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Chuck Logan, far right, met the stars and director of "Homefront," based on his book at a premiere at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. They include, starting third from left: Kate Bosworth, Jason Statham, Izabela Vidovic, Winona Ryder, James Franco and director Gary Fleder. Photo by Eric Charbonneau.
At his first red carpet event for a major Hollywood release, the "Homefront" premiere at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas Wednesday, Stillwater author Chuck Logan described a chaotic scene. "Cameras everywhere, people moving you along -- I wound up lost in some storage area at one point." Logan spoke briefly with both top-billed stars, Jason Statham and James Franco, and was struck by how much bigger Statham looks onscreen than in real life.
"Actually Franco's almost bigger than him, I think," he said. "I don't know what they do, maybe have everyone else walk in specially dug trenches so they look shorter, like they used to do with Alan Ladd."
A feature on Logan and the movie runs Sunday, and a review of "Homefront" next Wednesday.
Osmo Vanska/ New York Times photo by Jenn Ackerman
The renovated Northrop Auditorium will reopen in April with the American Ballet Theatre doing “Giselle” and Osmo Vanska, in May, conducting the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra.
The University of Minnesota announced a series of reopening events on Thursday afternoon. ABT will perform April 4-6 with a live orchestra, which is rare for dance performances outside of New York City.
On May 2, Vanska will recreate the first concert at Northrop played by the Minneapolis Symphony. The 4,800-seat auditorium was built for the symphony (now the Minnesota Orchestra) 85 years ago.
Among the other reopening activities at the now 2,700-seat Northrop will be a live broadcast of Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion” on April 26, a talk by novelist David Mitchell on April 9 and a lecture by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on April 17.
The remodeled Northrop also will feature a small movie theater, rehearsal space, classrooms, an art gallery, study spaces and a café.
Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday at northrop.umn.edu.
Author Tony Schmitz (left) does a dramatic reading from "Fatman Descends" with Bart Cannon as Roscoe the Cop at a launch party for the serial novel, available to read free online. Photo by Kimerly Miller.
Light-rail construction along St. Paul’s central corridor has made at least one guy’s imagination run wild.
Writer Tony Schmitz, a 33-year resident of Frogtown, has written a 66-installment serial novel you can read online, “Fatman Descends,” in which a circumspect, corpulent denizen of the ‘hood becomes embroiled in a sinister underworld revealed by the excavations. Of course, there will be zombies.
The project was funded in part by Irrigate, a nonprofit creative-placemaking series of projects intended to liven up the corridor and unite surrounding communities.
While “Fatman” is a work of fiction, “an appalling number of people and situations are based on actual events that happened around here,” said Schmitz, who so far has proven uncannily adept at building suspense in 500-word bites.
A sample conclusion: “ ‘Smells like somebody opened the door to hell.’ Despite all the official explanations and denials that were to come, this was less wrong than you might think.’ Read the story so far at fatmandescends.com (you can also sign up there for daily email delivery).
Photo by Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune
Minneapolis gallery owner Martin Weinstein talks photos in a new You Tube video put out by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts in connection with a show of his gifts to the museum. Over the past 31 years Weinstein, a former Minneapolis lawyer and long-time trustee of the Minneapolis museum, has given the Institute more than 500 photos about 75 of which are on view through August 31.
On the video, museum director Kaywin Feldman, photo curator David Little and photographer Alec Soth talk about Weinstein's contributions to the Twin Cities art scene along with comments from Weinstein himself.
Looks like people who frequent Hennepin County libraries are loyal to the locals: The top three books checked out in 2012 were, in order: “Kill Shot: An American Assassin Thriller” by Vince Flynn, “Stolen Prey” by John Sandford, and “Shock Wave,” also by Sandford. So there, “Fifty Shades of Grey” (no. 7).
In the top-25 list, Sandford scored a third title, “Buried Prey,” at no. 19. William Kent Krueger of St. Paul also made the list with “Northwest Angle” at no. 20.
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