie of 2013 goes to... The Cube Critics pick their favorite movie of the year. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/12/and-the-cube-critics-pick-for-best-movie-of-2013-goes-to/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Dec 2013 07:13:33 -0600 Other orchestras see bright future despite Minn. lockout If you're a Minnesota Orchestra lover needing a little holiday hope, here's some: Struggling orchestras elsewhere in the country are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Even in Detroit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/26/arts/other-orchestras-nationwide-bright-future?refid=0 Thu, 26 Dec 2013 13:21:44 -0600 Cube Critics: Holiday movie round up Is it possible to review four movies in a four minutes? Not a problem for the Cube Critics. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/12/cube-critics-holiday-movie-round-up/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 18:23:09 -0600 'Inside Llewyn Davis' was education in folk for actress Carey Mulligan With the help of T Bone Burnett, Carey Mulligan learned how to be an earnest folk singer for the Coen Brothers' new film. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/19/carey-mulligan-inside-llewyn-davis?refid=0 Thu, 19 Dec 2013 04:00:00 -0600 'The Hobbit' does not make a great trilogy, but these films do "The Hobbit," originally intended as a children's-level addition to the "Lord of the Rings" series, just doesn't have enough in its 150 pages to warrant nine hours of screen time over three movies. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/12/the-hobbit-does-not-make-a-great-trilogy-but-these-films-do/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:22:38 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra musicians announce spring concert details The locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra announced details of a 10-concert spring season. The musicians hinted at some of the upcoming concerts at their community meeting Monday, but have now announced dates, programs, and ticket details. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/12/minnesota-orchestra-musicians-announce-spring-concert-details/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:26:13 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra board posts $1.1 million deficit The $1.1 million figure is lower than many people expected in a fiscal year where the Minnesota Orchestra presented no official concerts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/11/arts/minnesota-orchestra-deficit?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:52:54 -0600 Lawmakers want resignation of Minnesota Orchestra president, 2 board members Citing poor leadership, 10 state legislators in a letter Tuesday called for the resignation of Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Michael Henson and two members of the orchestra's board of directors, as well as an immediate end to the musicians lock out. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/12/lawmakers-call-for-resignation-of-minnesota-orchestral-association-leaders/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:12:19 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra musicians want a deal, but say they're ready to go it alone Orchestra officials locked out the musicians more than 14 months ago. Since then the two sides have been embroiled in a bitter contract dispute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/09/arts/minnesota-orchestra-musicians?refid=0 Tue, 10 Dec 2013 07:45:25 -0600 Mpls. comic artist blends modernity with ancient tales Minneapolis comics artist Anders Nilsen's imagination inspired him to create a new graphic novel "Rage of Poseidon," which twists modern ideas into ancient tales. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/06/arts/anders-nilsen?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 15:19:22 -0600 Review: 'World's End' is smart, sophomoric satire At first blush, "The World's End" seems like a knock-off of "The Hangover" with a British twist. It's not. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/12/review-worlds-end-is-smart-sophomoric-satire/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 12:29:08 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra musicians add another Vanska concert in May The concert at 2 p.m.on Sunday May 4, will present the same "Echoes of History" program to be performed May 2. It consists of pieces by Wagner, Dvorak, Liszt, and Tchaikovsky. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/12/minnesota-orchestra-musicians-add-another-vanska-concert/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Dec 2013 10:36:50 -0600 British TV ads show returns to Walker Art Center Visitors to the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis will see a lot of TV commercials when the 27th annual screenings of the best of British TV advertising begins a month-long run Friday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/05/arts/british-arrows-walker?refid=0 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:09:22 -0600 SPCO will use $280,000 surplus to pay down deficit The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has announced that it ended the year with a surplus of more than $280,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/12/03/arts/spco-surplus?refid=0 Tue, 03 Dec 2013 17:43:20 -0600 Review: 'Homefront' a thriller that delivers Purist fans of Chuck Logan will be disappointed. But they should give the film a chance; it's a high-octane thriller that delivers the goods with a bit of nuance unusual in action movies. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/11/review-homefront-a-high-octane-thriller-that-delivers/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Nov 2013 11:30:17 -0600 Stallone's movie liberties with 'Homefront' don't bother Minnesota book's author a bit Some authors might object to a big-time Hollywood star messing mightily with one of their novels. But when Sylvester Stallone's recent adaptation of "Homefront" opens in theaters nationwide on Wednesday, Stillwater writer Chuck Logan will be among those pleased to see what unfolds on the big screen, because it's his book upon which the movie is based. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/24/arts/sylvester-stallone-homefront-chuck-logan?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 06:00:55 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra conductor hopes concerts will send a message Locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra play concerts Thursday and Friday at the Ted Mann Hall as part of their campaign to keep top quality classical music alive in Minneapolis. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/11/skrowaczewski-hopes-locked-out-musicians-concerts-will-send-a-message/?refid=0 Thu, 14 Nov 2013 18:21:27 -0600 At the Walker, McQueen says '12 Years a Slave' a story of survival, love and life British film director Steve McQueen was in the Twin Cities this weekend to appear at a dialogue at the Walker Art Center, and at a question-and-answer session after a screening in Brooklyn Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/11/arts/steve-mcqueen-12-years-a-slave?refid=0 Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:38:36 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra negotiations collapse -- again A new attempt to overcome months of animosity between Minnesota Orchestra musicians and the management by stepping away from the full negotiating committees has not worked and talks have collapsed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/08/arts/minnesota-orchestra-negotiations-collapse-again?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 18:53:25 -0600 3 reasons 'Dallas Buyers Club' is a great film "Dallas Buyers Club" is the extraordinary account of how a homophobic, redneck hustler from Texas becomes an unlikely AIDS activist after he's told he only has a month to live. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/11/3-reasons-dallas-buyers-club-is-a-great-film/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 16:34:11 -0600 Cube Critics: 'Dallas Buyers Club' MPR Arts Reporter and Cube Critic Euan Kerr reviews a new film based on the true story of Ron Woodruff, a Texas electrician who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1985. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto and Minnesota native Steve Zahn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/08/cube-critics-dallas-buyers-club?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 08:31:00 -0600 The Minnesota writer behind the Cowboy of 'Dallas Buyers Club' "Dallas Buyers Club" is the extraordinary account of a hard-living, hard-partying Texas cowboy with a death sentence from AIDS hanging over his head. The way he dealt with the disease inspired Wayzata native Melisa Wallack's to write her first film script. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/11/08/arts/dallas-buyers-club?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 04:00:00 -0600 St. Paul to breathe new life into long-vacant Palace Theatre St. Paul's Palace Theatre was built in 1916 as a vaudeville theater and later became a movie theater. The City of St. Paul plans to spend $12 million to refurbish the long-vacant space as a contemporary music venue. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/28/palace-theatre-renovation-st-paul?refid=0 Mon, 28 Oct 2013 14:46:23 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Mysterious and Moving Arts Reporter Euan Kerr (filling in for Marianne Combs) joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about some appropriate offerings in the run-up to Halloween. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/24/weekend-arts-roundup-mysterious-and-moving?refid=0 Thu, 24 Oct 2013 08:32:00 -0500 Cube Critics: Why do we need a remake of 'Carrie?' "Carrie," a remake of the 1976 horror classic of the same name starring Julianne Moore and Chloe Moretz, comes to theaters this weekend. Should you see it? Euan Kerr has some opinions on the topic. Also: Stephanie Curtis takes a look at "A.C.O.D." starring Adam Scott and Amy Poehler. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/10/cube-critics-why-do-we-need-a-remake-of-carrie/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:34:46 -0500 Cube Critics: 'Carrie'; 'The Trials of Muhammed Ali' MPR News Arts Reporter and Cube Critic Euan Kerr talks to Steve Seel and Jill Riley about a new reimagining of Stephen King's classic horror tale, and about a new documentary that looks at the life of the world-champion boxer. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/18/cube-critics-carrie-the-trials-of-muhammed-ali?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:32:00 -0500 Jherek Bischoff makes something new by mixing classical and rock music On Friday Jherek Bischoff brings his unique blend of rock and classical music to the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, where he will perform with musicians from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Channy Leaneagh, lead singer for the popular local band Polica. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/16/arts/jherek-bischoff-makes-something-new-by-mixing-classical-and-rock-music?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Kahn: State should take over Minnesota Orchestra A DFLer from south Minneapolis, is suggesting the state form a corporation to take over the orchestra and then sell stock to the public. Phyllis Kahn says she will introduce the bill at the next legislative session. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/15/arts/kahn-state-should-take-over-minnesota-orchestra?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 09:05:16 -0500 Penumbra reports surplus, a year after cancelling productions due to deficit The nationally-known African-American theater faced a million dollar deficit more than a year ago. The financial picture was so bleak, Penumbra laid off six staff members and suspended its 2012 - 2013 season. But as the funds rolled in, Penumbra was able to resume programming. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/10/penumbra-reports-a-surplus-a-year-after-cancelling-productions-due-to-deficit/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Oct 2013 06:25:03 -0500 Hollywood turns to Minneapolis for 'Captain Phillips' casting Barkhad Abdi, who plays the pirates' leader, has been mentioned as a possible contender for best supporting actor at this year's Academy Awards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/10/hollywood-turns-to-minneapolis-to-cast-captain-phillips?refid=0 Fri, 11 Oct 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Writer Nicholson Baker seeks big truths in small details Nicholson Baker's latest novel brings readers into the mind of Paul Chowder, a disgruntled middle-aged poet trying to find some meaning in his existence -- if he can focus long enough. Baker will be at the Twin Cities Book Festival on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/11/for-novelist-nicholson-baker-big-truths-in-small-details?refid=0 Fri, 11 Oct 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Photos: A sneak peek at the new Northrop Auditorium In April the Northrop will re-open after a $100-million renovation leaves it with a new, trimmed, toned and ultra-flexible style. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/10/a-sneak-peak-at-the-northrop/?refid=0 Tue, 08 Oct 2013 15:54:14 -0500 Standing ovations, tears for Vanska as conductor begins waving his baton goodbye Emotion floated through the lobby of the Ted Mann Concert Hall Friday night before before Osmo Vanska, who resigned as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra on Tuesday, conducted the first of three farewell concerts in Minneapolis. Shortly after 8:00 p.m., the lights went down and Vanska walked on stage and the crowd exploded in applause. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/10/standing-os-tears-for-vanska-as-conductor-begins-waving-his-baton-goodbye/?refid=0 Sat, 05 Oct 2013 08:34:53 -0500 Cube Critics: 'Gravity' MPR News' Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Steve Seel and and Jill Riley to review the new space adventure film directed by Alfonso Cuar&#243;n and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/04/cube-critics-gravity?refid=0 Fri, 04 Oct 2013 08:31:00 -0500 The mind of Irish author Kevin Barry lives in a hilariously malevolent world Irish writer Kevin Barry follows in his homeland's long literary tradition of linguistic improvisation in his work. His novel, "City of Bohane," is written in a language he invented for the novel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/03/arts/kevin-barry-author?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 19:27:09 -0500 Vanska to conduct three farewell concerts this weekend Osmo Vanska, who resigned as music director of Minnesota Orchestra< this week, will conduct musicians when they perform two shows this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/03/vanska-to-conduct-two-farewell-shows?refid=0 Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:50:50 -0500 Orchestra lovers left wondering about the future after Vanska, Kernis call it quits Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska and Aaron Jay Kernis, founder and director of the orchestra's Composer Institute, quit in frustration following another failed attempt by management and musicians to negotiate a new contract. They left exactly one year after orchestra management locked out musicians. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/01/arts/osmo-vanska-resigns-minnesota-orchestra?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 07:34:50 -0500 Orchestra talks collapse, Carnegie concerts canceled as all eyes focus on Vanska's next move Management said musicians' contract proposals don't solve the organization's financial problems. Then, orchestra management withdrew from two coveted Carnegie Hall shows scheduled for November. It's a move that could lead to the resignation of conductor Osmo Vanska. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/10/01/arts/orchestra-talks-collapse-carnegie-concerts-canceled-as-all-eyes-focus-on-vanskas-nex?refid=0 Tue, 01 Oct 2013 05:45:47 -0500 MN Orchestra updates: Follow the Latest MPR News' Arts Reporter Euan Kerr continues to follow the MN Orchestra situation as it develops. Find all the latest updates here. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/09/updates-minn-orchestra-musicians-to-speak-as-deadline-nears/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:20:27 -0500 Updates: Minn. Orchestra musicians speak Locked out Minnesota Orchestra musicians plan to speak later this morning on the status of negotiations with orchestra management on a new contract. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/09/updates-minn-orchestra-musicians-to-speak-as-deadline-nears/?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 10:35:55 -0500 Vanska deadline fails to produce weekend Minnesota Orchestra talks The two sides have been working against a deadline which has nothing to do with the issues in the contract dispute. This is the week by which Vanska says he needs to be back on stage rehearsing with musicians to prepare for upcoming concerts at Carnegie Hall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/30/no-talks-despite-vanska-deadline?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 06:10:48 -0500 Vanska deadline fails to produce weekend talks in Minnesota Orchestra dispute Despite facing a deadline of Monday to get a deal which will keep Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska in town, the warring sides in the labor dispute failed to meet over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/30/no-talks-despite-vanska-deadline?refid=0 Mon, 30 Sep 2013 05:51:27 -0500 Orchestra musicians reject another management offer Locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra Saturday unanimously rejected a contract offer from orchestra management. Musicians say the offer was "artistically unsustainable" and would do long-term damage to the orchestra. MPR News' Euan Kerr has the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/28/orchestra-musicians-reject-latest-management-offer?refid=0 Sat, 28 Sep 2013 12:55:00 -0500 Orchestra musicians reject another management offer The musicians say they do not believe Monday is a hard deadline for a deal to prevent the departure of music director Osmo Vanska. They say they will present new proposals to mediator George Mitchell in hopes of reaching a deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/28/orchestra-musicians-reject-latest-management-offer?refid=0 Sat, 28 Sep 2013 12:18:10 -0500 Minn. Orchestra musicians reject latest proposal The latest offer comes as the two sides face a deadline to reach a deal by Monday or risk losing music director Osmo Vanska. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/27/minn-orchestra-musicians-to-vote-on-latest-proposal?refid=0 Sat, 28 Sep 2013 11:08:00 -0500 Cube Critics: A split take on Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon' The Cube Critics issue a split opinion on this week's movie, "Don Jon." The film, which Stephanie finds to be a delightful romantic comedy, follows a man addicted to pornography who is trying to deal with the real women in his life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/27/cube-critics-don-jon?refid=0 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 11:58:27 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra management releases new contract offer Management at the Minnesota Orchestra released a new contract proposal for musicians aimed at resolving the yearlong lockout. Musicians criticized management for making the offer in public rather than working through independent mediator George Mitchell. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/27/minnesota-orchestra-management-releases-new-contract-offer?refid=0 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:15:00 -0500 One year in, Minnesota Orchestra lockout jeopardizes another season The Minnesota Orchestra's performance season is again in jeopardy and this weekend may be the point of no return. A three-year contract offer management released Thursday was immediately criticized by the musicians. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/27/arts/minnesota-orchestra-lock-out-one-year?refid=0 Fri, 27 Sep 2013 04:01:00 -0500 Orchestra management makes new offer, as Vanska departure looms With a Monday deadline looming to prevent the departure of conductor Osmo V&#228;nsk&#228;, Minnesota Orchestra management today revealed details of its latest contract offer to locked-out musicians. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/26/new-minnesota-orchestra-contract-offer?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 16:15:47 -0500 Orchestra management makes new offer, as Vanska departure looms The three-year deal would cut musicians salaries from an average of $135,000 a year under the old contract to $104,500. Each musician would also receive a $20,000 signing bonus, management said. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/26/new-minnesota-orchestra-contract-offer?refid=0 Thu, 26 Sep 2013 15:56:12 -0500 A rally and a smidgin of protest at Minnesota Orchestra's Symphony Ball About 250 protesters rallied Friday evening outside the Symphony Ball at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. The annual event is the Minnesota Orchestra's largest fundraiser, and people today called on attendees to join them in opposing the almost year-long musicians lockout. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/09/a-rally-with-a-smidgen-of-protest-outside-the-minnesota-orchestras-symphony-ball/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:13:49 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'Prisoners,' 'Salinger,' 'Informant' suspenseful, exhaustive, revealing -- in that order If movie going is part of your weekend plans, you now have some good leads, thanks to the Cube Critics, Stephanie Curtis the Movie Maven and arts reporter Euan Kerr. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/20/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 15:01:11 -0500 Rybak and Dayton urge Minnesota Orchestra sides to negotiate Speaking on Thursday, Governor Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak demanded the two sides in the almost year-long Minnesota Orchestra lockout set aside their personal differences and get back to the negotiating table. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/20/rybak-and-dayton-urge-minnesota-orchestra-sides-to-negotiate?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:00:00 -0500 'Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties' maps road to the Spoonbridge If you have ever looked at the "Spoonbridge and Cherry" sculpture and wondered what it's about, you might now get an answer. The Walker Art Center this weekend opens a show of the early work of the artist who gave Minneapolis one of its landmarks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/20/arts/claes-oldenburg-sixties?refid=0 Fri, 20 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 'Space Junk' movie-makers look to the heavens The widely anticipated movie "Gravity" follows the horrifying tale of an astronaut set adrift when debris hits her ship during a space walk. The facts behind the movie can be found in a new Minneapolis-produced film, "Space Junk 3D." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/19/arts/space-junk?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 15:19:19 -0500 Minnesota Opera to stage Stephen King's 'The Shining' Stephen King's novel, "The Shining," is going to become an opera, more than 35 years after it was turned into a movie. The Minnesota Opera will stage "The Shining" in 2016. Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr talked with the Minnesota Opera's artistic director Dale Johnson about how "The Shining" was chosen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/16/opera?refid=0 Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:06:13 -0500 Orchestra musicians signal movement in lockout talks There appears to be shift, however small, in the standoff between musicians and management in the Minnesota Orchestra dispute. With a management-set midnight deadline for a deal looming last night, both sides said they have been exchanging information with the mediator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/16/arts/orchestra-musicians-signal-movement-in-lockout-talks?refid=0 Mon, 16 Sep 2013 06:34:26 -0500 Minnesota Opera to tackle Stephen King horror novel The Minnesota Opera has commissioned an adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling horror novel, <i>The Shining</i>. MPR News Arts Reporter Euan Kerr has the story. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/09/minnesota-opera-to-tackle-stephen-king-horror-novel/?refid=0 Sun, 15 Sep 2013 20:00:47 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'The Family,' 'Short Term 12' This week on The Cube Critics, arts reporter Euan Kerr finds a familiar local face in "The Family, " while movie maven Stephanie Curtis falls in love with "Short Term 12." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/13/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 16:00:27 -0500 Without Osmo Vanska, some say Minnesota Orchestra could lose its way Without a successful resolution of the ongoing Minnesota Orchestra labor dispute, internationally acclaimed music director Osmo Vanska could soon resign. That prospect worries patrons, some of whom say that without Vanska, the orchestra's lustrous reputation could be tarnished. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/13/arts/osmo-vanska-minnesota-orchestra?refid=0 Fri, 13 Sep 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Photos: A new Orchestra Hall is ready &#151; and waiting The new Orchestra Hall is ready for business &#151; whenever that may be possible given the current lockout of musicians for the Minnesota Orchestra. Orchestra officials took media on a tour this morning to show off the results of the year-long $52 million renovation project. MPR News' Euan Kerr has the story. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/09/a-new-orchestra-hall-is-ready-and-waiting/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:05:53 -0500 Rep. Ellison urges Minn. Orchestra to accept mediator's plan U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison called upon the board of the Minnesota Orchestra to accept a proposal put forward by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, who is acting as a mediator in the ongoing dispute with musicians. MPR News' Euan Kerr has the story. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/09/keith-ellison-steps-into-mnorch-dispute/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Sep 2013 18:35:00 -0500 Orchestra musicians reveal counterproposal The locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra issued a cryptic release today. They are trying to take the steam out of management protests that musicians have not put forward a counterproposal to the contract orchestra officials offered in April, 2012. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/09/mnorch-musicians-reveal-counterproposal-management-critical-of-request-for-higher-pay/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 16:48:44 -0500 Vanska eases deadline in orchestra contract talks Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska is easing his deadline for a restart of rehearsals as part of the drive to end the orchestra's lockout of musicians, and by extension, his threat to resign. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/09/arts/vanska-eases-deadline-in-orchestra-contract-talks?refid=0 Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:32:13 -0500 'SOS Osmo' aims to save MnOrch leader V&#228;nsk&#228; A new citizens' group, "SOS Osmo," says it's raised pledges of at least $630,000 to help prevent the departure of Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo V&#228;nsk&#228;. MPR News Arts Reporter Euan Kerr has the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/07/sos-osmo-aims-to-save-mnorch-leader-vanska?refid=0 Sat, 07 Sep 2013 11:26:04 -0500 'SOS Osmo' aims to save MnOrch leader Vanska A group of Minnesota Orchestra musicians has collected pledges totaling more than half a million dollars in an attempt to keep the group's music director, who's threatened to resign over an ongoing lockout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/07/sos-osmo-aims-to-save-mnorch-leader-vanska?refid=0 Sat, 07 Sep 2013 10:18:37 -0500 Orchestra fundraiser draws protest Around 100 people protested outside a fundraiser in Minneapolis tonight calling for an end to the Minnesota Orchestra lockout. The fundraiser brought in $200,000 for musicians' salaries after the 11-month dispute is settled. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/06/orchestra-protest?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 20:21:27 -0500 Cube Critics: 'Afternoon Delight' shows flash of brilliance, never really gels MPR News' The Cube Critics Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr discuss "Afternoon Delight" and other films to fight off summertime blues and cinema 'dreck.' http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/09/06/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 14:11:44 -0500 In Minn. Orchestra dispute, each side says, 'ball is in their court' Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra gathered Thursday outside the newly renovated, but unopened, Orchestra Hall, to announce they had unanimously rejected management's latest proposal. MPR News' Euan Kerr has the story. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/09/the-ball-is-in-their-court-says-both-sides-of-the-mnorch-dispute/?refid=0 Fri, 06 Sep 2013 07:25:00 -0500 Minn. Orch. musicians reject latest contract offer The management proposal was for two months of negotiations with musicians paid under their old contract, followed by the imposition of a two year contract including a 25 percent pay cut if no agreement was reached. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/09/the-ball-is-in-their-court-says-both-sides-of-the-mnorch-dispute/?refid=0 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 15:34:42 -0500 Cube Critics: 'Austenland' one notch above adequate This week, Stephanie Curtis finds "Austenland" to be a romantic comedy that's slightly above adequate, while Euan Kerr revels in the beauty of martial arts film "The Grandmaster." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/30/cube-critics-austenland-the-grandmaster?refid=0 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:23:27 -0500 Minn. Orchestra management makes new contract offer The offer is for a two month 'play and talk' period beginning Sept. 30 using the provisions of the contract which lapsed last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/29/arts/minnesota-orchestra-new-offer?refid=0 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 06:30:12 -0500 Cube Critics movie reviews: 'World's End' and 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' Stephanie Curtis likes the movie "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" more than the title, and Euan Kerr ends up celebrating "World's End." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/23/cube-critics-worlds-end-and-aint-them-bodies-saints?refid=0 Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:57:13 -0500 Minn. Orchestra supporters gather to offer solutions to lockout Some 600 people gathered in downtown Minneapolis Tuesday night to discuss possible solutions to resolve the ongoing Minnesota Orchestra lockout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/21/minn-orchestra-supporters-gather-to-offer-solutions-to-lockout?refid=0 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 MN Orchestra not in 'good-enough shape' as recording session postponed Concerned that an ongoing lockout of musicians by the Minnesota Orchestra has left the orchestra unprepared, the Swedish recording company BIS has postponed a planned September session, orchestra officials confirmed today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/19/arts/minnesota-orchestra-recording-postponed?refid=0 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 13:28:56 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra management rejects mediation proposal The Minnesota Orchestra rejected a proposal to enter mediation with the musicians' union after its members accepted it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/16/arts/minnesota-orchestra-rejects-mediation-proposal?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:38:59 -0500 Cube Critics movie review: Kutcher can't save shallow 'Jobs' Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr discusses Ashton Kutcher's shallow portrayal of Apple computer founder Steve Jobs in "Jobs" during this week's Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/16/arts/cube-critics-jobs?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:26:47 -0500 'Spectacular Now' director wants to save teen movies Movies about teenagers are a staple of mall megaplexes, particularly during the summer. But the vast majority of them rarely depict the realities of teen life, director James Ponsoldt argues. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/15/the-spectacular-now?refid=0 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Cube Critics movie review: 'Elysium' a sensible blockbuster Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis discuss Neil Blomkamp's sensibilities, big stars and the multicultural cast in "Elysium" during this week's Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/09/arts/cube-critics-elysium?refid=0 Fri, 09 Aug 2013 12:53:48 -0500 Thirty years of 'Love and Rockets' explode in Minneapolis When many people think of comic-book heroes, they likely picture a pantheon of ultra-muscled superheroes. But some hard core fans of the comics prefer "Love and Rockets," which portrays real people and is considered by some to be the pinnacle of the art form. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/07/arts/love-and-rockets?refid=0 Wed, 07 Aug 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Cube Critics movie review: 'Smurfs 2' a Smurfing good time Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr discusses gang affiliation, fatherhood issues and gender inequities in "The Smurfs 2" during this week's Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/08/02/arts/cube-critics-smurfs-2?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 11:40:05 -0500 Cube Critics with Euan Kerr: 'Smurfs 2' MPR Arts Reporter and Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Steve Seel and Jade to talk about 'Smurfs 2' -- and how adults won't feel deep regret if they have to see it with their kids. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/02/cube_critic_smurfs_2?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 08:34:00 -0500 'Act of Killing' restages a genocide, adding bizarre dance numbers When documentary-maker Josh Oppenheimer visited Indonesia, he felt as if he were visiting Germany 40 years after the Holocaust and finding the Nazis still in charge. This week, he presents "The Act of Killing," a film he made about what he discovered. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/31/arts/act-of-killing?refid=0 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 18:43:28 -0500 Cube Critics movie review: Michael Cera shows off new persona in 'Crystal Fairy' Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr discussed the physical and drug-induced trips, the improvisation and Michael Cera's new persona in "Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus" during this week's Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/26/arts/cube-critics-crystal-fairy?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:09:49 -0500 Movie Maven: 'Crystal Fairy'; 'The To-Do List' Euan Kerr reviews Sebasti&#225;n Silva's road drama starring Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffman, plus Maggie Carey's teen comedy starring Aubrey Plaza and Bill Hader. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/25/movie_maven_crystal_fairy_the_to-do_list?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jul 2013 08:34:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: Pop-Up Art MPR News Arts Reporter Euan Kerr (filling in for Marianne Combs) joins The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about art that's popping up all over: puppets in Minneapolis, dancing in St. Paul, a play in Albert Lea and cat-video voting online. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/25/weekend_arts_barebones_dumpster_duel_ordway_dance_luverne_seifert_cat_video?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 08:31:00 -0500 George Mitchell, who brokered N. Ireland peace, is mediating MN Orchestra deadlock Neither side in the Orchestra dispute will confirm or deny that Mitchell, who brokered a deal between the warring sides in Northern Ireland and served as a special envoy to the Middle East, is leading attempts at mediation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/23/arts/george-mitchell-mediating-orchestra-deadlock?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:31:54 -0500 Cube Critics movie review: 'Red 2' a rom-com disguised as a spy flick Minnesota Public Radio's arts reporter Euan Kerr says "Red 2" is a romantic comedy disguised as a secret agent movie, and discusses the film's incredible cast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/19/arts/cube-critics-red-2-look-of-love?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 14:06:54 -0500 Movie Maven: 'RED 2' MPR Arts Reporter Euan Kerr reviews this action-comedy sequel starring Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Byung-hun Lee and Anthony Hopkins. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/19/movie_maven_red_2_bruce_willis?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 08:33:00 -0500 SPCO retirements likely to challenge and offer possible opportunities Announcement of the retirement of 10 long-serving Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra musicians sparks sadness among friends of the orchestra, but also opens the door for the orchestra to plan for the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/16/arts/spco-retirement-opportunity?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:20:53 -0500 J.M. Ledgard's 'Submergence' is small publisher's big hope Writer J.M. Ledgard's life rarely strays far from two elements: water and danger. In "Submergence," his new novel, they are always near. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/16/ledgard-submergence?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:00:00 -0500 International youth soccer stars head to Blaine this week for Schwan's USA Cup Thousands of youth soccer players from around the world will converge on Blaine this week for the annual Schwan's USA Cup. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/16/sports/international-youth-soccer-stars-head-to-blaine-this-week-for-schwans-usa-cup?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jul 2013 07:35:00 -0500 Cube Critics movie review: Subtlety lacking in 'Pacific Rim' monsters vs. robots slugfest Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr discusses the spectacular visual effects of 'Pacific Rim' in this week's Cube Critics. Kerr said that although there are plenty of explosions and mayhem the script lacks subtlety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/12/arts/cube-critics-pacific-rim?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 11:57:11 -0500 Screenwriters bring timeless lessons 'Way, Way Back' You can learn a lot in how people introduce themselves. Clearly, screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash are old and good friends. Instead of jumping on offers after winning an Oscar for "The Descendants", the two decided to return to a coming-of-age script they had wanted to produce for years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/12/arts/screenwriters-way-way-back?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jul 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Photographer Alec Soth mounts storyteller's summer camp awkwardly Until now, there's never been a Summer Camp for Socially Awkward Storytellers. No one -- particularly its creator, St. Paul photographer Alec Soth, claims to know how it will turn out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/11/arts/awkward-storyteller-camp?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jul 2013 18:01:01 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra cancels summer series; labor dispute continues In the face of a labor dispute with musicians, the Minnesota Orchestra management on Wednesday canceled six scheduled summer concerts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/10/arts/minnesota-orchestra-cancels-summer-series?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 17:33:36 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'The Lone Ranger,' 'Despicable Me 2' Movie maven Stephanie Curtis and arts reporter Euan Kerr are entertained by "The Lone Ranger," and "Despicable Me 2" becomes the most delightful movie of the summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/05/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jul 2013 14:42:50 -0500 Observers gloomy about Minnesota Orchestra's future The start of July marks ten months for the Minnesota Orchestra lockout, with no end in sight for the musicians, management and audience. Many opinions are swirling in the classical world about what's happening at the orchestra. Few predict sweetness and light, but rather a gloomy outcome. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/07/03/arts/minnesota-orchestra-lockout?refid=0 Wed, 03 Jul 2013 17:00:57 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'The Legos Movie,' 'White House Down,' 'The Heat' This week the Cube Critics consider whether Legos could make for a good feature film. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/28/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 14:57:19 -0500 Guthrie events celebrate 50th anniversary The Guthrie Theater celebrates its 50th anniversary with a gala performance on Saturday night and a free community celebration on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/22/arts/guthrie-theater-anniversary?refid=0 Sat, 22 Jun 2013 12:52:02 -0500 Cube Critics movie review: 'World War Z' strays from book Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis discuss "World War Z" in this week's Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/21/arts/cube-critics-movie-review-world-war-z?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:26:57 -0500 Latest science illuminates ancient Maya world The largest modern show of Maya artifacts opens at the Science Museum of Minnesota. It explores the complex society which built huge cities across Central America over a millennium ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/21/arts/ancient-maya-science-museum?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Arts Partnership to break ground on new concert hall Groundbreaking begins Wednesday on a $79 million concert hall at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts. Major arts groups from St. Paul will gather this morning for a ceremony marking the moment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/19/arts/spco-new-concert-hall?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Photos: Spoonbridge and Cherry gets a lick of paint Early birds walking around the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden this morning witnessed Tim Antilla giving a quick lick of paint to the spoon part of Claes Oldenburg's iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/06/a-lick-of-paint-on-the-spoonbridge-and-cherry/?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:40:06 -0500 Cube Critics: 'Man of Steel,' 'This is the End,' 'Fill the Void' The weekend is upon us and Cube Critics, Stephanie Curtis the Movie Maven and arts reporter Euan Kerr, expound on the gross-out humor of "This is the End." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/14/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 14 Jun 2013 18:30:13 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra audit finds no legal problems, but raises question of unused funds The question of whether the Minnesota Orchestra should return almost a million dollars in state aid because of the ongoing musicians lockout was raised Thursday after a report from the Legislative Auditor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/13/arts/minnesota-orchestra-legislative-auditor?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jun 2013 18:37:54 -0500 'War Horse' puppet is more than the sum of its parts If it walks like a horse and talks like a horse, and looks like a horse, especially from a distance, does that make it a horse? In the case of Joey the war horse the answer is no -- and yes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/12/arts/war-horse-puppet?refid=0 Wed, 12 Jun 2013 18:58:56 -0500 SPCO violinist Kyu-Young Kim says he will stay It was a surprise Monday when the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra announced that violinist Kyu-Young Kim, who in February announced he was leaving after winning a spot on the New York Philharmonic, is now staying to become the SPCO's senior director of artistic planning. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/06/as-spco-musicians-announce-departures-violinist-kyu-young-kims-says-hell-stay/?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 20:06:26 -0500 Steve Dietz prepares for St. Paul 'Spark' Steve Dietz tells a story about the first Northern Spark. It was three years ago, and as artistic director he was scheduled to say a few words to open the event. The problem was, he didn't know if anyone would be there to listen to what he said. http://blogs.mprnews.org/state-of-the-arts/2013/06/steve-dietz-prepares-for-a-st-paul-spark/?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 21:00:00 -0500 Cube Critics film review: 'Kings of Summer' a teen comedy gem Minnesota Public Radio's Stephanie Curtis discusses "The Kings of Summer" in this week's Cube Critics video. Curtis said the familiar story is goes from hackneyed to a gem in the hands of director Jordan Vogt-Roberts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/07/arts/cube-critics-film-review-kings-of-summer-a-teen-comedy-gem?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 13:27:33 -0500 At Northern Spark Festival, a burning respect for a modernist master A highlight of this year's Northern Spark Festival will be the burning of a full-sized replica of a Marcel Breuer-designed house. St. Paul artist Chris Larson is mounting the project not only as homage, but also as passing the torch from modernism to architecture of the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/07/arts/northern-spark-breuer-house?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jun 2013 04:00:00 -0500 'Transformative' gift of Japanese art comes to MIA A California rancher is presenting the Minneapolis Institute of Art with a Japanese art collection worth $25 million. The collection of almost 1,700 works spans a thousand years of Japanese history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/06/04/arts/japanese-art-gift-mia?refid=0 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 16:09:07 -0500 Cube Critics: Skip 'After Earth,' see 'Stories We Tell' Arts reporter Euan Kerr says moviegoers might want to ignore "After Earth" and embrace "Stories We Tell." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/31/arts/cube-critics-skip-after-earth-see-stories-we-tell?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 11:49:43 -0500 Movie Maven: 'After Earth'; 'Stories We Tell' MPR Arts Reporter and Cube Critic Euan Kerr joins Steve Seel and Jill Riley to talk about the new Will Smith sci-fi film and about a new documentary by Canadian filmmaker Sarah Polley. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/31/movie_maven_after_earth_will_smith_stories_we_tell_sarah_polley?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 08:31:00 -0500 Farewell concert for locked-out musicians Locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will perform at a sold-out farewell concert in Minneapolis Friday featuring four players who are leaving Minnesota for other cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/31/arts/farewell-concert-for-lockedout-musicians?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 08:26:16 -0500 Sarah Polley's 'Stories We Tell' turns lens on her own family Canadian film maker Sarah Polley's family used to joke about how she didn't look like any of her older siblings. As she got older she learned the truth behind the joke, and this led to a documentary which not only examines her own situation, but how people tell deal with uncomfortable family realities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/31/arts/sarah-polley?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 06:00:00 -0500 Soprano Dawn Upshaw stepping down with last few SPCO performances In a bittersweet moment, Dawn Upshaw wraps up her tenure as an artistic partner at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. For the past six years, she and the orchestra musicians have enjoyed a close artistic collaboration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/30/arts/dawn-upshaw-spco?refid=0 Thu, 30 May 2013 16:13:08 -0500 Author Benjamin Percy takes werewolves seriously As a grade-schooler, Benjamin Percy was so interested in werewolves he conducted a project on lycanthropy by trying to transform one night in his back yard. As the St. Olaf College writer-in-residence, Percy's obsession led him to write "Red Moon," a novel that channels researched themes of applied genetics, human rights, and terrorism to create a thrill ride of a story about family, conflict, and politics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/28/arts/author-benjamin-percy?refid=0 Tue, 28 May 2013 17:14:35 -0500 Cube Critics: 'What Maisie Knew,' 'Frances Ha,' 'Hangover Part 3' Stephanie Curtis and Euan kerr have a meeting of their film obsessed minds on "What Maisie Knew," and "Frances Ha" and "Hangover Part 3" http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/24/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 24 May 2013 14:50:57 -0500 SPCO announces 2013-2014 season - and starts playing catch-up The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra today released details of its 2013-2014 season, which includes six world premiers, a centennial celebration of the work of Benjamin Britten, a survey of Beethoven's "heroic" period and an abundance of Baroque work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2013/05/spco-announces-2013-2014-season---and-starts-playing-catch-up.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 15:42:29 -0500 'What Maisie Knew' finds modern truths in Victorian satire The directorial team behind the indie hit "Bee Season" and "The Deep End" return with an updated version of the Henry James satire on bad parenting. Scott McGehee and David Siegel co-direct a number of films. For the critically acclaimed adaptation they have not only succeeded in telling a very modern story, they may have unearthed a new child star. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/23/arts/what-maisie-knew?refid=0 Thu, 23 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Eager, humble Bruce Coppock to reassume SPCO leadership The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra board today is expected to re-appoint Bruce Coppock as president and CEO. Coppock previously held the spot, but left five years ago due to health issues. Now back and in good health, Coppock is challenged with repairing the damage incurred by a bitter contract dispute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/21/arts/bruce-coppock-spco?refid=0 Tue, 21 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Artspace to celebrate 30 years of work After 30 years of deliberately maintaining a low profile, Minneapolis-based Artspace will celebrate its work with an event at the Cowles Center on Monday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/19/arts/artspace-celebration-at-cowles-center?refid=0 Sun, 19 May 2013 09:59:09 -0500 Cube Critics movie review: The new Star Trek film Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis and arts reporter Euan Kerr review "Star Trek Into Darkness," in this week's Cube Critics video. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/17/arts/cube-critics-review-star-trek?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 17:29:26 -0500 Ethan Rutherford's short stories about long trips Short-story writer Ethan Rutherford's tales range from the voyage of a Confederate submarine to a science fiction saga about hunting for whales in the middle of a desert. Each of the stories in his debut collection "The Peripetetic Coffin" involve journeys which seldom end well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/16/arts/ethan-rutherford?refid=0 Thu, 16 May 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Cube Critics movie review: 'The Great Gatsby' a great bromance Minnesota Public Radio's Stephanie Curtis discusses the bromance between Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, the use of current music and the need for 2D with the movie "The Great Gatsby" in this week's Cube Critics video. