Arts

Coverage of cool or newsworthy things geeks are doing in theatre, film, music, visual arts, and other artistic mediums with an emphasis of focus on the local MN scene.

The Naked and Famous Join a Stacked Lineup for Go Fest ’17

New Zealand group the Naked and Famous will join an elite and diverse sampling of alternative rock entertainment at the Cabooze Outdoor Plaza as part of Go 96.3’s annual Go Fest on July 2. Touring to promote their latest EP, Simple Forms, the band is returning to Minnesota after performing an elegant and engaging headline set at First Avenue last November. Simple Forms, the band’s third album, was released in October 2016, marking an end to what had then...

The Bad Man and SofCapone Are Two New Twin Cities Bands Perfect for Your Summer Soundtrack

The Twin Cities are a hotbed for music of all genres and styles, blending together in a beautiful cornucopia. There is so much that the lists of performers can be quite daunting, but I want to call out two in particular that are worth following. The Bad Man is a tour of rock genres from the basics of Mississippi rock and roll to the Ramones and the Stones, with heavy guitar and shrieking vocals that are as much at...

Northern Spark 2017 Tackles Climate Chaos with All-Night Art

The name “Climate Chaos: People Rising” sounds like it might have been written in response to the past week’s news that the US government was pulling out of the Paris Accord climate action plan. But for the last couple years, this has been the tagline of Northern Spark, an arts and culture festival hosted by Northern Lights.mn each summer. While looking for something to do with friends one evening last year, Northern Spark was where I ended up, and I could have stayed all...

Everything You Need to Know about the Gallows Being Removed from the Sculpture Garden

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden opened in 1988 as a joint project between the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board. The public space features works by over 40 artists and is anchored by the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen. It has in turn helped inspire the development of other public art spaces like Millennium Park in Chicago and the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. Spoonbridge and other works, like Frank...

A Dark Crystal Prequel Series Is Coming to Netflix (with Minnesota Talent)

“When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.” So reads the log line for the Dark Crystal series announced last week, which has no doubt been anticipated for a few decades by many fans of the original 1982 Jim Henson film. Given Netflix’s solid track record of creating original content and reawakening interest in older properties, it looks like a good...

Talking Comics and Creation with Claudio Sanchez

If you are not very familiar with the band Coheed and Cambria, you might not know that their albums tell a story also chronicled in The Amory Wars—comic books published by Evil Ink Comics and set in Heaven’s Fence, a collection of 78 planets connected by light beams known as the Keywork. The story follows the characters Coheed and Cambria Kilgannon, and later their son Claudio Kilgannon, as they war against the Supreme Tri-Mage Wilhelm Ryan, who is intent on destroying Heaven’s Fence....

Celebrate 30 Years of Zelda with Symphony of the Goddesses at the Orpheum

Quick: name a few iconic tunes from video games. There is a good chance that one of the songs you conjured was the main theme from The Legend of Zelda, right? The music from the Zelda series has been part of pop culture and an imperative staple in gaming history since the game debuted on the Famicom system in 1986. (Even Trent Reznor did a tribute!) The Legend of Zelda was released in North America on the NES a...

Mayte Garcia Brings Her Memories of Prince to St. Paul

The idea of reading a tell-all memoir chronicling Mayte Garcia’s 11 years with Prince has been met with a lot of fanfare but also with a bit of resistance among some of the Purple One’s fans, given how private he was before his passing a year ago. However, on Tuesday night, support, optimism, and general curiosity outweighed any criticism as a crowd packed into the University Club of St. Paul to hear Garcia read, ask her questions, and get...

Twin Cities Playwright Duck Washington Reflects on a Caucasian-Aggressive Controversy

Derek “Duck” Washington is a local theater artist and fellow geek. He moved to the Minneapolis area in 1995 and has been doing theater here ever since, working in a variety of roles with Blackout Improv, Fearless Comedy, Vilification Tennis, and more. Besides theater, Duck geeks out over Star Wars (so much so that he says he keeps it in an IV in his arm so he can take it anywhere he goes) and Dungeons & Dragons (he was...

Art in Bloom Brings the Spring at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

If you thought princesses could only teach you how to tend royal gardens in fairy tales, you’d be wrong. Along with its many botanical highlights, the Minneapolis Institute of Art will host guest speaker Princess Giorgiana Corsini of Italy and other guest lecturers for this year’s installment of the annual Art in Bloom celebration April 27 through 30, 2017. “As we are in our 34th year, many people regard this as an annual rite of spring—fresh flowers and timeless art,”...
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