Monday news and reviews

Movies

It’s good to be ‘king’

The received wisdom was right. To no one’s surprise, the top prizes went as predicted in Sunday’s dull, anticlimactic Academy Awards.

– COLIN COVERT, Star Tribune

‘King’s Speech’ rules the Oscars

The three big winners at the Oscar ceremony last night were the year’s most mind-blowing film, a movie about the social networking site Facebook and a movie about a king who didn’t have a single Facebook friend.

– Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

Chris Hewitt’s Oscar observations

For all the talk that this year’s show would be different from previous, overlong shows, it wasn’t.

– Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

Music

Haggard, Kristofferson make things unforgettable

REVIEW: Haggard stepped in to pick up Kristofferson, who was battling a cold and was in less-than-great voice.

– JON BREAM, Star Tribune

Music review: Marsalis and Blanchard focus on the new, not the tried-and-true

Sunday’s concert featured mostly new compositions by the two bandleaders and their colleagues — a refreshing change, since most Orchestra Hall jazz shows feature tried-and-true standards.

– Dan Emerson, Pioneer Press

Stage

Song Of Extinction by Theater Latté Da performing on the Guthrie’s Dowling Stage

Song Of Extinction is a fierce meditation on death, species extinction, grief, familial dysfunction, adolescent anger, and the redemptive power of music.

– John Olive, howwastheshow.com

“The Pillowman” by Six Elements Theatre: Cold, hard truth

By the end of the first scene, I decided that while great art is worth making sacrifices for, I really was not going to enjoy the remaining two hours of the long play if I could not feel my toes.

– Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet

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