Jade Tittle on pop concerts
The Current's midday host recommends an explosive fuzz-'n'-roar band from London that's playing First Avenue Oct. 5:
"Wolf Alice's album 'My Love Is Cool' has been my album of the summer. I had a chance to see them perform live and held my breath for disappointment, which luckily never came. Seeing a little grunge come back to First Ave from such young and energetic performers — plus hearing lead singer Ellie Rowsell balance sweetness with screams — is a perfect way to keep a little summer going into the fall."
Sen. Amy Klobuchar on TV
The Minnesota Democrat may be evasive about her political aspirations, but not when it comes to choosing the season's most anticipated returning series:
"I like the show 'Madam Secretary.' Women leaders get things done, and Tea Leoni and the writing staff do a great job of showing the many successes — and some of the struggles — that can come from being a leader in government. I expect the second season will continue these themes."
(7 p.m. Oct. 4, WCCO, Ch. 4)
Michael Starrbury on movies
The Brooklyn Park screenwriter ("The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete") can't wait to see Aaron Sorkin's writing come to life in "Steve Jobs," starring Michael Fassbender as the pioneering founder of Apple. It opens Oct. 9.
"We've kind of put [Jobs] on a pedestal as a culture. It'll be nice to see the humble beginnings and the downfall. I think Sorkin is really great at that thing. The guy's a master of writing conflict within a scene. He knows how to make characters play against each other. He's incredible at pacing a scene. It's things like that that let me sit through 'The Social Network' a thousand times."
Sarah Rasmussen on theater
Rasmussen, who just moved here from Austin, Texas, to take over as artistic director of the Jungle Theater, is looking forward to a comedy opening Nov. 14 at the Guthrie:
"I got to see Mark Bedard's smart, silly new adaptation of 'The Cocoanuts' at Oregon Shakespeare Festival — it's a ridiculously funny romp. Watch out, this cast is fearless about having fun with a crowd. Go for the sheer joy of laughing like a kid for a couple hours."
Tesfa Wondemagegnehu's on classical
The manager of Minnesota Public Radio's Choral Works Initiative is looking forward to the choral group Cantus' fall program "The Four Loves."
"I have always been a big supporter of the group, but when they told me about this concert, I started fangirling! They commissioned four composers to write a piece of music based on the way the Greeks broke down the types of love: familial, friendly, romantic and unconditional. Veteran tenor Paul John Rudoi could see the shock on my face and said the concert could very well be the best touring program Cantus has ever built."
(Oct. 8, 10 & 16-18 at various locations, cantussings.org)
Lorna Landvik on books
Landvik is the author of 10 novels, including the New York Times bestsellers "Patty Jane's House of Curls," and "Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons." Her latest book, "Best to Laugh," had its paperback release this month by University of Minnesota Press.
"In Faith Sullivan's new novel, 'Goodnight, Mr. Wodehouse,' we lucky readers are taken back to Harvester, Minn. — yippee! — to catch up on characters introduced to us in 'The Cape Ann.' Nell Stillman is an indomitable heroine whose story is told with Sullivan's characteristic wit and sly humor; this is the kind of book you settle into, reading each page with an appreciative, 'Ahhh ...' "
Katie Kaufmann on family events
Kaufmann is an actor and the grants and operations coordinator at Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. Her daughter, Anya, 4, wants to be an artist, so Kaufmann is a fan of Intermedia Arts' Family Arts Day (10 a.m.-noon Nov. 1, 2822 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls.)
"Anya loves doing 'projects' but I don't love cleaning them up. Intermedia provides the supplies, plays music and gives kids a chance to look at the art on display in their gallery. It's a family art party — and it's not in my living room."