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Joel and Ethan Coen and producer T-Bone Burnett spawned a bluegrass blockbuster soundtrack album “O Brother Where Art Thou?” Their remake of “The Ladykillers” generated a fine but less successful companion album devoted to African American gospel music, with a pinch of hip hop into the mix. Naturally “Inside Llewyn Davis,” their skewed look at the Sixties Greenwich Village folk music scene is aiming to make an impact with the Nonesuch Records soundtrack, scheduled for release Nov. 12. It’s already in the Top 100 on Amazon’s folk and soundtracks rankings.
To keep the excitement percolating, Showtime will air the one-night only benefit concert “Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of ‘Inside Llewyn Davis.’” The performance, inspired by the film’s setting, is set for Sunday at The Town Hall in New York City. The event will donate a portion of its proceeds to benefit the National Recording Preservation Foundation. Showtime will air its telecast Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m. CST.
Artists in the concert lineup include The Avett Brothers, Joan Baez, Rhiannon Giddens of Carolina Chocolate Drops, Lake Street Dive, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, The Milk Carton Kids, Keb’ Mo’, Marcus Mumford, Bob Neuwirth, Conor Oberst, Punch Brothers, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Secret Sisters, Patti Smith, Gillian Welch, Willie Watson, and Jack White. Also performing at the ebent will be the film’s stars, including Oscar Isaac (who plays the title’s hapless troubadour), Carey Mulligan, Adam Driver, Stark Sands and John Goodman. The documentary will feature extensive concert footage, behind-the-scenes material from the feature film, including rehearsals, and interviews with the filmmakers and cast.
Minneapolis has its own French connection to the movie "The Family" opening Friday. Robert de Niro stars as a former New York mafioso who's been relocated with his family to a small town in Normandy, France, after ratting out his boss. In one scene, he complains about brown water coming through his pipes to the town mayor -- played by Dominique Serrand, co-founder of the former Theatre de la Jeune Lune and now co-artistic director of another local theater group, The Moving Company. Serrand is only on screen a short while, but makes the most of it.
Watch the scene here:
Reached by phone today in North Carolina, where he is directing "The Tempest," Serrand, a native of France, said he was visiting family in Paris when he got a call from a casting agent to audition. "I had no idea what it was for, just that they needed someone who could speak good English," he said.
“I was of course pretty impressed to be seated across the table, from [De Niro],” he said. “He had extreme concentration. We didn’t talk between takes but chatted afterward and he’s very pleasant.”
And after all those takes, how are his fingers? “The drawer was locked in such a way that it couldn’t really close on them,” he said. “It’s an old theater trick.”
As for "The Family" not including very many lines spoken in the French language despite being set almost entirely in Normandy, he said, "they were trying to make an American film. Even in France, that sells better."
The network is a coalition of theater companies that gives new work a chance at several productions in the same year. In this case, Kreitzer's play will have premieres next season at the Marin Theatre Company in the San Francisco bay area, Synchronicity in Atlanta and Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City.
Kreitzer's work has appeared often on Twin Cities stages for more than a decade. In 2012, her "Flesh and The Desert," a play about Las Vegas, was done by the Workhaus Collective at the Playwrights' Center. She has another piece on Park Square's schedule for next May.
"Lasso of Truth," which was workshopped at the Playwrights' Center last March, is about William Moulton Marsden, creator of Wonder Woman (the lasso was a motif in the series). He also did development work for the polygraph machine so Kreitzer is hoping to find some synergy between the "truth" of the lasso and the "lie" detected through the machine.
He also had an interesting personal siutation, living with two women in a polyamorous relationship.
The play also will be part of The Lark's Playwrights' Week in New York, the last week of September.
Kreitzer lives in Minneapolis.
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The Minnesota Fringe Festival opened this weekend, attracting about 7,000 people to 352 performances and selling 17,758 tickets.
Five of the best-reviewed shows so far have been “The Zebra Shirt,” “The Nose,” “Fashion Risk or the Accidental Nudist,” “Hickory Minimum Security Correctional Facility Presents: Hoosiers: The Stage Adaptation” and "The Legend of White Woman Creek." To see when they play next, check out our calendar.
For more Fringe fun, head over to Fringe Central at the Crooked Pint on Monday night for Karaoke and Tuesday night for Trivia. Karaoke begins at 11 p.m.; Trivia sign-up begins at 10:30 p.m., with questions starting at 11:15.
Pet rocks were a fad back in the day when a bunch of southwest Minneapolis activists decided to stage a neighborhood art fair. Really. Or maybe pet rocks hadn't yet been invented in 1963 when the Uptown Art Fair was launched. It was that long ago.
In the 50 years since its founding, the Uptown Art Fair has grown from a neighborhood event into Minnesota's second most popular festival after the Minnesota State Fair. The three-day event, which always occurs the first weekend in August (i.e. August 2 - 4, 2013), typically attracts 375,000 visitors. Its success inspired other neighborhoods to get into the game, spawning the Powderhorn Art Fair and the Loring Park Art Festival which run for two days the same weekend.
To commemorate its 50th season, the Uptown event assembled a time capsule that includes a flash drive of "memories" recorded by Uptown fair veterans, a 2013 Uptown bike-and-trails map, a bowling chip from Bryant Lake Bowl and a Minneapolis police department badge among other memorabilia. Artist Shane Anderson of Apple Valley produced a commemorative print, shown here, to mark the occasion.
The time capsule will be entombed in the now-under-construction Walker Library on Hennepin Av. With technology changing at lightening speed, will anyone know what a flash drive is -- or be able to play one -- in 50 years when the capsule is opened?
Artist Shane Anderson of Apple Valley proudly displays his 50th Uptown Art Fair commemorative print.