'All Day' Kingdom
St. Paul-bred rapper Allan Kingdom is featured in Kanye West's new video, "All Day," with Paul McCartney, among others. Kingdom, 21, made a surprise visit to the Brit Awards in London last month with West. The hookup: Kingdom's manager, Plain Pat, is pals with one of West's right-hand men, Virgil Abloh. The West/Kingdom collaborations in the studio (there are more, which may or may not be released) have been invaluable learning experiences, Kingdom told I.W. "I watch and try to soak up the creativity of everybody I work with making music, but with him it's obviously a little more intense." Asked whether West has been schooling him, the young rapper said: "He pretty much gives advice all day, as you might imagine."
Which play am I in?
Who says this is glamorous, easy work? Actors Mo Perry and Zach Curtis are earning their paychecks these days with some double duty. They are finishing up a 14-day stretch in which they did 29 performances — counting run-throughs and dress rehearsals, Curtis told I.W. How does one pull that off? The two are working in school performances of "Romeo and Juliet" at Park Square by day, and "Boeing Boeing" for Torch Theater at night. The dynamic duo can breathe a little easier after "R&J" concludes on Sunday. "Boeing Boeing," which has received good reviews, continues to April 4 at the Minneapolis Theatre Garage.
Money to burn
Ever surfing the crest of trendiness, Walker Art Center launched a conceptual pop-up store this week. Called Intangibles, it will sell customized ideas as well as more grounded stuff. For $2,500, documentary filmmaker Sam Green will turn out a one-of-a-kind video. Ringtones by composer Nico Muhly go for $150 and a set of 25 Snapchat photos by Alec Soth can be snared for $100. The shop is the brainchild of Michele Tobin, who runs the WAC's regular book-and-gift shop, and design director Emmet Byrne. Byrne is hotting up the shop's online appeal because, as he told the New York Times, "a lot of people won't be purchasing actual products." I.W. wonders: Can people pay for them without actual money?
That's a (shrink) wrap
The party is over for the Replacements' "Let It Be" on original Twin/Tone vinyl. Thirty-one years after the legendary album hit store shelves, the last sealed copy of it from Twin/Tone Records' original stock pressing was sold earlier this week, according to Twin Cities record retail guru John Kass. "I'm honestly a guy who likes to sell a lot of records for $3 — not one for $300 — but this one seemed like it truly was historic," said Kass, who runs Hi-Fi Records and Dead Media in Minneapolis and Go Johnny Go in White Bear Lake. A fan from North Carolina paid the latter sum for the album via Kass' website, gojohnnygo.com. New vinyl editions of "Let It Be" and the other three 'Mats albums on Twin/Tone are reportedly in the works from Rhino/Warner Bros., which now owns the rights to the records. Kass got his hands on the last copies of the original pressing straight from the source: Twin/Tone co-founder Paul Stark unloaded them two years ago when he started snowbirding in Phoenix.
Bellamy lands a Bush
Sarah Bellamy, co-artistic director of Penumbra Theatre, is among the winners of a fellowship from the Bush Foundation. The 23 recipients, who hail from Minnesota and the Dakotas, include child welfare advocate Amelia Franck Meyer and deaf educator Alex Zeibot. The fellowship, which comes with a purse that goes up to $100,000 over two years, helps leaders develop skills and capacity. Bellamy takes over the highly esteemed company founded by her father, Lou Bellamy.
On the move
The art world's globe-trotting elite — you know who you are — are on the move this month to Art Dubai, Art Basel Hong Kong, TEFAF (The European Fine Art Fair) in Maastricht, the Netherlands, and, closer to home, New York's Armory Show and Asia Week. Following the money, the Financial Times recently profiled five influential Asian women on the art fair circuit. Coyly dubbed "Ladies Who Launch," they include Korea-born Clara M. Kim, a Walker Art Center curator from 2011 to 2014. Her most high-profile Twin Cities show featured Mexican sculptor Abraham Cruzvillegas. Now an independent curator, Kim has just wrapped up a show in Shanghai and is heading to London to organize the Spotlight section of the influential Frieze Masters fair running Oct. 14-18.