Wednesday news and reviews

Here’s your daily round-up of arts stories making headlines…

Books

Warm, funny memoir of yoga and motherhood

Claire Dederer approached yoga the same way she approached everything — with a goal of perfection. In this engaging memoir, she finds that yoga helped her embrace imperfection.

– Kim SchmidT, Star Tribune

Books by and for young Muslim readers — the missing links

The ten years since 9/11 have actually seen promising rise in books about Muslim history, Muslims in America, and books about young Muslims, particularly stories that debunk myths about Muslim girls and women.

Mary Treacy, TC Daily Planet

Movies

Meek’s Cutoff among the films to watch for in 2011We’ve had our fill of last month’s crop of Oscar-seeking masterpieces, so we’ve decided to cast a quick glance forward to 10 films we’re most excited to see in 2011.

– Chuck Wilson, City Pages

Sigmund Freud and the dying cat: The most promising movies of 2011I wouldn’t go so far as to say that 2010 was a disappointing year for movies, but I would say that there have been better years.

– Jim Brunzell III, TC Daily Planet

Music

Eric Lovold, Kicks and Spurs, Brian DeRemer piecing lives back together following robbery

It has been a little over a week since the fateful Christmas Eve break-in at the Alarmists’ frontman Eric Lovold’s apartment and home recording studio, and Lovold is slowly piecing his life back together.

– Natalie Gallagher, City Pages

Beyond chiptunes: Video game composers for our timesWhen Video Games Live! arrives at Orchestra Hall this Friday it’s not just going to be a fun nostalgia trip for anyone who grew up Playing with Power. It’s also going to be a showcase of the evolution of video game soundtracks, one that covers a long span from Koji Kondo’s simple-but-infectious 8-bit Super Mario Bros. themes to the grand symphonic sweep of Kow Otani’s score to Shadow of the Colossus.

– Nate Patrin, City Pages

Theater

Nightpath Theatre’s rough take on ‘Macbeth’

With their spare settings and universal stories, Shakespeare’s plays lend themselves to tinkering. The creators at Nightpath Theatre Company have taken Macbeth, a bloody tale of revenge and betrayal, and moved it to a potentially bloodthirsty setting: the theatrical rehearsal room.

– Ed Huyck, City Pages

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