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Make way for the new Ben Folds

May 5, 2005

Ben Folds' success with his trio, Ben Folds Five, would have been enough for many artists. But Folds continues to prove he's more than Ben Folds Five. His solo albums and membership in The Bens ( a band...

Money for nothing

April 28, 2005

Money makes people do stupid things. Like create the movie "King's Ransom." "King's Ransom" centers on the idea that earning money might taint good people and that the possibility of netting even more...

Codes that have no meaning

April 28, 2005

The words "dead" and "gone" are not interchangeable. In "The Interpreter," Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman), a South African U.N. employee, earns her living translating and differentiating words such as "gone"...

Inventing freedom of thought

April 21, 2005

Religion and the law can be both serious and funny. The juniors of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program have selected two French comedies that explain just this point. The students are presenting "Tartuffe"...

The shape of things to come

April 21, 2005

There are many ways to show off your artistic identity. Approximately 40 University seniors who specialize in clothing, interior or graphic design are giving their projects one last hurrah before graduation. James...

It’s a gas, gas, gas

April 14, 2005

In a complicated world, simple, relaxing lyrics help people dream. And dreaming isn't always bad. "In Between Dreams," Jack Johnson's new album, opens with "Better Together," an uplifting song that can't...

Your head with a baseball bat

April 14, 2005

Life's difficult moments can reveal our true character. That is, it's easy to be nice or classy when things are pleasant. But when life throws you a curve ball, your real personality emerges. "The Upside...

Jump, jive and wail

April 7, 2005

It might be the 21st century, but it'll feel like the 1930s tonight and Friday in Ted Mann Concert Hall. The University music department is joining forces with the dance department to create "Battle of...

Facing up to our problems

April 7, 2005

The threat of violence against us because of who we are is a terrifying prospect. Hate crimes raise many questions for society to deal with, and one of the ways to resolve those questions is through theater. "The...

If dimples could kill

March 31, 2005

Beauty might be more than skin deep, but Hollywood thinking tends to stay near the surface. "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous," picks up almost exactly where its predecessor, "Miss Congeniality,"...

Use whatever you have

March 31, 2005

After many years at the University, graduate students often can't wait to pack up their bags and call it quits. But six art students in the University's Master of Fine Arts graduate program - Brian Aldrich,...

Riding into culture

March 31, 2005

Grab your helmet and water bottle, we're going to the art show! One on One Bicycle Studio, a Minneapolis bike shop, has bikes for sale, bikes on display, bikes to be repaired, bikes in art and a coffee...

Fly by day operation

March 24, 2005

Photographer Charles Lindsay, like most artists, finds art in things he loves. So, when he set out to create "Upstream: Fly Fishing in the American West," a collection of photographs about fly fishing,...

Machines for living

March 10, 2005

Many political arguments can be simplified to the point that even small children can understand them. Directors Chris Wedge and Carlos Saldanha tackle the moral and social consequences of eliminating the...

What’s cooler than cool?

March 10, 2005

Chili Palmer (John Travolta) would be the first to admit sequels usually fall short of the mark. "I got hustled into doing the sequel," Chili moans in the opening scene of "Be Cool," the sequel to the...

An album deferred

March 3, 2005

Continuing your musical career after summing it up in your previous album is tough. Tori Amos' new album, "The Beekeeper," follows her greatest-hits-like compilation, "Tales of a Librarian: A Tori Amos...

Hair of the dog

March 3, 2005

It's never a good thing when a fortune teller warns that a "beast" is after you. "Beware of the moon, it feeds in the moonlight," Zela, a psychic, tells two young carnival-goers. This is how "Cursed" begins...

Awakening the people

February 24, 2005

It took a visit to Ireland to open a local director's eyes to the importance of the political situation in Latin America. In an interview with A&E, Al Justiniano, the Teatro del Pueblo artistic director,...

Upon a crowded plateau

February 24, 2005

Spontaneity and simple lyrics are a recipe for rock'n'roll fun. Local rockers Kubla Khan have that formula down pat. And in a cutthroat world of musicians striving to get signed by major labels, fun is...

In sunshine and in shadow

February 24, 2005

Maybe you're one of those sensitive souls who see the beauty of nature everywhere. Or maybe you're the type who thinks "nature" is a meaningless category reflecting an outmoded ideology. The Bell Museum...

Every dog has his day

February 17, 2005

Dave Matthews must think he needs to increase his popularity with children. And with pet store animals. You'd think that after creating numerous popular albums, habitually selling out shows at major venues...

Love me little, but love me long

February 17, 2005

Apparently, the key to romantic success with a beautiful, classy, well-spoken individual has been hiding in the escort service advertisements in The New York Times' Sunday magazine, but we just haven't...

Sifting out the hearts of men

February 17, 2005

If "Whose Line is it Anyway?" just isn't cutting it anymore, maybe it's time to find some live, unedited improvisational shows. This weekend offers an opportunity to do so, and it's right on campus. The...

Can’t live with him, can’t love without him

February 10, 2005

Good news for all you socially inept men out there: You can get the woman of your dreams after all. Bad news for women: You're only going to get one of these duds if you are notably good-looking. Oh yeah,...

The cat that won’t cop out

February 10, 2005

Making it big in the world of culture is never easy. But for Gordon Parks, the hard part has been knowing where to stop. Parks exemplifies artistic talent in a number of media. Noted for his abilities...

