Monday news and reviews

Movies

Tracing the roots of radicals

“Somalis need to tell our own stories,” says an ex-radio journalist whose documentary about the young men who left Minneapolis to fight in Somalia is showing this week.

– ALLIE SHAH, Star Tribune

Music

Decemberists bowl over fans

Playing opposite the big game, the Oregonian folk-rockers packed in old nuggets with help from a guest singer/fiddler.

– CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER, Star Tribune

Twin Cities Hip-Hop Awards celebrate the diversity of local hip-hip

Each of the past five years, the Twin Cities Hip-Hop Awards, for better and for worse, have revealed how much more hip-hop there is in the Twin Cities and tries to bring all the artists and fans together for at least one night.

– Justin Schell, TC Daily Planet

Peter Wolf Crier and Retribution Gospel Choir at the Cedar Cultural Center: Loud and in love

Judging by the wide-eyed Peter Pisano of Peter Wolf Crier gleefully watching Alan Sparhawk tear it up on guitar during Retribution Gospel Choir’s opening set at the Cedar Cultural Center on Thursday, it seemed clear to me that this was possibly their favorite tour so far in their band’s short lifespan.

– Kyle Matteson, TC Daily Planet

Stage

Theater review: ‘The Winter’s Tale’

It’s not Shakespeare at his best, but the Guthrie Theater staging still has something to say

– Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press

Workhaus Collective’s “Little Eyes” at the Guthrie Theater: See ennui, hear ennui, speak ennui

Instead of presenting real characters with comprehensible motivations, both plays give us outrageous archetypes who bounce around randomly, like ping-pong balls in a popcorn maker.

– Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet

Gonzo Group’s “No Exit”: A hell of a show

Sartre’s play is an easy target for cheap gags (see the headline of this review), but it’s not a joke: it’s one of the most brilliant, surprisingly humane plays of the 20th century.

– Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet


Movies

Tracing the roots of radicals

“Somalis need to tell our own stories,” says an ex-radio journalist whose documentary about the young men who left Minneapolis to fight in Somalia is showing this week.

– ALLIE SHAH, Star Tribune