St. Paul playwright Sharon DeMark doesn’t want the exhibition “Rejoice the Legacy,” showcasing the work of celebrated children’s author Andrea Davis Pinkney, to slip by unnoticed. Sharon says it’s too good. At the University of Minnesota’s Elmer L. Andersen Library through May 14. Pinkney will deliver the U’s 2014 “May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture” on May 3.
Twin Cities actor and theater instructor Taous Khazem has her eye on We Theater’s production of “The Shadow War.” It’s a play about the CIA’s recruitment of Hmong soldiers during the Vietnam War and it features several local Hmong actors. Through April 27 at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul.
On what does Tom Steffes, guitarist with Minneapolis indie rockers William Within, rely when he needs to relax? The smooth, jazzy R&B of Minneapolis native Jose James. James is playing at The Cedar in Minneapolis on Monday, April 21.
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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.
Ross was in contention for a job in Chicago, but today said he’s sticking around.
“I turned down the Lyric Opera of Chicago,” he said this morning before a special Symphonic Adventures concert at South High School in Minneapolis. Ross has been at the Minnesota Orchestra for a quarter century and is an audience favorite.
He said he and his wife have decided to stay. ”We decided to, I won’t say take a risk, but have faith that this orchestra will remain, as it was, world class,” he said. “And we are thrilled to be re-dedicating ourselves to this community.
Ross was prominent as a musicians negotiating committee member during the 16 month lockout. His forceful attacks on management policies led to him being known to some as “the angry cellist,” a moniker he laughs about now.
Meanwhile, Vanska confirmed he is continuing to negotiate with the Minnesota Orchestral Association about a possible return. After the morning concert he talked at length about the importance of playing concerts for young musicians. However when asked about the talks, he said he could say little.
“The talks are on. And they are still going,” he said. When told that was a good sign, he laughed, apparently in agreement.
When the 2014 Pulitzers were announced on Monday, we took note that University of Minnesota alum Kevin Siers, of The Charlotte Observer, won the editorial cartooning award. But there’s another connection to Minnesota among the recipients. The prize-winning poetry collection “3 Sections” by Vijay Seshadri was published by Minneapolis-based Graywolf Press.
Jazz bassist Chris Bates is a whirlwind of energy on stage, and increasingly in the recording studio. A member the Atlantis Quartet, Red Planet, Framework and other modern jazz ensembles, Bates is a vibrant collaborator. He’s also emerging as a leader, as anyone who has seen his group Red 5, would surely testify. For his Read more →
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. Sitting in Read more →
After serious problems with its website last fall, the Minnesota philanthropic website GiveMN has announced it’s changing technology partners. The organization began a competitive search for a new partner after its provider Razoo was unable to keep the site running during it’s annual “Give to the Max Day.” Razoo had just increased its processing fees Read more →
Tonight marked the 26th Minnesota Book Awards at St. Paul’s Union Depot. The annual ceremony celebrates some of the greatest new books by Minnesotans. The awards are divided into eight categories: children’s literature, general nonfiction, genre fiction, memoir and creative nonfiction, Minnesota, novel and short story, poetry, and young people’s literature. And here they are, Read more →