Thursday news and reviews


MIA cuts budget to reduce expenses by $1.4 million

The museum cut seven full-time and three part-time positions from its staff of 252

– Amy Carlson Gustafson, Pioneer Press

Artists Cope with Stolen and Destroyed Art

The biggest nightmare for any artist is to have their art–pieces often toiled over for months, or even years–stolen, lost, or destroyed. Unfortunately, it’s a fairly common occurrence.

– Sheila Regan, City Pages


Comic book stash valued at $1M

Gary Dahlberg of Minneapolis died last year after a lifetime of collecting comic books. They’re valued above $1 million.

– MARY LYNN SMITH , Star Tribune

Books & Bars selection “The House of Tomorrow” by Peter Bognanni: Rock on

Eventually, for readers who can remember being a teenager–even the sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wasteoids, dweebies–Bognanni leads everyone to a place where the rebellion pays off, and no one is powerless in the face of the forces in the world. Everyone is a living, adroit thing, rocking out in this world all together.

– Courtney Algeo, TC Daily Planet


Haley Bonar moves back to Minneapolis (whoops! this should have been on yesterday’s round-up)

Bonar created the stellar Golder in Portland

– Rob van Alstyne, City Pages

MPR names an insider to replace Kling

Jon McTaggart, currently a senior vice president, will take over as CEO from the network’s founder July 1.

– NEAL JUSTIN , Star Tribune

Here’s who will play the Basilica Block Party, Rock the Garden and Twin Cities Jazz Festival

It may not feel like it with the weather right now, but summer festival season is just around the corner.

– Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press

TV on the Radio’s Gerard Smith passes away

TV on the Radio was slated to perform two sold-out shows at First Avenue this weekend, and those shows were canceled, along with three other dates on their tour.

– Andrea Swensson, City Pages

Basilica Block Party lands Gray, LaMontagne and bunch of party bands

This year’s Basilica Block Party has two relatively quiet but popular headliners — David Gray and Ray LaMontagne — but arguably its strongest and deepest lineup ever, with beloved acoustic soulman Amos Lee, rising vocal powerhouse Lissie and the high-energy, party-oriented bands Michael Franti & Spearhead, Drive-By Truckers, Fitz & the Tantrums, G. Love & Special Sauce and Gomez.

– Jon Bream, Star Tribune

Seems like “Forever Ago:” Bon Iver sophomore album finally due June 21

Not that he hasn’t been busy, what with his globetrotting sidekick duties with Kanye West, his sporadic and sporadically crazy outings with Gayngs, plus a smattering of other projects such as Volcano Choir. But four years is a long time for a highly productive, self-made indie-rocker like Justin Vernon to go between albums.

– Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune


Guthrie Theater’s “Arsenic and Old Lace” gets the job done just fine

It’s a light comedy, and the best way to produce the show is to round up a crackerjack cast, rehearse them tightly, and point them in the direction of strong characterizations. Director Joe Dowling seems to have done exactly that, because this is a very fine production of this theatrical chestnut.

– Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet

And now for something completely different: Urban Samurai’s “[title of show]”[Title of show] chronicles the one-act musical’s own journey from New York Musical Theatre Festival entry to its off-Broadway stint and ultimately to its run on the Great White Way.

– Becca Mitchell, TC Daily Planet

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