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Claude Peck

Senior Metro Editor | Nights
phone: 612-673-7977
After 15 years as arts editor at Star Tribune, Claude Peck has gone all night owl. In his new post as Senior Metro Editor, Nights, he works with reporters, the night copy desk, photographers and designers on stories for online and the next day's front page and Metro section. He also writes book reviews and contributes occasional stories about architecture for the paper's Streetscapes column.
Recent content from Claude Peck
Alan Hollinghurst Photo by Robert Taylor Photography

Review: 'The Sparsholt Affair,' by Alan Hollinghurst

FICTION: Changes radiate from wartime Oxford to span 70 years and dozens of characters.
“Some Hell” by Patrick Nathan

Review: 'Some Hell,' by Patrick Nathan

FICTION: This debut novel by a Minneapolis writer zeroes in on a guilt-torn adolescent and his mother after a family suicide.
Armistead Maupin Photo by Christopher Turner

REVIEW: 'Logical Family' by Armistead Maupin

NONFICTION: At 72, "Tales of the City" writer Armistead Maupin takes up his own life.
Viet Thanh Nguyen, whose novel "The Sympathizer" won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for fiction, spoke at St. Catherine University in St. Paul. He was interv

Pulitzer winner Viet Thanh Nguyen, 'fighting for utopia' and a new Vietnam war narrative

The novelist spoke at St. Catherine University on power and the pen.
Colm Toibin offers a dark and mysterious look at a horrific tale from Greek myth

Review: 'House of Names,' by Colm Toibin

FICTION: A bloody family saga is re-imagined for the 21st century.
Jacob Miller, 26, and Jesse Pollock-Foote, 30, walk out of Surdyk's liquor store on Sunday. "It's awesome! It's historic," Miller said.

A defiant Jim Surdyk opens for liquor sales four months early

Surdyk's issued a social-media blast Sunday morning saying the store would be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Louis Kahn in the documentary "My Architect." New Yorker Films

Review: 'You Say to Brick: The Life of Louis Kahn,' by Wendy Lesser

NONFICTION: This remarkable biography sheds light on one of the 20th century's greatest architects.
Jan and Art Larson on the balcony of their downtown Minneapolis condo.

What helps Minnesota seniors age in place? U researcher has some clues

Researcher finds it's the little things — like benches and safe crosswalks — that make life better for aging Minnesotans.
Louise Crane and Elizabeth Bishop in 1937.

REVIEW: 'Elizabeth Bishop: A Miracle for Breakfast,' by Megan Marshall

NONFICTION: This new biography of troubled poet Elizabeth Bishop is nuanced, vivid and, at times, lacking.
A redesign adds drama to the Parker Palm Springs lobby.

Two hotels in Palm Springs offer rooms with a point of view

The remodeled Parker and the year-old Arrive have differing takes on the desert town's mystique.
A spacious new lobby is a centerpiece of the temple's addition, which also includes a preschool, new Hebrew school classrooms and a courtyard.

Temple Israel in Minneapolis gets contemporary addition for preschool, Hebrew classes and events

Young people and education are at the heart of a winning addition to Temple Israel in Minneapolis.
Dave Eggers.

Dave Eggers sends family on madcap trip in 'Heroes of the Frontier'

FICTION: In Dave Eggers' new novel, a mom and two children flee their Ohio home.
Tom Fisher, former dean of the U of M’s School of Design, has written a new book, “Designing Our Way to a Better World.”

U expert tells how 'design thinking' can solve society's big problems

While he's long been interested in the tangible, physical world around us, Tom Fisher has a new book of essays about "the design of what we cannot see."
A car is towed away from the scene after Philando Castile was fatally shot in Falcon Heights.

Aftermath of fatal Falcon Heights officer-involved shooting on video

A man identified by relatives as Philando Castile, 32, a St. Paul schools employee, died Wednesday night at HCMC. The shooting followed a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. On the video, Castile is slumped next to a woman, his T-shirt soaked with blood.
Augusten Burroughs

Review: 'Lust & Wonder,' by Augusten Burroughs

NONFICTION: Augusten Burroughs' memoir about a hapless love life lacks his usual humor.
Patti Smith's passport photo.

