Monday news and reviews


It’s good to be ‘king’

The received wisdom was right. To no one’s surprise, the top prizes went as predicted in Sunday’s dull, anticlimactic Academy Awards.

– COLIN COVERT, Star Tribune

‘King’s Speech’ rules the Oscars

The three big winners at the Oscar ceremony last night were the year’s most mind-blowing film, a movie about the social networking site Facebook and a movie about a king who didn’t have a single Facebook friend.

– Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

Chris Hewitt’s Oscar observations

For all the talk that this year’s show would be different from previous, overlong shows, it wasn’t.

– Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press


Haggard, Kristofferson make things unforgettable

REVIEW: Haggard stepped in to pick up Kristofferson, who was battling a cold and was in less-than-great voice.

– JON BREAM, Star Tribune

Music review: Marsalis and Blanchard focus on the new, not the tried-and-true

Sunday’s concert featured mostly new compositions by the two bandleaders and their colleagues — a refreshing change, since most Orchestra Hall jazz shows feature tried-and-true standards.

– Dan Emerson, Pioneer Press


Song Of Extinction by Theater Latté Da performing on the Guthrie’s Dowling Stage

Song Of Extinction is a fierce meditation on death, species extinction, grief, familial dysfunction, adolescent anger, and the redemptive power of music.

– John Olive,

“The Pillowman” by Six Elements Theatre: Cold, hard truth

By the end of the first scene, I decided that while great art is worth making sacrifices for, I really was not going to enjoy the remaining two hours of the long play if I could not feel my toes.

– Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet

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