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Vanska, American Ballet Theatre to be featured at reopened Northrop

Posted by: Jon Bream Updated: November 21, 2013 - 7:21 PM

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.

A Fatman in Frogtown

Posted by: Kristin Tillotson Updated: November 12, 2013 - 12:55 PM



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).

Video: Minneapolis gallery owner Martin Weinstein talks photos

Posted by: Mary Abbe Updated: November 4, 2013 - 4:27 PM

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. 

Local authors tops in library reads

Posted by: Kristin Tillotson Updated: February 4, 2013 - 11:21 AM

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.

Author John Sandford has three titles in Hennepin County libraries'  top-25 list for 2012. Photo by Stormi Greener

Jerome awards 10 grants to local arts groups

Posted by: Kristin Tillotson Updated: December 13, 2012 - 2:05 PM

The Jerome Foundation has awarded 10 grants to Minnesota arts organizations, with the largest going to Northern Lights.MN and The Loft Literary Center. The St. Paul-based foundation announced 24 grants totalling more than $790,000 Thursday, with the rest going to New York groups. Northern Lights.MN, which mixes various disciplines and technology to create art in public spaces, got $130,000 for Art(ists) on theVerge, a fellowship program for emerging talents. The Loft received $104,000 for its Mentor Series, which connects acclaimed writers with promising Minnesota writers for intensive study. Other Minnesota groups receiving grants between $68,000 and $9,000 are Forecast Public Art, The Givens Foundation for African American Literature, Pillsbury House + Theatre, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Playwrights’ Center, Tofte Lake Center in Ely, Zenon Dance Company, and Mu Performing Arts.


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