With yesterday morning being taken up with snow storm coverage, and related closings, today’s round-up features not one, but two days worth of arts stories. Enjoy!
Letters between Julia Child and the woman who would change her life provide a glimpse into history, and the depth of a friendship.
- Kim Ode, Star Tribune
The 11th collection of medical essays by Dr. Sacks focuses on the many ways the brain can let us down.
- Brigitte Frase, Star Tribune
Minnesota author Ostlund’s stories are not pretty or predictable, but they are excellent.
- Pamela Miller, Star Tribune
The biographer of Edith Wharton and cousin by marriage to Jacqueline Kennedy recalls the privilege and odd social customs of his aristocratic class.
- Eric Hanson, Star Tribune
Ted Gup discovered a trove of Depression-era letters asking his grandfather for help, and tracked down the writers years later.
- SUSAN AGER, Star Tribune
Imaginative tales have no answers, but gorgeously ask the question.
- Ryan Vine, Star Tribune
Sort of like the snowfall today in the Twin Cities, the music on opening night of Doomtree’s Blowout VI refused to let up.
- Chris Riemenschneider
In the case of Doomtree’s annual concert at First Ave, the term “blowout” is justified hyperbole.
- Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
The Philadelphia duo sounded soulfully timeless on their oldies and some holiday bonuses.
- Jon Bream, Star Tribune
The power pair has changed seemingly very little since their heyday of hit Billboard 100 songs.
- Natalie Gallagher, City Pages
There was a fairly good-sized crowd at Orchestra Hall for Minnesota Orchestra’s Sunday night performance of “A Scandinavian Christmas.” It was a lively show, especially as Christmas music gives the percussionist an opportunity to really go to town on the chimes, banging away with mallets like a church tower bell-ringer.
- Max Sparber, City Pages
Anthony Federov has the dazzling look and sound, but the heart of “Joseph” rests with the children.
- Graydon Royce, Star Tribune
Rocco crams his stage with no fewer than 41 local schoolchildren in addition to a cast of two dozen grown-ups. He leaves none of the musical jokes in the score unexplained or unexploited and adds in some original gags of his own creation.
- Dominic P. Papatola, Pioneer Press
“Billy Elliot,” the story of a coal miner’s son who chases an unorthodox dream, has been a hit on both stage and screen.
- Rohan Preston, Star Tribune