Tuesday news and reviews


'Fibers. Leaves. Faces.' opens at the Art Institutes International Minnesota

This week the school is celebrating the 2011 winter graduating class from the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in photography.

- Coco Mault, City Pages


Sally Awards go to a variety of visionaries

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This year's awards, handed out Monday at the Ordway, honored leaders in the arts, education and culture in Minnesota.

- ROHAN PRESTON, Star Tribune

Ordway's Sally Awards recognize creativity and artistryFive winners of the Sally Ordway Irving Awards were announced Monday night.

- Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

Don't be a hack: Writing political satire with Lizz Winstead

Winstead, who is a native to Minnesota and has been back for several months working on a book, was offering a course in writing political satire. About 30 students registered, including yours truly, and spent a good portion of the day in the basement of Java Jacks coffee shop in south Minneapolis.

- Max Sparber, MinnPost.com

'State Fair Affair' in NYC: good will, beer -- and Franken

At some point during the "Minnesota State Fair Affair" Sunday afternoon, I had to remind myself that I was still in Brooklyn.

- Dylan Dawson, MinnPost.com


'My Run' Documentary follows Minnesotan's run from here to Atlanta -- the equivalent of 75 marathons in a row

"My Run" is not a great documentary, but its shortcomings are overcome by a Minnesotan's surprising and grueling story.

- Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press

Snow or no snow, "Cold Weather" is something to relish

For the first time in a quite a while, a plausible mystery that never feels far-fetched and rings true from its opening shot of rain thumping against the window.

- Jim Brunzell III, TC Daily Planet


Shoveldance get set for release of Second Banana

Four plus years after they debuted the Hot Bananas EP, St. Paul's Shoveldance is getting set to release their first full-length: Second Banana in early summer.

- Loren Green, City Pages

Owl City and Big Boi collaborate on new record

Apparently Owl City's next record is going to feature some sort of collaboration with OutKast's Big Boi.

- Andrea Swensson, City Pages


'Little Shop' is no horror to watch

Mu Performing Arts has cast the retro cult musical with an Asian-American cast that lights up with charm.

- Graydon Royce, Star Tribune

Czech this out: Cather novel hits the stage in New Prague

Illusion Theater brought the drama to the small town and set off a community celebration.

- GRAYDON ROYCE, Star Tribune

Women who've killed

In a series of connected monologues, six women murderers talk about their lives and crimes.


Open Eye hosts five weeks of 'Women's Work'

Open Eye Figure Theatre turns its stage and lobby in south Minneapolis to women artists for a five-week series starting this weekend.

- Ed Huyck, City Pages

Theater: 'Little Shop' blooms anew Mu Performing Arts brings the cult classic to the stage with an all-Asian cast.

Think Mu Performing Arts is only about deep theater pieces that help explain the Asian-American experience? Think again.

- Kathy Berdan, Pioneer Press