2013: A look at the year’s top arts stories

Any way you slice it, 2013 was a big year for the arts. While the orchestras and their respective contract battles dominated the news, plenty of other major events kept the year humming along, and we paid our final respects to a number of great artists and arts supporters. Here’s a look back at the year, month by month.

Prince surprised fans with a last minute series of gigs at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis in January.

January:

The College of Visual Arts announces it will close, followed shortly by the resignation of CVA’s President Ann Ledy.

Southern Theater survives, thanks to downsizing

Former Wallets front man Steve Kramer passes away

The 400 Bar may be gone, but its stories live on

Prince to play six last-minute shows at the Dakota

February:

The Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra perform with Osmo Vanska for the first time in half a year, but still reject latest offer by orchestra management.

Randy Reyes is named successor to Rick Shiomi as Artistic Director of Mu Performing Arts.

Northern Spark moves to St. Paul

Shown on the left: “In-Appropriate 3,” a painting by Frank Buffalo Hyde responding to the use of a Native American headdress and jewelry on a Victoria’s Secret model at a fashion show held on November 7, 2012, shown on the right.

March:

Walker lays off eight staffers

Cabooze manager Jason Aukes passes away

‘Snowbate’ revived for filmmakers

Native American artists take back the headdress

April:

Lanesboro named top “small town art place”

SPCO musicians ratify contract, ending months-long lockout

A group called CVA Action tries to mount a rescue of the College of Visual Arts

And the winners of this year’s Sally Awards are…

Remembering actor Phil Kilbourne

Zach Sobiech at the Current’s birthday party this past January. (Photo by Nate Ryan/MPR)

May:

Minnesota Orchestra cancels rest of season

Terminated, Chris Kluwe becomes ‘The Terminator’

Prominent Twin Cities concert promoter Sue McLean passes away

Inspiring Lakeland teen Zach Sobiech passes away

June:

MN Fringe Festival hires new Executive Director

‘Transformative’ gift of Japanese art comes to MIA

Breaking ground for a new Ordway Hall

Minnesota Orchestra audit finds no legal problems, but raises question of unused funds

The audacity of Low: What does a band ‘owe’ us when we pay to see them perform?

The Suburbs announce first new album in 27 years

Venus de Mars and wife Lynette Reini-Grandell (Photo by Wing Young Huie)

July:

Minnesota Orchestra cancels summer series; labor dispute continues

Thousands in back taxes ride on one question: Is Venus de Mars a professional or amateur artist?

August:

Minnesota Orchestra management rejects mediation proposal

The Replacements make a triumphant return at Riot Fest in Toronto

Asian American men and women used social media this summer and fall to rally support for their protest of Ordway’s “Miss Saigon” production. This image comes from a Tumblr feed.

September:

Photos: A new Orchestra Hall is ready — and waiting

Minnesota Opera to tackle Stephen King horror novel

Ordway’s ‘Miss Saigon’ angers Asian-American artists

October:

The Artists’ Quarter will close at the end of 2013

‘Miss Saigon’ protest draws hundreds

First Avenue buys the Turf Club

Orchestra lovers left wondering about the future after Vanska, Kernis call it quits

Somali Artifact and Cultural Museum fills void for those who left country

Hollywood turns to Minneapolis for ‘Captain Phillips’ casting

St. Paul plans to renovate and reopen historic Palace Theatre

Locals Holly Henry and Ashley DuBose end their run on The Voice

Emanuel Ax hugs Osmo Vanska farewell
(MPR Photo / Nate Ryan)

November:

Give to the Max Day raises $17M despite tech issues

Minnesota Orchestra negotiations collapse — again

Remembering arts supporter Sage Cowles

’12 Years a Slave’ director adds second Minneapolis appearance

First Avenue employee and former 400 Bar manager Billy Sverkerson passes away

December:

Minnesota Orchestra board posts $1.1 million deficit

Guthrie Theater reports first deficit in 18 years

Minneapolis a cappella group Home Free wins NBC’s The Sing Off

So what was your top arts story of 2013? What are we missing? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

  • Wanda Finda Jobfor-Henson

    I’d have to add “Domaingate”…the discovery in August that the MOA had bought up multiple domain names prior to the lockout of the musicians – evidence of management’s advance planning to silence public protest over their actions.

  • Mike

    Maybe the December call by 10 in the state legislature for the resignation of Minnesota Orchestra board and management leadership? Have state political leaders ever before advocated for cleaning house at such a prestigious (well formerly prestigious) arts institution in Minnesota?