Our five faves of the moment: Trampled by Turtles album, "My Fair Lady” at the Guthrie, more

  • Updated: July 11, 2014 - 5:01 PM

1 After messing around with tempos on their transformational 2012 album “Stars and Satellites,” Trampled by Turtles play more with moods and genres on their most experimental record yet, “Wild Animals.” The influence of producer Alan Sparhawk’s band Low is felt as the Duluth-bred string quintet sharply contrasts dark and light, quiet and discord, starting with the album-opening title track. Stylistically, the songs range from the straight-up country ditty “Nobody Knows” to the droning “Lucy” to the rocky single “Are You Behind the Shining Star?,” which could be a big radio hit if the banjo and fiddle were replaced with electric guitar. At least that much hasn’t changed. Out Tuesday.

2 Swing open the pantheon doors, people. There is a new burger worthy of our mouthwatering adulation. The Copper Hen Cakery & Kitchen, on Eat Street in Minneapolis, goes all local with its Cheddar Ale Burger. The juicy patty is made from Grass Run Farms beef. The “cheese whiz” is house-made with Indeed Brewing beer. And the bun is a buttery brioche masterpiece. When assembled, the whole thing just sort of slides down your throat with ease. copperhenkitchen.com

3 “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is that rare sequel that makes a pretty good predecessor (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) seem almost unnecessary. Building on the setup — a chimpanzee named Caesar acquires human language skills from a loving scientist and leads a band of escaped lab apes to a new, free life in the redwood forest outside San Francisco — it delivers not only more than twice the action, but the kind of smart, emotionally rewarding story almost never found in standard-issue blockbusters. “Dawn” features zero A-list stars; by design, the humans are strictly B-list compared with the incredibly lifelike, CGI-rendered apes.

4 As something of a summer cocktail, director Joe Dowling delivers a crisp and nicely proper staging of “My Fair Lady,” the Lerner and Lowe musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion.” The songs are hummable, the story big and human. “Get Me to the Church on Time” is a full-cast show stopper. The effervescent Tyler Michaels, as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, shines on “On the Street Where You Live,” and Jeff McCarthy is a fine singer as Henry Higgins — with a bit too much of Rex Harrison in him. guthrietheater.org

5 We’ve become accustomed to his face this time of year. Mariano Rivera was a regular on the American League All-Star team for most of the 21st century before retiring last fall as the reliever who saved 652 games for the New York Yankees. His autobiography, “The Closer,” comes across as a surprise. He hadn’t been out of his Panama fishing village until he was 20, and he had to learn English and then modestly start his way up the ladder. Rivera narrates an optimistic story full of career details and remarks about colleagues. There’s nothing juicy, but instead incidents that reveal the workings of baseball. Rivera is now fully into Christian ministry.









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  • This photo released by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation shows apes in a scene from the film, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." Hollywood stuntman Terry Notary plays more than 100 primates in the film, and also taught the filmís stars and stuntmen how to find their simian side. (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

  • Helen Anker (Eliza Doolittle) in the Guthrie Theater's production of My Fair Lady, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. Adapted from George Bernard Shaw's play and Gabriel Pascal's motion picture Pygmalion. Directed by Joe Dowling, set design by Walt Spangler, costume design by Fabio Toblini and lighting design by Philip S. Rosenberg. June 28-August 31, 2014, on the Wurtele Thrust Stage at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis. Photo by Joan Marcus.

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