Here’s a look at the arts stories making headlines…
At first glance, classical and jazz musicians look to occupy different worlds, the black-tie traditionalism of classical a contrast to the spontaneous creations of jazz, the classical allegiance to a composer’s vision set against jazz musicians obeying their own interweaving imaginations.
The fuzzed-out rumbling you hear emanating from the local music scene these days is the sound of the triumphant, thunderous return of Red Pens (as if they ever left), who are back with a blistering new six-song EP, Limitations, that is simply brimming with both fury and finesse.
- Cindal Lee Heart, City Pages
To understand the band Junip you must first appreciate patience.
Dreamy pop duo Azure Ray offer much more than that girly-whimsical stuff this type of music so often delivers.
The record industry is still hell-bent on incinerating every iota of good will the public might once have had for it.
On a seemingly quiet Wednesday evening in Minneapolis, there was a lot of noise going on down at the Cedar. A subdued and simple kind of noise, but enrapturing nonetheless.
- Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press
It makes sense that Tyler Perry only uses one-quarter of the title of “For Colored Girls” — because his movie only captures about one-quarter of the play.
This taut thriller is about deceit, politics, love and sabotage – not car chases or explosions. Naomi Watts and Sean Penn? Terrific.
Letterpress productions and best-selling books will be on display until January