Saturday news and reviews

Here’s a look at the arts stories making headlines…

Books

ROUGH ROAD

A young woman struggles with the complexities of a new marriage and life on a secluded Arizona ranch.

-Emily H. Freeman, Star Tribune

Online publishing popular with writers

University of Minnesota literary magazine Ivory Tower will print about 1,000 copies of their publication this year, less than half of last year’s total, as a result of a tight budget and the increasing presence of online publishing, said Editor in Chief Phil Hart.

- Sadelle Schroeder, The Minnesota Daily

An Iowa of the imagination

A surprisingly lively and varied collection of stories, set in Iowa.

- James Cihlar, Star Tribune

A FINE LINE

The final volume in Edmund Morris’ spectacular trilogy wraps up the amazing story of Teddy Roosevelt.

- Kevin Duchschere, Star Tribune

Mosley’s latest explores a legacy of racism and aging dreams

In Walter Mosley’s 30th novel, a dying old man seeks to redeem his family from a legacy of racism.

- Chuck Leddy, Star Tribune

A schmaltzy voice about ‘The Voice’

An ambitious biography of Sinatra that doesn’t quite achieve all it attempts.

- Carl Rollyson, Star Tribune

Spreading the sound

Music critic Alex Ross hopes to demystify music, celebrating the energy of rock, the fun and emotion of classical.

- Craig Morgan Teicher, Star Tribune

Movies

Coens go West for remake of a classic

The filmmakers say “True Grit” was less about redoing the 1969 John Wayne movie and more about their love of the original book.

- Colin Covert, Star Tribune

It’s the terror, stupid!

An old-fashioned shootout at the O.K. Corral understimulates. We want to see what it’s like for the world to blow up.

- Emilio DeGrazia, TC Daily Planet

Music

Rose Ensemble offers a Christmas in Spain

If you’ve ever wondered what the soundtrack to the Spanish royal court was like circa 1500 and in the ensuing century, you can get an earful at this weekend’s Rose Ensemble concerts.

- Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press

Q & A with Rapper Brother Ali: High school opens huge doors

ThreeSixty reporters Erika Roedl and Edwin Flowers interviewed Brother Ali by phone this fall after he made a public service announcement supporting an effort by Minneapolis public schools to persuade people who have dropped out of school to return. The rapper left high school without a diploma. This is an edited version of their conversation.

- Erika Roedl and Edwin Flowers of Twin Cities Academy and ThreeSixty staff

Best in pop for 2010

With apologies to the Lady, our pop favorites weren’t necessarily Monster-sized.

- Jon Bream and Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

Theater

A look at how music from pop stars has fared onstage

It takes a certain skill set to craft the perfect pop song, to boil down complex emotions into three or four minutes that are catchy, but not overlong. It takes a whole different skill set to craft a musical, where those complex emotions are expressed by numerous characters, through song, over the course of two or three hours.

- Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press

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