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/10/arts/great-gatsby-movie-review-cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 10 May 2013 12:29:14 -0500 SPCO returns to the stage after a bitter lockout After a punishing contract dispute and a five-month lockout, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra returned to the stage last night for the first time since musicians and management reached a labor settlement. On the surface the concert was all about the music, but underneath, raw emotions remain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/10/arts/spco-returns-to-the-stage-after-a-bitter-lockout?refid=0 Fri, 10 May 2013 06:47:48 -0500 Whisky heist comedy examines plight of despairing youth The challenges facing working people make eye-opening subjects for the films of British director Ken Loach and his screenwriter Paul Laverty. And that's unusual in the box-office driven world of modern movies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/09/arts/angels-share?refid=0 Thu, 09 May 2013 16:51:25 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra cancels rest of season The cancellation of the final two weeks of the orcheatra's winter season was not unexpected. However, it is a milestone in the long-running dispute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/08/arts/minnesota-orchestra?refid=0 Wed, 08 May 2013 10:49:46 -0500 Cube Critics movie review: 'My Brother the Devil' a riveting debut from Sally El Hosaini Arts reporter Euan Kerr discusses director Sally El Hosaini's background, a new twist on an old tale and the thick London dialect in the movie "My Brother the Devil" in this week's Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/26/arts/cube-critics-my-brother-the-devil?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 14:18:44 -0500 Cube Critics movie review: 'Oblivion' aims high, but doesn't deliver Minnesota Public Radio's Stephanie Curtis discusses the visual power, sonic fullness and shortcomings of Tom Cruise's newest movie "Oblivion" in this week's Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/19/arts/cube-critics-oblivion?refid=0 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 13:07:43 -0500 SPCO musicians get Monday deadline to vote Management of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra announced today it has reached an agreement on electronic media rights with the American Federation of Musicians. A tentative local contract agreement with the locked out musicians was dependant on reaching a deal with the AFM. Management says it will end the lockout on Tuesday if SPCO musicians to accept the local deal by 5 p.m. Monday. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2013/04/spco-management-announces-national-deal-sets-monday-deadline-for-local-vote.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 17:05:41 -0500 MnOrch management launches its own financial analysis, cancels concerts Citing frustration over lack of progress in discussions with locked-out musicians over an independent analysis of the orchestra's finances, management at the Minnesota Orchestra today announced it has launched a study on its own. The musicians are however crying foul, saying it's management doing the foot-dragging. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2013/04/mnorch-management-launches-its-own-financial-analysis-cancels-concerts.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 18:57:43 -0500 'Nice Fish' about much more than ice fishing Duluth poet Louis Jenkins never dreamed he'd be in theater. Now he's found himself working at the Guthrie in Minneapolis with an internationally renowned British actor in a world premier production of a play that seems to be about - of all things - ice fishing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/15/arts/nice-fish-play-louis-jenkins-poems?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:00:00 -0500 SPCO concerts canceled through May 5 Two more weeks of performances by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra were canceled by management today, despite reaching a tentative labor agreement with musicians last week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/15/arts/spco-concerts-canceled-through-may5?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 18:45:00 -0500 Guthrie Theater announces next season's features The next Guthrie Theater season will feature a broad range of classics and contemporary plays, as well as presentations by several visiting and local companies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2013/04/guthrie-announces-2013-2014-season.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 18:45:00 -0500 Cube Critics movie review: Suspend disbelief in 'Trance,' and you'll love it Minnesota Public Radio's Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr offer three angles on Danny Boyle's newest movie "Trance" in this week's Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/12/arts/movie-review-trance?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 14:03:41 -0500 Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival returns with worldly lineup The annual Minneapolis binge of cinema from around the world begins Thursday night with two sold-out screenings of a heist movie involving a barrel of rare scotch. By the time the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival wraps up three weeks from now it will have screened over 200 films, and provided a host of opportunities to talk and learn about modern film. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/11/arts/minneapolis-st-paul-international-film-festival?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Coleman, SPCO negotiators celebrate agreement St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman on Wednesday congratulated musicians and management at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for reaching a tentative labor agreement which could allow for the resumption of SPCO concerts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/arts/spco-deal-celebration?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:45:57 -0500 Tentative SPCO deal brings relief, smiles After six months of a lockout, musicians and management of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra have a tentative contract deal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/10/arts/spco-smiles-relief?refid=0 Wed, 10 Apr 2013 10:24:53 -0500 SPCO reaches tentative deal; concerts could resume The musicians and management of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra labor dispute have reached a tentative deal. The musicians negotiating committee has agreed to recommend accepting a proposal that cuts salaries and the size of the orchestra but gives them more artistic control. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/09/arts/spco-deal-reached?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 18:57:37 -0500 SPCO musicians may vote on latest offer Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra musicians on Tuesday have offered to take managements latest contract proposal to a vote, if management agrees to three changes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/09/arts/saint-paul-chamber-orchestra-offer-vote?refid=0 Tue, 09 Apr 2013 11:49:13 -0500 SPCO deadline passes without deal; board meets to discuss orchestra's future The future of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is up for discussion after management and musicians missed a deadline to prevent cancellation of the remainder of the current season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/08/arts/spco-deadline-passes?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 17:33:18 -0500 Mayor Coleman lobbies SPCO musicians to take deal With a season cancellation deadline of 5 p.m. today looming at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is asking players to take another look at management's latest offer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/08/arts/spco-musicians-reject-latest-management-offer-season-in-jeopardy?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 09:09:13 -0500 With season cancellation looming, SPCO management makes new offer After another intervention by St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra management offered a new proposal late Friday afternoon in a bid to prevent the cancellation of the rest of the SPCO season. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2013/04/with-season-cancellation-looming-spco-management-makes-new-offer.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 17:12:03 -0500 'The Sapphires' Australian musical comedy lifts profile of aboriginal people Australian aboriginal film director Wayne Blair's film about soul singers who entertaining troops during the Vietnam War is a feel-good movie, but one that he says is helping aboriginal girls who face a tough life in Australia today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/04/arts/sapphires-aboriginal-australian-musical-comedy?refid=0 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Bikes plus creativity: A match made at Artcrank Minneapolis is known as a great arts town, and a great biking town, so a show featuring bike posters by local artists would seem like a natural. However, even the founder of Artcrank is amazed by how a one-off show seven years ago has become an international phenomenon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/04/02/arts/artcrank-bike-poster-show?refid=0 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 04:00:00 -0500 SPCO players turn down latest offer from management The locked-out musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra voted to reject management's latest contract offer on Monday evening. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2013/04/spco-musicians-vote-to-reject-latest-management-offer.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 01 Apr 2013 21:34:14 -0500 SPCO management, musicians edge closer to agreement Locked-out musicians at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Friday released a counterproposal that gets close to an offer made last week by management - with one major exception. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/29/spco-edge-closer-to-agreement?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 17:12:45 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'Ginger and Rosa,' Starbuck' and 'Smashed' Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis discuss "Ginger & Rosa," "Starbuck" and the streaming movie/DVD "Smashed" in this week's Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/29/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 13:05:53 -0500 Legislative Auditor to examine MN Orchestra Legislative auditor Jim Nobles says he will examine the use of state funds by the Minnesota Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/25/arts/state-auditor-to-investigate-mn-orchestra?refid=0 Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:34:00 -0500 The Cube Critics review 'Olympus Has Fallen,' 'Barbara' and 'On the Road' Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis said "Olympus Has Fallen" is preposterous but good and the characters in "On the Road" are loveable jerks. The duo also reviewed "Barbara" in this week's Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/22/arts/cube-critics-olympus-has-fallen-barbara-on-the-road?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:48:10 -0500 Driving Kerouac's 'On the Road' to the big screen Some people said it couldn't be made, but director Walter Salles argues that themes of seeking identity and liberty resonate as strongly now as they did 56 years ago, when "On the Road," Jack Kerouac's seminal Beat Generation novel was first published. Salles spent five years traveling the length and breadth of the U.S. to prepare for the adaptation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/22/arts/walter-salles-kerouac-on-the-road?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:00:00 -0500 SPCO musicians skeptical of legality of new offer The contract dispute between management and musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra took an unprecedented twist today after St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman attempted to save the rest of the orchestra's season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/22/arts/spco-makes-new-offer-to-musicians-after-mayor-intervenes?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 09:50:05 -0500 Movie Maven: 'On the Road' This week, MPR News Arts Reporter (and Cube Critic) Euan Kerr reviews the new film adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/22/movie_maven_on_the_road_salles_hedlund_stewart_kerouac?refid=0 Fri, 22 Mar 2013 08:40:00 -0500 MN Orchestra cancels more concerts Still mired in a contract dispute with its musicians, the Minnesota Orchestra on Wednesday cancelled or rescheduled concerts through April 27. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/20/arts/minnesota-orchestra-cancels-more-concerts?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 14:07:20 -0500 Children's Theatre Company's new works are drama for toddlers Now focusing on developing plays for toddlers, the Children's Theatre Company has become a national leader in work which child experts say is a perfect match for the educational needs of pre-schoolers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/20/arts/childrens-theatre-company?refid=0 Wed, 20 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Cube Critics review 'Stoker,' 'Lore,' and 'Like Someone in Love' Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis said "Stoker" lacked human character, and they also discuss "Lore" and "Like Someone in Love" in this week's Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/arts/cube-critics-review-stoker-lore-and-like-someone-in-love?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Goblins, ghouls bring national attention for Minneapolis writer William Alexander was as surprised as anyone when he won the National Book Award for his debut novel "Goblin Secrets." His second book, "Ghoulish Song" is now in bookstores and he's pondering what it all means. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/15/arts/william-alexander?refid=0 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 Penumbra bounces back with 'Spunk' Penumbra Theatre is mounting its first show after almost closing its doors. The cast and crew of "Spunk" say they hope the production will be a thank you to the people who saved the company from oblivion, and a reminder of what was almost lost. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/13/arts/penumbra-spunk?refid=0 Wed, 13 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'Dead Man Down,' 'Jon Dies at the End,' 'No' This week, The Cube Critics Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr were occupied with "Dead Man Down," "John Dies at the End," and "No." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/08/arts/the-cube-critics-no-jon-dies-at-the-end-dead-man-down?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 13:22:15 -0600 Indie star Paul Giamatti revels in new schlock-horror film Paul Giamatti is best known for his portrayals of characters wrestling with angst. But in his latest role, the Indie star leaps into sci-fi horror. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/08/arts/paul-giamatti?refid=0 Fri, 08 Mar 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Legislative auditor asked to examine Minnesota Orchestra's expenditures Some state legislators want the legislative auditor to look into how the Minnesota Orchestra has been spending money from the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/07/arts/legislative-auditor-minnesota-orchestra?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 16:58:16 -0600 'Snowbate' revived for filmmakers A Minnesota state Senate committee Monday approved a $10 million fund to boost filmmaking in the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/04/arts/senate-committee-considers-renewing-snowbate?refid=0 Tue, 05 Mar 2013 06:03:15 -0600 The Cube Critics: 'Jack the Giant Slayer' is cheerfully stupid; 'The Gatekeepers' riveting Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis discuss "Jack the Giant Slayer," and "The Gatekeepers" in this week's Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/03/01/arts/the-cube-critics-jack-the-giant-slayer-the-gatekeepers?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 12:25:24 -0600 Two sides in SPCO dispute meet to consider play and talk proposal Management and locked out musicians of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra have been meeting all afternoon. It's the first face-to-face talks the two sides have had in some time. They are trying to hammer out an agreement which may get the musicians playing again, and ultimately lead to a settlement in the long-running contract dispute. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2013/02/two-sides-in-spco-dispute-meet-to-consider-play-and-talk-proposal.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 18:39:03 -0600 The Cube Critics make their Oscar picks for best picture and best director Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis welcome Star Tribune film critic Colin Covert to discuss the Oscar's best-picture and best-director nominations in this week's Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/22/arts/cube-critics-oscar-picks-best-picture-best-director?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2013 12:51:01 -0600 The Cube Critics make their Oscar picks for acting Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis welcome Pioneer Press film critic Chris Hewitt to discuss the Oscar nominations for best actor, actress and supporting actor in this week's Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/21/arts/the-cube-critics-make-their-oscar-picks-acting?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:39:54 -0600 Weekend Arts Roundup: ice instruments and local poetry This weekend features a poetry reading from local poets Mike Finley and Danny Klecko, while Norwegian musician Terje Isungset searches the area's frozen lakes for the right ice to make his instruments. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/21/weekend_arts_ice_instruments_poetry_finley_klecko?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 09:47:03 -0600 SPCO lockout: Labor Board complaint filed The American Federation of Musicians has filed an unfair labor practices complaint with the National Labor Relations Board against the management of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/19/arts/spco-lockout-labor-board-complaint-filed?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 12:18:09 -0600 Randy Reyes to lead Mu Performing Arts Actor and director Randy Reyes will succeed founder Rick Shiomi as artistic director of St. Paul-based Mu Performing Arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/arts/randy-reyes-mu-performing-arts?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 18:33:33 -0600 The Cube Critics: A good day to talk movies with coworkers It's a wrap, at a very crowded cube today as some news colleagues converged on The Cube Critics to talk movie trailers, and the costs of streaming versus renting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/15/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:34:21 -0600 Musicians say offer rejected by Minn. Orchestra management As an independent analysis proceeds on the Minnesota Orchestra's finances, locked-out musicians say management recently rejected an offer to return to performing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/13/arts/minnesota-orchestra-negotiation?refid=0 Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:32:07 -0600 House Legacy Committee head suggests reallocation to fund locked-out musicans The chair of the Minnesota House Legacy Committee says she is considering reallocating funds currently designated for the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/12/arts/legacy-locked-out-musicians?refid=0 Tue, 12 Feb 2013 18:56:31 -0600 Save Our SPCO proposes grassroots fundraising for orchestra A group proposes to raises $750,000 a year to help the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra avoid cuts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/11/arts/save-our-spco-proposes-grassroots-fundraising?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2013 18:45:56 -0600 Minn. Orchestra cancels more concerts With a musicians' lockout now in its fifth month, the Minnesota Orchestra today cancelled or rescheduled concerts through April 7. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/08/arts/minnesota-orchestra-cancels-more-concerts?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 13:54:01 -0600 The Cube Critics: Skip 'Side Effects' and 'Identity Thief,' see '56 Up' Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis discuss "Side Effects," "Identity Thief" and "56 Up" in this week's Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/08/arts/cube-critics-side-effects-identity-thief-56-up?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 12:42:12 -0600 Up for Grammy, Minnesota Orchestra may be a winner even amid labor strife With a Grammy nomination for the Minnesota Orchestra's recording of Sibelius' 2nd and 5th Symphonies, Osmo Vanska, R.T. Rybak and Classical MPR music director Rex Levang discuss why this disc is so special. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/08/arts/minnesota-orchestra-grammy?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Extremes drive Iceland-based musician Ben Frost's new work Australian musician Ben Frost brings his latest challenging, eclectic work to the Amsterdam Bar in St. Paul this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/06/australian-musician-ben-frost-amsterdam-bar?refid=0 Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:48:01 -0600 Minn. Opera announces 2013-14 season The Minnesota Opera's 51st season, announced on Saturday, includes a mixture of operatic favorites and a fantasy based on a silent film star. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/02/arts/minnesota-opera-announces-season?refid=0 Sat, 02 Feb 2013 12:30:00 -0600 Rybak hosts concert to celebrate Minn. Orchestra's Grammy nod Mayor R.T. Rybak hosted a celebration concert Friday night at the Minneapolis Convention Center to mark the Minnesota Orchestra's Grammy nomination for best orchestral performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/02/arts/rybank-minn-orchestra-grammy-concert?refid=0 Sat, 02 Feb 2013 09:36:42 -0600 Conductor Vanska discusses orchestra worries before celebration concert As Minnesota Orchestra musicians prepare for a celebratory concert, conductor Osmo Vanska says worries about the lock-out's effect on the orchestra http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/arts/conductor-osma-vanska-celebration-concert?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 18:10:17 -0600 The Cube Critics: 'Warm Bodies,' 'Stand Up Guys' Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis discuss the 2013 Oscar-nominated short films, "Warm Bodies" and "Stand Up Guys" in this week's Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/arts/the-cube-critics-warm-bodies-stand-up-guys?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 10:16:21 -0600 More questions than answers at Walker's 'Painter, Painter' The people behind "Painter, Painter" at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis are quick to admit the show of abstracts asks more questions than it answers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/02/01/arts/abstract-painter-painter?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2013 04:00:00 -0600 Proposal violates agreement, say locked-out Minnesota Orchestra musicians Locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra reacted angrily to a new management proposal, saying it violates an agreement to set aside differences until after a celebration concert Friday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/30/arts/minnesota-orchestra-negotiation?refid=0 Wed, 30 Jan 2013 22:06:25 -0600 SPCO musicians won't budge on 2-tier pay scale Representatives of the locked-out musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra say they continue to have objections to a compensation package proposed by management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/27/arts/spco-labor-talks?refid=0 Sun, 27 Jan 2013 17:02:39 -0600 SPCO prepared to make concessions to musicians Officials with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra say they are prepared to make contract concessions to end a 3-month lockout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/25/arts/saint-paul-chamber-orchestra-concessions?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 13:27:37 -0600 The Cube Critics: 'Quartet,' 'Beware of Mr. Baker' MPR News' Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis discuss "Quartet," "Beware of Mr. Baker" and a couple of Douglas Sirk films in this week's Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/25/arts/the-cube-critics-quartet-beware-of-mr-baker?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 12:52:08 -0600 World premiere of 'Doubt' opera in St. Paul this weekend After life as a Pulitzer Prize-winning play and then an Oscar-nominated film, "Doubt" by John Patrick Shanley will have its world premiere as an opera this weekend in St. Paul. Shanley, who wrote the libretto for the Minnesota Opera production, said it is the most complete telling of his story about a priest accused of impropriety. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/24/arts/doubt/shanley-doubt-opera?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2013 14:29:05 -0600 MN House panel scrutinizes rash of lockouts DFLers in the Minnesota House are exploring the economic impact of recent lockouts in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/23/politics/house-panel-lockout-hearing?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 20:45:35 -0600 The Cube Critics: 'Amour,' 'The House I Live In' and 'Tchoupitoulas' Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis discuss "Amour," "The House I Live In" and "Tchoupitoulas" during this week's Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/18/arts/the-cube-critics-amore-the-house-i-live-in-and-tchoupitoulas?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 14:18:39 -0600 SPCO president open to more talks The interim president of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra says he's ready to keep talking to locked-out musicians, despite the players decision to lift a media blackout on the talks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/18/arts/spco-president-more-talks?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:33:52 -0600 SPCO cancels concerts; musicians break media blackout Management at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra on Thursday have canceled several more concerts, as negotiations continue with the locked-out musicians. Musicians say they have decided to no longer honor a media blackout requested by a federal mediator. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/17/arts/spco-negotiations?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:23:07 -0600 Short stories a guilty pleasure for 'Jealous Earth' author Choice is the theme common to all of the stories in Scott Dominic Carpenter's new collection of short stories, "This Jealous Earth." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/15/arts/jealous-earth-author-scott-dominic-carpenter?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jan 2013 04:00:00 -0600 MN Orchestra cancels more concerts The Minnesota Orchestra on Monday canceled two more concerts in the third week of February, postponed another till next year and transferred a fourth to another promoter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/14/arts/minnesota-orchestra-canceled-concerts?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 13:37:17 -0600 The Cube Critics: 'Zero Dark Thirty' This week, Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr assess the hunt for the Oscars and for Osama Bin Laden, as depicted on the silver screen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/11/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:40:08 -0600 Save Our SPCO group presses for resolution of orchestra lock out A citizens group pressing for a resolution in the contract dispute between management and musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra delivered a 3,000-signature petition to the orchestra board on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/08/arts/spco-lockout-petition?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:15 -0600 The Cube Critics: 'Not Fade Away,' 'Django Unchained' This week, the cubeside banter centers on a 1960s-era film from the creator of the Sopranos about rock and roll dreams that go unfulfilled, and Quentin Tarentino's latest revenge fantasy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/04/arts/the-cube-critics-not-fade-away-django-unchained?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2013 13:56:46 -0600 Orchestras, musicians meet to restart contract talks It may be the case that little news is good news in the contract negotiations at both of the Twin Cities major orchestras. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/02/arts/orchestra-musicians-contract-talk?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 17:11:53 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra, SPCO musicians, negotiate with management today Later today representatives of locked out musicians at the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will sit down with representatives of their respective managements to negotiate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/01/02/arts/minnesota-orchestras-negotiation?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jan 2013 10:56:24 -0600 Was 2012 The Year That American Orchestras Hit The Wall? 2012 will go down as a year of orchestral turmoil in the U.S.: Strikes, lockouts and bankruptcies erupted time and again as once seemingly untouchable institutions struggled financially. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/01/american-orchestra-kerr?refid=0 Tue, 01 Jan 2013 10:00:16 -0600 Korean-American novelist uses Macalester as backdrop for 'The Collective' The Korean-American novelist Don Lee's latest book "The Collective" uses Macalester College in St. Paul as a launching point for a tale about the Asian-American experience. Lee said of his four books so far, "The Collective" is his most personal. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/31/arts/korean-american-novelist-macalester?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:11:40 -0600 The Cube Critics: The best movies of 2012 Not to be outdone in the annual media ritual of compiling a "best of the year" list, arts reporter Euan Kerr and Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis pick their favorite films of 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/28/arts/the-cube-critics-best-of-2012?refid=0 Fri, 28 Dec 2012 13:00:00 -0600 MnOrch, SPCO, musicians to talk next week Locked-out musicians and managements of both the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra have announced negotiation sessions for Jan. 2. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/27/arts/spco-schedules-talks?refid=0 Thu, 27 Dec 2012 13:54:37 -0600 As musician lockouts drag on, some wonder what resolution will look like With musician lockouts at the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra entering their fourth months, many observers are wondering how they will be resolved. Several theories are circulating about what some are calling the end game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/26/arts/minnesota-orchestra-spco-musician-lockout-resolution?refid=0 Wed, 26 Dec 2012 15:43:13 -0600 MN Orchestra re-opens negotiation talks, cancels concerts Management at the Minnesota Orchestra on Friday cancelled all concerts through Feb. 10, but also offered locked-out musicians dates to talk without pre-conditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/21/arts/minnesota-orchestra-cancels-concerts?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 17:45:08 -0600 The Cube Critics: 'This is 40,' 'Les Miserables,' 'Rust and Bones' It should be an action-filled weekend for films, with a blockbuster musical that's been adapted into a blockbuster movie, a love story involving a marine animal trainer and a street fighter, and the latest Judd Apatow flick about life at 40. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/21/arts/the-cube-critics-this-is-40-les-miserables-rust-and-bones?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 08:41:50 -0600 Emotions, economy collide for locked out Minnesota Orchestra musicians show The locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra will perform two sold-out shows this weekend at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/14/arts/locked-out-minnesota-orchestra-musicians?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 17:42:23 -0600 The Cube Critics: 'The Hobbit,' 'Hyde Park on Hudson' MPR's Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis review "The Hobbit" and "Hyde Park on Hudson" during this week's edition of the Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/14/arts/the-cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 14 Dec 2012 14:46:34 -0600 Locked out SPCO musicians await management's response It is up to Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra management to make the next move in the contract dispute, said the locked out musicians on Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/11/arts/spco-negotiation?refid=0 Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:57:30 -0600 SPCO cancels concerts through Feb. 8 The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Board Chair Dobby Gibson cited a budget deficit as confirmation that the orchestra needs to make substantial long-term cuts in order to remain a viable institution. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/10/arts/spco-cancels-concerts-through-feb?refid=0 Mon, 10 Dec 2012 17:19:00 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra reports $6M deficit Orchestra President and CEO Michael Henson attributed the shortfall to the poor economy and to the expense of the recently expired contract with musicians. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/06/arts/minnesota-orchestra-deficit?refid=0 Thu, 06 Dec 2012 14:15:57 -0600 Twin Cities orchestras both declaring deficits With Minnesota Orchestra musicians locked out for two months and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra players locked out for six weeks, both organizations are announcing budget deficits at their annual meetings this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/12/05/labor/twin-cities-orchestra-lockout-update?refid=0 Wed, 05 Dec 2012 06:53:00 -0600 The Cube Critics: 'Hitchcock,' 'Sister' This week, a biopic about the master craftsman of cinematic terror and a movie about a wayward boy who steals ski equipment in the Swiss alps, both made it into the conversation on Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/30/arts/cube-critics-hitchcock-sister?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:29:40 -0600 Royal dances and cats with opposable thumbs -- British commercials return to Minnesota British Arrows Awards show has become a Twin Cities holiday tradition. For 26 years, the Walker Art Center has packed in huge December crowds to see the best British commercials. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/29/arts/walker-art-british-arrows-awards?refid=0 Thu, 29 Nov 2012 15:52:18 -0600 Multi-talented choreographer Rosie Herrera blends skills in St. Paul show Rosie Herrera is a choreographer, a dancer, an actor and a trained opera singer. She created a show that includes all of those things and is bringing it to St. Paul on Thursday night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/26/arts/multi-talented-choreographer-rosie-herrera-saint-paul-show?refid=0 Mon, 26 Nov 2012 13:54:23 -0600 The Cube Critics - new holiday season movies In this edition of The Cube Critics, MPR's Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr heap praise on three movies that are running during the holiday season -- "Anna Karenina," "The Life of Pi," and "Silver Linings Playbook." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/21/arts/the-cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 23 Nov 2012 14:00:00 -0600 Locked-out SPCO musicians announce 'Messiah' concerts Locked-out musicians of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra announced Wednesday they will play Handel's "Messiah" at two concerts just before Christmas. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/22/arts/spco-messiah-concert?refid=0 Thu, 22 Nov 2012 06:00:00 -0600 Orchestra lockouts bring opportunity, concern for music educators While the cancellation of concerts is the most public result of the lockout of musicians at both the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, music educators are concerned about the lockouts' long-term impact on their students. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/20/arts/minnesta-orchestra-spco-musicians-teaching?refid=0 Tue, 20 Nov 2012 11:35:52 -0600 The Cube Critics: 'Lincoln,' 'A Royal Affair,' the Studio Ghibli Collection Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr chat about the new Steven Spielberg movie about our current president's favorite president, a film about a physician who changed the course of Danish history, plus a celebration of a Japanese anime master. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/16/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:34:30 -0600 New Minn. movie company plans Iron Range film Griffin Productions, a new Minnesota-based movie company, will shoot a romantic comedy feature film on the Iron Range early next year. Work on the movie, which has a working title of "Thanksgiving at Denny's," will begin in the spring, with the aim of a fall 2013 release. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/arts/griffin-movies-filming-in-iron-range?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 17:50:07 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra's Osmo Vanska calls for return to negotiations Both sides in the Minnesota Orchestra lockout are welcoming a letter from music director Osmo Vanska calling for a return to the negotiating table. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/14/arts/osmo-vanska-minnesota-orchestra?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 18:47:28 -0600 'New Yorker' writer finds a voice for 'cursing mommies' "New Yorker" writer Ian Frazier believes he's found a new literary voice. Well, maybe not new, but one until recently rarely heard in polite company. The voice that Frazier pens is the "Cursing Mommy," and his new novel "The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days" lets that voice roar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/12/arts/books-ian-frazier-cursing-mommy?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 16:33:16 -0600 Two more concerts announced by locked-out Minnesota Orchestra musicians Locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra today announced two concerts in mid-December featuring two former mainstays of the orchestra: Edo de Waart and Jorja Fleezanis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/09/arts/minnesota-orchestra-concerts?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 15:48:56 -0600 The Cube Critics: 'Skyfall,' 'A Late Quartet' Will Stephanie and Euan add to the raves piling up for director Sam Mendes, and actors Daniel Craig and Judy Dench in the latest installment of the world's biggest film franchise? Plus, Euan gives "A Late Quartet" an audition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/09/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 14:58:56 -0600 MN Orchestra cancels concerts through Dec. 23 Management of the Minnesota Orchestra today cancelled all concerts through the end of the year. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/11/minnesota-orchestra-cancels-concerts-through-december-23rd.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 10:54:17 -0600 David Byrne invites Minnesotans to 'play a building' Musical innovator and Talking Heads founder David Byrne has wired the former Theater de La Jeune Lune building in the Minneapolis warehouse district to make it into a musical instrument. The musical installation called "Playing the Building" allows visitors to use the keyboard of an old pump organ to rattle girders, blast air and make other sounds through attachments to the instrument. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/06/arts/playing-the-building-david-byrne?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 15:31:37 -0600 The Cube Critics: 'The Sessions' "The Cube Critics" Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr turn the discussion to a movie about a man with an iron lung who decides he wants to lose his virginity, and a fete of a prominent French filmmaker at the Walker Art Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/02/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 14:00:00 -0500 After 25 years of MST3K Joel Hodgson explains the magic of movie riffing Next year will mark the 25th anniversary of the launch of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" a Twin Cities television production which became a national sensation. Creator Joel Hodgson returns to Minneapolis this weekend to reveal the secrets behind creating the show. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/02/arts/mst3k-joel-hodgson?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Minn. native John Hawkes draws Oscar buzz for 'The Sessions' "The Sessions," which opens in the Twin Cities this weekend, is both poignant and funny -- and it's drawing more Oscar buzz for Alexandria native John Hawkes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/01/arts/hawkes-sessions-oscar-cheers?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2012 14:00:00 -0500 SPCO musicians vote today on contract Locked out musicians of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will vote Wednesday on a contract proposal that would cut salaries and the size of the orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/31/arts/spco-contract?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:22:43 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'Cloud Atlas' "The Cube Critics" focuses on a sprawling, epic movie based on an equally ambitious novel about how human actions and connections reverberate across generations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/26/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 15:17:25 -0500 'Unbored' a field guide for old-fashioned fun with modern twist Minnesota writer Elizabeth Foy Larsen has co-authored a huge new volume called "Unbored: An Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/26/arts/unbored-book-field-guide-old-fashioned-fun?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 13:42:32 -0500 SPCO management locks out musicians After months of negotiations failed to find a contract agreement, the management of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra locked out its musicians on Sunday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/21/arts/spco-lockout?refid=0 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 07:01:56 -0500 SPCO musicians lockout near certain Musicians of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra say they won't vote on a contract offer until Oct. 31, meaning a lockout is almost certain. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/19/arts/spco-musicians-want-more-info-before-vote?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 15:59:03 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'The Other Dream Team,' 'Charlie is My Darling' This week, Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis and arts reporter Euan Kerr went to see two new documentaries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/19/the-cube-critics-the-other-dream-team-charlie-is-my-darling?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 14:28:35 -0500 Locked-out MN Orchestra musicians hold 'season-opener' concert tonight Thr concert replaces the official season opener which management cancelled along with all concerts through Nov. 25, just hours after imposing the lockout. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/18/arts/minnesota-orchestra-locked-out-musicians-season-opener-concert?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 16:42:15 -0500 SPCO sets lock out deadline: 6 p.m. Sunday Management at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra said Wednesday it will lock out musicians unless there is a contract agreement by 6 p.m. on Sunday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/17/arts/spco-lockout-deadline?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:06:03 -0500 SPCO musicians rally to forestall possible lock out Musicians from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra rallied outside the Ordway Center today in an attempt to forestall a feared lock out by management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/arts/spco-musicians-lock-out?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 19:03:02 -0500 Cheryl Strayed still contemplates 'Wild' woman transformation When Minnesota native Cheryl Strayed set out alone to hike over 1,000 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail, reality hit hard. She recounts her three-month journey in her bestselling memoir, "Wild." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/16/arts/author-cheryl-strayed-still-contemplates-wild-woman-transformation?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 04:00:00 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'Seven Psychopaths,' 'Step Up to the Plate,' 'The Best Years of Our Lives' This week, arts reporter Euan Kerr and Movie Maven Stephanie share impressions of a documentary about a revered French eatery and the father/son team who run it, and a zany, bloody movie about a group of psychopaths and a screenwriter who wants to make a film about them. Oh, and Stephanie revisits a classic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/12/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2012 13:00:53 -0500 Former conductor will lead lockout concert Locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra on Friday announced that former music director Stanislaw Skrowaczewski will conduct them in what they call a season opening concert on Oct. 18. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/05/arts/minn-orestra-lockout?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 18:02:04 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'Frankenweenie' and 'Taken 2' Whether it's a supposedly satirical film about butter sculptures, a Liam Neeson sequel, or the latest Tim Burton stop action animation, Stephanie and Euan are feeling underwhelmed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/05/arts/the-cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 16:07:27 -0500 Minn. Orch. musicians to stage concert Locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra say they are trying to organize a concert in lieu of the season opener cancelled by management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/02/arts/minnesota-orchestra-musicians-season-opener?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 17:14:52 -0500 Locked-out Minn Orch musicians take cause to streets The Minnesota Orchestra has cancelled all its concerts through Thanksgiving, after management locked out musicians as their contract expired and the two sides could not agree on a new one. The musicians, meantime, rallied in downtown Minneapolis Monday afternoon, hoping to garner more public support for their cause. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/01/arts/minnesota-orchestra-musicians-locked-out?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 17:02:51 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra locks out musicians, cancels concerts Minnesota Orchestra management locked out its musicians at midnight Sunday, and has canceled concerts through November, after the two sides failed to reach a contract agreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/01/arts/minnesota-orchestra-locks-out-musicians?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 08:13:27 -0500 Lockout set to take effect for Minn. Orchestra The Minnesota Orchestra planned to lock out its musicians at midnight Sunday. The move came after a last-ditch meeting to reach a contract deal failed, and management declined to extend the current contract while continuing negotiations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/30/arts/orchestra-talks?refid=0 Sun, 30 Sep 2012 20:30:00 -0500 Minn. Orchestra musicians seek arbitration Musicians at the Minnesota Orchestra on Sunday offered binding arbitration as a way to avoid a lockout in their contract dispute with orchestra management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/30/arts/minn-orchestra-talks?refid=0 Sun, 30 Sep 2012 14:42:12 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'Perks of Being a Wallflower,' 'Looper' "The Cube Critics" Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr are bullish about recent movie fare, but what about this week? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/28/-arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 20:26:07 -0500 SPCO, Minn. Orchestra contracts expire this weekend After months of negotiation, and little progress, both the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra face contract deadlines with their musicians this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/28/arts/kerr-orchestra?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 10:33:56 -0500 Without contract, Minn. Orchestra lockout possible Musicians for the Minnesota Orchestra say management is threatening to lock them out at midnight Sunday unless there is a contract agreement by then. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/27/arts/without-contract-minn-orchestra-lockout-possible-?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:14:01 -0500 SPCO management: Counter-proposal does not meet savings mark Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra management says a contract counter-proposal from the musicians' negotiating committee still does not save enough to meet the orchestra's needs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/26/arts/spco-management-counter-proposal-does-not-meet-savings-mark?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 20:25:43 -0500 Contract negotiations continue at orchestras; final offer, counter-proposal New developments appeared Tuesday in the contract battles at both the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/arts/contract-negotiations-orchestra-spco?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 20:23:43 -0500 New Uptown Theater sparks nostalgia for the old one With sticky floors and lumpy seats, it was still a place of magic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/25/kerr?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 05:00:00 -0500 Minn. Orchestra, SPCO contract negotiations still without agreement Very little light was shed as contract negotiations wrapped up Monday for Minnesota's two top orchestras. Minnesota Orchestra management and musicians negotiators met all day with a federal mediator. In St. Paul, management of the Chamber Orchestra rejected a counterproposal offered by its musicians over the weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/24/arts/contract-negotiations-minn-orchestra-spco?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 20:41:19 -0500 SPCO rejects musicians' contract counterproposal The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra says it needs to cut costs significantly to survive. The musicians had proposed to cut their salaries by 1 percent in the first two years, but raise them by 4 percent in the last year of the contract. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/24/arts/spco-rejects-musician-counteroffer?refid=0 Mon, 24 Sep 2012 14:59:41 -0500 Labor talks at SPCO apparently fruitless Contract talks between musicians and management at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra broke up for the day on Saturday, apparently without an agreement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/22/arts/spco-contract-talks?refid=0 Sat, 22 Sep 2012 15:14:19 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'The Master,' 'Liberal Arts' This week, arts reporter Euan Ker and Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis discuss a film that penetrates a post World War II cult, and a dramedy about a college alum who finds an unlikely romance on the campus of his alma mater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/21/the-cube-critics-the-master-liberal-arts?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 16:18:16 -0500 Twin Cities orchestras make public appeal amid contract negotiations With time running out for contract negotiations at the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, all sides are trying to make their cases to the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/21/arts/orchestra-negotiations?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:28:00 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'Chicken with Plums,' 'Red Hook Summer' This week, The Cube Critics discuss a French art film and so a new Spike Lee flick. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/14/arts/the-cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 17:11:52 -0500 SPCO musicians want contract details After two days of contract negotiations, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra musicians say they need more information before responding to a proposal from management. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/11/arts/spco-contract-proposal?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 17:04:46 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'The Inbetweeners' Two stars from the British sitcom and movie "The Inbetweeners" stopped by the cubicles of Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis and arts reporter Euan Kerr to share their deep English accents, self deprecating senses of humor, and a little movie talk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/arts/the-cube-critics-the-inbetweeners?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 16:24:56 -0500 SPCO proposes new contract for musicians The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra today released the details of its latest contract proposal for its musicians. