Monday news and reviews

If you weren’t able to make 89.3 The Current’s birthday bash, and didn’t stream it online either, check out Erik Thompson’s glowing review of the evening…

Art

Eternal life in alabaster

500-year-old French national treasures – now showing at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts – depict sorrow exquisitely in stone.

– Mary Abbe, Star Tribune

Books

Snake charmer Minnesota authors are back with zookeeper Snake Jones and her husband in another thriller

Minnesota authors Michael Allan Mallory and Marilyn Victor send Snake to the northern Minnesota town of Wolf Lake in “Killer Instinct,” where Snake is scouting locations for a television show she and her husband have mortgaged their future to produce.

– Mary Ann Grossman, Pioneer Press

Fashion

MNfashion’s Spring 2011 Fashion Week Preview

Last week, MNfashion hosted a 2011 spring preview event giving local designers the chance to showcase pieces of their collections that will be viewed in full this April during MNfashion week.

– Stacey Tuthill, City Pages

Music

The Current’s 6th Birthday Party at First Avenue, 01/21/11

The Current has had such an impact on the local music scene in its six short years of existence that it’s hard to remember a time when the station wasn’t an integral part of the Twin Cities musical landscape. And Friday night at a sold-out First Avenue, it was a chance for all of us music fans to celebrate not only the 6th birthday of a radio station that so many of us hold dear, but also the talented local artists that they champion so passionately on the airwaves.

– Erik Thompson, City Pages

Angélique Kidjo at the Ordway: Better than Springsteen

When I walked out of the Ordway after seeing Angélique Kidjo on Friday, I was surprised to see snow. The concert was so full of warmth, I was sure the heat would radiate outward to the entire city and melt all of it away.

– Betsy Gabler, TC Daily Planet

Stage

This Babe’s the pick of the litter

The Children’s Theatre production of the story of the sheep-herding pig is a porky delight.

– Rohan Preston, Star Tribune

Park Square Theatre’s reach exceeds its grasp with ‘Odyssey’

Hubris, any ancient Greek could have told you, has its costs. But a few millennia and countless examples later, Park Square Theatre displays plenty of overconfidence in a staging of “The Odyssey” that bites off more than it can chew.

– Dominic P. Papatola, Pioneer Press

A fast, funny, and profane “Misanthrope” at Illusion Theater

Illusion Theater and the Lighthouse Group presented Molière’s Misanthrope or the Impossible Lovers as this year’s Lights Up production. Eric Powell Holm updated and directed this famous 17th century French comedy of manners about love, hypocrisy and self-indulgence. The production starts out sluggish but ultimately proves worthwhile.

– Bev Wolfe, TC Daily Planet

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