Here’s a look at the arts and culture stories making the headlines this morning…
By Dominic P. Papatola, Pioneer Press
You’re forgiven if you sit down to a play like “Life’s a Dream” and some small part of you dreads you’ve volunteered for two hours of Brussels-sprout theater: not that tasty, but — hey — it’s good for you.
For 11 days, Minnesota Film Arts will “search” for the world’s most populous continent through 40 movies from 12 countries in a brand-new festival.
By Hillel Italie , Associated Press
An award for gay and lesbian literature will be included in the American Library Association’s annual announcement of children’s prizes, a list which features the prestigious and influential Caldecott and Newbery medals.
The music of Gioachino Rossini can sound like opera on espresso. His stage works are filled with insistent pieces of musical patter, machine-gun staccato notes racing up and down the scale.
Indie-folk strummers Mumford & Sons seem like unlikely rock club idols–until you actually see them play a rock club. Then, you understand that they’re totally likely.
- David Hawley, Pioneer Press
Skreet! Skreet! Skreet! Skreet! One of most famous shower scenes in film-score history elicited nervous titters Saturday during the Minnesota Orchestra’s Halloween-eve screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” above an Orchestra Hall platform peopled by the orchestra’s string players.
Owatonna lit up with excitement for Adam Young, who performed his first hometown concert since becoming a No. 1 hit-making singer.
Spring Awakening, the thundering rock musical about adolescent angst in 19th-century Germany, returns for a quick two-day run over the weekend at the Orpheum Theatre.