Review: 'M Train' by Patti Smith

NONFICTION: Patti Smith's new memoir is less linear and more interior than her "Just Kids" as it hopscotches across the decades.
Oct. 1: Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Talking Volumes authors for 2014 include Richard Ford, Azar Nafisi

Writers coming to the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul this fall reflect a variety of topics and genres.
Miranda July

Miranda July's first novel takes quirky to new level

FICTION: Miranda July's debut novel about a middle-aged woman and her much younger lover is quirky in the extreme.
The climate-controlled skyway system in Minneapolis provides warmth for people moving from building to building.

Withering Glance: Who needs streets? We've got skyways

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more. Today, skyways.
A line outside the Riverview.

Withering Glance: Saluting the true dream palaces

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.   RN: Do you love the Riverview…
Review: 'Nora Webster,' by Colm Toibin

Review: 'Nora Webster,' by Colm Toibin

FICTION: When an Irish woman's husband dies, she embarks on a quiet voyage of self-discovery.
Archibald Snatcher (voiced by Ben Kingsley) leads a group of henchmen who are out to eradicate the Boxtrolls.

Message of 'Boxtrolls' is wrapped in stop-motion movie magic

REVIEW: "The Boxtrolls" is an immensely satisfying, all-ages fable packed with plot twists, adventure, humor, nobility, wrongdoing, bravado, creepiness and silliness.
Reese Witherspoon in a scene from the film, "Wild."

Twin Cities Film Fest will screen Oscar-buzz movies

The Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF) includes "Wild," starring Reese Witherspoon, and "The Imitation Game," a big winner in Toronto.
Aretha Franklin performed at the State Fair Grandstand.

Withering Glance: Fun times at the fair (Maalox and all)

Fair highlights include Aretha Franklin at the grandstand in a feather-covered wedding gown. But the Tilt-a-Whirl and a steady diet of deep-fried delights? That does not mix well.
Paul Taylor Dance Company opens the 2014-15 season at Northrop Auditorium on Sept. 27.

Big names on tap for new Northrop dance season

The 2014-15 season unveiled Wednesday by Christine Tschida, director of Northrop, includes ballet and modern dance by nine troupes from around the world.
Oct. 4, 2013: Conductor Osmo Vänskä leads the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Orchestra board addressed romance between Vänskä and concertmaster

Osmo Vänskä 's return as music director included talks about his personal relationship with concertmaster Erin Keefe. Vänskä called the relationship a private matter, and said that he would refrain from taking part in decisions about Keefe's status with the orchestra.

Withering Glance: When Hollywood finally made a gay movie

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.   CP: When you pleaded with me…
When you balance out cost, hassle, time and scenery, Amtrak’s Acela gives flying a run for its money on the East Coast.

On Amtrak's fast train from D.C. to N.Y.C.

The country's fastest train gets you from D.C. to New York in under three hours. And you can opt for the Quiet Car.
Wendy Lehr as Daisy Werthan and James Craven as Hoke Colburn in “Driving Miss Daisy.”

'Driving Miss Daisy' at Jungle is a star vehicle

REVIEW: Jungle Theater's "Driving Miss Daisy" puts two masterful performers — James Craven and Wendy Lehr — in the driver's seat.
Choreographer James Sewell is marking 20 years with his company.

Withering Glance finds its inner love bug

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.   RN: Hey Mister Glass-Half-Empty, I’m guessing…
Kelsey Cramer plays Shen Te and Shui Ta in Bertolt Brecht’s “Good Woman of Setzuan,” presented by Theatre Pro Rata at Intermedia Arts.

Brecht play shows the downside of kindheartedness

REVIEW: In the parable "Good Woman of Setzuan," a prostitute discovers the pitfalls of having a kind heart in a flawed world.
Michael Henson, CEO for the Minnesota Orchestra, posed for a portrait at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis in March.

Minnesota Orchestra President Henson received bonus pay of $200,000 in year before lockout

Michael Henson, president and CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra, received $202,500 in bonus pay in 2011, boosting his total compensation that year to $619,313, according…
Pat Conroy (Nov. 12)

Talking Volumes 2013: Pat Conroy, Margaret Atwood, Rick Riordan

Big names in fiction, nonfiction and fantasy will visit the Twin Cities for the live-event book club.
"Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns," by David Margolick.

