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The ghost of rhythms past

December 6, 2007

The comments book poised on the gallery wall is plain and unassuming. But as local artist Ta-coumba Aiken opened it up and began reading aloud, a smile formed across his face. "That's what I'm talking...

La Vie Bedlam

November 29, 2007

Playwright Peter Papadopoulos balances atop a dingy folding chair in front of the Bedlam Theatre's stage, his eyes transfixed on the first act of his play, "Lost Love." "LOST LOVE" WHEN: 8 p.m., Nov....

No rabbit in this hat

November 21, 2007

A magical toy store. A 243-year-old "toy impresario" named Mr. Magorium. A room specifically devoted to bouncy balls. How could anyone possibly screw up these tidbits of child movie-making genius? "Mr....

Beyond the Crystal Ball

November 15, 2007

Let's face it: Sour times inspire us way more than the happy ones. Our teenage artistic creations, surely, would be rubbish without that transitory veneer of hormonal malaise, that tortured prose or paint...

Bringing out the Dead in P

November 8, 2007

In 1996, Peruvian-born filmmaker Heddy Honigmann met a 70-year-old woman named Lucia in the middle of a cemetery in Andalusia. She was smoking a cigarette and humming to herself. She remarked to Honigmann...

The woman in the mirror

November 1, 2007

Stop at any dusty truck stop along Southwestern America's highways, and you're bound to discover a shelf full of cottage industry Frida Kahlo artifacts: plastic matchbox shrines, keychains and charms all...

New age wasteland or: The little resort town that couldn’t

October 25, 2007

Utopia, dystopia, blah blah blah. All this, and everything in between can often be found within the chaotic land constellation that is Southern California. "Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea" Directed...

The day the West was shot (in the head)

October 18, 2007

Apparently, history's got no love for losers, fair-weather friends, or in the case of "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," cowards of any flavor. "The Assassination of Jesse James...

Through a globe darkly

October 11, 2007

From the strangest hair-curling rituals of an aging supermarket cashier, to television shots of the word "castration" spliced with Asian cooking show clips, art-bombs of political consciousness can take...

The kids aren’t all right

October 4, 2007

In the American mind, the world sex-trafficking industry conjures up images of Eastern bloc mafias, young girls lured by dreams of nanny jobs in Paris, and young Thai children holed up in a grimy Bangkok...

Street Dreams

September 27, 2007

Walking down Lake Street at twilight on a Saturday is like dancing tango with an unrequited lover on a midsummer's eve, or a squeamish jaunt through the Jabberwocky's forest, depending on the evening and...

In the bacterial colony

September 20, 2007

Artist and college professor Steve Kurtz awoke one morning in May 2004 to find his wife, Hope Kurtz, dead of heart failure. He immediately called 911. Upon arrival, the paramedics noticed bacteria cultures,...

Midnight in the graveyard of newly dead people

September 13, 2007

Tell someone there's a theatrical performance being held at twilight in Minneapolis' most lavish gothic cemetery, and certain questions are bound to surface. Is it macabre? Is it grotesque? Does it stir...

The toxicity of our city

September 6, 2007

Sugar Plum Fairies and Swan Lakes once dominated the psychic pastures of dance theater, encapsulating the attributes of a utopian world that never really was, but at least pretended otherwise. Ananya...

The making of an ‘Imposter’

August 15, 2007

Every artistic legend of Olde Europe has that "Wonder Years" period - the formative, yet murky times in an icon's life when their whereabouts are unclear, their trysts and liaisons undocumented, their...

No settling down for St. Vincent

August 8, 2007

Annie Clark might just be the paper doll in an art-rock menagerie of voodoo dragons and lawn gnomes, but for such a young musical tart, she flaunts a cloak of many colors. In the dawn of her musical career,...

Mr. Samberg, bring him his dream

July 25, 2007

Andy Samberg strolls out into the open-air courtyard at the Chambers Hotel in downtown Minneapolis, bypassing the Angus Fairhurst sculpture of a giant gorilla staring at its lopped-off arm on the ground...

