Thursday news and reviews


Governor Mark Dayton declares May 7 Caponi Art Park and Learning Center Day

Caponi Art Park, a spring and summertime spot in Eagan filled with mind-bending trippy sculptures, has extra-reason to celebrate its spring opening next weekend.

– Jessica Armbruster, City pages


Borderline chick-lit

What’s expected from a writer with Hustveldt’s intellectual pedigree — a person whose knowledge includes cognitive neuroscience and seemingly all of Western poetry — is something tougher, challenging, original, something that dares to look at old patterns in a new, perhaps even disturbing, light.

Article by: EMILY CARTER , Special to the Star Tribune


Northrop Dance Season announced

Winnipeg, Houston and Alvin Ailey are among the names featured in the 2011-12 Northrop Dance Season.

Article by: GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune


MayDay 2011 gives ‘Caws to Unite’ in Powderhorn Park

The charm of this particular parade is that it is not dotted with shiny corporate mascots, but a hodge-podge of homemade signs, costumes, and masks.

– Coco Mault, City Pages


Board: ‘No embezzlement’ at Southern

No money given to the Southern Theater by the McKnight Foundation was used to enrich an individual, according to a communique posted Wednesday on the theater’s website.

– Claude Peck, Star Tribune


Community bands offer fellowship of music

In Minnesota, community bands are almost as common as lakes — we have more per capita than any other state — and they can be as reflective of our musical culture.

– KIM ODE , Star Tribune

Youth Symphonies and SPCO form alliance

The Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies will move to St. Paul this summer.

– GRAYDON ROYCE, Star Tribune

SPCO, Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies form alliance

The organizations said the move will make them financially stronger.

– Pioneer Press

Czeslaw’s Loop unites dozens of local musicians for massive riverside Art-A-Whirl project

Previously known as the Boat Project, which would invite local noise and experimental rock bands to play on the roof of a houseboat and out in the middle of the Mississippi River behind Northeast’s Sample Room restaurant (and won our “Best Local Concert” award in 2010), the event will grow even bigger and be streamlined into a more official presentation as Czeslaw’s Loop: The Final Opus.

– Andrea Swensson, City Pages

Basilica Block party fleshes out lineup with the Jayhawks, Citizen Cope

– Andrea Swenson, City Pages

Jayhawks, Citizen Cope added to Basilica Block Party

The Jayhawks played their first local reunion show at the 2009 Basilica Block Party and have since continued to perform live, while recording a new album that’s due out later this year. Memphis native Clarence Greenwood records under the name Citizen Cope and typically plays the Twin Cities at least once a year.

– Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press

Soundset Series: Up-and-comers MaLLy, Rocky Diamonds, and Duenday

Soundset, the hip-hop festival thrown by Rhymesayers and populated by some of the biggest names in independent rap, is just around the corner.

– Jack Spencer, City Pages

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Twin Shadow fill the bill at the Triple Rock

Openers and relative newcomers Twin Shadow were clearly the main attraction

– Sarah Heuer, TC Daily Planet


The critic and the audience: ‘Next Fall’ at the Jungle

There’s a point at which critics find themselves having a different experience of theater than audience members, and I think those moments are worth examining.

– Max Sparber,

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