Saturday news and reviews

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

Dance

New dance series teeters on the edge

April Sellers and Chicagoan Rachel Damon split a program at the Southern devoted to experimental dance.

– Caroline Palmer, Star Tribune

Movies

‘Season of theWitch’ No real movie magic, just goofy fun

As long as you’re OK with a lot of ridiculous stuff happening, it’s possible to be entertained by the action-packed, crazy-pants “Season of the Witch.”

– Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

Music

Latest Chamber orchestra works are intimate, but lush, too

Intimacy. Perhaps that’s what conductor Edo de Waart was seeking when he accepted a position as the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s newest artistic partner.

– Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press

Jayhawks mixing new album, adding showsThe Jayhawks have (not surprisingly) added a second First Ave show for Jan. 30 to go along with the long-since sold-out Jan. 29 gig.

Posted by Chris Riemenschneider

Carnage releases ‘Worth the Wait’ this Saturday at Fifth Element

St. Louis Park MC Carnage the Executioner has been a mainstay of Twin Cities hip hop for the better part of a decade, known to many for his distinctive, lightning-quick raps and supernatural beat boxing skills.

– Jeff Gage, City Pages

“I want it to be relevant”: MJ Kroll’s music takes a turnThey don’t make too many like singer-songwriter MJ Kroll. It’s as much fun to hang out with her as it is to watch her perform or listen to one of her CDs. On-stage and off, she’s an original

– Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet

R.I.P. The New Congress

For a long time, one of my favoritest bands was The New Congress. Sure wrote about them enough. So, when it came from trustworthy sources that the group is no more, I had to catch a minute and take it in.

– Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet

Stage

Childlike figure in wartime

Walker Art Center opens Out There with music, movement and a spectral puppet in a snowsuit.

– Star Tribune (no byline given)

‘Show Your Face!’ leads off latest ‘Out There’

The Walker Art Center’s Out There 2011 opened last night with the sometimes perplexing, but overall enthralling Show Your Face!

– Ed Huyck, City Pages

Live Action Set past and future

Though three of the four former artistic directors of Live Action Set (LAS) have moved on from their central roles in the company, and the sole current artistic director, Noah Bremer, has been leading LAS from afar while he performs with Cirque du Soleil, the company is still going strong.

– Sheila Regan, City pages

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