REVIEW: "Dreadful: The Short Life and Gay Times of John Horne Burns"

NONFICTION: A war novel brought overnight but fleeting fame to pioneering gay writer John Horne Burns.
Eve Schulte and Chris Hannon in “Lover” by James Sewell Ballet.

Three very different works show range of James Sewell Ballet

REVIEW: Live music adds zing to "Lover," a series of dances set to classic tunes of Rodgers and Hart.
Peavey Plaza is in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, located at Nicollet Mall and 11th St. S.

Peavey Plaza is listed on National Register

Groups suing Minneapolis over demolition of Peavey Plaza claimed a moral victory Thursday when the downtown Minneapolis site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in concert in Stillwater in 2011.

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra cancels more concerts

Talks in the lengthy labor dispute are terminated, and shows are scrapped through late March.
Garret Dillahunt, left, Isaac Leyva, center, and Alan Cumming in "Any Day Now."

Gay dads vs. the cold, cruel world

Review: The system conspires against two men who rescue a mentally disabled teen.
John Waters

Holiday cheer with a twist

John Waters likes a traditional Christmas, complete with a decorated electric chair.
Minnesota Orchestra president Michael Henson

Musicians vote 'no confidence' in Minnesota Orchestra president

Board counters with assurance that Michael Henson has its "full confidence."
"How to Survive a Plague."

"How to Survive a Plague": Anger over AIDS

REVIEW: A new film relives the passion and activism of ACTUP and its founders.
Junot Diaz

Fall 2012: Talking Volumes draws Pulitzer winner, more

Four well-known writers will appear at the Fitzgerald Theater this fall as part of the book-club series -- Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz (pictured), high-profile legal-affairs journalist Jeffrey Toobin, and bestselling authors Abraham Verghese and Erin Morgenstern.
"Tiny Furniture"

Movies: Reality nibbles in 'Tiny Furniture'

Lena Dunham wrote, directed and stars in her deadpan-hilarious first feature.
Christopher Isherwood, left, and Don Bachardy in "Chris & Don."

Movies: When Chris met Don

The late author Christopher Isherwood and artist Don Bachardy open their hearts in this love story.
Chuck Palahniuk goes to hell

Chuck Palahniuk goes to hell

In his 12th novel, "Fight Club" writer Chuck Palahniuk sends a chubby adolescent girl on an underworld adventure.
The front desk at Chicago's Hotel Lincoln.

Going hotel hopping in Chicago

Where to sleep during your next visit to the Windy City? Try one of these three brand-new beauties.
Bob Malos, Michael Jurenek and Muriel Bonertz in “Copenhagen.”

Friends, war and the atom bomb in 'Copenhagen'

REVIEW: The century-defining science in "Copenhagen" is grounded in a story of friends in gravest conflict.
Minnesota Opera Managing Director Kevin Raymach, center, held a bottle of champagne as staffers gathered in the office of Artistic Director Dale Johns

Minnesota's two Pulitzers something to cheer about

In typical Minnesota fashion, the jubilation was low-key at the offices of the Minnesota Opera and Graywolf Press, honored for producing Pulitzer Prize-winning work last year.
New York City Ballet Moves

Despite Northrop makeover, a full dance season is on tap

Shows will move to the Orpheum, O'Shaughnessy and Ted Mann Concert Hall.
The prominent "Portland Oregon" sign with the leaping stag is a designated city landmark, but its words have changed several times since the 1940s.

Green days in Portland, Ore.

Eco-friendly Portland has something missing in way too many U.S. cities: personality.
Truman Capote at the University of Minnesota, April 23, 1969.

NONFICTION: "Eminent Outlaws," by Christopher Bram

Bram's book connects the dots of influential gay writers in the last half of the 20th century, from Tennessee Williams to Tony Kushner.
Jonathan Franzen

Franzen's struggle for 'Freedom'

Despite the huge success of "The Corrections" in 2001, Jonathan Franzen struggled mightily to write his big new novel about a St. Paul family's highs and heartbreaks.
Lord Goring (David Beukema) and Miss Mabel Chiltern (Teresa Marie Doran) in “An Ideal Husband.”

