Thursday news and reviews

Art

The Art Of Law

A Twin Cities law firm has dumped its permanent art collection and become a pseudo gallery for the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

- JOHN EWOLDT , Star Tribune

Our stuff is out to get us: Exhibitions at the Katherine E. Nash gallery and the Center for Book Arts

- Max Sparber, MinnPost.com

Urban Arts celebrates their first anniversary with ‘A Night of Art and Dance’

Urban Arts, a local organization whose mission is to advocate for visual, musical, and performance-based art forms, is adding another form of expression to their list: party.

- Coco Mault, City Pages

Books

mnLIT presents: Rebecca Dosch-Brown

Read “My Best Friend Once” by Rebecca Dosch-Brown, selected for the 2010 cycle of mnLIT’s What Light Poetry Project by acclaimed poet Sun Yung Shin (SKIRT FULL OF BLACK).

- mnartists.org

National Poetry Month: Five views on Minnesota poetry

Todd Boss, Carol Connolly, Lightsey Darst, James Lenfestey and Esther Porter all share their thoughts on poetry.

- Linda White, Examiner.com

General

A pie in the face of elegance: Victor Borge at the American Swedish Institute; ‘Freaks’ at the Heights

- Max Sparber, MinnPost.com

Music

JoAnna James at Aster Cafe, 4/5/2011

JoAnna James has a voice that could halt a stampede of wild horses–such is her stirring vocal power.

- Natalie Gallagher, City Pages

Community singing: The comeback

Unimaginable today, but the Page One banner headline of the July 27, 1930, Minneapolis Sunday Tribune blared: “MINNEAPOLIS IS TEACHING AMERICA HOW TO SING.” The biggest story that day was about people of all singing stripes coming together to lift their voices in area parks — a phenomenon that is on its way to being revived by Betty Tisel, a Minneapolis native/singer/activist, who launched Minnesota Sings with a couple of friends last year.

- Jim Walsh, MinnPost.com

Heiruspecs playing old school (again) Thursday

Probably the best alcohol-free show I saw all last year — not saying much, I admit, but it was indeed great — local hip-hop giants Heiruspecs performed in the auditorium of their alma mater, St. Paul Central High School, to raise money for a scholarship fund. Things went so well, the band is doing it again Thursday night.

- Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

A legend’s French twist on standards

Pianist Michel Legrand, who has worked with everyone from Miles Davis to Clint Eastwood, makes his Twin Cities debut.

- JON BREAM , Star Tribune

Wye Oak grow roots, finally, in the Twin Cities

Tuesday’s packed Wye Oak show at the Turf Club, with openers Zoo Animal and Callers, proved the necessity of showcasing female musicianship in a world where men still call the shots.

- Alex Gaterud, TC Daily Planet

Tom Wincek of All Tiny Creatures talks Justin Vernon, art, and cassettes

Ever humble and hard working, Tom Wincek of All Tiny Creatures recently shared his thoughts on his writing process and ambitions for the future.

- Youa Vang, City Pages

Stage

Obituary: Thomas Proehl, theater figure

His career included stints at the Guthrie Theater, University of Minnesota and theaters on West Coast.

- Graydon Royce, Star Tribune

‘Next Fall’ is more than an odd couple

At first blush, the latest piece at the Jungle Theater seems a bit like a typical TV comedy: Two mismatched gay lovers–one an atheist, the other a fundamentalist Christian–try to forge a relationship in modern-day New York. But as the play unfolds deeper issues come to the surface about faith and the hereafter when one of the two, Luke, is critically injured in a car accident.

- Ed Huyck, City Pages

Pangea’s Alternate Visions Festival delves deep

This weekend Pangea World Theater opens its Alternate Visions Festival, an event presenting new theatrical work showcasing diverse voices.

- Sheila Regan, City Pages

‘Murderess’ symposium looks at women and violence

“Mean Girls and Dangerous Women: Women and Violence in Popular Culture” features a quartet of speakers examining different aspects of the topic. It all ties in with Anne Bertram’s play, which takes a look at several women murderers in American history.

- Ed Huyck, City Pages

BNW moving shows downtown

The Brave New Workshop is on the road to expansion. In February, the Minneapolis City Council approved the sale of the city’s Hennepin Stages theater to the comedy troupe. BNW’s offer of $725,000 for the theater was accepted, and basic terms of the loan have been agreed upon.

- Amy Carlson Gustafson, Pioneer Press

Greta Oglesby: After ‘Caroline,’ change

This weekend, Oglesby will perform the crowd-pleasing “Lot’s Wife” at the Capri Theater, along with other Broadway show tunes and gospel songs.

- Pamela Espeland. MinnPost.com

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