Carleton grad Karen Yamashita returns to Minnesota to discuss her novel on the civil rights struggle of Asian-Americans.
- Kriston Tillotson, Star Tribune
Charles Baxter speaks to a standing-room-only crowd at Micawber’s in St. Paul.
- Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune
Mankato knitters made “authentic” socks worn by Jeff Bridges in the film.
- Alex Gaterud, Star Tribune
The rap/rock hitmakers’ smaller crowd at the Xcel was nothing to mope over.
- Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune
What happens when six angry young men hit their 30s? Friday night at the Xcel Energy Center, rap/metal alchemists Linkin Park attempted the rather difficult trick of maintaining that youthful rage while pushing their sound into a more abstract direction and — gulp — maturing in the process.
- Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press
Bao Phi, Guante, Maria Isa, and more at the Artists’ QuarterThis weekend, an all-star list of local spoken word and hip-hop performers will be coming together for a knock-out show that raises consciousness with a beat.
- Sheila Regan, City Pages
It’s kind of hard to tell what year should be written on drum and bass’s headstone since its influences are still so obvious in electronic and fringe genres.
- Jen Boyles, City Pages
There’s folk on the Twin Cities independent music scene who truly care about each other.
Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet
Minnesota Opera’s slate includes world premiere and pairing of Valenti and Constantinescu in “Werther.”
- Graydon Royce, Star Tribune
Operas fresh, French and familiar make up the Minnesota Opera’s 2011-12 season.
- Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press
Three treated for smoke inhalation in Red Wing; troupe’s tour will continue.
- Andrew Penkalski, Star Tribune
An odd, cutesy show concludes the Walker’s Out There series.
- Rohan Preston, Star Tribune
‘L’effet de Serge’ is a Jekyll and Hyde proposition: Parts of it (maybe 15 minutes) are innovative, thrilling, and funny; the rest of it (about an hour) is mind-numbing tedium.
- Ed Huyck, City Pages
A little glimpse into the life of Serge is all L’Effet promises, and it delivers beautifully on that promise.
- Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet