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Saturday’s Arcade Fire set list at Target Center was surprisingly light on tunes from the band’s anthemic second album, “Neon Bible.” Only “No Cars Go” and the stripped-down and abbreviated opening tune “My Body Is a Cage” were offered from the 2007 record, whereas “Antichrist Television Blues,” “Keep the Car Running” and “Windowsill” all might have gone over huge in the arena setting. Still, the band had plenty else in its arsenal to turn its local arena debut into an even bigger show than its previous appearances at Roy Wilkins Auditorium, turning some previously undistinctive songs into memorable moments.
Click here to read about some of those moments in the full review of Saturday’s nearly two-hour concert. Another of the more pleasant surprises was “It’s Never Over (Oh Orpheus),” for which Regine Chassagne ran over to the small stage at the back of the arena, making it a back-and-forth duet with Win Butler from opposite ends of the room. Before “Normal Person,” Butler instructed the audience to dance like the kids in Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video each time the song hit a refrain, resulting in several riotous explosions on the general-admission arena floor. As if in a mocking deference to its new arena-level status, the band also dropped in short snippets of Guns N’ Roses' “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and Aerosmith’s power-turd “Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” during “Normal Person” and Lady Gaga’s “Do What U Want” in “Rococo.”
There was nothing coy about the Prince cover, though. Well, except maybe for the images of Rep. Michele Bachmann that appeared on the nifty video-screen box Butler wore on his head. An audio clip of the band’s version of “Controversy” already hit the web overnight and can be heard below. It replaced a rendition of the Stones’ “The Last Time” in the encore two nights earlier at the tour’s opening date in Kentucky. Here’s the set list from the second gig on the tour:
My Body Is a Cage / Reflektor / Flashbulb Eyes / Neighborhood #3 (Power Out) / Rebellion (Lies) / Joan of Arc / Rococo / The Suburbs (with “The Suburbs (Continued)” refrain) / Ready to Start / Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) / We Exist / Normal Person / No Cars Go / Haïti / Afterlife / It's Never Over (Oh Orpheus) / Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) ENCORE: Controversy (Prince cover) / Here Comes the Night Time / Wake Up
Kia Corthron, a playwright of lyrical language and hard subjects who has been associated with the Children's Theatre and Penumbra in the Twin Cities, has won a Windham Campbell Prize, Yale University announced on Friday.
The honor, administered by the university, comes with a $150,000 purse.
Corthron, a writer who uses fierce and lyrical language to tackle tough subjects, is best known for "Breath, Boom," "The Venus de Milo is Armed" and "Splash Hatch on the E Going Down," a play about environmental degradation.
She also has written for the television shows "The Wire" and "The Jury."
Corthron wrote "Snapshot Silhouettes" for the Children's Theatre, a drama about tensions between African-American and Somali students that played in 2004.
Corthron also has been commissioned by the Guthrie Theater.
The playwright, who is American, is one of eight writers named as winners of the Windham Campbell Prize, which awarded a total of $1.2 million Friday.
The others are dramatists Sam Holcroft of Britain and Noëlle Janaczewska of Australia; fiction writers Nadeem Aslam of Pakistan, Jim Crace of the United Kingdom and Aminatta Forna of Sierra Leone; and nonfiction writers Pankaj Mishra of India and John Vaillant, who is Canadian-American.
Among the myriad of Twitter feuds you never thought you would see, the odd case of mouthy Twin Cities rapper Prof vs. hunky “Full House” and "ER" actor John Stamos might take the cake.
After two years of ironic, stalkerly tweets essentially trying to get a rise out of Stamos, Prof finally got his attention in a big way. The tipping point was a tweet sent a couple months ago that apparently suggested the actor famous for his “uncle” character is into children in a perverted way. Prof actually doesn’t remember sending the tweet and can’t find it now – “Let’s face it: I was probably drunk,” the rapper said – but Stamos certainly did remember it. He sent out several vehement tweets on the matter Thursday.
“U do pediphile [sic] jokes I’ll kill you,” read one of the messages from the @JohnStamos account, which has nearly 1.4 million followers (compared to almost 15,000 for @Profstophouse; though that number could very well be going up today).