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/07/arts/spco-proposes-new-contract-for-musicians?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 12:47:45 -0500 Orchestra contract talks a matter of money vs. artistry As the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra both approach contract deadlines with their musicians, they are wrestling with how to find a model for the future that keeps them financially stable while also preserving the quality of their music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/06/arts/orchestra-contract-dispute?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 17:28:05 -0500 Minn. Orchestra seeks big cut in musician salaries Minnesota Orchestra management today said it is looking to reduce its musicians' average salaries by more than $40,000 a year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/09/05/arts/minnesota-orchestra-salaries?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2012 13:12:32 -0500 The Cube Critics: '2 Days in New York,' 'Lawless,' 'Compliance' This week, arts reporter Euan Kerr and the Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis discuss their favorite flick of the summer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/31/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2012 15:05:28 -0500 Do the Twin Cities need 2 orchestras? Both the Minnesota Orchestra and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra are currently negotiating new contracts with their musicians. Both organizations face multi-million dollar deficits, and no one involved in the talks expects quick resolution. But even as the collective bargaining proceeds, some people in the larger community will ask whether Minnesota needs two world-class orchestras. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/27/arts/do-the-twin-cities-need-two-orchestras?refid=0 Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:55:44 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'Premium Rush,' 'Nobody Else But You,' 'The Expendables 2' The Cube Critics discuss the launch of a new genre, the bike messenger thriller, plus, how a lusty piece of French cinema rates, and how some aging action heroes stay on life support. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/24/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 16:09:35 -0500 MPR News Primer: Orchestra contract negotiations The Minnesota Orchestra faces tough financial times as management and musicians to try to work out new contracts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/18/orchestras-primer?refid=0 Sat, 18 Aug 2012 17:14:02 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'Searching for Sugar Man,' 'ParaNorman' The Current's Morning Show co-host Jill Riley fills in for the vacationing Movie Maven this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/17/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:58:59 -0500 A zombie movie for kids, 'ParaNorman' offers discussion about bullying A good bet at the multiplex this weekend is "ParaNorman," a zombie movie for kids that provides lots of laughs, a few shivers, and a chance to talk about bullying. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/17/arts/paranorman?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 04:00:00 -0500 'Searching for Sugar Man' tells story of Rodriguez, the unaware rock star A new movie "Searching for Sugar Man" opening in Minnesota this week tells the bizarre story of what happened decades later when some fans went on a hunt for their idol. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/15/arts/rodriguez-unaware-rock-star-south-africa-searching-for-sugar-man?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:15:15 -0500 On David Rakoff David Rakoff had an unsettling way of looking at you, as if he was working out whether you were someone who he found interesting or someone he would have to politely find a way of escaping. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/08/on-david-rakoff.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 19:24:50 -0500 The Cube Critics: Questions of the day Sometimes people just have to ask. The Cube Critics take on the burning cinematic questions of the day. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/10/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 15:07:49 -0500 The quiet life of publishing sensation Amanda Hocking Amanda Hocking became an Internet sensation writing about trolls, vampires, and murderous mermaids in e-books for young adults. Now, she's making the leap to print. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/08/arts/amanda-hocking?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 19:54:52 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'Queen of Versailles' 'Ruby Sparks' The Cube Critics are in buoyant mood as they consider a documentary about building the biggest home in America and a rom-com with a dark side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/03/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 17:00:00 -0500 Couples collaborate on rom-com with a dark side One of the more successful romantic comedies in recent years is the result of a collaboration between two high-powered real-life couples. When Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano realized they had a script about a writer who created his own perfect girlfriend, they turned to the husband-and-wife team behind "Little Miss Sunshine." Kazan and Dano were in the Twin Cities recently to introduce the film. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/02/arts/ruby-sparks?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 05:00:00 -0500 Meet three Fringe Festival first-timers The Minnesota Fringe Festival opens this evening at 15 venues around Minneapolis and St Paul. Offering 165 individual shows, the Fringe is seen as a chance for theater professionals and amateurs alike to experiment. We meet three first-time Fringers who are stepping into different roles for their shows, for very different reasons. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/01/arts/fringe-festival-begins?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2012 05:00:00 -0500 I-35W bridge collapse art event aims to spark discussion People from all walks of life will gather at the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis Wednesday evening to mark the fifth anniversary of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/01/art/artists-response-to-35w-bridge-collapse?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 14:31:06 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'Step Up Revolution,' 'Farewell, My Queen' and 'The Watch' On the discussion docket today, movies about the flash mob phenomenon, a neighborhood watch group fighting off aliens, and what the early days of the French Revolution were like. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/27/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2012 15:06:40 -0500 Singer-songwriter Claudia Schmidt quits day job for music comeback There was a time when Claudia Schmidt was ubiquitous. She was everywhere, on stage, on the radio, in people's music collections. And then she was gone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/27/arts/claudia-schmidt-singer-songwriter?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Anticipated novel describes a gentle apocalypse One of this summer's most anticipated titles at the bookstore is the debut novel by Karen Thompson Walker, "The Age of Miracles," a disturbingly gripping story of a gently unfolding apocalypse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/26/arts/age-of-miracles?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2012 17:38:06 -0500 Minn. Orch extends Litton's contract Andrew Litton will remain the artistic director of the Minnesota Orchestra's popular Sommerfest program through at least 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/25/arts/andrew-litton-sommerfest?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 15:27:35 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild,' 'A Day in the Life' This week, Cube Critics Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr discuss cinematic perfection in the form of a movie that encompasses an isolated Delta community, a mighty storm, and a six-year-old girl with a one-of-a-kind imagination. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/13/cube-critics-beasts-of-the-southern-wild-a-day-in-the-life?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jul 2012 13:50:32 -0500 Mill City Opera launches into the open air A new opera company launches in Minneapolis this evening, and is, by some accounts, already a huge success without having sung a single note. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/12/arts/mill-city-opera-pagliacci?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 17:29:11 -0500 Traveling troupe finds modern themes in Chekhov and visits to small towns Actors take the show on the road with a tour that brings a taste of professional theater to people's homes in small town Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/11/arts/cherry-orchard-theater?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 18:41:23 -0500 'White Zulu' Johnny Clegg mixes music and politics Johnny Clegg, who became famous as part of the first successful integrated band in South Africa, will play in Minneapolis this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/07/07/arts/johnny-clegg?refid=0 Mon, 09 Jul 2012 07:55:00 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'Polisse,' 'Your Sister's Sister,' 'Magic Mike' With the summer heat driving people to the cineplex, movie maven Stephanie Curtis and arts reporter Euan Kerr outline some options in films about the Parisian child protection system, two sisters befriending the same fellow, and, of course, a movie whose main character has a "magical" ability to gyrate and disrobe at the same time. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/29/arts/the-cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 13:29:29 -0500 Walker's 80s art retrospective mirrors modern issues It seems everyone has an image of the 80s and not necessarily a complimentary one. A new exhibit at the Walker Art Center explores why. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/29/art/walker-eighties-?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 08:53:00 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'Brave,' 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' The Cube Critics chat up "Brave," dissect the movie about our 16th president's vampire slaying hobby, and also touch briefly on the apocalypse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/22/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 15:37:18 -0500 American Rembrandts converge on Minneapolis A celebration of one of the grandest of the old masters -- Rembrandt -- at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts examines not only the life and career of the 17th century Dutch artist, but also the confusion over which paintings are actually his work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/22/arts/rembrandt-in-america?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Romantic comedy poses apocalyptic question Movie director Lorene Scafaria wants to start a conversation about the apocalypse. Her apocalyptic romantic comedy "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" is a gentle story with some looting and bad behavior, but also where the characters begin to consider what is really important to them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/21/arts/lorene-scafaria-end-of-the-world?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Memoir chronicles vegan extreme-runner's journey and evolution Scott Jurek is one of the world's top ultramarathoners, winning races of 50, 100 and 120 miles in record times. And he does it all on a vegan diet. His new memoir "Eat and Run" details his progression from a meat-and-potatoes boy who hated to run to a world-class athlete, throwing in running tips and his favorite recipes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/19/books/scott-jurek-vegan-ultramarathon?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 When a house is more than a place to live Common sense would warn against buying a former crack house as a fixer-upper project, particularly if you are a house renovating newbie. But that is exactly what St. Paul writer Matthew Batt and his wife did a few years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/17/arts/sugarhouse-memoir?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 06:00:00 -0500 National chair praises Minn. support for arts The chair of the National Endowment for the Arts today praised Minnesota's support for the arts during a visit to St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/15/arts/rocco-landesman-nea?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2012 19:12:13 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'Safety Not Guaranteed,' 'Lola Versus,' 'I Wish' This week, movie maven Stephanie Curtis and arts reporter Euan Kerr discuss a delicious new movie snack, new romantic comedies and the latest film from celebrated Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/15/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2012 16:15:50 -0500 Rep. for biggest arts festival in the world recruiting in Mpls. A representative of the biggest arts festival in the world is in Minneapolis hoping to attract both performers and arts administrators to attend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/15/arts/representative-for-edinburg-fringe-festival-biggest-arts-festival-in-the-world-recru?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2012 14:28:37 -0500 Showboat teaches U of M theater students old-time tricks While drama students study the classics all year at the University of Minnesota, the biggest dose of theatrical reality for many of them comes in the shape of melodrama on an old boat. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/13/arts/showboat-vampire-teaches-university-of-minnesota-theater-students-old-time-tricks?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:54:04 -0500 Possible cut worries St. Paul orchestra musicians Representatives of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra musicians say they are worried by contract proposals to reduce the guaranteed number of work weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/12/arts/st-paul-orchetra-cuts?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2012 19:04:59 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'Moonrise Kingdom,' 'Prometheus' This week The Cube Critics, movie maven Stephanic Curtis and arts reporter Euan Kerr, compare notes on the prequel to the late 1970s blockbuster "Alien," and another eccentric Wes Anderson movie adventure. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/08/cube-critics-moonrise-kingdom-and-prometheus?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2012 11:49:08 -0500 Opera allows him all, 'Doubt' playwright says Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright John Patrick Shanley joins members of the Minnesota Opera to work on a new adaptation of his play "Doubt, which began as a play on Broadway and then a movie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/07/arts/john-patrick-shanley-doubt-opera?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2012 04:00:00 -0500 A powerful poetic alphabet of loss and longing Katrina Vandenberg's new collection, "The Alphabet Not Unlike the World," touches on loss and sadness, but the pieces make her feel better about the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/04/katrina-vandenberg?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 16:00:00 -0500 The Cube Critics: 'Snow White' and 'The Fairy' This week The Cube Critics, movie maven Stephanic Curtis and arts reporter Euan Kerr, talked about fairy tales on the big screen as a much darker "Snow White" opens in movie theaters, along with a French art house film about an actual fairy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/06/01/the-cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 18:03:51 -0500 Drums United seeks an international rhythm You may think a drum is a drum is a drum. But even just listening to soundcheck with Drums United will quickly prove you wrong. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/29/arts/drums-united-ordway?refid=0 Wed, 30 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 The Cube Critics: Norwegian art thief, rock-and-roll love story Just when you think you've got the Cube Critics, Stephanie Curtis the Movie Maven and arts reporter Euan Kerr figured out, they surprise you. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/25/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 25 May 2012 15:22:01 -0500 The Moving Company's 'War Within' evolves to open again A few months ago, university students struck a chord and packed in the crowds with "The War Within," a dark farce of loosely connected sketches of commentary on absurdities in life and the workplace. The play is now reworked as a tour through the endless war of daily existence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/25/war-within?refid=0 Fri, 25 May 2012 07:25:00 -0500 Guthrie announces shows rounding out 50th season The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis has now revealed the final details of its 2012-2013 season. The initial line-up for what will be the theater's 50th season drew controversy from some quarters due to the lack of diversity amongst its playwrights and directors. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/05/guthrie-announces-shows-rounding-out-50th-season.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 22 May 2012 17:17:17 -0500 Cube Critics: 'Dictator,' 'Battleship,' 'Bernie' On the Cube Critics, a navy battle board game comes to life on the big screen and so does a fictitious farcical tyrant. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/18/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 15:00:00 -0500 Walker Art Center announces next season lineup The Walker Art Center announced on Thursday six commissions and three world premieres as it released details of its 2012-2013 performing arts season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/18/walker-new-season?refid=0 Fri, 18 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 With deaf character, artist helps students find their voice A film about a deaf poet struggling to perform for a hearing audience has been challenging students at Sheridan Arts Magnet School in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/13/film-deaf-students?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Cube Critics dissect Tim Burton's 'Dark Shadows' This week, Cube Critics Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr shine a spotlight on director Tim Burton's latest project that resurrects a spooky soap opera from the 60s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/11/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2012 15:06:48 -0500 Penumbra's Bellamy: Time is right to put on 'Amen Corner' Penumbra Theater Artistic Director Lou Bellamy has wanted to stage James Baldwin's play "The Amen Corner" for 30 years. However he believes it's only now he has found the right way to present Baldwin's story of family and religion -- in part because of leading lady Greta Oglesby. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/10/penumbra-theater-amen-corner?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2012 16:47:44 -0500 'Boarded Windows' marks Dylan Hicks' foray into fiction Over the years, Dylan Hicks has made his mark locally and nationally as a musician, a journalist and a critic. Now he's launching into another art form: the novel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/09/dylan-hicks?refid=0 Wed, 09 May 2012 11:47:15 -0500 Julie Schumacher and the unsinkable power of words "The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls," a teen novel by St. Paul-based writer, Julie Schumacher, reads like an adventure story, but at its heart it is about the power of words. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/08/julie-schumacher?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Cube Critics: 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,' 'The Avengers' The Cube Critics chat about two films in which some aging Britons take a trip and a conglomeration of super heroes decide that several is better than one. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/05/04/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 14:41:09 -0500 Cube Critics: 'The Raven,' 'Monsieur Lazher' They're back in the saddle: Arts reporter Euan Kerr back from a restful vacation in his homeland, the Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis going through withdrawal after a week with no movie banter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/27/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 27 Apr 2012 14:46:38 -0500 Bob Dylan awarded National Medal of Freedom President Barack Obama today named Bob Dylan as one of the latest recipients of the nation's highest civilian honor, the Medal of Freedom. Also honored are Madeleine Albright, John Glenn and Toni Morrison. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/04/bob-dylan-awarded-national-medal-of-freedom.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:50:14 -0500 Mary Losure explores the mystery behind the Cottingley Fairies Not so long ago some of the best minds in Britain believed they had scientific proof of the existence of fairies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/13/fairy-ring?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 15:58:32 -0500 Cube Critics: MSP International Film Fest MPR arts reporter Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis the Movie Maven may be mired in the movie doldrums this week, but Minnesota's biggest film event of the year, The Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival, looms on the horizon. That's what dominated the dialogue on this edition of Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/06/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 15:07:39 -0500 SPCO plan offers members concert buffet for $5 a month Beginning in fall, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will offer monthly memberships which allow patrons to attend as many concerts as they wish. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/04/03/chamer-orchestra-membership-deal?refid=0 Tue, 03 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Cube Critics: 'Prometheus,' hockey fights and fairy tales Ridley Scott, films about hockey fighting, fairy tales and father/son rivalries came up today in Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/30/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 15:46:05 -0500 Cube Critics: Discussing 'dystopia' Finally, a movie that has pushed the word "dystopian" into our everyday vocabulary. Cube Critics discuss "The Hunger Games." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/23/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 16:05:32 -0500 A photographer, a writer and a mysterious recluse collaborate on story about running away A new book, "The House of Coates," is a lavish, spiral-bound book illustrated with photos of places on the edge of society. The principal collaborators disavow authorships of the photos, but instead point to a mysterious recluse. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/23/house-of-coates-lester-b-morrison?refid=0 Fri, 23 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Excited fans worry 'Hunger Games' film may not live up to books With "The Hunger Games" movie opening across the nation on Friday, fans of the Suzanne Collins book are both excited and worried. Despite the huge excitement about the film, many young fans fear the movie won't do the book justice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/22/hunger-game-fans-movie-expectation?refid=0 Thu, 22 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Opera President Allan Naplan resigns Allan Naplan who has been president of the Minnesota Opera since last March announced today he is resigning for personal reasons. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/03/minnesota-opera-president-allan-naplan-resigns.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:10:41 -0500 Kate Nordstrum is Twin Cities' curatorial powerhouse with international pull The innovative shows brought by producer Kate Nordstrum have captivated local audiences and have given her a national reputation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/20/802-tour-kate-nordstrum?refid=0 Tue, 20 Mar 2012 04:00:00 -0500 Cube Critics: Movies we'd like to see made Stephanie Curtis the Movie Maven and arts reporter Euan Kerr are always in 'chat mode' about the movies they've seen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/16/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2012 16:21:02 -0500 Cube Critics: Talking about Tilda Every day is "Tilda Swinton Day" if you're MPR arts reporter Euan Kerr. He and Stephanie Curtis, the Movie Maven, talk about Swinton's latest film, "We Need to Talk About Kevin," in this week's edition of Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/09/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 14:46:07 -0600 Three-alarm fire clouds I-94 in Minneapolis Minneapolis Fire Department officials are urging caution for drivers on I-94 in Minneapolis because of smoke from a three-alarm fire in an apartment building just off the freeway near the Convention Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/09/3-alarm-fire-clouds-i-94-in-minneapolis?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2012 07:53:30 -0600 Alleged vise thrower Garrett Parks arrested again The Bloomington man accused of throwing objects including a vise at passing cars was re-arrested Thursday morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/08/vise-thrower?refid=0 Thu, 08 Mar 2012 09:59:59 -0600 GOP bills would keep some state services open in shutdown State Sen. Al DeKruif says the several bills he's sponsoring to keep some services open during a government shutdown simply reflect what it means to run a good state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/07/dekruif-shutdown-bills?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2012 10:01:58 -0600 DFL Sen. Sheran offering shutdown prevention bill A number of Republican bills aimed at keeping essential services going during a shutdown are working their way through the legislature, but Sheran says she wants to be more proactive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/06/sheran-anti-shutdown-bill?refid=0 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 09:59:26 -0600 Dayton stalls on fate of deadly force bill On the MPR News program The Daily Circuit the governor said he takes seriously concerns from law enforcement officials who believe such a law would endanger them in their work. Dayton said current law already allows the use of reasonable force. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/05/dayton-deadly-force?refid=0 Mon, 05 Mar 2012 11:04:20 -0600 Cube Critics: 'Rampart' and 'Crazy Horse' This week, Stephanie and Euan discuss bad cop movies of the Woody Harrelson variety and non-narrated documentaries on Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/03/02/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 02 Mar 2012 13:39:32 -0600 'The Birds' roosts at the Guthrie Theater Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1963 horror film "The Birds" unnerved the world with its tale of murderous avian attacks. However, even the movie strayed from the darker issues of human nature that run through the short story upon which it is based. Conor McPherson's stage adaptation brings back that claustrophobic darkness. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/29/the-birds-guthrie-theater?refid=0 Wed, 29 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 The Cube Critics&trade; consider the Oscars - with Chris Hewitt of The Pioneer Press The Cube Critics discuss the Oscars with Chris Hewitt, movie critic for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/24/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 24 Feb 2012 16:08:42 -0600 3D University, Minnesota Film Board promote a whole new world It's a long way from the fictional "Avatar" planet of Pandora to downtown Minneapolis, but it's here that Minnesota Film and Television Board Executive Director Lucinda Winter is working to foster a brave new world of 3-D film production. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/19/3-d-u-minnesota?refid=0 Mon, 20 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Cube Critics: War in the title Two movies with war in the title, but the soldiers are missing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/17/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 16:18:21 -0600 Memoir reveals how author went from streetfighter to writer Writer Andre Dubus said he was a small child, who wore glasses, and liked adverbs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/16/andre-dubus?refid=0 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 19:33:48 -0600 Cube Critics: Short films, Denzel, and 3-D Short films, Denzel Washington going rogue, and a certain inter-galactic blockbuster getting a three dimensional treatment, all came up today on Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/10/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 15:29:44 -0600 In 'Pina,' director Wim Wenders finds what he's looking for in dance For someone who has just made the Oscar-nominated documentary "Pina," perhaps the most acclaimed dance movie in years, Wim Wenders is straightforward in admitting that dance used to leave him cold. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/10/pina-wim-wenders?refid=0 Fri, 10 Feb 2012 14:14:41 -0600 Minn. Orchestra launches new season with clarinet festival The Minnesota Orchestra will start its new season with a clarinet festival, and a full slate of guest soloists, including concerts by the recently retired concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/03/minn-orchestra-clarinet?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 16:46:59 -0600 Cube Critics: 'A Separation' and 'Chronicle' Today, an Iranian drama about domestic friction and what happens when some teens become imbued with magical powers, on Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/03/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 15:00:00 -0600 Actress channels Judy Garland at 'End of the Rainbow' Judy Garland returns to the state of her birth this week, or at least a play about her calamitous final days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/02/03/channeling-judy-garland?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Cube Critics: 'The Grey' and 'Albert Nobbs' Today, the Cube Critics' conversation centered on films in which a 19th century woman passes as a man and wolves become Liam Neeson's nemeses. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/27/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 15:49:16 -0600 'Albert Nobbs' was a labor of love for Glenn Close Actress Glenn Close originally performed "Albert Nobbs" as a one-woman show. The film version, which opens in the Twin Cities this weekend, is a heartrending story of a woman living in 19th century Dublin who passes herself off as a man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/27/glen-close-albert-nobbs?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 12:10:23 -0600 Walker showcases 50 years of Frank Gaard The Walker Art Center opens a huge retrospective tonight looking back over half a century of painter and provocateur Frank Gaard's work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/26/frank-gaard-walker-retrospective-poison-and-candy?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 15:45:30 -0600 Photographer Chris Jordan qualifies the quantitative When we casually toss around words like millions and billions in conversation, it's difficult to visualize what those numbers actually represent. It's a challenge which for years has motivated photographer Chris Jordan. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/25/chris-jordan?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2012 07:38:42 -0600 Cube Critics: Sorting through the Oscar nominations The Cube Critics sort through the Oscar nominations for 2011's best picture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/24/cube-critics?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 16:13:04 -0600 5 things you don't know about Gary Eichten Today is Gary Eichten's last day at Minnesota Public Radio. After 45 years in the newsroom, Gary is retiring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/20/gary-eichten-last-day?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 15:45:37 -0600 Cube Critics: Great performances vs. great films The Cube Critics debate great performances versus great movies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/20/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 14:51:27 -0600 Singer, songwriter, novelist brings work full-circle Singer-songwriter Suzzy Roche has delighted fans with her insightful songs, and soaring harmonies. She's back to present something different: her new novel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/20/suzzy-roche?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 04:00:00 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest moves to U of M The Minnesota Orchestra will present its popular Sommerfest program in July on the campus of the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/20/minnesota-ochestra-move?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2012 00:01:00 -0600 Michael Christie named Minnesota Opera's new music director The Minnesota Opera has named Michael Christie as its new music director, a new position. In the past, the Opera, hired a conductor on a production-by-production basis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/19/michael-christie-minnesota-opera?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:16:45 -0600 Cube Critics: Horror, heists and 'Contraband' Arts reporter Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis the Movie Maven are the Cube Critics. Today they discuss horror, heists, 'Contraband' and 'Carnage.' http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/13/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2012 16:34:13 -0600 Cameras in hand, N. Mpls. youth capture community after tornado A group of young photographers from the north side of Minneapolis hopes to raise awareness of homes still waiting for repair after a tornado ripped through the area last spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/11/north-minneapolis-tornado-photography-exhibit?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jan 2012 11:00:00 -0600 Playwright strips topic of feminism bare in new work The word "feminist" hauls a lot of baggage nowadays. It can draw every kind of reaction from unquestioning acceptance to eye-rolling, from immediate understanding to boiling anger. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/01/05/untitled-feminism?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Cube Critics: Top 10 of 2011 It's the time of year for looking back on the best in everything, including movies, and Stephanie Curtis the Movie Maven and arts reporter Euan Kerr are not to be outdone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/29/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 30 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0600 'Film School' is Steve Boman's account of wild ride in career change Steve Boman, a reporter by trade, decided to take a career leap in his early 40s and attend film school at USC. He recounts what turned out to be a wild ride in his new memoir, "Film School." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/29/steve-boman-film-school?refid=0 Fri, 30 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Twin Cities jazz singer Christine Rosholt dies at 46 Twin Cities jazz fans have been left reeling by the news of the unexpected death of singer Christine Rosholt earlier this week. She was 46. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/12/twin-cities-jazz-fans-shocked-at-passing-of-christine-rosholt.shtml?refid=0 Thu, 29 Dec 2011 16:05:45 -0600 Penumbra Theater steps into NBC primetime Artistic director Lou Bellamy said crews from "Rock Center" have been visiting the company for months to gather material for a 9 p.m. piece that will highlight Penumbra's work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/26/penumbra-theater-steps-into-nbc-primetime?refid=0 Mon, 26 Dec 2011 11:50:15 -0600 Cube Critics: Year-end films and Oscar hopefuls "Too many movies, not enough time." It's a common complaint from Stephanie Curtis the Movie Maven and arts reporter Euan Kerr, especially now, with the deluge of year-end blockbusters and Oscar hopefuls. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/23/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 23 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0600 Author digs into culinary giant's life outside the kitchen Even if you don't know the name August Escoffier you have likely experienced his culinary innovation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/21/nm-kelby-author?refid=0 Thu, 22 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Cube Critics: 'Mission Impossible,' 'Shame' Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr discuss impossible missions and the curse of addiction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/16/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 18:52:00 -0600 Sam Rosen's 'Stuck Between Stations' leads with First Avenue brawl If you had to single out an actor who has starred in more Twin Cities-based films than anyone else, it would probably be Sam Rosen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/16/sam-rosen?refid=0 Fri, 16 Dec 2011 06:50:00 -0600 Ex-Minn. polka-punk rocker returns to stage in 'Of Mirth and Mischief' This weekend, Twin Cities rocker Steve Kramer returns to the stage some two decades after the demise of his best known band, The Wallets. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/14/steve-kramer-kevin-kling-mirth-and-mischief?refid=0 Wed, 14 Dec 2011 15:50:14 -0600 Large-format photos come to life on small screen Famed for her large, sumptuous photographs which hang in art museums around the world, JoAnn Verburg is trying something much smaller. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/13/verberg-as-it-is-again?refid=0 Tue, 13 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Guthrie celebrates a balanced budget The numbers are pretty impressive: 733 performances of 49 different shows. But perhaps the happiest news for the folks over at the Guthrie was ending the 2010-2011 fiscal year with a small surplus in the bank on a budget of $26 million. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/12/guthrie-celebrates-a-balanced-budget.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 21:34:59 -0600 Cube Critics: 'Young Adult,' 'Elite Squad 2,' Diablo Cody Today Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis size up the latest cinematic offering from a certain celebrity screenwriter and former Minneapolis erotic entertainer on Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/09/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 09 Dec 2011 16:28:38 -0600 Ordway plans $75 million expansion Backers of a plan to build a new concert hall at the the St. Paul Ordway Theatre Center say they've raised $50 million for the project, and could break ground in the spring. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/07/ordway-expansion?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2011 10:00:00 -0600 Twin Cities orchestras address financial woes in weak economy Leaders at both of Minnesota's major orchestras say they are facing tight times, and the next few years will continue to be a financial struggle. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/06/orchestra-deficits?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2011 14:16:15 -0600 Cube Critics: Minneapolis Underground Film Festival Maybe just once they could talk about their knitting club or yoga lessons or their latest community ed adventure but no, it's movies, movies, movies for the Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/02/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 18:07:51 -0600 Walker's quirky British TV ad awards adapt online, with new name The British Television Commercial Awards hosted by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis have been renamed the British Arrow Awards. But one thing hasn't changed: The crowd-pleasing show that accompanies the awards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/02/walker-british-tv-ad-awards?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 11:17:35 -0600 'How to Cheat' challenges actor with role just for him It's uncommon for actors to have plays written specifically for them. But Randy Reyes has the role cut out for him in the edgy comedy, "How to Cheat." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/12/02/how-to-cheat-randy-reyes?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Cube Critics: 'Hugo' The Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis and arts reporter Euan Kerr discuss Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" by Brian Selznick. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/25/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 25 Nov 2011 15:29:36 -0600 For new Minn. poet laureate, job description a blank slate Joyce Sutphen, a Gustavus Adolphus College professor, has been out promoting poetry to the people of Minnesota as the state's newest poet laureate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/25/poet-laureate-joyce-sutphen?refid=0 Fri, 25 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Cube Critics: 'The Descendants' When Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis and arts reporter Euan Kerr compare notes on the films they've seen, there's often not a lot of overlap. But this week, the two movie maniacs saw the same flick and that's the topic of discussion on Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/18/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 17:08:54 -0600 Meet Eric Rieger, aka HOTTEA the Mpls. yarnbomber Eric Rieger, or HOTTEA, has fessed up to splashing words and images with yarn on fences and light poles around Minneapolis for the last three years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/18/hottea-eric-rieger-minneapolis-yarnbomber?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2011 00:00:00 -0600 'Descendants' is latest from Minn. moviemaker Jim Burke It's a big weekend for movie producer Jim Burke. His latest film "The Descendants" opens in select cities, including his hometown of Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/16/descendants-jim-burke?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Cube Critics: 'J. Edgar,' 'Revenge of the Electric Car' Cube Critics discuss a biopic about the nation's number one G-Man, and the electric automobile getting its revenge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/11/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 17:07:39 -0600 'Silent Night' recounts Christmas Truce across no man's land Based on the 2005 French movie "Joyeux Noel," the Minnesota Opera's "Silent Night" is the retelling of the World War I Christmas Truce of 1914 when soldiers in Europe put down their rifles and walked across no man's land to celebrate the season together. The production opens to its world premiere on Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/11/silent-night?refid=0 Fri, 11 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0600 U of M students collaborate with three theater veterans A new show opening at the University of Minnesota this weekend takes improvisation to new heights. A group of students developed "The War Within: All's Fair" from scratch, under the watchful eye of three of the Twin Cities' most gifted physical comedians. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/09/the-war-within-uminn-theater?refid=0 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 16:52:18 -0600 Cube Critics: 'Like Crazy,' 'Martha Marcy May Marlene' Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis and like-minded soul arts reporter Euan Kerr discuss a troubled relationship movie and an eerie film starring one of the Olson twins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/04/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2011 19:41:58 -0500 Merce Cunningham Dance Company finishes out last tour Finishing its final tour, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company will perform for the last time this weekend before disbanding. It's legacy, however, lives on at the Walker Art Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/04/merce-cunningham-dance-company?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Film festivals open up an otherwise unavailable world Film festivals are an opportunity to experience movies unavailable elsewhere. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/11/03/film-festivals?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Prairie Home Companion sound effects man Tom Keith remembered Tom Keith, a sound-effects creator for A Prairie Home Companion and former Minnesota Public Radio personality, died Sunday after collapsing suddenly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/31/tom-keith-obit?refid=0 Mon, 31 Oct 2011 11:02:58 -0500 Cube Critics: 'Black Power Mixtape,' 'Rum Diary,' 'In Time,' 'Anonymous' Not everything is coming up rosy for the Cube Critics this week. Today, they talked about a Shakespeare thriller, a sci-fi flick about immortality, and more gonzo journalism on the big screen. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/28/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 28 Oct 2011 19:03:46 -0500 A multi-layered novel which deliberately leaves much to a readers imagination "The Stranger's Child" caused one newspaper critic to say Alan Hollinghurst had a "perhaps unassailable claim to be the best English novelist working today." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/27/hollinghurst?refid=0 Thu, 27 Oct 2011 17:14:59 -0500 Liviu Ciulei, former Guthrie Theater art director, dies Romanian film and theater director Liviu Ciulei has died at age 88. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/25/obit-liviu-ciulei?refid=0 Tue, 25 Oct 2011 18:45:08 -0500 Author Charles Frazier goes contemporary in newest book Charles Frazier, author of the best-selling novel "Cold Mountain," is moving forward in time, in his newest book. His novel, "Nightwoods," is a thriller, set around 1960 in a remote community in the forested mountains of North Carolina. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/24/charles-frazier?refid=0 Mon, 24 Oct 2011 16:34:01 -0500 Walker's graphic design exhibit reflects on daily bombardment Few art forms have changed and expanded as much in the last decade as graphic design. The Walker Art Center launches a graphic design show that surveys the best work over the last decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/21/walkers-graphic-design-exhibit?refid=0 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Russell Banks writes the life of a sex offender In 50 years of writing fiction, Russell Banks has told the stories of many less-than-perfect people. For his latest novel "Lost Memory of Skin" he takes on perhaps his most troubling character: a young sex offender. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/18/banks?refid=0 Tue, 18 Oct 2011 17:28:39 -0500 Author Brian Selznick takes a unique approach in "Wonderstruck" "Wonderstruck," an enormous book which is half text and half images, is at its base about two young deaf people trying to make sense of a hearing world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/17/selznick-wonderstruck?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 16:32:15 -0500 Cube Critics tackle 'The Big Year, ' and 'Code 46' The Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis and arts reporter Euan Kerr discuss a futuristic love story and three comedians who go birding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/14/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2011 13:58:57 -0500 The hidden messages of a Renaissance master Considered one of the greats of his time, Renaissance artist Albrecht Durer created iconic engravings and woodcuts in the late 15th and early 16th centuries. It turns out the story behind the collection is as fascinating as the pictures themselves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/14/durer?refid=0 Fri, 14 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Daniel Woodrell's harrowing tales of Ozark life Fans of author Daniel Woodrell have snapped up his books for years. Yet it was only when his novel "Winter's Bone" became an Oscar nominated movie that many people became aware of his work. This weekend he'll read at the Twin Cities Book Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/12/woodrell?refid=0 Thu, 13 Oct 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Australian dancers examine a different bridge collapse A bridge collapses in a busy city, taking lives and shaking survivors to the core. It's a story the people of Minneapolis know well, but it turns out it's far from unusual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/06/guerin?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Esperanza Spalding makes light of serious talent Jazz sensation Esperanza Spalding rolls into St. Paul Tuesday night for a concert at St. Catherine's University. Spalding, an upright bassist and singer, is one of the hottest performers on the jazz scene right now. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/03/spalding?refid=0 Tue, 04 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Nobel-winning poet muses on the tension between speech and silence When Irish poet Seamus Heaney won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 his biography stated how his work revolves around the "inner tension between speech and silence." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/03/heaney?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2011 16:21:53 -0500 Weisman celebrates reopening with its designer in attendance Architect Frank Gehry returned to the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis Saturday night for the reopening of the building he designed in the early 1990s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/10/02/gehry-at-weisman-museum-opening?refid=0 Sun, 02 Oct 2011 14:14:24 -0500 Cube Critics: 'Relationship' movies. This time the Cube Critics discuss "relationship" movies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/30/cube-critics-relationship-movies?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 15:24:32 -0500 Weisman Art Museum to open doors, show off new galleries Closed a year ago for expansion, The Weisman Art Museum, the almost abstract metal-clad icon of the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus is readying to throw open its doors to the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/30/newweisman?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2011 06:30:00 -0500 A little bit of this, a little bit of that in Minn. Orchestra's 'TimePiece' The Minnesota Orchestra's first program of the new season includes something a little different. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/28/minn-orchestra-timepiece?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 18:00:00 -0500 Movie explores dollhouses that deal with death A new Twin Cities-made documentary called "Of Dolls and Murder" reveals how important one particular set of dollhouses has been to solving untimely deaths in the US for 70 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/27/dollsandmurder?refid=0 Wed, 28 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Craig Thompson's complex intertwinings in 'Habibi' Graphic artist Craig Thompson believes that comic-books have yet to reach their full audience. His latest graphic novel 'Habibi' is an epic tale of love between two orphans in an un-named desert, and it draws on a huge array of religious and artistic traditions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/26/habibi?refid=0 Tue, 27 Sep 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Two poets exploring, not explaining Two nationally-recognized Minneapolis poets say they are pretty much done with explaining: now they want their work to be exploration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/23/lee_phi?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 16:37:52 -0500 Cube Critics: Netflix decision raise Movie Maven's ire This week's decision by Netflix to split into two services, and the ire that has aroused in the MPR Newsroom. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/23/cube-critics-netflix?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 15:25:53 -0500 Love The Beach Boys? Meet "The Wrecking Crew" It's a little known fact that the music on most of the hit records coming out of California in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including chart-toppers from The Beach Boys, above, was played by the same group of musicians. A new documentary showing tonight in Minneapolis, "The Wrecking Crew," tells the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/21/wreckingcrew?refid=0 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Cube Critics: Movie Maven's fave films this year The Movie Maven names her fave films of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/16/cube-critics-movie-mavens-fave-films-this-year?refid=0 Fri, 16 Sep 2011 19:01:41 -0500 'The Parade' at the Walker is an uncomfortably human flock of birds Many of us feel compelled to assign human characteristics to the wildlife around us. Now, a Swedish sculptor visiting the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has taken this almost to extremes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/08/the-parade-uncomfortably-human-flock-of-birds?refid=0 Thu, 08 Sep 2011 14:38:28 -0500 Cube Critics: Aliens and epidemics Cube Critics discuss films containing violence against aliens, violence between brothers, and a deadly epidemic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/07/cube-critics-aliens-epidemics?refid=0 Wed, 07 Sep 2011 16:58:30 -0500 'Death of the Mantis' is an African thriller with Minnesota roots "Death of the Mantis," the third book in the internationally successful Detective Kubu mystery series, arrives in bookstores this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/06/michaelstanley?