Thursday news and reviews

Here’s your daily round-up – enjoy!

Art

Currents in Minnesota Graphic Design

Camille LeFevre reports back from AIGA’s recent roundtable, “evolvedesign: The Evolution and Future of Graphic Design in Minnesota,” on the trends shaping local design — from “design living” to the longstanding tensions between advertising and design.

- Camille LeFevre, mnartists.org

From Pepperland to Springfield: Great moments in animated pop

Today through Saturday, Macy’s is staging an art show in their skyway based around that nebulous but Boomer-specific stretch of music known as “classic rock.”

Nate Patrin, City Pages

Counting our stars

Call it grade inflation: Minnesotans will go to great lengths to claim the famous as one of our own — whether they deserve it or not.

- Bill Ward, Star Tribune

Music

Cloud Cult bow out of Current party, Minowa to have surgery

Our best wishes go out to Cloud Cult singer Craig Minowa, who was hospitalized last Thursday with heart problems and will likely undergo noninvasive heart surgery within a few weeks.

- Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

Gay Beast talks art, politics, records, and touring Europe

It’s a busy and exciting time for Gay Beast. On Friday they play an LP release show at 7th St. Entry and, just four days later, will be playing in Cologne, Germany.

- Loren Green, City Pages

Ben Folds talks Chatroulette, the Needle Doctor, the legacy of ‘Brick’

What do we know about Ben Folds that the ’90s didn’t already teach us? Well, it would seem, just about everything.

- Cindal Lee Heart, City Pages

Stage

‘Le Misanthrope’ gets fresh look at Illusion

Moliere’s Le Misanthrope (The Impossible Lovers) is a comedy of manners that has drawn audiences since it was first produced in the 17th century.

- Ed Huyck, City Pages

Camp, comedy, and documentary at the Southern and Walker

I am a fan of camp, but, even though I am about to discuss a female impersonator, I’m not sure it is camp I will be discussing.

- Max Sparber, MinnPost.com

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