Illustration by Jonathan Krause, special to the Star Tribune

Make way for a new generation

It may not seem like it, but fall isn't really an end — it's a beginning. Those leaves crunching underfoot are making way for new growth that's already started to emerge. So it goes, too, on the arts scene. The Twin Cities theater community, in particular, has been energized as veterans step aside to let budding talents shake up the status quo. Our annual section profiles a handful of these younger artists, starting with two women who are redefining what it means to be a theater leader. Meet them and seven other fresh faces — a poet, a TV actress, a tap dancer, a photographer, a Pixar star, a jazzman and a classical vocalist — while checking out our critics' picks for the hottest tickets. 

It may not seem like it, but fall isn't really an end — it's a beginning. Those leaves crunching underfoot are making way for new growth that's already started to emerge. So it goes, too, on the arts scene. The Twin Cities theater community, in particular, has been energized as veterans step aside to let budding talents shake up the status quo. Our annual section profiles a handful of these younger artists, starting with two women who are redefining what it means to be a theater leader. Meet them and seven other fresh faces — a poet, a TV actress, a tap dancer, a photographer, a Pixar star, a jazzman and a classical vocalist — while checking out our critics' picks for the hottest tickets.


Television

‘You’re the Worst’ TV star recalls Minnesota’s good life

Now the star of FXX’s “You’re the Worst,” Guthrie and U grad Aya Cash looks back at the best of Minnesota.

Top 10 television events

Ken Burns is back, as is ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Law & Order’


Theater

2 women reshape what it means to be a theater leader

Sarah Bellamy and Sarah Rasmussen, the new leaders of the Penumbra and Jungle theaters, reflect on their shared journeys as they juggle parenthood and art.

Top 10 theater events

Hit the stage with ‘Waitress,’ ‘All the Way,’ ‘Watch on the Rhine’


Movies

Meet the 12-year-old star of ‘Coco,’ Pixar’s big fall movie

Preteen talent Anthony Gonzalez is the voice of the cartoon studio’s Day of the Dead-themed adventure ‘Coco.’

Top 10 movie openings

Hotly anticipated sequels include ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Thor’


Pop Music

This Kendrick Lamar collaborator is jazz’s new rock star

The Kendrick Lamar collaborator is blowing up big-time ahead of his First Ave debut.

10 top pop concerts

The Weeknd's first Twin Cities headliner, Angel Olsen's First Avenue debut


Classical music

A Minnesota singer earning global accolades

Minnesota mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski keeps nabbing prizes from international voice competitions.

Top 10 classical concerts

10 don’t-miss classical concerts in the Twin Cities and beyond


Art

Minnesota photographer Jovan Speller breaks out with ‘Black Quiet’

Jovan Speller turned inward after becoming a casualty of the meltdown at Rochester Art Center.

Top 10 art events

Exciting shows from Mpls. Institute of Art and Walker dominate


Dance

Take a spin with the rebel behind Twin Cities Tap Festival

Kaleena Miller takes a giant career leap with choreography and the Twin Cities Tap Festival.

Top dance picks

Choreography inspired by boxing, cubicles and John Coltrane


Books

Minneapolis writer is a ‘troubadour poet’ for troubled times

Best known as a prizewinning spoken-word artist, Danez Smith is pivoting toward words on the page with a new poetry book.

Top 10 book picks

10 of the most absorbing books of fall 2017

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