State of the Arts Blog

Tuesday news and reviews


John Waters to flood the Walker this summer

This summer, gleefully trashy filmmaker, author, and auteur John Waters (Hairspray, Pecker, Pink Flamingos), will try his hand at curating at the Walker Art Center.

- Jessica Armbruster, Citypages

Death and the artist: Angela Strassheim and funerary statues at the MIA

There is a lot of death at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts just now, and it is glorious.

- Max Sparber,


Want someone to walk all over your words?

Poets who would like to see their words immortalized on a St. Paul sidewalk can get help from award-winning poet John Minczeski at two workshops.

- Mary Ann Grossman


Trylon Premiere Tuesdays: The Strange Case of Angelica

Watching The Strange Case of Angelica (O Estranho Caso de Angélica), the ninth project in five years from the remarkably prolific Portuguese filmmaker, Manoel de Oliveira, it's difficult not to read the narrative as a personal reflection of mortal liberation.

- Brad Richason,


Rogue Valley, the 4onthefloor, Birthday Suits round out a jam-packed weekend of music

April has historically been a busy time for touring bands stopping by the Twin Cities -- and if this weekend's overflowing concert calendar was any indication, we're in for a downright hectic spring.

- Andrea Swensson, City Pages

JoAnna James on LA: 'A good place to go to get your ass kicked'

From Saint Paul, Joanna first started getting people's attention in these parts in 2004 with her first self-titled release of original material and as a staple on local stages with performances that begged the question, "Why isn't this girl huge?"

- Danny Sigelman, City Pages

Animalistic lineup at zoo

More reunions from the Go-Go's and Boyz II Men and lots of interesting double-headers round out the 2011 concert schedule.

- Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

Retro, rock, folk and faves It's all happening at the Zoo

From retro favorites (the Go-Go's, George Thorogood) to current hitmakers (Brandi Carlile, Sara Bareilles), the Minnesota Zoo's Music in the Zoo series offers nearly 30 reasons to see a summer show under the stars.

- Ross Raihala, Pioneer Press

J Mascis and Kurt Vile and the Violators at the Entry, 4/2/11

Two guitar virtuosos descended upon the sold-out 7th Street Entry on Saturday night, as both J Mascis and Kurt Vile delivered stirring, stunning sets in front of an enraptured overflow crowd.

- Erik Thompson, City Pages

Robbie Robertson waltzes once more

The Rock Hall of Famer approached his most personal album like a movie, with Eric Clapton leading an all-star cast.

- Jon Bream, Star Tribune

Tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano and his group Us Five

The group opened a two-night stand Monday at the Dakota and showed why they are one of the most highly regarded units in jazz.

- Dan Emerson, Pioneer Press

Off! at Triple Rock Social Club, 4/3/11

Considering the pedigree of the band, this show should have been different, better.

- Pat O'Brien, City Pages

Black Joe Lewis breaks it down at Cedar

Texas' hottest new hot-shot boogie king Black Joe Lewis did not shy away from greatness Sunday night at the Cedar Cultural Center.

- Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune

Toro Y Moi and Braids at the Entry, 04/03/11

The 7th St. Entry was again filled to capacity on Sunday night, as the appeal of a double-bill featuring Toro Y Moi and Braids proved to be too much to resist for Twin Cities music fans, even on a dreary Sunday night.

- Erik Thompson, City Pages

Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame at Epic 4/3/11

For most people Sunday evenings tend to be a quiet night to relax but by the looks of 5th Street and 2nd Avenue outside Epic late last night, you'd never know it.

- Jen Boyles, City Pages


Gremlin Theatre copes with LRT construction

What's a theater to do when driving on its street is "just a joke"?

- Sheila Regan, TC Daily Planet

'Mockingbird' still essential

Park Square's production underscores the important place Harper Lee's story occupies in American literature.

- Lisa Brock, Star Tribune

At Park Square, "Naked Darrow" gets inside the legendary lawyer

In the 1920s and 30s, the historic attorney was America's most controversial love-hate figure. He took on racism, social injustice, the death penalty--cases other lawyers wouldn't touch--and was a labor lawyer for 17 years.

- Dwight Hobbes, TC Daily Planet

Theatre in the Round's "Hamlet" is one for the ages

If you're going to see any Hamlet, you should see this one at TRP.

- Matthew A. Everett, TC Daily Planet