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Whoopi Golberg on tap for Guthrie Theater's 50th anniversary

Posted by: Rohan Preston Updated: May 6, 2013 - 2:47 PM



Actor Whoopi Goldberg (above) will be one of the headliners of the Guthrie's 50th anniversary gala, the Minneapolis theater announced Monday.

Goldberg, a co-host of "The View," has done stand-up engagements at the old Guthrie on Vineland Place. She did a five-night stand there in 1988 and a one-night gig in June 2001.

Golberg won an Oscar for her role in "Ghost." She also was a producer of the Tony-winning show "Thoroughly Modern Millie."

Golberg joins a roster of actors and entertainers that includes T.R. Knight ("Grey's Anatomy"), Patricia Kalember ("thirtysomething"), Tony nominee Tracie Bennett ("End of the Rainbow"), and the vocal group Cantus.

The gala, planned for June 22, wil be co-hosted by Greta Oglesby and Sally Wingert.

Call 612-225-6350 for more info.

Matthew McConaughey confirms he'll star in Christopher Nolan movie ‘Interstellar’

Posted by: Colin Covert Updated: April 1, 2013 - 11:42 AM


Rocket Man: McConaughey will star in Nolan's film of an epic voyage across time and space. Photo: AP

Rocket Man: McConaughey will star in Nolan's film of an epic voyage across time and space. Photo: AP

 Matthew McConaughey has demonstrated a jaw-dropping acting range in last few films, from a hot-dogging D.A in “Bernie” to an amoral hitman in “Killer Joe,” a good old boy into masochistic S&M in “The Paperboy” and a wigged-out strip club owner/star in “Magic Mike.” He’s shown himself capable of challenges no one would have imagined two years ago.


Perhaps it shouldn’t surprise, then, that he’ll star in the one of the biggest projects Hollywood has to offer, Christopher Nolan’s 2014 sci-fi epic “Interstellar.” McConaughey said the much-talked-about deal is done in a phone interview this morning from New Orleans, where he is currently filming the upcoming HBO crime series “True Detective” with Woody Harrelson.

Nolan’s projects are notoriously secretive, and McConaughey revealed no details other than to say “I’m confirming” that he had accepted the role.

There’s no other casting news about the project. The script, by Nolan’s brother and regular collaborator Jonathan, is said to involve “time travel and alternate dimensions and sees a group of explorers travel through a wormhole.” Sounds like a companion piece to Nolan’s mind-bending “Inception,” “Memento,” and “The Prestige.”

McConaughey’s shape-shifting post-romantic-comedy career continues with the soon-to-be-released “Mud,” where he plays a romantically obsessed drifter, and “The Dallas Buyers Club,” due out later this year. The film tells the true story of Ron Woodroof, a homophobic Texas electrician who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1986 and given six months to live before extending his lifespan through alternative treatments. McConaughey literally shape-shifted for that film, shedding 40 pounds to play the emaciated Woodruff.

Dave "Cool Breeze" Brown lived the jump blues

Posted by: Tim Campbell Updated: March 21, 2013 - 4:36 PM

Dave "Cool Breeze" Brown in 1999 (photo by Joey McLeister, Star Tribune)

By Tom Surowicz

There's a memorial gathering Saturday for Twin Cities jump blues master, Dave "Cool Breeze" Brown, longtime leader of the Senders, a truly great bar band. Despite the shock and sadness of his sudden passing from cardiac arrest at age 58, it should be a swingin' affair. Because Dave was a "Good Rockin' Daddy," a high-spirited bon-vivant, the life of so many parties.

An excellent guitarist, "Cool Breeze" was Mojo Buford's favorite Minnesota sideman. And Lynwood Slim's right-hand man. And Charmin Michelle's early duets partner. Dave loved honkin' sax-driven blues sounds of the 1940s and 1950s, the wilder and more risque the better, and his Senders delivered the goods.

They got to play live and record with one of the ultimate purveyors of jump blues art, Big Jay McNeely. In their heyday, Brown's band also supported Lowell Fulson, John Lee Hooker, and Johnny Adams, and recorded with Charles Brown, legends all. But "Cool Breeze" remained self-deprecating, often laughingly referring to his "Dean Martin-style crooning."

Omnipresent on the 1990s bar scene, Brown was less prominent, but still active in recent years, working with several groups, including some new Senders lineups and, most frequently, the Detroit Don King Blues Band. "Cool Breeze" blew no ill, and left behind thousands of smiles.

The service will be at noon Saturday at Lakewood Cemetery Memorial Chapel, 36th St. and Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, followed by a celebration at the Artists' Quarter in St. Paul.

Gifts in his memory may be made to the Cool Breeze Memorial Fund, www.coolbreezememorial.com.

Minneapolis performance artists dis Cheesus on His big day

Posted by: Mary Abbe Updated: March 15, 2013 - 4:55 PM




Stand by for outrage, people. Also lightening bolts from Heaven, assuming God the Father wields such things. Zeus was very good with a lightening bolt, but GTF, who knows? 

In any case, Minneapolis performance artists Jason Wade and Jaime Carrera are about to test the proposition that God is Not Yet Dead. If He is still perking about, He is likely to be extremely peeved by their performance on Easter Sunday.

Wade, pictured here, has apparently drawn the star straw and will assume the role of First Son in this new performance piece designed, choreographed, and otherwise slapped together by Carrera. In it, Carrera "continues exploring his recent obsession with terribleness."

As the press release helpfully explained, "Cheesus shoves the traditional story of the passion through a wood chipper of pyschedelia & ridiculous blasphemy. Aided by the unnatural talents of shock rock celebrity & filmmaker, Jason Wade, this performance piece promises to be horrifyingly sacrilicious."

(7 p.m. Sunday, March 31, $5. Soolocal (next to Pat's Tap), 3506 Nicollet Av. S., Minneapolis. www.soovac.org)

Next Week's Sneak Peek

Posted by: Colin Covert Updated: February 28, 2013 - 6:08 PM

 Everyone who's thankful Disney assigned its Oz spinoff to Sam Raimi rather than Tim Burton, raise your hand.

Wow. That's a lot of hands.

"Oz the Great and Powerful" 


How can one movie contain so much crazy awesomeness? Earthlings, drink heavily in preparation for Don ("Bubba Ho Tep") Coscareli's "John Dies at the End." Paul Giamatti not only costars, he produced irt because he's a huge horror geek. Who knew?

It takes a big actor like Tommy Lee Jones to play a big figure like Gen. Douglas MacArthur. In "Emperor," Matthew Fox costars as the military man put in charge of investigating Hirohito's responsibility for Japan's attack on, and surrender to, allied forces.

"Mad Men" meets "All the President's Men" in the Oscar-nominated political dramedy "No." Gael Garcia Bernal stars as a politically noncommittal 1980s advertising whiz who's drafted to sell democracy like soap flakes in Chile's first election since the 1973 Pinochet coup. Kind of a big week for deposed despots.

In "Dead Man Down," Noomi Rapace blackmails Colin Farrell to knock off the crime overlord who abused her, Terrence Howard. It's directed by Niels Arden Oplev, who did the original Swedish "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" trilogy. Standard action thriller + overqualified cast and crew = ? 

"West of Memphis" is a documentary detective story that tackles a horrendous crime -- the murder of three 8-year-old boys -- and a horrendous miscarriage of justice. Facts are re-examined, new evidence is revealed and new suspects arise in this Peter Jackson-produced true crime shocker.

See you at the movies.



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