Here are some of the other more colorful tweets sent out during the fracas, including one of several deleted from the Stamos account but captured by Prof on Instagram.
All I ask is that you pray for me and @johnstamos. This doesn't have to be the end!— Prof (@Profgampo) March 7, 2014
TRUTH is I have a relationship w johnstamos. Its been hectic lately & Im TERRIFIED Im going to lose… http://t.co/gAyDrzwVYg— Prof (@Profgampo) March 7, 2014
In the end, Prof and Stamos finally connected by phone late Thursday night and talked for about a half hour, according to Prof. It was tense at first, he said. “He told me he was lawyering up,” Prof claimed, admitting that threat scared him: “I really don’t know if I did break the law or not. Maybe.” (A legal case on the matter might have amounted to the Twitter equivalent of the Hustler Magazine v. Falwell trial.)
However, as the two got to talking, apparently things did smooth over -- at least to the point where Stamos backed off any legal threats, Prof said. The actor's New York publicist declined to verify details of the phone conversation or comment on the Twitter exchange. Stamos did confirm the phone call on Twitter. Pointing to his 28-year dedication to Phoenix-based abuse resource center Childhelp -- which he referenced in earlier tweets explaining his anger -- Stamos sent out a tweet Friday morning verifying the phone conversation, one of which read, “He apologized like a man.”
Adding to the all-out bizarreness of this feud, Prof said he and Stamos originally traded personal messages a year ago and almost met in person when Prof’s tweets first started reaching a feverish pitch. While he asked that the rapper “back off” then, Prof claimed, Stamos also apparently said he looked up Prof’s music and videos in the interim and enjoyed his work. The actor is well known to be a big music fan in general, having moonlighted often as an auxiliary percussionist for the Beach Boys. He even appeared in the memorable video for “Try to Sleep” by Duluth favorites Low.
However, Stamos was not a big enough fan of Prof to take the rapper up on a guest-list spot for the rapper’s show at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre in December 2012. Being a no-show predictably earned Stamos all the more grief from Prof’s Twitter account at the time.
Prof also sent out a conciliatory tweet this morning that read, “Had a half hour conversation w @JohnStamos. Believe it or not, he is a REAL MAN. We ironed out our differences, & are now BFFS once again.”
Talking afterward, he also applauded Stamos for "being a good sport about it and not turning it into a Hollywood lawyer thing." However, the real-life Jacob Anderson also made it clear he does not intend to stop what he called "a comical obsession” over the actor – the sort of uncomfortable, unexplainable humor that fits in well with Prof’s overall act. “My fans loved it from the start,” he said of the Twitter fixation, which from his point of view has only been upgraded to another level.
“It’s an intense relationship; we’re sort of still in the newlywed stage,” Prof quipped, adding with no sense of irony, “This is really a dream come true of mine.”
There were no lights on in the house and nary a soul walking up the steps. A handwritten note on the door confirmed our suspicions: the performance had been canceled because of "Unforeseen Circumstances." Oh well, I hadn't had the pleasure of driving on St. Paul's city streets this winter so the trip was well worth the disappointment.
Gremlin's artistic director, Peter Hansen, said Friday morning that Gremlin found out that the "occupancy and the legal status of the Blue house were not what we believed them to be when we rented the facility from St. Clement's."
Hansen said several days of negotiations with the city of St. Paul and St. Clement's failed to resolve the problem. Gremlin has suspended all ticket sales for the production, which is still targeted to bow at the Tennessee Williams Festival next fall in Provincetown, Mass. Jef Hall-Flavin directed the short late-career piece.
Gremlin is still mulling options for a Twin Cities production before that time. Hansen said in an email Friday morning that "I have never experienced anything like this." Gotta feel sorry Peter, one of the truly nice guys in Twin Cities theater. He's currently performing as C.S. Lewis in "Freud's Last Session" at the Guthrie studio. It might have been tough Thursday night keeping focused on that while Gremlin had to cancel its opening. Just to make absolutely clear, this event has no impact on the Guthrie production.
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