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Tapping out her signature style

March 30, 2006

Kaleena Miller went from bopping around the dance studio where her mother was a teacher to producing a show as a senior dance major at the University. And Karla Grotting - University dance instructor and...

Emerson Drive just can’t stay in park

March 30, 2006

Emerson Drive doesn't exactly have the stereotypical look of country musicians. Among them, the group wore a Hollister shirt, a track jacket and a faded Vikings jersey. Yeah, one had a cowboy hat. But...

Meet a great art mecca: The United States

January 19, 2006

In terms of the artistic hierarchy of the early 20th century, one would think that Europe " and its meccas, London and Paris " would claim the top spot. After all, countless writers, painters and poets...

“Tristan and Isolde’ choose honor over passionate sex

January 19, 2006

The ideals of honor, duty and sacrifice play out more often in a military academy than a film about love. "Tristan & Isolde" sets itself against bloody battle scenes, jealousy, betrayal and brutality...

“The Sunflower’ blooms among dangerous creatures and chick lit cliche

January 19, 2006

Love is never easy, especially when surrounded by the piranhas, crocodiles, poisonous snakes and disease-carrying mosquitoes packed in the novel "The Sunflower." And writing a book about love has just...

Coloring outside the lines

December 8, 2005

Students who complete the competitive, rigorous Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art at the University often take one of two roads when they finish: pursuing a graduate degree or working professionally...

Traditions have to start somewhere

December 8, 2005

Like it or not, Thanksgiving is over and the holiday season is in full swing. But before you say "Bah, humbug" to all the celebrating, try out the theater shows and the parades and the holiday displays...

Student-activists rally in a new book

December 1, 2005

He's a spoken-word artist. She's a second-year medical school student with a 6-year-old son. University students Ismail Khalidi and Rebecca Trotzky-Sirr are student-activists. They fight for justice in...

I’m just not that into this book

December 1, 2005

Maybe this book is supposed to be a clever way to approach the failure-riddled world of dating. Maybe we're supposed to laugh at the stories about booty calls and friends with benefits. This book claims...

Venue changes, love remains

November 23, 2005

The theater is silent. Then we hear a piano " the introduction to "Seasons of Love" " an anthem both on and off Broadway. But this is not a staged production of the beloved musical that shook up Broadway...

A dynamic process

November 23, 2005

We don't even have time to catch our breath. But she tells us to hurry, so we do. We run to our places for what seems like the hundredth time so Briana Kennedy-Coker can start. The stereo blares Christina...

Piecing together a play that picks apart

November 17, 2005

More often than not, directors hold a clear vision of what they want in a show. But, as Jonah Winn-Lenetsky found out, sometimes a director has to be flexible. The theater arts graduate student directs...

From football field to concert hall

November 17, 2005

The last home football game was Saturday, but the season isn't over for the University Marching Band. Another week of high-stepping, keeping in time and staying in tune " all at the same time " doesn't...

Putting pins in their place

November 10, 2005

Bowling pins, like middle-school crushes, are fickle. Just ask University sophomore Cloid Green. Out with some friends at Coffman's Goldy's Gameroom, Green stood, prepared himself and took a deep breath....

Classic play plus age-old poem equals infinite innovation

November 10, 2005

Tales of young, tragic love are as popular as, well, "Romeo and Juliet." But other stories of star-crossed lovers are often thrown aside in favor of the tearjerker about teenagers in Verona. Just don't...

From books to (hopefully) Broadway

November 3, 2005

Don't be surprised if they sing snippets of songs in lectures and practice bits of choreography on the bridge. It's simply because they spend their days on campus and their nights on a stage in Bloomington...

To be or not to be William Shakespeare, whodunit-style

November 3, 2005

This could be big - bigger than learning that Dad's been eating the cookies left out for Santa, that the money from the Tooth Fairy really came from Mom's purse. Of course, this has nothing to do with...

Learn of dance world’s struggles straight from the horse’s mouth

October 28, 2005

In the rock musical "Rent," the performers declare that dance is no way to make a living. They sing of "masochism, pain, perfection, muscle spasms, chiropractors, short careers, eating disorders." And...

A marriage silenced

October 27, 2005

The play's the thing," quoth Shakespeare's Danish prince. But it takes more than writing a play to win a Nobel Prize. Sometimes a playwright is awarded for writing the silences. The University's Xperimental...

U dancer’s personal life moves her

October 20, 2005

Clad in a leotard, cut-off tights and a "Flashdance"-style sweat shirt with her hair pulled back into a neat bun, Roshaunta LaBroi looks like a typical dancer. But her road to the University's dance department...

Don’t bet your life on it

October 20, 2005

The higher and quicker you climb, the harder you fall. In "Two for the Money," directed by D.J. Caruso, a good guy gets caught up in a game of excess - too much excitement, and too much fame and glory,...

Coma has couple in the clouds

September 15, 2005

Science can explain only so much. When science fails, we can remember that, as Henry Miller said, "Every man has his destiny." And every woman hers. And in the case of "Just Like Heaven," every couple...

At the Walker, art imitates architecture

September 15, 2005

The lines between the genres of art are often blurred. A singer may use a painting for inspiration, while a theater production might incorporate dance. In this case, architecture molds the art. The Walker...

Zealous for a calmer moment

May 5, 2005

Charlie Schaller does it all. He sings, plays the piano and guitar, and writes his own songs. But, unlike the majority of up-and-coming singer-songwriters, music wasn't Schaller's first choice. The University...

The price of seduction

April 28, 2005

On one hand, Don Giovanni is a manipulative man bent on conquering as many women as possible. On the other hand, he's a misunderstood character who embodies all the extremes of human nature. The University...

