Friday news and reviews


Take a trip inside Tut's tomb

A new show brings ancient Egyptian history to life at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

- MARY ABBE, Star Tribune

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Introducing George Washington, who we bet you don't know

Many of the things we "know" about George Washington aren't true. He never chopped down a cherry tree as a child, and he didn't wear false wood teeth. In fact, the military leader of the Revolutionary War and our nation's first president is an enigma.

- Maja Beckstrom, Pioneer Press

Kinji 101

Artist Kevin Byrne offers an engaging, philosophically-minded primer-cum-tribute to his longtime friend and colleague at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, acclaimed designer and educator Kinji Akagawa.


The View from Here

Camille LeFevre reflects on two photography shows with distinct views on place-making, both at the Mpls Photo Center through February 21 - "Jonathon Wells: Earth Revealed" and the group show, "Urban View - Rural Sight."


Margit Schmitt and Kim Tschida Petters explore 'The Memory of Architecture'

Artists Margit Schmitt and Kim Tschida Petters have stories to tell, many of which are inspired by their memories of architecture.

- Coco Mault, City Pages


Where pathos and comedy meet

From the TV news truck to film school, "Cedar Rapids" writer Phil Johnston has focused on finding the funny in the everyday.

- COLIN COVERT, Star Tribune

Review: Characters uplifted; plot just lifted

There's nothing fresh about "Cedar Rapids." It's made from pieced-together parts of "The 40 Year Old Virgin" and Jonathan Demme's classic "Something Wild," and it's too willing to indulge in random jokes.

- Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

Getting wild (and wiser) in 'Cedar Rapids'

For Ed Helms as the comedy's wide-eyed hero, a convention offers a new outlook on life.

- COLIN COVERT, Star Tribune

Review: Full of hidden meaning, creepy chiller a revealing study of sly storytellingIn between its jaw-dropping opening and its jaw-dropping ending, "The Housemaid" has a lot more good stuff.

- Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

"The Housemaid"

A Korean suspense tale.

- COLIN COVERT, Star Tribune

"Twilight" with aliens

The high school hottie may look like a model, but he's a space-war refugee. Beware the Mogadorians.

- COLIN COVERT, Star Tribune

Review: Kid with superpowers has to save the world, yadda, yadda, yadda"I Am Number Four" feels less like a movie than a marketing plan.

- Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

Identity crisis

In a tense Euro-thriller, Liam Neeson's character fights to discover his identity after an accident.

- COLIN COVERT, Star Tribune

Review: At last! A suspense drama that's dramatic and suspenseful

Much like last year's "Taken," "Unknown" features Liam Neeson as an average American who single-handedly takes on the criminal underworld of a vaguely hostile-to-the-U.S. European nation. Unlike "Taken," "Unknown" is good.

- Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

Review: It takes a mighty big actor to wrestle so many subplots into submission

The movie "The Chaperone" is a whole multiplex full of movies.

- Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press


Lucinda Williams: Happily hitched, but riding solo here

To preview her new "Blessed" CD, the Americana queen is playing three rare solo shows at the Dakota.

- JON BREAM, Star Tribune

Dawn Upshaw in fine form navigating new, disparate works with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

Dawn Upshaw has clearly revised her view of what she sees as her life's work. The soprano still is an international opera star, but she's evolved into a passionate advocate for new music.

- Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press

Now it's Sims' turn

The Doomtree crew member's latest, "Bad Time Zoo," might be a hit with (or at) NPR listeners.


Every movement was heavy on the movement

Minnesota Orchestra conductor Osmo Vanska has a formidable challenger for the audience's attention at this weekend's concerts in Swedish clarinetist Martin Frost, who's every bit the conductor's equal as a master of movement.

- Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press

Chooglin' head abroad for a two-week tour of France

It's a time of much traction for the 8-piece band.

- Danny Sigelman, City Pages

Blue Sky Blackout release 'John Hughes' EP tonight at Cause

Between them, Hunt and Erickson have decades of experience in the local music scene, although their sound -- stylish and sophisticated, much like the surroundings -- is deeply rooted in that of a very specific time period: the shoegaze and Britpop of the 1980s and early '90s.

- Jeff Gage, City Pages

Interview with Thomas KiviThomas Kivi celebrated the release of his CD Crying Child recently at the Fine Line cafe

- Michelle Los,


Demystifying the immigrant experience

Aditi Brennan Kapil goes beyond the romantic notions of starting over.

- ROHAN PRESTON, Star Tribune

Bad luck blues: Penumbra's 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' at the Guthrie

While there is great humanity in his plays, and great sympathy for his characters, Wilson was unafraid to show how racism can warp and twist both its perpetrators and its victims.

- Max Sparber,

Score one for the ladies 'Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women' achieves its goal -- laughs

For the past 20 weeks, I spent Sunday afternoons watching men compete in the rough, sweaty game of football. With the NFL season finally finished, I spent this past Sunday afternoon at Hennepin Stages watching the lively "Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women." The two have more in common than you'd expect.

- Amy Nelson, Pioneer Press

Staging 'Jesus Christ Superstar' is theater director's idea of a miracle

For Michael Brindisi, bringing "Jesus Christ Superstar" to the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres main stage has been, well, a religious experience.

- Kathy Berdan, Pioneer Press

'Ring Round the Moon' at Theatre in the Round

​If the new love story performed by computer-animated gnomes has got you hankering to see a live-yet-classic romantic comedy played out in the theater, get over to Theatre in the Round for their latest production, Ring Round the Moon.

- Shelby Meyers, City Pages

Dykes Do Drag celebrates 12 years

Dykes Do Drag, the sexy cabaret that incorporates music, modern dance, film, and visual art is celebrating 12 years at Bryant-Lake Bowl this weekend with a romping evening of drag acts, burlesque, and "boy-lesque" performances.

- Sheila Regan, City Pages