A hustler’s bridge to babble-on

July 18, 2007

Take "Eastenders," add putrid curry sauce and cussing, plop it in the chamber pot of a bar and stir. Throw into Bedlam Theatre's greasy-bake oven. Let cool out in the malodorous air of 1990s "In Yer Face"...

Vomit in the Valley of the Dolls

July 11, 2007

Artists Ben Moore and Telos first met in 1998 on a college campus in the heart of Iowa. Almost a decade later, with some artistic oddities and creative revelry under their belts, the pair is being showcased...

Get plastered: art of music promotion

July 3, 2007

The image seems innocent enough, like something out of a kiddie pulp comic: a raven-haired schoolgirl with a bob cut and a striped orange blouse licks a chocolate lollipop. But upon closer glance, the...

C’est la vie, ‘la vie en rose’

June 27, 2007

Edith Piaf's life story reads like the Judy Garlands and the Billie Holidays of the American Golden Era - tormented yet intimately familiar, cobwebbed and splintered by a million worldly fictions. They...

Papa Picasso: Children of one man

June 20, 2007

Forget Hefner and his Girls Next Door - Picasso is the playboy of modern celebrity culture. And his ghost, along with the jumbo "Picasso and American Art" exhibition at Walker Art Center, will oblige you...

Hollywood: the horror, the horror

May 23, 2007

Like any E! Online hoodrat will tell you, rancid celebrity sausage gets ground up and spewed out of the Hollywood rumor mill on a second-by-second basis. "Rise of the Celebretards: A-crotch-alypse Now" WHEN:...

The crazy lady behind the cats

May 3, 2007

Every city needs its own maniacal, googily eyed token crazy lady. Minneapolis has "Scary" Mari Newman, the electric haired, pierced-up artist whose house on 51st and Penn is a full-blown installation of...

You can always go … Downtown

April 26, 2007

Every spring, like a fresh crop of wayward farm rodents, a handful of garden variety clubs, eateries and sports bars crop up in the downtown Minneapolis entertainment district. Some of them receive warm...

Time for spring cleaning

April 26, 2007

;Braaaains Artist Jillian McDonald is obsessed with two things: Billy Bob Thornton and zombies. Some of her favorite people are strangers. And she has been known to rent out a salon chair and shampoo people's...

Romance on the High Mississippi

April 26, 2007

It's no wonder the everyday gal - from time to time - gets a rush of nostalgia for days when ironing seemed sexy, and TV dinners were eaten in front of "I Love Lucy" broadcasts on the idiot box. The world...

Milkshake brings all the boys to the yard

April 19, 2007

On February 1, 2007, CNN Headline News reported as follows: "Authorities have arrested two men in connection with electronic light boards depicting a middle-finger-waving moon man that triggered repeated...

Peep show with chicks and bunnies

April 12, 2007

Easter: It isn't just for Jesus anymore. In fact, it seems as though the iconographic carpenter from Nazareth has officially been one-upped (on the anniversary of his own death, no less) by an animal made...

La boh

April 12, 2007

Not many artists have the capacity to radically distort the human sensorium and leave viewers in a state of lingering stupefication. It usually takes a psychotropic cocktail and a few days at a festival...

Double axel, Triple putz

April 5, 2007

As if the homoeroticism of male figure skating hasn't been lampooned enough, Will Ferrell has chosen the illustrious sport as the subject in his latest Will-plays-an-annoying-frat-dude-in-some-idiosyncratic-career...

Girl groups gone wild

March 29, 2007

Thank God (and the Queen) for British tabloid culture. Unlike their silly American counterparts, who find playground photos of Brangelina children cover-worthy, the paparazzi across the pond aren't afraid...

Poler Regions

March 22, 2007

Deep in the belly of a south Minneapolis studio loft, 13 twenty-something women stood, poised on a dimly lit dance floor. Some chuckled, some looked shy. As they began to sway their torsos and roll their...

