Monday news and reviews

Oh my this is a dry Monday morning for arts stories...

Comedy

Fancy Ray McCloney responds to Comcast's ad ban

- Jessica Armbruster, City Pages

Many Minnesotans know the local comedian best for his bombastic, late-night television commercials. One of those spots is for internet provider USI Wireless. But this is one ad that you won't be seeing on TV anytime soon--Comcast is refusing to air it.

Movies

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"Ana's Playground," filmed in Cedar-Riverside, advances in nomination process for Academy Awards - Barb Teed, TC Daily Planet

A little movie featuring the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood in Minneapolis is making big news in Hollywood.

Theater

Gremlin Theatre's 'Burn This' blazes with ferocity

- Quinton Skinner, Pioneer Press

Lanford Wilson's play about Manhattan sophisticates and a rough-hewn restaurant manager who erupts into their midst is nearly a quarter-century old, but director Ellen Fenster has nimbly lifted it from its mid-1980s milieu and come up with a show that evokes contemporary uncertainties and the thorny, evergreen terrain of how exactly we are to proceed next -- at any given time.