Wednesday news and reviews

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

Art

For once, the focus is on Ann Marsden

Twin Cities photographer Ann Marsden has always focused on everyone else — the actors, artists, musicians and creative types who make these towns hum. Now the spotlight is on her as she starts a second round of chemotherapy and radiation following a July diagnosis of cervical cancer.

– Mary Abbe, Star Tribune

African Development Center opens new art exhibit

The art gallery, curated by Oreoluwa Adedeji, a Nigerian-Minnesotan, is a collection of contemporary African pieces from about nine different countries, including artists from Nigeria, Somalia, Ghana and Brazil.

– Yeoryia Christoforides, TC Daily Planet

Books

Reality, fiction converge as Guy floats through life

Jeremy Page’s second novel, “Sea Change,” is a beautifully sensual evocation of

– Ann Klefstad, Star Tribune

13 Minnesota books you really ought to read

A selection of this year’s books by Minnesota writers.

– Amy Goetzman, MinnPost.com

Dance

Five unforgettable 2010 dance performances

From the Northrop to the Southern and Walker, audiences enjoyed humor, elegant athleticism, digitized wolf howls and more.

– Camille LeFevre, MinnPost.com

Movies

Found Magazine’s Jason Bitner on his new film, LaPorte, Indiana

The author explains how he turned thousands of old photos into a love letter to the Midwest.

– Marah Eakin, AV Club

A playful tale of the fight for equal pay

The British film “Made in Dagenham” documents a slice of labor history with an entertaining touch.

– Colin Covert, Star Tribune

‘Made in Dagenham’ The story is good, the movie is a bit of a labor to watch

“Made in Dagenham” is a black-and-white affair in which the people seem less like human beings than characters playing out roles they’ve been assigned.

-Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

Director Nigel Cole talks about “Made in Dagenham”

Made in Dagenham (pronounced Dag-en-um) has been making the fall festival rounds and has been getting great press since its limited release in mid-November in New York and Los Angeles.

– Jim Brunzell III, The Optimistic Pessimist

Year in film: My Top 10 in 2010

Only two of these are American films, and only one has made a fortune.

– Rob Nelson, MinnPost.com

Music

501 Club closing on January 8

Less than two years after opening its doors on Washington Ave. in downtown Minneapolis, the 501 Club will close on January 8.

– Andrea Swensson, City Pages

501 Club to close on Jan. 8

For bar owner Jarret Oulman, the Metrodome’s roof collapse not only spelled doom for a miserable football season, but also bad news for his own business, the nearby 501 Club.

– Tom Horgen, Star Tribune

DJ Vaski: Meet the young dubstep king from Minnesota

The producer of hit tracks “Get Down” and “World on Fire” is home for the moment, but will soon be off to another exotic location to spin his drum-and-bass derivative for the next club full of rabid partygoers carrying on the ’90s rave spirit.

– Jen Boyles, City Pages

Gorillaz’ iPad-Created Album, ‘The Fall’

The Fall was created while Gorillaz were on tour, it’s 15 songs being written in about 30 days.

– Andrew Flanagan

Eric Lovold talks about stolen gear, upcoming benefit show

For Eric Lovold, frontman of the local and celebrated rock group The Alarmists, what was supposed to be a relaxing and joy-filled holiday turned out to be the antithesis of what Christmas is all about.

– Natalie Gallagher, City Pages

Theater

Paper Moose, Jumpsuit & Co: Making Space for Art to Happen

On New Year’s Day Paper Moose Jumpsuit & Co will not be hosting knife fights or throwing glitter about. Instead, for their first ever Hangover Show, which takes place at the Paper Moose studio in Northeast Minneapolis, folks will be serving up Bloody Mary’s and easing in the new year with a variety of performing arts.

– Sheila Regan, City Pages

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