Desire in pastel costumes

February 10, 2005

Artists always do best when they work with what they know. Luckily for filmgoers, director Gurinder Chadha knows a lot about both the West and the East. Chadha, who was born in Kenya to Indian parents...

You can run, but you can’t hide

February 3, 2005

Psychologists have the power to both heal and create their patients' problems. John Polson's horror film, "Hide and Seek," centers around the concept that even the most closed-off individual's mind will...

Sing-a-long boys school

February 3, 2005

Troubled children are always good at singing. "The Chorus," directed by Christophe Barratier, maintains the stereotypical, heartwarming idea that all children can be saved and that teachers are the key...

Still sorting through the bins

January 27, 2005

."Hip Art That's Square," the latest exhibit at The Goldstein Museum of Design, celebrates the beauty of LP album covers, dating back to the 1930s. Curator Steven McCarthy pointed out that although record...

The long and winding road

January 27, 2005

With the outpouring of acoustic musicians following in the footsteps of major-label artists such as Dave Matthews, John Mayer and Jack Johnson, it's hard to determine who has talent and who doesn't. When...

Like a rolling stone

January 20, 2005

.This is the main question posed in Paul Weitz's film, "In Good Company." The movie's hypocritical answer to this question, and to the rest of life's problems for that matter, is that although in today's...

The air up there

January 20, 2005

David Breashears, director of the recent IMAX hit "Everest," is scaling new heights. This time around, the director leads us to Tanzania for "Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa," starring average white...

To protect and to serve

January 20, 2005

.Although this is a B-action movie - very much in the vein of Carpenters' other genre extravaganzas - there is more going on here than just entertainment fluff. While Hollywood would like you to believe...

Creed of our forefathers

December 9, 2004

Racist democracy: an inconceivable contradiction or a plausible paradox? Author and Northern Arizona University instructor Joel Olson, who received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota, analyzes...

Mission accomplished

December 9, 2004

Even Buffy took her job more seriously than Blade does. The first two installments of the "Blade" trilogy had funny moments. But they were essentially serious action films. "Blade: Trinity," on the other...

Pirates, fairies, crocodiles and tortured soul

December 2, 2004

Director Marc Forster's last film was "Monster's Ball," an intense look at race relations in the Deep South. Hard stuff. This time around, he's documenting the life of Scottish playwright James Matthew...

Shot of love

December 2, 2004

Rock lives in Minneapolis' backyard. Chris Harrington, a local musician, recently released his new album, "You the Provider," a collection of songs dripping with passion. At first, "You the Provider" seems...

Unrealistic expectations

November 18, 2004

Bridget Jones's Diary" was prime sequel bait. The 2001 film, which precedes "Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason," developed engaging characters, proved the transferability of the themes from novel to screen...

Adventures in marine biology

November 18, 2004

Plankton, the owner of The Chum Bucket restaurant, is on to "Plan Z." The Krusty Krab restaurant, which monopolizes the fast-food industry in Bikini Bottom Village, is booming and is opening an additional...

Yes, Tom Hanks, there is a Santa Claus

November 11, 2004

Many films start out as award-winning books. But they aren't usually picture books. Chris Van Allsburg's popular children's Christmas story, "The Polar Express," is one movie that takes on the challenge...

Where the wrath of grapes is stored

November 11, 2004

Most Hollywood comedies rely on extreme situations and unrealistic characters for their humor. Audiences of these mainstream comedies, such as "Meet the Parents" or "Freaky Friday," can feel comfortable...

No one left to scandalize

November 4, 2004

What shocked film audiences in 1966 isn't all that surprising today. In his remake of Lewis Gilbert's 1966 film, "Alfie," director Charles Shyer brings back to life the character of Alfie, a womanizing...

Horror repeats itself

October 28, 2004

Director Takashi Shimizu has what many directors dream of: a second chance at the same film. Shimizu's previous effort in the complicated Japanese horror film, "Ju-On," is at the helm of its U.S. remake,...

War is a farce that gives us meaning

October 21, 2004

Weapons of mass destruction have launched wars and ended them. Now, they're fodder for two of Hollywood's most controversial animators. In "Team America: World Police," the creators of the hit comedy series...

Late capitalist comedy

October 21, 2004

Michael Bonanno and Hank Hardy Unruh are on tour to speak about the World Trade Organization, whether the WTO likes it or not. "The Yes Men" is a comical documentary about an anti-corporate group whose...

Exploring the past

October 14, 2004

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark traveled across this continent to the Pacific Ocean and back. The effects of their trip would be both far-reaching and tragic. Inevitably, when a film is based on a well-known...

A man with a van

October 7, 2004

It's not often an artist shows you exactly who he is. Although he was born in Pittsburgh, Mason Jennings grew up in Minneapolis, and fans in Minnesota consider him a local artist. Last week Jennings released...

Reality bites back

September 30, 2004

To maintain the status of "pioneer," it's necessary to forge through the mainstream and create a path that is both new and improved, raising the standards in one's field. Forty-three years ago, the University...

Between two worlds

September 23, 2004

When "home" can be found in two different places, one's understanding of life will acquire a greater depth. Last week Flogging Molly's third studio album, "Within a Mile of Home," was released. The album's...

Modesty ablaze

September 16, 2004

This ain't your momma's museum. The Minnesota Museum of American Art has moved from the second floor of the Landmark Center to a street-level location in the heart of downtown St. Paul. Executive Director...