Sunday news and reviews

Editor’s note: I have to say I was thrilled to see Graydon Royce’s piece on “The Fixers” (filed under “people”). Always great to see female arts leaders recognized for their work. And, imho, Jay Gabler wins the award for best headline of the day with “Sexy Librarian is stacked.”

Arts

CSA: Homegrown art, bought by the bushel A twist on the community food movement delivers fresh, locally grown art.

-CHRISTY DeSMITH , Star Tribune

Books

Duluthian’s debut novel is grand ode to a great lake

The waves of Lake Superior are backdrop and soundtrack in the alternating stories of three strong but severely tested northern women.

– PAMELA MILLER , Star Tribune

A saga from Iowa, punctuated with humor

Thompson’s novel — linked short stories, really, told from various points of view — is an exploration of the lure of freedom and the tug of home.

– LAURIE HERTZEL, Star Tribune

Untold stories of war

An account of the brutal World War I, and the social forces that shaped the first anti-war movement of the 20th century.

– DAVID SHAFFER , Star Tribune

Blood lust in the name of science

A gripping narrative about the rough beginnings of blood transfusions.

– JACK EL-HAI , Star Tribune

Brooks’ latest is beautifully steeped in history

Based on the life of a 17th-century American Indian, the first to graduate from Harvard.

– ELLEN AKINS , Star Tribune

Doyle gets back to his storytelling roots

A new collection of poignant, humorous tales by Irish writer and Booker Prize-winner Roddy Doyle.

– ROBERT CREMINS, Star Tribune

Movies

Caving with the ancients

Article by: COLIN COVERT , Star Tribune Updated: May 1, 2011 – 12:14 AM

The prolific and inquisitive Werner Herzog talks about his latest — a truly underground film.

Music

Alsop delights with Brahms

The Minnesota Orchestra was directed by the first woman to serve as director of a major U.S. orchestra.

– LARRY FUCHSBERG , Star Tribune

Crow’s new nest: Nashville

Sheryl Crow has relocated to Music City and, of course, she’s hatching a country album, too.

– JON BREAM , Star Tribune

People

The fixers

These four women — part of the new arts generation — have revitalized institutions that provide the fuel for artists to flourish, and in the process they have shown that leadership can make a difference.

-GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune

Stage

Commentary: In search of the new

The Guthrie Theater’s slate of plays for 2011-12 seems to reflect doubt and conflict about its vision of itself.

– ROHAN PRESTON and GRAYDON ROYCE, Star Tribune

Sexy Librarian: File Under Rock Musical by Joking Envelope at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage

The play stars Anna Sundberg, and that’s all you really need to know.

– John Olive, HowWasTheShow.com

Joking Envelope’s “Sexy Librarian” is stacked

Writer/director/drummer Scrimshaw’s genre-busting plotting and often clever jokes–presented, per Scrimshaw usual, with infallible regularity–keep Sexy Librarian moving, but it’s sometimes an uphill battle.

– Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet

‘Year of Magical Thinking’ is 90 minutes of dispassion

The idea of losing your entire family, including the sudden death of your spouse of many years and your children, would evoke deep pain and grief for most. But somehow, in “The Year of Magical Thinking” at Nimbus Theatre, that emotion is lacking.

– Renee Valois, Special to the Pioneer Press

“The Year of Magical Thinking”: Nimbus’s wand fails to produce sparks

Presenting the play is a most welcome programming choice by Nimbus, and Theatre de la Jeune Leune co-founder Barbara Berlovitz would seem to make for a dream (one-woman) cast. Unfortunately, this production, directed by Liz Neerland, disappoints–not greatly, but still, disappoints–in many respects.

– Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet

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