Wednesday news and reviews

Art

Highpoint Center for Printmaking welcomes the Tamarind Institute

Highpoint Center for Printmaking (HCP), West Lake Street’s hub for printmaking artists, has a new show on view featuring works from the Tamarind Institute, a world-renowned studio for lithography.

– Sheila Regan, City Pages

Chris Hajny: 100 Creatives

The artist has built quite an interesting and varied resume, including illustrative work, commercial product design and gig posters.

– Jessica Armbruster, City Pages

Oddities: Two exhibits of the unexpected and the alarming

– Max Sparber, MinnPost.com

‘Nature of Romance’ at Steven’s Square Center for the Arts

Overall, “The Nature of Romance” has brought together excellent variations on a theme, creating a show sexy and sweet enough to inspire a boudoir for the 21st century.

– Coco Mault, City Pages

Books

Borders to close 30 percent of stores, files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy protection

Bookseller Borders, which helped pioneer superstores that put countless mom-and-pop bookshops out of business, filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday, sunk by crushing debt and sluggishness in adapting to a rapidly changing industry.

– Mae Anderson , Associated Press

Power of storytelling, elusiveness of truth

A storyteller in Marrakesh plumbs the ground between fact and fiction in his nightly tale as he tries to learn the truth behind his brother’s arrest for murder.

– Kim Schmidt, Star Tribune

Dance

Twin Cities dance center chooses director

New York arts executive Frank Sonntag will oversee the opening of Cowles Center.

– Graydon Royce, Star Tribune

Minnesota Sunshine Dance warms up China audiences

It all started around 2000 with a few talented Hmong girls practicing at the home in their basement.

– Ange Hwang, Asian American Press

Movies

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s “Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives” is a mouthful, and a must-see

Though Uncle Boonmee is a hard film to describe, it is a beautiful and thought-provoking one and should be a must-see for all Twin Cities cinephiles.

– Jim Brunzell III, TC Daily Planet

Music & Movies in the Park returns

Dust off the bug spray. Oil the lawn chairs. One of Minneapolis’s most popular outdoor festivals returns to Loring Park next summer.

– Colin Covert, Star Tribune

Walker Art Center’s Music & Movies in Loring Park returns this summer

New this year will be a special evening featuring a silent film screening with a live music soundtrack at the Walker’s green space.

– Jessica Armbruster, City Pages

McKnighty-Nights part II: The filmmakers

This week will wrap up the 2010 McKnight and IFP Media Arts fellowship presentations with an evening for the filmmaker fellows.

– Shelby Meyers, City Pages

Music

Justin Townes Earle delivers a blue Valentine’s show

Justin Townes Earle made his debut as a First Avenue headliner

– Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

Southern Songbook at the Southern Theater, 2/14/11

Nothing like a good ol’ morose evening to warm the spirits on a dreary February night.

– Andrea Swensson, City Pages

Elton John’s Duluth concert sells out in minutes, leaving many disappointed fans

Most went away disappointed, victims of high demand, high technology and a balky credit card system.

– Steve Kuchera, Duluth News Tribune

Justin Townes Earle at First Avenue, 2/14/11

Justin Townes Earle appeared onstage Monday night, met by the enthusiastic cheers of a perty-full crowd at First Avenue, he in contact lenses, proclaiming himself to be “all hopped up on B vitamins, ladies and gentlemen.”

– Nikki Miller, City Pages

Jessica Hopper talks about growing up in Minneapolis

In 2009, she published A Girl’s Guide to Rocking, an all-encompassing book that doesn’t just promote female activism; it also explains the ins-and-outs of the business, such as how to buy an instrument and how to soundproof a studio.

– Loren Green, City Pages

The King of Limbs: What is Radiohead’s ‘Newspaper Album’?

Radiohead announced in the midst of America’s annual Grammy deluge that their newest record, titled The King of Limbs, will be released this Saturday on their website.

– Andrew Flanagan, City Pages

Robyn, Diamond Rings, and Natalia Kills move the masses at First Avenue

If Robyn was still feeling the ill effects of her sickness, she didn’t let us see it as she took the stage dancing and played a long set, with no fewer than three encores, to what she described as the best crowd of her tour to date.

– Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet

Best Coast and Wavves at the Varsity Theater: Hormones and aliens, but otherwise nothing special

Although I like both artists, past experiences had set my expectations low.

– Becky Lang, TC Daily Planet

Stage

‘Drakul’ bites off a bit more than it can drink

While much of the action is engrossing, the show drags during the second act in places where it should be racing to its conclusion.

– Ed Huyck, City Pages

Sex and politics Brave New Workshop’s latest revue reviews greatest hits on these topics.

As a congressman’s recent indiscretion-driven resignation reminds us, sex and politics have long been bedfellows. They’re also the twin engines that propel Brave New Workshop’s latest comedy revue, “Sarah Palin’s Minnesota or Hindsight is 2011.”

– Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press

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