Here’s a look at what’s making headlines in the arts world…
- Caroline Palmer, Star Tribune
Whether you like your ballet traditional or avant-garde, you can find a version to suit your taste.
- Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
Sometimes, contemporary dance growls and barks at you. Other times, it wags its tail, jumps up in your lap, licks your face, and pees on you a little bit.
- Shelby Meyers, City Pages
With all the galleries, exhibits, theaters, museums, and other artsy-fartsy things around town, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize Minnesota is a goldmine for creative talent.
- Chris Riemenschneider
With reissues of their two best-known albums coming in January, the Jayhawks have announced a short five-city tour that will culminate with another First Ave gig on Jan. 29.
- Jon Bream, Star Tribune
It was the last show for Mavis Staples in 2010 and she was in good spirits – very good spirits — on Sunday at the jam-packed Cedar Cultural Center.
- Associated Press
The former managing partner of the firm that managed the careers and tours of performers from Suzanne Vega to Patti LuPone, has died in Manhattan. Byron Gustafson was 56.
- Associated Press
Bob Dylan’s original handwritten lyrics for “The Times are A-Changin’” are heading for the auction block in New York City. They could sell for an estimated $200,000 to $300,000.
Holiday gifts: Bob, the Boss and Ol’ Blue Eyes- Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune
The industry seems more focused on baby boomers in this year’s offerings for music fans.
- Star Tribune
The tweaked holiday show returns with soulful flavor and zesty song.
- Renee Valois, Pioneer Press
The new version helmed by artistic director Joe Dowling takes some intriguing liberties with the original under the influence of a couple of Dickens’ fellow Brits — playwright Crispin Whittell and lead actor Daniel Gerroll.
- Claudia Haas, Examiner.com
The Guthrie Theatre unveiled their new Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol on November 19th. It’s poignant. It’s good for the holiday spirit. And it’s funny.
- Bev Wolfe, TC Daily Planet
Song and family underscore the History Theatre’s warm reprise of the holiday musical The Christmas Schooner.
- Dominic P. Papatola, Pioneer Press
Reviving a shtick they first developed for the 2009 Minnesota Fringe Festival, Scrimshaw and Weinhagen have developed an hour-long, holiday-flavored toffee that parodies the young gung-ho heroes of Franklin W. Dixon’s Hardy Boys novels and the Twin Cities cultural scene.
Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
The most magical moment in Comedy Suitcase’s The Harty Boys Save Christmas had nothing to do with presents or snow or mistletoe: it was when a young child laughed out loud, with a contagious giggle, at a punch line involving Ayn Rand.
- Lisa Brock, Star Tribune
Joe Leary plays Santa’s helper in darkly humorous one-man show based on David Sedaris’ “Santaland Diaries.”
- Quinton Skinner, Pioneer Press
Even in tight times, what can save us day to day is a wry, knowing laugh at the world, which this Frank Theatre production amply supplies.
- Pioneer Press
The annual Flint Hills International Children’s Festival at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.