Sunday news and reviews

Wow – Star Tribune dominates today. Pioneer Press has all of one article, TC Daily Planet website is down at the moment, and everybody else appears to have taken the day off. I wonder if it has anything to do with a certain game today..?


Renaissance rock stars

Exquisite masterpieces from 16th-century Venice take center stage in a Minneapolis Institute of Arts show.

– MARY ABBE, Star Tribune


Blowing the whistle on sports myths

Following the example of “Freakonomics,” two professors examine the facts behind common misconceptions in the world of sports.

– ALLEN BARRA, Star Tribune

Round peg in a very square hole

A Communist school system tries to make a Mongolian boy conform.

– KATHRYN KYSAR, Star Tribune


One woman’s trek around the North Pole reveals the lives and histories of the people who live there.

– JULIE FOSTER, Star Tribune

‘Paris’ exposes the gritty reality of the City of Light

Thirty-two essays and stories take the shine off the city’s romantic sheen.

– ROCHELLE OLSON, Star Tribune

‘Weird Sisters’ are charming and fun – and not really all that weird

Eleanor Brown’s likable debut novel is the story of three grown sisters who return home when their mother falls ill.

– LAURIE HERTZEL, Star Tribune

Wojahn takes on ‘all the world’ with new poems

The ninth collection of poetry by St. Paul native David Wojahn.



Kronos Quartet is still provocative after all these years

Kronos’ Friday-evening concert, the first of two contrasting programs at the Walker Art Center, highlighted a central strand of the quartet’s activity: its mining of the music of peoples and cultures under stress — music seemingly more urgent and more pointedly communicative than that conceived under conditions of relative security and comfort.



Lots of help for Mother Courage

A small Chicago company with Minnesota roots returns home with Barbra Berlovitz in Brecht’s antiwar masterpiece.

– GRAYDON ROYCE, Star Tribune

It’s easy to take a shine to Jungle Theater’s ‘Shirley Valentine’

The Jungle Theater is no stranger to single-actor shows, but its production of “Shirley Valentine” is a winsome variation on that theme.

– Dominic P. Papatola, Pioneer Press

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?

Steppenwolf and the Goodman battle for top-of-heap status in Chicago’s varied theater world.

– CLAUDE PECK, Star Tribune


A Guthrie ‘guinea pig’ makes good in Hollywood

Before arriving at Fox’s new comedy “Traffic Light,” Aya Cash got her actor’s permit in Minnesota.

– NEAL JUSTIN, Star Tribune

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