Metal flowing into form

April 28, 2005

The witches in "Macbeth" would have had a ball with a cauldron like this. With the concentration of a brain surgeon and the dexterity of a circus juggler, the participants in Pour Bastards: The 36th Annual...

Disposable filmmaking

April 28, 2005

Nobody ever knows what to do with them. Nobody else would want them or care about them. Nobody, that is, except Chris Pennington. Pennington is the man behind the Ten-Second Film Festival, set for July...

Swanning around the globe

April 21, 2005

The original choreographers of "Swan Lake" would pirouette in their graves at this production. Australian Dance Theatre's "Birdbrain" takes the classical ballet technique of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov's...

Millard Fillmore finally gets his due

April 14, 2005

Some people have too much time on their hands. Imagine a CD that takes 47 recording sessions during 2 1/2 months and a "record" button that's pushed more than 3,000 times. And it's all just for fun. Army...

Harmonizing all the way to class

April 14, 2005

Two groups with divergent but complementary styles join forces this weekend. Between Measures, a newly formed barbershop quartet, and 7 Days, the University's a cappella choir, appear Saturday at Ted Mann...

Moving between worlds

March 31, 2005

The transition from student to professional is difficult in any area of study but especially in the performing arts. Ballet Arts Minnesota, though, has a solution to that. Springboard Dance, an intensive...

Tripping on the light fantastic

March 31, 2005

The oldest proverb of entertainers is simple: The show must go on. But some shows are so radical and provocative it's hard to keep the audience in the theater. And that's just how Jerome Bel likes it....

Hoofers speak out

March 31, 2005

Dance is a language of the body, not of the tongue. For Benjamin Rasmussen, though, the constriction that silence puts on dance is something to be broken. Rasmussen, a dance student in his fifth year at...

No beard is less than a man

March 24, 2005

The world is indeed a stage, and the Guthrie Theater makes the best of it. Love, war, mistaken identities, a gay subtext and a happy ending mark "As You Like It" out as definitely a Shakespearean comedy. Joe...

Her heart would know

March 24, 2005

Holly Williams sings, plays the piano and plays the guitar. And one more thing: Hank Williams Sr. was her grandfather. As a performer with some of country music's biggest legends in her family album, it's...

Institutional creativity

March 3, 2005

With more than a century of experience among them, the artists in this exhibit deserve to curate it themselves. "Retrospectives: Bethke, Cowette, Hoard," the new exhibit at the Katherine E. Nash Gallery,...

The problems of two people

February 17, 2005

A single explosion can shatter more than a single life. We witness the aftermath of devastation on our televisions. The destruction is neatly printed in the clear black type of our newspapers. No matter...

Twilight of the clods

February 17, 2005

It's back. And, unfortunately, it's more irritating this time around. "Son of the Mask," the sequel to the 1994 Jim Carrey film "The Mask," brings back the eponymous magical object, plus over-the-top special...

Luscious Action

February 10, 2005

Parents say it'll give us acne. Magazines tell us it has a marvelous effect on women. It apparently helped the Aztec Emperor Montezuma with his, ahem, bedroom antics with his 200 wives. Now, approximately...

Pop will eat itself

February 3, 2005

Oh, the sordid world behind the scenes of the music business. There's backstabbing, catty behavior and sex jokes. Sounds just like high school. Tom Matthews' novel, "Like We Care," is a satirical look...

Modern life is art

February 3, 2005

."Alfred Maurer: The First American Modern" is a traveling exhibition that has made a temporary home in the University's Weisman Art Museum until April 24. The 52-piece exhibit covers the artist's journey...

Whoops, she did it again

February 3, 2005

Sometimes, it's lonely when you play by yourself. Ani DiFranco did it all on her last album, "Educated Guess" - she played all the instruments, recorded all the tracks and even sang backup for herself. This...

A poke in the eye with a sharp stick

January 27, 2005

Tiresias, the blind prophet, warns Oedipus with a curt "It is a curse to know too much." But humans have always hungered for knowledge, always yearned to know more. We can't leave well enough alone and...

Master of the house

January 27, 2005

For a film that features sword fights, sopranos and subterranean intrigue, "The Phantom of the Opera" is surprisingly humdrum. Director Joel Schumaker ("Phone Booth," "Batman Forever") has brought Andrew...

Using the master’s tools

January 20, 2005

There might be a lot more single women out there soon, thanks to this book. Come to think of it, there'll probably be a lot more single men, too. "He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding...

Flat and sassy

January 20, 2005

Now this is a symbiotic relationship. Swiss graphic designer Niklaus Troxler combines a love of jazz music with a similar affection for visual art to create an array of posters that advertise performances...

Diabolical Christmas satire

December 9, 2004

Hold onto your sleighs, folks, it's gonna be a bumpy night. Santa's in a forest with a shovel stuck in his throat, and a blond guy in a trench coat is searching the streets for little children. This book...

Stranger in a strange land

December 9, 2004

When will we wake up? "The Plot Against America" is akin to the middle of a nightmare. All you can do is pray you awaken and realize, thankfully, it was just a bad dream. Written by acclaimed author Philip...

That girl’s got some pipes on her

December 2, 2004

Her growing popularity is not due to chance or accident. Chicago-based singer-songwriter Rachel Yamagata's "Happenstance," released earlier this year, is a mellow, piano-heavy album that's perfect to listen...

Rule Britannia, Britannia rules the page

December 2, 2004

From Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes" to Agatha Christie's "Hercule Poirot," British mystery writers have a knack for creating just the sort of detective who keeps things quirky while solving...