– Jessica Armbruster, City Pages
There is something unmistakably sincere about the oil pastel paintings of Terrence Payne. The subjects in his portraits often have an awkwardness to them, and though their smiles may be shy, their eyes wide, and their dance moves slightly out of step, there is a human truth captured in their vulnerability that is compelling.
– Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
You can’t keep a good man down–or, it appears, veteran humorist K Jay, who is hellbent on expanding Twin Cities comedy.
– Camille LeFevre, MinnPost.com
TU Dance has made some significant moves lately, and they’re not choreographic. .
John Ervin, City Pages
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, a traveling showcase of films focusing on mountaineering activities — usually of the extreme variety — will include Minneapolis as one of its stops this Friday and Saturday.
– Jeff Rutherford, TC Daily Planet
In celebration of their forthcoming album Outside, Tapes ‘N Tapes decided to play their new material at the Turf Club in St. Paul on Thursday night, along with many older songs as well.
– Dan Emerson, Pioneer Press
Monday night’s performance by jazz-piano great Kenny Barron at the Dakota was a gig to savor for two reasons. It was the 67-year old Barron’s first Twin Cities visit in the better part of a decade, and it provided a showcase for some impressive young talent.
– Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune
Robyn brazenly completed her transformation from teen-pop star to edgy electronic heroine with a fiery, packed set Sunday at the Fine Line.
– Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press
The magic is only intermittently recaptured. Exuberance and excitement have been replaced by a feeling of being old and tired. Such has been Brett Favre’s final NFL season. And the same could be said of Brave New Workshop’s current comedy revue, “Brett Favre’s Christmas Spectacular II: The Second Coming.”
– Dominic P. Papatola, Pioneer Press
‘Cowboy Versus Samurai’ uses light touch to examine skin color, self-perception, romance
– Rohan Preston, Star Tribune
Mu’s update of “Cyrano de Bergerac,” in which race replaces the long nose, ropes ‘em in at the Guthrie.
– Ed Huyck, City Pages
Joel Sass is a busy man. Hours after his latest directing effort The 39 Steps opened at the Guthrie Theater, Sass was in Berkeley working on preliminary plans for a production of one of his signature works, Titus Andronicus, set to run next summer at the California Shakespeare Theater.