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Claude Peck

Editor | Fine arts, features
phone: 612-673-7977
Claude Peck spent most of his journalism career in the pre-blog era, but will try to keep up. After all, he’s already embarrassing his nieces on Facebook and dressing inappropriately for his age group. At the Star Tribune, he oversees coverage of movies, nightlife, theater, classical music, dance and the Talking Volumes book series. With Rick Nelson, he does the weekly column called Withering Glance.
Recent content from Claude Peck
Talking Volumes authors for 2014 include Richard Ford, Azar Nafisi

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's first novel takes quirky to new level

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

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.
Withering Glance: Saluting the true dream palaces

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

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.
Twin Cities Film Fest will screen Oscar-buzz movies

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

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.
Big names on tap for new Northrop dance season

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.
Orchestra board addressed romance between Vänskä and concertmaster

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

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.
'Driving Miss Daisy' at Jungle is a star vehicle

'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.
Withering Glance finds its inner love bug

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…
Brecht play shows the downside of kindheartedness

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

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

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

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.
Three very different works show range of 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 listed on National Register

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.
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra cancels more concerts

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra cancels more concerts

Talks in the lengthy labor dispute are terminated, and shows are scrapped through late March.
Gay dads vs. the cold, cruel world

Gay dads vs. the cold, cruel world

Review: The system conspires against two men who rescue a mentally disabled teen.
Holiday cheer with a twist

Holiday cheer with a twist

John Waters likes a traditional Christmas, complete with a decorated electric chair.
Musicians vote 'no confidence' in Minnesota Orchestra president

Musicians vote 'no confidence' in Minnesota Orchestra president

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

"How to Survive a Plague": Anger over AIDS

REVIEW: A new film relives the passion and activism of ACTUP and its founders.
Fall 2012: Talking Volumes draws Pulitzer winner, more

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.
Movies: Reality nibbles in 'Tiny Furniture'

Movies: Reality nibbles in 'Tiny Furniture'

Lena Dunham wrote, directed and stars in her deadpan-hilarious first feature.
Movies: When Chris met 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.
Going hotel hopping in Chicago

Going hotel hopping in Chicago

Where to sleep during your next visit to the Windy City? Try one of these three brand-new beauties.
Friends, war and the atom bomb 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's two Pulitzers something to cheer about

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.
Despite Northrop makeover, a full dance season is on tap

Despite Northrop makeover, a full dance season is on tap

Shows will move to the Orpheum, O'Shaughnessy and Ted Mann Concert Hall.
Green days in Portland, Ore.

Green days in Portland, Ore.

Eco-friendly Portland has something missing in way too many U.S. cities: personality.
NONFICTION: "Eminent Outlaws," by Christopher Bram

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.
Franzen's struggle for 'Freedom'

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.
'Husband' smart, wickedly amusing

'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': The thought-bombs of a pacifist

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

New documentary traces the influence of radical thinker Paul Goodman, author of "Growing Up Absurd."
Dance center director steps down abruptly

Dance center director steps down abruptly

Frank Sonntag said he will leave the Cowles Center next month.
'Happy' doesn't describe 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.
Chuck Palahniuk's latest an empowering inferno

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.
Documenting gay-marriage fight in Maine

Documenting gay-marriage fight in Maine

Movie about 2009 ballot initiative is full of relevance for Minnesotans facing a similar campaign.
'The Pride' looks at gay life in two eras

'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.
Pulitzer Prize winners kick off new Talking Volumes season

Pulitzer Prize winners kick off new Talking Volumes season

Tickets go on sale Tuesday for the fall Talking Volumes lineup that starts Sept. 14.
Author, author! (Plus two)

Author, author! (Plus two)

Four well-known writers will appear in St. Paul this fall as the Talking Volumes series returns.
Grim stories, beautifully told

