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Jonny Lang, Los Lobos, Jamey Johnson & Nicholas David added to MN Zoo lineup

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: April 14, 2014 - 12:44 AM
Nicholas David/ Star Tribune photo by Kyndell Harkness

Nicholas David/ Star Tribune photo by Kyndell Harkness

Jamey Johnson, Jonny Lang, Los Lobos and hometown hero Nicholas David top the list of the second announcement of acts playing at the Music in the Zoo series at the Minnesota Zoo this summer.

Johnson, the country maverick probably best known for his award-winning hit “In Color,” will make his zoo debut Aug. 18.

David, a finalist on NBC’s “The Voice” who grew near the zoo in Eagan, will Aug. 15.

Lang, the blues-rock guitar hero who launched his career in Minneapolis, returns to the zoo on June 21, and Los Lobos, zoo regulars, are set for June 22.

Veterans Taj Mahal and Mavis Staples, the only Rock Hall of Famer at the zoo this year, team up on June 29. 3 Doors Down is booked for an acoustic show on June 11.

Also scheduled are the BoDeans on July 25 and Marc Cohn on July 19 – two acts that have played at the zoo's Weesner Family Amphitheater as often as some of the birds who perform daily.

And the date of the Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo show has been changed to Aug. 24.

As noted when the first announcements were made last week, this year’s lineup -- which includes Steve Earle, Trombone Shorty and Rufus Wainwright -- is heavy on repeaters. The most noteworthy new names are the Hold Steady, Josh Turner and Jamey Johnson. (See the full lineup at suemclean.com.)

While it’s encouraging to see the zoo promoters present current mainstream country acts for the first time, Turner at $66 on Aug. 23 — which is during the State Fair – seems like bad timing and quite pricey.  Johnson, who has fared well in Twin Cities bar rooms, is a more prudent booking.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. April 26 at the Electric Fetus, etix.com, suemclean.com/zoo and 1-800-514-3849.

One new change at zoo concerts will be no smoking – period. (That includes no e-cigarettes.) That’s a Minnesota Zoo policy as of April 1. There used to be designated smoking areas by the amphitheater. 

Jackson Browne, John Legend book summer concerts in the Twin Cities

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: April 8, 2014 - 4:11 PM

John Legend/ Star Tribune photo by Kyndell Harkness

John Legend/ Star Tribune photo by Kyndell Harkness

Two singers who have been making women swoon for years are returning to the Twin Cities this summer.

Jackson Browne, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and prince of California rock, will offer a solo acoustic show on July 18 at the State Theatre. He’s celebrating the 40th anniversary of his hit album “Late for the Sky,” which has been remastered and reissued on vinyl.

Jackson Browne/ Star Tribune photo by David Brewster

Jackson Browne/ Star Tribune photo by David Brewster

Tickets, priced from $57.50 to $104, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the State box office, hennepintheatretrust.org and Ticketmaster outlets.

Grammy-grabbing soul crooner John Legend, who is riding high with his “All of Me” single, will bring his romantic piano music to Mystic Lake Casino on June 20. He had couples cuddling during his fast-paced show last year at the State Theatre.

Tickets, priced at $59 and $79, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mystic box office, 952-445-9000 and mysticlake.com.

Tim McGraw, Garrison Keillor to return to State Fair grandstand

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: April 7, 2014 - 1:00 PM

He’s back! After a two-year absence from the State Fair, Garrison Keillor will bring “A Prairie Home

Companion” back to the grandstand on Aug. 29.

Before his hiatus (to undertake “Prairie Home” cruises), Keillor had performed eight consecutive years at the Great Minnesota Get Together. Tickets, priced at $25 and $32, will go on sale at noon Saturday.

Country superstar Tim McGraw (right, Star Tribune photo by Renee Jones Schneider) will be returning to the grandstand for the second consecutive year, with an Aug. 27 concert.  Tickets, priced at $56 and $71, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. It will be his fifth appearance at the state fair.

The fair also announced DigiFest Minnesota, starring the vocal group Fifth Harmony of “X Factor” fame and YouTube favorite Cimorelli, on Aug. 24 at the grandstand. Tickets, priced at $20 and $30, will go on sale at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Tickets can be purchased at mnstatefair.org, etix.com and -1-800-514-3849. The state fair box office will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

These three concerts join the previously announced shows: Kid Rock on Aug. 23, Linkin Park on Aug. 26 and the Happy Together Tour starring the Turtles on Aug. 25.

Critics weigh in: 55 Film Festival reviews

Posted by: Claude Peck Updated: March 31, 2014 - 11:16 AM


A still from the documentary "Afternoon of a Faun," about New York City Ballet great Tanaquil le Clercq.


Star Tribune writers and freelance contributors have been scanning advance copies of movies that are part of the Minneapolis-St.Paul International Film Festival. Their reviews are online now. The festival opens April 3 and runs through April 19, with more than 200 movies in all.

In reviews of 55 MSPIFF titles, our critics were, in general, enthusiastic. While they gave 4-star ratings (the highest) to just four movies, they handed out the coveted 3.5-star ratings to 13 films.

The movies that won four stars are: "Afternoon of a Faun," a documentary about legendary New York City Ballet dancer Tanaquil le Clercq; "Boyhood," a 12-year project of director Richard Linklater; "Flashback Memories," a music documentary in 3D about a Japanese didgeridoo player who suffered a brain injury; and the two-part crime saga from India, "Gangs of Wasseypur."

Here are the titles that won 3.5 stars:


Bicycling with Moliere

Blue Ruin



Concrete Night

Harmony Lessons

Ilo Ilo

Just a Sigh

Metro Manila

The Overnighters

The Trip to Italy


Mad King Thomas on (secret) home tour

Posted by: Claude Peck Updated: March 27, 2014 - 9:51 AM


Mad King Thomas members, from left, Theresa Madaus, Tara King, Monica Thomas. Photo by Mad King Thomas.

While the idea of bringing into a performance into someone’s home is not a new one, it’s still a concept worth exploring. A house is not a controlled environment like a theater – there are no special lights or sets or a proscenium to separate the artists and audience. On the other hand, there are many more choices to make about how to interact with the environment (and not break anything or need to call the fire department).

For the daring Sage Award-winning performance trio of Mad King Thomas (Theresa Madaus, Tara King and Monica Thomas) a house is the perfect setting for their new project “The Narrator is Suspect,” a glimpse into each woman’s background.

The many ideas underlying the work are drawn from travels the three artists took last year to one another’s childhood abodes (King: Albuquerque, New Mexico; Madaus: Cody, Wyoming; and Thomas: Great Barrington, Massachusetts). The three Macalester College alumni met one another’s relatives and observed how their own interactions with family differed from those of friends and colleagues.

Dubbing the entire effort an “immersive home experience,” Mad King Thomas plans to explore the secret histories we all hold and how they are translated with the passage of time and the capacity of memory. Public performances are at an undisclosed home in south Minneapolis this weekend (there have been some private showings as well).

“The Narrator is Suspect” will take place March 28 and 29 at 8 p.m. Reservations are required, so RSVP to madkingthomas@gmail.com for a spot. Admission is $10-$20 (sliding scale). For further information go to www.madkingthomas.com.

Just in, these added shows:
Thursday, April 3 at 7:30pm in St. Paul
Friday, April 4 at 7pm in northeast Minneapolis
Friday, April 11 at 8pm in south Minneapolis



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