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Of Pastries and Paintings: Duluth/Superior

Ann Klefstad takes's neighborhood-by-neighborhood artists' guide to Minnesota's coffee house gallery scene Up North, with this "best-of" survey of alternative exhibition spaces in Duluth and Superior.

- Ann Klefstad,

Chinese government destroys artist's studio

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A prominent democracy advocate and critic of the Chinese Communist government, Ai Weiwei lives in Beijing but had built a $1 million studio complex in Shanghai. The studio was destroyed Jan. 11 on government orders, the New York Times reported.

- Mary Abbe

Dean Ebben's 'In The House of the Mineral Spirits' at the Susan Hensel Gallery

Ebben's shadowy figures are evocative of the show's title, nudging viewers to think of the ethereal.

- Coco Mault, City Pages

Raul Osorio: 100 Creatives

Originally from Honduras, clothing designer Raul Osorio learned the tools of his trade early on from his mother and grandmother.

- Jessica Armbruster, City Pages


TC on the top-10 charts, finding a good cocktail in Minneapolis -- and a good play in good hands

The Twin Cities may not be the best at everything, but, by Zeus, it seems we're always among the top 10 of the best of everything.

- Max Sparber,


Pianist Yuja Wang gives bravura recital

Chinese-born musician, just 23, played at high intensity for two hours at her Schubert Club date.

- Larry Fuchsberg, Star Tribune

Minnesota Orchestra lends light touch to Mozart

Throughout two symphonies and a pair of concertos, conductor Osmo Vanska and the orchestra channeled Mozart's spirit as eloquently as they ever have, particularly his puckish playfulness and unique gift for melodic lines of grace and beauty.

- Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press

Ozzy gives fans plenty to chew on

The brevity and lack of an opener really bit, but the new band and old tunes lifted Wednesday's Target Center gig.

- Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

Ozzy by the numbers

Ozzy needs the adoration of a crowd to keep his old bones rattling.

- Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press

Chooglin' trombonist Zach Zins talks about playing Palmers and Europe

The seven-piece band has branched out from their hard rock/punk roots, expanding their repertoire into Memphis and R&B influenced rock, with ringleader Jesse Tomlinson emphasizing melodies along with the big riffs.

- Loren Green, City Pages


Oy! Jewish humor is back for another go-round

Only a schmendrick or a yutz would argue that we couldn't use a little laughter-as-medicine now, eh?

- Bill Ward, Star Tribune

Loring Theater to host theater industry dance parties

​As part of a move to reinvent The Loring Theater (formerly the Music Box) as a modern day variety house featuring music, theater, burlesque, cinema, and variety acts, the Directors LLP, who manage the 90-year-old venue, are adding to their eclectic mix of programming a monthly Theater Industry Dance Party, where theater folk will converge to drink, let loose, and dance onstage.

- Sheila Regan