Thursday news and reviews

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

Art

“Making the Break with Alec Soth”

Read a new essay by Andy Sturdevant, jointly published by mnartists.org and RAIN TAXI REVIEW OF BOOKS, for a close reading of Alec Soth’s recent publication project with/as the survivalist, Lester B. Morrison, “Broken Manual.”

– Andy Sturdevant, mnartists.org

AZ Gallery hopes for no snow at their third reception attempt

Todd Peterson, a member of the AZ Gallery, says that [some] art has been carried over from last month’s show “Two Guys and their Art” since the last two receptions they recently hosted were in the midst of snow storms.

– Sheila Regan, Cty Pages

Chris Heidman and Gregory J. Rose at Rogue Buddha

Chris Heidman and Gregory J. Rose, the two painters featured in Rogue Buddha’s latest show, “Between the Lines,” have been creating together since they were enrolled at the University of Minnesota’s MFA program in art.

– Sheila Regan, City Pages

Books

Russelle wins book artist award

Regula Russelle is winner of the 2011 Book Artist Award, which recognizes a Minnesota book artist or book artist collaborative group for excellence throughout a body of work and significant contributions to Minnesota’s book arts community.

— Mary Ann Grossmann, Pioneer Press

Dance

SuperGroup interprets Yves Klein at the Walker

The Twin Cities-based dance company SuperGroup is taking interpretation to another level by creating improvisational movements inspired by the Walker Art Museum’s current exhibit “Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers.”

– Shelby Meyers, City Pages

General

Twin Cities improv: The Mustache Rangers and Jill Bernard

– Max Sparber, MinnPost.com

Art as news: The Pawlenty portrait, ‘Live to Dance,’ and dance at the Walker

– Max Sparber, MinnPost.com

Music

Former Turf Club manager Dave Wiegardt offers parting wordsFrom the sounds of it the former manager, who was let go on Saturday after 15 years at the club, will be just fine.

– Andrea Swensson, City Pages

Why “full price” isn’t really full price: The true cost of an operaLivingSocial recently offered tickets to the Minnesota Opera at a 50% discount. The reduced price: a single ticket to Mary Stuart for $50.

– Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet

Christmas studio heist brings out goodwill

Twin Cities musicians are putting on yet another benefit, this time for Alarmists frontman Eric Lovold.

– Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

Mr. Chan Presents dissolves

After five years of promoting shows around the Twin Cities, the one-man show booking agency Mr. Chan Presents, an offshoot of Live Nation (and formerly Clear Channel), has folded for financial reasons and agency head James DeCoursey has quietly moved his efforts to booking shows at the Cabooze.

– Andrea Swensson, City Pages

Mr. Chan is no longer presenting

After booking hundreds of shows over the past five years at venues ranging from the Varsity Theater and Fine Line to Station 4 and Myth nightclub, the company quietly shut down its website and closed up shop around the end of the year.

– Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

Album sales decline in 2010 by nearly 13 percent

Album sales fell in 2010. Again. Sales were down 12.7 percent from 2009, according to figures released by Nielsen SoundScan.

– Jon Bream, Star Tribune

Theater

Joseph Scrimshaw: 100 Creatives

It would be difficult to talk about the Minnesota theater scene without mentioning Joseph Scrimshaw.

– Jessica Armbruster, City Pages

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