'Husband' smart, wickedly amusing

REVIEW: A blackmailed politician is fortunate to have a best friend like Lord Goring in the Oscar Wilde comedy.
Paul Goodman in "Paul goodman Changed My life."

'Paul Goodman': The thought-bombs of a pacifist

New documentary traces the influence of radical thinker Paul Goodman, author of "Growing Up Absurd."
Frank Sonntag

Dance center director steps down abruptly

Frank Sonntag said he will leave the Cowles Center next month.
Corey Dargel

'Happy' doesn't describe Corey Dargel

REVIEW: The Texas-born composer/singer presented his unique brand of downbeat, quirky pop and classical music.
Bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk at the Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland, Ore., near where he lives. Madison Spencer, the adolescent hero of his new

Chuck Palahniuk's latest an empowering inferno

Rock-star writer Chuck Palahniuk goes to hell in his latest novel, "Damned" -- and finds a new voice in a 13-year-old girl.
"Yes on 1" supporters hold signs beside a highway in Maine.

Documenting gay-marriage fight in Maine

Movie about 2009 ballot initiative is full of relevance for Minnesotans facing a similar campaign.
Matt Guidry, Clarence Wethern and Tracy Maloney in "The Pride."

'The Pride' looks at gay life in two eras

Switching between 1958 and 2008, the play's characters seek --but don't always find -- love and understanding.

Withering Glance: A straight woman wants help on the man hunt.

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.
Talking Volumes gets underway on Sept. 14, with Jennifer Egan. Her newest novel is "A Visit from the Goon Squad."

Pulitzer Prize winners kick off new Talking Volumes season

Tickets go on sale Tuesday for the fall Talking Volumes lineup that starts Sept. 14.
Jonathan Franzen

Author, author! (Plus two)

Four well-known writers will appear in St. Paul this fall as the Talking Volumes series returns.
Donald Ray Pollock's "The Devil All the Time"

Grim stories, beautifully told

Donald Ray Pollock burst out of nowhere with his '08 story collection "Knockemstiff." Now comes a dark, compelling debut novel.
Lamb discusses his new book "The Hour I First Believed" at the Norwich Free Academy, where he was once an English teacher.

Wally Lamb: Breaking his silence

In his first novel in 10 years, he sweeps up history, violence and family heartbreak. Dark stuff, but he's also open to the possibility of redemption.
Stephen King

King, Kingsolver and Ellroy all in lineup

Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver and James Ellroy are among guests who will discuss major new novels for the regional book club's 10th season.
English author Monica Ali. Her latest book is " In the Kitchen."

'Kitchen' philosopher: Monica Ali

In her latest novel, author Monica Ali thoughtfully examines a chef's identity crisis and how it mirrors dramatic changes in British society and culture.
Laurie Simmons and Lena Dunham in "Tiny Furniture"

"Tiny Furniture," big promise

Lena Dunham wrote, directed and stars in her deadpan-hilarious first feature, which also features her real mom and sister.
The Empty Family by Colm Toibin

Stories so skilled, even clumsy ones are brilliant

Nine new stories by Irish fiction writer Colm Toibin.

Patti Smith takes nonfiction honor for memoir

The National Book Award winners were announced Wednesday night in New York City.
Allan Naplan takes over as president of Minnesota Opera in March 2011.

New president at Minnesota Opera

Allan Naplan has been general director of Wisconsin's Madison Opera and also worked in Pittsburgh and Houston.
Surfer riding a wave near Lighthouse Field State Beach in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Catching a wave in Santa Cruz

In this picturesque oceanside California town, grab a board and head for the Pacific.
Author Nicole Krauss, photographed in Brooklyn, NY, latest novel is " Great House".

A new 'House' for Krauss

In her shadowy third novel, "Great House," Nicole Krauss slowly interweaves characters who seem at first to be entirely unconnected.
credit: Felix Broede Rafal Blechacz, pianist

A world of pianists, in St. Paul

The Chopin Society's 2010-11 season will include a change of venue.
Union Atlantic by Adam Haslett

'Union Atlantic' sails on river of commerce

A sweeping novel about a battle between a teacher and a millionaire banker.
Gary Peterson, the Southern Theater's new executive director.

Southern Theater gets new executive director

Gary Peterson will assume duties at the Minneapolis performing-arts venue in January.
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