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 16:51:54 -0500 Bill T. Jones opens 'Story/Time' rehearsals at the Walker Art Center Jones is a MacArthur Genius grant recipient, and a 2010 Kennedy Center honoree. Yet he feels he can't rest. "Story/Time" is clearly evidence of his need to keep creating. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/06/bill-t-jones-story-time-walker-art-center-open-rehearsals?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 10:34:30 -0500 The harsh reality behind the Merry Pranksters 'Magic Trip' So much has been written about the 1960s, sometimes it's hard to tell myth from reality. Such is the case with the story of Ken Kesey and the Merry Band of Pranksters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/09/01/magictrip?refid=0 Fri, 02 Sep 2011 14:56:04 -0500 Cube Critics: R-rated comedies and homemade movies Each Wednesday we get to listen in on the big screen adventures of the cube critics, Stephanie Curtis the Movie Maven and arts reporter Euan Kerr. This week it's R-rated comedies and homemade movies on Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/31/cube-critics-r-rated-comedies-and-homemade-movies?refid=0 Wed, 31 Aug 2011 18:00:00 -0500 Hurricane-dampened MLK memorial plans have a St. Paul connection Those disappointed by the turn of events included a delegation from St. Paul, which has a special connection to the MLK memorial: Chinese sculptor Lei Yixin. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/26/mlk-sculptor-lei-yixin-st-paul-connection?refid=0 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 14:42:17 -0500 The story behind 'The Guard' Consider this for a movie idea: An iconoclastic writer toils for decades, with no recognition. Then his brother puts pen to paper and overnight becomes an international success. This is actually the story behind "The Guard," a new comedy film opening this weekend in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/11/guard?refid=0 Fri, 12 Aug 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Marx and Smith ponder economics at the Walker For the next couple of weeks Karl Marx and Adam Smith will stalk the halls of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, at least in puppet form. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/10/babymarx?refid=0 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 05:00:00 -0500 The deep question behind 'Another Earth' A film opening this week asks a simple, but potentially deep question: If you were to meet yourself, what would you say? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/04/anotherearth?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2011 18:09:09 -0500 Cube Critics talk about foreign films The Cube Critics, Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr, work in adjoining cubes in the MPR newsroom. And they talk about movies -- a lot. Today, they discuss foreign films. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/03/cube-critics?refid=0 Wed, 03 Aug 2011 17:29:55 -0500 Teen goes from small town Wisconsin to Hollywood Growing up on a llama farm in northern Wisconsin is far from the standard preparation for life in Hollywood. Yet 17-year-old Bridger Zadina, who grew about 20 miles east of Superior, is attracting attention for his work in a film called "Terri." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/02/zadina?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 07:57:33 -0500 A life on the Fringes The Minnesota Fringe launches Thursday, bringing a slew of plays, performances, and events to venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/08/02/fringeelements?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Poet Robert Bly looks forward and back in new collection Minnesota poet Robert Bly has enjoyed a successful but contentious career. He's internationally known for his poetry, and for his 1990 book "Iron John," which launched a men's movement. Now 84, Bly has just published a new collection called "Talking into the Ear of a Donkey." It's filled with humor, memories, and grief. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/28/robert-bly?refid=0 Mon, 01 Aug 2011 14:00:00 -0500 Street pianos disappearing soon This weekend the grand experiment in public music-making ends. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jul 2011 14:06:18 -0500 Cube Critics talk about the future of movie houses The Cube Critics, Stephanie Curtis the Movie Maven and arts reporter Euan Kerr, like to shoot the breeze on cinema when they're not doing what their job descriptions require them to do. Today, they talk about the future of movie houses and the movie-going experience, on Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/27/cube-critics-movies?refid=0 Wed, 27 Jul 2011 20:40:27 -0500 Renown Minnesota architect Leonard Parker dies at 88 Internationally-recognized architect Leonard Parker, known for his work designing the Minneapolis Convention Center and numerous buildings at the University of Minnesota, died Sunday at age 88. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/25/leonard-parker-obit?refid=0 Mon, 25 Jul 2011 21:24:51 -0500 Cedar Riverside's young people tell their story The East African community in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis has been in the news a great deal recently. Some young people from the neighborhood say their reality is very different from the media images of their community. They'll explain just how different in a play opening this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/21/somaliplay?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2011 17:49:03 -0500 What's opera, dog? Walker hosts amplified watermelons, sheep, musical for canine lovers Looking for something different this week: how about an opera for dogs? Or lessons on making amplified bongos out of watermelons? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/machineproject?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 18:08:10 -0500 Cube Critics talk about 'Rom coms' The Cube Critics, Stephanie Curtis the Movie Maven and arts reporter Euan Kerr, like to shoot the breeze on cinema when they're not doing what their job descriptions require them to do. Today, the phrase "Leu Rom Com" is coined, then explained, on Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/20/cube-critics-movies?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jul 2011 17:58:27 -0500 The man from Knockemstiff writes what he knows Author Donald Ray Pollock grew up in southern Ohio, in a place that really is called Knockemstiff. Pollock published a short story collection in 2008 named for his hometown to great acclaim. Now Pollock has a novel set in the same place, called "The Devil All the Time." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/19/pollock?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jul 2011 16:56:55 -0500 The Cube Critics and Harry Potter Cubicle neighbors Stephanie Curtis, the Movie Maven, and arts reporter Euan Kerr engage in a lot of idle movie chit chat in the Minnesota Public Radio newsroom. So it's not surprising that one of the biggest film events of the summer -- the opening of the last Harry Potter movie -- came up today on Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/13/cube-critics?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jul 2011 23:00:36 -0500 Meg Cabot moves from princesses to vampires Best known for her Princess Diaries series of novels, Meg Cabot is also author of least 50 books, mainly for young adults. Her recent best-selling foray into the burgeoning vampire genre now has a follow up in "Overbite." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/11/cabot?refid=0 Mon, 11 Jul 2011 17:50:00 -0500 The genteel provocateur Writer and film director Miranda July has one of those minds which find ways of examining everyday subjects in new ways. And she often gets quite disturbing results. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/08/mirandajuly?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2011 16:46:10 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra gives amateur musicians chance to join in The Minnesota Orchestra announced a fantasy camp for amateur musicians in September which will culminate playing a concert with the full orchestra. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/07/orchfantasycamp?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:12:08 -0500 The Cube Critics talk movie murder fantasies Arts reporter Euan Kerr not only sits next to Stephanie Curtis, the Movie Maven, in the Minnesota Public Radio newsroom, they share a mutual obsession -- movies. Today, workplace murder fantasies and a film favorite from a guest commentator top the agenda on Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/06/cube-critics?refid=0 Wed, 06 Jul 2011 19:28:17 -0500 St Paul author mines the story of a bootlegging relative for novel When St Paul writer Mary DesJarlais needed a character for her first novel, she had to go no further than a photograph of her great aunts. She knew one of them made her living as a bootlegger in rural Minnesota during Prohibition. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/desjarlais?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 16:37:31 -0500 Mn journalist focus of NYT film A new critically-acclaimed documentary examines the changing media landscape through the eyes of a former Minnesota journalist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/07/01/pageone?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jul 2011 16:06:51 -0500 Poker champ's memoir weaves tale of winning with his family's escape from Laos Concordia University in St. Paul will welcome an unusual guest for a Lutheran liberal arts school -- world champion poker player Jerry Yang. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/30/yang?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Cube Critics: Robots at the movies The resident film fanatics of Minnesota Public Radio News, Stephanie Curtis the Movie Maven, and her cubicle neighbor Euan Kerr, can always find something to talk about. Today, it's a particularly "robotic" summer blockbuster on Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/cube-critics?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 17:47:34 -0500 Three key moments define Bill Kling's legacy in public radio After more than four decades as president of Minnesota Public Radio, Bill Kling steps down at the end of this week. Over the years he's been hailed as a visionary and a maverick. He's shaped many major developments in public broadcasting that go beyond Minnesota Public Radio. Three pivotal moments in Bill Kling's career helped shape the entire public radio system in the United States. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/29/bill-kling-leaves-mpr?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 15:50:01 -0500 The Josh Ritter song which became a novel Critics describe Josh Ritter as an heir to the musical story-telling tradition of such greats as Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Now he's about to publish his debut novel which he says grew out of a song he couldn't fit on his most recent album. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/24/josh-ritter-wit?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jun 2011 16:39:16 -0500 Cube Critics talk animated automobiles This week, animated automobiles and a culinary adventure are top of mind on Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/22/cube-critics?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 17:50:25 -0500 Oscar-nominated actor credits Minn. for his dramatic roots Oscar-nominated actor John Hawkes is heading home to Alexandria in west-central Minnesota this week, and he's bringing his new film "Earthwork." While it's been 30 years since he lived in Minnesota, he says his success is rooted in his home state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/22/hawkes?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jun 2011 04:00:00 -0500 Director mines his own tale in new film 'Beginners' Life can serve up some strange twists, as film director Mike Mills knows. Mills' new feature "Beginners," which opens this week in Minneapolis, is based on a revelation in his own life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/17/beginners?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jun 2011 03:00:00 -0500 The Cube Critics go green This week on Cube Critics, Euan Kerr and Stephanie Curtis ponder whether people really realize (or care) that "The Green Hornet" and "The Green Lantern" (which opens this week) are different films. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/15/cube-critics?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2011 17:59:42 -0500 Filmmaker John Waters explores new career path in Walker show Filmmaker and writer John Waters, known for his counterculture work, takes a new turn this weekend with the opening of "Absentee Landlord," a show he's curated at the Walker Art Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/10/john-waters-walker?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jun 2011 14:26:09 -0500 The Cube Critics talk summer movies This week, the Cube Critics discuss the upcoming summer movie fest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/08/cube-critics?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2011 16:45:10 -0500 American Orchestras meet in Twin Cities Orchestra administrators and musicians will talk about how to keep classical music performance thriving in a tight economy and dwindling audiences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/orchestraconference?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 20:29:47 -0500 Troubled American orchestras meet to ponder the future Close to a thousand representatives of north American orchestras arrive in the Twin Cities this week for the annual League of American Orchestras conference. They'll focus on how to draw larger audiences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/07/orchestraleague?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 17:53:56 -0500 Singer Linda Eder celebrates Minnesota high school performers Linda Eder is best known as a Broadway star. The role of Lisa in "Jekyll and Hyde" was written for her. Yet she credits her start to performing in high school in Brainerd. Eder appears tonight at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis to present the annual Spotlight Showcase Awards, which honor Minnesota's best high school musical performances of the year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/06/eder?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jun 2011 16:37:17 -0500 Artist presents 'Scattered Lights' at the Northern Spark arts festival Northern Spark is a 'nuit blanche' or white night festival, running from dusk till dawn. It will feature hundreds of artists: performers, sculptors, and a host of others all with work designed to be seen at night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/03/scattered-lights?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 15:00:00 -0500 Malick's 'The Tree of Life' a deeply intimate film Minneapolis producer Bill Pohlad's controversial new film "The Tree of Life" opens in Minnesota this weekend. It recently won the prestigious Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and drew raves from some critics, but others found it mystifying and even pretentious. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/02/treeoflife?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Cube Critics talk about mutant superheroes The Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis and arts reporter Euan Kerr sit in adjoining cubicles at Minnesota Public Radio News, and their conversation usually centers on cinema. On this week's edition of Cube Critics, it's mutant superheroes and a deeply philosophical flick. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/01/cube-critics?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2011 17:33:46 -0500 Lavish praise for Lake Superior novel that took 8 years to write Writing about Lake Superior can be a huge task - just ask Danielle Sosin, a Duluth-based author of "The Long-Shining Waters," a novel which intertwines the stories of three women living next to the big lake at different times in history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/06/01/sosin?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jun 2011 15:00:02 -0500 Local writer explains creative process behind new work, 'Sparrow Road' This is a big week for St. Paul writer Sheila O'Connor. Not only is she promoting her new novel "Sparrow Road," today, it is also the day she's set to begin writing her next novel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/26/sparrowroad?refid=0 Mon, 30 May 2011 03:00:00 -0500 Actress Sally Wingert a Twin Cities favorite Critics gave Wingert's performance in the Guthrie's "Arsenic and Old Lace" rave reviews and note her ability to draw a crowd on name recognition alone. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/26/wingert?refid=0 Fri, 27 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Walker to honor Merce Cunningham The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis will present a Merce Cunningham celebration as part of its 2011-2012 performing arts season announced Thursday. The 10-day event starting in late October will feature final performances by Cunningham's soon-to-be-disbanded dance company and feature the Walker's recently acquired collection of Cunningham's set props and costumes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/?refid=0 Thu, 26 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Cube Critics and their favorite movies Put two film fanatics in adjoining cubicles at Minnesota Public Radio News and you know what they'll be talking about. Stephanie Curtis, the Movie Maven, and arts reporter Euan Kerr are the Cube Critics and today, they picked their favorite movies of the year -- so far. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/25/cube-critics-movies?refid=0 Wed, 25 May 2011 18:23:53 -0500 Walker exhibit explores voyeurism as art Nowadays it seems cameras are everywhere and many people complain privacy is fast becoming a thing of the past. However a new exhibit at the Walker Art Center shows photographic invasions began not long after the invention of the camera itself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/19/exposed?refid=0 Fri, 20 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 The Cube Critics talk about vampires and pirates Arts reporter Euan Kerr works in the cubicle next to Stephanie Curtis, the Movie Maven, at Minnesota Public Radio News. They spend a lot of time chatting about films. Today, vampires, pirates and beavers are conversational highlights on Cube Critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/18/cube-critics?refid=0 Wed, 18 May 2011 18:22:31 -0500 Play ponders disasters both real and metaphorical Sometimes real life and art collide in remarkable ways. Such is the case with "Come Hell and High Water," a new show by the Moving Company which opens this weekend at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. The play, about flooding in the Mississippi Delta, comes as many communities along the river are battling rising waters today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/13/movingcompany?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2011 22:50:25 -0500 Away from home with no pants, and this time it's not a dream A sudden bout of agonizing illness can change your perspective in a hurry. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/13/kerr?refid=0 Fri, 13 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 The Cube Critics wonder if movies about weddings will ever attact the guys "Bridesmaids" hits the theaters on Friday. Will the movie, which stars Kristin Wiig and Maya Rudolph be able to lure both sexes to see it? Does the subject matter -- a wedding -- doom it to be a "chick flick"? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/11/cube-critics-wedding-movies?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2011 18:11:32 -0500 Pillsbury House play deals with sprinters and gods While the crowds are flocking to see the gods tussle in the movie version of "Thor," the Pillsbury House Theater in Minneapolis is about to put its own spin on struggling deities. "In the Red and Brown Water," being presented at the Guthrie Theater, uses West African traditions to tell a very modern American story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/11/pillsburyhouse?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2011 17:35:00 -0500 SNL's Wiig hopes to show that women can be as raunchy as men Her "Bridesmaids" isn't only aimed at "chicks." The star and co-written hopes to lure the all-important teenage male demographic that is the lifeblood of movie theaters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/10/kristi-wiig-bridesmaids?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Author travels the ocean to launch a dialogue in Cambridge Cleave wants to start a discussion through his book "Little Bee." It encourages readers to consider difficult questions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/10/chris-cleave?refid=0 Tue, 10 May 2011 19:48:44 -0500 Director considers the Western through different eyes In her new film "Meek's Cutoff," director Kelly Reichardt creates a very different kind of Western. Reichardt is celebrated for making thought-provoking work which raises more questions than it answers. "Meeks Cutoff" follows families on the Oregon trail who get lost in the desert. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/06/meekscutoff?refid=0 Fri, 06 May 2011 15:49:56 -0500 The Cube Critics talk 'Thor' Stephanie Curtis, AKA the "Movie Maven," and arts reporter Euan Kerr are cube mates at Minnesota Public Radio News, who can't resist bantering about movies. In today's installment, do Nordic gods rise to the level of Shakespeare? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/05/cube-critics-thor?refid=0 Thu, 05 May 2011 16:51:04 -0500 Southern Theater misses its fundraising goal After only raising $95,000 of a needed $400,000, it laid off five staff members and cut the hours of the remaining employees. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/04/southern-theater-layoffs?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 20:42:48 -0500 Novelist illuminates a special time in Rome David Bezmozgis sets his new novel "The Free World" in the late 1970s, when many Soviet Jews fleeing communist Russia ended up in Rome. There they waited to learn where they would end up: the USA, Canada, Australia, or Israel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/04/bezmozgis?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 14:57:56 -0500 Local film is literally 'Stuck Between Stations' The 2011 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival wraps Thursday night with a local film that's causing a lot of buzz. "Stuck Between Stations" is set in Minneapolis, written and directed by Minneapolitans, and made by an overwhelmingly Minnesota crew. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/05/03/kiernan?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2011 06:00:00 -0500 Southern Theater director remains optimistic The executive director of the Southern Theater, Gary Peterson says he is "cautiously hopeful" his organization will raise the $400,000 it says it needs to stay afloat. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/04/southern-theater-leadership-remains-optimistic.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 17:51:04 -0500 St. Olaf jazz band recognized by Downbeat magazine Downbeat magazine is honoring a jazz band from St. Olaf College in Northfield as the nation's top undergraduate large ensemble. "Jazz One" is the only Minnesota band to make this year's Downbeat honors. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/29/stolaf-jazz-band?refid=0 Fri, 29 Apr 2011 14:04:39 -0500 Cube Critics talk about teen movie fans Stephanie Curtis, MPR's Movie Maven, and arts reporter Euan Kerr work in adjoining cubes in the Minnesota Public Radio newsroom, where they share their latest multiplex and art house adventures. In this installment of Cube Critics, they talk about turning prepubescent teens into cinephiles. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/28/cube-critics-movies?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 17:03:18 -0500 All the best to the royal couple; pardon my sneer Growing up a "rebellious Scot," he came to see the monarchy as wasteful. And silly. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/28/kerr?refid=0 Thu, 28 Apr 2011 06:00:00 -0500 'Supersize Me' filmmaker sells out with a smile Morgan Spurlock wants to sell you something. Actually many things. The maverick filmmaker who ate nothing but fast food for a month for his movie, "Supersize Me," has now turned his attention to product placement in films. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/27/spurlock?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 16:46:59 -0500 Novel explores notions of desire Best selling author Meg Wolitzer says for her new novel "The Uncoupling," she wanted to examine some old notions in a new way. The book tells the story of a 21st century community where all the women fall under a spell. "Often in a novel, a character is explored through sex. But here it's explored through the taking away of sex." Wolitzer says the story allowed her to explore modern ideas about intimacy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/25/wolitzer?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 17:36:25 -0500 Southern may not be only theater in trouble The Southern Theater in Minneapolis has set itself a formidable task this week. It aims to raise $400,000 by Saturday. Organizers say, if they fail, the West Bank institution will have to close its doors. The Twin Cities has a national reputation for its theater, but the current economy has severely tested several companies, and even caused the collapse of the internationally renowned Theater de la Jeune Lune. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/25/southern?refid=0 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:23:47 -0500 Southern Theater in Mpls. must raise $400K to remain open The Southern Theater in Minneapolis told supporters Thursday night it needs to raise $400,000 by April 30 if it is to keep its doors open. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/22/southern-theater?refid=0 Fri, 22 Apr 2011 11:17:48 -0500 The Cube Critics: Books to the big screen Kerr and Curtis discuss how to turn good novels into good movies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/21/cube-cuts-novels-movies?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2011 18:14:23 -0500 Author delves into the eccentric teenage mind In his first three novels Twin Cities author George Rabasa tackled human-trafficking, police brutality and opera singing. Now he's moved on to teenage eccentricity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/19/rabasa?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 17:30:33 -0500 Artist captures Walker history in a tapestry For centuries Europeans used tapestries to depict the history of families and institutions. Now the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is getting in on the game. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/18/walkertapestry?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 New Guthrie season has a Hitchcockian twist The Guthrie Theater will present 14 plays in its 2011-2012 season, including a new adaptation of the short story upon which Alfred Hitchcock based "The Birds." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/18/guthrie-2012-season?refid=0 Mon, 18 Apr 2011 19:52:43 -0500 Financial concerns threaten Southern Theater's future Loss of a $300,000 grant from the McKnight Foundation means theater may not survive into 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/15/southern-theater-woes?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 17:38:34 -0500 British production treats the heist as interactive art Several hundred people are expected to try to rob a Minneapolis bank this weekend. It's not a crime spree. In fact, it's all in the name of art. MPR's Euan Kerr got a sneak preview. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/14/heist?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 The Cube Critics and David Carr Today, special guest David Carr, a media reporter for the New York Times joins Kerr and Curtis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/14/cube-critics-david-carr?refid=0 Thu, 14 Apr 2011 16:41:29 -0500 Film fest bigger than ever -- and more Minnesotan The annual Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival launches Wednesday night, with more than 200 movies from all over the world -- including quite a few from our own backyard. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/12/mspiff2011?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 05:00:00 -0500 Cube Critics take on comedies and remakes Juvenile comedies and and disappointing remakes are top of mind on this edition of Cube Critics with Stephanie Curtis and Euan Kerr. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/07/cube-critics?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 19:20:18 -0500 Controversial dance returns 30 years after first run In 1979 a dance performance at the Northrop Auditorium on the U of M campus in Minneapolis outraged the audience. Some people booed and walked out. The object of the derision was a piece simply called "Dance" by choreographer Lucinda Childs with music composed and performed by Philip Glass. Now 32 years later, they've returned to mount the piece again at the Walker Art Center this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/07/childsglass?refid=0 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 17:50:29 -0500 Writer recounts lessons learned in solitude Philip Connors once had what some people would consider a dream job: He was an editor at the Wall Street Journal. However, in the space of a few weeks, he set it all aside to become a fire watcher. His new book, "Fire Season," recounts what he's learned about history, ecology and solitudesitting on top of a tower in New Mexico looking for smoke. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/06/connors?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2011 17:37:57 -0500 St. Paul poet's new collection delivers life with a twist In his new collection "Invisible Strings," St. Paul poet Jim Moore lays out complex human stories in just a few lines. And he often adds a twist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/04/moore?refid=0 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Cube Critics 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/31/cube-critics-movies?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 23:22:15 -0500 Tom McCarthy's own past inspired 'Win Win' Tom McCarthy, director of "Win Win," which opens in Minnesota this week, said the film grew out of a conversation about wrestling with an old friend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/31/mccarthy?refid=0 Thu, 31 Mar 2011 17:58:00 -0500 Memoir explores how land can connect a family When she was a teenage writer, Sarah Stonich shrugged off her father's belief in the necessity to own some land. Many years later, as a single mother, she came around to his way of thinking, and bought property near Ely. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/21/stonich?refid=0 Mon, 21 Mar 2011 14:00:00 -0500 The Cube Critics and movies for couch potatoes Stephanie Curtis, the Movie Maven, and arts reporter Euan Kerr work in cubicles across from each other in the Minnesota Public Radio newsroom, where they have a rapid, running dialogue about movies. Together, they are known as The Cube Critics. Today, they talk about "couch potato cinema." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/17/cube-critics-movies?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 15:45:14 -0500 Ojibwe columnist Jim Northrup looks back on career 'Follies' For almost 22 years, Ojibwe writer Jim Northrup has entertained and chastened readers of his syndicated Fond Du Lacs Follies newspaper column. Now, a new collection of the Follies is about to hit the bookstores. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/11/northrup?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 15:00:00 -0500 The search for Nepal's missing children When Conor Grennan went to Nepal in 2006, he thought he was just going to volunteer in an orphanage for a couple of months. Instead, as he recounts in his book "Little Princes" he found a new calling, searching for victims of child trafficking in a war-ravaged country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/11/grennan-nepal-missing-children?refid=0 Fri, 11 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 The Cube Critics take on fairy tales and mumblecore This week, Stephanie and Euan chat on about post-feminist fairy tales and the curious or maybe not-so-curious film genre, "mumblecore." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/10/cube-critics-mumblecore?refid=0 Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:23:50 -0600 Birder aims to revolutionize nature guides Richard Crossley wants to revolutionize birding. The British author has developed the Crossley ID Guide. Instead of having one picture of each bird, it presents multiple images taken from different distances and angles in carefully designed photo spreads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/08/richard-crossley-birding-nature-guides?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 17:49:35 -0600 Steelroots sculpture show born of many challenges "Steelroots: Touching the Earth and Sky" doesn't officially open at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen until mid-April. However the 16 sculptures are already in place, and on view. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/08/steelroots-arboretum-sculptures?refid=0 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Paper Darts defies literary magazine logic With the magazine and publishing world in a tailspin, you'd think this would be the worst time to start a literary magazine. But three recent University of Minnesota graduates disagree. The trio behind a new publication called "Paper Darts" has big plans -- and the support of the Twin Cities literary community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/04/paper-darts-literary-magazine?refid=0 Sat, 05 Mar 2011 04:00:00 -0600 Dancers explore the darker side of the Carpenters' story For people of a certain age, the prospect of an evening of Carpenters music probably raises some mixed emotions. The brother-sister team of Richard and Karen Carpenter pumped out hit after hit in the 1970s. However behind the scenes the Carpenters were troubled. Karen struggled with an eating disorder which was to claim her life in 1983. That facade of pop music happiness covering a real life tragedy forms the basis of a new dance presentation in Minneapolis this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/03/04/the-carpenters-dance?refid=0 Fri, 04 Mar 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Cube Critics and the Oscars The Cube Critics are tweeting about the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/25/cube-critics-oscars?refid=0 Sun, 27 Feb 2011 00:00:00 -0600 What I learned from King Tut Sometimes the key to discovery is to look in the places where the crowd isn't. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/25/euan-kerr-king-tut?refid=0 Fri, 25 Feb 2011 05:00:00 -0600 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/24/cube-critics-oscars?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 17:57:04 -0600 Ordway's new season bringing Broadway hits to St. Paul The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts will present several current Broadway hits as part of its 2011-2012 season, including Tony Award-winning Musical "Memphis." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/24/ordway-season?refid=0 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 06:28:01 -0600 King Tut show is Science Musuem's largest exhibit ever A new collection of artifacts from the treasure trove of the King Tutankhamun's grave is going on display at the Science Museum of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/18/king-tut?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 09:47:11 -0600 Former KARE journalist tries hand at film in 'Cedar Rapids' The new movie "Cedar Rapids" is about a naive Midwesterner whose life changes when he is sent to Iowa for an insurance convention. The movie, which opens in Minnesota this weekend, is actually the result of a real life-changing experience on a couch in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/18/cedar-rapids-movie-phil-johnston?refid=0 Fri, 18 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Cube Critics talk movies MPR's Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis and film buff Euan Kerr sit in cubicles across from each other in the MPR newsroom. When they banter back and forth, it's usually about movies, and it's usually quite interesting. This week's topics include the comedy "Cedar Rapids" and the Bollywood extravanganza "Kites." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/18/cube-critics?refid=0 Thu, 17 Feb 2011 11:13:53 -0600 Minn. Orchestra seeks micro-financing for new work The Minnesota Orchestra will pay for its latest commission by soliciting small donations from patrons of the "Inside the Classics" series. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/11/minnesota-orchestra-inside-the-classics-commission?refid=0 Fri, 11 Feb 2011 05:00:00 -0600 Minnesota film aims to help deaf women facing breast cancer Learning you have breast cancer is never easy, but for members of the deaf community the diagnosis can be particularly isolating. A group of Minnesota film makers are trying to change that with a documentary called "Signing On." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/11/signing-on-breast-cancer-deaf-women?refid=0 Fri, 11 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 The Cube Critics talk movies MPR's Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis and film buff Euan Kerr sit in cubicles across from each other in the MPR newsroom. When they banter back and forth, it's usually about movies, and it's usually quite interesting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/10/cube-critics?refid=0 Thu, 10 Feb 2011 18:06:29 -0600 Magraw and Wise still make music together after 30 years Two Minnesota musicians will celebrate 30 years of collaboration and a new album at the Cedar Cultural Center this weekend. Guitarist Dean Magraw and tabla player Marcus Wise talked recently with MPR's Euan Kerr about their new album, "How the Light Gets in." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/04/magraw-wise?refid=0 Fri, 04 Feb 2011 19:26:48 -0600 The Cube Critics talk movies MPR's Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis and film buff Euan Kerr sit in cubicles across from each other in the MPR newsroom. When they banter back and forth, it's usually about movies, and it's usually quite interesting. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/03/cube-critics?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 19:27:08 -0600 How 'Biutiful' started with a voice in a director's head Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's film "Biutiful" opens in the Twin Cities this weekend, and is in the running for two top Oscars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/03/inarritu?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 17:34:18 -0600 Titian, Veronese works come to Mpls. Institute of Arts A treasure trove of Renaissance Venetian painting opens at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/03/titian-veronese-minneapolis-institute-of-arts?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Novel on English village life amuses while spearing prejudice After struggling for a while to write a gritty up-to-the-moment novel, Helen Simonson decided to stop beating herself up and write something for herself. Now the resulting book "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" is a New York Times bestseller. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/02/helen-simonson-major-pettigrews-last-stand?refid=0 Wed, 02 Feb 2011 16:31:57 -0600 A career in the theater as a composer It's preview week for the Guthrie Theater's new production of Shakespeare's "The Winters Tale," and one of the people scrambling to get things ready is composer Adam Wernick. Just as the actors are honing their performances Wernick will refine the music right up to Friday's opening night. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/02/01/wernick-the-winters-tale?refid=0 Tue, 01 Feb 2011 16:31:05 -0600 The Cube Critics talk about movies MPR's Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis and film buff Euan Kerr sit in cubicles across from each other in the MPR newsroom. When they banter back and forth, it's usually about movies. So we decided to turn their conversations into a new feature we call Cube Critics. This time, Euan and Stephanie talk about the Oscar nominations which came out Tuesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/25/cube-critics-movies?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 17:45:02 -0600 Lessons from a war-zone coffee shop Deborah Rodriguez dealt with patrons of all kinds when she ran a hair salon in Afghanistan. She wrote a memoir of that time called "Kabul Beauty School." Now she's turned to fiction with her first novel "A Cup For Friendship," which is also set in that country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/25/rodriguez?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 16:00:00 -0600 The Mourners arrive in Mpls. from the 15th century A group of foreign dignitaries arrives at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts this weekend. They're called "The Mourners" They are some three dozen alabaster figures carved for the tomb of a 15th century French Duke. The statues have caused a sensation at other stops on their U.S. tour. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/21/the-mourners-john-the-fearless-tomb-mia?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 Author captures regional differences in whiteness Satirical writer Christian Lander thought he was on to a good, but probably short-lived, thing with his blog and a book called "Stuff White People Like." After spotting more examples on his book tour, he now has a regional guide to the white people of North America, called "Whiter Shades of Pale." He says most people get the joke. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/19/lander?refid=0 Wed, 19 Jan 2011 16:03:18 -0600 A passion for signs leads to a trip of a lifetime St. Paul-native Roger Johnson has what may be a unique travel obsession. He likes to be called "the world's first self-proclaimed welcome sign photography expert." For years he's traveled the United State having his picture taken in front of roadside signs welcoming visitors to different states. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/18/50-states-50-welcome-signs?refid=0 Tue, 18 Jan 2011 17:37:34 -0600 Walker program aims to help with Alzheimer's challenge When most institutions talk about accessibility it's about how easy it is to get around their buildings. However the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is working on a different kind of accessibility - programming for people with Alzheimer's and the people who take care of them. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/17/alzheimers-walker-art-center?refid=0 Mon, 17 Jan 2011 03:00:00 -0600 More guest hosts likely for "A Prairie Home Companion" The regular "A Prairie Home Companion" host and founder Garrison Keillor described last night's show with musician Sarah Watkins guest-hosting as a success and offered hints of the show's future. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2011/01/the-news-from-lake-woebegon-more-guest-hosts-likely.shtml?refid=0 Sun, 16 Jan 2011 11:17:21 -0600 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. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/10/sidmannewbery?refid=0 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 17:42:22 -0600 Prairie Home first: A guest host to sub for Keillor The public radio world has been atwitter at news that A Prairie Home Companion will have a guest host next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/07/keillor-phc-guest?refid=0 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 07:47:07 -0600 A snowsuit tells tales of terror Few people would link a toddler's snowsuit with the horrors of totalitarianism. Yet this weekend at the Walker Art Center some eastern European performers are doing just that. In "Show Your Face!" the snowsuit comes alive through a mixture of puppetry, movement and music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/01/06/snowsuit?refid=0 Thu, 06 Jan 2011 17:30:28 -0600 Walker aims to break through artistic boundaries Evolving technology, public expectations, and a constantly changing world are leading to surprising developments in artistic disciplines. In coming weeks, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis will present a performing arts show with no performers, and a film screening with no film. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/24/outthere2011?refid=0 Thu, 30 Dec 2010 14:00:00 -0600 As Legacy arts funds flow, lawmakers will reassess distribution The Legacy Amendment provided millions for the arts, but the fund's distribution process is up for review in the 2011 Legislature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/30/arts-legacy-amendment?refid=0 Thu, 30 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 British film celebrates women's equal pay rights in Europe British director Nigel Cole's latest film tells the story of a 1960s strike which was pivotal in the equal pay movement in Europe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/24/dahenham?refid=0 Tue, 28 Dec 2010 12:00:00 -0600 A grittier 'True Grit' St. Louis Park natives Joel and Ethan Coen said they wanted to remake the classic western "True Grit" in part to rectify an injustice to the novel on which it's based. Their film, which opens tomorrow, appears to do just that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/21/true-grit-joel-ethan-coen?refid=0 Tue, 21 Dec 2010 13:00:00 -0600 The intriguing pairing of percussionist and DJ Even in a musical world which prizes innovation, a percussionist playing tuned brake drums paired with a DJ creating stories by spinning yarns by spinning disks is unusual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/14/dj-rupture-owen-weaver?refid=0 Tue, 14 Dec 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Author writes about a different kind of traveling Tony Hiss writes about travel, but not in terms of exotic spots to visit. He writes about the actual movement from place to place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/10/hiss?refid=0 Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0600 St. Paul writer's debut prison novel draws national acclaim St. Paul writer Keith Hollihan's debut novel, "The Four Stages of Cruelty," hits bookstores this week, and Publisher's Weekly has already named it one of the best books of 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/08/hollihan?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2010 13:54:38 -0600 Longer, raunchier, and with a dash of poetry - The 2010 British TV Advertising Awards One of the Twin Cities longest running holiday traditions gets underway tonight -- and we don't mean the Guthrie's "Christmas Carol." Even Peter Bigg, who organizes the annual screening of the British Television Advertising awards at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, admits he can't quite explain the popularity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/03/britadawards2010?refid=0 Fri, 03 Dec 2010 17:39:51 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra ends year with balanced budget Orchestra leaders say the 2009-2010 fiscal year was an artistic triumph with a critically acclaimed European tour, but CEO Michael Henson told the Orchestra's annual meeting there was a lot of belt-tightening too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/12/01/minnesota-orchestra-balanced-budget?refid=0 Wed, 01 Dec 2010 17:50:44 -0600 A painful history retold through jazz music Growing up, jazz guitarist David Becker heard stories of how the Japanese captured his Dutch grandparents during the invasion of Indonesia in World War II. On his new album "Batavia," he retells his family's adventures through music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/26/david-becker-batavia?refid=0 Fri, 26 Nov 2010 09:00:00 -0600 Bush Foundation ends Artists Fellowship program The Bush Foundation has ended its Artists Fellowship and will replace it with a more general fellowship program aimed at helping communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/24/artists-fellowship?refid=0 Wed, 24 Nov 2010 15:26:17 -0600 Oslund to lead the revitalization of Peavey Plaza The Minneapolis City Council has selected Oslund and Associates to lead the revitalization of Peavey Plaza. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/19/peaveyplaza-downtown?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2010 14:26:05 -0600 For Eiko and Koma, it's a lot of work being 'Naked' For the last two weeks performers Eiko and Koma have spent six hours a day, six days a week, rolling slowly in a pile of dirt straw and feathers at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/19/eiko-koma-naked-walker-art-center?refid=0 Fri, 19 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Folk musician KT Tunstall reinvents herself After producing such hits as "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" and "Suddenly I See," folk Scottish singer KT Tunstall disappeared for a while. Now she's back with a new band, a new album and a new style. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/10/tunstall?refid=0 Wed, 10 Nov 2010 14:00:00 -0600 Film fest brings a flood of Asian cinema to Mpls. For the next week or so, the group Minnesota Film Arts is bringing films from all over Asia to Minneapolis. The "In Search of Asia Festival" will present many kinds of movies from 12 different countries. The festival is aimed at under-served parts of the movie-going public, and it's drawing particular interest from the Hmong community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/05/asian-film-festival-twin-cities?refid=0 Fri, 05 Nov 2010 03:00:00 -0500 The dirt on the Walker's 'Naked' exhibit For the next month veteran Japanese artists Eiko and Koma will perform in the Walker Art Center galleries for six hours a day, six days a week -- completely nude. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/11/02/naked-walker?refid=0 Tue, 02 Nov 2010 17:00:00 -0500 Rooted in tradition, the face of Halloween continues to change As Halloween approaches and people begin loading up on candy supplies and selecting costumes, it's almost as traditional for older people to begin complaining that Halloween isn't what it used to be. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/28/halloween-traditions?refid=0 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Ian Frazier explores the lure of Siberia For almost 20 years, writer Ian Frazier has been obsessed by a place which many people use as a metaphor for unpleasantness - Siberia. He's just published his account of his five visits to the area called "Travels in Siberia." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/26/frazier?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 17:00:00 -0500 Film tells of true-life wrongful conviction drama Betty Anne Waters once believed everyone in prison was guilty. Then a Massachusetts court sentenced her brother Kenny to life imprisonment for a brutal murder he claimed he hadn't committed. This set Waters on a remarkable path, which is the subject of a new movie, "Conviction," which opens this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/18/conviction?refid=0 Fri, 22 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Up and coming novelist Dinaw Mengestu gets rave reviews for new book Novelist Dinaw Mengestu's star is rising. He was recently named by the New Yorker as one of the top 20 writers under the age of 40 worth watching. He talked with MPR's Euan Kerr about his new book, "How to Read the Air." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/20/mengestu?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Novel describes the love stories behind a dogfight Minneapolis-based writer Matt Burgess says when he wanted to call his first novel "Dogfight," his editor suggested softening it a little. Now it's called "Dogfight, a love story." The novel, which is the story of a bumbling drug dealer in New York, was snapped up by publishers within days. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/15/burgess?refid=0 Fri, 15 Oct 2010 17:00:00 -0500 Walker Art Center to offer free admission to kids The Walker Art Center starting Thursday evening will offer free admission to visitors 18 and under. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/14/free-walker-teens?refid=0 Thu, 14 Oct 2010 13:45:43 -0500 A 'Howl' for today The team behind a new film about Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl", which opens in the Twin Cities this weekend, says it's every bit as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/13/howl?