Art Hounds: Thomas Dolby, Werther and Lotte, and an arresting silent film in Duluth

Thumbnail image for joanofarc.JPGRenée Falconetti as Jeanne d’Arc in Carl Dreyer’s 1928 film, “The Passion of Joan of Arc” (Image courtesy of the The Criterion Collection)

The hounds are following a tragic, yet engagingly theatrical love story, a silent film classic with a local soundtrack, and an ’80s New Wave superstar who’s still going strong.

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emilydussault.jpgTwin Cities actor Emily Dussault went to see The Moving Company’s latest production “Werther and Lotte: The Passion and the Sorrow,” at the Lab Theater in Minneapolis and was transfixed. It’s a tragic love story and original work inspired by the writings of Goethe and Thomas Mann. Emily says she was captivated by the chemistry between company regulars Nathan Keepers and Christina Baldwin, as well as the inventive, playful staging of the play. “Werther and Lotte” is on stage through April 15.

lawrencelee.JPGLawrence Lee is interested in any art that has Joan of Arc as its subject. So the Duluth actor, writer and director is thrilled about a screening of the 1928 silent film “The Passion of Joan of Arc” at Zinema 2 twin art house cinema in Duluth on Friday at 7pm. Lawrence says the Minneapolis indie rock band Zoo Animal has put together a soundtrack for the film, which it will perform live at the screening.

williameddins.jpgTwin Cities guest conductor-at-large Bill Eddins was hooked back in 1981 when Thomas Dolby released his dawn-of-the-video-era defining hit, “She Blinded Me with Science.” Eddins remained glued to Dolby’s career after most everyone else lost interest and will be rewarded this Friday when Dolby plays a rare concert at the Cedar in Minneapolis. Unfortunately for the rest of you Thomas Dolby fans, the show is sold out.

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