Friday news and reviews

Here’s a look at the arts stories making headlines…

Art

Keep it cool

– Mary Abbe, Star Tribune

Design and understatement carry the day in four Minneapolis gallery shows.

Kevin Cannon: 100 Creatives – Jessica Armbruster, City Pages

Illustrator and cartoonist Kevin Cannon has been working on the local scene for quite some time. You may recognize his work from his production studio, Big Time Attic, where he and his business/creative partner Zander Cannon (ironically, no relation) create publications that inform as well as entertain, tackling such heavy topics including genetics, paleontology, and the U.S. versus Russia space race.

Music

Singer TobyMac invites 60 classmates of slain 7th grader to Target Center concert

– Joe Kimball, MinnPost.com

When Christian singer TobyMac appears in Minneapolis Saturday night, 60 7th-graders from White Bear Lake will be watching for free in Target Center luxury suites. They’re classmates of Kinley Ogendi, the 12-year-old boy from Vadnais Heights who was killed last month.

Zoo Animal takes it to church

– Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

Well versed on delivering her songs of faith in rock clubs, Holly Newsom will try them out in a holier place Friday.

City Bumpkin

– Jeremy Walker, mnartists.org

For his third essay in the series on jazz, co-presented by mnartists.org and the Walker, Jeremy Walker muses on bumpkins and sophisticates, and makes a case for seeking out a little adventure with tips on where to find great live shows in the Twin Cities.

For this Orchestra Hall audience, Britten was best

By Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press

Something surprising almost always happens when conductor Osmo Vanska and the Minnesota Orchestra perform a Beethoven symphony. On Thursday night, the surprise was that the Beethoven wasn’t the best thing on the program.

Indestructible Robyn earns her Swede revenge

– Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

The Swedish dance-pop star bounced back from teen fame and is boldly issuing her third album in five months.

Video/Film/TV

MIGIZI youth project premieres videos

– Eliana Gramer and Larissa Peifer, TC Daily Planet

An excited group of young Native Americans presented their own documentaries on October 15 at South High School. Working together with MIGIZI Communications the pupils produced short films focused on topics concerning the local American Indian community-issues that are barely covered by the mainstream media.

‘Waste Land’ is unexpectedly beautiful — one of the year’s best

– Chris Hewit, Pioneer Press

“This is the place I’m going to spend the next two years of my life,” says artist Vik Muniz at the beginning of “Waste Land.” He’s looking at a photo of an enormous Brazilian garbage dump called Jardim Gramacho.

‘Unstoppable’ is a wild ride

– Colin Covert, Star Tribune

Thrilling action meets a story of two working stiffs recast as heroes aboard a runaway train.

Theater

Asian woman, cowboy town

– Rohan Preston, Star Tribune

A comedy by Mu Performing Arts raises some discomfiting questions for cast and creative team.

Dance

Ramstad twins address the body in ‘Symptom’

– Camille LeFevre, MinnPost.com

We were wondering when this was going to happen: When dancer Otto Ramstad would team with his twin brother, visual artist and designer Emmett Ramstad, for an evening of performance. This weekend, they take the stage at Intermedia Arts for “Symptom,” an investigation of the body as social and biological entity.

Books

“Minnesota’s Hidden Alphabet”- Amy Rea, TC Daily Planet

When I first opened up this book, kindly sent to me by the fine folks at the Minnesota Historical Society Press, I thought, oh, this is cute. Who do I know with young kids that I could give it to when I’m done? Sad news for people with young kids–I’m keepin’ it.

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