Tuesday News and reviews

From A (Agossi) to Z (Zenon,) lots into which to sink your teeth… but we’ll start with Zenon.

Dance

Zenon Dance Company falls into fall -Sheila Regan TC Daily Planet

There’s nothing more riveting than watching someone almost fall onstage. It’s the ultimate gesture of risk-taking: a chicken fight that the performer has with him- or herself, a moment of reckless abandon, of complete vulnerability, followed by the landing, and a sigh of relief. And the people that do almost falling the best are the dancers at Zenon Dance Company.

Zenon tackles difficult ‘Structures’ – Caroline Palmer, Star Tribune

World premiere by luciana achugar is a technically challenging, trippy dreamscape.

Movies

Netflix would send DVDs gently down the stream AP via Pioneer Press

Rates hiked for red envelope plans

Music

John Mellencamp embraces the past, in all its forms – Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press

“I’m not nostalgic.”So said John Mellencamp early on his first of two nights at Minneapolis’ Orpheum Theatre on Monday night. He said it as part of a story that seemed designed to discourage requests for songs from early in the heartland rocker’s career.

Not enough Mellencamp R.O.C.K. – Jon Bream, Star Tribune

It was tough to find the real John Mellencamp until late in his Orpheum performance.

Chorale bridges four generations and shines William Randall Beard, Star Tribune

In a varied program, the Minnesota Chorale featured singers from young to old.

Free Energy cause the 400 Bar to collapse upon them (almost) – Leslie Kreumpel, TC DAily Planet

It always seems like a slight miracle when a band puts on a fantastic show at the 400 Bar and the ground doesn’t cave in.

Getting better all the time: “MN Beatle Project, Vol. 2″ – Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

A very good thing just got a whole lot better, as the followup to last year’s warmly received “Minnesota Beatle Project, Vol. 1″ features bigger names and more clever recreations of Fab Four classics.

Jazz balladeer Mina Agossi: Inspirational nights, and unforgettable days – Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet

Intriguing vocalist-composer Mina Agossi’s style isn’t quite what readily comes to mind when you think of jazz balladeers.

Theater

Waiting for the Perfect Present

“A Christmas Story,” the new holiday show at Children’s Theatre Company, mostly goes over well.

Theater review: CTC’s ‘Christmas Story’ has a magic of its own – Dominic Papatola, Pioneer Press

If a screening of the 1983 film “A Christmas Story” is part of your holiday festivities, the Children’s Theatre Company’s stage version might be a nice way to augment tradition.

Great Lakes journey makes a rich holiday musical Lisa Brock, Star Tribune

In “The Christmas Schooner,” a treasured holiday heritage faces a hostile Lake Michigan.

Theater review: TRP’s staging of ‘Born Yesterday’ is an entertaining romp — whether you remember the original or were born much later Renee Valois, Pioneer Press

One of the funniest scenes in “Born Yesterday” at Theatre in the Round is a game of cards between a couple that includes little dialogue, but lots of stage business.

Reversing the gaze: Heid Erdrich’s “Curiosities” Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet

Intermedia Arts concluded its remarkable Catalyst Series this weekend with a performance of Curiosities, a play written by Heid Erdrich and co-presented by Pangea World Theater.

Junie B. in “Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” at Stages Theatre Company: “Wow!” – Tammy Rose, TC Daily Planet

Be a giver? Or just be shellfish? That is the dilemma that Junie B. Jones has to face in Stages Theatre Company’s delightful production Jingle Bells, Batman Smells, adapted from the popular series of children’s books by Barbara Park.

Visual Arts

Rare Picasso and an O’Keeffe now at Winona museum – Joe Kimball, MinnPost

A rarely seen Pablo Picasso painting has arrived at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona. Also newly arrived there is Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Lake George, Autumn,” says the Winona Daily News.

Exploring ‘Sustainable Shelter’ at the Bell Museum – Camille Lefevre, MinnPost

Created in collaboration with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Building Research, the exhibition allows visitors to delve into the inner workings of their own homes to discover how to live with a lighter carbon footprint.

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