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 18:00:00 -0500 Title from small Mpls. publisher nominated for Book Award Staff at Minneapolis-based Coffee House Press are celebrating, after one of its titles was nominated Wednesday for a National Book Award for Fiction. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/13/coffeehousepress-book-award-nomination?refid=0 Wed, 13 Oct 2010 15:52:35 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra launches statewide music festivals The Minnesota Orchestra is launching a new series of weeklong festivals around the state. The first in the series, called "Common Chords," will be held in Grand Rapids in October 2011. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/12/minn-orchestra-series?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 17:23:29 -0500 Singer Darryl Holter celebrates Minneapolis' West Bank Darryl Holter returns to the West Bank of Minneapolis to celebrate a time and a place. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/12/darryl-holter-west-bank?refid=0 Tue, 12 Oct 2010 17:10:53 -0500 Documentary explores another side of Glenn Gould It's been more than a quarter century since Canadian pianist Glenn Gould died, yet fascination with him continues. A new documentary "Genius Within: the Inner Life of Glenn Gould" opened this weekend in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/08/goulddoc?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2010 17:30:00 -0500 Artist losing home to foreclosure, turns it into gallery People react to the foreclosure crisis in different ways. One woman in Minneapolis is choosing to mark the loss of her home by temporarily converting it into a gallery which opens this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/08/foreclosure-art-gallery?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Books, by the millions, for Africa While many of us take books for granted, in some parts of the world they are still a rarity. A St. Paul-based organization is trying to change this by sending millions of books, most of them school textbooks, to Africa. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/06/books-for-africa?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 18:00:00 -0500 At Sound Unseen, a quest for the Kinks A mid-life crisis leads some people to buy expensive cars, take exotic trips, or even engage in illicit relationships. Journalist Geoff Edgers mid-life brought on a desire to try to get his favorite British band of the sixties to reform. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/06/sound-unseen-festival-the-kinks?refid=0 Wed, 06 Oct 2010 02:00:00 -0500 Meg Hutchinson, a musician singing to writers Singer-songwriter Meg Hutchinson says it's entirely appropriate that she's appearing at the Sinclair Lewis Writer's Conference this weekend, as she's always considered herself more of a writer than a musician. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/04/hutchinson?refid=0 Tue, 05 Oct 2010 02:00:00 -0500 'Catfish' swims through social media weeds This week you can get two different perspectives on social media at the multiplex. The feature film "The Social Network" explores the creation of Facebook. But there's another side shown in a creepier exploration of the on-line phenomenon in the documentary "Catfish." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/10/01/catfish-movie-facebook?refid=0 Fri, 01 Oct 2010 02:00:00 -0500 Epic production explores history of Afghanistan The politics of Afghanistan have confounded the West for centuries. A new production opening tomorrow at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is designed to provide some explanation. "The Great Game: Afghanistan" is an epic show, lasting seven and a half hours. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/28/great-game-afghanistan-guthrie-theatre?refid=0 Tue, 28 Sep 2010 16:54:44 -0500 The strange story of 'The World's Angriest RV Salesman' A new movie explores the story of Jack Rebney, the man known on the Internet as the "angriest RV salesman in the world," and reveals his Minnesota roots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/23/winnebagoman?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 14:00:00 -0500 Coen brothers' first film gets Chinese makeover If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then the Coen Brothers may be feeling pretty good right now. Or maybe not; it's hard to tell with them. This weekend Twin Cities filmgoers can see "A Woman, a Gun, and a Noodle Shop," which is a Chinese remake of the St. Louis Park natives first film "Blood Simple." MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Minnesota Public Radio News arts reporter Euan Kerr, who has seen the new film. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/24/chinese-coen-movie?refid=0 Fri, 24 Sep 2010 11:07:25 -0500 NPR's Scott Simon on adoption: 'It's been a wonderful, emotional experience' Most of us know Scott Simon as the host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday. But in his new book "Baby, we were meant for each other" he explores another hugely important part of his life - as an adoptive father. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/23/simon?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 15:40:04 -0500 King Tut exhibit to come to Science Museum in February The Science Museum of Minnesota announced Wednesday it will host the largest exhibit of treasures from the tomb of King Tut ever displayed in the U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/22/king-tut-exhibit?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 09:52:22 -0500 Barefoot runners swarm to author A group of runners gathered recently in a Wayzata parking lot to share their passion for running barefoot. They were there to meet the man at the center of the new trend, Christopher McDougall, whose book, "Born to Run" has now been on the New York Times Bestseller list for six months. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/20/barefoot-runners?refid=0 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 16:09:18 -0500 Schubert Club in St. Paul unveils new logo Minnesota's oldest artistic organization, the Schubert Club in St. Paul, unveiled a new logo Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/16/schubert-club-logo?refid=0 Thu, 16 Sep 2010 06:38:50 -0500 Voices of the homeless featured in Mpls. photography show A new photography show in downtown Minneapolis lets visitors learn more than usual about the people in the portraits. The exhibition is called "Homeless is my address, not my name." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/15/homeless-photos?refid=0 Wed, 15 Sep 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Bill Kling to leave MPR in June 2011 Bill Kling, president of American Public Media Group and Minnesota Public Radio, will step down next June, 44 years after creating a radio service that provides news and cultural programming to more than 900,000 Minnesotans and 16.5 million people across the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/09/kling?refid=0 Fri, 10 Sep 2010 10:00:00 -0500 Photographer Alec Soth seeks escape's dark side The award-winning Twin Cities-based photographer travels the world to capture images of intangible things like love and dreams. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/08/alec-soth?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2010 15:00:00 -0500 Author lets readers choose what to do with lottery millions Most of us have played the "what would I do if I won the lottery" game. Of course, the laws of probability mean few of us will get to play the game for real. But a new book from Minneapolis writer Heather McElhatton can give us a little closer whiff of those millions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/09/06/mcelhatton?refid=0 Mon, 06 Sep 2010 15:00:00 -0500 A mid-life crisis solved by small-town America, Odysseus Author Brad Herzog solved his mid-life crisis by traveling the backroads of the U.S. looking for links to the Odyssey. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/31/herzog?refid=0 Tue, 31 Aug 2010 09:06:31 -0500 Minnesotans make movie exploring the price of war For the past few weeks, a film crew in Minnesota has been shooting "Souvenirs," a movie which includes battle scenes from both World War II and the Iraq War. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/24/souvenirs?refid=0 Tue, 24 Aug 2010 11:17:24 -0500 Emma Thompson's movie mission Emma Thompson is on a mission. The Oscar-winning actor, known for doing everything from Shakespeare to television comedy, wants to make movies that will really appeal to all ages. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/20/emma-thompson-nanny-mcphee-returns?refid=0 Fri, 20 Aug 2010 02:00:00 -0500 Film tells of a man who attended his own funeral before dying Many of us muse about what people might say about us after we die. A new movie, "Get Low," opening in the Twin Cities this weekend, tells the story of a man who decided to find out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/06/getlow?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 15:00:00 -0500 Marc Cohn looks back -- and forward -- with album of 1970 covers Marc Cohn's new album "Listening Booth 1970" presents new arrangements of songs from when he was 11. He says these are many of the tunes which launched his journey as a musician. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/cohn?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 16:51:38 -0500 Civil rights history takes stage at Guthrie "The Scottsboro Boys," which opens Friday at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, tells the story of a pivotal civil rights case. John Kander, half of the Kander and Ebb team which wrote the musicals "Cabaret," and "Chicago," is in Minnesota working on the show. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/05/scottsboro-boys?refid=0 Thu, 05 Aug 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Fringe Festival preview: Groundbreakers, the digestive tract, and losers on stage The 17th annual Minnesota Fringe Festival pulls up the curtains tomorrow at 15 venues in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Minnesota Public Radio's Arts Unit went to find out what's making this year's "Fringe" unique. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/04/fringe-festival-preview?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 17:18:12 -0500 Globe-spanning 'vintage' bands set to play Northfield Starting Thursday, there will be concerts by 'vintage bands' -- playing music from a historical context -- beginning on the hour pretty much every waking hour through Sunday evening in Northfield. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/04/northfield-vintage-bands?refid=0 Wed, 04 Aug 2010 03:00:00 -0500 A small grudge plays a big role in Iowa farm novel A small grudge that grows out of proportion is at the heart of Michelle Hoover's new novel. "The Quickening" revolves around two Depression-era Iowa farmwives Mary and Enidina. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/08/02/hoover?refid=0 Mon, 02 Aug 2010 15:30:42 -0500 Junior composers try hand at writing music for silent films It's hard enough to learn to compose music, but imagine having to write a score for a silent film. That's exactly what a group of young composers is doing this week at the University of Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/23/junior-composers?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Dowling: Next five years will be challenging for the Guthrie Joe Dowling, who has agreed to remain artistic director of the Guthrie Theater for another five years, says the poor economy is hurting his theater and other arts organizations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/20/dowling-guthrie-folo?refid=0 Tue, 20 Jul 2010 16:25:23 -0500 Dowling to remain at Guthrie for 5 more years The board of the Guthrie Theater has extended the contract of director Joe Dowling for another five years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/19/guthrie-dowling?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jul 2010 22:15:08 -0500 New novel could make David Mitchell a household name in the US While he's hugely popular around the world, British novelist David Mitchell is still somewhat of a cult figure in the U.S. His new novel, "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet," may well change that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/19/mitchell?refid=0 Mon, 19 Jul 2010 16:19:28 -0500 Business not as usual in Minnesota's arts economy As Minnesota's arts economy continues to send mixed signals, one thing is clear: the way arts organizations do business is changing -- possibly forever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/13/minnesota-arts-economy-part-2?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Arts economy in the Twin Cities on uneven ground Confusing news is coming out of the Minnesota arts scene about its financial stability. While some organizations have laid off staff or cut programs, others are announcing record ticket sales and successful drives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/13/minnesota-arts-economy-part-1?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Robert Everest travels the world through music and language When Twin Cities-based guitarist Robert Everest performs, he takes his audiences around the world -- at least linguistically. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/07/everest?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 10:34:14 -0500 Film director Ken Loach goes 'Looking for Eric' Combining unlikely ingredients can make for great food -- and great movies. British director Ken Loach creates gritty depictions of working class life. His latest film "Looking for Eric," which opens in the Twin Cities this weekend, includes an unlikely collaborator -- a French soccer superstar. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/07/loach?refid=0 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Once upon a mattress - Kuitca style For a painter who explores the human condition there are remarkably few people in Guillermo Kuitca's work. Instead he paints maps, theater seating plans, and baggage conveyors. His pieces are in collections around the world. Kuitca attracts attention because of his skills with a brush and his use of an unusual surface. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/24/kuitca?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jun 2010 17:18:36 -0500 The complex portraits of photographer Robert Bergman Minneapolis photographer Robert Bergman believes in taking his time. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts offered him a show in 1968. It was a great honor for an artist in his early 20's, but he said no. His new, critically acclaimed exhibit is coming to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/16/robert-bergman-mia?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jun 2010 17:15:07 -0500 American Swedish Institute unveils plans for $21M addition The centerpiece of the project is a 34,000 square foot addition called the Nelson Cultural Center, which will include a glass-enclosed lobby, a large event space, offices, a gallery and studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/15/american-swedish-institute?refid=0 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 17:18:24 -0500 SPCO musicians take pay cut to balance budget For the second year in a row musicians at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra have agreed to a pay cut to help the organization deal with declining revenues in the troubled economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/14/spco-pay-cut-musicians?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 17:20:07 -0500 After Target gift, Minnesota Orchestra to begin $40M renovation The Minnesota Orchestra says it has raised enough money to begin a $40 million renovation and expansion of Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. A $5 million donation from Target Corporation completed the renovation fund drive. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/14/minnesota-orchestra-renovation?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jun 2010 12:55:51 -0500 Bobcat Goldthwaite not dead -- just writing and directing Bobcat Goldthwait is known as the zany screeching comedian who appeared in the "Police Academy" movies, and who set alight Jay Leno's couch on the Tonight Show. Nowadays he's a writer and director of movies about despicable people, and pays for it by doing stand up. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/goldthwait?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 16:00:00 -0500 A soccer pioneer's life after leaving the pro game The eyes of Minnesota soccer fans are on South Africa for the opening game of the 2010 World Cup later this morning. One of those fans is Buzz Lagos Many people know him as a founder and longtime coach of the Minnesota Thunder professional soccer team. Lagos now has a different, and some would say surprising, job. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/11/lagos-soccer?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jun 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Film director says Detroit has a lot to teach Minnesota has a lot to learn from how Detroit is trying to use mass transit to rebuild itself. That's the argument filmmaker Aaron Woolf will make at a screening of his film "Beyond the Motor City" tonight in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/08/detroit-transportation?refid=0 Tue, 08 Jun 2010 16:55:15 -0500 Alexander McCall Smith thinks about St. Paul from Edinburgh A new Alexander McCall Smith novel isn't news in a way. The prolific Scottish author is currently writing no fewer than five series of books. However for fans, a new No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency book is a big event. And for Minnesota fans there's an added extra in the latest book in the series -- a sub-plot about St Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/04/alexander-mccall-smith?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2010 16:35:33 -0500 "Winter's Bone" examines rural poverty Film director Debra Granik knew she'd have a challenge portraying the complexities of life in isolated communities in the Ozarks. Her film "Winter's Bone" is getting praise from both critics and the people whose story she tells. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/06/02/granik-winters-bone?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jun 2010 17:00:00 -0500 The Stickworker returns to Minnesota Patrick Dougherty calls himself a 'stick worker.' He makes huge, twisting sculptures out of branches and other natural materials he finds at the site of each piece. This week, with the help of dozens of volunteers, he began construction on a work at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/07/dougherty?refid=0 Fri, 07 May 2010 01:00:00 -0500 The hard-won success of "The Help" Kathryn Stockett's novel "The Help" was the surprise literary success of 2009. After 60 agents rejected her manuscript, the first-time author's book has now been on the New York Times best-sellers list for 56 weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/stockett?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 16:40:00 -0500 MN Opera pushes back major new commission "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" was scheduled to round out the upcoming season. It will now likely be scheduled for spring 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/05/04/mn-opera?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 06:00:00 -0500 A community stares at itself Wing Young Huie wants Minnesotans to see their neighbors. For the next six months, hundreds of his photographs of people who live along University Avenue in St. Paul will be displayed in windows along that very street. Organizers expect The University Avenue Project to change the city. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/28/university-avenue-wing-young-huie?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 18:00:00 -0500 Life as a movie maverick While some film directors dream of dominating Hollywood, directors like Rob Nilsson just dream of telling perfect stories. For the last 30 years Nilsson has been a favorite of many critics, while working outside the studio system. Nilsson will appear tonight and tomorrow at the Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival to talk about his unusual collaboration with actor Stacy Keach. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/28/nilsson?refid=0 Wed, 28 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 The biggest marimba event ever unfolds in Minnesota That sound you may hear all over the Twin Cities in coming days is marimba - or maybe many marimbas. Percussion performers from around the world are descending on Minnesota for "Marimba 2010" - maybe the biggest marimba event ever. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/26/marimbas?refid=0 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 17:00:00 -0500 An Australian view of the crime thriller Filmmaker Joel Edgerton's career is on the bubble. Not only is he acting in big features, including the last two Star Wars movies, he's writing them, too. This weekend his new movie "The Square," opens in Minnesota. It's one of a new breed of crime thrillers from Edgerton's Australian homeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/23/edgerton?refid=0 Fri, 23 Apr 2010 01:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra invited to play Proms, two other major festivals The Minnesota Orchestra will play three major festivals during a European tour in August this year, including two nights at the Proms in London. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/22/minnesota-orchestra?refid=0 Thu, 22 Apr 2010 17:13:54 -0500 Volcano fallout hits Minnesota cultural events Flight cancellations caused by the Icelandic volcano has led to the cancellation of some big Minnesota cultural event - and the addition of a few more. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/19/ashfallout?refid=0 Mon, 19 Apr 2010 15:00:00 -0500 Anna Quindlen explores life's sudden changes Anna Quindlen's new novel "Every Last One" grew out of her feeling that many of the people around her believed they could protect themselves from life's random acts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/16/quindlen?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2010 16:50:00 -0500 The man who ran to Atlanta To many people, the idea of running a marathon is beyond comprehension. So how about 75 marathons in a row? That's exactly what Twin Citian Terry Hitchcock did back in 1996. "My Run," a film about his story will get its local premier at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/16/my-run?refid=0 Fri, 16 Apr 2010 03:00:00 -0500 Gabriel Kahane's musical metamorphosis Gabriel Kahane is a singer, guitarist and composer. He's just as comfortable performing in Lincoln Center in New York as in the 400 Bar in Minneapolis. He's done both recently, presenting his unique mixture of indie rock and classical music. This weekend he'll perform a new composition at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/14/gabrielkahane?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 17:30:00 -0500 Ever-growing MSP film festival attracts directors and actors from around the world The 2010 Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival opens its doors Thursday night. For the next two weeks the St. Anthony Main movieplex will be awash in films, directors, and actors from around the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/13/mspiff2010?refid=0 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 05:00:00 -0500 Why Neil Gaiman loves libraries Award-winning author Neil Gaiman says libraries are more vital than ever. To press his point he's serving as honorary chair for National Library Week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/12/gaiman?refid=0 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 18:00:00 -0500 Orchestra Hall renovation plans unveiled The Minnesota Orchestra on Friday released designs for a $40 million dollar renovation and expansion of Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/orchestra-hall-renovation?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 17:23:00 -0500 Fans applaud Target Field accessibility Accessibility is a major design element of new Target Field. And baseball fans who use wheelchairs are particularly pleased about the new Twins ballpark. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/09/accessibilityballpark?refid=0 Fri, 09 Apr 2010 14:00:09 -0500 Guthrie will premier Erdrich's "Master Butcher's Singing Club" The Guthrie Theater announced Wednesday it will open its next season with a world premier adaptation of Louise Erdrich's bestselling novel "The Master Butcher's Singing Club." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/07/louise-erdrich-guthrie-premier?refid=0 Wed, 07 Apr 2010 19:31:01 -0500 The lure of Scandinavian crime writing One word which gets many thriller readers' pulses racing nowadays is "Scandinavia." The area of the world best known for fjords and Vikings is awash in blood, if you are to believe the popular novels being written by Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish crime writers. Now the phenomenon is spreading to U.S. soil. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/04/04/scandinavian-crime-writing?refid=0 Sun, 04 Apr 2010 08:00:00 -0500 Schubert Club's new season features soprano Renee Fleming Some of the top classical music performers in the world will appear in St. Paul as part of the Schubert Club's 2010-2011 International Artists Series, which was announced Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/31/schubert-season?refid=0 Wed, 31 Mar 2010 15:42:33 -0500 From music to politics, Gilberto Gil mixes it up Grammy Award-winner Gilberto Gil has been at the center of Brazilian music since the late 1960s. He blends traditional Brazilian sounds with rock and politics. Gil performs in Minneapolis this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/30/gilbertogil?refid=0 Tue, 30 Mar 2010 16:45:00 -0500 Theater companies form Minnesota Theater Alliance The Minnesota Theater Alliance will serve as an umbrella organization to serve the needs of individual companies, and promote the state's wide-ranging theater community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/25/minnesota-theater-alliance?refid=0 Thu, 25 Mar 2010 18:42:02 -0500 Film director Atom Egoyan examines infidelity Canadian film director Atom Egoyan is internationally acclaimed for his edgy movies, which explore the intricacies of human relationships. His new film "Chloe" presents some curious, and at times graphic, twists on marital infidelity. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/24/egoyan?refid=0 Wed, 24 Mar 2010 15:30:00 -0500 New movie wraps as lawmakers decide fate of state's Film and TV Board A new Minnesota feature film wrapped up shooting over the weekend in the Twin Cities. "The Convincer," starring Greg Kinnear and Alan Arkin, is the latest project by Minneapolis-based Werc Werk Works. Yet even as the cameras rolled, state legislators debate the future of the state's Film and Television Board. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/22/convincer?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2010 16:34:55 -0500 Spalding Gray's stories live on through his wife When writer and performer Spalding Gray committed suicide in 2004, fans mourned both him and the loss of his monologues. Many believed only he could perform them. Now a new show, "Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell," proves that is not true. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/18/russo?refid=0 Thu, 18 Mar 2010 18:00:00 -0500 Howard Hong, renowned Kierkegaard scholar, dies at 97 Howard Hong, a legendary St. Olaf College professor, and one of the nation's leading experts on the philosopher Kierkegaard, died Tuesday. He was 97. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/howard-hong?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 18:51:51 -0500 Estelle Parsons delves into 'August, Osage County' Over the years Estelle Parsons has excelled at many different kinds of acting: she won an Oscar for her role in "Bonnie and Clyde." On TV she had regular roles in both "All in the Family" and on "Roseanne" as Roseanne Barr's acerbic mother. Now she's in St Paul where she is playing Violet Weston, the wasp-tongued, pill-popping matriarch of a dysfunctional family in the awardwinning play "August, Osage County." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/16/parsons?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 18:00:00 -0500 Filmmakers create a genre unknown in France Unlike the U.S., France has no tradition of prison movies. So recently when a film opened in French cinemas about a young man trying to survive in a brutal Paris prison it electrified audiences. Now Minnesota audiences can see the movie, called "A Prophet," when it opens this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/11/prophet?refid=0 Thu, 11 Mar 2010 17:29:00 -0600 Twin Cities Arab Film Festival keeps building This week the small but vibrant Arab community in the Twin Cities celebrates Arabic culture through film. Between tomorrow and Sunday 28 movies from around the world will screen at the sixth Twin Cities Arab Film Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/10/twin-cities-arab-film-festival?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Stars gather in Twin Cities to make feature film The stars of "The Convincer," a feature film being shot around the Twin Cities, say they are enjoying working with a complicated script. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/05/convincer?refid=0 Fri, 05 Mar 2010 18:45:00 -0600 Duluth indie rockers Low reach for 'Heaven' with dance Duluth indie band Low is trying something very new about a very old subject as band members are collaborating with Minneapolis choreographer Morgan Thorson on "Heaven," a dance exploring religious ritual. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/04/low-heaven-dance-thorson?refid=0 Thu, 04 Mar 2010 03:00:00 -0600 Life in Peter Bognanni's 'House of Tomorrow' St Paul writer Peter Bognanni combines geodesic domes and punk rock in his new novel. "The House of Tomorrow" is an off-kilter coming of age story set in small town Iowa. Bognanni, who teaches at Macalester College, says the book came about from a chance encounter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/03/03/peter-bognanni-house-of-tomorrow?refid=0 Wed, 03 Mar 2010 01:00:00 -0600 MIA scores a coup with Titian exhibit The Minneapolis Institute of Arts will host an exhibit of Venetian Renaissance paintings and drawings which have never been to the U.S. before. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/26/mia-exhibition?refid=0 Fri, 26 Feb 2010 00:36:49 -0600 A new take on the gangster novel When author Thomas Mullen decided to write a Depression-era gangster novel, he wanted to find a new angle. He found it for his new book, "The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/25/mullen?refid=0 Thu, 25 Feb 2010 16:29:00 -0600 Photography without a camera Marco Breuer is a photographer who usually doesn't use a camera. A show of his pictures opened this weekend at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. They appear to be abstracts, but there can be a lot going on in the images which you don't expect - and Breuer may not want you to know. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/22/breuer?refid=0 Wed, 24 Feb 2010 00:05:00 -0600 Former Mpls. council member appointed to the National Endowment for the Arts The National Endowment for the Arts today named former Minneapolis City Council member Ralph Remington its director of theater and musical theater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/23/nea-director?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 13:10:55 -0600 Prince gives exclusive song to the Current Musical superstar Prince has donated a song to 89.3 the Current that will debut on Friday at 7 a.m. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2010/02/his-royal-purpleness-gives-a-song-to-the-current.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 23 Feb 2010 10:02:31 -0600 New SPCO season brings new work, lower ticket prices The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra announced Monday it's bringing in lower ticket prices, new work, and new artistic partners as part of its 2010-2011 season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/22/spco-new-season?refid=0 Mon, 22 Feb 2010 06:20:30 -0600 The art of the visual metaphor When it comes to defining Ellen Kuras it's simplest just to call her a filmmaker. But she's known for many things in the industry: she's a sought after director of photography, and has worked on movies by Spike Lee, Michel Gondry, and Harold Ramis. She is also an Oscar nominated documentary director. She is in Minnesota to talk about her work, and her skills at visual story-telling. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/19/kuras?refid=0 Fri, 19 Feb 2010 16:29:00 -0600 Black Pearl Sings and touches on difficult issues A new play at Penumbra Theater in St. Paul explores the relationship between an academic collecting slave songs and a woman prisoner who claims to have the songs the researcher needs. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/16/blackpearlsings?refid=0 Wed, 17 Feb 2010 01:00:00 -0600 Writer sees another side of China - from his car When writer Peter Hessler decided he wanted to see China, he went out and got himself a Chinese drivers license, rented a car, and hit the road. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/12/hessler?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 17:00:00 -0600 SPCO's Dawn Upshaw extends contract through 2013 World-renowned soprano Dawn Upshaw will stay with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for an additional three years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/12/-upshaw?refid=0 Fri, 12 Feb 2010 07:00:00 -0600 Director says themes in Noel Coward's 'Brief Encounter' remain timeless It's been 70 years since Noel Coward's movie "Brief Encounter" became an international sensation, but the director of an acclaimed new theatrical adaptation says the story has lost none of its emotional punch. The production by the British Kneehigh Theater opens at the Guthrie in Minneapolis this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/10/briefencounter?refid=0 Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:30:48 -0600 Minnesotans flock to get a 'Foot in the Door' at the MIA If you have ever dreamed of having your artwork displayed in a major art museum, you might want to cart something over to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. This weekend the MIA is accepting entries for its "Foot in the Door" show, which it mounts every 10 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/05/footinthedoor?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2010 16:29:00 -0600 Mystery surrounds roots of the Macbeth curse The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis opens a brand new production of Macbeth this weekend - and that makes some people a little nervous. In some circles Shakespeare's bloody tragedy is believed to be cursed. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/04/macbeth?refid=0 Fri, 05 Feb 2010 05:00:00 -0600 Ice sculpting made easy (and colorful!) In these austere times, some people, looking for cheap art materials, are turning to ice. This weekend Studio Bricolage is holding a family ice sculpting party in Griggs Park in St Paul. There are no dangerous tools involved - but deep belief in the value of fun. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/02/03/icesculpture?refid=0 Wed, 03 Feb 2010 15:53:38 -0600 Opera explores modern themes in Queen Elizabeth's story In an age where TV dramas claim to be 'ripped from the headlines,' the Minnesota Opera's new show envisions Queen Elizabeth I of England as the world's first "Cougar." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/28/devereauxmnopera?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jan 2010 02:00:00 -0600 A novel resolves childhood memories of the Ethiopian revolution The experience of leaving Ethiopia was so traumatic for her, author Maaza Mengiste has very clear memories of what happened. Now, in an attempt to give those memories some context, she has written a critically-acclaimed novel "Beneath the Lion's Gaze." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/25/mengiste?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2010 15:00:00 -0600 Macalester College receives grant to study dangerous fungus Macalester College researchers will use a new grant to study a fungus responsible for about 3,500 deaths every year in the U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/22/macalester-fungus-grant?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jan 2010 15:02:47 -0600 Study finds untapped potential in Native American art A new University of Minnesota study suggests that if helped, Native American artists could become a major economic asset to the state. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/20/nativeartsstudy?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Award-winning author creates a world with short stories National Book Award Finalist Daniyal Mueenuddin set out to create a miniature world in his book "In Other Rooms, Other Wonders." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/19/mueenuddin?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2010 17:00:00 -0600 Panel sets a vision for Minnesota's arts and culture An advisory panel appointed by the Legislature has outlined a 25-year vision for using Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/15/arts-vision?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 17:11:15 -0600 'Crazy Heart' director got a start in Minnesota This weekend Minnesota audiences will get to see "Crazy Heart" a new movie about an aging country musician teetering on the edge of self-destruction, and director Scott Cooper says part of the success of "Crazy Heart" may lie in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/14/crazyheart?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 01:00:00 -0600 Italian architect's work lives on at U of M exhibit Architect Andrea Palladio may have lived half a millenium ago, but a new exhibition at the University of Minnesota shows how his design ideas live on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/13/palladio?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2010 17:00:00 -0600 Ordway Center celebrates 25th year This week the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in downtown St. Paul celebrates its 25th Anniversary with an open house on Sunday that takes a look back at the effort it took to build, and what it has meant to the community. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/12/ordway25?refid=0 Wed, 13 Jan 2010 02:00:00 -0600 An intimate show spread over thousands of miles This weekend the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis begins presenting a very intimate theatrical experience with just one performer, and one audience member. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/01/08/outthere2010?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jan 2010 16:30:00 -0600 Music in the midst of Sri Lanka's civil war Minnesota and journalist Jesse Hardman got an inside view of the brutal civil war in Sri Lanka, and in the midst of the chaos he came upon an amazing story of a forgotten people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/28/hardman?refid=0 Wed, 30 Dec 2009 16:00:00 -0600 Vets mark 65th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge This week marks the 65th anniversary of the start of Battle of the Bulge. It was the huge offensive mounted by the German High Command in the waning days of World War II. Some 19,000 U.S. troops died in the battle which was fought in the depths of one of the worst winters in years in Europe. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/18/battleofthebulgevets?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2009 17:00:00 -0600 10,000 Lakes Festival going on hiatus in 2010 The 10,000 Lakes Festival, which ran for the last seven summers near Detroit Lakes, Minn., is going on hiatus in 2010. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/18/10klf-hiatus?refid=0 Fri, 18 Dec 2009 11:00:05 -0600 Mom Culture blends high art with little ones When many people become parents, they say goodbye to going to the concerts, plays, and other cultural events. It's not just for lack of time. It's also that highbrow audiences and the pre-potty trained mix like oil and water. Now an organization in the Twin Cities, called Mom Culture, is changing that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/11/momculture?refid=0 Sun, 13 Dec 2009 16:00:00 -0600 Found Footage guys find more footage Former Twin Citians Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett spend their days combing through old VHS tapes found in thrift stores, garage sales, and even dumpsters. They use them to create "The Found Footage Festival." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/10/foundfootage?refid=0 Thu, 10 Dec 2009 17:00:00 -0600 The pressures of being a Disney animator This weekend Walt Disney's "The Princess and the Frog" opens across the country. It's a musical, and it's the first Disney animated feature to have an African-American heroine. Two of the lead animators on the film dropped by the MPR studios recently to talk about the joys and the challenges of their work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/09/froganimators?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 18:52:29 -0600 Minn. Orchestra announces balanced budget for third year The Minnesota Orchestra Wednesday announced a balanced budget for the third year in a row, and says plans to expand Orchestra Hall are on track. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/09/mnorchestra-budget?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 16:29:20 -0600 South African performer creates 'The Cool Train' in Minnesota It's been a decade and a half since the collapse of apartheid in South Africa, but for people like Twin Cities performer Lunga Sinuka its legacy is very real. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/09/lunga?refid=0 Wed, 09 Dec 2009 02:00:00 -0600 Some different views of the holidays Around this time of year there are almost as many holiday productions in Minnesota as bodies of water, but if you're looking for something a little different, grab yourself an egg nog, we'll take it from here. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/08/holidayshows?refid=0 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 14:25:15 -0600 The economy through the lens of British TV ads Once again, in what's become a uniquely Twin Cities holiday tradition, the finalist in the British Television Advertising Awards are on show at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/04/britcoms?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2009 17:00:00 -0600 Jason Reitman -- the man who decided not to be a director Director Jason Reitman seems to have a thing about writers with Minnesota connections. He had a huge hit with "Juno" written by Diablo Cody. Now he's getting a lot of buzz for "Up in the Air," which is based on Minnesota native Walter Kirn novel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/02/jason-reitman?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Play gives the back story to 'A Christmas Carol' The play opening tomorrow night at the Park Square Theater in St Paul has the words "Christmas Carol" in the title, but director Richard Cook argues for some people it's not a holiday show. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/03/marley?refid=0 Thu, 03 Dec 2009 17:00:00 -0600 SPCO lowers ticket prices thanks to balanced budget The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra announced Wednesday that it balanced its budget last year and it is cutting ticket prices for shows at the Ordway and Ted Mann Concert Hall. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/12/02/spco-ticket-prices?refid=0 Wed, 02 Dec 2009 16:57:06 -0600 The tale behind 'The Messenger' A new film opening in the Twin Cities this week called "The Messenger" tells the story of two soldiers on casualty notification duty -- telling next of kin about the death of a soldier. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/20/moverman?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 15:00:00 -0600 Visiting the land of invented languages Linguist Arika Okrent speaks many languages, including several such as Klingon and Esperanto, which someone sat down and invented from scratch. In her new book "In the Land of Invented Languages," Okrent explores nine centuries of linguistic invention, and the belief that a better language could lead to a better world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/17/okrent?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 16:00:00 -0600 Historical Society seeking applicants for $7M in grants The Minnesota Historical Society is seeking applicants for almost $7 million in grants available for history-based projects paid for with money from the constitutional amendment that raised the sales tax. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/17/historical-society-grants?refid=0 Tue, 17 Nov 2009 13:07:10 -0600 The Boondock Saints return in sequel The latest chapter in one of the stranger stories in film history unfolds in the Twin Cities this weekend. It's the opening of the sequel to "Boondock Saints," a cult movie released a decade ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/13/boondocksaints?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 17:00:00 -0600 'Casanova's Homecoming' returns home This weekend, the Minnesota Opera returns to a milestone in its history, "Casanova's Homecoming" by Minneapolis composer Dominick Argento, and it's hoped this new production will relaunch the piece. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/12/casanova?refid=0 Fri, 13 Nov 2009 03:00:00 -0600 Willie Murphy refuses to be pigeonholed Minneapolis rhythm and blues living legend Willie Murphy has a new double CD coming out Tuesday. However, he uses the word new in quotes, for some of the material was recoded 30 years ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/09/murphy?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2009 01:00:00 -0600 Novel explores the legacy of Indian boarding schools Bemidji-based writer Kent Nerburn writes fictional narratives based on the real stories of people he has met on reservations in Minnesota and the Dakotas. Nerburn's latest book, "The Wolf at Twilight," explores the sad legacy of the Indian Boarding schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/06/nerburn?refid=0 Fri, 06 Nov 2009 16:45:00 -0600 Peace puppets get to the heart of theater's mission The story of a simple monk trying to promote peace during the Vietnam war might seem an unlikely subject for a puppet show. Yet the performers in "A Path Home" at the In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater say in many ways their show gets to the very roots of what they do as an organization. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/11/04/kawahara?refid=0 Wed, 04 Nov 2009 17:30:00 -0600 Weisman paintings may be forgeries Staff at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis say they're waiting to hear from the FBI about allegations some of their paintings may be fakes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/30/art-fraud?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 12:57:11 -0500 A novel entirely of questions Padgett Powell's new book "The Interrogative Mood" begins with some questions. It ends with them too. In fact every single sentence is a question. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/28/powell?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2009 18:00:00 -0500 'Post Secret' man collects strangers' intimate tales For the last five years people from all over the world have sent Frank Warren their intimate secrets, which he then shares on the Post Secret Web site and in books. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/26/warren?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2009 17:00:00 -0500 All-star movie faces uphill struggle -- because it's about soccer A new movie called "The Damned United," opening in the Twin Cities this weekend, has a lot going for it, but the film faces a challenge at the U.S. box office because - it's about soccer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/damned-united?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 'The Walworth Farce' brings a darkly comic look at family life The Druid Theater, one of Ireland's best known companies is in the Twin Cities this week to present "The Walworth Farce," a twisted take on family life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/22/walworth-farce?refid=0 Thu, 22 Oct 2009 15:34:56 -0500 Former Theater de la Jeune Lune duo mounts new show A year after the collapse of Theater de la Jeune Lune, two of that company's central figures are returning together to a Twin Cities stage this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/19/serrandandepp?refid=0 Tue, 20 Oct 2009 01:00:00 -0500 Local poets putting words in motion In Minneapolis Tuesday night, some local poets are going to get animated - or at least their verses will move. They hope to shake up the poetry world with what they call Motionpoems. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/16/motionpoems?refid=0 Sun, 18 Oct 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Stimulus-funded arts grants preserve nearly 80 jobs The Minnesota State Arts Board Friday announced grants totaling just over $316,000 using funds from the federal stimulus package. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/16/arts-stimulus?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2009 18:50:52 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra names replacement for Severinsen The Minnesota Orchestra Monday named Sarah Hicks as its principal conductor of Pops and Presentations. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/12/mn-orchestra-conductor?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2009 15:00:50 -0500 U's Weisman Art Museum expansion starts today A $14 million expansion begins Monday of the Frank Gehry-designed Weisman Art Museum that will add four new galleries and allow for more exhibition of the museum's permanent collection. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/12/weisman-expansion?refid=0 Mon, 12 Oct 2009 07:08:57 -0500 SPCO names renowned violinist its new artistic partner The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra announced today that internationally acclaimed violinist Thomas Zehetmair will be its latest artistic partner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/07/zehetmair?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 13:02:53 -0500 Novelist spans life in Alaska and Minneapolis Mattox Roesch wrote a novel about life in his wife's home village in rural Alaska while living in Minneapolis. He hopes to put a face on the statistics about troubled youngsters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/06/mattoxroesch?refid=0 Tue, 06 Oct 2009 17:30:00 -0500 Coens' new film 'A Serious Man' opens this weekend Tomorrow, one of the most highly-anticipated Minnesota film events in years finally arrives: the release of the new Coen brothers movie, "A Serious Man." The film is the first the Coens have set in Minnesota since "Fargo." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/01/seriousman?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2009 18:00:00 -0500 'Nobody' comes to Minneapolis It's a big week for Minnesota movies, and not just because of the Coen Brothers. Tonight in Minneapolis the stars will walk the red carpet for the world premiere of "Nobody," a new comedy shot in and around a well known Twin Cities art school. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/30/nobody?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 An audience with Michael Moore This weekend Michael Moore's new film "Capitalism: a love story" takes a caustic look at the current economic crisis and what caused it. Moore, who recently visited the Twin Cities to talk about the film, says he believes this is a unique moment to discuss change in the U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/10/01/moore?refid=0 Thu, 01 Oct 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Author explores the travails of reckless hearts N.M Kelby has been a performer, a TV reporter and has written several novels ranging from murder mysteries to an exploration of astrophysics, and now she has released a collection of short stories titled "A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/30/kelby?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2009 18:00:00 -0500 Ed Asner on growing old and Mary Tyler Moore Veteran actor Ed Asner is in the Twin Cities to talk about the issues of aging touched upon in his recent film "Up," where he played a grumpy octogenarian who fulfills a life's dream by attaching millions of balloons to his house and floating away. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/29/asner?refid=0 Tue, 29 Sep 2009 18:00:00 -0500 The places, people, and language of the Coens At the beginning of "Fargo," a story of kidnapping, murder, and an infamous incident with a woodchipper, a title splashed across the screen claims it is a true story. Many people still believe it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2009/09/the-places-people-and-language-of-the-coens.