Monday news and reviews

Books

If Berg’s books seem familiar …

it’s because she has family in Minnesota and a longtime St. Paul friend inspired a character in her latest novel

– Mary Ann Grossmann, Pioneer Press

Music

Haley Bonar at the Cedar Cultural Center, 4/22/11

Minneapolis could not be happier to have Haley Bonar back in town after her stint in Portland–that much was evident by the warm crowd that had assembled for Bonar’s CD release show at the Cedar Cultural Center on Friday night for her new album, Golder.

– Natalie Gallagher, City Pages

Pixies kick up ‘Doolittle’s’ dust

REVIEW: The influential alt-rock band played one of its best albums straight through, but still messed around.

– Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

Tony Allen brings ‘Kindness’ to the Cedar stage, 4/23/11 ​”Monumental,” “transcendent,” and “unbelievable.” These were the words I kept hearing in my head in between all the horn vamps, polyrhythmic shuffles, and body movements that were born of the powerful display on the Cedar Cultural Center’s stage this Saturday courtesy of Tony Allen and his seven-piece band.

– Danny Sigelman, CIty Pages

Stage

This ‘Jersey Boys’ nails it

The tweaked Broadway tour has returned to the Twin Cities for another engagement. It’s the best yet.

– Rohan Preston , Star Tribune

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