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Dr. Michael Adams, son of photographer Ansel Adams
Ansel Adams' son, Dr. Michael Adams, will discuss his Dad's photography and life at Winona State University at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. The talk is presented in conjunction with "Classic Images: Ansel Adams Photography," an exhibit at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum (MMAM) in Winona. The talk is free but is expected to be so popular that its location has been shifted from a small hall to the main stage of WSU's Performing Arts Center. Parking should be available in the Gold Lot at the conrner of Mark and Main Streets.
Dr. Adams will recount his father's life and career starting with his childhood, obsessions with piano and photography, his climbing and camping in Yosemite, and the background of "Moonrise, Hernandez," one of his most famous photos.
Michael Adams is a retired physician and retired major general in the U.S. Air Force.
The talk is co-sponsored by the Marine Art Museum where more than 70 famous Adams images are on view through Jan. 11. All of the photos were printed by Adams himself and include such familiar and iconic images as "Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake," and the Half Dome series.
Ansel Adams, "Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska," 1947
The Minnesota Marine Art Museum is located on banks of the Mississippi River at 800 Riverview Drive, Winona, 507-474-6626 or www.mmam.org.
An adopted Minneapolis resident for more than a decade now, rockabilly star Brian Setzer has also now found a permanent home for his trademark guitar in Washington, D.C.
The Stray Cats leader donated a replica version of his orange 1959 model Gretsch 6120 guitar to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History over the weekend. It’s the same type of guitar he used to record “Rock This Town” and other Stray Cats favorites, which Setzer custom-fitted with two Monopoly game dice drilled onto the volume knobs. He had the replica built after the overworked original became unusable.
“Maybe in a hundred years people will look at my guitar and be inspired to play it and enjoy it the way I do,” Setzer told the Smithsonian, whose instrument collection also includes John Coltrane’s sax, Prince’s “yellow cloud” guitar and one of Eddie Van Halen’s striped axes.
Another sign of his guitar godliness, Setzer is featured on the cover of this month’s Guitar Player magazine. That follows the release of his new album, “Rockabilly Riot! All Original!” which came out in August and features all new songs. While we’d welcome a stripped-down show to promote that record, Setzer’s next hometown gig will be the tour kick-off for his annual Christmas big band tour at the Orpheum Theatre on Nov. 14.
One of indie-rock’s most influential bands of the late-‘90s, Sleater-Kinney will come roaring back to life early next year with a new album, career-spanning vinyl box set and reunion tour, including a Valentine’s Day date that’s sure to be a bona-fide love-in at First Avenue. Tickets to the Feb. 14 show go on sale Friday at noon for $30.
A clue that the First Ave date was coming, the club sent out a photo via Instagram last week of a new star on its wall that simply reads, “I-5, Exit 108.” That’s the way to get to the band’s namesake Sleater Kinney Road in Olympia, Wash. After 12 years and seven albums for the Kill Rock Stars and Sub Pop labels -- including 1997’s seminal “Dig Me Out” -- the trio called it quits in 2006 when its career was still peaking. Its second-to-last show at Lollapalooza in Chicago that summer was actually the best of a half dozen S-K shows seen by this writer, just a hyper-rocking, ultra-tight affair that felt like a triumphant farewell.
At least one of the members, guitarist/co-vocalist Carrie Brownstein, went on to be more famous after the band went on hiatus, thanks to her involvement with the IFC series “Portlandia.” She and drummer Janet Weiss toured with a new band, Wild Flag, in that time, and Weiss also performed here often with Stephen Malkmus, Quasi and Bright Eyes. Singer/guitarist Corin Tucker bowed out for a while to concentrate on motherhood but finally returned in 2012 to play the Entry behind her second solo album.
There’s a new S-K album already in the can, “No Cities to Love,” coming Jan. 20 on Sub Pop. The first track from it, “Bury Your Friends,” is posted below. An expansive vinyl box set with all their prior albums, titled “Start Together,” will be issued Tuesday.
James Brown/ photo by Dita Blangkara/AP
One may not normally associate the Twin Cities with James Brown, but a new HBO documentary makes a case that the area has played a pivotal part in the Godfather of Funk's history.
"Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown," produced by Mick Jagger, covers the Brown's pivotal years. Among the most memorable footage: Brown singing "I Feel Good" with then-presidential candidate Hubert Humphrey, perhaps a blueprint for the future Paul McCartney-Michael Jackson duet, "Ebony and Ivory."
On a more somber note, drummer Melvin Parker recalls the time during a Minneapolis gig when Brown snapped at his brother, Maceo. In the dressing room, it appeared that Brown was going to hit Maceo in the mouth so he couldn't play his horn. According to Melvin, he pulled out a gun, fired a shot, and then put the barrel in Brown's face.
The Godfather quickly backed off.
You can hear the tale yourself when HBO premieres at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27.
If you got dragged to Sunday’s Pearl Jam show unwillingly and somehow never warmed up to the band during the duration of the performance, then it must’ve been one excruciating night.
I’d read reviews from prior shows on this jaunt and knew it would be a long one, but I was even surprised how the band just kept going. When the house lights came up for “Alive” during the second encore, it just screamed “finale!” Sure enough, though, the show even rolled on from there, with “Rockin’ in the Free World” blaring out under the bright lights, curiously followed by the much more languid but similarly provocative “Indifference.”
The show clocked in at 3 hours and 10 minutes in the end, with 32 songs. Click here to read the full review.
Here’s the set list:
Pendulum / Release / Nothingman / Go / Life Wasted / Corduroy / Lightning Bolt / Mind Your Manners / Save You / Even Flow / Sirens / Love Boat Captain / Daughter / I Got Id / The Fixer / Unthought Known / Given to Fly / Rearviewmirror
ENCORE 1: Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town / Thin Air Footsteps / Imagine (John Lennon cover) / Last Kiss (Wayne Cochran cover) Why Go / Do the Evolution / Porch
ENCORE 2: Black / Setting Forth (Eddie Vedder solo song) / Better Man / Alive / Rockin' in the Free World (Neil Young cover) / Indifference
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