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"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.
Those sidewalk signs you see, advertising a sale on Dr. Pepper or Doritos? Don't be surprised in the next few days if you see the familiar sandwich-board signs covered instead in original art work along a stretch of Chicago Avenue in south Minneapolis.
Twenty artists from the Powderhorn and Central neighborhoods teamed up with a group of middle-schoolers to create CurbCulture, a public art show that will be displayed on sidewalk signs outside stores on Chicago Avenue between 32nd and 38th streets.
All the artworks will be gathered for a free reception on Thursday (Aug. 2), 5-7 p.m., at Pillsbury House and Theatre, 3501 Chicago Av. S. Beginning Saturday, they will be on view in front of various businesses on the street. The timing coincides with this weekend's Powderhorn Park Art Fair.
The CurbCulture exhibit was created by a group of middle school youth working with professional artists Masa Kawahara, Xavier Tavera, and Peter Haakon Thompson. The youth involved in CurbCulture created an open call for artists, constructed the sandwich boards, selected the artists for exhibition, and went door to door to meet business owners to secure locations for artwork to be exhibited. The artist's donated their time and talent.
The project was developed in partnership between Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association and the Pillsbury House + Theatre youth program. It is funded in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the Legacy Amendment.
These are the artists whose work will be on view: Megan Longo, Florence Hill, Levi Oftelie, Kelly Brazil, Molly Van Avery, Bruce Silcox, Christopher (CREW youth), Ellie Kingsbury, Joanne Jongsma, Flo Razowsky, Natasha Pestich, Munir Kahar, Angela Olson, Khyla (CREW Youth), Michelle Barnes, David Steinman, Maria Cristina Tavera, Xavier Tavera, Peter Haakon Thompson and Pramila Vasudevan.
The touring version of the Broadway musical version of the television version of the cartoon version of "The Addams Family" opens Tuesday night at Ordway Center in St. Paul.
The clip above, from the Letterman show, features Broadway originators Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth as Gomez and Morticia. The touring version has Douglas Sills ("The Scarlet Pimpernel," "Into the Woods") as Gomez, and Sara Gettelfinger ("Seussical," "Nine") as Morticia.
Graydon Royce recently wrote about the show and talked with Sills.
The show got very not-great notices when it came to Broadway (Ben Brantley called it "genuinely ghastly"), but as Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune points out, it was significantly retooled, with new songs, new music and a revised book, for the tour. Jones said it was a rare case of a touring version that is better than the Broadway staging.
The Star Tribune review will appear Wednesday on the website, and Thursday in the print edition.
The clip below gives a look at the touring version.It runs at the Ordway through May 20. 651-224-4222.
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