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 26 Sep 2009 11:31:58 -0500 Zandra Rhodes turns from clothes to opera If you have been in downtown St. Paul over the last few days and seen a diminutive older women with bright pink hair - well, you've just had a brush with an international fashion icon. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/24/rhodes?refid=0 Fri, 25 Sep 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Vanska extends Minnesota Orchestra contract for four more years Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska has signed a contract extension which will keep him at the orchestra until 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/24/vanskastays?refid=0 Thu, 24 Sep 2009 12:00:00 -0500 Jane Campion on her new film, 'Bright Star' "Bright Star," the new film from Oscar-winning director Jane Campion, has a Minnesota connection. It's distributed by Apparition, a new company co-founded by Minneapolis native Bill Pohlad. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/18/campion?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 16:00:00 -0500 The Coen Brothers come home The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is celebrating 25 years of feature film making by St. Louis Park natives the Coen brothers by showing every single one of their movies. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/17/coens-walker-art-center?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2009 00:03:00 -0500 How to make a rock guitar documentary When Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim persuaded Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, U2's the Edge and the White Stripes' Jack White to meet for an electric guitar summit there was potential for complete disaster, but it seems Guggenheim's gamble paid off. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/17/guggenheim?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 17:35:00 -0500 Author Pete Hautman on 'How to Steal a Car' Twin Cities novelist Pete Hautman's new book for teens examines life through the eyes of a 15-year-old girl who's an expert at stealing cars. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/15/hautman?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2009 15:00:00 -0500 Poems of grief and gratitude Tomorrow night some 20 poets from around the country will gather at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis to read poems about grief, mourning - and celebration. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/10/deathpoems?refid=0 Thu, 10 Sep 2009 18:00:00 -0500 Garrison Keillor resting at Mayo following minor stroke Public radio humorist Garrison Keillor is resting comfortably at the Mayo clinic after suffering a minor stroke. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/09/09/keillor-stroke?refid=0 Wed, 09 Sep 2009 17:00:01 -0500 Ang Lee finds comedy at Woodstock Oscar-winning director Ang Lee reinvents himself once more with a comedy opening this week called "Taking Woodstock." The film examines the pivotal 1960s concert through the eyes of the people in the small town which hosted the event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/anglee?refid=0 Fri, 28 Aug 2009 00:03:00 -0500 'The Hiptionary' honors African-American linguistic usage Mahmoud El-Kati's new book, "The Hiptionary," examines the influence of African-American linguistic usage on U.S. culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/26/hiptionary?refid=0 Wed, 26 Aug 2009 15:00:00 -0500 'Into Temptation' puts a modern slant on a priestly story The city of Minneapolis is one of the stars of "Into Temptation," a new movie that gets its world premiere at the Edina Theater on Thursday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/25/coyle?refid=0 Tue, 25 Aug 2009 12:00:00 -0500 An urban farmer spreads some dirt in Minneapolis Will Allen is betting the combination of compost, worms, and a lot of hard work can change the world -- and he's in Minneapolis to prove it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/19/willallen?refid=0 Thu, 20 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 'La Boheme' performance couples music and drawings Opera fans are used to seeing subtitles at productions, but now music lovers in Duluth have the opportunity to experience a new wrinkle -- drawings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/18/drawing-opera?refid=0 Wed, 19 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 A book of motorbikes, family, and dark secrets In Beth Carpel's novel "Assembling Georgia," a young Minneapolis woman's life is changed when she receives a mysterious package. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/14/carpel?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2009 18:00:00 -0500 Changes in 'The Quick and the Dead' The Walker Art Center's exhibition of conceptual art entitled "The Quick and the Dead" is unusual - not least because several of the exhibits are designed to change over time. The show has been open for three and a half months and some of the pieces are now markedly different. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/14/quick-and-the-dead?refid=0 Fri, 14 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Charlyne Yi goes looking for love in 'Paper Heart' The joys and devastation of love are familiar to many of us. Yet few people get to spend time exploring the topic of love in depth. Charlyne Yi did; she is the star of a new film called "Paper Heart." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/07/paperheart?refid=0 Fri, 07 Aug 2009 17:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis writer chronicles her eating disorder Nicole Johns was diagnosed as having EDNOS, or an Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified. She has now written a book about her experience in the hope she can help others. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/06/nicolejohns?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2009 13:16:11 -0500 St. Paul native part of crew behind controversial dolphin film A controversial new movie called "The Cove" opens in Minnesota later this week and one of the crew is St. Paul native Joe Chisholm. He helped mastermind what became a huge clandestine operation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/04/cove?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra accepts wage freeze Minnesota Orchestra musicians have agreed to have their contract modified to include wage freezes to help the orchestra through the current economic crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/05/minnesota_orchestra_contract_modification?refid=0 Wed, 05 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Lou Bellamy remembers director, mentor Claude Purdy This week people from all over the country will gather in Greenville, N.C. for the National Black Theater Festival -- and they will no doubt be swapping tales of Claude Purdy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/08/03/bellamyonpurdy?refid=0 Mon, 03 Aug 2009 15:00:00 -0500 How the politics behind the Iraq War became a comedy film A new political satire which has drawn rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic opens in the Twin Cities this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/30/iannucci?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Fringe continues to challenge actors, audiences alike The 16th annual Minnesota Fringe, an 11-day performing arts festival, launches tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/30/fringe-fest?refid=0 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 13:00:42 -0500 The Syringa Tree returns to the Jungle Theater In "The Syringa Tree," actor Sarah Agnew portrays some 25 characters in a play that tells the story of two women growing up in South Africa under apartheid. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/28/syringa?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 A State of the Arts Mystery: can anyone explain? Please help decipher an unexplained work of art. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2009/07/a-state-of-the-arts-mystery-can-anyone-explain.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2009 18:07:42 -0500 Francis Ford Coppola makes his own rules Having made classics like "Apocalypse Now" and the Godfather movies, director Francis Ford Coppola is now able make pretty much any movie what he wants, which is just what he is doing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/17/coppola?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 23:59:06 -0500 Microcinema backers think small, hope big When it comes to movies, some Minnesotans are thinking small. Tonight the Trylon Microcinema, a theater that only seats 50 people, opens in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/16/microcinemas?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Cirque de Soleil influence ripples through Minnesota performers The upcoming Cirque de Soleil performance is of special significance to the growing number of Minnesotans who are honing their own circus skills. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/02/cirqueandcircus?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jul 2009 01:00:00 -0500 After 35 years with APHC Keillor looks back and forward This weekend a large crowd came to Avon, Minnesota, for the special 35th-anniversary broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/07/01/aphc35?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jul 2009 17:05:57 -0500 Raising the 'Kooza' big top in St. Paul A new structure bloomed on the edge of downtown St Paul this afternoon. It's the tent for Cirque de Soleil to present it's new show "Kooza," starting next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/tentraising?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 18:00:00 -0500 Macalester plans $70 million fine arts expansion Provost Kathleen Murray said the first phase of the project will expand the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center by 50 percent. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/26/macalester_fine_arts?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2009 13:35:18 -0500 Novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafon creates a shifting Gothic world Best-selling novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafon says he set out to recreate the storytelling of the great Victorian writers while including modern sensibilities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/25/zafon?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2009 17:00:00 -0500 Playwright's works bring the Asian-American experience to Minnesota Over the next year, Twin Cities theaters will present three plays by David Henry Hwang, perhaps best known for his show "M. Butterfly." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/23/hwang?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2009 18:15:00 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra announces $40M expansion The Minnesota Orchestra today announced a $40 million expansion of Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/19/minnesota_orchestra?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 13:38:19 -0500 Company says comedy is vital for Alzheimer's play The idea of a comedy about Alzheimer's disease is unsettling to most people. But members of Minneapolis-based theater company Live Action Set say when it comes to Alzheimers, humor is not only allowed - it may be vital. Tonight they open "My Father's Bookshelf" at the Guthrie Theater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/18/alzheimercomedy?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2009 02:00:00 -0500 Guy Maddin revisits 'The Saddest Music in the World' Twin Cities movie fans can look forward to a distinctly odd experience tomorrow night as maverick Canadian director Guy Maddin visits for a screening of his film "The Saddest Music in the World." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/17/maddin?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 17:30:04 -0500 Author bases novel on grandmother's life in 1907 Winona Jane Kirkpatrick had a unique resource writing her latest historical novel: photographs her grandmother took a century ago around Winona. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/16/kirkpatrick?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2009 01:00:00 -0500 Writer captures Pakistani history in a novel When Ali Sethi set out to explore his homeland of Pakistan's history for a creative writing class, he discovered relatively little of its complex multi-lingual cultural history had been written down. He ended up writing "The Wish Maker" to capture that history, and is now being hailed as a new international literary voice. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/15/alisethi?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2009 16:54:33 -0500 MIA's 'Sin and Salvation' gives glimpse at pre-Raphaelite master A new exhibit opening Sunday at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts offers a rare glimpse into the complicated life of a pre-Raphaelite master. William Holman Hunt's paintings of religious scenes were enormously popular in the late 19th century. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/12/sin_salvation?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2009 17:03:52 -0500 Artist takes steps toward floating cities of the future Tomas Saraceno doesn't just dream of floating cities in the air, he's actually working toward building them. The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis is currently showing "Lighter than Air," his first large scale exhibit in the US. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/09/saraceno?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2009 01:00:00 -0500 Andre Dubus III explores the days before Sept. 11 in new novel Best-selling novelist Andre Dubus III says his new book, set in a strip club in the days before the Sept. 11 attacks, was inspired by an image of a pile of cash on a bedroom bureau. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/08/dubus?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2009 16:45:00 -0500 Aussie director rewrites playwright Noel Coward Not a lot of people would have the guts, or perhaps the gall, to rewrite Noel Coward - but Stephan Elliott did. The Australian director just co-wrote and directed a film adaptation of "Easy Virtue." It's an early Coward play, starring Minnesota native Jessica Biel. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/04/easyvirtue?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2009 03:00:00 -0500 A great harvest of food movies screening in Minneapolis Hundreds of people are expected tonight and tomorrow at Minneapolis screenings of a new movie called "Fresh." It's the first of a string of movies due for release this summer about food, and the debate over its place in our lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/02/foodmovies?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 17:00:00 -0500 Chazz Palminteri tells 'A Bronx Tale' Movie tough guy Chazz Palminteri has revived his autobiographical one man show, "A Bronx Tale," and this week brings it to Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/06/01/palminteri?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2009 17:30:00 -0500 Going 'Up' with Minnesotan Pete Docter Five years of work by a Bloomington native culminates this weekend with the release of the new Pixar movie, called "Up." The film is directed by Pete Docter, who grew up in the Twin Cities suburb. Docter says if you look closely, the movie has some strong Midwestern influences. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/28/docter?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Mexican director explores sibling rivalry The steamy Mexican movie "Y Tu Mama Tambien" made international stars of Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna back in 2002. Now the two actors are reuniting for the first time in "Rudo Y Cursi" which opens in Minneapolis this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/27/cuaron?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2009 16:45:00 -0500 Heather McElhatton takes a swipe at chick lit Twin Cities author Heather McElhatton will tell you she knows a thing or two about dating. Her second novel is all about the dangers of dating -- and of having your dreams come true. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/24/mcelhatton?refid=0 Mon, 25 May 2009 12:00:00 -0500 Historical Society revises budget cuts The Minnesota Historical Society says it's planning for an 8.6 percent cut in its budget, even though it will receive a $20 million boost from a new sales tax. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/24/histsocietycuts?refid=0 Mon, 25 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Movie looks at 'A Chorus Line' then and now One of Broadway's biggest hits "A Chorus Line" has entertained, and touched the hearts of millions of people around the world. Now a new documentary called "Every Little Step" examines both the roots of the show, and the realities of the thousands of dancers who tried out for the recent Broadway revival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/22/deldeo?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2009 17:29:00 -0500 Young composer Nico Muhly draws wide range of fans Nico Muhly isn't 30 years old yet, but the protege of Phillip Glass is already recognized as a major force in contemporary classical music. Tonight and tomorrow he will perform a program of chamber music at the Southern Theater in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/20/nico_muhly?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2009 17:42:26 -0500 Michael Pollan spreads the word about eating food Journalist and food expert Michael Pollan was often asked for advice about the best things to eat. After a lot of research he came up with a seven word formula: "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." Now Pollan is being told his ideas are changing lives. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/19/pollan?refid=0 Tue, 19 May 2009 17:30:00 -0500 Director aims to change Iron Mike Tyson's image Film director James Toback says he wants to change the way the world sees Mike Tyson. The former world heavyweight boxing champion has been mired in controversy for what he did inside and outside the ring. He also spent years in jail for things he did outside the ropes. Now Toback has made a film that let's Tyson make his own case that he has been misunderstood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/14/toback?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2009 01:00:00 -0500 After 30 years, metal band Anvil becomes an overnight success Friday night, some longtime unsung heroes of heavy metal music played in Minneapolis. Members of Anvil have been rocking together since the early 1970's and they are credited as being a formative influence on many of the big name bands today. Yet despite playing regularly for more than 30 years, until recently they were relatively unknown. That's changed as a result of a new documentary. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/08/anvil?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2009 18:00:00 -0500 'Disconnected' shows students' lives without computers A little over a year ago three Carleton College students did the unthinkable, and went without computers for a month. They also let their classmates videotape what happened. The resulting film called "Disconnected" will air on Twin Cities Public television this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/07/disconnected?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2009 02:00:00 -0500 Arts, outdoors spending plan moves forward in House A Minnesota House Committee today approved a bill that distributes tens of millions of dollars from a new dedicated sales tax for the outdoors and the arts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/05/05/artsmoney?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2009 15:26:46 -0500 Cherry to return to the Walker The Cherry returns to Minneapolis later this morning. For the last two months the red steel fruit from the iconic Spoonbridge with Cherry sculpture has been in a workshop in Hugo undergoing refurbishment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/30/cherryreturns?refid=0 Fri, 01 May 2009 00:02:00 -0500 Christian Moerk proves a Dane can write an Irish tale Writer Christian Moerk has an ear for languages. Some might call him a linguistic shapeshifter. He grew up in Denmark, but worked in the US and in Ireland. When he decided to write a novel, he wanted to capture the distinctive language of Ireland's remote west coast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/29/moerk?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2009 16:29:00 -0500 'Four Boxes' comes home A much anticipated Minnesota-made film gets its local premiere at the Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival tonight. "Four Boxes" is a thriller shot in Rosemount by friends who met years ago at the Childrens Theater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/28/fourboxes?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2009 01:00:00 -0500 'B is for Beer' says author Tom Robbins in new book Best-selling author Tom Robbins has made a career out of writing novels which make people laugh while also exploring the serious side of the human condition. His new book, "B is for Beer," is a children's book, where a little girl learns more than she wants to about beer and it's place in our culture. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/28/tom_robbins?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2009 16:45:41 -0500 Director Duncan Jones takes philosophy to the moon Film director Duncan Jones had some very specific goals as he approached his first feature film. He wanted to work with character actor Sam Rockwell, he wanted to make a science fiction film and he wanted to blend in some philosophy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/27/duncanjones?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2009 17:30:00 -0500 Julie Fowlis sings songs with a Gaelic point of view Julie Fowlis sings in a language which even in her native Scotland only about 60,000 people understand, yet she's a national star. Now she's bringing her music to Minneapolis http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/24/fowlis?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 17:29:00 -0500 'The Quick and the Dead' brings concepts to the Walker The words 'conceptual art' are enough to get some people running the other way. However, the Walker Art Center hopes to change that with its huge new show "The Quick and the Dead" opening this weekend. With almost a hundred works by 53 artists, the show presents some very different takes on the world where we live. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/23/quickandthedead?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 04:00:00 -0500 Guthrie delays Kushner premiere by a week The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis is delaying by a week the opening of its world premiere production of a new Tony Kushner play. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/22/kushnerdelayed?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2009 16:33:48 -0500 'Paris 36' aims to recapture the good and bad of depression-era France A new film opening in the Twin Cities this weekend recreates the joys and crises of Paris between the world wars. "Paris 36" is the story of a theater struggling to survive in the tough economic and political atmosphere of the 1930s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/17/paris36?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2009 17:15:00 -0500 Minn. Historical Society faces drastic budget cuts The Minnesota Historical Society said today it may lay off nearly 100 employees, cut the hours of another 220, and close some historic sites in the state as a result of cuts in its state funding and the poor economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/16/historical_cuts?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2009 15:20:36 -0500 MSP International Film Festival 27 launches Every year many Minnesotans celebrate the arrival of spring by heading inside to watch movies. Tonight, the 27th Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival kicks off with a screening of the romantic comedy "500 Days of Summer." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/15/mspiff2009?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2009 01:00:00 -0500 Pecha Kucha arrives in Minnesota A new kind of party designed to cause cross pollination of ideas, arrives in the Twin Cities this week. It's like a salon, but the pace is much quicker. The first challenge may be agreeing on how to pronounce the event's name. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/13/pechakucha?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2009 03:00:00 -0500 SPCO musicians agree to pay cut Musicians at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra have agreed to take a 12 percent pay cut for the 2009-2010 season. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/06/spco_cuts?refid=0 Mon, 06 Apr 2009 11:31:45 -0500 Joseph Boyden writes about native dichotomy Joseph Boyden just won Canada's top literary prize for his book "Through Black Spruce." It's the story of a Cree family in Northern Ontario, but it demonstrates how modern native life includes many worlds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/03/boyden?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 2009 17:00:00 -0500 Grown ups come out to play at Studio Bricolage Tomorrow evening, a group of adults will gather in a workshop in South Minneapolis just to make stuff. Studio Bricolage caters to grown-ups who have taken their children to crafts classes and alwys felt an urge to join in. This Friday's theme is paper, and visitors will be able, amongst other things, to learn how to make full-size paper suits. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/04/02/papersuits?refid=0 Thu, 02 Apr 2009 17:29:00 -0500 Book explores life-changing movies A couple of years ago, Variety magazine editor Robert Hofler began asking prominent people what movies changed their lives. Hofler first published the responses in a column in Variety. Now he's produced an entire book called "The Movie that Changed My Life." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/19/hofler?refid=0 Tue, 24 Mar 2009 16:15:00 -0500 Performer goes 'Ape' in unique stage show This week, British performer Gary Stevens brings his show "Ape" to three different Minneapolis theaters. The performance is based on a repetition game where three performers play with words, to create a rapid fire series of scenarios. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/17/stevens_ape?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0500 Arts supporters make their case for spending sales tax money The marathon session lasted until early this morning, as speakers suggested a huge number of projects for the approximately $47 million available for arts funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/17/arts_sales_tax_funding?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2009 07:25:35 -0500 Walker Art Center cuts $2 million from budget The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis announced today it will cut $2 million from its budget because of the economic downturn, but has avoided laying off any staff. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/16/walker_budgetcuts?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2009 14:11:27 -0500 Legislators ponder the difference between supplement and substitute Tonight, a crowd is expected at a legislative hearing on how to spend millions of dollars in new state money for the arts. The funds are from a new sales tax passed by voters in November. It's a debate complicated by the economic downturn and by the language in the constitutional amendment approved by voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/13/supplementsupplant?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2009 01:00:00 -0500 Astra Taylor takes philosophy to the streets A new movie called "Examined Life", screening at the Walker Art Center tonight, aims to bring philosophy, both ancient and modern, to bear on life today. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/12/astrataylor?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2009 03:00:00 -0500 MIA lays off 6 percent of its staff The Minneapolis Institute of Arts today announced it is eliminating 11 full-time positions and 8 part-time positions as a result of the economic downturn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/03/04/mia_lays_off_6_percent_of_its_staff?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2009 16:57:49 -0600 Novel explores the horror of West Indian slavery Writer Marlon James is being hailed as a new voice of Jamaican literature - which is pretty remarkable given he lives in St Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/24/marlonjames?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2009 15:30:00 -0600 Arts advocates argue for financial reality Hundreds of people are expected at Arts Advocacy Day at the Minnesota State Capitol today. The lobbying comes as Gov. Pawlenty is recommending the zeroing out of the State Arts Board's funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/23/artsadvocacy?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2009 01:00:00 -0600 The cherry takes a trip A Twin Cities icon heads off on a restorative vacation today. The cherry from the Walker Art Center's famed "Spoonbridge with Cherry" will be lifted off its mount in the Sculpture Garden and sent away to get a little work done. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/20/cherrymove?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2009 01:00:00 -0600 Dr. Billy Taylor comes to celebrate MLK There is a rare treat for Twin Cities music fans this weekend when jazz piano legend Dr. Billy Taylor comes to perform with the VocalEssence. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/13/taylor?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2009 18:00:00 -0600 Penumbra Theatre trims budget In what it calls a proactive move, St Paul's Penumbra Theatre has trimmed it's $3.8 million dollar budget by almost a quarter. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/13/hydro_test?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2009 08:00:33 -0600 Jon Hassell takes the trumpet to the Fourth World Trumpeter Jon Hassell knows the phrase "new music" is enough to get some people to turn and run. He includes himself in that group. That's a little strange because he has been at the forefront of new music for decades. Now he's on his first U.S. tour in two decades. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/12/hassell?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 18:00:00 -0600 Issues in 'The Class' echo round the world While may of us have strong views on schools, what actually happens in the classroom is usually only witnessed by students and teachers. This idea, coupled with the notion that schools are the foundation of society, led French film director Laurent Cantet to make "The Class." It's wowed critics around the world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/11/cantet?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2009 01:00:00 -0600 Bringing a message of change - from Africa Vusi Mahlasela is known as "The Voice" in his native South Africa. A singer, guitarist, percussionist and poet, he came of age during the turmoil of the waning days of apartheid. He now plays around the world, singing of the joys and challenges of his homeland. This week, Mahlasela launches a U.S. tour with a concert Saturday night at the Ordway Center in St Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/05/mahlasela?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2009 01:00:00 -0600 Hedwig comes to town A local producer is launching a new interactive movie program in the Twin Cities, and as a result, Hedwig is coming to town. Later this week the creator, star and director of the cult film "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" will appear as the first guest of "The Talkies" at the Heights Theater in Columbia Heights. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/03/mitchell?refid=0 Tue, 03 Feb 2009 18:00:00 -0600 Kirk Anderson revisits his 'Banana Republic' Kirk Anderson drew the "Banana Republic: Adventures in Amnesia" strip for the Editorial pages of the Star Tribune. He wanted to spur debate on national and local political issues by creating a story about how a third world dictatorship deals with those same topics. The strips are now being published as a book. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/02/02/anderson?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2009 17:45:00 -0600 Director gets animated for his Oscar-nominated film A highly unusual Oscar-nominated documentary opens in Minnesota this weekend. "Waltz with Bashir" is out of the ordinary, because it's animated, and because it deals with the psychological repercussions of a Middle Eastern war a quarter century ago. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/29/arifolman?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2009 01:00:00 -0600 Blogger hits big with musings on 'White People' Christian Lander makes people uncomfortable -- and makes them laugh. Lander, a native of Canada, is an Internet sensation for his satirical writings on his sblog, "Stuff White People Like." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/28/lander?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2009 14:00:00 -0600 Arts leaders perplexed by cuts to State Arts Board Leaders of the lobbying group Minnesota Citizens for the Arts say they are confused by Governor Pawlenty's budget proposal for arts funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/28/arts_budget_reax?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2009 07:58:03 -0600 Author Neil Gaiman's spooky book wins Newbery honor Local best-selling author Neil Gaiman has received the top prize for children's literature: The John Newbery Medal, for "The Graveyard Book." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/26/gaiman_newbery?refid=0 Mon, 26 Jan 2009 12:42:07 -0600 Minnesota Opera draws from near and far for 2009-2010 season The Minnesota Opera will showcase the work of Minnesota composer Dominick Argento during its 2009-2010 season, and present one of its biggest recent discoveries. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/23/operaseason?refid=0 Sun, 25 Jan 2009 00:03:00 -0600 Jeffrey Hatcher finds new depths in 'Jekyll and Hyde' This weekend, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will stalk the stage of the Park Square Theater in St. Paul. Twin Cities playwright Jeffrey Hatcher adapted and expended Robert Louis Stevenson's classic tale of the man of science who releases his inner evil by drinking a potion. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/23/hatcherandhyde?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2009 16:30:00 -0600 Minnesota Opera has a devil of a good time with 'Faust' The Minnesota Opera goes to the devil this weekend for its production of "Faust." In its heyday, Faust was the most popular opera in the world. Minnesota Opera staff say they hope to reveal its modern message through dance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/22/faust?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jan 2009 16:30:00 -0600 'Best of times, worst of times' for arts funding In November, voters approved a new sales tax which will pump tens of millions of dollars into arts and cultural groups. Some arts advocates worry the prospect of new money will prompt legislators to cut other arts funding. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/16/whitebearlake_arts?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2009 00:00:00 -0600 Life as a Jewish partisan The new film, "Defiance," tells the story of the Bielski brothers, who led a group of Jewish partisans living in the forests of Belarus during World War II. The film mirrors the experience of a Minnesota couple who fought in another Jewish partisan group in the same forest. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/16/jacksutin?refid=0 Fri, 16 Jan 2009 17:00:00 -0600 Nami Mun revisits being homeless Writer Nami Mun's new novel "Miles from Nowhere," tells the heart rending tale of Joon, a Korean girl who runs away from her family to live on the streets of New York. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/15/namimun?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jan 2009 15:30:00 -0600 Michael Shannon heads from 'Revolutionary Road' to Peru? Michael Shannon is riding high at the moment. Fresh off a stunning performance in "Revolutionary Road" as a young man recovering from a nervous breakdown, he's off to Peru Monday to make a film with Werner Herzog. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/movie_natters/archive/2009/01/michael_shannon.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2009 18:31:59 -0600 Rob Nelson and the B List One of the side effects of the video and DVD revolution is people are able to easily watch films of yesteryear. The National Society of Film Critics is trying to help you find the good ones with a series of books of new reviews of older films. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/09/nelsonblist?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2009 17:00:00 -0600 Chamber orchestras flock to St. Paul For the next month, the Twin Cities will play host to an extraordinary orchestral event. Four of the worlds top chamber orchestras will join the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for what's believed to be the first ever International Chamber Orchestra Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/07/chamberfestival?refid=0 Thu, 08 Jan 2009 02:00:00 -0600 Photo exhibit recalls impact of the RNC A St. Paul coffee shop will display photographs of the Republican National Convention submitted by members of the public. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2009/01/01/rnc_photoshow?refid=0 Thu, 01 Jan 2009 17:07:04 -0600 Authors seek new ways to sell their work Many authors are finding nowadays that even after they have written their book, had it edited and published, their work is not done. Today's authors are often left with the task of publicizing their work too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/29/bookselling?refid=0 Wed, 31 Dec 2008 02:00:00 -0600 SPCO ends season with money to spare The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is reporting it finished its fiscal year in the black, and has retired its accumulated debt from the year 2003. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/18/spco_surplus?refid=0 Thu, 18 Dec 2008 09:50:28 -0600 Todd Boss rides his 'Yellowrocket' Todd Boss is riding a poetic wave. Not only has a major publishing house just released his first book of poems, "Yellow Rocket," he says the nation has just elected a poet as president. Boss is the self-appointed poet laureate of Nina's Coffee Cafe in St Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/15/toddboss?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2008 02:00:00 -0600 Production makes Gertrude Stein sing A new opera being performed this weekend in Minneapolis has a lofty goal: to portray all Americans - past, present, and future. "The Making of Americans" is an adaptation of Gertrude Stein's novel of the same name. It gets its world premiere tonight at the Walker Art Center. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/12/steinopera?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Minnesota Orchestra to share stage with SPCO The Minnesota Orchestra's 2009-2010 season will include a Stravinsky collaboration with the SPCO, world premiere performances, and new recordings. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/12/mo_with_spco?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2008 08:31:48 -0600 Bruce Campbell prefers monsters to Shakespeare Film fans will tell you there are comedy films, action flicks, romances, and then there are the Bruce Campbell movies. His films mix monsters, extreme gore and corny humor. Campbell is in Minneapolis to introduce his new film this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/05/bruce_campbell?refid=0 Fri, 05 Dec 2008 14:00:00 -0600 British ad awards return to the Twin Cities One of the stranger Twin Cities holiday traditions gets underway this weekend. The arrival of the British Television Advertising Awards Show at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis will feature drumming gorillas, hapless surfers and clay bunnies swarming New York City. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/04/british_ad_awards?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Meet the Minneapolis Movie Bears More than 80 bears turned up at a Twin Cities movie theater the other night. These bears were not true ursines, but members of a human social group, the Minneapolis Movie Bears. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/12/03/moviebear?refid=0 Thu, 04 Dec 2008 02:00:00 -0600 Local writer takes comparing ages to a new level A Minneapolis writer's long running collection of anecdotes about what famous and infamous people did at certain ages now has become a compelling read. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/26/hanson?refid=0 Thu, 27 Nov 2008 12:00:00 -0600 Remembering Harvey Milk In the late 1970's Harvey Milk became a national symbol as the first openly gay man to win a major political election. In the new film "Milk," Gus Van Sant looks at Harvey Milk's life. One Twin Cities woman knows the Milk story very well, because she was there. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/26/milkraff?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2008 18:00:00 -0600 Writers take aim at writing a novel, in a month For thousands of Minnesotans, this week is crunch week. It's not just because it's Thanksgiving, it's because they have to finish a novel by midnight Saturday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/21/nanowrimo?refid=0 Sun, 23 Nov 2008 15:00:00 -0600 Walker receives grant to assist impaired visitors The Walker Art center will use a $50,000 grant to develop special programs for visitors who are visually impaired. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/20/walker_impaired?refid=0 Thu, 20 Nov 2008 07:24:31 -0600 Artists' advice on living with a tight budget Thousands of Minnesotans have already learned to live creatively on very little, and have done so for years quite successfully. They're artists and they have some advice to share with the rest of us. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/19/poorartists?refid=0 Wed, 19 Nov 2008 18:00:00 -0600 Paul Feig celebrates the geek in all of us Paul Feig has made a career out of making TV shows and films which examine the lives of geeks. His show "Freaks and Geeks" launched the careers of several people who are now big names in Hollywood. Now, Feig has now turned his talents to writing children's books. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/18/feig?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 17:00:00 -0600 Titanic exhibit docking at Science Museum of Minnesota A major exhibit of artifacts from the sunken liner S.S. Titanic will open at the Science Museum in St. Paul next summer. The show is an expanded version of the exhibition at the St. Paul Depot in 1999, including dozens of articles recovered from the wreck in the years since. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/18/titanic_exhibit_science_museum?refid=0 Tue, 18 Nov 2008 15:15:45 -0600 Minnesota Opera launches major initiative The Minnesota Opera is announcing a new multi-million dollar program called Minnesota OperaWorks that will make it a national leader in contemporary opera. And due to good luck, or good planning they've already raised more than half the funds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/14/operaworks?refid=0 Sun, 16 Nov 2008 02:00:00 -0600 So bad she was good Long before the U.S. had American Idol, the nation had Florence Foster Jenkins. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/12/souvenir?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2008 02:00:00 -0600 St. Paul writer uses her own experience to create a historical fantasy A University of St. Thomas professor has written a historical fantasy for children, based on her experience as a tour guide on one of the uninhabited Apostle Islands. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/07/bouwman?refid=0 Fri, 07 Nov 2008 12:00:00 -0600 Composers Institute nurtures talent and new orchestral music Tomorrow night in Minneapolis seven young composers will reach what may be the pinnacle of their career, at least so far. They will each hear the Minnesota Orchestra play one of their compositions. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/06/composersinst?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2008 17:30:00 -0600 Amendment funds for arts still nine months away Minnesota voters approved a constitutional amendment Tuesday that will dedicate sales tax funds for outdoors projects and the arts. But environmentalists and artists still have several hurdles to jump before they see any money. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/05/outdoors_arts_amendment_passes?refid=0 Thu, 06 Nov 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Dylan plays election night concert at the U of M Tonight, while many people will be listening for the early election returns, thousands of fans will be listening to Bob Dylan playing at Northrop Auditorium. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/11/04/dylanconcert?refid=0 Tue, 04 Nov 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Lance Hammer's 'Ballast' makes a splash Lance Hammer's film "Ballast" won awards at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals this year. It's drawn rave reviews from critics all over. Now Twin Cities audiences will get what may be the only chance to see the film on a big screen in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/29/ballast?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Marcus and Haynes reconsider Dylan Cultural critic Greil Marcus, who has written for Rolling Stone for decades, and is an expert on Bob Dylan is teaching a special course at the U of M this fall. Later today in the first of two public lectures Marcus will interview film director Todd Haynes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/28/marcusonhaynes?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2008 22:06:41 -0500 Haunted basement attracts while it scares People are flocking to the Soap Factory gallery in Minneapolis to be scared. The gallery, just across the river from downtown, is making use of its 125-year-old building to present an artist-designed Haunted Basement. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/28/hauntedbasement?refid=0 Tue, 28 Oct 2008 17:00:00 -0500 Louis Sachar celebrates 10 years of 'Holes' Louis Sachar has written many books for children in his career that have been enjoyed by adults too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/24/sachar?refid=0 Fri, 24 Oct 2008 12:00:00 -0500 Film festival celebrates bad video For the last 15 years Nick Preuer and Joe Pickett have scoured garage sales, thrift shops and even garbage cans looking for bad videos. They present the best of the worst, complete with commentary, in the Found Footage Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/23/foundfootage?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2008 17:45:00 -0500 Builders Association creates a continuous city A new theater production opening in Minneapolis examines the impact of global telecommunication on fundamental human relationships, including that of parent and child. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/22/buildersassoc?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2008 06:00:00 -0500 Jazz influences and Brazilian poetry come to the SPCO What do you get when you cross a grammy award-winning jazz composer, one of the top sopranos in the world and the words of a Brazilian poet? This weekend, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra fans will find out. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/22/schneiderspco?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2008 15:55:00 -0500 Director Mike Leigh looks for realism without a script British film director Mike Leigh says his course in life was set very early on. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/21/leigh?refid=0 Tue, 21 Oct 2008 17:50:00 -0500 New movie 'Fritz' tells the Mondale story A new documentary about the life and career of Walter Mondale will get its world premiere at the Minnesota History Center tonight. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/15/fritz?refid=0 Thu, 16 Oct 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Morning Show to end 25-year run Minnesota Public Radio's long-running Morning Show is coming to an end. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/15/morning_show?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2008 07:19:23 -0500 Plastic bags and solar power combine to create art Early tomorrow morning a huge structure will slowly rise in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/10/museo_aero?refid=0 Fri, 10 Oct 2008 14:55:02 -0500 Twin Cities surrounded by composer Portman's music Academy Award winning composer Rachel Portman may live in London, but her work is all over the Twin Cities right now. She wrote music for "The Duchess", the Kiera Knightley period drama showing at area movie theaters. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/09/portman?refid=0 Thu, 09 Oct 2008 17:50:00 -0500 Neil Gaiman tries a new strategy Later this week fans will likely pack a St Paul church to hear author Neil Gaiman, a writing rock star, read from his latest novel, "The Graveyard Book." He's often swamped at readings and now has devised a new way to keep himself physically accessible to his readers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/03/gaiman?refid=0 Sun, 05 Oct 2008 15:00:00 -0500 The diva and the ghost writer Minneapolis author George Rabasa's new novel, "The Wonder Singer," explores love, opera and the agony of writing. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/03/rabasa?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Guthrie and Rapson battle again This weekend the History Theatre in St. Paul will delve into one of the great tempestuous relationships of Minnesota theater history. "Tyrone and Ralph" is about the struggle in the early 1960s between architect Ralph Rapson and Sir Tyrone Guthrie, as they built the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/10/02/tyroneandralph?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Chuck Palahniuk's 'Choke' This weekend the film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's novel "Choke" hits movie screens around the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/26/palaniuk2002?refid=0 Fri, 26 Sep 2008 13:00:00 -0500 New novel explores growing up Japanese-American Twin Cities writer David Mura's new novel, "Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire," explores the Japanese-American experience through the eyes of a boy growing up in Chicago just after World War II. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/25/mura?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2008 16:30:00 -0500 The novel behind 'Miracle at Santa Anna' This weekend Spike Lee's new film "Miracle at Santa Anna" opens nationwide. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by James McBride. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/25/mcbride?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2008 00:00:00 -0500 From Manhattan to Minneapolis, film festival keeps growing The Manhattan Short Film Festival started as a community event in New York City, but the 9/11 attacks changed the festival and its mission. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/25/short_film_festival?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2008 22:00:00 -0500 Shopping for Porcupine Alaskan nature writer and photographer Seth Kantner says on balance he is glad vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is attracting attention to his home state. His new essay collection "Shopping for Porcupine" examines the conflict between Alaskan tradition and new economic realities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/24/kantner?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2008 11:48:03 -0500 Film revisits the Battle in Seattle As debate continues over how police handled demonstrations in the Twin Cities during the Republican National Convention, a new movie opening this weekend examines incidents in Seattle in 1999 that helped to shape the way authorities now manage security at big protests. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/19/townsend?refid=0 Fri, 19 Sep 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Film revisits Hurricane Katrina Hurricanes have been in the news recently, but a couple of producers of Fahrenheit 9/11 are trying to get Americans to refocus on Hurricane Katrina. Their new film "Trouble the Water" tells the story of one family's ordeal during and the struggles after Katrina. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/17/carldeal?refid=0 Thu, 18 Sep 2008 01:00:00 -0500 A Liberian life of extremes Growing up in Liberia, Helene Cooper had an idyllic childhood, but it all came crashing down during the bloody coup of 1980 when the family had to flee Liberia to the U.S. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/16/cooper?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2008 13:30:00 -0500 Fleezanis to step down from Minn. Orchestra Minnesota Orchestra concertmaster Jorja Fleezanis will step down from her position in 2009. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/16/fleezanis?refid=0 Tue, 16 Sep 2008 13:00:00 -0500 Dance hits rock bottom with unique setting of 'Ocean' If you are a modern dance lover, the place to be this weekend is the bottom of a quarry in central Minnesota. Thousands of people will travel to St. Cloud to see the Merce Cunningham Dance Company perform "Ocean" on a specially constructed-stage, 150-feet below ground level. