Wednesday news and reviews


Minneapolis Institute of Arts cuts jobs to salvage budget

In its first layoffs since 2009, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is eliminating 10 positions, citing flat revenue and climbing costs.

Article by: MARY ABBE , Star Tribune


An excess of civic pride: Two books about Twin Cities music

– Max Sparber,


Men with hammers and screwdrivers: On the destruction of Serrano’s notorious photograph

On Sunday, in Avignon, France, a group of men, all wearing sunglasses, entered a gallery, menaced a guard there and set about with a hammer and screwdriver to destroy two pieces of art on display.

– Max Sparber,


Minneapolis/St. Paul Film Festival

Here are some of the highlights in weeks 2 and 3

– Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press


Mike Watt and the Missingmen at the Turf Club, 4/18/11

STNNNG were the perfect opening to a night of thinking man/aggressive man rock.

– Nikki Miller, City Pages

Viva Virzaladze!

Pianist Elisso Virzaladze performed Sunday in St. Paul for the Chopin Society.


Rock the Garden 2011 lineup: My Morning Jacket, Neko Case, Booker T. Jones, Tapes ‘n Tapes

– Andrea Swensson, City Pages

My Morning Jacket to headline Rock the Garden

Lineup announced for June 18 popular indie-rock fest. Tickets on sale to the Current and Walker Art Center members now.

– Star Tribune

Concert news: My Morning Jacket headlines Rock the Garden

My Morning Jacket, Neko Case, Booker T. Jones and Tapes ‘n Tapes will play Rock the Garden on June 18 at the Walker Art Center’s Sculpture Garden.

– Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press

The Civil Wars make peace–but not too much peace–at the Bryant-Lake Bowl

Formed after a chance encounter at a music industry event two and a half years ago, the Nashville-based duo released their debut full-length record Barton Hollow in February and in its first week on the charts the album was the number one download on iTunes.

– Carl Atiya Swanson, TC Daily Planet

Real Numbers planning 7″ release show

The Real Numbers just got their new 7″, Tear It in Two, back from the press and they’ll celebrate their fourth vinyl release with a Hexagon show on May 11.

– Loren Green, City Pages


Man of La Mancha by Ten Thousand Things

Fueled by Epp’s terrific performance and director Michelle Hensley’s ability to get to the heart of any material, Man of La Mancha strips the musical bare from beginning to end.

– Ed Huyck, City Pages

Guthrie: 14 plays for 2011-12

The range of plays, to be spread among three stages, varies from Shakespeare to Neil Simon to Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney.

– GRAYDON ROYCE , Star Tribune

Chuck Klosterman holds steady with Craig Finn and John Moe on “Wits”

The best uncomfortable moment came when they were on a call with comedian Maria Bamford, talking about the title of her new album, Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome. Trying to understand what one of these unwanted thoughts was, Klosterman revealed that he had been imagining the two balconies of the Fitzgerald falling down and crushing the audience, to the point where he pictured himself lining the seats with C-4.

– Becky Lang, TC Daily Planet

Theater review: ‘[title of show]’ is insider fun, but not out of bounds

For a show that unstintingly insists that it would “rather be nine people’s favorite thing than a hundred people’s ninth-favorite thing,” “[title of show]” has made enough compromises and concessions to lowest-common-denominator-ism to now qualify as 27 people’s fifth-favorite thing.

– Dominic P. Papatola, Pioneer Press

Playing with ideas on religion

Review: An unlikely friendship sheds light in two directions about faith, race and political correctness.

– Graydon Royce , Star Tribune

Sometimes, little things can mean a lot

In Anne Washburn’s play at Red Eye, smallish occurrences take on much larger implications.

– LISA BROCK , Star Tribune

Jeff Hatcher revisits ‘Three Viewings’ at Illusion

We caught up with the always-busy Hatcher before the show opened last weekend.

– Ed Huyck, City Pages

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