Saturday news and reviews


‘Midnight Party’ opens at the Walker Art Center

The Walker Art Center’s newest exhibit, “Midnight Party,” has all the makings of a great shindig–or the telltale signs that one has already happened.

– Coco Mault, City Pages


Dellwood author Westra wins Reader Views award

“After the Murder of My Son,” by Mary Rondeau Westra of Dellwood, won first place in the memoir/ autobiography/biography category of Reader Views Literary Awards.

– Mary Ann Grossman, Pioneer Press


Minnesota Culture Club binds transplanted artists in NYC

The idea of the “club” is to bring together artists, journalists, musicians and other talented and generally ambitious young Minnesotans who are now living elsewhere, but who still crave the kind of community and support they left behind in the Gopher State

– Dylan Dawson,

A flibbertygibbet and his iPad: Taking St. Paddy’s parade photos — and not taking ‘Broke-ology’ ones

– Max Sparber,


Schnabel in Minneapolis to debut provocative ‘Miral’

Julian Schnabel’s provocative movie about coming of age in the Palestinian Territories has ignited a furor even before going into wide release.

– COLIN COVERT, Star Tribune

Justin Schell, hip-hop diaspora academic

​Justin Schell, who was recently awarded a Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Initiative grant for his in-progress documentary, We Rock Long Distance, has been busy as of late.

– Sheila Regan, City Pages


Ruth Adams dies at 79Ruth Adams, the accordion player for Minneapolis’s beloved World’s Most Dangerous Polka Band, a mainstay at Nye’s Polonaise Room, has died at age 79 of cancer.

– Andy Mannix, City Pages

Minneapolis polka queen Ruth Adams dies

Adams died Friday at Hennepin County Medical Center at age 79 after a battle with cancer.

– Tim Campbell, Star Tribune

Review: Cantus’ intimacy is rewarding in sacred music sampler

Cantus is all about intimacy. The vocal ensemble’s nine men shape their musical collaborations through intense eye contact, seemingly searing the music into one another’s souls while singing.

– Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press

Centuries of sacred music, sung by Cantus

Across time and geography, the choral group makes beautiful music together.

– WILLIAM RANDALL BEARD, Special to the Star Tribune

The new jazz seasons: What we’ll see — and what we won’t see

It’s shaping up to be an interesting 2011-12 for jazz in the Twin Cities. There’s good news, not-so-good news, and brand-new news about the music we’ll hear.

– Pamela Espeland,

The Foo Fighters choose local filmmakers to create their next music video, will play live in your garage

Three talented and fortunate Minnesota filmmakers have been chosen to create a new music video for the Foo Fighters. Director Justin Staggs and producers Ben Katz and Shane Nelson are currently in pre-production for a video for “Back And Forth,” a song from the Foo’s hotly anticipated forthcoming record Wasting Light. Filming is set to begin in the Minneapolis area on Sunday, March 20.

– Erik Thompson,City Pages


Oedipus the ex-con, in a barrio

Sophocles’ mythic tragedy gets a poetic, imaginative retelling by Pangea and Teatro del Pueblo.

– LISA BROCK, Star Tribune

‘Broke-ology’: Trying to fix what can’t be fixed

Throughout Nathan Louis Jackson’s Broke-ology, we never learn much about the details that tore the King family apart, but we get to see the wreckage

– Ed Huyck, City Pages

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