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Minnesota Orchestra's Vanska, Keefe got married Easter Sunday

Posted by: Kristin Tillotson Updated: April 7, 2015 - 4:22 PM
Erin Keefe and Osmo Vanska take a bow after their performance as part of a quartet in Orchestra Hall's atrium Saturday night. The two wed Easter Sunday. Photo by Tim Campbell.

On Easter Sunday, Minnesota Orchestra music director Osmo Vanska and concertmaster Erin Keefe were married in a private ceremony. The couple's engagement was announced, via Facebook, in early January 2014.

The two orchestra VIPs have not released any details or photos from their nuptials. The orchestra released a brief statement acknowledging the wedding and adding, "we wish them all the very best."

While the newlyweds kept their plans quiet, a couple hundred music lovers got advance notice following Saturday night’s Minnesota Orchestra concert. While introducing a post-show bonus performance of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time,” featuring Keefe and Vanska (on clarinet) in Orchestra Hall’s atrium, principal cellist Tony Ross casually mentioned that the couple were to be wed on Easter Sunday.

The pair reacted with reserve, but earlier in the night Keefe’s husband-to-be gave her a decorous smooch on the cheek after her mesmerizing solo work on Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending,” the highlight of the first concert in the orchestra’s month-long “Spirit and Spring” series.

This Friday's 'Wits' postponed

Posted by: Kristin Tillotson Updated: March 19, 2015 - 11:13 AM

This Friday's installment of the radio-variety "Wits" at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul has been postponed due to a death in the family of the scheduled featured guest, actor Cary Elwes. Elwes was to appear with musician Kat Edmonson. Tickets will automatically be transferred to a new date, to be announced. Ticketholders who prefer a refund can call 651-290-1200 or go to the Fitzgerald box office (10 E. Exchange St., St. Paul)  between noon - 5 p.m. Tues.-Fri.

Who is Kevin Garnett's biggest fan? Is it our little Prince?

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: February 25, 2015 - 5:34 PM


Prince showing his purple pride at a T'Wolves game with Larry Graham in 2000./ Star Tribune file photo

Prince showing his purple pride at a T'Wolves game with Larry Graham in 2000./ Star Tribune file photo


Prince didn’t bow down to Kevin Garnett at the homecoming press conference. He isn’t expected to show up at KG’s return to Target Center on Wednesday night. And he isn’t going to take to social media to show his support. (He's not participating in social media anymore.)

But a source close to Prince wanted it known that the Purple One -- who is as gifted on the basketball court as he is with a ping pong paddle -- is thrilled that KG is back with the Timberwolves.

Prince plans to attend future Wolves games. No word on whether he’ll play a concert at Target Center. Maybe KG will ask him.

RuPaul's Drag Race at Mill City Nights postponed until Wednesday

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: February 16, 2015 - 3:21 PM

Due to inclement weather en route from Canada, RuPaul’s Drag Race won’t reach the finish line in Minneapolis. Tonight’s sold-out show at Mill City Nights has been postponed until Wednesday.

All tickets will be honored. Doors open at 8 p.m., show time is 9 p.m.

Oscar winner Marisa Tomei's back in town (this time on screen)

Posted by: Colin Covert Updated: February 12, 2015 - 2:36 PM

Marisa Tomei and Hugh Grant in "The Rewrite." Photo: Lionsgate

Marisa Tomei and Hugh Grant in "The Rewrite." Photo: Lionsgate



Marisa Tomei came to the Twin Cities for a longish stay twice in the last 24 years. She returns Friday at least in film form, co-starring with Hugh Grant, J.K. Simmons and Allison Janney in “The Rewrite,” a light, charming comedy showing at AMC Arbor Lakes.

She last visited Minneapolis in 1992 to make “Untamed Heart,” a four-Kleenex weepie with Christian Slater, where they played soulful, lonely restaurant workers in a bittersweet romance. She was just a year off winning the Oscar for her hilarious turn in the legal comedy “My Cousin Vinny” as Mona Lisa Vito, a witness so lovely that lawyers kiss her hands in the courtroom. That seemed like the perfect time to take a role that required her to march across piles of Midwestern snow.

“I really did love Minnesota,” she said in a recent phone call. “A lot. I always did want to go back there,” even though she was filming in the winter. 

“It was so beautiful and I really, really, really loved the people. They’re very open-minded, people who just seem really awake, really conscious. I didn’t really know what to expect, because it was a long time ago. I was really young and hadn’t really thought about them when I got there. “

“I just felt like, ‘These are my people!’ I thought I’d so like to be there in the spring,” Tomei said. It wasn’t until 2005 that she came back to shoot in Minneapolis in short sleeve weather. She starred in the funny and grim comedy/drama “Factotum.” She was good in the role of a wealthy barfly, drinking alongside Matt Dillon as he played an unkempt version of novelist Charles Bukowski.

In “The Rewrite,” Tomei plays a lead role as a bright adult student in a college class being taught by Grant’s character, a cad whose Hollywood career is on the skids. Writer/director Marc Lawrence, who made “Two Weeks Notice,”  “Music and Lyrics” and “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” with Grant, felt that Tomei would make his ideal costar. What pulled her in was “that everyone loves Marc Lawrence, he’s so passionate and easygoing and very, very collaborative,” and the chance to play against Grant.

“To be able to do every scene with him was just totally exciting. He’s one of the greats, the best dance partner you could ask for. When you get in the zone with him you feel like you’re flying.“

Equally attractive, she said, was playing “a role that doesn’t require overthinking.” Tomei, who began her career at age 20 in the 1984 horror spoof "The Toxic Avenger," has spent the last three decades making a staggering variety of movies. She has combined iconic dramas like “The Wrestler” and “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” with studio-backed comical fare like “Crazy, Stupid, Love” and indie romps like “Cyrus,” where her manipulative grown son, played by Jonah Hill, tried to sabotage her affair with John C. Reilly. Her multiple next projects are equally mixed. “Loiter with Intent,” currently in limited release, puts her and Sam Rockwell in romantic comedy territory, while the upcoming “Let it Snow” is a Christmas satire with Diane Keaton and John Goodman.

“It really depends what comes up and sails over," she said. "I’ve been around for a long time, so I’ll just take whatever is up. I really don’t have much control over what comes my way. Whatever is around. The way it works, I’ll go for whatever’s around.”


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