Friday news and reviews

The end-of-year reviews continue, just under the deadline…


Of museum wish lists and gifts

2010 gifts and purchases enhance the collections of three Minneapolis art museums.

– Mary Abbe, Star Tribune

Basel 2010: Mission Meta-Impossible

Sean Smuda returns to Art Basel Miami for a third year – read on for an extensive photo essay and his dispatch for on the aesthetics, theory and commercial circus that dominated this year’s fairs.



Home for the ha-ha-holidays

Old comedy buddies from the 1980s — Louie Anderson, Lizz Winstead and Jeff Cesario — talk about coming home for gigs on New Year’s Eve.

– Tom Horgen, Star Tribune


Colin Covert’s 10 best of ’10

A look back includes films big and small, dramas and documentaries, and even “Toy Story 3.”

– Colin Covert, Star Tribune

The best and worst movies of 2010

Lots of things were happening at the movies this year — 3-D, tons of animation, a stake in the heart of the romantic comedy — but, for me, the big trend was bigness.

– Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

The best films you never heard of

Non-blockbusters busted out in 2010, with these outstanding, overlooked movies worthy of your attention.

– Colin Covert, Star Tribune

Coming attractions: Here are some of the movies critic Chris Hewitt is looking forward to in 2011

The movies of 2010 are already soooo 2010. If you’re a movie fan, you’re probably already looking forward to the movies of 2011.

– Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press


The best local music of 2010

Jeremy Messersmith went 6 feet under and rose to the top spot in our annual poll to pick the year’s best local CD.

– Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

Andrew Broder talks about his new band, the Cloak Ox

Andrew Broder, Martin Dosh, Jeremy Ylvisaker, and Mark Erickson are now the Cloak Ox, a new band.

– Andrew Flanagan, City Pages

11 jazz picks for the first 11 weeks of 2011

– Pamela Espeland,


Jill Bernard brings back ‘Drum Machine’… without the machine

This Saturday Jill Bernard returns to the Twin Cities with her solo improv show Drum Machine for a run that continues through the month.

– Ed Huyck, City Pages

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