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Our dedicated reviewers offer insight on the latest in theater, music, visual arts and more.

We explore the breadth of creativity and innovation found throughout Minnesota, offering audiences a deeper understanding of the works and artists shaping our cultural landscape.

Join us as we celebrate the diversity of expression and the powerful stories told through art in our communities, brought to you by the passionate voices of the MPR News Arts Team.

New Minnesota music round-up: Rattling folk from Pop Wagner
This week’s reviews include a spirited collection of minimalistic yet powerful live and studio folk tracks, plus dense electronic soundscapes with beautiful melodies and a raw and unmelodic industrial noise experience.
Review: A Ukrainian-born artist's ‘Portal to the Surreal’ at the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis
At the Museum of Russian Art in south Minneapolis, Ukrainian-born artist Vladimir Dikarev presents “Portal to the Surreal,” an exhibition celebrating 100 years of surrealism with his dream-inspired, candy-colored landscapes.
New Minnesota music round-up: Jazz from Tina Schlieske, plus Lone Rock Bride and Verdin Brothers
Three new Minnesota music releases: “The Good Life” by Tina Schlieske, “Lone Rock Bride” by Lone Rock Bride and “Arcana” by Verdin Brothers.
Review: ‘Hells Canyon’ at Theater Mu
“Hells Canyon,” premiered by Theater Mu in Minneapolis, looks at a historical crime as a horror story set in a remote Oregon cabin, echoing the vibe of classics like “Evil Dead.”
Review: ‘On Beckett’ at the Guthrie
Bill Irwin, an acclaimed American actor with a deep history of engaging with Samuel Beckett’s works, both on and off Broadway, is currently presenting “On Beckett” at the Guthrie Theater.
Review: 'Honor, an Artist Lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra starring Lili Taylor' at the Walker
Lili Taylor delivers a unique and challenging performance at the Walker Art Center in “Honor, an Artist Lecture by Suzanne Bocanegra starring Lili Taylor.”
Last Chance Review: Groundbreaking Native photographers exhibit to close at Mia
"In Our Hands: Native Photography, 1890 to Now" at the Minneapolis Institute of Art is a powerful and intimate showcase of over 150 images by 70 Native photographers.
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