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Fresh into Berlin, an attractive young Spanish immigrant decides to spend her late night in a techno nightclub, dancing, drinking and looking to meet some handsome twentiesh locals. What can possibly go wrong? Hang on tight, here comes the answer.
The German action film “Victoria,” filmed in one continuous uncut shot across two dozen locales and 134 minutes, grabs viewers by the collar and pulls them along for a wild, antsy, bumpy ride. Spain's Laia Costa plays the clever, impulsive title character; German actors Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit, and Max Mauff play her new mates who need her help to pull off a quick job for a large stash of money. Don’t expect subtitle overload; because she doesn’t speak their native language, everyone uses English. Digging deeper into the plot details would be like telling the route of a roller coaster.
Cinematographer Sturla Brandth Grøvlen and director Sebastian Schipper stunningly merge the chases from “Run Lola Run” and the magical realist feel of “Birdman.” Berlin Film Festival Jury president Darren Aronofsky (“The Wrestler,” “Black Swan,” “Noah”) made it a prize-winner declaring, "This film rocked my world." Don’t bother to look for an editing credit; this one shot marvel isn’t a bag of technical make believe, it’s a showpiece of dynamic choreography right down to the improvised dialog.
New York/Twin Cities art movie exhibitor Adopt Films has the film’s North American rights. After its debut at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, it’s heading toward a late summer or early fall national release.
Grøvlen will attend tonight’s 6:45 presentation at St. Anthony Main,” Victoria’s” only screening at the festival. For ticketing and more information, visit the MSPIFF website at http://bit.ly/1DpUaOR
Three classic names are headed back to the Twin Cities: Jeff Beck, Patti LaBelle and Ringo Starr.
Starr will bring his All Starr Band to the State Theatre on Oct. 16. The group will include Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie of Santana and Journey, Steve Lukather of Toto and Richard Page of Mr. Mister. Starr, who will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist this year, issued a new album, “Postcards from Paradise,” last month. Tickets, priced from $83.50 to $154, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the State box office and Ticketmaster outlets.
LaBelle will return to Mystic Lake Casino on June 6. Tickets, priced at $54 and $62, will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at Ticketmaster outlets.
Beck will bring his guitar fireworks back to the State Theatre on May 23. Tickets, priced from $57.50 to $104, will go on sale at noon Friday at the State box office and Ticketmaster outlets. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer last performed at the State in 2011
The Minnesota State Fair grandstand lineup is invariably heavy on classic names but the fair also likes to book a hot hit-maker or two. Meghan Trainor, whose “All About That Bass” was one of the biggest songs of 2014, will perform at the grandstand on Sept. 1.
Her MTrain Tour for the summer has been announced, to promote her debut album “Title.” The tour, which begins July 3 in Atlantic City, N.J., also includes performances at state fairs in California, Delaware, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky and New York.
The 21-year-old newcomer also had success with her second single, “Lips Are Movin,’” which peaked at No. 4. Her new single is “Dear Future Husband.”
Epic Records, for which Trainor records, announced that tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. March 20 via livenation.com. The Minnesota State Fair will make a ticket announcement on Thursday.
Soprano Leah Partridge.
This is the company’s fourth year of presenting an outdoor summer opera in the ruins of the old mills. The previous three seasons have sold out. This year’s schedule has six shows and runs July 11-21.
Soprano Leah Partridge will play the title character. At the Metropolitan Opera in 2010, she sang the role, subbing for an ill Diana Damrau. She is joined by tenor Chad Johnson, baritone Bradley Greenwald, bass Nathan Stark and mezzo Cindy Sadler.
David Lefkowich, the company’s artistic director, will stage the performance. Brian DeMaris is the music director.
Tickets for opening night are on sale now. Donors who give $250 or more will be invited to a pre-sale for general tickets on May 11 and the remainder of seats will be opened to the public on May 18.
612-875-5544 or www.millcitysummeropera.org
With a new artistic director and enhanced budget, the 17th annual Twin Cities Jazz Festival will move to a new venue for one bigtime concert – the brand new CHS Field featuring Dr. John, the eccentric New Orleans piano man and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.
He’ll headline on June 27 at 3 p.m. Admission is free but a ticket will be required for the 7,000-seat Saints baseball stadium. The tickets will be available at www.twincitiesjazzfestival.com.
New artistic director Francisco Mela has helped book a diverse lineup that includes an all-star quartet featuring Chris Potter, Dave Holland, Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland that will headline on June 26; the Marquis Hill Blacktet; Araya Orta Latin Jazz Quartet (doing a tribute to Jaco Pastorious), and Mela’s own group, the Jazz Machine, featuring guest trumpeter Nicholas Payton.
All concerts are free. Except for the Dr. John performance, the other concerts will be held in Mears Park in downtown St. Paul.
Additional performers will be announced later.
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