Wednesday news and reviews
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David Zink Yi contemplates darkness and life
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The Berlin-based artist has been working for the past few years in ceramics to create sculptures inspired by the Architeuthis, a deep-sea-dwelling squid that up until a few years ago had never been encountered alive.
- Sheila Regan. City Pages
G.A.S.P! (Gender Anarchy Sex Positivity) opens at Intermedia Arts Thursday
In an effort to examine gender roles and sex-positive education, the collaborative happening blends visual and performance art, giving artists who are often ignored and underrepresented a space to express themselves.
- Shelby Meyers, City Pages
Artists' images inspired by the Winter Carnival
Although he currently lives in Seattle, artist Robert Blehert gave back to his hometown with artwork for the 125th St. Paul Winter Carnival.
- Erica Tasto, Pioneer Press
A peek at the life of a recluse
Biography of J.D. Salinger uncovers new details of his life and offers insight to his reclusiveness.
- Steve Weinberg, Star Tribune
The Enduring Mystique of "Swan Lake
Camille LeFevre muses on what fuels the lasting allure of the romantic ballet staple, "Swan Lake"-- from the recent popular film, "Black Swan," to this week's full-length performance of the work at Northrop, by the Voronezh State Ballet Theatre of Russia.
The arts under a Republican Congress
With a budget crisis ahead, Republicans are calling for cuts to federal and local budgets. What might this mean for the arts?
- Max Sparber, Minnesotaplaylist.com
Grant Hart in limbo after house fire"It's just lost stuff, not people." So said a surprisingly upbeat Grant Hart a few days after a fire destroyed two rooms and a lot of personal belongings at his house in South St. Paul last week.
- Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune
At Walker Art Center this weekend, the eclectic Kronos Quartet will play pieces by Iranian, Iraqi and Palestinian musicians - and some rock heroes, too.
- Britt Robson, Star Tribune
Brynn Andre sings her heart out for Kids Against Hunger
Andre knows who she's singing to and nails the target head-on, and while her confessional pop sound is far from feel-good and sugary, her lyrics line up nicely with a well-executed percussive piano melody.
- Natalie Gallagher, City Pages
Ten Thousand Things' sharp, taut production of John Patrick Shanley's parable on modernity and tradition is a must-see.
- Graydon Royce, Star Tribune
"Shrek the Musical" at the Orpheum Theatre: Best not to ogre-analyze it
Shrek the Musical feels overstuffed with tepid numbers.
- Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
It's almost all about the music of the 1950s and '60s, performed by a quartet of women. The new production at the Plymouth Playhouse sticks to the formula and is a real winner for those just looking for an evening's distraction.
- Ed Huyck, City Pages
Instead of producing a play in an established theater venue, you instead produce it somewhere unexpected.
- Max Sparber, MinnesotaPlaylist.com