Tuesday news and reviews

Well, all you need to do is take a look at the articles in today’s “Books” section to know that the local literary scene ROCKS. Minnesota authors and publishers win major awards, as does Once Upon A Crime book store, and a new book store is opening up, run by volunteers! Enjoy…

Art

Adam Turman: 100 Creatives

Over the years Turman has created gig posters for events ranging from beer fests to rock shows to bike rides, and even a cover for City Pages. To gaze upon the work of Adam Turman is to catch a glimpse of Minnesota culture, spanning the gamut from foodies to hipsters to wholesome folks (and sometimes it’s all of those things at once).

- Jessica Armbruster, City Pages

Books

Minnesotans rule book awards

Five authors and two publishers were honored by the American Library Association.

- Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune

Minnesota authors DiCamillo and McGhee honored for beginning reader book

Minnesotan writers Kate DiCamillo and Alison McGhee have won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for their first collaboration, “Bink & Gollie.”

- Mary Ann Grossmann, Pioneer Press

Boneshaker Books to open in the Seward neighborhood

Readers of zines and those interested in radical political theory and movements lost an important social space and resource when Arise! Bookstore closed its doors last year. Fortunately, people interested in obscure and independently published books on history, politics, and arts will have a new space to shop, share ideas, and mingle when Boneshaker Books opens this Saturday in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis.

- Jessica Armbruster, City Pages

Once Upon a Crime bookstore to receive national award from Mystery Writers of America

“The Raven Award” recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing.

- Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet

Music

Debbie Friedman, Minnesota-raised Jewish songwriter, dies

When we think of one Jewish songwriter from Minnesota who changed everything, we usually think of Bob Dylan. But there was another one, and she died unexpectedly of pneumonia this past weekend, and I thought I would take a moment to mark her passing.

- Max Sparber, MinnPost.com

High school musicians chosen for Mingus fest

The Dakota Jazz Combo, a group of eight high school jazz musicians from across the Twin Cities, has been selected to participate in the Charles Mingus High School Competition and Festival, Feb. 19 and 20 in New York City.

- Pioneer Press

Inukshuk Pass’s Patti Ryan on “the struggle and redemption in life”

“The image for each song comes like wrapping on a gift. In a similar style to Jacob Lawrence, I am moved to portray the everyday life of those coming through emotional discovery.”

- Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet

Stage

Gritty world of sales is a dazzling thing to behold in ‘Glengarry Glen Ross’

David Mamet’s scorching masterwork is an indictment and a celebration of the high-pressure salesman.

- Graydon Royce, Star Tribune

A winning group of James Dean fans

Director David Coral and a fine cast balance brittle humor and dark themes in play set in a Texas dime store during a drought.

- William Randall Beard, Star Tribune

‘Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean’ Good production, iffy material

No one would accuse playwright Ed Graczyk of writing a believable story with true-to-life characters in “Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.”

- Renee Valois, Pioneer Press

Theatre in the Round does justice to Ed Gracyk’s fine play “Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean”

Best known as the Robert Altman film that helped make Cher a movie star, the story actually is quite a cut above Hollywood’s usual fodder. It’s a bittersweet saga of old friends and the shifting, tenuous foundations beneath their relationships with one another.

- Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet

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