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All content by Danylo Loutchko
Taking flight

Taking flight

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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...

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

Published 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...


The most creative day of the year

Published 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...

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

Published 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...

From side player to solo collaborator

Published 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,...

Eric Grávátt

The source of rhythm

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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, Beautiful Zero, as part the English Departments First Books event.

‘You were born the weirdo that you are’

Published 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 Aging Magician, which makes its premiere at the Walker Art Center this weekend.

Imagination never grows old

Published 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 Bachs St. Matthew Passion on Tuesday evening at Ted Mann Concert Hall. The performance is a collaboration between the Universitys School of Music and student and faculty from Hochschule fur Musik in Detmold, Germany.

Baroque’n hearts

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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 State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now exhibit in the Minneapolis Institute of Art Wednesday. The exhibit, which is described a snapshot of contemporary America, opens Thursday Feb 18 and will feature live artist activations and live music.

Cutting-edge American art

Published 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

Published 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 Theatres interpretation of Shakespeares The Two Gentleman Of Verona, runs from Feb. 12- March 27.

The gentlewomen of the Jungle

Published 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 Littles home in preparation for their upcoming concerts.

Bringing chamber music to the masses

Published 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

Published 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 Theaters 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

Published 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...

In Germinal, French theater artists Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort explore the process of discovering the world from nothing.

‘The world from scratch’

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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

Published 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’

Published 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

Published 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...

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