News and reviews

Here’s a round up of the latest arts headlines:

Ian Frazier explores the lure of Siberia – Euan Kerr, MPR

For almost 20 years, writer Ian Frazier has been obsessed by a place which many people use as a metaphor for unpleasantness.

Classical music in the O-R – Alison Young, MPR

Dr. Victoria Elmer uses classical music while performing surgeries to keep her patient calm and her staff focused.

Good memories for Badfinger’s Joey Molland – Ross Raihala

Of all the acts signed to Apple, Badfinger remains the most beloved, largely because their sound most closely resembled the power-pop style that made the Beatles famous.

P.O.S. on Broken Crow – Stefon Alexander, City Pages

The Doomtree rapper interviews two of his favorite local artists

Sports stories told in a minor key – Tom Zelman, Star Tribune

Gay Talese’s literary sports reporting is solidly entertaining, but he is most drawn to the poignant stories of loss and failure.

The Vaselines’ Eugene Kelly reflects on returning to the stage

– Ryan Warner, City Pages

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The Vaselines: ‘We’re Not That Big of a Deal’ – Dana Raidt, Metro Magazine

An interview with The Vaselines, who play the Varsity Theater tonight.

Haunted Minnesota – Jessica Lussenhop, City Pages

Spooky sites from the Wabasha Caves to Grey Cloud Island

Tapes ‘n Tapes drop new track, announce tour

– Andrea Swensson, City Pages

The House of the Spirits

– Ed Huyck, City Pages

Minnesota potters sling mud outside city limits

– Shelby Meyers, City Pages

Evil Dead: The Musical at Illusion Theatre – Ed Huyck, City Pages

Blood, gore, and catchy tunes

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