Arts & Culture

The Film Noir Genre Splendidly Transfers to Stage – “West of Central” at Pillsbury House

Playwright Christina Ham has written a delightfully compelling new crime mystery, very different from two of her previous first-rate works, Crash Test Dummies and Nina Simone: Four Women. In the also first-rate West of Central she […]

The Guthrie Revives Barbara Field’s Wrenching Frankenstein-Inspired Adaptation

When I saw the first production of Frankenstein—Playing With Fire three decades ago at the old Guthrie Theatre site, it seemed flat. Ho hum. So what. However, when I caught the current revival on the new […]

A Gorgeous Documentary on a Dazzling Japanese Artist Who Celebrated Gay Marriage in the ’60s – “Kusama-Infinity” at Lagoon Cinema

The audacious 89-year-old Yayoi Kusama is the subject of Kusama-Infinity, a captivating documentary by Heather Lenz. Her oddly sensual soft sculpture and explosively colorful visual art permeate throughout, infusing the film with an intoxicating beauty […]

Free Black Dirt’s “Sweetness of Wild” & Other Offerings at the Parkway on October 3

The Free Black Dirt experimental art collective will screen Sweetness of Wild at the Parkway Theater. This episodic film looks at black life, queerness, creativity, biking, laughter and the sweetness and wildness of Minneapolis. Other […]

A Fractured & Spirited Stage Portrait of Britney Spears at Red Eye—Based on a Bisexual Source

Bisexual performance artist Neal Medlyn’s Pop Star Series reenacts and reflects the concerts of famous entertainers. Celeste Busa and Steve Busa have adapted Medlyn’s work regarding Britney Spears into an energetic mash-up of her songs, […]

A Word In Edgewise: Too Much With Us—Still

Wordsworth lamented: The world is too much with us; late and soon, Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;– Too much with me, too; seeking a simpler time, I read Hendrik van Loon’s 1930 […]

Love At First Ink

Getting a tattoo is a highly personal decision. In addition to having your skin inked for the rest of your life, most if not all tattoos have a deep or sentimental significance to their owners, […]

Arts Spotlight: 609

Dr. Falstaff and the Working Wives of Lake County: A Picnic Operetta Through Oct. 7 Various locations in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Northfield 800-838-3006 It may be your last chance to catch outdoor comedy […]

“Little Women” Still Warms the Heart in the Face of a Problematic Script

Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women endures as the inspirational story of the March family during the Civil War. For 150 years, the novel has been read around the world and has been adapted into several […]

The Autumn of the Matriarch – “Awake and Sing!” Astounds at Artistry

The riveting Kate Guentzel crackles in a dangerously uncompromising performance as Bessie Berger, a matriarch of a poor New York Jewish family who has cracked the whip far, far, far too much on her loved […]

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