Friday News and Reviews

Something to help you over the post-binge torpor

Movies

Spitzer documentary is compelling but misses some angles – Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

Early in “Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer,” the former governor of New York tells an interviewer that his downfall “goes back to the days of Greek mythology.” So we know two things: Spitzer cooperated with the filmmakers and he is kinda full of himself.

British comic thriller ‘Wild Target’ hits its mark – Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

If “Wild Target” had been released a few decades ago, it would have been one of dozens of sarcastic comedies in theaters at the time. But, in 2010, it feels fresh, unusual and fun.

‘Budrus’ is an eye-opening and inspiring story – Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

You can fight city hall. The people of “Budrus” proved it.

Music

Brothers in Arms – Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

Even before he moved to England, Nick Schaser was bound to front an Anglophile rock band like Arms Akimbo.

The Big Gigs – Star Tribune staff

Atmosphere, Superchunk, Tribute to the Replacements

This cornerback can sing – Rohan Preston, Star Tribune

For teenage stage phenom Jackson Hurst, both the stage and the gridiron beckon.

New Bach pieces focus of Lyra concert – Tom Weber, Post Bulletin

A concert featuring newly discovered concertos by two of the sons of Johann Sebastian Bach will be presented Dec. 3 by the Lyra Baroque Orchestra at Zumbro Lutheran Church in Rochester.

Easy as Oil and Water – David Ancelet, Minneapolis Examiner

Dealing with the dangers of red rot in tubas.

Theater

“A Christmas Story” comes warmly to life at Children’s Theatre Company – Jay Gabler TC Daily Planet

The adaptation of A Christmas Story now being presented by the Children’s Theatre Company, written by Philip Grecian and directed by Peter Brosius, clearly manifests its creators’ knowledge that people are not attending this show in search of something new and pathbreaking: they want to see their favorite scenes come alive on stage, and that is indeed what they get.

“Santaland Diaries” Plus “A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol,” “The Match Girl’s Gift” and a choregrapher’s showcase – Star Tribune staff

Visual Arts

For love of a river – Mary Abbe, Star Tribune

A Minnesota writer and a Wisconsin painter celebrate the St. Croix in a new book and CD.

Art spotlight - Mary Abbe, Star Tribune

Justin Newhall: Northern Studies

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