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Everyone who's thankful Disney assigned its Oz spinoff to Sam Raimi rather than Tim Burton, raise your hand.
Wow. That's a lot of hands.
"Oz the Great and Powerful"
How can one movie contain so much crazy awesomeness? Earthlings, drink heavily in preparation for Don ("Bubba Ho Tep") Coscareli's "John Dies at the End." Paul Giamatti not only costars, he produced irt because he's a huge horror geek. Who knew?
It takes a big actor like Tommy Lee Jones to play a big figure like Gen. Douglas MacArthur. In "Emperor," Matthew Fox costars as the military man put in charge of investigating Hirohito's responsibility for Japan's attack on, and surrender to, allied forces.
"Mad Men" meets "All the President's Men" in the Oscar-nominated political dramedy "No." Gael Garcia Bernal stars as a politically noncommittal 1980s advertising whiz who's drafted to sell democracy like soap flakes in Chile's first election since the 1973 Pinochet coup. Kind of a big week for deposed despots.
In "Dead Man Down," Noomi Rapace blackmails Colin Farrell to knock off the crime overlord who abused her, Terrence Howard. It's directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who did the original Swedish "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy. Standard action thriller + overqualified cast and crew = ?
"West of Memphis" is a documentary detective story that tackles a horrendous crime -- the murder of three 8-year-old boys -- and a horrendous miscarriage of justice. Facts are re-examined, new evidence is revealed and new suspects arise in this Peter Jackson-produced true crime shocker.
See you at the movies.
Everyone loves photographer Cindy Sherman it seems, so much so that Walker Art Center is adding hours on the Sherman show's final weekend. (It ends Sunday, February 17).
Here's the deal: The popular show will open to Walker members one hour early, i.e. at 10 a.m., on Saturday and Sunday, February 16 and 17. And it will remain open for everyone two hours longer at the end of those days, i.e. until 7 p.m. General adult admission to the Walker is $12 and includes the Sherman show.
But, wait, there's more! Savvy art shopers know that the Walker is always free on Thursday evenings and that it always stays open 'til 9 p.m. Thursdays. Couple those fab facts with Valentine's Day, which just happens to fall on Thursday this year, and you've got a huge February 14 bonanza for your sweetie.
Other Valentine nite fun stuff:
5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Valentine's Day three-course prix fixe menu at Gather by D'Amico, plus Love Potion cocktails.
6 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Party People Pictures photo booth (dress up in Sherman drag, please)
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Social/Brief: The Love Version (share your own Hallmark-style love poems in 20 seconds or less)
8 p.m.: Take a "Love and Heartbreak" tour of Cindy's show.
"Tales from Hollywood" stars, from left, Lee Sellars, Allison Daugherty and Keir Dullea. Photo by Heidi Bohnenkamp.
The Guthrie Theater opened its 50th season -- and its festival of works by British writer Christopher Hampton -- Friday night in Minneapolis. Post-play festivities were chock-a-block with local actors. We spotted Tracey Maloney, Sarah Agnew, Mo Perry, Barbara Bryne, Richard Ooms, and many more. Also present were "Tales" stars, both local and out-of-town.
Go here for Rohan Preston's play review.
Immediately following the show, Guthrie director Joe Dowling brought St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak on stage with the show's cast to proclaim it Christopher Hampton day in both cities.
From left at the post-show party were "Tales from Hollywood" director Ethan McSweeny, Lee Sellars (Odon von Horvath) and playwright Christopher Hampton.
The Printed Matter storefront on 10th Avenue in New York.
Printed Matter is to art and book lovers as an great big indy record store is to music fans. Each tim I visit the nonprofit store's Manhattan location, I always end up browsing much longer than I thought I would. It's a haven for zines, artists books, small-press books, chapbooks, catalogs, obscurities, hard-to-find periodicals and artist-writer collabs. Cool postcards, too.
Walker Art Center and Printed Matter launch a collaboration this week with "Over-Booked." The event brings merch and talks to the art center's shop, as well as related talks and an open house at the Walker's library to showcase it's Rosemary Furtak Collection.
The temporary show opens with a reception from 5-9 p.m. at the Walker's shop, with guests from Printed Matter present and books available for browsing and buying.
James Jenkin, executive director of Printed Matter, talks at 1 p.m. Saturday. The free event is in the Lecture Room.
Also on Saturday, the Walker hosts an open house from 1-3 p.m. in its library, which has a giant collection of modern art books, monographs, catalogs, clippings and periodicals from 1940 to the present.
That afternoon, there is a mini-fair of local indy publishers -- Rain Taxi, Midway Contemporary Art, Sam Hoolihan, OHM Editions, Location Books, Little Brown Mushroom, Katelyn Reece Farstad, Mystery Spot Books -- with books available for purchase.
A panel discussion at 3 p.m. Saturday, also in the Lecture Room, will focus on 21st-century publishing. On hand will be representatives from Twin Cities publishers Coffee House Press and Graywolf Press, Micawber's Books, and writer Brad Zellar.
With labor talks at both orchestras about to heat up again, and with the Minnesota Orchestra not scheduled to open its season for another SEVEN WEEKS, it's nice to anticipate some actual music coming fairly soon.
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra launches its 2012-13 season on Friday, Sept. 7, with Edo de Waart conducting music of Stravinsky and Beethoven.
Pianist Christian Zacharias returns for the chamber ensemble's second weekend, performing the Brahms Piano Concert No. 1.
In 2008, the SPCO gave the world premiere to a work it commissioned of Minnesota native Maria Schneider, pictured, until then best known as a jazz composer and conductor. Schneider set poems by the 20th-century Brazilian poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade, translated by American poet Mark Strand. The settings were sung by soprano Dawn Upshaw.
As reviewed by Star Tribune contributor William Randall Beard, the songs were "original and mesmerizing."
Go here for streaming audio of the 2008 work, along with Schneider's own notes on her compositional strategy.
The 25-minute work was performed by the SPCO at Carnegie Hall in 2011 (reviewed here), and it will be reprised in concerts on Sept. 28 (in Wayzata) and Sept. 29 (St. Paul).The SPCO says it will record the song cycle for a future release.
Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard will make his SPCO debut just after, in concerts on Oct. 5 and 6 that will feature music of Wagner, Nielsen and Beethoven.