Grim stories, beautifully told

Donald Ray Pollock burst out of nowhere with his '08 story collection "Knockemstiff." Now comes a dark, compelling debut novel.
Wally Lamb: Breaking his silence

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.
King, Kingsolver and Ellroy all in lineup

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.
"Tiny Furniture," big promise

"Tiny Furniture," big promise

Lena Dunham wrote, directed and stars in her deadpan-hilarious first feature, which also features her real mom and sister.
Stories so skilled, even clumsy ones are brilliant

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.
New president at Minnesota Opera

New president at Minnesota Opera

Allan Naplan has been general director of Wisconsin's Madison Opera and also worked in Pittsburgh and Houston.
Catching a wave in Santa Cruz

Catching a wave in Santa Cruz

In this picturesque oceanside California town, grab a board and head for the Pacific.
A new 'House' for Krauss

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.
A world of pianists, in St. Paul

A world of pianists, in St. Paul

The Chopin Society's 2010-11 season will include a change of venue.
'Union Atlantic' sails on river of commerce

'Union Atlantic' sails on river of commerce

A sweeping novel about a battle between a teacher and a millionaire banker.
Southern Theater gets new executive director

Southern Theater gets new executive director

Gary Peterson will assume duties at the Minneapolis performing-arts venue in January.
Mozart Fest, recordings, 2 world premieres

Mozart Fest, recordings, 2 world premieres

Osmo Vänskä will open the season next September with a world premiere commission by a Finnish composer.
Travel: Let the sun shine in Thailand

Travel: Let the sun shine in Thailand

Sun-drenched southern Thailand was hit hard by the 2004 tsunami. But even after such devastation, life (and tourism) goes on.
Who will become One Man Minneapolis?

Who will become One Man Minneapolis?

It has many trappings of a male beauty contest, but organizer Scott Mayer said the 20 semifinalists are being evaluated on fitness/style, intelligence, personality and community involvement.

Withering Glance: A course in how to speak 'musicals'

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.

Withering Glance: These are 40 or so of our favorite things

May brings plenty of reasons to shed our wintry grouch mode.

Talking Volumes announces next two authors

Memoirist Michael Greenberg and poet Rita Dove will be among those appearing at the Fitzgerald Theater in 2009.

Minnesota Orchestra scales back Sommerfest

Tighter budgets force it to cancel its free Day of Music and reduce the festival to three weeks.
Orchestra gets more positive reviews

Orchestra gets more positive reviews

German critics heaped more praise on the Minnesota Orchestra, just in time for Osmo Vänskä's 56th birthday.
Minn. Orchestra draws raves in London

Minn. Orchestra draws raves in London

Reviewers praised the orchestra's "dazzling power" and "marvelous sound." The London concert will be broadcast tonight at 8 p.m. on Minnesota Public Radio.

SPCO balances budget

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra erased its deficit, finished the 2007-08 season with a small surplus, increased the number of subscribers and limited the growth of expenses.
The boys from Oz

The boys from Oz

Touring the States for the second time this year, Australian pop stars the Presets are loving it live.
Withering Glance: Mind your manners!

Withering Glance: Mind your manners!

As the fall arts season approaches us, our boys from Withering Glance offers a guide to etiquette for concertgoers and theater patrons. That means you.
'Chris & Don' endearing film

'Chris & Don' endearing film

The late author Christopher Isherwood and artist Don Bachardy open their hearts in this touching love story.

Withering glance: Next best thing to being there

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, relationships, grooming and more. RN: By now, half the world has probably caught the multiplex…
Edifice wrecks of downtown Minneapolis

Edifice wrecks of downtown Minneapolis

Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, relationships, grooming and more.
Withering Glance: Movies we love - and quote

Withering Glance: Movies we love - and quote

Movies that gay men memorize, and why.
Auspicious debut for chamber music series at MacPhail

Auspicious debut for chamber music series at MacPhail

Minnesota Orchestra musicians played a rich, varied program, including a thriller by Osvaldo Golijov.
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