Friday News and reviews


Art by the bushel

A twist on the community food movement delivers fresh, locally grown art.

– Christy DeSmith,

Yeti Records exhibits new art

All of the artists presented in the upcoming show at Yeti Records have cred in both the art and music worlds.

– Sheila Regan, City Pages

The pleasures of apocalypse: Two artists at the Soo Visual Arts Center

There’s a magnificent apocalypse taking place at Soo Visual Arts on Lyndale, which goes by the nickname SooVac, which sounds like a 1950s cleaning device. It’s a series of painting by Michigan painter Robert McCann called “You Had Me At Goodbye.” SooVac also has three pieces on display by an artist named Jessica Teckemeyer, collectively titled “We Are Animal.”

– Max Sparber,


Goodbye, books. I won’t miss you.

Now, when I occasionally pick up an IRL book, it feels like I’m holding a little papery corpse. I will continue to honor the dead, but now that I’ve seen the glorious light beyond, I won’t mourn their passing.

– Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet

mnLIT presents: Alison Morse

Read Alison Morse’s 2010 entry in the miniStories/mnLIT competition, “My Sister,” selected as a finalist in last year’s cycle by our full panel of flash fiction jurors: Alexander Chee, Daniel Handler, Heather McElhatton, Kevin Larimer, and Dennis Cass.



An Encyclopedia of Dance Made Flesh

Dance critic Linda Shapiro offers her take on the first weekend performances of Zenon Dance Company’s spring 2011 season, with particular kudos to the “homegrown, world-class artists” among the dancers.


Dance Us Beyond the Quotidian

Lightsey Darst reviews the recent performances of SCUBA Touring Dance Network at the Southern Theater, and in the process reflects on the bigger question: what do we go to performance for in the first place?


Northrop Dance moves … and moves next year

The Northrop Dance season won’t be at the Northrop Auditorium on the University of Minnesota next year, but the series will still feature world-class ballet and modern dance.

– Pioneer Press


Southern Theater faces shutdown deadline

Officials at the theater are publicly optimistic as their self-imposed April 30 fund-raising cutoff approaches.

Article by: ROHAN PRESTON , Star Tribune


‘Pom Wonderfu’ tackles product placement

Morgan Spurlock’s documentary examines stealth advertising.

Article by: Colin Covert , Star Tribune

Review: This time, Spurlock’s argument is difficult to buy

It’s tough for a documentary to make its case when it’s part of the problem it criticizes.

– Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

Review: Retro farce a delightful confection with just the right amount of frosting

You could think of “Potiche” as a more knowing version of the old-fashioned comedies they often do at the Old Log Theater in Excelsior.

– Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

So many cliches, you wouldn’t touch this movie with a 10-foot pole

If the goal of “White Irish Drinkers” is to see how many shopworn movie-plot points it can cram into one tedious melodrama, then it succeeds beautifully.

– Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

Review: Looks like Hollywood has become the Grimm reaper

The dead-for-two-centuries brothers Grimm are Hollywood’s hot screenwriters.

– Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

Review: Still fast, still furious – but driven to distraction

“Quit talking! We’ve only got a two-minute window!” a character says early in “Fast Five.” It’s a message the movie should have heeded.

– Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

‘Fast Five’ drives 90 mph in a 35 zone

The plot to “Fast Five” swerves to Brazil, where chases, crashes and explosions seem to tear up half of Rio de Janeiro.

Article by: Colin Covert, Star Tribune

At this ‘Prom’, Disney’s our date

Article by: TOM HORGEN , Star Tribune Updated: April 28, 2011 – 3:36 PM

“Prom” might lack edge, but it’s gooey fun.

Review: Young girls will want to dance all night

I think people who would go to a movie named “Prom” are going to like the movie named “Prom.”

– Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

Snap, crackle, pop: ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘Riki-Oh’ — different approaches to spectacle of violence

– Max Sparber,


Pachyderm Studios’ Cannon Falls property for sale

Pachyderm Studios, best known as the recording site of Nirvana’s final studio album, In Utero, as well as the place where dozens of local bands holed up in the early- to mid-’90s to record their work, has gone out of business once and for all and the property is now for sale.

– Andrea Swensson, City Pages

Review: Schubert Club offers a German ode to love

Few English speakers would call German the language of love. But it can be, if handled with care and compassion…and if accompanied by beautiful melodies from the pens of Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann, and sung by such splendid voices as poured out from the stage of St. Paul’s Ordway Center on Thursday night.

– Rob Hubbard, Special to the Pioneer Press

The Pixies at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium: Good as new

Bring it down they did, and we went with them head over heels. I walked out whistling into the cool night air satisfied that one of my favorite bands hadn’t changed a bit–and I liked it that way.

– Stacy Schwartz, TC Daily Planet

Dirty Knobs release 8-hour-long ambient album

Field Notes is something quite extraordinary. The tracks range from 20 minutes up to an hour in length, and stretch endlessly into a sprawling symphony of drones and waves.

– Andrea Swensson, City Pages

No Bird Sing on the wire

Article by: JAY BOLLER , Special to the Star Tribune Updated: April 28, 2011 – 2:50 PM

The hip-hop trio gets harder-edged on its angry, intellectual sophomore CD, “Theft of the Commons.”

Jorma Kaukonen, still soulful and still on the road–including a stop at the Cedar Cultural Center

On the heels of Hot Tuna’s Steady As She Goes (Red House Records), the indefatigable Jorma Kaukonen comes to Cedar Cultural Center on May 6 for a solo show on acoustic guitar and vocals. Barry Mitterhoff accompanies on mandolin.

– Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet


Coming to a driveway near you …Open Eye Theatre celebrates its 10th annual Driveway Tour this summer, bringing shows to Twin Cities neighborhoods June 1 through Aug. 7. “The Amazing Cow Boat!” makes it debut, and “The Adventures of Juan Bobo” returns for the first time in five years.

– Mary Ann Grossman, Pioneer Press

Further Fidgety Fairy Tales,” a “mental health musical,” comes to the Basilica

The twist in these fairy tales is that the main characters are depicted as trying to cope with a mental illness. Goldilocks has Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Cinderedward has Bipolar Disorder.

– Jose Munoz, TC Daily Planet

Scrimshaw rocks out with ‘Sexy Librarian’

Collaborating with composer Mike Hallenbeck, Scrimshaw has created Sexy Librarian: File Under Rock Musical. The piece, opening this weekend at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage via Scrimshaw’s Joking Envelope company, wraps up a Jekyll and Hyde story in a fight to save the town’s library, all fueled by a rocking power trio (featuring the playwright on drums).

– Ed Huyck, City Pages

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