Monday news and reviews

It’s the Monday before Christmas, and all through the news, barely a story is stirring, except these reviews…

Music

Good reasons ‘Christmas with Cantus’ is a hot ticket

So you think you’re having a busy Christmas season? It could be worse. You could be one of the members of Cantus, the nine-man Minneapolis-based vocal ensemble. By the end of this Wednesday evening, the group will have delivered nine performances in seven days. Six of them were presentations of their theatrical collaboration with Theater Latte Da, “All Is Calm.” But the tougher ticket to secure is to one of the annual “Christmas with Cantus” concerts.

- Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press

Soul Asylum at First AvenueIt felt like the early ’90s at First Avenue again, as a packed crowd awaited the highly anticipated first show by Soul Asylum at the venue since last December.

- Cyn Collins

Heart at Mystic Lake Casino

The power balladeers of my childhood, hard rock queens of my mother’s adolescence, Heart weren’t just role models for generations of young American women – they helped define for me and likely for many others the role of sexual politics in our culture.

- Nikki Miller, City Pages

Theater

‘Billy Elliot’ dances into the Cities

The mega-musical Broadway tour show about a British boy who dreams of a life in dance soars, for the most part. But something is missing.

- Rohan Preston, Star Tribune

Julia Carlis buzzes in on ‘Jeopardy!’

The Twin-Cities area designer and Theatre Pro Rata company member will attempt to become a star of afternoon TV this week when she steps onto the stage of Jeopardy!

- Ed Huyck

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