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/10/ocean_performance?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2008 00:00:01 -0500 Slideshow: People and design behind 'Ocean' The stage and set design for the production of "Ocean." The stage and seating is built into the bottom of a rock quarry near St. Cloud, Minn. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/10/ocean_slideshow?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2008 14:29:31 -0500 Zen and now Millions of people know the 1970s book "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." It's the story of author Robert Pirsig's cross-country bike trip with his son Chris. Now, a 21st century biker has recreated Pirsig's journey, and written a book called "Zen and Now." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/09/richardson?refid=0 Tue, 09 Sep 2008 16:30:00 -0500 Minnesota hosts epic modern dance performance Modern dance fans from around the world will converge on Minnesota later this week for a unique performance in a quarry near St. Cloud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/08/quarry_dance?refid=0 Mon, 08 Sep 2008 07:50:42 -0500 The self-described Forrest Gump of comedy Actor Taylor Negron has appeared in more than 100 movies and many TV shows. Now he's telling many of these stories in a show called "Satellites," which he'll perform this weekend in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/09/05/negron?refid=0 Fri, 05 Sep 2008 14:48:49 -0500 Film festival organizers hope to make an 'Impact' during RNC Some folks are coming to the RNC to get delegates to watch movies. For the four days of the Convention the non-partisan Impact Film Festival will hold free screenings of new movies about healthcare, water protection, disaster recovery and other social challenges. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/29/impactfilmfest?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2008 19:50:39 -0500 If Stone Could Speak If you have ever wondered at the magnificent stonework at the St Paul Cathedral, local documentary filmmaker Randy Croce has a story for you. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/28/croce?refid=0 Fri, 29 Aug 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Guthrie makes more room for 'Little House on the Prairie' The Guthrie Theater is adding extra seats for performances of the "Little House on the Prairie" musical. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/26/little_house?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2008 08:26:55 -0500 Steve Coogan does Hamlet in his own special way Steve Coogan is considered a comedic genius in his British homeland. His specialty is deadpan performances which shred the conventions of television, movies and drama. His latest film, "Hamlet 2," opens this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/22/coogan?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2008 11:00:00 -0500 State Fair show will celebrate 150 years of Minnesota statehood One of the special Minnesota State Fair attractions this year is the Big Top State Fair Chautauqua. It will present a mixture of music and lectures celebrating 150 years of Minnesota statehood. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/20/chautauqua?refid=0 Wed, 20 Aug 2008 16:45:00 -0500 Little House team looks for a slow route to Broadway It's opening weekend for "Little House on the Prairie - the musical" at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis. The show broke box office sales records for the Guthrie and its run has already been extended by two weeks. There's also talk about the show being Broadway-bound. But the Little House creative team wants to take it slow. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/14/littlehouseopens?refid=0 Thu, 14 Aug 2008 17:00:00 -0500 New movies raise existential questions in more ways than one This weekend the Oak Street Cinema in Minneapolis will showcase new films by two local film makers. "Fade" and "There nor there" are both dramas which explore the philosophical side of the human experience. The films share some striking similarities - but only to a point. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/08/07/existmovies?refid=0 Fri, 08 Aug 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Documentary shows high school life is little changed Documentary filmmaker Nanette Burstein says most movies and TV shows about teenagers just plain get it wrong. When she made her film, she and her crew shot in a high school evey day for 10 months. The resulting film is called "American Teen." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/11/americanteen?refid=0 Thu, 31 Jul 2008 14:00:00 -0500 St. Paul writer tells tales of running a Welsh pub Ask St. Paul writer Daniel Gabriel where he got the inspiration for his collection of stories about a pub in Wales, and he'll tell you he lived the life. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/11/gabriel?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2008 12:00:00 -0500 'Hamlet' with a northwoods twist Lin Enger's new novel, "Undiscovered Country," explores the effect of a northern Minnesota man's apparent suicide on his family. The story is a reworking of the themes in "Hamlet." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/11/linenger?refid=0 Mon, 14 Jul 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Film director celebrates 1994 While 1994 may not stick out in many people's minds as being one of the watershed years of U.S. history, it does for film director Jonathan Levine. "Much like 1776, just with more rap music," he says. It's the year he set his new film "The Wackness." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/11/wackness?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jul 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Sundance hopes to inspire Indian filmmakers Representatives of the organization which runs the famed Sundance Film Festival are in Minnesota to encourage filmmaking in the state's Indian communities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/10/sundance?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2008 16:45:00 -0500 A Bangladeshi story that resonates around the world A new film adaptation of Monica Ali's best-selling novel, "Brick Lane," opens in the Twin Cities this weekend. It's the story of two Bangladeshi sisters separated by an arranged marriage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/08/bricklane?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2008 01:00:00 -0500 CTC's new season features four world premieres The 2008-2009 Children's Theatre Company season announced today will include four world premieres. The Minneapolis company will open with a new adaptation of J.M. Barrie's "Peter Pan." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/07/ctcseason?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2008 16:44:17 -0500 Herzog's 'Encounters at the End of the World' Prolific film maker Werner Herzog's new movie opens in the Twin Cities later this week. "Encounters at the End of the world" examines life at the South Pole. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/03/herzog?refid=0 Mon, 07 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Film considers the Gonzo legacy A new movie, "Gonzo: The Life and Times of Dr Hunter S. Thompson," opens across the country today. It examines the rise and fall of one of the great counter-cultural writers of the 60s and 70s. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/07/02/gonzo?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Despite obstacles, local writer aims to make his movie Making a feature film is never easy. But imagine if you were deaf, legally blind, and unable to talk. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/27/harmon?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jun 2008 17:30:00 -0500 Walker 'Queer Takes' film festival aims at preservation The Walker Art Center is joining a national effort to help restore and preserve films about gays and lesbians. The Walker is working with the Heights Theater in Columbia Heights to preserve a copy of "Parting Glances." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/26/walker_film?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jun 2008 07:48:19 -0500 N.M. Kelby says her new novel is partly autobiographical N.M. Kelby writes mysteries set in small Florida towns. She spent 20 years living in Minnesota before that, though, and says some of the stranger parts of the stories have Minnesota roots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/24/nmkelby?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2008 17:00:00 -0500 Walker curator leaves for New York The Walker Art Center's deputy director is leaving to run the New York-based Dia Art Foundation. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/24/walkercurator?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2008 14:48:31 -0500 'Je ne sais quoi:' A cinema revolution A Minneapolis filmmaker is hoping to create a new movie financing model with his new film, "Je ne sais quoi." He made the film for just $5,000. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/24/je_ne_sais_quoi?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jun 2008 07:19:13 -0500 Jeune Lune closing concerns arts community Internationally acclaimed Minneapolis-based Theatre de la Jeune Lune announced this weekend it's calling it quits because of mounting debts. The news is causing members of the arts community to look back and look forward. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/22/tjlcontext?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jun 2008 03:00:00 -0500 A demand for a refund becomes a novel In Jonathan Miles new book, a complaint letter becomes a 160 page novel that explores the ideas of fate, fatherhood and being trapped in an airport after a cancelled flight http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/20/miles?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2008 16:45:00 -0500 New Walker performing arts season dreams big The Walker Art Center announces its 2008-2009 performing arts season today. The season will start with a huge performance by the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, which will perform "Ocean" in a quarry near St. Cloud. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/19/walkerseason?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2008 01:00:00 -0500 The ugly side of 'America the Beautiful' Film maker Darryl Roberts wanted to explore America's obsession with beauty. His documentary "American the Beautiful" became a scathing indictment. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/19/americathebeautiful?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jun 2008 17:30:00 -0500 English soccer pros to play Minnesota Thunder The Minnesota Thunder soccer team officials announced today the club will play an English professional team for the first time. The Thunder will play the Burnley Football Club at the National Sports Center on July 15th. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/18/thunder?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2008 07:07:36 -0500 First-time author draws raves with 'The Story of Edgar Sawtelle' David Wroblewski's book "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" has been drawing rave reviews. While it grew out of his desire to write about the special bonds between dogs and humans, an important part of the story is that the title character, Edgar, cannot speak. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/16/wroblewski?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2008 16:45:00 -0500 How a Vietnamese-Australian became an American literary sensation Critics have been showering accolades on short story writer Nam Le for his first book, "The Boat." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/12/namle?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jun 2008 13:52:33 -0500 When bridge-building becomes art Painter Scott Lloyd Anderson says he couldn't bear to go and look at the collapsed 35W bridge. It was just too tragic. Nowadays though, he's over at the construction site regularly, painting pictures of the new bridge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/11/bridgepainting?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jun 2008 16:00:00 -0500 A performance in plain sight amongst unknowing crowds If you have ever stood in a crowded mall and wondered about the individual stories behind the people around you, the Back to Back Theater Company from Australia may have an answer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/05/backtoback?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jun 2008 17:54:38 -0500 Local enthusiasts build ancient Irish sport in St. Paul A couple of times a week at the McMurray Fields in St. Paul, a group of enthusiasts is hard at work preserving an ancient Irish tradition. They are playing hurling, a game that involves sticks, a ball, and a certain amount of raw courage. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/06/03/hurling?refid=0 Wed, 04 Jun 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Students make music and instruments Thousands of people are expected over the next couple of days at the Flint Hills Children's Festival at the Ordway Center in St Paul. Students from Webster Magnet School in St Paul created one of the many performances at the event. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/30/soundscape?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2008 08:28:38 -0500 Theater veterans reconsider 'The Gin Game' This weekend, two stage veterans who have worked together on and off since the early 1960s will present their latest collaboration. Wendy Lehr and Bain Boehlke will perform "The Gin Game" at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/29/gingame?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2008 16:00:00 -0500 Coens to shoot their next film in Minnesota After months of uncertainty, the Minnesota Film and Television Board is announcing that Oscar winning Twin Cities natives Joel and Ethan Coen will shoot their next movie in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/23/coens?refid=0 Fri, 23 May 2008 14:50:50 -0500 Junk meets art to play golf This weekend, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis launches a summerlong celebration of the 20th anniversary of its sculpture garden. There will be exhibits, a huge "Rock the Garden" concert, and a brand new mini-golf course. Fourteen teams of designers, architects, painters, sculptors and other creative types each built green-themed holes. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/20/pinballgolf?refid=0 Thu, 22 May 2008 01:00:00 -0500 Errol Morris examines the pictures of Abu Ghraib Documentary film director Errol Morris says he's always been fascinated by photographs, and has long wanted to do a film about how they can shape history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/21/errolmorris?refid=0 Wed, 21 May 2008 17:00:00 -0500 Minneapolis artist adds new dimensions to his landscapes After years of building a following for his striking landscapes Minneapolis, painter Gregory Euclide is trying something else. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/14/euclide?refid=0 Wed, 14 May 2008 18:00:00 -0500 Bill Holm named McKnight Distinguished Artist Minneseota writer Bill Holm is celebrating a little. Today the McKnight Foundation named him its 2008 Distinguished Artist. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/09/holmaward?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2008 00:05:00 -0500 Ordway Center plans expansion The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra could have a new concert hall at the Ordway Center, under a new proposal from the St. Paul Arts Partnership. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/07/ordwayexpands?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2008 10:13:56 -0500 Not a sad young literary man Keith Gessen is a brave man. He created and edits a caustic literary magazine called "N+1" which has a reputation for its smart and often snarky criticism. Now he's published his own novel and is facing the critics. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/06/keithgessen?refid=0 Tue, 06 May 2008 15:45:00 -0500 'Son of Rambow' director enhances his childhood memories When Garth Jennings and Nick Goldsmith made the movie "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" a couple of years ago, they set aside the film the really wanted to make, "Son of Rambow." Now after being a hit at Sundance, the film is about to open in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/05/sonoframbow?refid=0 Mon, 05 May 2008 13:30:00 -0500 Iraq war movies attract a lukewarm response at the box office Next week former talkshow host Phil Donahue's new documentary "Body of War" opens in the Twin Cities. It's just the latest movie about the Iraq conflict. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/05/01/iraqwarmovies?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Director examines the human side of immigration Film director Tom McCarthy is drawing raves for his new film "The Visitor." The film examines the complicated realities of U.S. immigration policy. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/24/visitor?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 14:00:00 -0500 New film celebrates outdoor hockey A sell-out crowd is expected at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival for the world premier of "Pond Hockey." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/23/pondhockey?refid=0 Thu, 24 Apr 2008 01:00:00 -0500 New novel combines development, kung fu and brussels sprouts When author Don Lee began writing his latest novel, "Wrack and Ruin," he wanted to do something light. He wanted to set the story in a small northern California town, and make one of his characters a farmer. He said the choice of crops was narrow, and one stood out: brussels sprouts. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/21/donlee?refid=0 Mon, 21 Apr 2008 17:30:00 -0500 Author: Life can get in the way of a well-planned death Geoff Herbach's new novel, "The Miracle Letters of T. Rimberg," tells a story in a very different and potentially controversial way. Most of the story is presented as suicide notes written by one man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/14/herbach?refid=0 Tue, 15 Apr 2008 03:00:00 -0500 Self portraits in the Facebook age With digital cameras now almost as common as cell phones, in part because they are built into cellphones, people are taking lots of pictures. And they're taking pictures of themselves. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/04/07/self_portrait?refid=0 Wed, 09 Apr 2008 18:00:00 -0500 'Boys Don't Cry' director goes to war This weekend a new film called "Stop-Loss" opens around the country. The movie is about what happens when a Texas veteran, who is expecting to get out of the military after his second tour in Iraq, is ordered back to Baghdad. Stop-Loss is written and directed by Kimberly Pierce, Oscar-winning director of "Boys Don't Cry." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/26/pierce?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2008 15:00:00 -0500 Guthrie announces new season The Guthrie Theater will present 19 plays in its 2008-2009 season, including world premier productions of a new "Little House on the Prairie" musical and a new play by Tony Kushner. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/24/guthrie?refid=0 Mon, 24 Mar 2008 17:01:00 -0500 The man who invented appropriation Painter and sculptor Richard Prince is famed in the art world for taking other people's work and presenting it as his own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/21/richardprince?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2008 14:30:00 -0500 Jon Hassler, author of 'Staggerford,' dies Famed Minnesota novelist Jon Hassler has died. Hassler, 74, had suffered from Parkinson disease. He had a string of novels to his name, many of them examining the intricacies of life in small Minnesota towns. As word spreads of his passing Hassler is being remembered both for his writing and his teaching. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/20/hassler?refid=0 Thu, 20 Mar 2008 12:22:20 -0500 George Clooney, Renee Zellweger head to Duluth Fresh from a visit to Africa, George Clooney is headed to Duluth Monday with Renee Zellweger to do some publicity for their upcoming film "Leatherheads." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/movie_natters/archive/2008/03/clooney_and_zel.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 18 Mar 2008 16:54:17 -0500 Richard Price says he writes about trouble Richard Price is acknowledged as one of the great masters of capturing the nuances of street life. His new novel "Lush Life" explores the ripple effect of a single gunshot across New York's Lower East Side. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/11/price?refid=0 Tue, 11 Mar 2008 17:26:41 -0500 Director hopes Minnesota-made movie leads to healing A movie shot around the Fond du Lac reservation in northern Minnesota will gets its first public screening at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The film, "Older than America," is an uncompromising drama about Indian boarding schools. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/06/olderthanamerica?refid=0 Fri, 07 Mar 2008 15:00:00 -0600 'The Counterfeiters' moral dilemma "The Counterfeiters," which won this year's Oscar for Best Foreign Language film, tells the true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history. During World War II, Nazis formed a counterfeiting unit in a concentration camp that was staffed entirely by Jews, working under threat of death. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/03/06/counterfeiter?refid=0 Thu, 06 Mar 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Abstract painter sees stripes Sean Scully is one of the most respected abstract artists in the world. For the last 35 years he's explored just one shape: the stripe. This weekend the Minneapolis Institute of Arts opens a show of Scully's prints. Scully believes there is more to his stripes than meets the eye. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/29/scully?refid=0 Fri, 29 Feb 2008 17:25:48 -0600 A strange trip for 'The Band's Visit' Director Eran Kolirin's film, "The Band's Visit," which opens in the Twin Cities this weekend, is a bittersweet comedy from Israel. It's been a hit with critics, but simply by being an Israeli film, it's run into controversy too. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/26/kolirin?refid=0 Thu, 28 Feb 2008 03:00:00 -0600 New Ordway season projects Hollywood influence The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts 2008-2009 theatrical season will feature six musicals all with Hollywood roots. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/27/ordwayseason?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2008 18:00:47 -0600 Comic novelist combines design with infamous experiments Graphic designer Chip Kidd is one of the most sought-after book cover designers in the country. He's also a novelist, and his latest book, "The Learners," deals with the infamous Milgram experiments. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/27/chipkidd?refid=0 Wed, 27 Feb 2008 16:30:00 -0600 Oscar nominees -- are they really Minnesota's? This weekend, many Minnesotans watching the Oscars will root for "Juno" or "No Country for Old Men." A great deal has been made of the moviemakers' Minnesota roots. But how deep are those roots, and what would Oscar wins really mean for Minnesota? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/21/notfromhere?refid=0 Fri, 22 Feb 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Author Manil Suri uses fiction to explore India Indian-born author Manil Suri burst onto the literary scene in early 2001 with his novel, "The Death of Vishnu." Now he's completed his second work, "The Age of Shiva." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/21/suri?refid=0 Thu, 21 Feb 2008 17:45:00 -0600 Jeune Lune gets back to basics This weekend in Minneapolis, Theater de la Jeune Lune opens its new show, "Fishtank." The company is in a deep financial hole. After years of doing lavish operas and classical French theater, Jeune Lune is going back to its clowning roots as it tries to rebuild. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/14/fishtank?refid=0 Fri, 15 Feb 2008 00:00:00 -0600 Award winning director meets a new 'Billy the Kid' "Billy the Kid" is a documentary that follows a few days in the life of Billy Price. He's a 15 year old boy living in a small town in Maine. He's bright and he's mouthy. But he's one of those kids who makes people nervous. He's got a troubled past, and he has what are politely known as 'behavioral' issues. Director Jennifer Venditti is in Minneapolis to introduce the film. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/11/venditti?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2008 15:00:00 -0600 Martin McDonagh makes 'a black comedy about despair' Writer Martin McDonagh makes people laugh. He also leaves theater-goers feeling bad at what's making them chuckle. He's had a string of hit plays on Broadway. Now he's about to make a whole new audience uncomfortable as he hits U.S. screens with his debut feature film "In Bruges." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/07/mcdonagh?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2008 00:30:00 -0600 Charles Baxter's new novel explores 'soul vampirism' Minneapolis writer Charles Baxter describes his new novel "The Soul Thief" as being about an extreme kind of identity theft which he calls "soul vampirism." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/06/charlesbaxter?refid=0 Thu, 07 Feb 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Mr. Sulu boldly goes to join the Minnesota Orchestra George Takei says as he travels the world, people always recognize him and smile. Better known as Star Trek's Mr. Sulu, he's in the Twin Cities to host a Minnesota Orchestra concert of science fiction music. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/02/01/takei?refid=0 Fri, 01 Feb 2008 16:00:00 -0600 Texan film director travels to Minnesota looking for votes It's not just the presidential contenders who are coming to Minnesota looking for votes. Texas director Chris Eska is in Minneapolis to show his film "August Evening" to local moviemakers. Eska hopes the screening will bring in votes for his film which is nominated in two categories in this year's Independent Spirit Awards. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/29/eska?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2008 17:00:00 -0600 Local arts organizations receive grants The Chicago-based Joyce Foundation is giving $50,000 to each of three Twin Cities arts organizations to commission work by artists of color. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/28/joyce?refid=0 Mon, 28 Jan 2008 10:31:52 -0600 Performances take new leaps with digital technology This weekend fans of the Irish supergroup U2 can enjoy a new view of their favorite band. "U23D" is a three dimensional film that plunges a viewer into a huge stadium concert. It's just one new way that digital technology is being used to present performances. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/25/digitalperformance?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2008 17:00:00 -0600 Geraldine Brooks finds mystery in an ancient text When Geraldine Brooks covered the Bosnian crisis for the Wall Street Journal, she became fascinated by the disappearance of the Sarajevo Haggadah, a prized medieval text. The story of its recovery launched what was to become Brooks' new novel, "People of the Book." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/24/brooks?refid=0 Thu, 24 Jan 2008 17:00:00 -0600 Why it's difficult to make a movie from a comic book If you want to make an animated film out of a comic book, logic suggests just taking what's on the pages, make it move and slap it on the screen. Not so says Marjane Satrapi. She wrote the best selling "Persepolis" graphic novels and directed an award winning film based on the story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/17/satrapi?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jan 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Twin Cities native finds the connection between her uncle and Andy Warhol Minneapolis native Esther Robinson discovered by chance that her uncle was at the center of one of the most exciting times in American art history. Now she's telling his story in her film, "A Walk into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/17/robinson?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2008 16:00:00 -0600 There's method behind the madness of performing movie music live The Minnesota Orchestra is about to launch a film festival. It is called "Sounds of Cinema." Beginning Thursday it will play classic movie music and even perform live accompaniment for two silent screen classics. Orchestra officials say it is not as simple as it sounds. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/15/moviemusic?refid=0 Wed, 16 Jan 2008 03:00:00 -0600 When furniture becomes sculpture - and vice versa There's an old joke about a gallery visitor sitting down to rest weary feet, only to be sternly told to get off the sculpture. There will be no such confusion at the Functional Sculpture exhibit at Carleton College in Northfield. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/10/functionalsculpture?refid=0 Fri, 11 Jan 2008 00:00:00 -0600 JoAnn Verburg relates to the world through her camera St. Paul's JoAnn Verburg says she's awful at taking family snapshots. Which is a little strange, because Verburg's art photographs, which often feature her husband, are in museum collections around the country. A retrospective of her work opens at the Walker Art Center this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/09/verburg?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jan 2008 03:00:00 -0600 Sara Paretsky revisits 'Bleeding Kansas' After writing a string of hard-boiled detective novels featuring private eye V.I. Warshawski, author Sara Paretsky is returning to her roots. Her new novel, "Bleeding Kansas," is set in a small town on the prairie. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2008/01/04/paretsky?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jan 2008 16:45:00 -0600 The Movie Natters quiz A lot of intriguing people have passed through the Movie Natters portals over the last year. Just for fun, Euan Kerr has a short quiz for you to take, and a chance to catch up on the stories you may have missed. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/movie_natters/archive/2007/12/so_whos_been_pa.shtml?refid=0 Mon, 31 Dec 2007 12:26:35 -0600 Homayoun Ershadi's strange trip to stardom There are many ways of becoming an actor. Take the story of an international movie star with a big role in the new adaptation of "The Kite Runner." Homayoun Ershadi got his big break sitting at a traffic light. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/20/ershadi?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2007 02:45:00 -0600 The sound of Wendy When the Ordway Center in St. Paul, Minn., announced recently that Wendy Knox would be directing the holiday production of "The Sound of Music," it raised a lot of eyebrows - including her own. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/11/soundofwendy?refid=0 Wed, 12 Dec 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Curt Ellis meets King Corn When Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney left college they both felt they weren't ready for desk jobs. Since they like to eat, they wanted to learn more about where our food comes from. They planted an acre of corn in Iowa and filmed what they learned. The resulting documentary is called "King Corn." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/12/07/kingcorn?refid=0 Fri, 07 Dec 2007 16:45:00 -0600 Walker looks forward to crowds for British TV commercials Of all the many ways you can celebrate the holiday season, one of the stranger traditions in the Twin Cities is to watch British television commercials. This year the Walker Art Center has scheduled 62 screenings of award-winning commercials from across the pond. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/30/britcomawards2007?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2007 15:09:09 -0600 Wing Young Huie searches for Asian America Photographer Wing Young Huie offers Minnesotans a chance to look at themselves. For his well-known projects "Frogtown" and "Lake Street" he captured extraordinary images of ordinary people in St. Paul and Minneapolis. However in Huie's new book, "Looking for Asian America", he went in search of himself. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/15/huie?refid=0 Fri, 16 Nov 2007 03:00:35 -0600 Nathan Englander writes about 'the dirty war' Nathan Englander's new book "The Ministry of Special Cases" is set against Argentina's 'dirty war.' It was the time in the late 1970s when thousands of people disappeared -- kidnapped and murdered by the military junta. Englander says the book grew out of a trip to Jerusalem. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/15/englander?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2007 18:00:04 -0600 Film explores the good and bad of Joe Strummer When Joe Strummer, the leader of the British punk rock band The Clash died, many of his fans were left with unresolved questions about music, fame, and idealism. A new documentry called, "Joe Strummer: the future is unwritten," tries to find some of the answers. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/08/strummer?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2007 09:00:58 -0600 John Waters celebrates 'This Filthy World' Early in his career director John Waters made movies to be trashy, and include some offensive scenes. But they made him famous. This weekend Waters, brings his one-man show "This Filthy World" to the Fitzgerald Theater. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/07/johnwaters?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2007 17:00:10 -0600 Howard Jacobson spins a world from 'Kalooki Nights' Kalooki is central to British novelist Howard Jacobson's new book. It's a card game in which no one really knows the rules. Jacobson says it's a great way to describe the British Jewish community where he grew up, and he uses it in his new comic novel "Kalooki Nights." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/11/05/jacobson?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2007 16:50:42 -0600 'My Kid Could Paint That' - or could she? Amir Bar-Lev's life changed the day he heard abstract paintings by 4-year-old girl were selling for thousands of dollars. His film called "My Kid Could Paint That," opens locally this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/17/amirbarlev?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2007 15:00:19 -0500 Jerry Wayne produces a bleak view of Los Angeles Jerry Wayne knows all about the good and the bad of Los Angeles. As a kid from central Minnesota, he headed west to try to make it in the music business. He saw how some people succeed, but many don't. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/17/broken?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2007 03:00:39 -0500 Edward P. Jones writes about the real Washington Edward P. Jones writes about Washington D.C. Not the Washington of politicians and the government offices, but the Washington neighborhoods filled with people struggling to get by. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/17/edwardpjones?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2007 16:50:24 -0500 The 'Flim Flam Man' gets a script reading Twin Cities film fans have a unique opportunity on tap. For one night only, a group of local actors will present a staged reading of "Flag Day." It's a screenplay based on Minneapolis writer Jennifer Vogel's award-winning memoir "Flim Flam Man." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/16/flagday?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2007 17:00:47 -0500 Minnesota film maker explores the tragedy of Darfur Minnesota native Annie Sundberg's new documentary "The Devil Came on Horseback" examines the deteriorating situation in Darfur through the eyes of a former US Marine turned peace monitor. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/08/sundberg?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2007 17:30:39 -0500 Robin Swicord convenes 'The Jane Austen Book Club' When a producer approached filmmaker Robin Swicord with the idea of a film adaptation of the best-selling novel "The Jane Austen Book Club," she leapt at the chance. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/10/05/swicord?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2007 12:57:19 -0500 'Quiet City' finds an audience while deliberately going nowhere The New York Times says Aaron Katz's film "Quiet City" creates "a mood of reflective melancholy reminiscent of the loneliness at the heart of Edward Hopper paintings." Katz will introduce his film at the Oak Street Cinema in Minneapolis this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/28/quietcity?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2007 17:00:14 -0500 Per Petterson rides 'Horses' to the literary forefront Per Petterson's book "Out Stealing Horses" catapulted the Norwegian author into the forefront of European literature. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/27/petterson?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2007 15:30:40 -0500 Halbreich goes from the Walker to MoMA Outgoing Walker Art Center director Kathy Halbreich is going to work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/27/halbreich?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2007 08:19:26 -0500 Dwayne 'the Rock' Johnson's Game Plan This weekend Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson faces a new challenge. Known as a professional wrestler and an action movie star, he's now trying family comedy. Johnson is going through a full-scale transformation for the role. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/26/gameplan?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2007 22:00:08 -0500 MIA hires new director The Minneapolis Institute of Arts has named Kaywin Feldman as its new director and president. She has been head of the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis for the past eight years. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/25/miadirector?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2007 16:36:56 -0500 Minnesota Orchestra names new president The Minnesota Orchestra has named Michael Henson as its new president and CEO. Henson currently is managing director and CEO of the Bournemouth Symphony in England. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/21/newmnorchpres?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2007 11:03:38 -0500 Junot Diaz and 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao' While most authors strive for clarity, Junot Diaz says he wanted to create a story that would be difficult to grasp. The New York Times described his new novel as "Mario Vargas Llosa meets "Star Trek" meets David Foster Wallace meets Kanye West." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/17/diaz?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2007 17:15:05 -0500 Bela Tarr films human dignity Bela Tarr makes the kind of art films that some people love to hate. In some ways it's the stuff of art film stereotype, but in Bela Tarr's case, the critics say he does it right. He is hailed as one of Europe's major directors, and this weekend he is in the Twin Cities to talk about his work. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/14/belatarr?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2007 17:30:50 -0500 Walker hires new director from Hirshhorn Museum in Washington Olga M. Viso, 41, has spent 12 years at the Hirshhorn, rising quickly from assistant curator to curator of contemporary art, and eventually to become the museum's fourth director in September 2005. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/11/newwalker?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2007 16:52:33 -0500 Physician, write thyself Dr. Vincent Lam has seen a lot during his career as an emergency room physician in Toronto, from mundane scrapes and broken limbs, to the mysterious horrors of the SARS epidemic, which hit the city a few years back. He's written about his experiences in a new collection of short stories. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/09/10/lam?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2007 18:30:18 -0500 Steve Wiebe's struggle to become 'The King of Kong' A new movie shows what it takes to be the best in the world at.... Donkey Kong? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/24/kingofkong?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2007 16:45:11 -0500 Filmmakers enter the co-operative world of competitive pumpkin growing For some people a visit to the Minnesota State Fair would not be complete without a viewing of the giant pumpkins. The winners nowadays weigh close to 1,000 pounds. You often hear people whisper, "How did they grow that?" Now a new film reveals just that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/23/pumpkins?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2007 17:50:09 -0500 Film opens a window on Minneapolis rock history Twenty years ago Twin/Tone Records, a label credited with launching a host of Minneapolis bands, videotaped a weeks worth of concerts at the Seventh Street Entry at the First Avenue night club. Now the tapes have resurfaced and are providing a unique opportunity to experience some Minnesota rock history. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/08/22/twintonefilm?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2007 16:00:54 -0500 Laurent Tirard seeks Moliere's missing months The French hold the playwright Moliere in the high esteem the English-speaking world reserves for Shakespeare. Like the Bard of Avon, there is mystery about Moliere's life. Now a new film explores what may have happened during a six-month period in 1644, when Moliere disappeared. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/27/tirard?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2007 16:09:58 -0500 Film director Fredi Murer fulfills his childhood dreams When Fredi Murer was a boy, he dreamed of playing the piano like Mozart, doing math like Einstein, and flying like Icarus. None of it came true. Now, 60 years later, Murer is a film director. His new film "Vitus" depicts how he wishes things could have been. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/26/vitus?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Jonis Agee imagines criminal life on the Mississippi Author Jonis Agee's new novel, "The River Wife," actually tells the story of several wives, five generations of women who live on a piece of land on the Mississippi River in southern Missouri. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/24/agee?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2007 17:00:00 -0500 Daniel Myrick looks for some "Believers" Daniel Myrick caused a media sensation in 1999 when he and some friends created "The Blair Witch Project." Now he has a new movie "Believers," which gets its world premiere tonight in St Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/21/myrick?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jun 2007 17:00:54 -0500 Laurie Lindeen looks back on a rock and roll Cinderella story Laurie Lindeen knew she wanted to be in a band -- and particularly an all-girl band -- before she learned to play an instrument. It was the late 1980s and she moved to Minneapolis from Madison to experience the music scene. Now Lindeen is retelling the whole story in her new memoir "Petal Pusher." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/12/lindeen?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jun 2007 17:53:46 -0500 Ron Carlson writes about men and work in "Five Skies." Ron Carlson is best-known for short story collections such as "At the Jim Bridger." His first novel in a quarter-century, "Five Skies," follows three men sent into the wilds of Idaho for an unusual construction project. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/08/carlson?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jun 2007 16:55:41 -0500 The Shues tell their story through film and soccer Say the name Elisabeth Shue to many people, and they'll bring up the actress' popular films like "The Karate Kid" and "Adventures in Babysitting." And, of course, her Oscar-nominated performance in "Leaving Las Vegas." Shue now has a very different kind of film about to open. "Gracie" is a fictional story, based on her experiences as a teenage athlete. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/06/01/gracie?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2007 15:12:58 -0500 The tale of the teenagers who remade "Raiders of the Lost Ark" When "Raiders of the Lost Ark" hit the big screen in 1982, Indiana Jones' exploits thrilled millions of people of people. In Mississippi it thrilled Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos so much they decided to remake the film with themselves in the starring roles. The fact that they were respectively 11 and 10 years old didn't concern them. Now "Raiders of the Lost Ark:The Adaptation" is being screened in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/31/remakingraiders?refid=0 Thu, 31 May 2007 16:16:37 -0500 Indian novelist Anosh Irani needs distance to write about home Novelist Anoshi Irani says while he still pines for India and in particular Bombay where he grew up. But he also says he knows he can't write about his homeland while he's there, because it's just too close. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/29/irani?refid=0 Tue, 29 May 2007 16:30:00 -0500 Rick Ray's search for "10 Questions for the Dalai Lama" Here's something to ponder: if you were given the chance to sit down and put 10 questions to the Dalai Lama, what would you ask? That's the challenge that confronted film maker Rick Ray. The resulting documentary opens this weekend in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/23/tenquestionsforthedalailama?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Heather McElhatton revels in her "Pretty Little Mistakes" It's a rare novel that opens with instructions on how it should be read. But that's exactly how Heather McElhatton's "Pretty Little Mistakes" begins. At the end of each chapter she presents a choice and a reader gets to decide the direction of the story. McElhatton admits the book arose out of a personal crisis. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/15/mcelhatton?refid=0 Tue, 15 May 2007 14:00:00 -0500 Irvine Welsh writes about hatred Scottish writer Irvine Welsh catapulted onto the international literary scene with "Trainspotting," his disturbing story about heroin addicts in Edinburgh. His latest novel is called "The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs" -- although there's little about food or bedroom secrets in the story. It's really a story about hate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/14/irvinewelsh?refid=0 Mon, 14 May 2007 16:50:07 -0500 Sherman Alexie takes a swipe at violence Author Sherman Alexie isn't shy about sharing. He's a prolific writer whose novels and short stories often describe the paradoxes of life as a Native American in the 21st century. Alexie says he's been thinking lately about violence. What resulted is a book of gritty fantasy called "Flight" which is about a young man named "Zits.' http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/08/alexie?refid=0 Tue, 08 May 2007 16:50:00 -0500 Francis Veber keeps his comedy lean The French film director who made "La Cage aux Folles" is introducing a new movie to America. In France Francis Veber is known as the "king of farce. He's made dozens of films. Veber says he began his comedy career with an early advantage http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/04/veber?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2007 16:11:15 -0500 Steven Hall and the Great (Virtual) Shark Hunt In Steven Hall's new novel "The Raw Shark Texts," a young man wakes up in a room he doesn't recognize. He gets nervous when he realizes he doesn't know where he is. He gets scared when he realizes he doesn't know who he is. Then he learns he's being hunted by a virtual shark.... http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/05/01/hall?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2007 17:40:00 -0500 Wang Ping's long journey Wang Ping has an intimidating resume. She teaches creative writing at Macalester College in St Paul. She's published fiction, poetry, and an acclaimed book on the Chinese tradition of footbinding. She's just come out with a new collection of short stories. She's an accomplished photographer too. Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr reports Wang Ping says her history is the result of some curious twists of fate. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/30/wangping?refid=0 Tue, 01 May 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Victoria Redel writes how a war ripples down the generations Victoria Redel's new novel "The Border of Truth" weaves together at least three stories to tell a very American tale. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/19/redel?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2007 16:37:30 -0500 2007 MSP International Film Festival launches amidst concerns for the future As the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film celebrates its silver anniversary, organizers admit there are concerns about its future. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/18/mspiff2007?refid=0 Thu, 19 Apr 2007 03:00:00 -0500 Jonathan Lethem and "You Don't Love Me Yet" Jonathan Lethem has a new novel about indie rockers and young performance artists living in Los Angeles. But he is also shopping a new idea -- that artists and businesses keep too tight a hold on copyrights, and that the artistic spirit would flourish if everyone agreed to loosen that grip. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/04/02/jonathan_lethem?refid=0 Mon, 02 Apr 2007 14:52:37 -0500 Christopher Moore takes a bite out of vampires The title of Christopher Moore's new comedic novel about vampires consists of a phrase rarely, if ever, heard on public radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/30/moore?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2007 17:34:12 -0500 Melody Gilbert's trip "Into the Darkness" St. Paul film director Melody Gilbert has spent the last four years crawling through sewers, climbing abandoned buildings and occasionally dodging the police. It's all to gather material for her new documentary called "Urban Explorers: Into the Darkness." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/16/urbanexplorers?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2007 16:17:46 -0500 Two pleasant people made the film "Intolerable" David Rakoff is best known as a writer and a performer on "This American Life." This weekend filmgoers at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis can see him in a very different light. Rakoff plays a manipulative casting director auditioning actors in a short film called "Intolerable." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/03/09/rackoffandmaclean?refid=0 Fri, 09 Mar 2007 16:30:00 -0600 First-time director changes his homeland -- and gets an Oscar nomination First-time film director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck may well have changed Germany. His film, "The Lives of Others," is the first drama to delve into the way the Stasi, the East German police, spied on ordinary citizens during communism. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/22/vondonnersmarck?refid=0 Thu, 22 Feb 2007 16:03:55 -0600 James Longley captures "Iraq in Fragments" Documentary-maker James Longley believes in legwork. That's why he spent two years in Iraq. His new film "Iraq in Fragments" examines the lives of ordinary Iraqis caught up in the turmoil of war. The film was just nominated for an Oscar. It opens in Minneapolis this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/14/longley?refid=0 Thu, 15 Feb 2007 03:00:00 -0600 James Vculek shoots "The Quietest Sound" A Minneapolis director decided to get back to basics for his latest film, "The Quietest Sound." It's 75 minutes long, consists of just one shot, and is receiving rave reviews. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/02/05/vculek?refid=0 Tue, 06 Feb 2007 03:00:00 -0600 Vikram Chandra writes an epic tale Some critics describe Vikram Chandra's new novel "Sacred Games" as a thriller. But the Indian-born writer says he's a little nervous about applying that title to a book 900 pages long. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/25/vikramchandra?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jan 2007 15:39:01 -0600 Doug Jones gets inside his characters Doug Jones has two major roles in the new fantasy movie "Pan's Labyrinth," but you never see his face. Jones is known for his skill performing otherworldly creatures. He brings emotion and subtlety to a character, even as he's encased in a complicated full body costume. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/19/jones?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jan 2007 16:12:58 -0600 The Dynamic Duo of Dark Visions Writer Neil Gaiman and artist Dave McKean are one of the hottest teams in the comic book world. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/11/mckeangaiman?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jan 2007 16:39:00 -0600 Tom Tykwer's challenges How do you make a film about smell? This was just one of the challenges facing director Tom Tykwer in making "Perfume" which opens in the Twin Cities this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/01/04/perfume?