The Minnesota Daily

All content by Danylo Loutchko
Taking flight

Taking flight

May 5, 2016

For sailors, the sparrow used to be a bittersweet sign: It meant that land was near but also that their adventure was about to come to an end.     Live Action Set’s devised show, “The...

The Lehman Octet.

Eight ways to play it

May 3, 2016

Alto saxophonist and composer Steve Lehman uses the word “jazz” not as a confining genre label, but as a jumping-off point into a realm of intense musical experimentation. His eight-piece group, the...

Graphically conscious

April 28, 2016

khjTake a complex idea, and make it look simple. Students spend three years perfecting that craft through the University of Minnesota’s Graphic Design MFA program, but for many, it’s a work...

Staging a sonic odyssey

April 28, 2016

Watch out, hearing aids — Moll is a girl who invents a machine that lets people hear sounds that can’t be heard.     Swandive Theatre’s production of “Kid Simple: a radio...

Luis Garay

Only a body

April 21, 2016

The performance starts in pitch darkness. The only sensory information is an electronic soundscape.      Slowly, the lights come up to reveal a dancer, who for the next hour explores the...

Prides and joy

Prides and joy

April 19, 2016

Obviously, Minnesota’s wildlife is vastly different from the wildlife of the African plains.      But that hasn’t stopped Craig Packer from making the University of Minnesota...


The most creative day of the year

April 14, 2016

For most of the year, creativity at the University of Minnesota is spread across all parts of campus. But on Friday, artists at the school and in the community will convene at Northrop.     This...

Junior Zachary Swenson, a BFA student, builds sand molds on Monday night for the 47th annual Iron Pour at the Foundry, located in the Regis Center for Art. At the event, molten iron will be poured into these molds to created cast iron sculptures.

Baptism by fire and disco

April 14, 2016

Pouring molten iron and jamming out to disco music aren’t two activities that usually go together.      This Friday from noon to 4 p.m., the Regis Center’s foundry...

From side player to solo collaborator

April 7, 2016

What do The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Stevie Wonder all have in common?     At one point, they all counted David Sanborn as their saxophone player.     This Sunday and Monday,...

Left to right, Ryan Lear, Mike Fotis and Jason Ballweber of Four Humors Comedy Theater rehearse We Gotta Cheer Up Gary in the Southern Theater on Wednesday night. The show runs from April 8-22.

Don’t worry, be happy

April 7, 2016

Four Humors Theater’s “We Gotta Cheer Up Gary” centers on a strange bureaucratic social service in charge of cheering people up in one-on-one appointments.      In the...

Eric Grávátt

The source of rhythm

March 31, 2016

Eric Kamau Gravatt’s gravelly bass voice could not be more different than his style of drumming.     He prefers lighter, more intricate rhythms played on the upper part of the drum kit...

Ancient legend, modern dance

Ancient legend, modern dance

March 29, 2016

Art rarely mashes up genres as disparate as modern dance, baroque opera and Roman epics.Yet the Mark Morris Dance Group has been pulling off the combo since 1989. For their modern dance version of Purcell’s...

From fake to reel

March 24, 2016

Missy Whiteman believes film is powerful medium, as it’s able either to perpetuate harmful stereotypes about her fellow Native community or help dismantle them.     The documentary “Reel...

Dance beyond the stage

March 22, 2016

Butoh, a contemporary Japanese performance art that features dancers completely covered in white body makeup, reaches for ideas below the surface.     Local butoh dance collective Nenkin Butoh...

Newer Orleans blues

March 10, 2016

Seeing Louis Armstrong play live at the Northrop in 1956 hooked Butch Thompson onto jazz for the rest of his life.     “It really killed me,” Thompson said. “I think from then...

Poet Jennifer Willoughby, an alum of the Creative Writing program at the University, stands for a portrait in the Weisman Art Museum, where she will recite her first published book of poetry,

‘You were born the weirdo that you are’

March 10, 2016

From college football to the health care system, Jennifer Willoughby’s poetry doesn’t dwell too long on one subject before shifting to something completely different.      As...

Rinde Eckert performs as Harold in

Imagination never grows old

March 3, 2016

Sometimes artists become so involved in their work that the world of their imagination becomes more real than reality itself.     This is the fate of Harold, the main character of “Aging...

Musicians rehearse Bach's

Baroque’n hearts

March 3, 2016

With epically staged musical performances and five-hour-long services, going to church in the 1700s was a much more dramatic excursion than it is today.      Vestiges of these grand services...

Guest artist Laura Caviani rehearses with the Jazz Ensemble II, led by director of jazz studies Dean Sorenson on Wednesday in Ferguson Hall.

All that jazz

February 25, 2016

It’s unexpected to hear a jazz band play a movement from Stravinsky’s “Firebird” suite in the middle of a concert.     But that’s the plan when the University Jazz...

