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.

It’s Afrofuturism for the Win in Nnedi Okorafor’s Black Panther

After a widely reported major misstep in April 2017 wherein Marvel’s vice president, David Gabriel, suggested that sales had slumped due to too much diversity, the publisher is being very savvy about who it hires, particularly to write Black Panther titles. For Black Panther: Long Live the King, a six-volume comiXology Originals digital series, it has recruited someone probably very familiar to Twin Cities Geek readers: award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor. The daughter of Nigerian immigrants, Okorafor is known for...

Acclaimed Musician and Composer Jeff Russo Talks Fargo, Star Trek, and More

Imagine growing up knowing you want to make music. That’s your thing. But instead of choosing to master a single instrument—or maybe even two—you decide you need to learn all of them because you have so many ideas, sounds, and scores permeating your thoughts that it just seems counterproductive to do otherwise. Jeff Russo, rock musician turned Emmy-winning composer for television, film, and video games, had such a start. “The desire to be a multi-instrumentalist came from the idea...

Pixar’s Chris Bernardi Shares How Art Imitates Life (and Death) in Coco

Pixar’s newest film, Coco, has melted hearts with its stunning visuals and emotional story centered around the celebration of Día de los Muertos in the week since its release. The film’s set supervisor, Chris Bernardi, stopped by the University of Minnesota on November 16 to share what it was like to be part of the creative process, and afterwards he sat down with a few local publications, including Twin Cities Geek. Coco follows the story of Miguel Rivera, a budding...

The Twilight Zone Will Meet The Simpsons in Eliot Rahal’s New Comic Cult Classic

Halloween is one of my favorite days out of every year—I’m already counting down the days ’til it’s here again. I enjoy playing Call of Cthulhu D&D, watching scary movies, and reading horror comics. However, it’s often hard for me to find a decently horrifying comic to read. However, I’m currently looking forward to Cult Classic, a comic written by Minnesotan Eliot Rahal that will be out in February 2018. Rahal is passionate about his love for comics, which...

Hip Hop Nutcracker Ignites Tchaikovsky’s Ballet with Modern Vigor

A year before Hamilton hit Broadway, the touring dance show Hip Hop Nutcracker was already using hip-hop to shake up the stage—in this case, the world of ballet. Now in its fourth season, Hip Hop Nutcracker has begun its 2017 tour around the country and will stop at the State Theatre in Minneapolis November 21 and 22. The show is directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, artistic director of Brooklyn-based theatrical hip-hop dance company Decadancetheatre. If you’re like me, you yawned...

Andrea Swensson Documents the Ascent of the Minneapolis Sound in Her New Book

The North Minneapolis and Rondo neighborhoods played key roles in the evolution of Minnesota’s music scene, culminating in the birth of the Minneapolis Sound. Until Prince began to garner national attention in the late 1970s, the budding movement went mostly unnoticed and undocumented by the people who weren’t living and breathing it. But this story is much bigger than Prince, and Andrea Swensson’s new book, Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound, is a tour...

The Sci-Fi Poetry Books of the Year Feature Whales and Robots and the Apocalypse, Oh My!

Last month, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association announced the winners of the 2017 Elgin Awards for best collections of speculative poetry from the previous year. For those new to the term, speculative poetry has become a relatively common catch-all for poetry that embraces the imagination, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and other similar genres. Some might be surprised at the excitement for these types of poetry, but the current US Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith, won a...

12 Chances to Get Your Theater On in the Next 12 Weeks

The Twin Cities area has a vast and incredibly diverse theater community. There is something for everyone interested in the world of theater; the smallest community groups and the largest companies with touring Broadway shows all have a place here. The start of a new school year also brings the start of a new season of plays, musicals, and everything in between. Here are just 12 of the hundreds of productions coming over the next 12 weeks at some...

Wild Times Brings the History of WildStorm to Bookshelves

It wasn’t part of the initial plan, but when the calendar rolled over to 2017, writer Joseph Hedges knew his new book, Wild Times: An Oral History of WildStorm Studios, would release at the right time to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Image Comics. “By the time I was wrapping up the interviews, it was coming down right to the end of 2016, I was finishing up the manuscript, and I said, ‘Well, you know, it’s not such...

13 Upcoming Concerts for Twin Cities Classical Music Geeks

Twin Cities residents are spoiled for choice with two major orchestras in town: the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), which specializes in works written for smaller ensembles, and the Minnesota Orchestra, specializing in big orchestral works with a big sound. Both of them play on a very high level, allowing them to invite some of the world’s greatest soloists to play with them and some of the world’s greatest composers to write for them. Here are 13 concerts (or...
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