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jan 2007 03:00:00 -0600 "A lot less shouty" The British Television Advertising Awards return to the Walker Art Center for the 21st year in a row. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/12/04/britawards?refid=0 Mon, 04 Dec 2006 09:00:00 -0600 "Chasing Windmills" is pretty hard work Lately a camera crew has been working--working very hard--in downtown Minneapolis. They're making a drama called "Chasing Windmills" that's posted every weekday on the World Wide Web. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/16/chasingwindmills?refid=0 Thu, 16 Nov 2006 01:00:00 -0600 Rich Cohen tells it "Sweet and Low" Writer Rich Cohen's grandfather Ben invented two things that changed US eating habits. First he invented the machine that makes those little sugar packets you find in restaurants. Then he invented "Sweet and Low" the sugar substitute. The family made millions. But the story went sour, and Cohen's branch of the family got cut out of the will. He chronicles what happens in his new book "Sweet and Low." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/14/cohen?refid=0 Tue, 14 Nov 2006 16:15:00 -0600 Julie Walters gives "Driving Lessons" At the beginning of the new movie "Driving Lessons" a young man answers a help wanted ad in a church magazine. The woman is Evie, a retired actress, who's a little eccentric. Evie is played by veteran British actor Julie Walters. She told Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr she fell in love the script as soon as she read it. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/09/walters?refid=0 Thu, 09 Nov 2006 16:53:03 -0600 Isabella Rossellini looks back - and forward This weekend the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis will celebrate the 20th anniversary of "Blue Velvet's" release with an appearance by Isabella Rossellini. The Regis Dialog launches a two week retrospective of her films. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/11/03/rossellini?refid=0 Fri, 03 Nov 2006 16:13:21 -0600 Meg Tilly's promise to "Gemma" Meg Tilly won fans in the 1980s with her acting in "The Big Chill" and an Oscar nomination for the title role in "Agnes of God." Then she turned her back on Hollywood and moved to Canada to write. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/30/tilly?refid=0 Mon, 30 Oct 2006 16:37:58 -0600 Thomas Hirschhorn's cave There is a new opportunity to do cave exploration in the Twin Cities starting this weekend. It's at the Walker Art Center of all places. Using cardboard, and packing tape wrapped around a wood structure, a Swiss artist has created a huge five-chambered cave. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/19/hirschorn?refid=0 Fri, 20 Oct 2006 01:00:00 -0500 Revisiting American hardcore punk rock Twenty-five years ago American punk rock went hard core. During the years between 1980 and 1986 groups of teenagers all over the US got together to play loud, frenzied music, to dance violently, and generally scare their parents. Now a new film "American Hardcore"documents the era. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/19/hardcore?refid=0 Thu, 19 Oct 2006 07:00:00 -0500 Beatty and Guinee on "Sweet Land" The new movie "Sweet Land," opening this weekend, tells the story of immigrant farmers struggling for survival in southwestern Minnesota just after World War One. Two of the film's stars, Ned Beatty and Tim Guinee who plays Olaf, came into the MPR studios to talk about the launch. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/13/sweetland?refid=0 Fri, 13 Oct 2006 16:27:34 -0500 Nell Freudenberger's Dissident Nell Freudenberger's new novel "The Dissident" is a book about family, art, and ownership. In the book a famous painter and performance artist arrives in Los Angeles from China. He's come to teach at an exclusive girls school, and to present an exhibition. But who is he really? http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/10/freudenberger?refid=0 Tue, 10 Oct 2006 14:28:39 -0500 Neil Gaiman's busy year Fantasy writer Neil Gaiman burst onto the international scene two decades ago with his Sandman comic. Since then he's written novels, plays, filmscripts, and children's books. Now his new collection of short stories has already cracked the New York Times Bestsellers List. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/10/05/gaiman?refid=0 Thu, 05 Oct 2006 16:05:00 -0500 Brent Boyd's love letter to Minneapolis A new movie called "Aurora Borealis" peers into some of the quirky scenes of life in Minneapolis. The story is the work of screenwriter Brent Boyd, who grew up in the Twin Cities. He trained as a playwright here, but now lives in Los Angeles. He says the film is in a way a love letter to the city http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/29/brentboyd?refid=0 Fri, 29 Sep 2006 16:30:35 -0500 Tom Drury's "Driftless Area" Tom Drury titled his novel "The Driftless Area." It's very hard to place in a specific genre. There are elements of a thriller. There's a robbery. And there's a spine-tingling sense of ghostly predestination. One reviewer recently called the book "a Midwestern paranormal noir." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/28/drury?refid=0 Thu, 28 Sep 2006 16:45:47 -0500 Jane Hamilton celebrates families in her own special way Early on in Jane Hamilton's new novel "When Madeline was Young," Mac the narrator discovers what he thinks is a family secret. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/27/janehamilton?refid=0 Wed, 27 Sep 2006 16:15:16 -0500 Author Joe Helgerson and the magic of the Mississippi When Joe Helgerson talks about the Mississippi River, he talks stories. They are stories about the power and the mystery of the river. The Minneapolis-based writer's new children's novel, "Horns and Wrinkles," dwells on the Mississippi's magic. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/09/04/helgerson?refid=0 Thu, 14 Sep 2006 16:00:00 -0500 Listening to "The Quiet" For the last five years actor Elisha Cuthbert has helped stave off international catastrophe as agent Kimberly Bauer in the Fox TV series "24." This weekend Cuthbert will appear in a very different role in her new movie "The Quiet." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/31/thequiet?refid=0 Thu, 31 Aug 2006 16:51:46 -0500 The good and the bad of gentrification When a neighborhood is gentrified it can be traumatic both for long-time residents, and the newcomers. A new movie called "Quinceanera" examines the struggles of a quickly changing neighborhood in Los Angeles where different cultures and generations grind against each other in unexpected ways. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/16/quincenera?refid=0 Wed, 16 Aug 2006 17:30:00 -0500 Jasper Fforde's 'Nursery Crimes' Author Jasper Fforde likes to play around with stories -- often other people's stories. Now he's written a book that looks at the tale of "The Three Bears" for what he says it really is -- a crime story. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/08/09/jasperfforde?refid=0 Wed, 09 Aug 2006 15:15:29 -0500 Film director Kevin Smith, aka "Silent Bob," speaks The slacker event of the year kicks off this weekend with the release of "Clerks II." It's the sequel to the 1994 cult indie movie hit "Clerks" -- and it's a film director Kevin Smith once thought he could never make. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/07/20/kevinsmith?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jul 2006 16:50:00 -0500 Meeting "The Almost Guys" - almost At a time when many Hollywood movies celebrate larger-than-life characters engaged in cataclysmic events, Eric Fleming and Andrea Michaud wanted to do something a little different. They wanted to make a comedy about ordinary people. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/14/almostguys?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jun 2006 16:53:00 -0500 Melissa Bank hits "The Wonder Spot" Author Melissa Bank blasted onto the literary scene with her book "The Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing." Yet it took Bank five years to publish her next novel "The Wonder Spot." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/06/05/bank?refid=0 Mon, 05 Jun 2006 15:59:10 -0500 Andy Garcia's "Lost City" Actor and director Andy Garcia says he thinks about his homeland of Cuba every day. He's enjoyed great success in Hollywood. But he says he's always wanted to bring a Cuban Casablanca story to the screen. Now that film, "The Lost City," opens in the Twin Cities this weekend. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/19/garcia?refid=0 Fri, 19 May 2006 15:00:00 -0500 Director Robert Altman's comments Director Robert Altman, Garrison Keillor, and the cast of the "A Prairie Home Companion" movie are celebrating is Midwest premiere Wednesday night in St. Paul. Several of them talked about the movie in a morning news conference. Altman, who is one of the most celebrated directors in film, described how the idea of shooting a movie with Garrison Keillor was first planted in his mind. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/03/altmanmovie?refid=0 Wed, 03 May 2006 12:44:46 -0500 Garrison Keillor's comments Stars of the new "A Prairie Home Companion" movie are preparing for the film's Midwest premiere Wednesday night in St. Paul. At a morning news conference, some of the cast as well as director Robert Altman talked about the making of the film. Garrison Keillor, writer and now movie star, explained that turning his radio show into a movie taught him something about himself as a writer. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/03/keillorcomments?refid=0 Wed, 03 May 2006 12:39:00 -0500 Hollywood remembers a town that time forgot Many of the stars of the new "Prairie Home Companion" movie came to St. Paul for a gala screening of the film at the Fitzgerald Theater on Wednesday. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/05/02/aphcpremieresetup?refid=0 Tue, 02 May 2006 17:45:21 -0500 Ali Selim's long trek to "Sweet Land" Ask St. Paul film director Ali Selim what he's learned while making his first feature film and he'll answer, "Stamina." His film "Sweet Land" will be presented as the gala finale to this year's Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival Sunday evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/28/sweetland?refid=0 Fri, 28 Apr 2006 14:20:21 -0500 Director Nicole Holofcener worries about friends and money Valued old friendships can sometimes be tarnished when the subject of money comes up. That's what filmmaker Nicole Holofcener has observed. Her new film is called "Friends with Money" and it sports an all-star ensemble cast. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/13/holofcener?refid=0 Thu, 13 Apr 2006 17:00:00 -0500 Arguing over the Oak Street's future A fight is brewing over the future of the Oak Street Cinema in Minneapolis. It's been losing a lot of money recently. Now the founders of the Oak Street are challenging the current board to step aside. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/10/oakstreetfuture?refid=0 Mon, 10 Apr 2006 11:30:00 -0500 Creating Howard Spence A new movie set in Montana and made by a famed German director has its roots firmly in Minnesota. Director Wim Wenders' new movie, "Don't Come Knocking," was written by its star Sam Shepard, while he lived just outside the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/04/06/wenders?refid=0 Fri, 07 Apr 2006 00:01:00 -0500 Christian Carion gets his revenge The Christmas Truce of 1914 is a well-known story in some parts of the world. But in France, where French, British, and German troops actually laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas together, the story was buried for years. Now an Oscar-nominated film is changing that. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/23/carion?refid=0 Thu, 23 Mar 2006 16:52:07 -0600 Ralph Arlyck is "Following Sean" In 1969, documantarian Ralph Arlyck caused controversy with a short film about a 4 year old boy who said he smoked pot. Thirty-five years later, Arlyck returned to find out what had happened to the boy. The result is a new film, "Following Sean." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/22/followingsean?refid=0 Thu, 23 Mar 2006 00:01:00 -0600 Rediscovering the "Unknown White Male" Imagine this happening to you: You're riding a train, past houses, buildings and bridges, in a city you don't recognize. You don't know who you are, and you have no ID. That's exactly what happened in July 2002 to a man who developed a rare form of amnesia. He is the subject of a new documentary, "Unknown White Male." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/03/17/rupertmurray?refid=0 Fri, 17 Mar 2006 15:43:45 -0600 Robert Towne's impossible mission Robert Towne is a screenwriter known for movies such as "Chinatown," "The Last Detail" and "Shampoo." He is best known in Hollywood, however, as a "script doctor," who comes in and polishes, or sometimes completely rewrites, a movie script -- sometimes at the last minute. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2006/02/22/roberttowne?refid=0 Wed, 22 Feb 2006 17:00:00 -0600 Lili Taylor comes to town Lili Taylor hasn't hit 40 yet, but she has made 40 movies. She's known as &quot;the Queen of the Independents,&quot; having appeared in such indie classics as &quot;Mystic Pizza,&quot; &quot;Short Cuts,&quot; &quot;I Shot Andy Warhol,&quot; &quot;High Fidelity&quot; and &quot;Casa de los Babys.&quot; She also played Lisa in the cult show &quot;Six Feet under.&quot; This weekend the Walker Art Center begins a two week retrospective of her work. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/03/02_kerre_taylor/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Feb 2006 16:54:00 -0600 Eartha Kitt is so much more than Catwoman Say the name Eartha Kitt to a certain generation of Americans, and they will immediately think of Catwoman. Yet Miss Kitt's career, which spans six decades, is about so much more than a brief role on the 1960 Batman television series. She performs in the Twin Cities this weekend. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/27_kerre_kitt/?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2006 19:00:00 -0600 &quot;Bubble&quot; bubbles toil and trouble Director Steven Soderbergh's new movie &quot;Bubble&quot; is causing concern in the cinema world. Not so much the movie, but how it's being released. Soderbergh's films such as &quot;Ocean's 11&quot; and &quot;Sex Lies and Videotape&quot; have drawn theatrical audiences for years. But &quot;Bubble&quot; is going to be released simultaneously in the theaters, on cable, and three days later on DVD. Theater owners say it's going to hurt. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/26_kerre_bubble/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2006 16:42:00 -0600 Writing for the long run: Ron McLarty Ron McLarty has enjoyed a long career in the theater and on television. He's appeared recently in &quot;The Practice&quot; and &quot;Sex and the City&quot; amongst other T-V shows. For as long as he can remember, he's also been writing fiction, for five hours every morning. Now, at 56 he's an international best-seller. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/26_kerre_mclarty/?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jan 2006 16:20:00 -0600 Digging down with Farmer John Illinois farmer John Peterson, known to some as Farmer John, is the subject of a new documentary that chronicles his somewhat eventful life. Not only is he a full time farmer, he's also a writer, performer, and filmmaker. &quot;The Real Dirt on Farmer John&quot; opens this weekend. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/20_kerre_farmerjohn/?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jan 2006 15:13:00 -0600 Going to die by the Ganges Hindus believe that if they die in the city of Varanasi, on the banks of the River Ganges, they will ascend straight to paradise. They no longer have to go through the painful cycle of death and rebirth. U.S. filmmaker Gayle Ferraro visited the city to learn about the river. But she soon became fascinated by the way the city is tied to the business of death. It is set up to help those who come to Varanasi to die. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/19_kerre_ganges/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2006 16:31:00 -0600 Going &quot;Transamerica&quot; with Duncan Tucker Felicity Huffman is a household name as one of the &quot;Desperate Housewives.&quot; But she just won the Golden Globe for best dramatic actress for a very different character in a new film, &quot;Transamerica.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/21_kerre_tucker/?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jan 2006 09:00:00 -0600 Nicole Kelby is having a &quot;whale&quot; of a time Author Nicole Kelby says she wanted to figure out why she was so peculiar. During the 20 years she lived in Minnesota she worked with Dudley Riggs, Heart of the Beast Puppet Theater, Kevin Kling, and Channel 9 News. Then a few years ago, she moved back to her native Florida, in part to explore her own personality quirks. The result is her new novel, &quot;Whale Season.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2006/01/16_kerre_kelby/?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jan 2006 14:00:00 -0600 Dark days ahead at the Oak Street Cinema? A lot of phone calls and e-mails are flying around aout the future of the Oak Street Cinema in Minneapolis. There are no movies booked there after Saturday, and staff say they have been unable to get any answers from the managers. http://www.publicradio.org/columns/minnesota/stephanie_curtis/?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jan 2006 14:30:00 -0600 Having &quot;Breakfast on Pluto&quot; with Neil Jordan Film director Neil Jordan, who made &quot;The Crying Game&quot; and &quot;Michael Collins&quot; among others, has a new film set against the troubles in Ireland. It's the story of a young cross-dresser growing up during the political violence of the 1970s. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/12/19_kerre_jordan/?refid=0 Mon, 19 Dec 2005 03:00:00 -0600 Craig Davidson's fiction visits the Canadian underbelly Craig Davidson writes about unpleasant and unfortunate people in his first short story collection, &quot;Rust and Bone.&quot; There's a suburban couple who breed fighting dogs as a hobby, a hardened repo man, a sex addict, a whale trainer bitten by his orca; and a bare-knuckle fighter who knows he's on the way down. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/18_kerre_davidson/?refid=0 Sat, 19 Nov 2005 09:57:00 -0600 Taking wing: The MIA expands The grand dame of Minneapolis art museums showed a little leg Wednesday, by giving a sneak peak of its new building. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts also announced it's already raised three-fourths of its $100 million capital campaign goal. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/17_kerre_miaexpansion/?refid=0 Thu, 17 Nov 2005 00:03:00 -0600 Gregory Maguire and his &quot;Son of a Witch&quot; Ten years ago Gregory Maguire committed heresy in the eyes of some by messing with the Land of Oz. He wrote &quot;Wicked&quot; a novel which tells the Wizard of Oz story from the viewpoint of the Wicked Witch of the West. The book spawned a successful broadway show. Now Maguire has written a sequel called &quot;Son of a Witch.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/15_kerre_maguire/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Nov 2005 16:29:00 -0600 A crack in the end of the world In his new book &quot;A Crack in the End of the World&quot; Simon Winchester explores what happened on an April day 99 years ago, when an earthquake destroyed much of San Francisco. He also considers what led up to it, and what people today should learn as a result. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/04_kerre_winchester/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Nov 2005 16:26:00 -0600 'Get Real' gets even more reels Five years ago, the City Pages weekly newspaper caught a cultural wave by creating a Twin Cities documentary film festival. Documentary has exploded in popularity in the years since, and this year's festival presents a selection of brand new material and rarely seen classics. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/11/03_kerre_getreal/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Nov 2005 14:00:00 -0600 Capturing &quot;Capote&quot; For a man in the middle of a media windstorm, first time film director Bennett Miller is remarkably calm. Miller made &quot;Capote&quot; which has many critics predicting an Oscar nomination for Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the title role. The film opens this weekend in Minnesota, and Miller is talking about why the story behind the creation of Truman Capote's classic &quot;In Cold Blood&quot; fascinated him so much. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/10/20_kerre_capote/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Oct 2005 16:03:00 -0500 'Thumbsucker' explores the bleaker side of being a teenager Minnesota author Walter Kirn's novel, &quot;Thumbsucker,&quot; gets the Hollywood treatment as of this weekend. His story is about a disaffected teenager growing up in a dysfunctional family in Stillwater. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/30_kerre_thumbsucker/?refid=0 Fri, 30 Sep 2005 01:00:00 -0500 Ruminator Magazine to cease publication The St. Paul-based arts journal Ruminator Magazine is going out of business. The magazine began life as the Hungry Mind Review, an offshoot of the Hungry Mind bookstore. In recent months it had shifted from a literary magazine to a publication that covered a broader spectrum of the arts. Editor Susannah McNeely told MPR's Euan Kerr things actually seemed to be going really well. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/09/23_ruminator?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2005 16:00:00 -0500 A chat with Sean Bean Actor Sean Bean will be appearing a great deal at your local movie theater this fall. He appears in &quot;Flightplan&quot; with Jodie Foster, which opens this weekend. Then next month, Bean plays a Minnesotan in &quot;North Country.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/09/21_kerre_bean/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2005 15:45:00 -0500 A cinematic elegy on love, made possible by a moustache A moustache can be a very important thing. Just ask Hong Kong film actor Tony Leung. His latest film, &quot;2046,&quot; opens in the Twin Cities this weekend. He says he couldn't have done it without some facial hair. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/26_kerre_leung/?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2005 16:40:00 -0500 Robert Bly's sentence of 'A Thousand Years of Joy' For the last few years, Minnesota poet Robert Bly has dedicated himself to exploring the ghazal, a poetic style developed in the Muslim world. He's just published a new collection of the poems. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/08_kerre_bly/?refid=0 Mon, 08 Aug 2005 16:30:00 -0500 The slow pace of a lightning fast shoot St Paul's current brush with Hollywood ends today as filming wraps up on the &quot;Prairie Home Companion&quot; movie. For the last month famed director Robert Altman and a star-studded cast have been shooting a fictionalized version of Garrison Keillor's weekly show. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/28_kerre_phcmovie/?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jul 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Chuck Close has big heads Chuck Close has a big head. In fact he has many big heads, in the form of portraits he's created over the last 40 years. And many of them are of a guy close to his own heart -- himself. This weekend the Walker Art Center opens a show of Close's self-portraits. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/21_kerre_chuckclose/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Jul 2005 17:32:00 -0500 Joan Allen says 'Yes' Three-time Academy Award nominee Joan Allen has been in a succession of blockbusters in recent years. There's been &quot;The Bourne Supremacy,&quot; &quot;The Notebook,&quot; and &quot;The Upside of Anger.&quot; But in recent weeks she's been talking about a much smaller film, about some very big issues. It's simply called &quot;Yes.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/15_kerre_allen/?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jul 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Author Chuck Logan continues the adventures of Phil Broker Twin Cities novelist Chuck Logan's heroes don't get much rest. Logan, who lives in Stillwater, continues the story of retired undercover cop Phil Broker in his new novel, &quot;Homefront.&quot; It's the sixth book in his series featuring Broker and his special forces wife Nina Pryce. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/07/07_kerre_logan/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Jul 2005 14:00:00 -0500 Nicole Krauss writes &quot;The History of Love&quot; Nicole Krauss called her new novel &quot;The History of Love&quot;, but it's much more than that. It's the story of a book that touches the lives of people living on three continents across the span of almost a century. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/06/15_kerre_krauss/?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jun 2005 16:24:00 -0500 Vanska signs new contract with the Minnesota Orchestra Osmo Vanska will stay at the Minnesota Orchestra through at least 2011. The Finnish conductor signed a new four year contract today. Orchestra President Tony Woodcock told Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr he's very pleased. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2005/06/03_kerre_woodcock?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2005 17:30:00 -0500 Rapson stepping down as head of McKnight Foundation Rip Rapson is stepping down as president of the McKnight Foundation, the state's largest. Rapson has led the Twin Cities-based foundation since 1999. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/31_newsroom_riprapson/?refid=0 Tue, 31 May 2005 16:03:00 -0500 Joseph Boyden tells the story of the &quot;Three Day Road&quot; In his new novel &quot;Three Day Road,&quot; Canadian author Joseph Boyden tells the story of two Cree men, Xavier Bird and Elijah Whiskeyjack. The two men become snipers for a Canadian battalion in World War I France. Boyden says he wanted to write about native men, like his own father, who served with distinction. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/24_kerre_boyden/?refid=0 Tue, 24 May 2005 17:19:00 -0500 Crossing California -- in Chicago One day, novelist Adam Langer wrote one page of what he thought was going to be a short story. When he returned to that page a week later, he thought it had potential. He decided to write 1,000 words a day until it was finished. Fifteen hundred pages later he had the first draft of his best-selling novel, &quot;Crossing California.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/05/04_kerre_langer/?refid=0 Wed, 04 May 2005 16:45:00 -0500 The megastar no one knows -- yet A few weeks back, not one, but two stretch limos drew up in front of MPR's St. Paul studios, and no one recognized the man who stepped into building. But that may be about to change. The man was Steven Chow, Asia's hottest film comedy star, who's releasing his latest film in the U.S. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/21_kerre_chow/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Apr 2005 00:01:00 -0500 Donovan still experimenting with his music Donovan is one of those artists whose name may not leap to the lips of people under the age of 40, but if you hum one of his more famous songs, &quot;Mellow Yellow,&quot; it usually brings a smile of recognition. Forty years into his career, Donovan is still recording and performing. He plays at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Wednesday evening. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/04/06_kerre_donovan/?refid=0 Wed, 06 Apr 2005 12:00:00 -0500 B.B. King: approaching 80 and still touring Most people approaching their 80th birthday usually decide to ease off a little. Blues musician BB King is no different. He's eased off to only doing about 200 one night stands a year. Yes, <i> only </i> 200. BB King brings his famous bus to Minneapolis Wednesday where he'll play Orchestra Hall. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/18_kerre_bbking/?refid=0 Fri, 18 Mar 2005 10:00:00 -0600 Telling Fone Bone's epic story When Jeff Smith was in kindergarten, he started drawing a character he called Fone Bone. Smith describes it as a bit like Snoopy without the ears and the black nose. Over the years he kept on drawing his cartoon creation, and now he has a 1,300-page comic book telling the Fone Bone story. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/03/16_kerre_bone/?refid=0 Wed, 16 Mar 2005 16:08:00 -0600 The man behind the lobotomy The writer of a new biography of Dr Walter Freeman, says his subject was not a monster. He was the doctor who developed the lobotomy in the USA, then spent three decades performing and promoting the controversial operation. Minneapolis writer Jack El-Hai says lobotomy seems brutal now, but at the time doctors treating people with mental illness had few other options. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/07_kerre_lobotomist/?refid=0 Mon, 07 Feb 2005 16:58:00 -0600 Sending a message about loneliness back in time In Douglas Coupland's new novel 'Eleanor Rigby', 36 year-old Liz Dunn has resigned herself to a life of loneliness. She lives in a small Canadian town, trying to avoid the overbearing attentions of her mother, and the rest of her family. Then one day a 20-year-old man turns up on her doorstep, and says he's her son. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/02/03_kerre_coupland/?refid=0 Thu, 03 Feb 2005 16:53:00 -0600 Looking through the eyes of an assassin In February 1974, a failed hijacking at an Ohio airport received little attention. Later, it was learned that the would-be hijacker intended to kill the president. Now the story has been turned into a film, &quot;The Assassination of Richard Nixon.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/01/20_kerre_bicke/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jan 2005 15:26:00 -0600 Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell champion English magic Unless you've read Susanna Clarke's novel, &quot;Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrel,&quot; you're probably unaware how the British used a magician to defeat Napoleon at Waterloo. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/09_kerre_clarke/?refid=0 Thu, 09 Dec 2004 16:42:00 -0600 Ballad of the Whiskey Robber In the 1990s a one-man crime wave hit the Hungarian capital of Budapest. A man, usually dressed in a bad wig and reeking of whiskey, robbed more than 20 post offices and banks. Much to the frustration of the Hungarian police, the &quot;Whiskey Robber&quot; became a national hero. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/12/08_kerre_rubenstein/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Dec 2004 16:00:00 -0600 The storyteller who lost his voice A few years back, Joel ben Izzy woke up after throat surgery to some good news, and some bad news. The good news: surgeons had successfully removed a cancerous growth. He was on the road to recovery. The bad news? The nerve controlling his vocal chords was dead. He was told he'd lost his voice. Permanently. The news would be bad enough for most people, but it was especially bad for Joel ben Izzy because he is a professional storyteller. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/11/10_kerre_benizzy/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Nov 2004 12:00:00 -0600 The man who lit 'Chango's Fire' Julio Santana is an arsonist. He's the hero of Ernesto Quinonez's new novel &quot;Chango's Fire.&quot; Julio burns down buildings in New York's Spanish Harlem neighborhood. He gets his money from the building's owners, who cash in their insurance. His criminal activities aside, Julio is a community-minded kind of guy. He's good to his family and friends, and spends a lot of time fixing up his own place. Quinonez says &quot;Chango's Fire&quot; is a protest novel of a kind, pointing out the downside to gentrification. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/26_kerre_quinonez/?refid=0 Tue, 26 Oct 2004 15:00:00 -0500 Jeffrey Hatcher sees &quot;Stage Beauty&quot; on celluloid Twin Cities playwright Jeffrey Hatcher is a prolific wordsmith. His work is regularly performed on stages around the country. Now he's up to something new -- a movie. &quot;Stage Beauty&quot; opens locally this weekend. It's set 350 years in the past, but deals with issues of gender and sexuality very much from the present. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/22_kerre_hatcher/?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2004 16:55:00 -0500 Barry Lopez talks &quot;Resistance.&quot; Writer Barry Lopez says he has never thought of himself as political. He won the National Book Award for &quot;Arctic Dreams&quot; and critical acclaim his fable &quot;Crow and Weasel.&quot; But now he says he's distressed about the state of American democracy, and how most people seem disengaged. His new book &quot;Resistance&quot; tells 9 fictional stories of people who decide to work for change. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/11_kerre_lopez/?refid=0 Mon, 11 Oct 2004 16:00:00 -0500 The art of Nina Hole Nina Hole is a Danish artist who builds huge clay sculptures which act as their own kiln. She developed a way of extruding sheets of clay which are strong enough to support their own weight, and can be used to build large structures quickly. She also developed a system to direct rising hot air inside a piece to make sure everything heats evenly. Recently, she unveiled a piece of her work and this Flash presentation documents the evening. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/08_collinsb_flashkiln/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Oct 2004 15:10:00 -0500 Fired up inside Artists who make things from clay face a very practical limitation -- the size of their kiln. If something doesn't fit, it's not going to get fired. Now a Danish artist, Nina Hole, has developed a way to make large clay sculptures that act as their own kiln. For the past two weeks she's been working with a group of volunteers at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis to build and fire a huge piece. She promises a spectacular display when the red-hot sculpture is unveiled. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/07_kerre_ninahole/?refid=0 Thu, 07 Oct 2004 17:17:00 -0500 Graeme Base plays with &quot;Jungle Drums&quot; Eighteen years ago, Australian author and illustrator Graeme Base created a sensation with his picture book &quot;Animalia.&quot; It contained a couple of dozen illustrations, each one crammed with objects all beginning with the same letter. The book was a huge hit with children and adults alike. He's followed that book with other bestsellers: &quot;The 11th Hour,&quot; &quot;Sign of the Seahorse,&quot; &quot;The Worst Band in the Universe,&quot; and &quot;The Water Hole.&quot; Base was in the Twin Cities this week to read from his new book, &quot;Jungle Drums.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/10/01_kerre_base/?refid=0 Fri, 01 Oct 2004 12:00:00 -0500 A mystery in the desert: who is Ralph M. Trilipush, really? Arthur Phillips burst onto the literary scene a couple of years ago with his bestseller, &quot;Prague.&quot; That story followed young Americans looking to find themselves in post-Iron Curtain Eastern Europe. His new book, &quot;The Egyptologist,&quot; looks at another group of Americans abroad in a very different era. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/29_kerre_phillips/?refid=0 Wed, 29 Sep 2004 16:43:00 -0500 Drunk, homeless, and profane Writer Nick Flynn only saw his father once while growing up. But at age 23, his father turned up at a homeless shelter where Nick was working. Flynn's new book tells the story of being drawn back into a relationship with the man who had deserted him, and how it forced him to confront some ugly realities about homelessness and his own life. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/27_kerre_flynn/?refid=0 Mon, 27 Sep 2004 16:49:00 -0500 Finding life, love and commerce in Guatemala through a 19th century poem Writer Francisco Goldman's new novel &quot;The Divine Husband&quot; is an epic tale of life, love, and commerce in 19th century Guatemala. It didn't start out to be that. Goldman has worked as a journalist in Central and South America. He's written contemporary novels based in his own Guatemalan heritage, including the critically acclaimed &quot;The Ordinary Seaman.&quot; But he told Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr a few years ago he needed a break, or as he puts it a way to soothe his soul. He did it by trying to answer a question. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/21_kerre_goldman/?refid=0 Tue, 21 Sep 2004 17:08:00 -0500 'The Making and Breaking of a Self-Loathing Jew' Minneapolis writer Neal Karlen describes himself as a <i>shanda</i>&#8212;a scandal. He grew up Jewish, in a devout Twin Cities family, but he eventually turned away from rabbinical study and drifted afield of his heritage. In his new book &quot;Shanda&quot; he explains how he tried to make people like him by telling jokes laden with offensive stereotypes, and how a chance friendship brought him back to a more meaningful existence. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/09/08_kerre_karlen/?refid=0 Wed, 08 Sep 2004 19:18:00 -0500 Examining a character through the lens of family history Bharati Mukherjee's &quot;The Tree Bride&quot; continues the story of Tara Chatterjee&#8212;by looking backward at her ancestors' interaction with British colonialists. Mukherjee told Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr she knew she had to write the story when she finished the final scene of her earlier book, &quot;Desireable Daughters.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/11_kerre_mukherjee/?refid=0 Wed, 11 Aug 2004 15:33:00 -0500 China Mieville creates monsters with 'Iron Council' British fantasy author China Mi&eacute;ville is known both for his books and his political activism. He's written a series of novels where magic and Victorian technology prevail. His latest novel sets a group of renegade railway workers against a corrupt city state. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/08/10_kerre_mieville/?refid=0 Tue, 10 Aug 2004 16:36:00 -0500 After the Rain Would terrorists target Minnesota? A new novel by Twin Cities thriller writer Chuck Logan raises just that possibility with &quot;After the Rain,&quot; the fifth in the Phil Broker series of novels. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/07/21_kerre_logan/?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jul 2004 14:26:00 -0500 Robert Polidori shoots 'habitat' Robert Polidori's pictures appear in Vanity Fair, Fortune, and the New Yorker where he's a staff photographer. His images are smart, sumptuous and sexy, and his subjects are almost exclusively buildings. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/06/03_kerre_polidori/?refid=0 Fri, 04 Jun 2004 10:30:00 -0500 The Birth of Venus British writer Sarah Dunant's new novel opens with a scandalous discovery in 15th-century Italy. Two nuns preparing the body of Sister Lucretzia for burial, find a beautifully ornate tattoo of a snake slithering down her torso. The book tells how that tattoo got there. It's the story of nun as a young woman growing up in Florence at the birth of the Renaissance, experiencing the excitement and the terrors of the time. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/03/10_kerre_dunant/?refid=0 Wed, 10 Mar 2004 14:38:00 -0600 The Snow Fox Susan Fromberg Schaeffer's latest novel, &quot;The Snow Fox,&quot; is an epic love story set a thousand years ago in Japan. It follows the life of a beautiful and inspired poet, with a reputation for a cruel streak. She falls for the samurai assigned as her bodyguard, but they are torn apart in the intrigues and violence of the almost perpetual civil wars of the time. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/19_kerre_schaeffer/?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2004 14:48:00 -0600 Loving Che The image of Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara has spilled across tee-shirts and dorm-room posters for almost half a century&#8212;but who was he? Writer Ana Menendez explores that question in her novel &quot;Loving Che.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/02/02_kerre_menendez/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2004 14:57:00 -0600 Ani DiFranco gets back to basics In a time when many musicians rely on digital technology to enhance their sound, folk icon Ani DiFranco is returning to basics. She recorded her new album, <i>Educated Guess,</i> by herself, in her living room, using an old reel-to-reel tape recorder. The result is a raw, intimate, sound. DiFranco brings that sound to the Northrop Auditorium in Minneapolis this weekend. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/23_kerre_defranco/?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jan 2004 06:00:00 -0600 Stepping in &quot;The Same River Twice&quot; Documentary maker Robb Moss has been taking some old friends on a trip through time. In 1978, he filmed 17 river guides paddling the Colorado River. Two decades later he caught up with five of them, and made another film showing what happened to them. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/14_kerre_sameriver/?refid=0 Wed, 14 Jan 2004 09:00:00 -0600 The Canterbury Papers In the 13th century the powerful practiced full contact politics. Lose a political battle, and you might lose your head. The period has fascinated Minneapolis writer Judith Koll Healy since she was a girl. About 15 years ago she began reading about Eleanor of Aquitaine, and the political intrigues swirling round her family, the courts of France and England. Those intrigues form the basis for Healy's first novel &quot;The Canterbury Papers.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2004/01/09_kerre_healey/?refid=0 Fri, 09 Jan 2004 15:12:00 -0600 Building Babylon Sculptor Aldo Moroni thinks big. Really big. His latest project sets out to chronicle the development of western civilization. He's building, and rebuilding, the ancient city of Babylon in his northeast Minneapolis studio. He'll take it from ancient times up to its current incarnation in modern day Iraq. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/30_kerre_babylon/?refid=0 Tue, 30 Dec 2003 00:01:00 -0600 Folk Underground: Happy little pop songs about going to hell For the most part, folk music is happy, wholesome stuff. But there is a dark edge to some of it, and that's where a new local band, Folk Underground, comes in. The trio just release its first album, <i>Buried Things.</i> It features a mixture of traditional music and the band's own material, which members describe as &quot;happily morbid.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/12/11_kerre_folkunderground/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Dec 2003 09:00:00 -0600 Guthrie hosts an 'original' Twelfth Night The Globe Theatre of London is in Minneapolis this week to perform William Shakespeare's <i>Twelfth Night.</i> It's what's called an &quot;original practices&quot; production. The show is done much as it would have been done 400 years ago, when the Bard himself was watching from the wings. The Globe's artistic director says they've learned many things about Shakespeare's work, and his world, through doing the show. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/11/05_kerre_shakespeare/?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2003 15:00:00 -0600 The Fortress of Solitude Author Jonathan Letham's newest novel takes its stories from his childhood. &quot;The Fortress of Solitude&quot; has been critically acclaimed. It follows the adventures of two boys, one black, one white as they grow up in a tough New York neighborhood. The story begins in the late '60s and follows the characters to the present day. As the boys become men, their neighborhood becomes gentrified. Along the way, the boys&#8212;Mingus and Dylan&#8212;learn harsh realities about life, love, popular music&#8212;and even comic books. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/22_kerre_lethem/?refid=0 Wed, 22 Oct 2003 15:36:00 -0500 Cranking out a 'big old pro-union play' in the Sears building The huge Sears building on Lake Street in south Minneapolis, with its massive tower, is a neighborhood landmark. It used to be the place where everybody shopped, but it's been empty for years. For the next few weeks the Sears building has a tenant -- The Frank Theatre Company. It's doing a musical, <i>The Cradle Will Rock.</i> The piece, which is decidedly pro-union, was written during the Depression. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/10/03_kerre_frankscradle/?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2003 14:00:00 -0500 Vanska begins new era for Minnesota Orchestra Osmo V&auml;nsk&auml; will lift the baton for the first time Thursday night as music director of the Minnesota Orchestra. The Finnish conductor arrives as the orchestra celebrates its centennial. V&auml;nsk&auml;'s opening concert at Orchestra Hall will feature works by Neilsen, Rachmaninoff, and Beethoven's 5th Symphony. V&auml;nsk&auml; says he realizes he has to live up to many expectations. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/09/11_kerre_vanskadebut/?refid=0 Thu, 11 Sep 2003 05:00:00 -0500 Kevin Kling talks baseball, dogs, and motorcycles One of the more anticipated shows of this year's Minnesota Fringe Festival is about to open. Playwright and storyteller Kevin Kling's latest foray is called simply &quot;Baseball, Dogs, and Motorcycles.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/08/04_kerre_kevinkling/?refid=0 Sun, 03 Aug 2003 10:00:00 -0500 The Company You Keep In the 1960s, as opposition to the Vietnam war intensified, a few radicals decided peaceful protest was not enough. They organized and coordinated violent acts, including bank robberies and bombings, against &quot;the establishment.&quot; The group's name, the Weather Underground, was inspired by a line in a Bob Dylan song. Some members took on new identities and disappeared. They became adept at avoiding the authorities, in some cases for decades. But one-by-one they resurfaced to face legal charges and attempt to reconnect with lives and families they had avoided for years. Several such figures appear in Neil Gordon's new novel &quot;The Company You Keep.&quot; http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/09_kerre_gordon/?refid=0 Wed, 09 Jul 2003 16:57:00 -0500 The Enthusiasts: The artcar lady We inaugurate a new occasional series -- The Enthusiasts, in which we'll meet people who take their interests and hobbies to a higher level. First off is Jan Elftman, known to many as The Cork Truck Lady. She covered the exterior of her Mazda truck with thousands of old wine corks. Now she's making her next art car. This time she's using ashtrays. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/07/02_kerre_artcars/?refid=0 Wed, 02 Jul 2003 06:00:00 -0500 Eat Cake Jeanne Ray became a novelist late in life, but she has published three books in the last five years. Not that she hasn't had writing in her life: her daughter is acclaimed author Ann Patchett. Ray claims she isn't very creative, and just writes about things she knows. She knows a lot about cake. Her latest novel is about a family which finds salvation through cake. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/06/18_kerre_ray/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jun 2003 17:14:00 -0500 Getting Mother's Body Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks is now a novelist. Set in 1963, Parks' novel &quot;Getting Mother's Body&quot; tells the story of Billy Beede, a 16-year-old pregnant orphan living with her aunt and uncle in West Texas. Legend has it her mother was buried in Arizona with enough jewelry to solve everyone's financial problems. Some of Billy's relatives want to go get the treasure, but she's not so sure. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/05/29_kerre_parks/?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2003 17:29:00 -0500 A conversation with David Cronenberg Film director David Cronenberg is best known for making horror movies. His credits include some big screen hits, including <i>Scanners,</i> <i>The Dead Zone,</i> and <i>The Fly.</i> But Cronenberg won't be pigeon-holed. He sees himself more as a filmmaker who explores the human condition. His latest film, <i>Spider,</i> recently opened in the Twin Cities. It stars screen heartthrob Ralph Fiennes as a schizophrenic. Nicknamed Spider, Fiennes' character moves into a halfway house after a long period in a secure facility. Cronenberg told MPR's Euan Kerr he wanted to tell the story of one particular man. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2003/04/03_cronenberg?refid=0 Thu, 03 Apr 2003 15:45:00 -0600 Stoking up some songs Every year Zeitgeist, the St Paul-based new music ensemble, challenges Minnesota's amateur composers to enter a song contest. There is some money for the winners, but the real prize is a chance to hear Zeitgeist perform the piece in concert. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/24_kerre_zeitgeist/?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jan 2003 18:00:00 -0600 The lengths a musician will go David Levin is prepared to go to some lengths for his music. His new CD &quot;Zuni&quot; takes its name from three years Levin spent on a reservation in New Mexico. He went with his wife, a doctor, who took a job at the reservation health service. Levin told Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr the relative isolation of his new home forced him to think seriously about how to pursue his music. He says realized he was going to have to be diligent about finding places to play. David Levin will play from his new CD Zuni at the Bryant Lake Bowl Wednesday night at 8 http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2003/01/07_kerre_davidlevin/?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jan 2003 14:18:00 -0600 Osvaldo Golijov Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov draws from many influences. There is the classical music and klezmer he learned through his Russian Jewish immigrant parents. There is the passionate tango of Astor Piazzola which resonates through Argentina, as well as the deep, and at times militant, Christianity of South America. Golijov brought all of these influences together in his composition &quot;St Mark Passion&quot;. The piece re-tells the story of the Crucifixion from a South American viewpoint. It has been a huge critical success and enraptured audiences. Golijov was in the Twin Cities recently. He told Minnesota Public Radio's Euan Kerr he finds nothing strange in combining all these different musical threads. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2003/01/01_osvaldo?refid=0 Wed, 01 Jan 2003 12:00:00 -0600 Remembering Dave Ray Dave Ray was a third of Koerner, Ray, and Glover -- the trio that few people outside of Minnesota now know. Yet everyone from John Lennon, and the Doors to Bonnie Raitt and Beck cite them as influences. Dave Ray died on Thanksgiving after a battle with cancer. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200212/13_kerre_daveray/?refid=0 Fri, 13 Dec 2002 10:00:00 -0600 Pilgrim on a musical journey Matthew Fox plays guitar, and mandolin. Until recently now he's played in bands, either in ensembles, or backing someone else. Now he has a CD of his own, featuring some of the local folk scenes biggest names. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200211/27_kerre_matthewfox/?refid=0 Thu, 28 Nov 2002 15:00:00 -0600 Ruth Bernhard: "Life gave me presents" Ansel Adams said Ruth Bernhard was the greatest photographer of the nude. Ruth Bernhard, 96, worked with some of the giants of American photography. Her work is now on display at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200209/02_kerre_bernhard/?refid=0 Mon, 02 Sep 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Author Neil Gaiman's latest horror novel aimed at young readers Neil Gaiman has written &quot;Coraline,&quot; a horror novel for children, about a little girl who discovers a malevolent netherworld hidden behind a door in her house. It's ruled by a hideous being known as &quot;the other mother&quot; who kidnaps Coraline's real parents. She then tries to imprison the girl herself. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2002/08/12_kerre_gaiman/?refid=0 Mon, 12 Aug 2002 17:52:00 -0500 More plans unveiled for Walker Art Center The architectural team designing the Walker Art Center's expansion has revealed more details of their proposed building. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200204/16_kerre_walker/?refid=0 Tue, 16 Apr 2002 12:00:00 -0500 Men's curlers aim for better finish In the curling world, Tim Somerville is known for his uncanny natural ability. As captain of the U.S. Olympic men's curling team, the Roseville resident has a good shot for a medal in Salt Lake. But Tim Somerville knows fate can be fickle. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/200202/08_kerre_curlers/?refid=0 Fri, 08 Feb 2002 12:00:00 -0600 Aldo's Ninth Sculptor Aldo Moroni created a massive clay sculpture for the dedication of the Federal Reserve Building in downtown Minneapolis. MPR's Euan Kerr has the interview and report. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/199709/17_kerre_moroni/?refid=0 Wed, 17 Sep 1997 12:00:00 -0500