The new scenes: Two recent clubs shake up Minneaps

March 8, 2007

Pi fills the gaps in the gay scene, opening up a lesbian club in Minneapolis In April of 2006, Tara Yule was stocking groceries at Linden Hills Co-op with Amber "Benny" Benson. "Hey, I have this idea,"...

Are you a good witch?

February 22, 2007

In the minds of many a Beatles fan (and there are plenty out there), Yoko Ono is the Cruella DeVille of the music world, an iconoclastic nemesis of all things rock 'n' roll. It perhaps also doesn't help...

Don’t bite the Hannibal that feeds

February 15, 2007

Even the most ghastly of serial killers were children once. However, this obvious deduction fails to explain how and why, somewhere along the way, young men morph into human monsters. Dr. Hannibal Lector...

It begins and ends with Paris

February 15, 2007

In 1878, long before Mae West's spiky-heeled stomp across a Vaudeville stage or Madonna's inflammatory hip gyrations to the tune of "Like a Virgin," the French actress Sarah Bernhardt gallantly hovered...

Take the stage to the streets

February 8, 2007

Like other fine arts, theater sometimes has a tendency to get stuck in the past. At least that's what Toussaint Morrison, a recent University theater alumnus, observed during his experience as an undergrad. "Thursday...

The true beauty of Taco Tuesday

February 8, 2007

The robust American lunch lady, scoop of mashed potatoes in hand, is encapsulated in the heart and mind of every American child. The Art of Service WHEN: Now through Feb. 22, 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and...

The Fab Four

February 1, 2007

Experiencing "Dance Revolutions" is comparative to having a front-row seat in the human subconscious. The four pieces that make up the upcoming University Dance Theatre performance are all completely unrelated,...

Exploring the faces of history

January 25, 2007

Bhutan is more than just a tiny mountainous country nestled in the Himalayas. It is also the title of the world's largest book, weighing over 130 pounds with images that are five feet tall. From time to...

Coming out of the shadows

January 25, 2007

When it comes to foreign film releases, the old saying apparently still applies: better late than never. Or so thought French film cronies when, in 2006, Rialto Pictures finally released Jean-Pierre Melville's...

Grumpy old artists

January 18, 2007

Even on the most crisp of days, the recently frozen waters of Medicine Lake stretch out in lumpy sheets of pale ice, contouring around a speckled perimeter of barren trees, boat docks and distant lake...

Chamber of excellence

December 7, 2006

The luxurious splendor and dizzying allure of contemporary metropolitan nightlife is hard to resist, especially around the holiday season. Downtown Minneapolis during the holidays, alive with horse drawn...

A process of squiggles

November 30, 2006

Behind every great artist, there's a painstaking process of creation and formulation. But as with many modern commodities - even those of a high art caliber - the processes of labor and care that birthed...

War of the worlds

November 30, 2006

Uprisings, civil wars and insurgencies are playing out in various landscapes throughout the world. Americans only occasionally get the opportunity to witness the suffering caused by armed conflict. We...

Ice Capades on thin ice

November 22, 2006

The 20th century was an era of all things equatorial: Common consumptive icons, such as the "The Jungle Book," the Chiquita banana lady and The Rainforest Café, entertained and satiated American...

King among Queens

November 16, 2006

Drag performer Esmé Rodríguez is perched before a green room mirror in Bryant Lake Bowl's basement, donning fake black eyelashes, a quart of turquoise-encrusted eye shadow and obscenely large...

Part of a rhythm nation

November 9, 2006

Bare feet stomp out jagged rhythms while arms wail through the air, partitioning and enshrining the bodies of the dancers. Backs and hips bend and quiver in fluidity with one another. Shaved heads are...

XXX-istential

November 2, 2006

Periwinkle blue horizons, shifting cinematic textures and jumpy editing play out amid a psychedelic, Mr. Rogers-style animated skyline of Manhattan. Fast, scatty jazz romances background noise as the scenes...