Wednesday news and reviews

Editor’s note: While I usually focus on local reporting, the deaths of Elizabeth Taylor and Pinetop Perkins seemed particularly noteworthy, so I’ve linked to stories on both.

Art

Jenny Schmid: 100 Creatives

Jenny Schmid’s print work looks to the future as well as the past through inspirations as broad as medieval engravings, the ’90s riot girl scene, and modern Eastern Europe, where she has lived and studied.

– Jessica Armbruster, City Pages

Books

Freeman’s latest is evocative and unpredictable

A deadly fire is at the heart of Freeman’s latest mystery, moved from Duluth to Door County.

– CAROLE E. BARROWMAN, Star Tribune

Dance

Big dance town

When it comes to dance, our little towns on the prairie are leaps and bounds ahead of most U.S. cities. A special report on the surprising scene and some of its top artists.

– CAROLINE PALMER, Star Tribune

General

Documents of subcultures: ‘Queer Twin Cities’ and ‘Time Masters’

– Max Sparber, MinnPost.com

Movies/Television

Elizabeth Taylor, beautiful Oscar-winning actress who led soap-opera like life, dies at 79

She was surrounded by her four children when she died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she had been hospitalized for about six weeks, said publicist Sally Morrison.

– DAVID GERMAIN and HILLEL ITALIE , Associated Press

Trans-Atlantic slave trade film kicks off Black docs TV series

A new initiative to showcase Black documentaries has been launched on the Documentary Channel (DOC).

– Charles Hallman, Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder

This week in genre filmmaking: ‘Ip Man 2′ and ‘Paul’

– Max Sparber, MinnPost.com

Music

Bluesman, Grammy winner Pinetop Perkins remembered for distinctive voice, aggressive style

Muddy Waters was looking for a new piano player when chain-smoking journeyman Pinetop Perkins showed off his aggressive keyboarding during a jam session.

– SHELIA BYRD and JIM VERTUNO , Associated Press

Minnesota SXSW 2011 invasion: Complete

Of the 60-odd Twin Cities bands down at SXSW this year, Doomtree worked the place like they owned it.

– Andrea Swensson, City Pages

SXSW buzz bands coming to town (some very soon!)

The Vaccines will join the Arcitc Monkeys’ local date, while the Dodos and Chapel Club are both here this week.

– Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

Stage

‘Woyzeck’ gives old tale fresh spin

Filmmaker William Kentridge and the artists from the Handspring Puppet Company have created their own interpretation of the work, moving the action from 19th-century Germany to Jonannesburg in 1956 at the advent of South African apartheid.

– Ed Huyck, City Pages

Standup spotlight: Who the F is Gabe Noah?

This week, City Pages sat down with one of the Twin Cities’ funniest up-and-coming comics to talk about his wild–and very real–trip through the world of standup.

– Patrick Strait, City Pages

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