Sandra Struthers as Actress 1, John Catron as Actor, and Charity Jones as Actress 2 in The Critic, showing February 23-March 27, 2016 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis.

Two critical

February 23, 2016

Critics in the theater world have a reputation for being ruthless. So it’s no surprise that for hundreds of years, artists have written plays making fun of them.     Michael Kahn, director...

A piece by Vanessa German advocating for protecting children endangered by their circumstances sits at the

Cutting-edge American art

February 18, 2016

The curators of a new exhibition have attempted to create a complete experience about American art as it exists today.     “State of the Art,” an upcoming exhibition at the Minneapolis...

Head in the clouds

February 16, 2016

Gavin Pretor-Pinney is a British writer and cloud enthusiast. His passion for cloud watching led him to create the Cloud Appreciation Society, an international network of cloud lovers who post pictures...

The Jungle Theatre's interpretation of Shakespeare's

The gentlewomen of the Jungle

February 11, 2016

The 16th century wasn’t a great time to be a woman in general, let alone in the theater.     All productions at that time were cast entirely with men, and theater remained an exclusively...

Musicians Huldah Niles, Erika Hoogeveen, Valerie Little and Ruth Marshall of the Mill City String Quartet rehearse on Sunday at Little's home in preparation for their upcoming concerts.

Bringing chamber music to the masses

February 9, 2016

Prisons and rural elementary schools are not exactly standard venues for performing classical music.      By playing these venues in addition to free public concerts, the Mill City String...

Motown meets Minneapolis

February 4, 2016

In the 1960s, when record producer Berry Gordy Jr. founded the Motown record label, he envisioned it as a source of music that would be “the fountain of youth, the fountain of young America.”     More...

Jessica Dickey in The Amish Project, written and performed by Jessica Dickey, and originally directed by Sarah Cameron Sunday. Part of the Guthrie Theater's Singular Voices/Plural Perspectives series, The Amish Project plays February 2-14 in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis.

From tragedy to forgiveness

February 2, 2016

On Oct. 2, 2006, a gunman entered a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Penn., and shot 11 children, killing five girls, before turning the gun on himself.     Creating a piece of theatre...


‘The world from scratch’

January 28, 2016

In “Germinal,” four actors become “organisms” that are born onstage: They live there, discover language and music, and “die” when the show ends. The production treats...

Losing shape: Undoing the human body

January 26, 2016

Artist Nicole Simpkins grew up near a salt marsh in New England.     There — in the undefined boundary between freshwater and saltwater — land and sea became a poignant metaphor...

WAR, the multi-ethnic band that has stuck to its dedication to various styles over the daces, will perform at the Dakota Jazz Club on Monday and Tuesday.

Declaring WAR in Minneapolis

January 21, 2016

The moment the funky bass line “takes a little trip,” everyone in the room knows the tune of “Low Rider.”     Whether it’s recognized as the theme song from the...

University of Minnesota alumnus and stand-up comedian Cy Amundson will be performing new material at the Acme Comedy Company this weekend.

Homegrown humor

January 21, 2016

The worst Cy Amundson ever bombed doing stand-up comedy was at a gig for a University of Minnesota fraternity formal.     “I had to do it at Santorini restaurant. They showed up an hour...

Bach to the future

December 16, 2015

Which would you choose: love or success?   The 7th House Theater’s new musical, “The Great Work,” explores this question through the story of a famous composer at the end of his...

Swinging into Christmas

December 16, 2015

Vocalist Jennifer Grimm and guitarist Joe Cruz mix and match musical genres to create a collage of music during their performances.   Both their careers span eclectic musical styles, but jazz is the...

Laverne Seifert(left), and Noah Sommers Haas, perform a dress rehearsal of The Holiday Pageant in the Open Eye Theatre on Wednesday night. The Holiday Pageant opens on Friday and runs until the 21st.

Satan for Christmas

December 10, 2015

Open Eye Figure Theatre captures Satan in an uncommon mood — he’s bored.   The theater’s upcoming revival of “The Holiday Pageant” is an all-ages comic retelling of the...

Melancholy for the holidays

December 10, 2015

Johnny and Molly Solomon are best known for their work in the indie folk/rock band Communist Daughter. On the side, however, they have been touring extensively as an acoustic duo for the last few years,...

The Ivory Tower: ‘By students, for students, featuring students’

December 3, 2015

On-campus art and literary magazine Ivory Tower is a yearlong academic course, a Campus Life Program within the English department and a nonprofit organization that receives all its funding through donations.    Belonging...

Donna the Buffalo goes political

December 3, 2015

Donna the Buffalo got its whimsical name more than 20 years ago when the group’s members misheard a friend’s suggestion to name their band “Dawn of the Buffalo.”   From then...