Saturday news and reviews


MAEP showcases Liz Miller and Paula McCartney

Where Liz Miller’s wildly energetic “Ornamental Invasion” delights with colors and shapes and light, Paula McCartney’s “A Field Guide to Snow and Ice” presents an introspective meditation on winter.

– Sheila Regan, City Pages

The alchemy of art

Article by: Mary Abbe , Star Tribune Updated: April 28, 2011 – 3:02 PM

Abstraction and realism play out in three shows at Minneapolis galleries.


“I knew it was bad, I didn’t know how bad”: How the Southern Theater got here, and what happens next

This is an article that takes a look at the Southern’s history–how its current organization was formed, how the Southern got into the predicament that it is currently in, and how it is hoping to get out.

– Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet


Vice’s ‘New Garage Explosion!!’ flick lights up but never catches fire

Garage rock is a distillation of the spirit that makes rock n’ roll so magnetic, and the recent documentary New Garage Explosion!!: In Love With These Times (full video) attempts to construct a comprehensive picture of the garage movement in America out of interviews and live recordings of some of the genre’s major players, from rising stars to lifers.

– Ian Traas, City Pages

“Prom” makes you forget you actually hated high school

The funny thing about Prom is that hardly anything actually happens at prom. It’s still a movie, so of course there’s a last-minute declaration of love and a totally embarrassing moment for the prom king, but for the most part, the film’s titular celebration is represented by shots of kids dancing to vaguely suggestive pop tunes and girls complimenting each other’s dresses.

– Marcus Michalik, TC Daily Planet

“Fast Five” sweats for success

Watching Fast Five is like lowering yourself into a simmering pot of contemporary American male fantasies, and it smells like sinewy flesh, burning rubber, bikini wax, motor oil, and saliva.

– Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet


Trampled By Turtles Spring Jam show cut short by door-shirkers

Last night’s performance from rootsy Duluth outfit Trampled By Turtles was cut short when some door-be-damned youngsters stormed the barn show.

– Andrew Flanagan, City Pages

‘Obsessive’ Replacements film is a hootenanny

Fans and friends talk about the Replacements’ legacy in a new film.

Article by: CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER , Star Tribune

SPCO delivers both darkness and comedy

It’s a good weekend for geniuses in the Twin Cities. The MacArthur Foundation’s been handing out its “genius grants” for 30 years, but the esteemed honor has only been conferred upon three classical musicians who weren’t also composers. And two of them are currently in town.

– Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press

Symphonic side of Brahms perfect way to start spring

Spring is a good season for Johannes Brahms. His music is filled with bright blooms and dark clouds, romantic reveries and exultant liberation.

By Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press

Deftones at First Avenue, 4/28/11

Deftones, however, have survived on their own terms and weathered a terrible tragedy as well: their original bassist, Chi Cheng, now lies in a coma due to a 2008 car accident and has been replaced with ex-Quicksand bass player Sergio Vega. An entire album of recorded material, Eros, was shelved due to the accident and may never see the light of day, but Thursday night Deftones showed a packed house at First Avenue just what survival looks like.

– Pat O’Brien, City Pages


Brave New Workshop seals deal on new downtown digs

Located at 824 Hennepin Avenue, the business expansion is part of recent efforts to revitalize the downtown area. Once in its new space the BNW hopes to attract Twins fans and regular theater-goers who are used to attending shows at the nearby State, Pantages, and Orpheum theaters.

– Jessica Armbruster, City Pages

Personal vision

Article by: Graydon Royce , Star Tribune Updated: April 28, 2011 – 3:03 PM

Theater artist Paul Herwig has plumbed his own issues with sight to create a new piece for Off-Leash Area.

Off-Leash Area digs into sight, sightlessness, and art

The show is entrancing from the first moments until the end, as the painter, a veritable “flock” of collectors, a team of doctors, and tap dancing bill collectors dance through the main character’s plight.

– Ed Huyck, City Pages

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