Thursday news and reviews

The Venetian nude billboard saga continues...


Graffiti-bombed Venus on MIA's Titian billboard taken down

The staff at MIA actually thought the graffiti was funny and told Clear Channel to leave it up. But Susan Adams Loyd, president and general manager of Clear Channel Outdoor says it's against their policy to leave billboards up that have been vandalized.

- Jessica Lussenhop, City Pages

Public Art St. Paul hosts Wing Young Huie's University Avenue Project ShowcaseWith the help of Public Art St. Paul, Huie's "University Avenue Project" is culminating in an exciting showcase this Sunday at the Dancers Studio in which archival photos from the exhibit will be on display.

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- Coco Mault, City Pages


BodyCartography Project's Olive Bieringa at the Bell Museum

Part of an artist-in-residence program at the museum, Bieringa has spent the last month talking to scientists and developing an installation called Proximity that explores social boundaries, personal space, and animal behavior.

- Sheila Regan, City Pages


Between the art film and the frat pack: 'Cedar Rapids' and 'Unknown'

- Max Sparber,


Review: At Minnesota Orchestra, new takes on the familiar

New Yorkers might be used to hearing Beethoven and Jean Sibelius whenever the Minnesota Orchestra visits, but conductor Osmo Vanska always makes sure that even the most familiar work holds plenty of surprises.

- Rob Hubbard, Pioneer Press

Morcheeba at First Avenue, 2/23/11

The British downtempo trio's reinstated lead singer Skye Edwards floated across the stage during opening number "The Sea" enveloped in a tomato-red sequined jumpsuit.

- Jen Boyles, City Pages

Alexi Murdoch reflects on poetry, television, and feeling at home on the road

Having been compared to the likes of Nick Drake, Gordon Lightfoot, and Cat Stevens, Murdoch has risen among the ranks in impressive fashion.

- Cindal Lee Heart, City Pages

Speaking of that Adele record

This week's big release is "21," the second album by British soul-pop singer Adele, a k a Adele Atkins, who was 21 at the time of its recording just as she was 19 when she made her debut of the same name.

- Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune


Ordway's season: From 'Addams Family' to 'Cinderella'

Lineup also includes "Memphis," about the birth of rock 'n' roll, which last year won a Tony for best musical.

- ROHAN PRESTON, Star Tribune

Sinatra songs, Cinderella and an ooky family Ordway's 2011-12 season includes 'Memphis,' 'FELA' and an unusual 'Blind Date'

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced its 2011-12 season Wednesday -- a lineup of touring shows and a homegrown production that includes "Cinderella," "Come Fly Away," "The Addams Family" and "Memphis."

- Kathy Berdan, Pioneer Press

Bouquets for Bellamy

Hundreds of former students, colleagues and admirers turned out Tuesday to honor Penumbra Theatre founder Lou Bellamy, who is giving up one of his formal titles -- theater professor at the University of Minnesota.

- Rohan Preston

'Fargo' comes to the stage with rough edges, intriguing moments

Some of it was funny, some of it was odd, and some of it touched the dark heart that lies at the center of the film.

- Ed Huyck, City Pages

Jay Leno talks David Letterman, Howard Stern, and when he'll retire

Tonight Show host Jay Leno gave an exclusive interview to City Pages in advance of his March 12 stand-up comedy dates at Mystic Lake Casino.

- Nick Pinto, City Pages

A producer's long history with 'Hair'

For Twin Cities native Oskar Eustis, seeing the rock musical as a teen made a lasting impact, one that came full circle when he produced a Tony-winning revival that visits next week.

- ROHAN PRESTON, Star Tribune

'Guys on Ice' makes winter fishing funny

You say you're sick of winter? Maybe it's time to laugh in its face.

- Ed Huyck, City Pages