Wednesday news and reviews

Here’s a round-up of arts news from the past 24 hours… fyi, since MinnPost’s “Max About Town” column continuously defies categorization, he’s getting his own category…

Art

Walker steps into art censorship fire

A video pulled by a Smithsonian gallery is headed for screenings at the Walker.

– Mary Abbe, Star Tribune

Fine art versus design explored at the MIA

The creative overlaps of fine art and design are the subject of a panel discussion this Thursday at the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s MAEP Galleries.

– Sheila Regan, City Pages

Books

A fascinating, true story of liars and dupes

Jonathan Miles’ biography of Soviet trickster Otto Katz is exhaustively researched and felicitously written. A fascinating tale.

– Michael J. Bonafield, Star Tribune

Music

Micheal Eyedea Larsen: A life remembered

Mikey was an inspiration to the hip-hop community and beyond

– TD Mischke, City Pages

No. 1 memories for First Avenue’s 40th

Musicians playing Wednesday’s anniversary party name their all-time favorite moments at Minneapolis’ landmark rock club.

– Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

Theater

Faith Prince relishes the road in ‘Billy Elliot’

Decades into her career, Faith Prince isn’t afraid to try new challenges. That’s why the longtime Broadway veteran and Tony Award winner will spend the next year and a half on the road with Billy Elliot The Musical, the miner’s-son-turned-ballet-dancer musical that opens a monthlong run this week at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis.

– Ed Huyck, City Pages

Max About Town

Percussionist Owen Weaver; a strange museum; a Minneapolis secret– Max Sparber, MinnPost.com

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