Wednesday news and reviews

Books

Playboy of the Irish world

This brilliant novel is based on the life of playwright John Millington Synge, told through the eyes of his lover.

- KATHERINE BAILEY, Star Tribune

Milkweed Editions book makes Believer Book award short-list

“Orion, You Came and You Took All Our Marbles,” a quirky novel by Kira Henehan, published by Milkweed Editions of Minneapolis, has been named to the Believer Book Award short-list.

- Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune

General

Biting the ankles of history: Max learns about George Washington, and is bedeviled by children

- Max Sparber, MinnPost.com

Music

Bob Dylan’s lyrical muse Suze Rotolo dies at 67Rotolo, an artist and Dylan’s girlfriend and lyrical muse when he came to prominence in the early 1960s, died Friday. She was 67.

- Associated Press

Desdamona Ross: 100 Creatives

Making it in any scene is a difficult task, but breaking into hip hop as a female performer is especially hard. Local word maven Desdamona has managed this task.

- Jessica Armbruster

Real-Phonic 8th Commandment Revival at First Avenue, 2/28/2011

Four hours of soul-stirring, rousing country–not the Tim McGraw variety or the Taylor Swift attitude, mind you, but the real stuff, the rural kind of country they don’t play on country radio stations

- Natalie Gallagher, City Pages

David Gray at the State Theatre, 2/28/11

It’s obvious Gray puts an effort into making his audience feel comfortable, sheltered, and warm.

- Cindal Lee Heart, City Pages

Stage

Theater Review / All the right notes Theater Latte Da’s ‘Song of Extinction’ a touching triumph

In “Song of Extinction” — a very good new play by EM Lewis — almost all of the characters are trying to bury their pain in something else, be it music, teaching or even entomology.

- Rob Hubbard , Pioneer Press

Song of Extinction at the Dowling Studio

Examining the death of a family

- Ed Huyck, City Pages

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